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Humanities Commons

Campus Events for Turangilila (2019-20)
Speaker: Stephen Schloesser

Schloesser is the chair of the Department of History at Loyola University Chicago. He will present "The Joy of Stars' Blood: Complicated Love in Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony.” This presentation take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2019 in Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center.

Schloesser has done a multi-university tour with two pianists on Messiaen’s Visions of Amen, and is author of a monograph on Messiaen and many articles. Steve’s expertise is interwar France “Jazz Age” culture and religion. He has very provocative things to say about how the major figures of that era challenged orthodoxies— both religious and academic.

Situating Messiaen’s life and work in the politics of the Acts of Separation, Vichy and the violent politics that accompanied the end of the occupation. Exploring Messiaen’s symbolist mentality in contrast to positivism, and his attempts to combine Surrealism and Catholicism. He will walk students through the Turangalîla and give them some insights into how to understand what Messiaen is doing.

For more information, please contact Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture.


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Hands-on Listening Lab - Playing the Sound of the Future: the Ondes Martenot from Messiaen to Daft Punk
With University of Dayton music faculty member Brady Harrison

When: 7-8 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019. Drop-ins are welcome.

Where: Roesch Library 2nd Floor, "Concourse D"

Description: In this hands on session, students will get an introduction to the origins of electronic music and a brief discussion of the Ondes Martenot. The Ondes Martenot is a unique electronic musical instrument from the early twentieth century that Oliver Messiaen uses in his exceptional symphonic masterwork, Turangalila, but that also has a presence in more current music, including Radiohead and Daft Punk.

We look back at the broader implications of the Ondes Martenot on music and explore how it might reflect on the future. Come experience some examples of Ondes Martenot projeny, as a group of eleven University of Dayton students will each share their own self-created electronic instruments at stations set up around the library concourse for all attendees to play with and explore. A short introduction will begin at 7 p.m., with stations in Concourse D being open for drop-in until 8 p.m. All are welcome and no prior musical experience or knowledge required for this free session.

Note to Faculty: this event ties into the 2019-20 theme by preparing students for the experience of hearing (the amazing but potentially esoteric to some) Turangalila later that same week and bridging that experience to develop a heightened sense of immediate cultural relevance and impact. In so doing, the arts experience itself better develops students to think critically and better appreciate cross-genre influences, relationships, and artistic differences that raise cultural awareness.

Past Events

Humanities Commons Events
  • Dracula Film Series: Dracula (Coppola, 1992); Interview with the Vampire (Jordan, 1994); The Lost Boys (Schumacher, 1987).
  • Panels: The Lilith story from Jewish mythology and Jewish women in popular culture; the historical context of Vlad the Impaler and Romanian vampire lore.
Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Events
  • Power and Vulnerability-themed theatre immersion experiences.
Humanities Commons Events
  • "Hospitality and Inhospitality in Religious Context" Panel
  • "Visions of Love" Panel
  • Non-Western Concepts of Hospitality Panel
Alumni Chair in the Humanities Events

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

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.

Keynote Address: "Enhancing the Global Village on US College Campuses," Ms. Imbolo Mbue, author.


  • Global Voices on Campus: Why Symposium Matters?
  • the University of Dayton's International Community
  • Globalization on the University of Dayton's Campus
  • Bringing the World to UD
  • Solutions and Next Steps
Graul Chair Events
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Arts and Diversity Presentation: “The Cultural Chameleon: Abandoning Bias and Listening to Voices Unlike Our Own”

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