Campus & Community Events

Native American Film Festival, November 4th - 6th!!

From the Anthropology Department: The Department of Anthropology has teamed with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Film + Video Center to offer a four-day showcase of contemporary Native American cinema, November 4-6, on the Oxford campus. The Festival features award-winning documentaries and numerous short films that highlight the diverse stories, histories, and experiences of North American indigenous filmmakers, bringing to Oxford a rich offering of the best in Native cinema. Screenings are free and open to the public. Wednesday, Nov. 4, McGuffey 322, 4-6pm, Thursday Nov. 5, 4-6pm, Friday Nov. 6, MacMillan Hall.

Writers Harvest Benefit Reading


The 17th Annual Writers Harvest Benefit reading will be held this Thursday at 7 pm in Leonard Theatre. Readers this year include Creative Writing faculty members, such as cris cheek, Eric Goodman, Steve Lansky, Margaret Luongo, and Kay Sloan, with one or two possible late additions. We have books by many of these faculty members at King Library. Here is a sampling:

Part, Short Life Housing: Poems by cris cheek. King Library PR6053.H433 P27 2009

Child of My Right Hand: A Novel by Eric Goodman. King Library PS3557.O583 C47 2004

The Patron Saint of Red Chevies: A Novel by Kay Sloan. King Library PS3569.L544 P38 2004

Suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for faculty. Donations will be divided equally between the Family Choice Pantry in Oxford, Serve City in Middletown, and the Freestore/Foodbank in Cincinnati. This year's Writers Harvest is part of a larger effort on campus: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Down in Mississippi



Miami University's production of Down in Mississippi: A Gospel Play with Music by Carlyle Brown starts October 1st and continues through October 10th.  This perfomance will be the world premiere.  The production is part of the events surrounding the "Freedom Summer, Unity, and Change: Then and Now" conference scheduled for October 9th-11th.

You'll find a lot of great information about Freedom Summer in the Western College Memorial Archives.  You'll find photos and documents there.

In addition you might want to check out our Digital Collections.  You'll find a useful African-Americans at Miami University Collection.  You can also browse some of the Freedom Summer Collection.

If you're interested in learning more about African-American theatre, you might want to check out Alexander Street Press's Black Drama 1850 to the Present.  You might also check out a couple of these book titles:

The Fire This Time: African-American Plays for the 21st Century by Harry Elam and Robert Alexander.  King Library PS628.N4 F57 2004

Best Black Plays: The Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwriting edited by Chuck Smith.  King Library PS627.N4 B47 2007

Black Heroes in Monologues by Gus Edwards.  King Library PS3555.D925 B55 2006

Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American, and Caribbean Drama by Tejumola Olaniyan. King Library PS338.N4 O43 1995

Reading Contemporary African-American Drama: Fragments of History, Fragments of Self edited by Trudier Harris.  King Library PS338.N4 R43 2007

Native American Women's Theater


Miami University's Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman have recently edited and published a collection of plays written by Native American women called Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women's Theater (King Library PS628.I53 P47 2009). In addition to the plays this collection includes production histories, essays, and interviews. These works were first presented at a conference called "Honoring Spiderwoman Theater/Celebrating Native American Theater" in 2007 held here at Miami and have been edited and expanded for this book collection. A cd with video clips and photos is also included. Contributors include Murielle Borst, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Gloria Miguel, Monique Mojica, Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, Vincent P. Scott, Spiderwoman Theatre, etc.

If this fascinating collection piques your interest, you might also want to check out Miami University's Native American Women Playwrights Archive. The archives serves as the repository for Spiderwoman Theatre and can be found in our Special Collections on the third floor of King Library.



Miami University 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives

A definitive history of Miami University has been published and is available for viewing in King Library. Edited by Curtis W.

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