Giving Thanks for 2020
Giving Thanks for 2020
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In this season of thanks, we reflect on all those who
impact our lives in such meaningful ways.
For numerous reasons, 2020 will be a year to remember.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to you for 
supporting us with your dedication, perseverance, and caring
throughout this challenging year. 

Whether you were one of our generous donors, a volunteer behind the scenes,
a presenter, 
or a participant in our virtual classes, we thank you for your loyalty.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021 as we celebrate our 24th
Join us, March 29 through April 30, 2021!
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Wrap the perfect gift
Do you struggle to find that certain someone the perfect gift? Do others become exasperated shopping for you? Give the gift that's always a perfect fit. ILR gift certificates are just as exciting to give as they are to receive. Pick up one for a friend and put one on your own wish list. Drop us an email and enjoy crossing one more item off your to-do list.
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Yay team!

Collectively, when each volunteer contributes a little, we can accomplish a lot. That’s true in any normal ILR semester. This semester was anything but normal. “The human spirit must prevail over technology.” ~Albert Einstein 

And prevail they did! In the ILR fall semester and for the months that led up to it, the ILR Tech Team gave generously of their time, knowledge, and skills to help ILR weather this current storm. They provided our instructors the confidence they needed to take their courses online, then offered their continued support and assistance to them, our students, and the ILR staff. 

Because ILR is self-supporting, volunteers are our lifeblood. We cannot overstate the value this team brought to ILR by giving so freely of their time and expertise. With sincere gratitude, we thank (pictured above, top to bottom, L-R) Jerry Riesenberg, Sarah Baker, Pat Sidley, Marilyn Ruther, Mike Ruther, Paul Allen, Richard Brunner, Bill Hyatt, Robin Seaver, and Sante Matteo.

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Photo finish

Adding to ILR's photo history in Flickr, fall course photos have now been uploaded for your enjoyment. See all the collections.
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Side dishes

No Thanksgiving feast would be complete without a heaping side of great music, courtesy of our friends from the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band. This week, they take us to Italy.  Learn and hear more.

Start the new year with a good read. Join the Miami University Alumni Association's Book Club, open to the ILR community. The January-March 2021 book selection title is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer. We will begin the reading period on January 7th! Please get the book as soon as you can! You might also consider checking your local bookstores or public library (get on their waiting list now).
Celebrate the holiday season by participating in a Virtual Wine Tasting with Jack Keegan. Join the Miami University Alumni Association on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET for a tasting of festive wines from France with an Austrian thrown into the mix! We will explore sparkling, white, rosé, and red wines, all imported by alumna Fran Kysela '80. Jack will discuss winemaking, different origins, and taste the selected wines. Cheers!
From Miami's Provost, Jason Osborne: I would encourage you to spend some time engaging in some of the impressive offerings from our students and faculty in the arts as you have a moment. Here are some suggestions:

The Miami University Symphony Orchestra produced a short video that features the music of a remarkable black American female composer (it took almost three months to produce, due to the pandemic).

Gathering at the Poets’ Shack, an idea by Gion DeFrancesco, designed and executed by students in ETBD Capstone and the Department of Theatre, was an interactive installation in Bishop Woods celebrates and chronicles Miami voices through poetry, image, projection, and augmented reality.

All we do, a contemporary dance piece by Hannah Beddard.

Together apart, by Sam Terribilini, is an experimental improvisational musical experience. It follows the time-honored tradition of creating music live as a community, this time presented through a digital lens.

Archive Record 62, by Charlotte Snee and Laura Smith. Students are reporting supernatural lights coming from the President’s house. One investigator must try to uncover what is causing the mysterious occurrences before someone gets hurt, or the University shuts them down.

Created Equal, Facilitated by MUT Alumna Cheryl Ruschau, explores African-American perspectives on the Declaration of Independence, the revolutions it inspired, and the ongoing struggle for social justice in America today. It premiered live at Colonial Williamsburg on July 4th, 2019.

Recent books by Miami faculty.
Each week, The Extraordinary Times, a blog by Matthew Smith, catches up with leading folks in the local historical and cultural scene. Be sure to check out the archives for the past weeks. This week it’s our pleasure to catch up with Jeff Suess. Jeff is the author of Lost Cincinnati (2015), Hidden History of Cincinnati (2016), Cincinnati Then and Now (2018), AAC 150: Art Academy of Cincinnati 1869-2019 (2018), and Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline (2020). 
Engaged. Enriched. Enlightened.
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