Congratulations to Professor Sandra Reed
26th Distinguished Drinko Fellow











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The Appalachian Renaissance with Chris White










Click here to listen to Ep. 44 – The Appalachian Renaissance as a Concept, Dr. Kevin Barksdale (13 April 2021)

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The Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Symposiumfaces of appalachia













Challenging Conversations: Believe It or Not: Conspiracies and Public Debates


Challenging Conversations: Finding Truth in the Post-Fairness Era














Women’s History Month Events at Marshall University

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Black History Month Events at Marshall University


Dr. Carter G. Woodson Portrait Unveiling, Monday, February 1st, 4 p.m.
The artist, Sassa Wilkes, is a Marshall graduate. Jack Houvouras, editor of Huntington Quarterly, will unveil his magazine cover featuring Woodson. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will read the 2021 Black History proclamation. Sylvia Cyrus, executive director of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, will provide remarks and react to the portrait. Ms. Cyrus’ organization was founded by Dr. Woodson in 1915 (as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History), and she holds his title. Co-sponsor – Huntington Tri-State Branch, Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
View the full program here
Herald Dispatch event coverage: here
Charleston Gazette event coverage: here


Angela Dodson Presentation, Wednesday, February 3rd, 4 p.m.
Angela Dodson is a member of Marshall’s Journalism Hall of Fame and the first Black journalist to edit a section of The New York Times. She will read from her book, “Remember the Ladies,” and discuss her life in Huntington, too. Several copies of Dodson’s book will be given away during a drawing. Dr. Gayle Brazeau, dean of the School of Pharmacy, will read her favorite Maya Angelou poem. The School of Pharmacy is co-sponsoring this event, courtesy of Gayle and Daniel Brazeau. Also co-sponsoring is Huntington Tri-State Branch, Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
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Disparities in Health Care During the Pandemic, Wednesday, February 10th, 4 p.m.
Featuring Jill Upson, chair of the West Virginia COVID-19 Advisory Commission on African American Disparities and executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs; Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of Marshal University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; Dr. Lauri Andress, West Virginia University School of Public Health; Dr. Leonard White, Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. Andress will discuss infant mortality disparities in West Virginia, Dr. White will urge African Americans to get the vaccine, and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will give remarks about how Dr. White saved his life. Co-sponsor – Huntington Tri-State Branch, Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Link to this virtual event: https://tinyurl.com/lyceum2102
Herald Dispatch event coverage: here
Marshall Parthenon event coverage: here







































Featured Program

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Marshall to host virtual presentation with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams
Full program available here.

Women’s Equality Day


Casey Murphy, Soprano/BFA in Music and Music Education, driven by Janie McDaniel. Photo by Austin O’Connor/Marshall University, 8/26/2020

In 2020, the Drinko Academy has partnered with the League of Women Voters of the Huntington Area and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with Marshall University Student Affairs, the College of Arts and Media, the School of Music, the School of Theatre, the Women’s and Gender Center, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the City of Huntington, to present the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration: Driving for Democracy motorcade parade.  The event was held on August 26, and involved more than eighty vehicles.








View the Suffrage Centennial video program here
View Marshall University photo gallery of the Suffrage Centennial Celebration here
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Isabella Robinson, Sophomore, Spanish and Broadcast Journalism Double Major. Photo by Sholten Singer/Herald Dispatch, 08/26/2020.


Neely Seams, 2020 BFA in Theatre, driven by Lillie Bodie. Photo by Austin O’Connor/Marshall University, 8/26/2020


Helen Gibbins, president of the League of Women Voters of Huntington and parade grand marshall, is presented gifts from Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert during a “Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration: Driving for Democracy” event on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Huntington. Photo by Shelton Singer/Herald Dispatch.


Ms. Wendy Thomas, chair of Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration: Driving for Democracy planning committee, talks with members of the media before the start of the program. Photo by Sholton Singer/Herald Dispatch, 8/26/2020


Featured Suffrage Centennial Celebration program performers, Casey Murphy, Isabella Robinson, and Neely Seams. Photo by Laura Michele Diener/Marshall University, 8/26/2020

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Marshall University’s 2020 U.S. Constitution Celebration




2020 Voter Registration/Voter Information Drive

Because it is more urgent than ever that we commit ourselves to fulfilling our civic responsibilities, the Drinko Academy in 2020 worked to register students to vote and to provide students with information about early voting and absentee ballots.  Collaborating with our campus partners in the Women’s and Gender Center, Student Affairs, the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, and Marshall Libraries, we spoke directly to more than 1300 students about voting.  We are pleased to have contributed to the historic voter turnout that took place on November 3rd.
For more information about Marshall University’s 2020 voter registration efforts, visit: https://www.marshall.edu/herdvotes/

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Take the Pledge Campaign

Because our democracy depends upon civic literacy, the Drinko Academy has partnered with the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy to launch a new Take the Pledge Campaign.  We are distributing pocket U.S. Constitutions and pledge cards to our campus community.
The pledge cards ask signatories to commit to: reading the Constitution of the United States of America; being conversant with its contents; discussing it with classmates, friends, and family; and exercising the responsibilities incumbent of citizenship. To date 95 students, faculty, and staff have signed the pledge. Please join us in doing so.

To request a pocket U.S. Constitution, contact us at drinkoacademy@marshall.edu
To Take the Pledge electronically, here
To learn more about the U.S. Constitution, visit: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution


Quoits 2020


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Open Quoits Tournament winners United Way of the River Cities, Russ Gothan and Bill Rosenberger. 9/18/2020


President's winners
United Way of the River Cities, Russ Gothan and Bill Rosenberger, winners of the President’s Quoits Tournament on 9/18/2020. Pictured from left to right: Vice President Maurice Cooley, President Jerry Gilbert, Bill Rosenberger, and Russ Gothan.

media quoits winners
Media Quoits Challenge winners, Delegate Chad Lovejoy and Delegate Matt Rohrbach, being presented trophies by Pittmaster Dr. David Pittenger. Photo by Austin O’Connor/Marshall University, 9/24/2020


1st place
Marshall Intramural Quoits League winners Quoit Down, Seth Williams and Kyle Weiss. Photo by Lori Thompson and Lindsey Harper/Marshall University, 10/10/2020

2020 Community Service Award


John Deaver Drinko Academy Executive Director Dr. Montserrat Miller and 2020 Community Service Award recipient Howard Franklin Osburn. Photo by Austin O’Connor/Marshall University, 11/5/2020


Photo by Austin O’Connor/Marshall University, 11/5/2020

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Distinguished Drinko Fellows News


Dr. James Becker is continuing his mission through the COVID pandemic to bring addiction training to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine primary care programs.  Board certified in Addiction Medicine, Becker has secured approval from the American Council of Graduate Medical Education for a Fellowship program in Addiction Medicine and, in collaboration with Dr. Amy Saunders, is preparing for the second year of that initiative.


Dr. Rachael Peckham has received the 2020 Love of Learning Award from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society.  The award supports Dr. Peckham’s work to complete her book manuscript, The Aviatrix: Essays on Flying and Falling.  For more information about Dr. Peckham’s work, see: Marshall professor explores unique grief of aviation loss


Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom: Friedrich Schiller and Philosophy
, edited by María del Rosario Acosta López and Jeffrey L. Powell (Albany: SUNY Press, 2018) was positively reviewed by Sabin Roehr in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Philosophy and by Alexandra Martínez Ruiz in the September 2020 issue of Ideas y Valores.


Professor Burnis Morris has been recognized as a Trailblazer of Diversity by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.  For more information on the AEJMC Trailblazer of Diversity Initiative, visit: https://www.aejmc.org/home/resources/trailblazers/

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, Professor Burnis Morris was featured as part of Fairmont State University’s Phyllis Wilson Moore Online Author Series, presented by the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.  Professor Morris read from his 2017 University Press of Mississippi book, Carter G. Woodson: History, The Black Press, and Public Relations.

Professor Morris, with the support of a John Marshall University Scholars Award, has authored a book chapter entitled “Woodson and a Century of Making Black Lives Matter,” which will be published in Denise Meringolo, ed., Radical Roots: Public History and Social Justice, Amherst University Press, forthcoming April 2021.


Dr. Wendell Dobbs is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Media, which includes the School of Art and Design, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Music, the School of Theatre, the CAM Video Production program, and the Marshall Artist Series. The last months have been challenging ones in the face of the COVID crisis, but he considers it an honor to serve alongside devoted and skilled colleagues—faculty, staff and directors.


On Thursday, October 15 2020, the Marshall University School of Music presented Dr. Ed Bingham in a Faculty Saxophone Recital, accompanied on the piano by Dr. Johan Botes. The recital can be viewed on YouTube here. Program notes are available here.







Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds serves as Marshall University’s accreditation liaison officer to its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  She also serves as an HLC Peer Corps Member.  This semester, in initial collaborations with key colleagues, she has begun the process of planning the university’s next HLC Quality Initiative.

Dr. Reynolds and colleagues from Academic Affairs and the Registrar’s Office are working with staff from the Education Advisory Board to refine an online platform (Academic Performance Solutions) with the goal of helping program leadership make data driven decisions that will strengthen and streamline academic offerings.

Dr. Reynolds collaborates closely with colleagues from the Summer Assessment Team and the University Assessment Committee to facilitate improvement in practices used to assess student learning and program improvement.  This collaboration has been especially important as we adjust practices and discover new opportunities to assess student learning during the current pandemic.


11/13/2018 Left to right Back Row: Bob Alexander, Eldon Larsen, Wendell Dobbs, Ed Bingham, Robin O’Keefe, Chuck Sommerville. Left to right Front Row: Mary Beth Reynolds, Jean Edward Smith, Rachael Peckham, Montserrat Miller, Alan Gould, Jeff Powell, Maria Carmen Riddel. Not Pictured: Simon Perry, Bill Denman, Shirley Lumpkin, Ken Ambrose, Beverly Marchant, Edwina Pendarvis, Michael Little, Linda Spatig, Dan Evans, Burnis Morris, Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello

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