Monday, March 12, 2018

University of Dayton: Upcoming events focus on art, music, experiential learning and professional development. A symposium brings healthcare professionals together on addiction, a workshop helps writers through the creative process, and more.


Recent research suggests that music really is a universal language. The members of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet — who will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the University of Dayton’s Sears Recital Hall — would probably agree. Each comes from a very different background and culture, but together they play music that speaks to them all. The quartet will appear at the University of Dayton as part of the Vanguard Legacy program, presented by ArtsLIVE. The Legacy concerts extend the heritage of a beloved chamber music series established in 1962 by Elana and Vincent Bolling at the Dayton Art Institute. Since 2015, Vanguard Legacy Concerts have made their home at the University, thanks to an endowment from the Bollings. More information is available on 
the ArtsLIVE website.


A new exhibit, “Luke’s Portrait of the Madonna: Interpreting Luke in Painting and Calligraphy,” opens at the Marian Library March 19 and runs through April 20. It is free and open to the public during library hours. It shows how Ann Bain captures Mary’s words as found in the New Testament. It also includes lithographs by André Bergeron that convey his empathy for Luke’s Mary. The result of this artistic dialogue is a Madonna for mind and heart. The library is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. More information is available 


A new exhibit at the University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery will feature self-portraits by artist Haley Morris-Cafiero along with text which calls on the audience to question the relationship of social media, selfie culture and how people critique each other. "Wait Watchers" runs Feb. 22 to March 22. It is free and open to the public. A reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The gallery is located on the second floor of Fitz Hall. 
Gallery hours and parking information are available online. For additional information contact gallery coordinator Nicholaus Arnold at 937-229-3204


The Antioch Writers' Workshop at University of Dayton will host its spring one-day seminar, "Dive Into Your Story," from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, on the University of Dayton campus. The one-day workshop will help writers of all levels and styles explore storytelling elements needed to reach readers. It will cover generating ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and submitting work to editors, agents and publications. Workshop faculty include Rebecca Kuder, whose story Rabbit, Cat, Girl appeared in Year’s Best Weird Fiction (vol. 3); Martha Moody, author of four novels; Joanne Smith, an award-winning journalist for the Dayton Daily News and author of The New York Times-bestselling memoir The 13th Gift; Kate Geiselman, whose essays have appeared on the The Washington Post, Salon, the Rumpus and McSweeney's Internet Tendency websites; and Rebecca Morean, a novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter. Admission is $150 per person in advance or $160 at the door. Organizers will provide venue information and directions closer to the event. 
Click here for information and registration, or contact Sharon Short at 937-567-2399 or


The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) will help chart the future of Marian studies by evaluating the current state of this theological discipline and identifying the latest trends and areas of neglect. IMRI will present its findings at its next Marian Forum at the University of Dayton April 6. Being organized around the theme of "Mary — Yesterday and Today," the two-hour forum will be the sixth in a continuing series of free academic gatherings that IMRI has been sponsoring online to promote the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
More information is available here. For interviews, contact assistant director of news and communications Meagan Pant at or 937-229-3256.


The 2018 University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium will focus on rethinking addiction. The event, which is designed for healthcare professionals, runs 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the University of Dayton Kennedy Union. Dr. Joseph Scherger will address “Primary Care: On the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic”; Dr. Nicole Labor will discuss “The Neurobiology of Addiction”; and a panel will respond to the question, “How are our healthcare systems responding to the opioid crisis?” Other presentations offer local examples of innovative practices. An optional session in the afternoon will provide Naloxone training and distribution. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Registration is free for Miami Valley Hospital and Dayton Children's Hospital medical residents, as well as University of Dayton faculty and staff. The cost is $50 for other healthcare professionals and community members. Media can contact Meagan Pant at or 937-229-3256 for interviews and more information on the symposium.


Students from around the world will put their aircraft design skills to the test starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14, in the flight simulation lab in Kettering Laboratories on the University of Dayton campus during the Merlin Flight Simulation Group's eighth annual IT FLIES U.S.A. competition. Teams from the University of Dayton, Mississippi State University and Manchester University and the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom are scheduled to participate in the competition. Members of the Society of Flight Test Engineers and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots will test the students' designs and review their presentations. UD is home to only one of two Merlin flight simulators in the U.S., and one of 30 in the world. For more information or to register, contact Aaron Altman at 937-229-5353.


Dayton Corps, an AmeriCorps program through ServeOhio, is recruiting for summer service positions. The program is run through the University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Positions are available in three areas May 16 to Aug. 31 — neighborhood leadership development, housing insecurity and employment, and education. The Education Corps members engage youth in education activities at either the Madden Hills or Northwest library. The Neighborhood Corps serves out of city hall and engages residents and stakeholders in community organizing in Edgemont/Carillon, Westwood and Residence Park neighborhoods. The Opportunity Corps members assist clients at local homeless shelters. These members serve at either St. Vincent, Daybreak, Homefull or Montgomery County Homeless Solutions. Members will also participate in weekly member trainings and statewide AmeriCorps trainings and events. Stipends for living expenses are available, and members may be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon completion of their term of service. Apply online 
here and learn more about the program here.


Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for the next session of this 10-session program that starts April 17. The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program is a development program spanning six months for leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. This program 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, they also receive two additional days of Supervisor and Professional Development programs. The cost is $4,300; $4,000 for partner organizations. 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

March 13-14: "Project Management Essentials I & II." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively manage all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule.

March 20: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with establishing and scheduling priorities, navigating common productivity obstacles and engaging others productively.

March 22: "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.

April 10: "Navigating Difficult Conversations." This interactive workshop helps participants build strong communication and conflict resolution skills plus understand the casualties of unresolved conflict — productivity loss and employee turnover, among others.

April 19: "Advanced Project Management." This one-day class is a follow-up for participants in Project Management Essentials I & II. This class includes a two-hour exercise in which participants work in teams to make decisions and develop a project schedule for a very demanding client.

April 24: "Emotional Intelligence: Becoming More Effective in Reaching Others." Participants will learn how to recognize and identify emotions that drive behaviors, and how to manage those emotions to be effective in personal and professional interactions. Participants also will learn about negotiation, power, influence, teamwork, development and service orientation.

April 26: "Coaching and Evaluating Performance." This session is designed to enhance management skills and prepare participants for the changing demands of today's workforce. Participants will learn concepts and skills to develop the skills of staff members or correct performance issues.

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

Executive Development Programs

April 12: "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" (a.m.) and "Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone" (p.m.) with Jon Gordon, the best-selling author of The Energy Bus, Training Camp and The Power of Positive Leadership who is listed among Inc's "Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018." Gordon's principles also have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, hospitals, and non-profits.

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 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 Center for Leadership website.

'Turn of the Screw' : Oberlin College News & Events

Nyquon Watson '18 Named AICUO Award Finalist
Nyquon Watson ’18 is one of six artists who will compete for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ Grand Award for excellence in the visual arts this spring. {Read more}

Oberlin Opera Theater Presents Britten's Ghostly Turn of the Screw March 7-11
Adaptation of the Henry James novella retains the original’s atmospheric frights; tickets and opera brunch packages are available now. {Read more}

Three Truman Scholarship Finalists Named
Third-years Sadie Keller, Kieran Minor, and Meg Parker have been named finalists for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States. {Read more}


"Still Dreaming: Frances Walker at 93," March 6
This is the world premiere screening of the documentary film Still Dreaming: Frances Walker at 93. Acclaimed pianist, educator, and Oberlin alumna from the class of 1945, Frances Walker is the first African American woman to become a tenured professor at Oberlin Conservatory, where she taught from 1976 until her retirement in 1991.
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 6
Location: Apollo Theatre, 19 E. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074
Admission: Free

Guest Lecture: Meredith Evans, Director of Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, March 6
As the first African American woman to direct a presidential library, Meredith Evans focuses on civic engagement, the role of the presidency and public policy, and making accessible the records of President Carter, his cabinet, and the White House administration. Free and open to the public.
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 6
Location: Mudd Center Moffet Auditorium, 148 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074

Courage and Compassion: A Musical Celebration, March 7
A recital in honor of Japanese American students who attended the Conservatory of Music during World War II will feature conservatory students and faculty, as well as a special musical performance by conservatory graduate Alice Takemoto ’47. 
Time: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Location: Still Recital Hall, 77 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074
Admission: Free and open to the public

Thursday, March 8, 2018

“A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin” exhibition series continues with Japanese prints

“A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin” exhibition series continues with Japanese prints

OBERLIN, OHIO--Major donations of Japanese prints to the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College have roughly paralleled major movements in Japanese printmaking from the early 18th through the late 20th centuries. Through July 1, the exhibition A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Japanese Prints presents works by master printmakers from several periods. Curated by Kevin R. E. Greenwood, the Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, with the assistance of Oberlin College senior Elka Lee-Shapiro, the exhibition comprises more than 100 woodblock prints that span 270 years of history, and offers a dual chronicle of both this printmaking history and the growth of the museum’s collection.

            The year 1950 marked the earliest and most significant major contribution of Japanese prints to the Allen: more than 1,500 works from the 17th to the 20th centuries, the bequest of Mary A. Ainsworth, an 1889 graduate of Oberlin College. Ainsworth’s prodigious print collection originated on a 1906 solo trip to Japan. Her contribution amply represents the Japanese Edo period (1603–1868), an era of political unity following centuries of civil war. During much of the Edo period, ukiyo-e (pictures of the Floating World) was a popular genre of prints. In its first two centuries, the genre was characterized by colorful, idealized representations of actorsand pictures of “beauties,” such as female entertainers and courtesanswhich abound in A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin. To the average Japanese consumer of the period, the prints offered enticing depictions of lives of carefree extravagance and indulgence. To museum visitors, they offer an opportunity to engage with some of the highest-quality works to emerge from the Japanese printmaking tradition of the 17th and 18th centuries.  

            The exhibition also features exemplary works of the surimono genre, which emerged in the latter part of the Edo period. A far cry from the popular, mass-produced ukiyo-esurimono were limited-edition works commissioned by poetry clubs. The subject matter of these works is often obscure, rife with wordplay and references to classical Chinese and Japaneseliterature. A series of donations from Paul F. Walter in the 1980s and 90s significantly expanded the Allen’s holdings in this genre. Walter, a student in the Oberlin College class of 1957, was a New York-based art collector. In addition to surimono prints, Walter contributed works from the Meiji period (1868–1912), a tumultuous era that followed the forced opening of Japanese ports to U.S. commerce, and saw the island transform from an isolated feudal society to a nascent imperial power. A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin showcases some of Walter’s exemplary donations from this period, including Hōzan’s Naval Encounter near Port Arthur during the Sino-Japanese War (1894), a dramatic propaganda triptych that depicts the confrontation between a single Japanese ship and three Chinese adversaries, and reflects Japan’s expansionist fervor in the final decade of the 19th century. 

            In accordance with the nation’s increasingly global orientation at the start of the 20th century, works from the next major innovation in Japanese printmaking—shin-hanga (new prints)—display the notable influence of Western techniques.Shin-hanga, which originated around 1915, revived traditional ukiyo-e subjects, including both landscapes and “beauties,” but recast them in an impressionistic style. The works of one of the most celebrated masters of the genre, Yoshida Hiroshi (1876–1950), are especially well-represented in the Allen’s collection, thanks to the generosity of Owen T. Jones, a 1929 Oberlin graduate, and Margaret M. Jones, his wife. In 1997, the couple donated 27 Yoshida prints that Mr. Jones had purchased in Japan immediately after World War II, while serving in the navy. Thirteen prints from the Jones donation demonstrate Yoshida’s deft and atmospheric use of color. Other prominent shin-hanga designers are represented in a second major donation received in 1997: Sarah G. Epstein’s gift of 85 prints, which spans the late Edo period to the 1960s.

            An art collector and lecturer, Epstein graduated from Oberlin in 1948. In addition to prints by shin-hanga masters such as Kawase Hasui (1883–1957), her donation features evocative examples of the budding sōsaku-hanga (creative prints) movement in the work of Kasamatsu Shirō (1898–1991). Influenced by Euro-American ideals of individuality and self-expression, artists in this style—who came of age in the postwar period—eschewed the collaborative workshop system that had traditionally characterized Japanese printmaking. Instead, artists worked independently to produce experimental works that appealed to Western collectors. The most diverse array of sōsaku-hanga prints represented in the exhibition come from the 1999 contribution of Dr. Sanford L. Palay.  A 1940 graduate of Oberlin College, Palay served with the Army Medical Corps in Japan, an experience which sparked his interest in Japanese art. His donation to the Allen spans the 1960s to the 90s, and encompasses not only woodblock prints, but also lithographs and etchings.

            Through five decades of generous contributions from Oberlin College alumni, the Allen has amassed an impressive collection of Japanese prints. A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Japanese Prints offers a sampling of this collection, and a consummate perspective on an enduring and dynamic tradition in Japanese art.

In conjunction with the exhibition, curator Kevin R. E. Greenwood will give a Tuesday Tea Talk at the museum on March 13 at 2:30 p.m. 

Museum hours:
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays.

Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797-1858)
Fuji from Surugacho, no. 8 from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1856
Color woodblock print
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Mary A. Ainsworth Bequest, 1950.1383

Sekino Junichirō  (Japanese, 1914-1988)
Hokkaido in the Rain, ca. 1965
Color woodblock print
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Sanford L. Palay (OC1940), 1999.3.25

Ashland University to Host Museum of the Bible’s Adornment Exhibit

Ashland University to Host Museum of the Bible’s Adornment Exhibit
FOR RELEASE Feb. 21, 2018

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Museum of the Bible will be bringing its “Adornment” exhibit to Ashland University on April 2 to 14. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will display approximately 40 items, including such things as manuscripts, early printed Bibles, paintings, woodblocks and prints. 

The display will be located in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center conference rooms and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday and Saturday from April 2-14. Admission is free. The Student Center is located at the corner of King Road and Claremont Avenue. 
The Ashland exhibit will be titled “Adornment: Art of and About the Bible” and its objective is to expose the public to the beauty that adorns the Bible, to emphasize the importance of this book to artisans throughout history, to display beautiful creations meant to honor the Bible and to educate people on the purpose for pictures in Bibles.

The process of illustrating and adorning the Bible is a challenge that has attracted many of the most famous artists throughout history. Though the style of the art changes depending on the time and places in which it was made, the scenes depicted – and the themes conveyed – remain familiar.

“Ashland University is honored to be the host campus for the Adornment exhibit this spring,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We believe this exhibit will be especially interesting and meaningful for those in home-school groups, charter schools and Sunday school classes as well as the general public and our students.” 

Campo serves as a member of the board for the Museum of the Bible located in Washington, D.C.

This exhibition contains beautifully illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages, intricately engraved Bibles from the Renaissance, fore-edge painted Bibles from the Victorian era, and an array of spectacular bindings. Some highlights include
: a Medieval Psalter, a Missal for use of St. Julian of Tours, the Speculum (or Mirror of Human Salvation), the Nuremberg Chronicle, an early Tyndale New Testament, the first printed and illustrated Gospel Book in Arabic, paintings by Harold Copping, lithographs by Salvador Dali, and more.

The highly anticipated grand opening of the 430,000-square-foot nonprofit Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., located just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol took place in November 2017. The exhibit in Ashland is the first stop on the museum’s traveling circuit in 2018.  

Beyond domestic showings, the Museum’s exhibits have already traveled around the world. Stops include two separate appearances at Vatican City’s Braccio di Carlo Magno; the Havana Cathedral in Havana, Cuba; the Pontifical Catholic University in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Lichthof of the Ulmer Museum in Ulm, Germany; and The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.