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Graul Chair in Arts and Languages


This endowed chair is named for Dr. Thomas C. and Janet M. Graul and is specifically designed to promote interdisciplinary approaches to arts and languages with a particular focus on international perspectives. At the University of Dayton, this includes Music, Art and Design,  Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology and Global Languages and Culture. 

The study of arts and languages empowers us to engage and transcend rather than dismiss that which is different, unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable. These disciplines provide powerful tools to open our minds, engage our hearts, think creatively and find the common core of our humanity. Such study is essential to any university that aspires to educate the whole person and produce distinctive graduates who are capable of linking learning to responsible leadership and service.

Graul Chair Global Cinema Series: "Stop. Zemlia" (Krystyna Gornostai, 2021)

6-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024; Sears Recital Hall, Humanities; Free admission

"Stop. Zemlia" (Krystyna Gornostai, 2021) is a Ukrainian-language film set in Kyiv, following the lives of teenagers and their experiences with friendships and infatuations. The film provides insights into common social and emotional issues, complemented by a panel for historical and artistic context.

Details: Pizza will be served at the hallway at 5:30 p.m., before a brief introduction from Masha Kisel at 6 p.m. The movie screening will begin at 6:15 p.m., and will be followed by panel discussion. Panelists include Kristen Altenau Keen, Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Brook Center, and Jaro Bilocerkowycz, Associate Professor in Political Science (discussing Ukraine since independence).

Chisme Symposium: 'The Virgin of Guadalupe'

12-1 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2024; The Scholars’ Commons, 2nd Floor, Roesch Library

Speaker: Judith Huacuja, Ph.D., Chicana Scholar and Art Historian

Description: The Chisme Symposium began in the 2021-22 academic year as a space to engage in topics on the margins of religion and discourse. In 2022, topics on methodology and what is taboo to discuss laid the foundation for the Chisme Symposium. This year, the Symposium engages various topics on Mary. The second session of Chisme Symposium in the 2023-24 academic year highlights the work of Dr. Judith Huacuja on the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Details: A baked potato bar will be available starting at 11:45 a.m.

Silk Roads Mosaic: Celebrating Language, Literature and Melodies
"Along the Silk Road” Music Concert

3 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2024; Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Dayton

Organizer: Bach Society of Dayton

Details: Pre-Concert Talk: by Latif Bolat on the Baglama, a long-necked lute, at 3 p.m., followed by a concert featuring a selection of ethnic music from countries along the Silk Roads. The event will be live streamed and recorded.

Ticket Price: Free for UD students upon registration, Register for tickets. $30 for general purchases for tickets, purchase tickets.

RSVP date for students is March 1.

Book giveaway event: On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta, written by Jen Lin-Liu

Transportation: A ride to the site will be provided for UD students, faculty and staff. Meet at Lot C by the Humanities Green at 2:30 p.m. 

The event will be live streamed and recorded

Lecture on the Silk Roads

7 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2024; Sears Recital Hall, Humanities Building

Speaker: Dr. Amir Kalan, McGill University

Title: "The Silk Roads as a Reservoir of Complex Language and Literacy Practices"

Overview: A discussion on non-Western literacy practices and intellectual traditions along the Silk Roads, focusing on translingual and multi-semiotic texts. The event will be live streamed and recorded. 

Ticket price: Event is free for the public

The event will be live streamed and recorded

On the Noodle Road: Author Talk and Cultural Experience

5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2024; Gallery and Lobby, Roger Glass Center for the Arts

Title: Culinary and Social Exchanges on the Silk Road

Speaker: Jen Lin-Liu; M.C. by Dr. Bobbi Sutherland, Associate Professor of History, UD


  • 5:30-7 p.m.: Choir performance by the Bach Society of Dayton; Tabla drums solo performance by Rahul Deshmukh; Indian vocal performance by Ajay Ponkshe; and Noodle Tasting from regions along the Silk Roads
  • 7-8 p.m.: Talk on "Culinary and Social Exchange on the Silk Road," followed by Q&A in the Gallery and Lobby
  • Post-Talk: Book-signing session

Event is free for the public

The event will be live streamed and recorded

Parking: Roger Glass Center for the Arts parking is available in Lot D in front of Fitz Hall. There is a drop-off zone and limited accessible spots available in front of the RGCA.


Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

O'Reilly Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1549