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  • Assistant Professor Littisha BatesCongratulations to Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Littisha Bates for earning the Dean’s Award for her success in teaching, research, and campus leadership. Her work has been published in numerous journals, including the "Journal of Contemporary Research in Education,” and “Social Science Research.” Bates, recently tenured, focuses her research on inequality in education, specifically looking at the racial and ethnic achievement gaps, the resource gaps between different schools, and the gaps found in other socioeconomic outcomes. She is also working on a book, “Paralyzed by ‘Choice’: School Selection and the Things that Matter,” detailing the enrollment practices of Cincinnati’s magnet schools. Bates, who arrived to campus in 2009, also co-founded the Black Faculty Association. She received both her doctorate and master’s degrees from Arizona State University and her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. The Dean’s Award includes $2,000 in funding to help the recipient with his or her teaching, research, and other professional efforts.

  • Professor Jon Hughes, an award-winning reporter, author and photojournalist, took first place in the faculty/staff category in the UC Bicentennial essay contest for his piece, "The Provost Doesn't Call There Anymore."

  • Dr. Danielle Bessett, an assistant professor with the Dr. Danielle Bessettsociology department, has been selected as "The Arts and Sciences Health Rising Star Award recipient! This award is give to a person who is active health-related research and who will be the future of our research prowess."  There is only one award winner from each college at the University of Cincinnati, as well as one researcher from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Cincinnati VA.  The award will be presented during the opening ceremony of Research W22k 2016 from noon to 12:30 p.m. April 18 in the CARE/Crawley Atrium in the Medical Sciences Building.

  • English student, Julialicia Case also took first place in the student competition for "Cincinnati Storystorm." The contest was announced in Otober 2015 and it ended on March 31, 2016. Wining essays will be published in a book that celebrates UC's upcoming bicentennial. Other categories in the competition included alumni competition, and the visual essay competition. Prize winners receive $1,000 for first prize, $500 for second prize, and $250 for third prize. For more information, click here.

  • Dr. Ethan Katz, with the History Department, for the receiving the National Jewish Book Award for 2015, for the category "Writing Based on Archival Material."  Dr. Katz wrote, "The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France."  For a link to see who else won this year, click here. Past winners of the National Jewish Book Award include Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Elie Wiesel, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordechai Kaplan, Irving Howe, and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

  • The Taft Research Center is proud to have sponsored the 2016 International Žižek Studies Conference at the University of Cincinnati. The conference was held on May 27 - 29, 2016 at Tangeman University Center. Keynote Speakers included Slavoj Žižek, Graham Harman, and Frances Restuccia. Žižek is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Llubljana (the oldest, largest, and best-ranked university in Slovenia), a Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and the international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities of the University of London. His research explores a range of topics which include continental philosophy, political theory, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, film criticism, and theology. Harman is a philosophy professor at the American University in Cairo. He is one of the leading researchers of speculative realism. Restuccia is an English professor at Boston College.  To visit the conference schedule, click here, or on the image below.
    2016 International Zizek Studies Conferences.
  • The Taft Research Center would like to congratulate Dr. Ethan Katz, with the History Department, for the receiving the National Jewish Book Award for 2015, for the category "Writing Based on Archival Material." Dr. Katz wrote, "The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France."

  • The Taft Research Center is pleased to announce that Executive Director Adrian Parr is featured in the May 18 issue of the New York Times. Assistant News Editor of the Salon Media Group Natasha Lennard sat down with Dr. Parr to talk about her latest book, "The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics."

  • Congratulations to Nicasio Urbina, Romance Languages & Literatures, who was awarded the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works! To view the announcement, please click here.

  • Taft is proud to be a sponsor of "Modern Aspects of Complex Geometry: a conference in honor of Charles Phelps Taft Professor David Minda," which will take place in Swift Hall 800, Mary 14 – 17. For more information, you can visit the conference website here.

  • Are you a believer? Are you interested in religious studies? Did you know that Roman Emperor Julian, who ruled for only a year and a half starting in 361 AD, made a lasting impact on Christianity and Christian-Jewish relations? To find our more, look at the work of Ari Finkelstein, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies. Features of his work can be found here and here.

  • Political Scientist Andrew Lewis examines Mike Huckabee's subversion of the Supreme Court, following the Court's recent decision on same-sex marriage, in a June 30 Washington Post article here.

  • What causes extinction-level events & how do species survive them? Take a look at recent work from Ken Tankersley and a group of UC researchers for answers: here.

  • What part of the US weathered the economic crisis well? How did race play a role in neighborhood development during this period? Find out from a recent study from Sociology’s Jeff Timberlake, published in phsy.org here.

  • Congratulations to Caroline Hensley, a double major in Spanish and Biomedical Studies, for earning the UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence. For more on her story, visit the announcement here.

  • Alexis Schramm, third-year undergraduate in political science, received the Ralph Bunche Fellowship to attend the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, held at Duke University. Through this program, Schramm will participate in two graduate level courses, one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics. The program also includes the creation of an original research paper that will allow for the application of knowledge gained from both of these courses.

  • Congratulations to Richard Harknett on receiving the Faculty Award for Exemplary Contributions in Service to the University of Cincinnati! Dr. Harknett’s 22 years at UC have been marked by a strengthening in relationships, dedication to skillful leadership, and collaboration. Such commitment led to one of Harknett’s greatest accomplishments; the transformation of the Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund into the fully developed Taft Research Center!

  • Congratulations to Leah Stewart, Director of Creative Writing at UC, on receiving the 2014 Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize! To read more about Stewart's outstanding achievements, see the full story here.

  • We are proud to note that International Affairs student Jacob Fessler has received the Boren Scholarship to study Portuguese in Mozambique for Fall 2014! Fessler is planning to enroll in the African Languages Initiative at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.

  • Congratulations to Matt Teaford, a creative writing student, on his published collection of poetry, “Heart of a Lion, Tongue of a Snake”! The book, which is available for purchase through Amazon and CincyBooks, features a forward from President Santa J. Ono.

  • Mathematics student Jared Haggit is giving new meaning to innovation! Haggit, who recently created the organization Innovation Initiative, is working to bring local professionals into dialogue with students looking to became innovators in their fields. The group, which includes students across all disciplines, seeks to inspire innovation at UC through student ideas.

  • We are proud to announce that 66 Students were recognized by UC’s McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and Carl H. Lindner College of Business for their acceptance into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honorary society. For more information see: UC Students Elected into Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Are there aspects of contemporary global society that make it possible to think and act in ways that render specific populations “disposable”? How might we commemorate tragic events of the past in ways that will cultivate a deeper understanding of the conditions that give rise to extreme violence?

    The Disposable Life project tackles these questions. Recent articles on the project have been published in Al Jazeera news (link here), the World Financial Review (link here), and in The Independent, a UK morning paper published in London (link here).

  • Congratulations to Rachel Steiger-Meister, a doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature, for winning the 2013 South Million Writers Award for her story “Chlorine Mermaid”. To read her story, click here.

  • Click on the image below to have a look at our Taft December 2013 Newsletter:
    Taft December 2013 Newsletter

  • Center Director Adrian Parr sat down with WVXU's Mark Heyne to talk about the future cities livable futures event held this fall at the CAC in Cincinnati. To hear the interview, follow the link here.For more on futures cities, visit the website @ futurecitieslf.com

  • Samuel Hahn, a fourth-year undergraduate in History, puts his education into practice in helping to produce a video detailing the role of Hamilton Avenue and the surrounding communities in the Underground Railroad. Funded by the Historical Society of College Hill, you can view this video by clicking here.

  • 2013-2014 Center Fellow Katherine Sorrels, of History has discovered a familial link to Taft. For more information, click here

  • We are very proud to announce that Taft Trustee Robert Rich was recently honored in the University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. For background information on Mr. Rich and his acceptance speech see video below.


    In addition to serving as one of the Taft Trustees Robert E. Rich is a partner in Taft's Private Client practice group. He is also a member of the Participation and Partnership Committee of the firm. Bob is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1969 and 1970. Bob practices in the health care and managed care medical field, as well as in general tax planning and the defense of tax issues, exempt organization and private foundation matters, probate administration, estate tax planning and personal service contracting, and in the formation and operation of partnerships and limited liability companies of all kinds. He has had extensive experience in the organization and operation of independent physician associations, multi-specialty medical practice groups and medical school faculty practice plans. Bob has been the speaker at numerous seminars such as the Cincinnati Bar Association, C.L.E. Seminars, Southwestern Ohio Tax Institute, Kentucky Continuing Legal Education Law and Medicine Seminar, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Family Practice Seminar. Bob is a past president of the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Lighthouse Youth Services Inc. and the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association. He is currently a Volunteer Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Bob is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and named an Ohio Super Lawyer by Cincinnati Magazine.

    Congratulations Mr Rich!

  • Dave Maume, Sociology, received the Southern Sociological Society’s Katherine Jocher-Belle Boone Beard Award for distinguished scholarly contributions to the understanding of gender and society.



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