Major Contributors to "Rites. Rights. Writes."
At multiple events, and through open dialogue and experiences across the entire campus, we learn from each other how artistic explorations of critical human rights issues impact global humanity. Major contributors to the "Rites. Rights. Writes." initiative include:
Division of Advancement/Alumni Relations
The Division of Advancement is pleased to support "Rites. Rights. Writes." - an academic and artistic endeavor that reflects the University of Dayton's longstanding commitment to the educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service. Our events staff is overseeing logistics, hospitality and communications affiliated with "Stravinsky, Faith and Revolution: Intersections of Arts, Culture and Human Rights," an open forum hosted by President Daniel J. Curran on Sept. 23. Our corporate and foundation relations staff has worked closely with the NoVo Foundation to bring musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett to campus for "Life Is What You Make It," a Nov. 12 concert and conversation on how Buffett's work with the foundation has influenced his songs and life. Our alumni outreach and engagement staff has promoted the celebration to alumni and friends through many media, drawing financial support as well as alumni participation in the intellectual conversations taking place throughout the year. And, our advancement relations staff has provided marketing, fundraising and communications support for "The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy," an international human rights conference on campus Oct. 3-5.Top
The Arts Series
For over 50 years the University Arts Series has been answering that central question "What makes us human?" with great performances.
Hundreds of exceptional artists from around the world have presented on campus since 1961, each one helping us to better understand the joys and challenges of being human. Sometimes, the answer is to remind us of the importance of beauty and laughter: the purity of the Kronos Quartet (1991), and the sly humor of the mime Marcel Marceau (1973) celebrate humanity’s creative spirit. On the other hand, art is sometimes forged from difficult life experiences. Our campus has been riveted by human rights advocates and singers such as Jean Paul Samputu, a Rwandan genocide survivor (2007), and South African activist Miriam Makeba (1969).
As always, we will present a range of arts experiences both exhilarating and challenging. We will explore the history of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. We will hear works - some classical, some from world music traditions - that challenge us to engage in that question: "What makes us human?"
All Arts Series events are open to both campus and community, and are supported by the College of Arts and Sciences.Top
RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW.
Ocean to Ocean & Border to Border: Human Rights in Contemporary America
In partnership with "Rites. Rights. Writes," the University of Dayton's year long creative dialogue around art and human rights, ArtStreet will continue to turn community into an action by discovering and questioning the state of human rights across today’s America.
From economics to education, violence to medical care, ArtStreet will bring the challenge "home" as we creatively investigate the struggles continuing in our own United States. Through dynamic films, workshops, installations, performances and the return of the 1World Celebration, WE can inspirationally examine national change. Through innovation and imaginative exploration, YOU can affect personal change.Top
Rooted in our Catholic and Marianist tradition, Campus Ministry cultivates the faith life of the campus community through transformative encounters with God. We foster spiritual growth through worship, pastoral care, faith formation, service and reflection. Committed to peace and justice, we challenge people to develop their unique gifts in service to the world and to be leaders who nurture human dignity through building faith-filled communities.
Especially through service, immersion, education, and advocacy events sponsored through our Center for Social Concern, we are committed to engaging the campus community in promoting human dignity and human rights.
We are pleased to support the "Rites. Rights. Writes." initiative through encouraging creative interfaith prayer focused on human rights perspectives from a variety of faith traditions.Top
Center for International Programs
Through food, arts, performances, demonstrations, and dialogue the Center for International Programs hosts a number of programs and events throughout the year that encourage the campus community to cross cultures in an effort to increase intercultural awareness and understanding of people from around the world.Top
Department of Communication
Our degree programs can improve quality of life and open many doors. Survey after survey shows that employers around the world want to hire people who can present ideas clearly, work well in teams, constructively manage conflict, and exhibit good interpersonal skills. In short, they want people who communicate well.
Whether you study communication management (organizational and interpersonal communication), electronic media (broadcast and production), journalism, public relations, or theatre, the Department of Communication will help you develop knowledge and skills in areas that enhance your quality of life and career potential. Combine our coursework with an internship or experience another culture through study abroad, and you are well on your way to a promising start to your career.
The Department of Communication is a proud sponsor of "Rites. Rights. Writes." events.Top
Consciousness Rising 2014 is the third annual Social Justice Convention, for University of Dayton students, staff, faculty, and the broader Dayton community. The theme for this year is the Effects of Structural Inequality, focusing on: (1) Racism, Oppression and the Achievement Gap; (2) Human Trafficking and the Oversexualization of Culture; and (3) Corporate Social Responsibility. An emphasis will be on domestic and international racial/ethnic relations and improving the campus climate. Using interactive exhibits, workshops, dialogue groups, and presentations, the goal of this student-led conference is to provide resources and knowledge about current injustices, and empower students to action.Top
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, part of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and a national leader in innovative educational music presentations, supports and strengthens the Dayton community through their commitment to excellent programming in ballet, opera and orchestral concerts. The "Rites. Rights. Writes." initiative is pleased to connect with this vibrant, professional performing arts organization with performances on the UD campus and at the Schuster Center for the Performing Arts.Top
Fitz Center for Leadership in Community
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
The writers of the United States Declaration of Independence named as "self evident truths" the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." What do the culturally diverse children and youth of Dayton and the Miami Valley think about this right?
Using the prompt "What does the US Declaration of Independence promise of the right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' mean to you?" the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community will invite elementary and high school students of Dayton and the Miami Valley to submit essays, poetry, video productions or scripts, visual art and performance art that express the meaning of these fundamental human rights to area children and youth. The creative submissions will be judged and prizes awarded. Selected written work will be considered for a special publication, visual art will be exhibited, and performance art will be presented. The Pursuit of Happiness Project will commence in January 2014 and will conclude in April.
The Fitz Center is committed to building and sustaining strong community in Dayton. Through more than two dozen community partnerships and four student community leadership development programs, the Center connects UD to neighborhoods, schools, and youth programs throughout the region. The Pursuit of Happiness Project will celebrate the children and youth we are privileged to know and the culturally diverse communities they represent.Top
Graul Chair in Arts and Languages
"Rites. Rights. Writes." is a year-long academic project that exemplifies the stated mission of the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages: the promotion of "interdisciplinary approaches to the arts and languages with a particular focus on international perspectives."
In addition, the Graul Chair is asked to provide leadership in bringing greater visibility to the arts and languages at the University while assisting faculty colleagues in the arts and languages to develop interdisciplinary courses. Through collaboration with the Chairs of the Departments of Global Languages and Cultures, Music, and Visual Arts, the Director of the Theater Program, and the Center for International Programs, the Graul Chair also addresses current University and College strategic goals for international and intercultural education and provides the College with significant new opportunities to produce distinctive graduates.
In developing the curricular focus of "Rites. Rights. Writes." the Graul Chair also supports the essential mission of improving substantially the presence of the arts and languages on campus while moving these areas of study toward a more central position within the curriculum of the College. The broad perspectives presented in "Rites. Rights. Writes." demonstrates that educational engagement can be symbolic, visual, aural and contextual, and best served through learning that is based in the arts.Top
Human Rights Studies Program & Conference
Human Rights Studies, the academic program
The University of Dayton established the nation’s first undergraduate human rights studies program in 1998. More than one hundred students have graduated from the program and pursued careers as human rights advocates and academics or humanitarian professionals in legal, governmental and non-profit sectors.
In partnership with "Rites. Rights. Writes.", the Human Rights Studies Program will engage with the art and social practice of human rights in the classroom. Human Rights Studies majors and minors will have the opportunity to relate the many RRW events to the core curriculum of the program through course assignments and classroom debates. Human Rights Studies students and faculty will also be key supporters and participants in this year of artistic exploration and dialogue about the defining human rights issues of this century.
Conference: The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy
As a pioneer and a leader in human rights education since 1998, we envision the establishment of a Center for Human Rights which proposes the union of four critical components of social change: knowledge, research, collaboration and action. We present our first annual conference, entitled "The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy" October 3 through 5, 2013.
In 2012, the College of Arts and Sciences received a $100,000 gift from Mr. Peter McGrath, a university alumnus, to stimulate and sustain human rights research. The McGrath gift has enabled us to initiate the primary mission of the emerging Human Rights Center. A part of this initiative is the awarding of McGrath fellowships to six faculty members who began their research projects in the summer 2012. Some of this research is presented in "Rites. Rights. Writes." events.
Human Rights Week
In its eleventh year on campus, Human Rights Week 2014 will take an all encompassing approach to human rights. We believe that every student on the campus regardless of past experiences, area of study, or extracurricular interests has a role to play in demanding and preserving human rights in our country and around the world. In 2014, Human Rights Week will host events tailored to students interested in education, athletics, campus ministry, social sciences, hard sciences, and business along with many others. This student-organized week has been and continues to be a force on this campus that drives students to notice, react to and strive to change human rights issues around the globe.Top
Humanities Commons and the Common Academic Program
2013-14: Our Inaugural Year
The Humanities Commons (HC) serves as one of the foundation stones of the Common Academic Program (CAP).
HC faculty in four departments (English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies) is inaugurating CAP by embracing "Rites. Rights. Writes." As part of that embrace, first year students in the HC will be given the opportunity to attend, hear, learn through, and make connections with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. HC faculty are approaching the concert in myriad ways to aid students in contextualizing Stravinsky's music from cross disciplinary vantages as well as to guide them in thinking about the piece in rhetorical, historical, philosophical, and other scholarly ways.
"We think," says Caroline Merithew, First Year Humanities Commons Coordinator, "that attending the 100 year anniversary performance of the Rite of Spring is an ideal way to look forward to the beginning of our new Common Academic Program."Top
UD Libraries will contribute to "Rites. Rights. Writes." by showcasing the influence of the arts on shaping our ideas about social issues. The Libraries' annual Thanksgiving to January At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions exhibit presents the setting of Jesus' birth from a multitude of multicultural perspectives. Monthly DocuSpots will feature lunchtime and evening documentary film screenings covering civil rights topics in films like Citizen King and A Class Apart. Opening March 17, Art for Citizens and Celebrants, an exhibit on local sculptor Bob Koepnick, will bring attention to an artist's career creating public and religious art.
As always, each library exhibit and program is free and open to the public.Top
Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is committed to recognizing the histories, cultures, experiences, and contributions of diverse populations. OMA supports the University of Dayton’s academic mission by providing educational opportunities that assist members of the UD community in exploring new experiences while also enhancing their understanding of their cultural identity.
In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and the Dayton community, OMA is pleased to support the "Rites. Rights. Writes." initiative by providing thought-provoking co-curricular programming that supports the personal development of all members of the UD community, while also influencing the campus climate.Top
Department of Music
The Department of Music will partner with "Rites. Rights. Writes." to share an exciting diversity of performances that draw upon the themes of human rights, and the role of music in asserting those rights. You can attend collaborative faculty recitals in Sears Recital Hall, student ensemble performances (as part of the Kristallnacht Commemoration and the Emancipation Proclamation Celebration reading), and join us for the Celebration of the Arts in April. In addition, Le Sacre du printemps will take special cross-curricular importance within many of our courses and concerts.Top
Ohio Humanities Council
The Ohio Humanities Council encourages all Ohioans to explore the human story, to use history, philosophy, and the other humanities as the means to arrive at new insights. OHC is an independent, nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions. The "Rites. Rights. Writes." initiative is pleased to have the opportunity to connect with this stimulating non-profit organization.Top
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; Criminal Justice Studies Program
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, which includes the Criminal Justice Studies Program, houses two majors and two minors that are integrally connected with education around issues of Human Rights. Many of our faculty members are engaged in action research in some dimension of human rights, for example, combating modern day racism, working with Dayton immigrant populations, addressing poverty, locally and globally, and examining social inequalities.
The Dr. Mary Jo Huth Memorial Urban Lecture features eminent sociologist, Dr. Judith Blau presenting her work on "Embedding Human Rights into the Community," on October 24 at 7:30 pm, in the Science Center Auditorium, Room 114.Top
Department of Visual Arts
The Department of Visual Arts engages the topic of human rights, artistic activism and positive social change through a number of events in Gallery 249 during 2013-2014 that include:
The One and the Many: Perspectives on Self and Other in Art & Human Rights Practices curated by assistant professor Glenna Jennings. Artists from across the country, including Isabel Avila, Juan-Si Gonzalez, Merve Kayan, Issa Randall, and Sheryl Oring, present work that examines notions of human dignity from multiple perspectives. The art asks: Are human rights pre-political or are they artifacts of laws and institutions? Do they belong only to individuals or also to groups? How can we re-vision and de-center human rights to more broadly address the human condition for both the self and the community?
Additionally, faculty and students have researched human rights issues and will present artistic responses in exhibits of silkscreen, woodcut prints and graphic design entitled:
- Inspired by a Prayer: A Portfolio on Children and Human Rights organized by associate professor Erin Holscher Almazan.
- Graphic Design: Work on Human Rights organized by associate professor Jayne Matlack Whitaker and lecturer Kathy Kargl.