Photo by Ellie Myers, Citizens of the World 2012

Citizens of the World 2013

An exploration of world cultures through the eyes of the new generation

The 9th annual Citizens of the World International Exposition will take place November 7 through December 13, 2013. The Citizens of the World exhibit highlights incredible student, faculty and staff photography from their educational experiences abroad. Programming includes an international film series, educational panels and workshops, food, art, music and dance from around the world.

Join us in kicking off this exciting cultural celebration by attending the Citizens of the World opening reception on November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in ArtStreet Studio D.


Campus Cultural Connections: Writing and Theorizing Human Rights

Tuesday, November 5

10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Sears Recital Hall - Jesse Philips Humanities Center

This panel will include a reading by Jonterri Gadson of her creative work on women's rights to their own bodies; a talk by Tereza Szeghi about the ways in which indigenous peoples throughout the Americas use literature as a means of articulating and advocating for their human rights; and a talk by Jamie Longazel about the rhetorical barriers Latino/a immigrants confront as they evoke rights claims in response to harsh anti-immigrant legislation.The three presenters also will offer some dialogue through which they make connections between their various projects as they each contribute to ongoing conversations about human rights and human rights activism. For more information, contact the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages at 937.229.3490

ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: Sushi Making with the Japanese Student Association

Wednesday, November 6

7 to 9 p.m., ArtStreet Studio E

Come learn the art of sushi making as demonstrated by the Japanese Student Association! Presented in conjunction with the Center for International Programs as part of the Citizens of the World International Exposition. Register now through ArtStreet, or call 937-229-5101.

Citizens of the World: Opening Reception

Thursday, November 7

6 to 8 p.m., ArtStreet Studio D

Join us in kicking off the 9th annual Citizens of the World Photography exhibit! Refreshments and international cuisine will be provided for all guests in attendance. 

Friday Film Series: Made in India

Friday, November 8

7 p.m.: Pre-film reception with filmmaker Rebecca Haimowitz, ArtStreet Studio D Gallery

8 p.m.: Film begins, ArtStreet Studio B

Presented by ArtStreet, the Center for International Programs and the India Foundation Endowment. A documentary about the human experiences behind the phenomenon of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India, exploring a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology and choice from a global perspective. For details, view the Made in India poster or contact ArtStreet at 937-229-5101

Kristallnacht Observance Ceremony

Monday, November 11

5 to 5:45 p.m., Immaculate Conception Chapel

This is the Fifth Annual UD Candlelight Observance of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, which marked the overt beginning of pogroms targeting German Jews at the beginning of the Holocaust.  This year's observance features UD’s World Music Choir.

Presented by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. For more information, contact
 Laura Leming, FMI, at 937-229-2138

ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: African Dance and Drum Circle with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Wednesday, November 13

7 to 8 p.m., ArtStreet Studio D

This workshop explores the richness of African culture from Mali and Senegal. Participants will experience the communal spirit of African dance through song, rhythm and movement. Community is inherent in many African dance forms, making this a perfect fit for beginners to advanced movers. Visit ArtStreet workshops for more information, or call 937-229-5101

Intercultural Talent Show

Wednesday, November 13

7 to 9 p.m., Kennedy Union Boll Theatre

The 3rd annual Intercultural Talent Show allows both American and international students to share their culture's heritage through dancing, singing, rap, poetry and more. Come and witness the amazing talents of University of Dayton students in this entertaining and culturally enlightening experience brought to you by the Center for International Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

World Rhythms Concert: Reggae Activist Taj Weekes

Thursday, November 14

8 p.m., Kennedy Union Boll Theatre

General admission: $20; UD faculty, staff and alumni: $15; UD students and youth: $10

For tickets, visit the Kennedy Union Box Office or call 937-229-2545.

“I’ve always focused on reaching people, not just playing music,” says reggae artist Taj Weekes, a St. Lucia native. As a result, Weekes and his ensemble Adowa infuse their music with a true social consciousness — making them the ideal guests on campus this fall. “I grew up listening to the power of music, the lyrical content. That’s what matters,” says Weekes. In his native St. Lucia, he listened to every song that poured from the family radio, from hard rock and reggae to country and classical. That eclectic mix has inspired his music — and drawn critical praise. His philanthropic efforts have also earned him notice: Weekes is recognized as a Goodwill Ambassador by The International Consortium of Caribbean Professionals (ICCP), and was awarded the St. Lucia House Foundation's Distinguished Humanitarian Award. For more information, contact the Arts Series at 937-229-2545.

Music, Camera, Action: Immigration and Identity in Contemporary Western European Society

A Campus Cultural Connections event

Monday, November 18

3 to 4:15 p.m., Sears Recital Hall - Jesse Philips Humanities Center

This interdisciplinary discussion will explore issues of multiculturalism in postwar France. Scholars Phillip Farris (Music), Nadya Tanova (Languages), and Laura Sextro (History) will lead a discussion about the expression of French immigrant identity as portrayed in film from the perspectives of music, cinema studies and history. For more information, contact the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages at 937-229-3955.

ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: Guatemalan Worry Dolls with Leesa Haapapuro

Wednesday, November 20

7 to 9 p.m., ArtStreet Studio E

These small dolls, used to soothe fears or worries, are thought to date back to Mayan times. Artist Leesa Haapapuro, whose installation based sculptural works have been exhibited at ArtStreet in the past, believes that the process of making them can be cathartic. She will discuss her project Muñeca Quitapenas (No Worries) and show you how to make your own worry doll. Leesa is a sculptor, instructor and artist in Dayton, OH.

Arts Series presents Hammerstep Cypher: Performance in the Round

Wednesday, November 20

9 p.m., McGinnis Center

Free admission.

Dance is a powerful impulse—and Hammerstep has one of the freshest takes on this community-building art form. Founded by recent UD alumnus Garrett Coleman, Hammerstep is a phenomenal blend of urban moves with a percussive, step-dance tradition. Coleman and Hammerstep’s Australian co-founder, Jason Oremus, are Irish step-dancing world champions: both hold multiple titles and have toured internationally. Now, the two have their own high-energy company that takes dance to the street — and invites everyone to get involved. Recently featured on America's Got Talent, Hammerstep's participatory dance-in-in-the-round event at McGinnis Center is one you won't want to miss. Contact the Arts Series at 937-229-2787 for more information.

ArtStreet Film Series Special Edition: Take Us Home

Thursday, November 21

7:30 p.m., Sears Recital Hall - Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Presented by ArtStreet, the UD Human Rights Studies Program and FilmDayton. Local filmmaker Aileen LeBlanc's documentary presents a personal, human look into the journey of Ethiopian Jews to Israel — an issue which is in the news now and soon to be in the hearts of all who care about injustice, race, immigration, acceptance and identity. Hosted by director Aileen LeBlanc.

Gamelan Ensemble with special guest Dr. David McDonnell

Sunday, November 24

7 p.m., Sears Recital Hall - Jesse Philips Humanities Center

The Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Dr. Heather MacLachlan, performs a traditional Javanese gamelan repertoire and newly composed music. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 937-229-3936.

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

November 30, 2013, to January 26, 2014

Roesch Library 1st, 2nd, 7th floors

The collections of the University of Dayton’s Marian Library – International Marian Research Institute include thousands of nativities from around the world that reflect a variety of customs and traditions as they depict the story of Christ’s birth and presence. During each Christmas season, hundreds of sets from our vast and diverse crèche collection are shown in exhibits on campus and throughout the community. The featured exhibits, shown on three floors of UD’s Roesch Library building, have become an anticipated annual event – changing every year. For more information, contact University Libraries at 937-229-4094.

ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: Holidays Around the World

Wednesday, December 4

7-9 p.m. ArtStreet Studio E

Join international students and ArtStreet's Happenings team to learn about holiday traditions around the world while creating your own unique gifts. Presented by ArtStreet and the Center for International Programs. Visit ArtStreet workshops for more information.