Welcome to the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

This endowed chair is named for Dr. Thomas C. and Janet M. Graul and it is specifically designed to promote interdisciplinary approaches to the arts and languages with a particular focus on international perspectives. As we ask our students to use their intellectual gifts in the service of others, to adapt to a changing, dynamic global society, and to be just leaders, the importance of arts and languages becomes apparent. These disciplines engage us in questions about difference as well as enable us to celebrate and embrace those differences. The transcendent power of arts and languages is such that the whole person is both engaged and educated.

The study of arts and languages empowers us to engage rather than dismiss that which is different and sometimes uncomfortable. These disciplines give us powerful tools to open our minds and engage our hearts. Through a study of the arts and languages we develop the capacity to transcend that which is different and find the common core of our humanity. Such study is essential to any university that aspires to educate the whole person and produce distinctive graduates who are capable of linking learning to responsible leadership and service.

During the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, the University of Dayton was engaged in an important dialogue about the influences of the Arts and Languages on our culture. This Rites. Rights. Writes initiative strove to pull a myriad of distinct and diverse topics of study, research and presentation into a common theme to be shared across the campus community.

Starting in Fall 2017, Dr. Sharon Davis Gratto, Department of Music brings her international experience and ties to Dayton-area performing arts organizations to develop new campus and community initiatives in the arts and languages.


Dr. Roger Crum, Department of Visual Arts

Dr. Eric Street, Department of Music

Prof. Sean Wilkinson, Department of Visual Arts

Dr. Richard Chenoweth, Department of Music