Thursday November 4, 2010

November Happenings

Campus will be busy with lectures from 'Dead Man Walking' author and the president of Muslim Public Affairs Council, a remembrance of Kristallnacht and a Mass to celebrate Black Catholic History Month.

2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, Sears Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.
Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., the internationally known death penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking, will keynote a rally at the University of Dayton to end Ohio's death penalty. "Sister Helen lays out a strong case that the state of Ohio should end the death penalty because it has not demonstrated any deterrent effect, is far more expensive to the taxpayer than keeping a dangerous criminal in prison for life, and it fails to give victims' family and friends the psychological closure and healing they hope for. More important is the fact it's a violation of the sanctity of human life," said Nick Cardilino, director of the Center for Social Concern. The event is co-sponsored by Living Justice, Ohioans to Stop Executions, the University of Dayton religious studies department and Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern. Sister Helen Prejean will be available for interviews after her talk.
For more information, contact Nick Cardilino at 937-229-2576.

9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, Humanities Plaza. Free and open to the public.
The University of Dayton invites the public to a candlelight ceremony to remember the "Night of Broken Glass," the event many historians identify as the beginning of the Holocaust. On Nov. 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a wave of targeted riots against Germany’s Jewish citizens. In one night, thousands of synagogues, Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed, leaving the streets littered with shattered glass. At least 91 Jews were killed and many others were injured. For the first time, Jews were arrested on a massive scale and transported to Nazi concentration camps. In a world where ethnic and racial violence still exists, everyone is invited to stand together and say "never again." Rain site: Immaculate Conception Chapel.
For more information, contact Sister Laura Leming, F.M.I., at 937-229-2138 or

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, Sears Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.
Salam al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, will deliver a lecture on the prospects and challenges for progressive Muslims in America. Al-Marayati has written extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy and Middle East politics. He works as an advisor to several political, civic and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. "Mr. Al-Marayati heads an organization that provides decision makers with trusted resources for building bridges with Muslim Americans," said Judith Martin, religious studies professor. "He offers us a view of mainstream Muslims that challenges the stereotypes we find constantly repeated in the media." The University's religious studies and political science departments are sponsoring the event.
For more information, contact the political science department at 937-229-3626.

5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, Kennedy Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public.
Clayton L. Mathile, former owner of the The Iams Company, a world leader in pet nutrition with roots in the Dayton region, will be the featured speaker at the University of Dayton's seventh-annual Business as a Calling Symposium. The two-day symposium will explore how business students and professionals can connect the pursuit of career success with values and spirituality to find deeper meaning in their work. Mathile's lecture will focus on how a commitment to values is an integral part of personal business success. Mathile, who sold the The Iams Company in 1999 to Procter & Gamble, has been instrumental in the development of the University's Business as a Calling program, which led to the creation of the Center for the Integration of Faith and Work.
For more information, contact Brother Victor Forlani, S.M., at 937-229-3556 or

6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, Immaculate Conception Chapel. Public welcome.
November is Black Catholic History Month, and the University of Dayton is celebrating with a Mass in the Black Catholic spirit. Former University of Dayton rector the Rev. Paul Marshall, S.M., will preside. Wylie Howell of St. Joseph's Catholic parish in Cincinnati will be guest musical conductor. The University's Ebony Heritage Singers will provide a musical prelude, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will provide a liturgical dance during the prelude and Mass.
For more information, contact campus minister Emily Strand at 937-229-5750 or

1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, three floors of Roesch Library. Free and open to the public.
Nativities from Africa and the African-American tradition will be spotlighted in the Marian Library's annual Christmas exhibits on the University of Dayton campus and around the area. University libraries will welcome the season with a free open house for the premiere of "At the Manger – World Nativity Traditions," an exhibit of more than 200 Nativity scenes, also called crèches, on display through Jan. 31. The family-oriented event includes children's activities, light refreshments and live entertainment.
For more information, visit Roesch Library at or call 937-229-4234.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at 937-229-3256 or