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Events and Exhibits

Beyond the Byline: Erma Bombeck’s Story

Feb. 1–July 26, 2024  

Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery, first floor of Roesch Library

Erma Bombeck (1927–1996) was a trailblazing humor writer, bestselling author and syndicated columnist who found and developed her writing voice as a University of Dayton student. In this engaging exhibit, her multifaceted life and legacy are told through the Erma Bombeck Papers, including correspondence, notes, photographs and even her typewriter. Bombeck’s witty observations and roles of writer, housewife, feminist, humorist, mother, activist, philanthropist, columnist and pioneer are inseparably linked and continue to connect us to her story.

Mary in Catholic Education

Through June 28, 2024

Marian Library Gallery, seventh foor of Roesch Library

The Society of Mary opened its first school in 1819 in Bordeaux, France, and education continues to be a key element of the Marianist mission. The Blessed Virgin Mary is an integral component of this educational culture as both a subject of teaching and an exemplar for educators. In this exhibit, teacher education students at the University of Dayton use materials from the Marian Library’s collections to explore how Catholic ideals have been shared with different audiences through various media. The curators also examine cultural and ethnic diversity — or its absence — in these artifacts and what that means for Catholic education today.

Moments with Mary

July 15–November 1, 2024

Marian Library Gallery, seventh floor of Roesch Library

International women artists' intimate portraits of the Virgin Mother, on loan from collector John A. Kohan’s Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection.

Bing Davis Exhibits

On the Shoulders of Ancestors: Ceremony and Ritual

Recent Art by Willis Bing Davis

Sept. 5–Dec. 6, 2024

1401 S. Main St., first floor

Reach High, Reach Back: The Life of Bing Davis

Aug. 16–Nov. 8

Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery, first floor of Roesch Library

Virtual Programs and Exhibits
Rituals of Healing: Diversity and Divergence in Catholic Tradition
A virtual exhibit using archival sources to critically examine healing rituals. Curated by English majors at the University of Dayton in Spring 2023.
Journeys of Faith

Catholic shrines and festivals attract millions of visitors each year, ranging from pilgrims on spiritual journeys to casual tourists. This exhibit, featuring items from the Marian Library and the U.S. Catholic Special Collection at the University of Dayton, explores the motivations for Catholic travel; what visitors do at these sites; and the souvenirs they bring back—from handcrafted devotional objects to quirky mementos.


Information Neighborhoods: Interacting with Online News Like a Good Neighbor
The variety of news you can find online is immense and can be intense! This self-guided activity will describe how you can better understand the type and purpose of online news by employing a simple sorting method called information neighborhoods. 
LGBTQ+ Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination
Let's learn together for Pride Month and beyond. All are welcome to complete this interactive online module developed by the Libraries diversity and inclusion team about LGBTQ+ human rights. You will better understand how differences in laws and policies affect those in our community who identify as LGBTQ+. 
Refuge: Borderlands and the Blessed Virgin
This online exhibit curated by students at at the University of Dayton and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio is challenging its visitors to see a timeless and often controversial topic — borderlands — through social, spiritual, historical and artistic lenses. 
Mary in Miniature: Books of Hours in the Marian Library Collection
Books of Hours are a window into medieval society, Marian devotion, and book history in the later Middle Ages. This online exhibit features digitized medieval Books of Hours and individual leaves, dating from circa 1440 through the early 16th century.