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Howard Ayers Brought A Reign Of Turmoil To The University Of Cincinnati

In the Archives of the University of Cincinnati rests a curious bronze plaque describing Howard Ayers as the “Father of the University of Cincinnati,” which he most certainly was not. If anything, he came darn close to pitching the University of Cincinnati into chaos.

What Can We Expect From Preschool Promise?

Issue 44—commonly known as Preschool Promise—passed with a large majority. But what exactly was Preschool Promise, and how will its passage impact our local schools?

The Brooklyn Institute Offers College-Style Seminar Courses on the Cheap

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research recently expanded to Cincinnati, offering college-level seminar courses in a wide range of subjects while encouraging critical thinking and community-based learning, all for $75 or less.

A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Family

In an Over-the-Rhine row house, Liz McEwan sits down at the kitchen table with her four children. Her eldest, Israel, 8, pours his mom...

Rape Culture Lives Here

At the University of Cincinnati and Miami University, sexual assault has become one of the most studied subjects on campus. The administrations are struggling to earn a passing grade.

The State of Education

New testing standards and proposed legislation have administrators raising their hands with a few questions.

Waiting For The Great Leap Forward

The state of Chinese-American relations at Miami University.

The Birth of UC’s Creative Writing Powerhouse

Most local lifers likely have no clue that the city’s preeminent school of higher learning is also a magnet for some of the country’s top aspiring writers and poets.

The University of Cincinnati Founder Had Slaves—And They Had His Children

Charles McMicken freed all his Louisiana slaves by a clause in his will, and offered $100 to any of them who agreed to emigrate to Africa. McMicken also provided funds to establish colleges “where white boys and girls might be taught.” He set aside endowments and annuities for his nieces, nephews, and cousins, but nothing for his own children. It was 1886 before the first African American earned a degree from McMicken’s University of Cincinnati.

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