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The Neighborhood Economics Conference will be held November 17 and 18 at Xavier University. The conference is designed to highlight the importance, and foster the growth, of the economy at the local, neighborhood level, in order to enact positive changes in communities.

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Cincinnati’s first movie superstar – silent screen actress Theda Bara – will be celebrated with a panel discussion and rare film clips and photos at the Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County downtown Sunday.

Between 1915 and 1920, when she made 40 silent films, Bara's popularity was "second only to Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, according to The Guardian. She died of stomach cancer in 1955, at age 69.

Her breakthrough role was the sultry femme fatale in “A Fool There Was,” a 1915 silent film inspired by Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Vampire." Her performance inspired the expression "vamp" -- a woman who could entice and exploit honorable men, bringing their ruin – and made her one of the first film sex stars.

  In 2009, there were approximately 500,000 veterans receiving education benefits and attending US colleges. By 2013, more than one-million student veterans were using their GI benefits to pursue advanced educational opportunities, and that number is estimated to increase by 20% in the next few years. 

Xavier University music professor and organizer of the XU Music Series, Dr. Polina Bespalko, previews the upcoming concerts in their new jazz series, including a performance from the Blue Wisp Big Band on September 13, with our Ron Esposito.

It just may be a universal truth: one of the best ways to reach teens is with and through music. The Music Resource Center— - Cincinnati is a multifaceted teen program that uses recording and performing arts, as well as life skills mentoring, to create a sense of empowerment and accomplishment in the urban community.

Dr. Kathleen Smythe joins us this afternoon - she teaches African history, global economic development, and sustainability at Xavier University. Her latest book, Africa's Past, Our Future, engages the history of the African continent through the perspective of global issues such as political instability, economic development, and climate change.

Students across the country are getting ready to head-off to college campuses, many of them about to live away from home for the first time. Unfortunately, one of the new experiences they will probably have is getting sick, without mom or dad there to take them to the doctor, get their medicine, and nurse them back to health.

The recent scandal involving FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association might be leading newscasts, but it should not overshadow the 2015 FIFA Women'’s World Cup Games about to begin in Canada. While America was late to the game of soccer, it continues to grow in popularity.

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Students from Xavier were at Fountain Square Friday to give something away: hugs.

The event was part of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement's Golden Rule Week, which was designed to teach that the idea of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is found in many different faiths and traditions.

For college basketball fans, we are going into the most wonderful time of the year. Conference tournaments are underway.  Selection Sunday for the college men's NCAA basketball tournament is this weekend and we'll have our eyes glued to the TV to see if our favorite teams make it in and where they get seeded. Soon many of us will fill out our brackets and March Madness will be in full swing. 

  There are more than 50 neighborhoods within the City of Cincinnati, each with its own charms and challenges. The 2015 Neighborhood Summit is a gathering of engaged residents who recognize the value of working together to make all of the city’'s neighborhoods stronger, more welcoming places to live.

As the grandson of four Holocaust survivors, Mark Hanis has dedicated his life to empowering young people to be agents of change. While a student at Swarthmore College and concerned about the genocide taking place in Darfur, he co-founded the Genocide Intervention Network, which later became the organization now known as United to End Genocide

Ron Esposito talks with 1980 Xavier University alum and acclaimed musician Matt Venuti about his musical successes, being a touring musician and performing hang and gubal drums.

Polina Bespalko from the Xavier University Department of Music is in the studio with David Lewis to preview the remaining concerts in the Xavier Music Series, including swing, classical guitar and classical piano performances.