Arts and Culture

Did you know there are hundreds of arts and cultural events at Miami University's regional locations every year? Many are free and if not free, are often less than the price of a movie. We offer a wide range of activities and programs for both the campus and the community. We hope these resources will assist you in exploring the diversity of arts and culture at Miami.


John Quiñones speaking on the stage in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami Hamilton.

The Harry T. Wilks Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Issues and Current Events was endowed by the late Harry T. Wilks, a prominent Hamilton lawyer, businessman, and philanthropist. Speakers have included Pulitzer Prizewinners, political commentators, and three presidential candidates.

 Juan Williams speaking at a podium on the Parrish Auditorium stage at Miami University Hamilton.

The Michael J. Colligan History Project has brought over one hundred speakers to the Miami Hamilton campus, sponsored programs with schools and public libraries, and given awards for achievements in history. The Project welcomes partnerships with institutions and groups serving the Hamilton community who are interested in historical perspectives.

A woman standing up speaking with the Miami Regionals Hamilton Downtown wordmark on the wall in the background

Miami Hamilton Downtown is located at 221 High Street, Hamilton. It is a multi-use center for civic engagement and the arts, offering an array of programs including live music, art displays, theatrical performances, educational classes and lectures, and a convenient venue for scholarship activities and community meetings.


J.D. Vance Speaking at a podium at Dave Finkelman Auditorium

Since 1973, the Alex and Lena Casper Memorial Lectures on Social Issues and Current Events has brought nationally and internationally recognized speakers to the Miami Middletown campus. The series was endowed by the late Isidor Casper, a prominent Middletown attorney, to honor the memory of his parents.

Students sitting around the stage during a Fantastic Free Friday's performance

The Fantastic Free Fridays program at Miami University Middletown provides free opportunities for students in area schools and residents of local communities to enjoy live performances in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium. From music to magic and children's theatre to dance, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

People sitting in seats at verity lodge listening to a lecture.

Verity Traditions programs at Miami Middletown are as diverse and interesting as our lively community audiences. Interested in local or national history? Check. Live music? Check. Learning a new craft? Check. Meeting new people and learning about the lives of some of our international students from China? You guessed it. In addition to food for thought, a light meal is provided 15 minutes before each program begins.