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Curricular Connections Guide Spring 2023

MAKE A CONNECTION —

We believe that our wide array of programming enhances every person’s experience on our campus by bringing diverse perspectives and voices that enrich our lives and contribute to a wellrounded curriculum. The arts can play a critical role in inspiring faculty to extend and re-imagine their own intellectual, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary frontiers. Through this Guide, we invite you to imagine how the arts can augment your students’ experiences. There are a number of ways to integrate the arts into your class including assigning students to attend performances, lectures, exhibition tours, and additional programming for student reflection and responses or scheduling a class visit or workshop with performing artists or a guided tour with Museum staff and curators.

LEARN

Lori N. Jones, Director of Programming and Audience Development Quick Center for the Arts ljones@fairfield.edu 203-254-4000 ext. 2975

Michelle DiMarzo, Curator of Education Fairfield University Art Museum mdimarzo@fairfield.edu 203-254-4046

Lynne K. Porter, Professor of Theatre, Resident Designer, and Director of the Theatre Program & Graphic Design lporter@fairfield.edu

ENRICHING, ENGAGING, ENTERTAINING | EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING WITH THE ARTS
MORE AND SCHEDULE ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR COURSES:

TICKETS

Located in the Quick’s lobby, the Box Office is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Full-time and adjunct faculty receive free tickets to many of our events and additional discounts are available.

Student tickets are just $5 for most events and can be purchased in advance using a StagID. This includes The Met: Live in HD and National Theatre Live presentations. Learn about free ticket opportunities by contacting Lori Jones (contact info on cover).

PERFORMANCES SHADOW

Back to Back Pictures

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 | 5:30 P.M.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Office of Accessibility. Simon, Scott and Sarah, a trio of activists with intellectual disabilities, hold a town hall meeting about the future impacts of artificial intelligence. Simon, considering himself a savior for the community, quickly appoints himself the mayor, and Scott reluctantly steps into the role of facilitator, but soon becomes enamored with his own power and begins to dismiss the experiences of others. Sarah, often overlooked and underestimated by her counterparts, explodes, confronting the self-appointed leaders on their inadequacies. What begins as a polite discussion quickly descends into bickering and chaos, seemingly provoked by a force within. Sarah acts to unite the group, only to realize the battle to get their message across may be lost already.

Join the creators of SHADOW in a post-film moderated discussion with Cast member/Coauthor Simon Laherty, Director/Coauthor Bruce Gladwin, and Executive Producer Tim Stitz.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Anthropology | Communication | Ethics | Inclusion | Philosophy | Politics | Public Health | | Sociology | Social Justice | Theatre |

G lobal Theatre: Performance Series

Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 | 7 P.M.

Written and directed by Ron Jenkins Curated by Cheryl Wiesenfeld Faculty Liaison: Johanna Garvey, PhD

“Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice” documents the life stories of BL Shirelle and Naomi Wilson, African American women whose music helped them survive decades behind bars, and emerge as successful artist/activist/entrepreneurs dedicated to helping those they left behind in prison. They will perform music as part of the play.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Anthropology | Black Studies | Ethics | Music | Philosophy | Politics | Sociology | Social Justice | | Theatre | U.S. History | Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies |

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Emily Coates and Emmanuèle Phuon

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 | 7 P.M.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 | 7 P.M.

A multi-artist, hybrid performance utilizing text, video, installation and the body, We offers a comparative lens on humankind’s relationship to the natural world, expressed through global, interconnected stories: from an American scientist caring for a dying chimpanzee in Uganda, to an astronaut flying solo around the moon, to ancient Egyptian astronomer-priests practicing a “star dance” at their temple altar.

Both evenings of performance will be different and engage the audience in an experience that moves between indoors and outdoors.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Anthropology | Biology | Dance | Environmental Studies | International Affairs | Music | Physics |

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SPRING 2023 SEASON

All performances in the Quick Center Wien Experimental Theatre. Learn more and reserve tickets at Theatre-Fairfield.org.

Independent Play Project:

Carrie, A Musical Concert

Our annual student project--produced, directed, designed, and performed by advanced theatre students.

Previous titles include Doubt, Proof, Rabbit Hole, Constellations, and The Shape of Things

JANUARY 28, 2023

Sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Communication | Education | English | Theatre |

Project X

Created from interviews of Fairfield University alumni, students, faculty, & staff. Theatre Fairfield’s thought-provoking, powerful, and eye-opening piece that examines race and privilege on our campus. These are screenings of the recording from the 2021 live performances.

FEBRUARY 15 & 16, 2023

in conjunction with MLK and Black History Month celebrations.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Black Studies | Catholic Studies | Communication | Education | English | Ethics | | Health Studies | Humanitarian Action | Peace & Justice Studies | Philosophy | Politics | | Public Health | Theatre | Studio Art | Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies |

Eurydice

One of America’s greatest female playwrights takes on the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but this time, it’s told from her point of view. When Eurydice dies too young, on her wedding day, she journeys to the underworld where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. Featuring compelling plot twists and contemporary storytelling techniques, the piece is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

APRIL 19-23, 2023

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| American Studies | Classical Studies | Communication | Education | English | | Health Studies | History | Philosophy | Public Health | Religious Studies | Social Work | | Sociology | Studio Art | Theatre | Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies |

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Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul

JANUARY 27–APRIL 6, 2023

For over five decades, Connecticut-based artist Norma Minkowitz has used fiber to explore the fundamental tensions of being human. Her crocheted and interlaced threads, stiffened into hard mesh-like structures, seemingly defy gravity to take the form of wearables, vessels, figurative sculpture, and drawings. Presenting a range of works spanning her entire career, this exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the dualities of delicacy and strength, nature and culture, body and spirit. Faculty Liaison: Jo Yarrington

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Art History & Visual Culture | Studio Art | Theater | History | Modern Languages and Literatures | English | Women | Gender, and Sexuality Studies |

DATE EVENT LOCATION

Thursday, January 26 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 26 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1 12 p.m.

Opening Lecture: Body to Soul

Sarah Parrish, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History, Plymouth State University, and Curator of the Exhibition

Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Opening Reception: Body to Soul

Gallery Talk: Norma Minkowitz

This event is in-person only and will not be recorded

Norma Minkowitz, Goodbye Goddess, 2003. Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, Hartford, CT, The Costume & Textile Purchase Fund, 2004.10.1. Photo: Allen Phillips/ Wadsworth Atheneum

Ethel Fisher, Room on East 89th Street, 1965, oil on linen. Gift of Margaret Fisher, 2022 (2022.09.02)

Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room and streaming (please register for link)

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media

APRIL 20-JULY 15, 2023

The exhibition features more than 50 contemporary artworks by artists across a variety of media, including photographers Laurie Simmons and Donna Ferrato, and artists Miriam Shapiro, Linda Stein, and Ruby Sky Stiler. This is the first exhibition in the museum’s history to have been fully developed and curated by an undergraduate student, Phoebe Charpentier ’23. The majority of artworks in the exhibition will come from the Fairfield University Art Museum’s own collection, with select loans from the Westport Public Art Collection (WestPAC) and private collections. Faculty Liaison: Michelle DiMarzo, PhD

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Art History & Visual Culture | Studio Art | English | Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | | Anthropology & Sociology | Nursing |

DATE EVENT LOCATION

Thursday, April 20 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 20 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 6 5 p.m.

Opening Lecture: In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media Phoebe Charpentier ‘23, Curator of the Exhibition

Opening Reception: In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media

Lecture: Women of the Westport Public Art Collection

Ive Covaci, PhD and Kathie Bennewitz

Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall

Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room Streaming on thequicklive.com

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Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

JANUARY 20–APRIL 6, 2023

This exhibition features posters created by both men and women worldwide to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens play in protecting and promoting human rights while challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing reproductive and sexual rights, protecting women and girls against brutality, and promoting women’s empowerment, education, and participation in society. The posters argue for the empowerment of women, the achievement of equality between women and men, and the elimination of discrimination against women and girls.

Organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Co-curated by Fairfield University faculty Rachelle Brunn-Bevel, PhD, Elizabeth Hohl, PhD, Johanna Garvey, PhD, and Anna Lawrence, PhD in collaboration with museum staff.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Art History & Visual Culture | Studio Art | Graphic Design | History | | Modern Languages and Literatures | Politics | English | | Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Peace and Justice Studies |

DATE EVENT LOCATION

Thursday, January 19 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 7 5 p.m.

Opening Night Reception: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights Walsh Gallery and Quick Center for the Arts Lobby

Lecture: A Cut at the Heart of Womanhood Stephanie Welsh DNP, CNM, FACNM, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Clinical Faculty Specialist in Midwifery and winner of 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography

Kelley Theatre and streaming on thequicklive.com

Monday, February 13 5 p.m.

Virtual Lecture: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Elizabeth Resnick, Exhibition Curator and Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston

Streaming only on thequicklive.com

Wednesday, March 1 5 p.m.

Panel Discussion with Faculty Co-Curators

This event will not be livestreamed, but will be recorded

Peter Anton: Just Desserts

APRIL 28–JULY 15, 2023

This whimsical exhibition of Peter Anton’s outsized, hyper-realistic sculptures of sweets will include ice cream cones, cakes and confections. Anton has experimented with various methods, including wood, metal, plaster, resin, and oil and acrylic paints to achieve the physicality of his monumental desserts. He chooses subjects that encourage people to think about their own relationship to food, and the memories and nostalgia that these childhood favorites conjure. Faculty Liaison: Scott Lacy, PhD

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

DATE EVENT LOCATION

Thursday, April 27 5 p.m.

Thursday April 27 6-8 p.m

Opening Night Lecture: Tasty Treats – The Anthropology of Sweets

Scott Lacy, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

Kelley Theatre and streaming on thequicklive.com

Opening Reception: Peter Anton: Just Desserts Walsh Gallery and Quick Center for the Arts Lobby

Molly Crabapple, Audre Lorde, 2018 Peter Anton, Dark Bar Chaos, ©2021 Kelley Theatre
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The Quick’s OVF: Espresso series continues our partnerships with campus programs to extend the dialogue out of the classroom. Additional programs beyond the ones listed below are offered virtually and for free at TheQuickLive.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

7:30 P.M.

Vijay Iyer

Innovative Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer in Conversation with Michael Ciavaglia

Presented with the Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

7:30 P.M.

Steven Rivellino Berlin Cabaret 1920s-1940s. The Mythical Decadence of Weimar Cabaret

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

7:30 P.M.

Garth Greenwell

Presented with the Inspired Writers Series moderated by the MFA Program’s Phil Klay

LECTURES

Common Ground Series

Bret Stephens

“Negotiating for the Center – At Times Beyond the Fringe”

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 | 7:30 P.M.

Bret Stephens is a well-known op-ed columnist for The New York Times and a senior contributor to NBC News. He spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal, most notably writing “Global View,” the neoconservative foreign-affairs column for which he was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. An accomplished speaker, audience value Mr. Stephens’ timely insights and also his “breath of fresh air” delivery.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Anthropology | Ethics | International Affairs | Journalism | Politics | Sociology | U.S. History |

Common Ground Series

Nick Gillespie & Bhaskar Sunkara

“A Socialist and a Libertarian Walk Onto a Stage”

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 | 7:30 P.M.

Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin and the author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality. Nick Gillespie is an editor-at-large at Reason, the libertarian magazine of “free minds and free markets,” and host of The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Anthropology | Ethics | International Affairs | Journalism | Politics | Sociology | U.S. History |

Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture

Reverend Nontombi Naomi Tutu

“Striving for Justice: Searching for Common Ground”

MONDAY, APRIL 3 | 7:30 P.M.

The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu’s life as an activist for human rights. The third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu, she learned early on that the whole human family loses when we accept situations of oppression, and that the teaching and preaching of hate and division injure us all.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Anthropology | Black Studies | Ethics | International Affairs | Peace & Justice Studies | | Religious Studies | Sociology | Social Justice | Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies |

Bank of America Women and Leadership Series

Judy Woodruff

“Ethical

Challenges for Journalism: Democracy at a Crossroad”

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 | 8 P.M.

Currently the anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff is one of the world’s most prominent female journalists. She brings groundbreaking reporting experience, sharing insights on presidential administrations, Congress and the changing political landscape. She has covered politics and other news for five decades at NBC, CNN and PBS.

SUGGESTED CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

| Anthropology | Ethics | International Affairs | Journalism | Politics | Sociology | U.S. History | | Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies |

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