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Myaamia Center's National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages receives NEH grant

January 14, 2021

The Myaamia Center's National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages was recently awarded a $349,442 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant. The Preservation and Access Education and Training grant will support the continued development of the National Breath of Life in the areas of training for community curated tribal archives for language revitalization and building an apprenticeship program for tribal community archivists who work directly with language archives …

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Six Miami students named Gilman Scholars

December 8, 2020

Six Miami University students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to help fund their study abroad experiences this spring and summer. The combined total awarded to these students is $28,500. Two other Miami students were named as alternates for Summer 2021. Recipients of the Gilman Scholarship represent 307 colleges and universities across the United States who will study or intern in 87 countries through the end of 2021. Fewer than 1000 scholarships were awarded nationwide …

Miami University Symphony Orchestra releases music video featuring children's choir from India

November 17, 2020

A new music video released by the Miami University Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with a choir based in Chennai, India, celebrates International Education Week. "Adoration" is also a tribute to symphonic composer Florence Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major orchestra …

Miami and Talawanda High School alum Hannah Abigail Clarke celebrates indie best-selling novel, The Scapegracers

November 9, 2020

Hannah Abigail Clarke, a '19 Miami graduate, recently released the fantasy novel The Scapegracers, and was invited to speak to a group of eager writers and readers about the process. In a special online event hosted by The Western Program and the Department of English's creative writing program, Clarke read from their book and answered audience questions …

International Education Week 2020 Goes Virtual

November 5, 2020

International Education Week (IEW), November 16-20, 2020, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences …

Miami's Havighurst Center brings art from Post-Soviet Russia to the surface through Creative Horizons

November 3, 2020

Miami's Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies has helped to create a new initiative called Creative Horizons, a digital project that captures the significance of art in the post-Soviet era. Its mission is to illuminate how Russian artists combine art and history to evoke creativity through hardship and to create meaning through resilience …

Miami offers first fully developed virtual study abroad program

October 29, 2020

This winter term, Miami University is offering its first fully developed virtual study abroad program, MiamiConnects Virtual Global Learning. MiamiConnects offers online workshops that let students engage with different kinds of communities. All workshops will meet Global Perspectives Miami Plan requirements, with minimal participation costs …

Donna Brazile and Joseph Grogan headline this fall's Janus Forum to discuss Election 2020

October 26, 2020

The year 2020, to put it mildly, has been shaping up to be a tumultuous one: a global and deadly pandemic, a major economic recession, civil and racial tensions, and an acrimonious presidential election between two very different candidates. This latter issue in particular, "Election 2020," will be discussed on October 28 by special guests Donna Brazile and Joseph Grogan for the fall 2020 Janus Forum …

Miami's Humanities Center stimulates conversation by addressing race and racism with the Laptop Lecture Series

October 1, 2020

Miami University's Humanities Center has developed a new Laptop Lectures series this fall on race and racism. These online lectures are short videos recorded by faculty members in social isolation and connect humanities research to contemporary social challenges …

Miami University names building after first Black graduate

September 25, 2020

Nellie Craig was a trailblazer who broke new ground both at Miami University and in her community. Now, Miami's first Black graduate has a building named in her honor on the university’s Oxford campus. Miami's Board of Trustees announced Friday the renaming of the Campus Avenue Building to Nellie Craig Hall. Craig graduated from Miami in 1905 …

Don't let COVID be an excuse to marginalize older Americans

September 9, 2020

Kate de Medeiros, O'Toole Professor of gerontology and a research fellow at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, discusses perhaps the most quietly pervasive, and therefore most insidious, negative effects of the coronavirus — the casual dismissal of "the elderly" …

Carolyn S. Craig joins CAS as director of diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging

September 8, 2020

The College of Arts and Science is excited to welcome Carolyn S. Craig to the dean's staff as their new director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Craig has worked at Miami University since 2015 and is credentialed as both a certified diversity professional (CDP) and an advanced certified cultural intelligence professional (ACCQP) …

Miami receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

September 1, 2020

Miami University has been awarded a 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The national honor recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Miami and other award recipients will be featured in the November issue of the magazine …

Miami professor gives Chautauqua Institution lecture series commemorating women's suffrage

August 20, 2020

August 18, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. To commemorate this date, Kimberly A. Hamlin has been conducting a discussion-oriented 3-part master class on the history of women's suffrage and women’s rights in the United States, hosted by the Chautauqua Institution

Miami's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation honored with STEM award

August 17, 2020

Miami University's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) has been named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) …

The story of Miami and the Miami Tribe is one of passion for education and revitalization

August 5, 2020

Miami University's name reflects the history of the Native American tribe that once lived in the lower great lakes, including the Miami Valley region of Ohio. Miami University was named for the Miami River valley, which was named for the Myaamia (Miami) people. The fact that Miami University carries the name of a Tribal Nation, and is located within the historic homelands of the Myaamia people, lays the foundation for this special relationship, which started almost 50 years ago …

$1 million fund to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion development efforts

July 31, 2020

President Gregory Crawford today announced a new $1 million fund to support, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Miami University, with possible applications for wider society. This fund is the realization of a recommendation from the President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The fund will be used to develop innovative programs designed to create clear, measurable progress in bringing about transformative and sustainable advancement in the university's efforts and build a diverse, inclusive and more welcoming community …

The road to freedom through southwest Cincinnati: Student project highlights region's Underground Railroad ties

July 29, 2020

Hidden on a quiet country road five miles from Oxford, the Historic Hopewell Church straddles Butler and Preble counties in College Corner Township. Heidi McKee, professor of professional writing at Miami University, crafted a capstone project for senior professional writing majors and minors to create a new website and brochure for the church — researched, designed and written entirely by students — to serve as a history hub in addition to developing marketing materials for distribution …

Miami mourns the loss of U.S. Rep. John Lewis

July 18, 2020

U.S. Rep. John Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. The Georgia Democrat was a leader in the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration of Black residents in the South. Lewis began his activism with the 1961 Freedom Rides, challenging segregated interstate bus terminals across the South. Though peacefully protesting, he was beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police …

Myaamia culture and imagery to be part of the K-12 Ohio as America curriculum

July 16, 2020

The Myaamia Center, Miami University art education students taking ART 395 - Art Across the Curriculum and the Talawanda School District have collaborated the past three years on curriculum to help 4th graders learn about Myaamia culture and imagery. The Myaamia Center, located on Miami's Oxford campus, is the research arm for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma …

Professors Roley and Johnson Share NEA and NEH Fellowship Plans

July 14, 2020

Two English professors received prestigious national fellowships this year. Creative writing professor Brian Roley, received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and literature professor Katie Johnson was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship …

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 …