2018 events

Hospitality-Related Events, Spring 2018

Humanities Commons Events

"Hospitality and Inhospitality in Religious Context" Panel

Feb. 6, 2018, 2-3:15 pm in Sears Recital Hall

Panelists Sandra Yocum, Jusuf Salih, Jens Mueller, and Miriamne Krummel: In this panel Sandra Yocum will discuss hospitality in connection with Catholic social teaching, Jusuf Salih will discuss contemporary political issues related to welcoming and hospitality in Islam, Jens Mueller will discuss the theological aspect of Christian hospitality in light of our current immigration policy, and Miriamne Krummel will discuss the treatment of Jews in medieval England (their ghettoizing, taxing, and expulsion and general lack of hospitality by others), through various texts in literature and art.

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"Visions of Love" Panel

Feb. 7, 2018, 5 pm in Sears Recital Hall

The Humanities Visibility Project is pleased to offer this interdisciplinary panel that explores how love is portrayed, manifested, and discussed across the Humanities. In homage to the upcoming holiday, our invited speakers, Dustin Atlas (department of religious studies), Ernesto Valesquez (department of philosophy), and Kathleen Costales (department of global languages and cultures) will share their expertise on the subject of love by responding to student questions in a lively, round-table session. Bring someone you love or your questions about love, and kickstart your Valentine's Day celebration.

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Non-Western Concepts of Hospitality Panel

Feb. 16, 2018, 10:10-11 am in Sears Recital Hall

Panelists Julius Amin, Una Cadegan, Steve Bein: In this panel Una Cadegan (History) will discuss whether hospitality can be a global attitude or whether it is only meaningful in relation to those nearest to us. Steve Bein (Philosophy) will discuss the concept of hospitality in Japan and his experience as a foreigner while there. Finally, Julius Amin (History) will discuss what hospitality means for Bantu-speaking people and his experience bringing UD students to Cameroon.

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Alumni Chair in the Humanities Events

The Alumni Chair in Humanities Symposium “Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus”

Jan. 23-25, 2018

This symposium brings together faculty, staff, and students from all corners of the globe to compare experiences in their community/country with those on UD campus, and concludes with suggestions on how to make UD’s community more inclusive. It is the hope that these stories will help us to find commonality in the human experience, identity those things which unite rather than divide, and enable us to engage one another to learn and be informed. The symposium will encourage cross-cultural and cross-national engagements on our campus. Symposium events:

Global Voices on Campus: Why Symposium Matters?

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 3-4:50 pm in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

Panelists: Christopher Agnew, Una Cadegan, Timothy Kao, Haimanti Roy, JW Terry and Jia Yang.

the University of Dayton's International Community

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 10:10-11:50 am in Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Panelists: Amal Alrasheed, Yasir Fraish Al Busaidi, Youssef Farhat, Yanhui Hou and Blaise Mosengo.

Globalization on the University of Dayton's Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 12:15-2 pm in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

Panelists: Neomi DeAnda, Xiaoli Li, Sayeh Meisami, Jusuf Salih and Tiffany Taylor-Smith. To register for the buffet lunch, please email hhaas1@udayton.edu by December 14. Seating is limited.

Bringing the World to UD

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 3-4:50 pm in Kennedy Union West Ballroom

Panelists: Former immersion and study abroad participants Alexis Bovell, Breann Porter, Mark Rasmussen, Allyson Ritter and Carlos Rodriguez.

Keynote Address: Enhancing the Global Village on US College Campuses

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7-8:30 pm in Kennedy Union Ballroom

Delivered by Ms. Imbolo Mbue, author of the novel Behold the Dreamers, an Oprah's Book Club pick and winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Book Signing 

Thursday, Jan. 25, 8:30-9 pm in Kennedy Union Second Floor Lounge

Immediately following keynote address.

Solutions and Next Steps

Thursday, Jan. 25, 10:10-11:50 am in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

Panelists: Malcolm Daniels, Karen McBride, Mary Niebler and Susan Wawrose.

Closing Remarks

Thursday, Jan. 25, 12-1 pm in Kennedy Union West Ballroom

To register for the buffet lunch, please email hhaas1@udayton.edu by December 14. Seating is limited.

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Registration is required for the buffet lunches.

Symposium Sponsors

For more information please contact Dr. Julius Amin, Alumni Chair in Humanities, by email or call 937-229-4324.

Additional support provided by:

  • The University of Dayton Speaker Series (co-sponsor)
  • College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • International Studies Program

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Graul Chair Events

These Graul Chair events are open to the public with no admission charge.

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Sunday, Jan. 21, 3 pm at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton

This event takes place in the large forum space on the main floor. A bus will depart from the D Lot in front of Fitz Hall on campus at 2 pm and return as soon as the recital concludes, probably departing downtown Dayton at 4:30. Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox will sing settings of Paul Laurence Dunbar texts, accompanied by John Benjamin at the piano; Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will interpret selected Dunbar poetry through dance; and Emeritus U.D. English Professor Herb Martin will present dramatic recitations of Dunbar poetry; the number of student attendees for this event will be limited to 60.

Second performance: Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Dunbar House, 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St., Dayton

This will be a repeat of the January library program, also beginning at 3 pm; departure from campus will be at 1 pm to allow for two groups to tour the Dunbar house prior to the 3 pm performance; the number of student attendees for this event will be limited to 35 and be divided into two tour groups to visit the house once they arrive at the site.

Students wishing to attend either of these Dunbar events may contact hhaas1@udayton.edu in the office of the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages for bus transportation reservations. Please include "Bus Reservations" in the email subject line. Bus space available until filled.

Arts and Diversity Presentation: “The Cultural Chameleon: Abandoning Bias and Listening to Voices Unlike Our Own”

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 7:30 pm in Sears Recital Hall

Melissa Snoza, Executive Director and flutist with Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative contemporary chamber group based in Chicago, will share her unique life story of growing up as the child of a Brazilian mother and a Cambodian father, who were married in the U.S. and then granted resident alien status after the Khmer Rouge regime took over the Cambodian government and her father could not return. Snoza’s story includes the many challenges she faced on her way to a professional music performance career. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Music. 

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Images top of page (l to r): author Imbolo Mbue; faculty performers of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" with DCDC troupe; flutist Melissa Snoza.

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