Humanities Commons

Associated programs and offices

Humanities Commons events are often made possible and clearly enriched by the collaborative, interdisciplinary work of many departments, programs and offices in the College of Arts and Sciences, such as those listed below.

Second Annual Learning and Teaching Forum

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kennedy Union

The 2019 University of Dayton Learning and Teaching Forum will explore power and vulnerability in various forms and from various perspectives.

Within an educational setting, students may regularly find themselves vulnerable and in need of protection, care, and support. Although staff and faculty often represent institutional power, they may also experience vulnerability as they adapt to the expectations and learning styles of new students. And all at UD are regularly reminded that our campus is not always a site created and maintained from a position of equity, but rather through forces such as compulsion, coercion, wealth, advantage, and other attributes that can lead to the dominance of one group over another.

And yet, power need not be oppressive, and vulnerability need not be synonymous with weakness. Indeed, this is exemplified through Mary, the mother of Jesus, who served as inspiration for Fr. Chaminade, and provides us a model of authenticity, humility, and courage as a Catholic and Marianist Institution.

The Forum will be an opportunity for faculty and staff to investigate and dialogue about themes of power and vulnerability as they manifest both inside and beyond the classroom. We hope you will join us for this exciting day of workshops, presentations, and conversations about learning and teaching at UD.

A call for proposals will open later in August 2018. If you have any questions, or for more information, please email Karen Velasquez, Director of Experiential Learning at


Dates: Ticketed performances scheduled throughout each academic year.

ArtsLIVE is committed to connecting you with outstanding, adventurous programing in the arts. Join us!

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Alumni Chair in Humanities

Dates: Events scheduled throughout the academic year.

The Alumni Chair in Humanities provides leadership in establishing the humanities in the curriculum and in the broader intellectual life of the community through faculty, student and community-wide involvement.

Visit the Alumni Chair in Humanities website >

Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

Dates: Events scheduled throughout the academic year.

his endowed chair is designed to promote interdisciplinary approaches to the arts and languages with a particular focus on international perspectives.

Visit the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages website >

Women's Center

In October 2018, the Women's Center hosted three events to stimulate engaging dialogue: 

  • DISH - Discussion Over Dinner invited conversation around current events, gender, and the campus community with "The Political Power of Black Women," facilitated by Dr. Denise James
  • The #MeToo Teach-In focused on a campus response to the national dialogue around sexual assault.
  • BodyRespect: Learning to Love, Accept, and Appreciate Our Bodies challenged all of us to maintain a positive attitude about our unique appearances in today's Photoshopped, perfectionist world.

Learn about upcoming Women's Center events >

Learn more about our events

For more about University of Dayton arts events in connection with Humanities Commons themes, see a listing of all University fine and performing arts departments and programs. >


College of Arts and Sciences

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