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Miami students celebrate diversity with Horizon, Lavender ceremonies

May 13, 2021

Graduating senior Alexandra Hernandez can't wait to start the next phase of her life after she earns a bachelor's degree from Miami University this weekend. The Lima, Ohio woman double majored in international studies and Spanish with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies. She hopes to teach English abroad later this year or in early 2022 …

Four authors discuss mental health and addiction during Miami's annual creative writing lecture series

May 13, 2021

For the 2021 edition of the annual Marianne D. McComb Series in Creative Writing, hosted by the Department of English, the theme was centered on mental health and addiction. The month-long series was originally scheduled as a two-day conference in 2020 and was adapted to a Zoom event this spring …

MUDEC Students Reflect on Cold War Politics in Croatia

May 6, 2021

Students of HST 250 - Comparative Cold War Childhoods spent the semester learning about the construction of an ideologically binary world on both sides of the Iron Curtain, but their study tour to Zadar, Croatia gave them new insights about the nuances of Cold War geopolitics. Croatia, as part of former Yugoslavia under the socialist regime of Josep Broz Tito, defied communist and capitalist control as a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement …

CAS students tackle interdisciplinary COVID-19 research at Miami's annual Undergraduate Research Forum

May 6, 2021

The 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum, held on April 21 over Zoom, featured over 500 Miami student researchers giving a total of 220 presentations. With support from their faculty mentors, students presented their year-long research projects that were conducted in a variety of disciplines and approaches, such as community projects, independent studies, service-learning projects, and creative projects. Of the nearly 200 research projects led by students in the College of Arts and Science, at least 14 were focused on COVID-19 …

English professors strive to keep students engaged in an age of entirely virtual learning

May 3, 2021

Teaching English 495, a literature and cultural theory capstone, associate professor Anita Mannur has incorporated cooking sessions as part of her course, with students cooking various dishes and sharing the results. Likewise, associate professor Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, in her third year of teaching at Miami, has switched the intro-level English 111 class to an entirely virtual operation with the assistance of graduate teaching assistants …

President Biden nominates Daryl Baldwin to National Council on the Humanities

April 29, 2021

President Joe Biden has nominated Myaamia Center Executive Director Daryl Baldwin — a leader in Native American language and cultural revitalization — to the National Council on the Humanities, the White House announced Wednesday. A citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Baldwin is an adjunct assistant professor in educational leadership and also serves as co-director of the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages, which is based in the Myaamia Center on Miami University’s Oxford campus …

Panelists discuss structural factors that impact high-risk group experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2021

Kathie Brinkman, an Oxford community member who serves as an advocate for her 95-year-old mother in assisted living, and Courtney Hineman, a community outreach advocate for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities as well as the co-leader of the Speak Up Self-Advocacy Program, spoke as panelists about the COVID-19 pandemic on April 6 via Zoom …

A new study shows Asian Americans are struggling due to discrimination during the pandemic

April 15, 2021

Data collected from Asian Americans about their experiences of discrimination during the pandemic show some troubling effects, according to Miami University's Vaishali Raval. Raval and her co-researcher, Virginia Huynh of California State University—Northridge, are awaiting review from the Journal of Asian American Psychology for their study, "The psychological impact of racial discrimination towards Asian Americans amidst Covid-19, the so-called 'China' virus" …

Six faculty members receive University Faculty Scholar and University Junior Faculty Scholar awards for 2021

April 14, 2021

Miami University Faculty Scholar Awards for 2021 have been presented to John Jeep, professor of German, Russian, and Middle East Languages and Cultures (GREAL); Rose Marie Ward, professor of kinesiology, nutrition and health; and Ellen Yezierski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Miami University Junior Faculty Scholar Awards (formerly called the Distinguished Junior Faculty Awards) have been presented to assistant professors Carolyn Hardin, media, journalism and film and global and intercultural studies; Andrew Jones, chemical, paper and bioengineering; and Jessica McCarty, geography …

CAS expands its focus on diversity, equality, and inclusion for students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Miami community

April 14, 2021

As part of a renewed initiative to help demonstrate Miami University's "philosophy and belief that a diverse academic community is among an institution's greatest strengths," the College of Arts and Science (CAS) has significantly broadened its efforts to develop and offer new programs and resources devoted to diversity, equity, and inclusion …

Miami alumni advise political science students on finding success on Capitol Hill

April 2, 2021

Three alumni from the Department of Political Science, on March 24 over Zoom, served as panelists to provide advice and insight to political science students about maximizing their time at Miami as well as how to join the Capitol Hill workforce …

2021 President's Distinguished Service Award Recipients Announced

April 1, 2021

Each year, Miami University honors senior students whose service to Miami and our surrounding community embodies Love + Honor with the President's Distinguished Service Award. Their service through campus life, community service, intellectual and cultural leadership or student employment demonstrates the spirit of being a citizen leader of uncommon quality. The 2021 President's Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding students who graduated in December 2020 or January 2021, or are set to graduate in May or August 2021 …

Three new Myaamia Center programs, including two fellowships, aim to increase educational opportunities on campus

April 1, 2021

Miami University and the Myaamia Center are leading an effort to increase educational opportunities about the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and its relationship with the university. Daryl Baldwin, executive director of the Myaamia Center, the Tribe's research arm, said center staff will be reaching out across campus in hopes of strengthening already existing relationships and building new ones that will further increase learning opportunities for all students …

Valuing Water MiniConference educates the public on importance of clean water

March 31, 2021

On March 19, the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation sponsored and organized the four-session half-day Valuing Water MiniConference: An Environmental and Sociocultural Exploration of Water. A service project on March 20 also took place at Four Mile Creek Restoration with Three Valley Conservation Trust …

Bipartisan discussion between Valerie Jarrett and Marc Short on the new administration takes center stage at Miami's Janus Forum

March 29, 2020

This semester’s Janus Forum, held on March 16 over Zoom, centered around President Biden’s first 100 days in office, the COVID-19 relief bills, and bipartisanship in American politics today. The two speakers were Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to former president Barack Obama, and Marc Short, Chief of Staff to former Vice President Mike Pence. …

Humanities Center's Altman Program sheds light on the topic of mass migrations

March 24, 2021

Each year the Miami University Humanities Center hosts the John W. Altman Program in the Humanities, a series of public events and research focusing on an annual theme. For this year's theme on "Migrations" a recent talk was held on March 11 over Zoom and given by University of Chicago professor of East European history Tara Zahra …

Strippel Series Tackles Inequities in Pandemic Response

March 23, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, and vaccines are gradually rolling out, researchers have reported troubling disparities when it comes to underrepresented populations. So when it came time to choose a theme for this year's Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund for Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights Annual Program, the coronavirus response of the state of Ohio came into focus …

Critical Language Scholarship finalist and alternates named

March 16, 2021

In January, three Miami students were named as semi-finalists for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. We are excited to announce that senior Nancy Pellegrino has been offered the CLS as a finalist, with sophomore Navkiran Chima and senior Mackenzie Holtz selected as alternates …

History professor's research focuses on modern Russian history

March 15, 2021

Recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Scholar award from Miami, Dr. Stephen Norris, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of History and Director, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, took time to discuss recent projects. Norris's research focuses on modern Russian history with an emphasis on visual culture and propaganda since the 19th Century …

Freedom Rider Betty Daniels Rosemond shares her story with Miami students

March 15, 2021

Betty Daniels Rosemond, a Freedom Rider who fought for racial justice, spoke with Miami students in instructor of social justice Mark Curnutte's class on Thursday, March 4 to share her experiences as a member of The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1961 …

Ohio officials to share insight on the pandemic's impact on health equity and social justice

March 11, 2021

The Center for American and World Cultures, through its Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund, has organized an online panel series beginning on Tuesday, March 16 to discuss the disproportionate impacts of Covid-19 in underrepresented communities …

Miami receives national award for investing in supplier diversity

March 10, 2021

Miami University has been awarded the inaugural Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2021 Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The national award honors colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses through supplier diversity offices, unique programs and leading initiatives …

Call for papers is open for National Civil Rights Conference

March 10, 2021

Miami University will host the 10th Annual National Civil Rights Conference in summer of 2021. The conference was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic …

Social Innovation Weekend 2021: 'Best event I have ever attended'

March 8, 2020

Andrew Davis, a junior women's, gender, and sexuality studies major, didn't have a typical college student weekend this weekend. Davis and more than 120 other Miami University students spent much of their weekend working to find solutions to some aspect of homelessness and insecure housing at Social Innovation Weekend 2021. Their final ideas ranged from mobile showers and laundry stations for the homeless to transportation and housing services for women of color fleeing violent relationships …

Miami University dedicates Nellie Craig Walker Hall after first Black graduate

February 24, 2021

Miami University officials on Wednesday dedicated the former Campus Avenue Building as Nellie Craig Walker Hall after the university's first Black graduate. The Oxford native graduated from Miami in 1905, having earned a two-year teaching certificate. She became the first Black educator to student-teach in the community's public schools to a mixed-race class …

Miami dedicates residence hall lobbies to honor slain Freedom Summer activists

February 24, 2021

Miami University on Wednesday honored the lives of three slain Freedom Summer activists by dedicating residence hall lobbies after them near the grounds where they trained during Freedom Summer in 1964. Michael Schwerner, 24, James Chaney, 21, and Andrew Goodman, 20, were among approximately 800 volunteers who trained at the Western College for Women, which is now part of Miami's Western campus …

Miami University names Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins spring commencement speaker

February 18, 2021

Miami University President Greg Crawford has announced that Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins will be the commencement speaker at Miami's spring ceremony. The university has not yet announced a decision on whether the ceremony, slated for 10:30 am Saturday, May 15, will be in-person or virtual as officials continue to monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the feasibility of large gatherings …

Sociology Professor Studies Gender and Empowerment in Refugee Population

February 18, 2021

Dr. Fauzia Ahmed, Associate Professor of Sociology, was awarded funding from the Philip M. & Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives during the 2020 fiscal year, to travel to Bangladesh from December 2019 to March 2020 and conduct Participatory Action Research (PAR) on gender and empowerment among Rohingya women in refugee camps …

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 …