Published on April 27, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Niya Pickett Miller Landscape

Samford University communication studies professor Niya Pickett Miller will lead a complex discussion about racial identity, self-awareness and albinism for the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) this Sunday, May 2. The cultivated conversation will focus on The Beauty of Inclusion, a speech by South African model, activist and lawyer Thando Hopa, the first person with albinism to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine.

Miller, an albinism advocate, has presented a TEDx talk on the topic and recently published the book Deconstructing the Albino Other: A Critique of Albinism Identity in Media.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.