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DEI Task Force hosts virtual town hall meetings July 13-17

July 8, 2020

All are welcome to join one or all sessions a series of 5 virtual town hall meetings hosted by the new Miami University President's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. Sessions will be held from 4-5 pm during the week of July 13. The task force will share thoughts about strategies to advocate for diversity and equality within the Miami community. Participants will be able to ask questions and provide feedback about current plans …

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New Social Justice Studies study away program delivers service and experiential learning for students

July 5, 2020

Department of Sociology and Gerontology chair Stephen Lippmann and visiting instructor of sociology, social justice studies, and journalism Mark Curnutte have created a service-based experiential learning program designed to give students an in-depth experience to build on the course content they learn during class …

Psychology department houses new center to support and advocate for children and families of the incarcerated

June 30, 2020

Two psychology faculty have received funding to move forward with their department's new Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated (CSSCFI), which will conduct research on children with parents in prison and advocate for the needs of children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers …

A $25,000 gift from the Western College Alumnae Association to help support Miami's diversity initiatives

June 25, 2020

A $25,000 gift from the Western College Alumnae Association will help support the work of Miami University's newly created President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The alumnae association's board unanimously voted to support the diversity and inclusion initiatives announced by Miami University President Greg Crawford …

Generation COVID: Film studies students turn their quarantine experiences into a documentary

June 8, 2020

In mid-March when Miami students were informed that all spring classes would be taught remotely and they would have to move off campus, students in Andy Rice's documentary film production class agreed to work collaboratively on a film about the impact of COVID-19 on the students' lives …

First online Undergraduate Research Forum feedback: "Fantastic"

May 28, 2020

Miami University's annual Undergraduate Research Forum (URF) was held April 29, in an online event format for the first time in its 26 years. The traditional poster sessions and oral presentations were hosted on Webex, allowing for attendees join in remotely from across the country. Students appreciated the effort to transform the forum to an online event, according to feedback collected by Joyce Fernandes, director of undergraduate research and professor of biology …

Preaching Goes Viral: COVID-19 prompts students to collaborate on a religious response initiative

May 15, 2020

When classes transitioned online at Miami University in March as a result of COVID-19, Hillel Gray, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Comparative Religion, initiated a special research initiative called Preaching Goes Viral. Students from his REL 101-Introduction to Religion and REL 286-Global Jewish Civilization classes began compiling and analyzing data to understand the religious responses to the pandemic …

Miami receives 10 Fulbright grant offers: a new record

May 7, 2020

Ten of Miami University's Fulbright semifinalists have been offered 2020-2021 grants and two have been named alternates. These are the most offers Miami has ever received in a single year. Fulbright, the largest U.S. exchange program, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs outside of the United States …

CAS Faculty Tenure and Promotions

May 11, 2020

The College of Arts and Science proudly announces the faculty who have received tenure and/or promotions this spring …

In her novel Beheld, TaraShea Nesbit brings to life voices normally kept silent in history

May 6, 2020

TaraShea Nesbit, assistant professor of English in fiction and creative nonfiction, new novel Beheld is about about the Plymouth settlers. She first stumbled into Plymouth while reading an account of the colony by William Bradford, the first governor …

Elena Albarrán named CAS Distinguished Educator for 2020 for her innovative teaching methods in history, Latin American studies, and Spanish

April 27, 2020

Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, has been named the 2020 Distinguished Educator from the College of Arts and Science. Albarrán teaches classes in history, Latin American studies, and Spanish. She describes her key pedagogical contributions as "forging informal and organic binational encounters" for her students …

President's Distinguished Service Award recipients announced

March 31, 2020

The 2020 President's Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding students who graduated in December 2019 or January 2020, or are set to graduate in May or August 2020 …

GIC Career Day, one of Miami's final events before shuttering campus, offers career guidance for students

March 23, 2020

On March 11, over 20 students, faculty, and alumni participated in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies' (GIC) Career Day, the department's first initiative of its kind to provide students with training and tailored guidance in order to prepare them for the job market …

Environmental activist Peggy Shepard shares how to address climate change in a just and equitable manner

March 13, 2020

On March 5, Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, gave a talk entitled "Climate Justice: Addressing Climate Change in a Just and Equitable Manner," where she presented ways on how to address climate change impartially …

Yvette Harris receives Distinguished Woman of Color Award

March 11, 2020

Yvette Harris, professor of psychology at Miami University, is the recipient of the Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award for 2020. The award recognizes spirited women of color, particularly those who have been warm and welcoming to others. The award is named after Jennie Elder Suel, who received recognition in 1994 …

Author and member of U.S. National Commission on Hunger shares how to solve America's food insecurity and poverty crisis

March 9, 2020

On March 2, Jeremy K. Everett, founder and executive director of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, discussed how we can all help solve America's hunger crisis at the Puff Memorial Lecture …

Why anthropology matters now: Dr. Augustín Fuentes gives the International Anthropology Day lecture

March 4, 2020

The Department of Anthropology presented its International Anthropology Day lecture on Thursday, February 27. University of Notre Dame professor Dr. Augustín Fuentes spoke about his experience as a bio-cultural anthropologist and the ways in which anthropology helps us understand human history and culture …

Journalist and author Wil Haygood discusses his book "Showdown" and debuts trailer for Thurgood Marshall documentary

March 2, 2020

On Tuesday, February 25, award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood '76 shared his writing process for his 2015 biography Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, and debuted the trailer for an upcoming documentary based on the book …

Living Más: Julie Felss Masino '93, president of Taco Bell International, to headline the 2020 CAS Recognition Ceremony

February 26, 2020

Julie Felss Masino, President of Taco Bell International, will offer graduating seniors words of inspiration and encouragement as this year's featured speaker for the College of Arts and Science Recognition Ceremony on May 16, 2020 …

Miami's Model Arab League student team captures numerous regional awards

February 25, 2020

On February 20-22, Miami University's Model Arab League student team met great success at the Ohio Valley Regional Model Arab League, hosted at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. Nearly all students won an outstanding or distinguished award for their representation as delegates of Sudan or Qatar …

Alumna Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins to receive Freedom Summer of '64 Award

February 10, 2020

A career dedicated to protecting and expanding voting rights makes Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins a natural choice for the Freedom Summer of '64 Award from Miami University. Created in 2017, the award honors leaders who strive to advance civil rights and social justice in America. Jefferson-Jenkins graduated from Western College for Women in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in social science and education. From 1998 to 2002, she served as both the 15th national president of the League of Women Voters of the United States – the first African American to hold the role – and chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund …

Latest award spotlights unique relationship between the two Miamis

January 30, 2020

The Myaamia Heritage Award Program, which began in 1991, is a 4-year undergraduate college experience for Miami tribe students enrolled at the Oxford campus. It provides a tuition waiver and the additional coursework relative to their heritage …

Sixteen Miami students, alumni named semifinalists in Fulbright competition

January 30, 2020

Sixteen Miami University students and alumni are semifinalists in the 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student competition. Fulbright, the largest U.S. exchange program, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs outside of the United States …

Freedom Summer 55 Conference

January 30, 2020

The video for this November 2019 conference features historic footage of Freedom Summer and reflections by those who were there, as well as conference participants' thoughts on Freedom Summer's impact on them …

Prosecution Project examines how sociopolitical crimes are prosecuted

January 16, 2020

A visiting assistant professor of sociology and social justice studies at Miami University, Michael Loadenthal directs the Prosecution Project, which seeks to understand how terrorism, extremism, and hate crimes are prosecuted in the U.S. justice system. The Prosecution Project's dataset includes all crimes of political violence, without regard to the identity of the targets or the ideology of the perpetrators, so it paints a uniquely comprehensive picture …