Thursday, October 18, 2001

Miami talks a slice of past

By Marta Roberts
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Civil rights and World War II are featured for this year's Michael J. Colligan history project and lecture series at Miami University's Hamilton campus.

        The lectures, open to the public, are named for an avid historian and university benefactor.

        Cynthia Crane speaks tonight on “Divided Lives: The Untold Stories of Jewish-Christian Women in Nazi Germany.” On Nov. 15, John Dolibois will talk about his experiences at the Nuremberg war crimes trials.

        “It's been really interesting to see how much people are interested in their community, their country and the history of their country,” said the project's director, Michael Carrafiello, who called response “overwhelming.”

        Last year, the university had to turn people away at the Dolibois lecture.

        The history project and lecture series began last year and have spawned an academic course and inspired community activities, including performances of Swing Time, a musical about the World War II era, and The Diary of Anne Frank, a play.

        Two lectures are planned for the spring.

        Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joan Hedrick will talk about Harriet Beecher Stowe and her involvement in civil rights, and Mary DeCredico will speak on Mary Chestnut, a Southern woman who opposed slavery.

        For more information, call Michael Carrafiello at (513) 785-3254. The lectures are held in Parrish Auditorium on the campus of Miami University Hamilton at 7:30 pm.


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