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Spring Events

The following events are presented by the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages during the spring semester of the current academic year:

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar 

Date and Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 3:00 pm

Location: Dayton Metro Library forum space, 215 E. Third Street

Featuring soprano Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox (top left), singing settings of Paul Laurence Dunbar texts; collaborative pianist John Benjamin (top right); Emeritus English Professor Herb Martin (middle left) in dramatic recitations of Dunbar poetry; and interpretations of the poetry through dance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (bottom), Debbie Blunden-Diggs (middle right), Artistic Director.

This program will be repeated on Sunday, February 11th at 3:00 pm at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House, 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street.

Both Dunbar programs are open to the public with no admission. Students wishing to attend either of these events may contact in the office of the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages for bus transportation reservations. Please include "Bus Reservations" in the email subject line. Bus space available until filled.

“The Cultural Chameleon: Abandoning Bias and Listening to Voices Unlike Our Own”

An arts and diversity presentation featuring Melissa Snoza, Executive Director and flutist with Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative contemporary chamber music group based in Chicago. Snoza will share her unique life story of growing up as the child of a Brazilian mother and a Cambodian father, who were married in the U.S. and then granted resident alien status after the Khmer Rouge regime took over the Cambodian government and her father could not return. Snoza’s story includes the many challenges she faced on her way to a professional music performance career.

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:30 pm

Location: Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Music.

Open to the public with no admission.

Fall Events

The following events were presented by the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages during the fall semester of the current academic year:

Bluegrass Festival Evening

Bluegrass FestivalDate and Time: Wednesday, September 20, 7:30 pm

Location: Kennedy Union Ballroom

Hosted by Bluegrass historian Fred Bartenstein and featuring Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, with the Centerville High School Alternative Strings and the University of Dayton's World Music Choir.

This event is open to the public with limited seating.

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Events connected to the Humanities Commons Course and the First-Year Experience at the Dayton Opera production of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Consul

Exhibit of selected Heinrich Böll materials from the University Library collection

Date and time: Wednesday, September 13 to Monday, October 9, during library hours

Location: Roesch Library

A notable display in the exhibit, “It Is Time to Effect a Revolution: Selections from the Rose Rare Book Collection and University of Dayton Collections,” is a selection of Heinrich Böll materials from the University Library collection. The Graul Chair in Arts and Languages joins with Professor Emeritus Robert Conard to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth by highlighting this display along with other relevant campus events. In the context of the conference theme "Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions,” Böll’s work asks us to consider the role of literature and the arts as a force for change.

Family Weekend Mass 

Date and time: Sunday, September 17, 10:00 am

Location: Frericks Gym

Including two sections of a Liturgical Mass by Gian-Carlo Menotti, with the Chapel’s Liturgical Choir and the University Chorale.

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menotti flyerMenotti and More Voice Recital

Date and time: Friday, September 29, 7:30 pm

Location: Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center 

Featuring five singers from the Dayton Opera cast of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, including Tyler Alessi, Minnita Daniel-Cox, Ryu-Kyung Kim, Kara Shay Thomson, and Andrea Chenoweth Wells, with David Sievers, tenor; John Benjamin, piano; Jeffrey Powell, piano; and Patrick Reynolds, narrator. This recital will include examples of Gian-Carlo Menotti as a librettist and a composer of other operas, as well as selections from The Consul. In addition, selections by Alan Louis Smith and Gene Scheer related to the first-year theme of Hospitality-Welcoming the ‘Other’ will also be part of the program.

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bartley flyerA Conversation with Edith Bartley on Diplomacy and Justice: A Different View of Diplomacy and Being Your Own Advocate

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Date and time: Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 pm

Location: School of Law Courtroom, Room 200

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Food provided or bring your own.

Date and time: Thursday, October 26, 12:00 pm

Location: School of Law, Room 14

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Edith L Bartley currently serves as a chief advocate for American diplomatic families and victims of state sponsored terrorism. She is the spokesperson for the American families of the 1998 American Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a partner with the Lafayette Consulting Group and has twenty years of extensive public policy and advocacy experience working for both the non-profit and private sectors. Her issue areas include education, affordable housing, STEM and foreign affairs. She served as an advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for nearly a decade. Bartley worked as the vice president of government affairs for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). As a member of TMCF’s executive leadership team, Edith led the Government Affairs division and secured valuable federal resources for HBCUs and students. Bartley left TMCF in early 2017 to focus full time on her advocacy for victims of international terrorism and to complete several projects connected to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya as the 20th Anniversary approaches. Bartley is currently writing a book related to her advocacy for diplomatic families and victims of state sponsored terrorism. Prior to TMCF, she worked as the director of government Affairs for UNCF, representing private HBCUs. She also worked as a member of the Government Affairs team for Thelen Reid and Priest law firm.

Bartley also worked in several Congressional offices as a speechwriter and legislative aide. On August 7, 1998, Al Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Edith’s father, Julian Bartley, Sr. and brother, Julian Bartley, Jr. were killed in the terrorist attack. Since 1998, Bartley has continually worked as an advocate for victims of international terrorism raising the sensitivity to this issue in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. During the 114th Congress, Bartley successfully worked with a bi-partisan group of members, led by former Senator Barbara A. Mikulski(D-MD), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), to establish a benefits and compensation package for families of American Diplomats, CIA personnel and other Embassy personnel killed in terrorist attacks while working abroad. This was one of several legislative efforts she spearheaded for families of American diplomats killed in the line of duty by terrorism.

Bartley was honored by the American Foreign Service Association in recognition of her advocacy for diplomatic families. She has appeared on numerous national and international news networks including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, FOX, Al Jazeera, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Bartley graduated from the University of Missouri, School of Law and attended Georgetown Law Center as a visiting student. She has a BA from Hampton University. She is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School-Executive Education Women and Power program. Edith is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the selection committee for the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship program. She is married to Stephen M. Rice.

Kristallnacht Observance

Date time: Tuesday, November 7, 5:00 pm

Location: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Marking the Night of Broken Glass throughout Nazi Germany in November of 1938 that marked the beginning of the Holocaust.  Will include selections by the World Music Choir and the reading by Emeritus Professor of German, Dr. Robert Conard of an excerpt from the writings of 1972 Nobel Laureate in Literature, German Heinrich Böll, in which he reflects on the theme of understanding and tolerance, which relates directly to the issues in American society today and to this year’s Humanities Commons theme.

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