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    • Have you met Hannah Randolph? She used to be an undergraduate student at UC, and she won several awards -- including awardsHannah Randolph Profile pic from the Taft Research Center.  A recipient of the prestigious Boren scholarship, she got the chance to study abroad in China.  She is now a freshman at American University in Washington. Her goal: to work for the United Nations. Learn all about her from reading her profile.

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      The Taft Research's Center Adrian Parr was among those interviewed for a series of dialogues on the critical theories of violence which was featured in the Stone, an opinion section of the New York Times. Dr. Parr is featured in the fourth dialogue of the series, where she discusses how climate degradation is a form of violence. She also explains how environmental degradation is a crime against humanity.  Click here to find out more information about the series.

    • HumanitiesAbstract The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, at the University of Cincinnati, is calling for paper and roundtable proposals for its third annual humanitiesNOW Graduate Humanities Conference. This year’s keynote speaker is Tom Conley, the Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and a professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. We are looking for talented graduate students to share their research with others at this two-day conference, which will take place Feb. 9 to 10. Last year, we had participants from throughout the country take part in the program. Abstracts are due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 9.

    • Poster We are proud to announce that The Intimate Realities of Water, a documentary created by the public humanities group, and in particular Adrian Parr, Sean and John Hughes, was selected as the North Carolina Film Award's "Board of Director's award.  One of the NCFA's goal is help promote independent filmmakers for their hard work and creativity.  Besides the NCFA award, the documentary was also selected by the Hollywood International Documentary Awards Festival for an Award of Excellence, awards for documentary narration and writing, as well as an award for outstanding first-time filmmakers, Adrian Parr and Sean Hughes. The Hollywood International Documentary Awards Festival is a monthly film festival exclusively for documentaries. In addition, the film was also nominated as a finalist for "Best Documentary"at the Paris Art & Movie Awards – International festival. Filmmakers from all over the world gathered in Paris on July 25th, where the documentary premiered. The film presents a series of cinematic portraits that examine the power dynamics of water and slums, and is a social commentary that chronicles the complex relationship between war, poverty, gender, sanitation, and health.
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      Center Fellow, Dr. Earl Wright II, will have a co-edited book, "What To Expect And How To Respond," come out in September.  Wright is a professor in the department of Africana Studies, and he is also an affiliate faculty in the department of sociology.   Recently, the Souther Sociological Society named Wright the 2016 recipient of the Charles S. Johnson Award for excellence in research on "Race and the South."  Wright co-edited the book with Thomas C. Calhoun, interim dean at the University of Kentucky's College of Liberal Arts. 

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