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Humanities Commons

First-Year Arts Immersion

The First-Year Arts Immersion experience is designed to help first-year students connect their course material to an overarching annual theme that is selected to encourage integrated learning.

Fall 2019

Learn more about the 2019-2020 event in this video.

Fall 2019

Learn more about the 2019-2020 event in this video.

Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen

Oct. 17-19, 2019 Schuster Center

  • It is mandatory for ALL Humanities Commons students (in ASI 110, ENG 100, 114, 198, HST 103, PHL 103, REL 103) to attend the First-Year Arts Immersion since it is part of the course curriculum. This is true whether or not they have attended a first-year arts immersion performance in the past.
  • The majority of UD students and faculty will be attending on Friday night, October 18, and Saturday night, October 19 at 8 pm. A limited number of tickets are available for the Thursday night, October 17, dress rehearsal for UD athletes and others with UD-event related conflicts.
    - Tickets will be distributed to students by their teachers.
    - Switches can be made between students at their option but in the meantime they should clear their calendars for both nights.
    - Bus transportation will be provided. Information on bus sign-up will be distributed with tickets.
Dress and Etiquette
  • Dress is business casual -- no sweat pants, pjs, or hats
  • No backpacks at event or check at coat check
  • No cell phone use during performance but DO use cell phone to take photo of your ticket when you first get it in case you lose yours
  • No talking or leaving during the performance – be respectful
Bus Information

Students enrolled in a Humanities Commons course, and all faculty, recently received a personal email with an Eventbrite invitation for bus sign up. If emailed information is not available, or for more questions, please email Aili Bresnahan directly at

Buses leave three times per night. Pick-up location is in front of Marianist Hall. When making reservations, as one time slot fills up, students will get a message that says "sold out" and they will need to sign up for another available time. Please note that the Schuster Center cannot handle more than a few buses at a time due to traffic congestion.

Other Transportation Options: 

  • The free Flyer bus (RTA) leaves every ten minutes from campus. The Schuster Center is on the Flyer's regular route. More information on that can be found here:
  • Students can also get to the Schuster Center on their own if they prefer, via Uber, Lyft, their own cars, bikes, etc.

Student Athletes

UD student athletes with away games who have been cleared to attend the event on dress rehearsal night are already signed up for their 6:30 bus on October 17 via their coaches. They do not need to make a reservation.

Path Points

Free tickets to this PATH-eligible event were provided to those who requested them. The post-event survey is now closed.

More Information

Questions? Concerns? More info or handouts needed? Contact: Aili Bresnahan (

Download event information sheet (pdf)

Past Immersions

Past FYI experiences have included Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Septime Webre's Romeo and Juliet, Michael Gandolfi's The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, the Dayton Opera's premiere presentation of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Consul, and Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula: Bloodlines.


College of Arts and Sciences

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