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Moral Courage Project launches 'Ferguson Voices' website and podcast. Upcoming events feature the Marian library and institute, ArtsLive concerts and professional development.


The University of Dayton Human Rights Center and PROOF: Media for Social Justice have launched a "Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame" website and podcast that expands on an exhibit unveiled in January and is now traveling the nation. "Ferguson Voices" emerges from the work of the Moral Courage Project, a team of University of Dayton students and program coordinators who collected oral histories in Ferguson, Missouri, in May 2016. "The exhibit, website and podcast illustrate the story of Ferguson by focusing on the contributions of average people who found the courage to stand up during moments of unrest," said Joel Pruce, University of Dayton assistant professor of human rights who oversaw the project. Visit the related links for the Moral Courage Project Facebook page, website and podcast. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communication, at 937-229-3391 or 


The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) has announced "Mary in Asia and Africa" as the theme for its next Marian Forum on Oct. 20 at the University of Dayton. The two-hour event will be the fifth in a continuing series of free academic gatherings that IMRI has sponsored on the Internet to promote the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary. "We are producing our Marian forums to present fresh research and to stimulate creative energies in the study of the mother of Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research, art and special projects. "We decided on Africa and Asia for the theme of our next forum because we want to move beyond Eurocentrism and open new avenues of study. The great diversity of peoples in Africa and Asia makes these continents ideal for looking at how local culture influences the reception of Mary." Admission is free, but IMRI requires participants to register online at the related link. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or 


The University of Dayton's 56th season of professional arts programming opens Oct. 1 and features a wide variety of international musicians. The University's ArtsLIVE program presents an eight-concert series through April 2018 that includes jazz, tango, classical chamber music, contemporary percussion and "bachata" music from the Dominican Republic. Performances are held on campus and are open to the public. Tickets are available starting Sept. 1 for individual performances, as well as subscription and multi-show packages. This season's highlights include the acclaimed New York City classical chamber group the Claremont Trio, Grammy Award-winning Chicago group Third Coast Percussion, a Dominican bachata ensemble led by Joan Soriano and Israeli jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen. More information is available at the related link. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or 


Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for the Supervisory Leadership Certificate program that starts Aug. 22 in Dublin, Ohio, and Sept. 27 in Dayton, Ohio. The program is 10-sessions spanning six months for leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. It will assist front-line leaders or anyone preparing for a leadership role in developing skills to help them maximize individual and team performance. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive two additional days of Supervisor and Professional Development programs. The cost is $4,300; $4,000 for partner organizations. The session starting in August will be in Dublin, Ohio. Supervisory Leadership Certificate facilitators average a 4.5 on a five-point scale in participant reviews. Participants in the most recently completed cohort report a 43.5 percent increase in their competency level. One participant said: "I have found most valuable the ability to listen to and to be exposed to individuals from all over the region, as well as to be able to share in their insights and gain an appreciation for the similarities and differences among us."

Professional Development Programs

Aug. 30: "Going from Peer to Supervisor." Executive coach Chuck Bushnell will guide new supervisors through the transition from individual contributor to leader. Through self-assessments, small group exercises, group discussion and role playing, Bushnell will teach strategies, behaviors and critical interactions that lead to becoming an effective supervisor. 

Aug. 30: "Assertiveness. Communicating with Impact" This program will help leaders identify their preference for one of the four personal influence styles and learn how individual styles may hamper interpersonal communication. 

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners.

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building. 

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the related link.


News and Communications Staff