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Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths is recipient of AU’s Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, professor of communication studies and director of the online Communications Studies Program in the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of AU’s 2020 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award.

Finalists for the award were Dr. David McCoy, associate professor of journalism and digital media, and Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, associate professor of doctoral studies and advanced programs.

Randall-Griffiths to present living history performance of suffragist Catt on March 2 at AU

02/18/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio -- In observance and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting a woman's right to vote, the Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference will present Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths' living history performance of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  

Panelists at AU event will discuss corporate social responsibility

As an essential component of the free market, do corporations have any social responsibility beyond maximizing profits? Is it enough that they simply do no harm to society? Or do they have a responsibility to do some good?

Together with the Foundation for Economic Education and Conscious Capitalism, the Ashland University Political Economy Program will host a panel discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Myers Convocation Center. The event is presented as part of the Environmental Lecture Series and the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference, both of which are focusing on the theme of "Liberty and Responsibility." The event is free and open to the public.

Poet Paige Webb to give reading at AU on Feb. 6

Paige Webb, administrative director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and managing editor of publications at Ashland University, will give a poetry reading Thursday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Schar College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.

Webb’s work has appeared in Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Portland Review, Vinyl and on the Academy of American Poets website. Her chapbook, Tussle, was recently released by dancing girl press.

Symposium continues with May’s presentation on improving air quality measurements

01/17/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Dr. Andrew May, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University, will present details about his work in improving the measurements of local air quality on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall of the Ashland University Schar College of Education.

AU continues its Symposium Against Indifference into spring semester

The 10th Biennial Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Against Indifference continues its theme of "Liberty & Responsibility" with a full slate of events for the Spring 2020 semester, beginning Jan. 23. The full schedule of events is available online at

The spring events include:

* an environmental science lecture on low-cost improvements to measuring air pollutants in Columbus;
* a panel discussion about corporate social responsibility;
* a living history performance of Carrie Chapman Catt's woman's suffrage story; and
* a 4-part series on the Victims of Communism, including a personal story from a North Korean defector, a film screening of The Lives of Others which follows an East German surveillance, lessons learned on the downfall of the Venezuelan democracy from a Venezuelan dissident and a lecture on Havel's Rhetoric of Truth through Communist Czechoslovakia

6 French films to be screened at AU as part of Tournees Film Festival

Ashland University’s Department of Foreign Languages will hold a Tournées Film Festival in January featuring five recent French films and one classic film. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place each evening at 7 on Jan. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education.

The festival, which is presented in collaboration with Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was made possible by a grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange received by Dr. Richard Gray, associate professor of foreign languages, who organized the festival. Gray is the only professor in the Midwest to have received this grant six of the last seven years.

Winter Festival Band Concert showcases world premiere, xylophone soloist

The Department of Music at Ashland University will present its annual Winter Festival Band Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Joseph Lewis Jr., the concert will feature the Ashland University Symphonic Band and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. The concert will offer a program of classic compositions for concert band, along with some holiday favorites.