first-year arts immersion

experience the arts.

sponsored by the college of arts and sciences, the office of the provost and the office of the president, all students enrolled in a humanities commons course attend an arts immersion experience. faculty teaching humanities commons courses incorporate aspects of the performance or the story through the lens of their discipline and into the course.

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.

dracula: bloodlines

october 24-28, 2018

the theme for the upcoming academic calendar, 2018-19, is power and vulnerability. this theme connects to the dayton ballet’s production of dracula: bloodlines, an original ballet that draws from both bram stoker’s dracula and the lilith story from jewish theology. the dates for this production are october 24-28, 2018.

for more information contact aili bresnahan at or phyllis bergiel at

humanities commons faculty: please visit the humanities commons faculty development web page for more information and resources.

fine and performing arts

power and vulnerability

university of dayton faculty and students are sinking their teeth into this year's humanities commons theme, “power and vulnerability,” inspired by the dayton ballet's october performances of dracula: bloodlines.

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past immersions

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, and michael gandolfi's the garden of cosmic speculation. in keeping with the overarching theme of "hospitality," first year students experienced the dayton opera's premiere presentation of gian-carlo menotti's the consul in october 2017. read the news story below to learn more about this immersion experience.

fine and performing arts

first-year arts immersion: 'the consul'

the consul - gian carlo menotti’s opera about a freedom fighter and his family attempting to flee oppression in the face of unrelenting bureaucracy - is perhaps as resonant today as when it premiered on broadway in 1950, winning both the pulitzer prize and the new york drama critics’ circle award for best musical.

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first-year arts immersion

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