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Humanities Commons Events

In addition to required first-year courses which serve to educate in the spirit of the Common Academic Program, the Humanities Commons enables our students to connect classroom and immersive learning through local arts immersion experiences and special on-campus events.

The First-Year Arts Immersion, historically, is an experiential learning opportunity held within the local arts community.  

Other Humanities Commons events, sponsored by various departments and programs engage students in a wide variety of symposia, speakers and presentations.

August 19, 2021 | 9:30-11:50 am
Fall Colloquium

The colloquium brought together Humanities faculty to renew, review, and re-energize commitments to our Humanities community, its courses, and its future. Colleagues from the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, as well as UD's Core Program spoke about first-year Humanities Commons courses and other courses aligned with Humanities Commons learning goals.

Spring 2021

Peace, Literature, and Democracy

Panel on the Works of Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the recipient of the DLPP 2020 Award. She is known for her novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake, and The Blind Assassin, short fiction, children’s books, poetry, non-fiction essays, and television and radio scripts.

Featured Speakers

Sharon Rab, Founder and Board of Trustees President, Dayton Literary Peace Prize | Todd Uhlman, Department of History | Vincent Miller, Department of Religious Studies | Rebecca Potter, Department of English

First-Year Arts Immersion

  • Overview
  • Fall 2019: Turangalîla-Symphonie
  • Previous Immersions
  • First-Year Arts Immersion

    The First-Year Arts Immersion experience is designed to help first-year students connect their course material to an overarching annual theme that is selected to encourage integrated learning.

    Fall 2019: Turangalîla-Symphonie

    Fall 2019: Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen

    Previous FYI Experiences

    Past FYI experiences have included Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Septime Webre's Romeo and Juliet, Michael Gandolfi's The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, the Dayton Opera's premiere presentation of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Consul, and Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula: Bloodlines.


    Michelle C. Pautz, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for the Common Academic Program

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    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302

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