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The most important things in our lives are often the most overlooked.  This online lecture series invites us to contemplate objects that fundamentally reshaped human experience.  From concrete and porcelain to the birth control pill and the first blues recording, each talk explores the history and cultural legacy of a transformative human creation.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Miami University Humanities Center, "Objects that Changed the World" aims to reconnect Miami alumni with our nationally recognized humanities faculty. We invite you to return to the classroom to recall the central role of the humanities in a Miami education and  modern society.   Register HERE.

Distinguished Lectures

old religious imagery

Icons

Andrew Casper
Associate Professor of Art History, Miami University
February 24, 2021 12:00 PM
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old photo of Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds

"Crazy Blues"

Tammy Kernodle
Professor of Musicology, Miami Univerisity
March 3, 2021 12:00 PM
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roman pantheon

Concrete

Steve Tuck
Professor of Classics, Miami University
March 10, 2021 12:00 PM
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black and white botanical photograph

The Photograph

Pepper Stetler
Associate Professor of Art and Architecture History and Associate Director of the Humanities Center
March 17, 2021 6:00 PM
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large white pill with "the pill" written on it

Birth Control Pill

Kimberly Hamlin
Associate Professor of History and Global and Intercultural Studies
March 31, 2021 6:00 PM
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white vase with red and blue dragon motif

Porcelain

Michael Hatch
Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture History, Miami University
April 7, 2021 6:00 PM
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black and white picture of a man driving model T car

Model T

Steve Conn
W.E. Smith Professor of History
April 14, 2021 12:00 PM
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aerial view of valley

Earthworks

Sandra Garner
Associate Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies
April 21, 2021 6:00 PM
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black and white image of static

Noise

Mack Hagood
Robert H. and Nancy J. Blayney Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies
April 28, 2021 12:00 PM
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