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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.

Arts and Languages for Healing: A themed wrap-around experiential programs
Graul Chair Global Cinema + HST 103 Screening

6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6, 2023; Sears Recital Hall, Humanities; Free admission

Graul Chair Global Cinema + HST 103 Invites you to the internationally acclaimed film, "Parasite" (2019, Korean).

In partnership with Dr. Caroline Waldron (Department of History), Dr. Eddie Glayzer (Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work) and Prof. Suki Kwon (Department of Art and Design), as part of the programming for HST103: Global Historical Studies, this event is funded with the generous support of the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages.

The evening will begin with brief introductions to contextualize the film in history and film studies. After the screening, there will be a participatory panel discussion and audience Q&A. The event will wrap up with a reception for mingling and more conversation about this cinematic masterpiece. 

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Theater for Healing: Finding a Healing Clown Within You

Performed and led by Professor Jerome Yorke, an Assistant Professor of Physical Theatre

2:15 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023; Humanities Plaza; Free admission

Enjoy a pre-concert performance inspired by the Poetry Korean Art Song program. Prof. Jerome uses theatrical clowning as a way to heal the spirit. Much like an appetizer, this performance will excite your emotional palate and help prepare you for the Poetry Korean Art Song concert.

2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023; KU Fountain near Humanities Plaza; Free admission

Take a break from your stress and come play. Professor Jerome will help you discover your own healing clown through guided participatory theatre activities based on gameplay and spectatorship. This Halloween-themed event is open to everyone, and costumes are welcome.

Cinema Therapy: Film Journeys, Healing Destinations

Curated with discussion led by Dr. Hsuan Tsen, Senior Lecturer of Art History

7 p.m., Oct. 6, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1, 2023; Art Street's Studio B; Free admission

Films can transport us, entertain us, and challenge us. This is similar to the process required to heal ourselves or empathize with the struggles facing people in our lives. The world often presents us with visions of healing that are warm, soft, comforting. Anyone who has worked through injuries — whether physical or emotional — knows that the journey is more likely to be arduous and doesn’t have a clear end. The Cinema Therapy film series will consist of a selection of three films that explore different ways in which film can help us in these journeys. Films will start at 7 p.m. sharp, so please come a few minutes early to pick up pizza. Drinks provided if you bring your own mug/cup.

Film listing
Solace in Nature: Korean Lyric Songs Concert

Organized by Dr. Kyung Kim, a Department of Music voice professor 

3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023; Sears Recital Hall; Free admission

Explore the healing power of Korean gagok in our upcoming presentation. Blending ancient Korean vocal traditions with Western European influences, gagok offers a rich, therapeutic musical journey. Join our ensemble of vocalists and musicians as they bring to life eight modern gagok compositions, bridging tradition and contemporary interpretation for a unique, soul-soothing experience.

Solace in Nature video

Solace in Nature program

Writing for Health and Healing: A Workshop series

Led by Dr. Liz Hutter, a UD English professor

12:15-1:15 p.m., Oct. 4, 18 and Nov. 1, 2023; The Scholars’ Common in Roesch Library (Room 245); Free admission; Registration required

This series of three workshops invites participants to explore the ways writing — words, images, and stories — fosters an intimate understanding of healing and its role in the health of our bodies, minds, and spirits. Participants may join one or more workshops and need only bring their curiosity and a willingness to listen, reflect and write. Each workshop will provide one or more guided writing activities to explore the health of our physical bodies (Workshop No. 1, Oct. 4), to examine emotions around experiences of health/illness (Workshop No. 2, Oct. 18) and to honor the rituals we create/practice when we or someone we care about is in need of healing (Workshop No. 3, Nov. 1). 

Box lunch provided and drinks provided when you bring your own mug/cup.

Healing through the Bookbinding; A Series of Bookbinding Workshops

Led by Narae Kim, an Art Therapist/Book Artist

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 6 and 7, 2023; The Scholars’ Common in Roesch Library (Room 245); Free admission; Registration required

Discover the therapeutic art of bookbinding in our 'Healing Through Bookbinding' workshops. Participants engage in the mindful process of crafting a book from scratch, finding relaxation and rejuvenation in the rhythmic repetition of binding and the joy of creation. Join us to experience tranquility and foster self-discovery through this age-old craft guided by Narae Kim, a book artist and practicing art therapist, as well as the collector behind the Narae Artists' Books Collection at the Roesch Library. The Narae Artists’ Books Collection exhibition takes place Oct. 3 through Nov. 12 at the Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery at Roesch Library. 

Box lunch provided and drinks provided when you bring your own mug/cup.

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Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

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