Celebrated Writing from Miami Students

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Aaron Chu, “The Star-Spangled Controversy: The Complicated Issue of Taking a Knee”

This text is an award-winning public argument research essay on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and social protest in sports. It would pair especially well with Martin and McHendry’s “Kaepernick’s Stand: Patriotism, Protest, and Professional Sports.”


Tag: Essay


Alyassa Fulcher, “Black Culture is not a Trend” 

This text reflects on a textual/visual project for ENG 225 (Advanced Composition) while critiquing cultural appropriation in the process.


Tag: Essay


Grace Haring, “Beyoncé is Black”

This text is an award-winning rhetorical analysis that critiques the reactionary rhetoric to Beyoncé’s music video “Formation” and visual album Lemonade. 


Tag: Essay


Dongni Huang, “Proposal for Change: Letter to International Students and Scholar Services”

This text is an award-winning composition that uses the epistolary genre to critique the ways in which international students are treated at Miami University, ultimately calling for international students to engage in social protest to call for change. This text would especially pair well with the controversial Miami Student article on international students as well as the subsequent articles published in response. 


Tag: Essay


Carl Resnick, “11 Million Lives in the Balance”

This text is an award-winning public argument research essay on the debate surrounding U.S. immigration, specifically around the time of the 2016 presidential election. 


Tag: Essay


Kristin Stratman, “America’s Oldest Tradition: How the Government and Culture of the United States Allows for the Systematic Rape of Native American Women”

This text is a public argument research essay that offers an insightful, intersectional analysis on the historical and contemporary systematic indifference to the sexual violence inflicted upon Native American women. 


Tag: Essay


Valerie Thompson, “Good Things Come to Those Who Riot”

This text is a public argument research essay that challenges readers to revisit dominant characterizations of protests and riots. It would especially pair well with Raven Rakia’s “Black Riot.”


Tag: Essay


Sara Tyson, “Malaysian for a Week”

This text is an award-winning reflective narrative that articulates the complexities of navigating biracial, multinational identity.


Tag: Essay


Jayla Young, “What a Wonderful Life”

This text is a reflective narrative that focuses on the complexities of navigating a biracial identity. 


Tag: Essay


Natalie Whitson, “Pro-Voice Club”

This text is an award-winning reflective narrative on a high school experience in which the student tried to take action against racism, only to be met with institutional and administrative resistance and indifference.


Tag: Essay