Fall 2020 Season Brochure

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Celebrating 30 years OF THE PERFORMING ARTS College of Arts and Sciences


fall 2020 College of Arts and Sciences

partners of the quick In appreciation and recognition of our corporate, media, government and foundation sponsors: 2020 WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP SERIES PRESENTING SPONSOR

PARTNER ($10,000+)

LEADER ($5,000–$9,999)

PATRON ($3,000–$4,999)


ALLY ($1,000–$2,999)




The College of Arts and Sciences Presents

The Common Ground Lecture Series Presented in Affiliation with the Open VISIONS Forum – Quick Center for the Arts

As of publication August 15, 2020. A full list of sponsors is available at Quickcenter.com

Dear Patrons and Friends, I hope you are all safe and healthy out there and gearing up for an engaging fall. Thank you for your support over the last 30 years at the Quick; you are the cornerstone of the work we do to bring high caliber programming to our community. The current pandemic has shuttered the theatre world as we know it, from Broadway to the small local dance troupe. This is a painful and heartbreaking time for performers, agents, venues, and patrons. However, history shows us that every crisis is an opportunity. In every moment of crisis we are forced to reflect, forced to act, forced to make difficult choices, and often forced to rationalize why and how we do what we do. The moment is real here at the Quick as we launch our 30th season of high caliber arts experiences. We will not be meeting in the lobby; we will not be sharing in the applause as the lights go up. We could dwell on this and how sad it really is, but we choose not to. The performing arts have thrived and survived since the dawn of time, and as I have said in much of my correspondence – we will be back, we will meet again. For now we invite you to celebrate our 30th Birthday Season. The fall season is like nothing you have experienced before. There are more than 50 programs representing over 40 artists, speakers, and performers generated through upwards of 10 collaborations across our University community and local organizations. We invite you to celebrate the arts with us; join us as a Member this season and gain free open access to all 60 programs this fall. We have worked across themes and genres to bring you programs that are topical and reside in the current moment through civil rights, equality and inclusion, politics, leadership, innovation, art, humanities, music, dance, guns, and the circus. Yes we will all be virtual, but let’s use this as an opportunity. The restriction of the live event is gone, you are the conductor of your virtual viewing: call your friends, log in with your kids, watch over dinner, the opportunities abound for how you engage and participate in this amazing season. We look forward to seeing you out there connecting, sharing, and creating community through the arts. Sincerely,

Peter Van Heerden Executive Director Quick Center for the Arts

Richard A. Greenwald, PhD Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Professor of History


Marie-Thérèse Afif Wendy Berkowitz Robyn Drucker Orin Grossman

Patricia Hammalian Gail M. Harris James Keegan Michael Loeb

Suzanne Nemec Charlie Rocco Dave Yearwood Anne-Marie Ziegler

Celebrate 30 years of the Quick Become a Quick Member The Quick is offering over 60 virtual sessions this fall. Quick Members enjoy staying connected to a community of like-minded arts and culture lovers while enjoying every session free of charge.

Taste Maker $85–$149 (Alumni $80+ // Young patron ages 25–40 $50+) • Early VIP access for subscription and ticket sales • Members only ticket prices and special events: artist meet and greets // closed rehearsals // post-performance receptions • Guaranteed registration for Missoula Children’s Theatre

Supporter $150–$499 (Faculty/Staff/Fairfield Retiree $100+) • All Taste Maker benefits plus • Preferred seating for: The Met: Live in HD Series // National Theatre Live // Open VISIONS Forum • Waiver of service charges on ticket exchanges

Friend $500–$999

• All Supporter benefits plus • VIP access to special events with OVF speakers and artists

Devotee $1,000–$2,499

• All Friend benefits plus • All benefits of membership in the Fairfield University President’s Circle Visit fairfield.edu/PresidentsCircle • Exclusive access to Quick Center Concierge email and phone

Principal $2,500+

• All Devotee benefits plus • Sponsor recognition for one Quick Center performance • Name recognition on one seat plaque in the Kelley Theatre • VIP luncheon for you and two guests with the Executive Director and a selected special guest Goods and services received in connection with this membership are $125

Fairfield University is a 501(c)(3) institution. The value of the tax-deductible amount will be based on net contributions for each level of membership after benefit values have been deducted.

purchase tickets The nine events listed below require a purchased ticket. Quick Members, Fairfield University President’s Circle, and Bellarmine Society Members FREE — Registration required Subscription: $175 Single Tickets: $20 (Right Before I Go. Benefit Ticket: $40) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 8 P.M. Open VISIONS Forum | Bank of America Women and Leadership Series Peggy Noonan

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 5 P.M. Open VISIONS Forum | Dolan School of Business Lecture Bernice Pan, PhD

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 8 P.M. Open VISIONS Forum | COMMON GROUND Series Joy Reid and Ana Navarro

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 5 P.M. Open VISIONS Forum presented by the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing Gina Kolata

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 8 P.M. The Quick’s Global Theatre Series Curated by Cheryl Wiesenfeld RIGHT BEFORE I GO. Written by Stan Zimmerman WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 8 P.M. Open VISIONS Forum | COMMON GROUND Series Jared Cohen

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7 P.M. Ann Hampton Callaway WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 8 P.M. Open VISIONS Forum | Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 5 P.M. Orin Grossman Performs Gershwin

enjoying our fall season is easy! 1. Become a Member to enjoy FREE access to all 60 sessions. 2. Visit QuickCenter.com to register for the sessions you’re interested in so that we can send you details for viewing. 3. Tune in at the session date and time. 4. Ask questions! Each session offers interactive Q&A’s with the speakers and artists. 5. Watch it again – sessions will be available at TheQuickLive.com. 6. Share the experience! The best part of being online is how easy it is to share with family and friends. From posting on social media to inviting a friend to become a Quick Member, you expand your community of arts and culture lovers. And you can do it all from the comfort of home.

Quick Members, Fairfield University President’s Circle Members, and Bellarmine Society Members enjoy first access to reserve tickets for all events starting September 9. General Public sales begin Wednesday, September 16.


NORA CHIPAUMIRE Zimbabwe-born Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body for two decades. Her work fuses the personal and political experience of growing up in Zimbabwe, questioning how status and power are experienced and presented through the body. Her work critiques colonialism and complicated notions of spectatorship and power. The human body for her, and for those born without property, name or class, can be a means of self-invention and self-determination. As Senior Fellow, Chipaumire will focus on research and pedagogic methods as part of the College of Arts and Sciences and will continue the creative process for her new work, The Queen vs. Nehanda. Her work has earned her several awards including a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2011 USA Ford Fellowship, and the 2009 AFROPOP Real Life Award for her choreography in the film, Nora. She is a three-time New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awardee. She has studied dance in many parts of the world — including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. — and has led significant contemporary dance and choreographic workshops in east, central and West Africa.


Monday Sept. 21, 2020 6 p.m. FREE event, registration encouraged

Barnum Museum

The Greatest Showman – “Fiction vs Fact! The REAL Story Behind the REEL Story!” Join Voice Actor and P.T. Barnum enthusiast, Will Sarris as he hosts Barnum Museum Executive Director Kathleen Maher for a fun-filled presentation: “Fiction vs Fact! The Real Story Behind the Reel Story!” Have you seen the 20th Century film The Greatest Showman yet? If you haven’t, it’s streaming on Disney+ so watch and enjoy. All in the spirit of fun, Kathy will captivate guests with an engaging journey through key elements in the movie and will share numerous bits and pieces of history that will “set the record straight.” From the depiction of Barnum’s childhood in Connecticut, to his final bow with the Greatest Show On Earth, she will expand on the tales set in the screenplay and reveal truth to the remarkable stories of struggle and triumph that are even more fantastic. If you are curious about P.T. Barnum, excited about watching the movie again, or just want to learn more about the Barnum Museum, this session will have you looking at Hollywood and P.T. Barnum in a new way.


Friday Oct. 2, 2020 8 p.m.

Women and Leadership Series Bank of America is pleased to sponsor this new inspirational series, opening minds and celebrating empowering women leaders around the world. #PowerTo

Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE

Peggy noonan

“Finding the Moral High Ground/ Challenges for USA’s Reboot” Peggy Noonan – among one of the leading thought leaders and opinion shapers impacting ideas in the USA today – is our kickoff speaker for the Bank of America’s prestigious Women and Leadership lecture series. Her often quoted opinion column ‘Declarations’ – appearing weekly in The Wall Street Journal – wields much respected influence. With a street smart sensibility and ‘fair minded’ nature, she shares a well-tempered, balanced, and often non-partisan point of view. In a candid, unscripted moderated conversation, Ms. Noonan will respond to questions focusing on the upcoming presidential election and larger concerns about the future direction of our nation.


presented In affiliation with the college of arts and sciences COMMON GROUND series

Tuesday Oct. 6, 2020 8 p.m. Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE


With many considering the upcoming presidential decision as a true “turning point” in our nation’s history, join us for a lively and unscripted overview of the key issues and talking points impacting the election. With their broad professional experiences, Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, and CNN/ Telemundo’s Latina expert, Ana Navarro, will lead our topical review. Born in Miami to Haitian parents, Yamiche Alcindor graduated from Georgetown and NYU. She was named “Emerging Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists and has written for USA Today and The New York Times. Ana Navarro was born in Nicaragua. In 1980, as a result of the Sandinista revolution, she and her family immigrated to the United States. She served as National Co-Chair of John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council and as Gov. Jeb Bush’s first Director of Immigration Policy in the Executive Office of the Governor.


presented in affiliation with the fairfield university Art museum

ThurSday Oct. 8, 2020 7:30 p.m. FREE event, registration encouraged

harriet senie


Memorials are complicated and Mount Rushmore is more complicated than most. What you see depends on your view of American history. Many people consider George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt as heroic champions of foundational American values and therefore emblematic of United States national identity. An increasing number, however, see a colossal monument built on sacred land belonging to the Lakota Sioux and disparage the four presidents for policies and practices now considered unacceptable or worse. This talk considers what memorials mean today and seeks to develop an inclusive narrative of national identity that neither idolizes the four presidents on Mount Rushmore nor demonizes them. Harriet F. Senie, PhD is Director of the MA Program in Art History and Art Museum Studies at City College, CUNY, and teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on public art, and is co-founder of the international organization Public Art Dialogue and co-editor of its journal, Public Art Dialogue.


Theatre That Changes OUR World Frontlines: Stories from the Edge showcase real narratives and concerns which plague our nation and the world. they are painfully familiar. these issues are humanized by their presence on stage.

Right Before I Go. Written by Stan Zimmerman, Directed by Michael Wilson IN ASSOCIATION WITH R. ERIN CRAIG / LA VIE PRODUCTIONS Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 8 p.m. | Talkback to Follow Benefit Ticket Price: Free for Quick Members | $40 for General Public | Funds will be split between the JED Foundation and the Quick Center for the Arts | Fairfield University Students Free

The pandemic, Covid-19, George Floyd, racial equality, and social justice reform, politically charged environments the world over. We are in difficult and dangerous times. This pain, suffering, and isolation has created a society where anxiety, depression, mental illness, and desperation are front and center in our everyday lives.

Our topic — Suicide prevention Our play — Right Before I Go. Our goal — to open minds and effect change These are our stories...

Stan Zimmerman

cheryl wiesenfeld


Michael Wilson


Curated by Cheryl Wiesenfeld Broadway Producer

presented In affiliation with the College of Arts and Sciences Common Ground Series

WEDNESday Oct. 14, 2020 8 p.m. Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE

JARED COHEN founder and CEO of Jigsaw at Alphabet, Inc., and Google’s first director of ideas, presents:

“Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America” The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Based on his book, Accidental Presidents, Cohen’s lecture will look at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it, and demonstrate how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world. Eight men have succeeded to the presidency when the incumbent died in office. In one way or another they vastly changed our history. Accidental Presidents adds immeasurably to our understanding of the power and limits of the American presidency in critical times. Beyond this fascinating look at the White House, Cohen promises to discuss the hallmarks of leadership – in the board room and in the executive branch of the U.S. government past, present, and future.


Let The People Decide Film Screening and Panel Discussion Panel Discussion with Producer/Director, Gavin Guerra: Friday, October 16, 2020 | 6 p.m.

Film Available for Viewing: Monday, October 5–Thursday, October 15, 2020 FREE event, registration encouraged

Since the founding of this country, who gets to vote has been a contested issue. In 2013 a controversial Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act further inflamed the issue as photo ID requirements and other strict voting regulations spread to many states. Many argue that these states are cynically trying to circumvent federal protections and prevent minorities from voting, while others insist that these new laws are common sense regulations designed to protect the integrity of elections. These arguments serve to highlight the struggle that was waged to gain passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. In the southern states of the U.S., the fight over voter registration came to a head over a four year period from 1961–1965. In that time there were beatings, bombings, protest marches, mass jailings and murder. Once the Voting Rights Act was signed, it was not the end of the struggle over voting, but the opening of a new front in the battle to attain and retain power. Let The People Decide will connect the dots across generations to illustrate how events from over 50 years ago are still reverberating in today’s heated political climate. The narrative follows a then-and-now timeline that shares first-person accounts from participants in the Civil Rights Movement as well as meeting present day activists that are fighting to preserve the gains of the past and forge a new path forward.


presented in affiliation with the Fairfield University Art Museum

Sunday Oct. 25, 2020 3 p.m. Live from London FREE event, registration encouraged

jacky klein “peggy guggenheim: visionary woman collector”

Jacky Klein is an art historian, publisher, and broadcaster, specializing in modern and contemporary art. After studying at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, she worked as a curator at London’s Tate, Barbican, Courtauld, and Hayward galleries. In 2008, she moved into the world of art publishing, first as commissioning editor at Thames & Hudson, then as executive editor at Tate Publishing and most recently as director of HENI Publishing, an independent arts publisher. She is the author of Grayson Perry (Thames & Hudson, 3rd edition 2020) and co-author of a number of books including Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe (Ben Uri, 2020), Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015), and What is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide (Thames & Hudson/Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012). She has presented and contributed to a range of radio and television programs for the BBC, Travel Channel, Bloomberg TV, Tate, Christie’s, the Art Fund and more, and has taught at a number of arts institutions including the Courtauld Institute, University College London, Christie’s Education, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Artangel. Each year, she teaches a week-long course for students in Venice, focused on modern art in the city, including the life and collection of Peggy Guggenheim. A public and passionate advocate for the arts, she is a trustee of the UK Association for Art History.


presented in affiliation with the dolan school of business

Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020 5 p.m. Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE

bernice pan “Deploying Valuism: Can Fashion Reform Consumerism?”

In the extraordinary year of 2020, what does “value” mean to you this fall? Should fashion feature as a serious topic in our assessment of current affairs, as a barometer of societal and climate health? Join Bernice Pan, PhD, founder of pioneering British sustainable fashion brand DEPLOY, as she dissects the fashion system and explains why it is relevant to every one of us today. Moreover, she will explain how we can each elect to create a positive impact, and collectively improve our society and environment through a fashion reformation for a balanced and beneficial future.


Presented by GLLG and the Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences FREE event, registration encouraged

The Virtual Summit Experience GLLG’s Leadership in the Age of Personalization® Summits focus on guiding leaders and their organizations to shift their thinking from one of standardization to personalization, and the urgent need to acknowledge this shift by leading in a way that honors individuality. Hosted by Fairfield University and Powered by LightSpeedVT™, this virtual summit will provide a unique learning experience that will combine thought provoking discussions with artistic storytelling by the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University – all that in a seamless, safe and interactive online environment to all attendees and speakers. Our discussion will be centered on the intersection between the Healthcare Industry, Corporate America and Higher Education that must seek more interconnectedness and interdependence than ever before.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020 | 11 A.M.– 4 P.M.


Keeping people healthy will depend on how well healthcare systems lead and serve patients, consumers, and employees as individuals. Two massive shifts are happening in healthcare simultaneously: a shift to value – making us more accountable for individual health outcomes, and a shift in demographics – a shift in the very populations of individuals whose health we’re accountable for.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 | 11 A.M.– 4 P.M.


We’re a society with more mass variance among people than ever before, yet corporate strategies were not designed to serve mass variance. In fact, corporations of the past thrived on standardizing those variations – making them invisible for the sake of efficiency. Today, that no longer works. People are reclaiming their individuality and rejecting the standards of the past. This session will examine the role leadership has in pursuing inclusion as a growth strategy, and in creating future legacies if organizations are to remain relevant.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020 | 11 A.M.– 4 P.M.


Has Covid-19 changed higher education forever? Institutions were already facing many challenges: an anticipated enrollment crash, students questioning the value of taking on crushing debt while degrees no longer guarantee thriving careers, tensions between administration and faculty, the burden of overwhelming regulatory compliance, to name just a few. And that was before Covid-19 and social justice urgencies revealed our collective arrival into the Age of Personalization. In this opening session we explore what the Age of Personalization means for colleges, universities and the future of higher education.



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Presented with the Fairfield University Art Museum and in collaboration with the programs in: Art History, Visual and Performing Arts, Judaic Studies, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, German language, Dept. of MLL, and the History Dept.

Tuesday Nov. 10, 2020 7:30 p.m. FREE event, registration encouraged

Jonathan Petropoulos Chair of European History, Claremont-McKenna College

“Göring’s Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World” Join us for a fascinating evening tracing some newly discovered details about the most extensive art theft and criminal looting in human history. Jonathan Petropoulos, PhD, among the world’s leading art sleuths, previews his forthcoming book [Yale U. Press] highlighting the story of how Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring was assisted by Nazi art dealer Dr. Bruno Lohse. Following Hitler’s idea that his thugs were “Men of Culture,” they stole 600,000 paintings from Jews, at least 100,000 of which are still missing. The looting was not only designed to enrich the Third Reich but also integral to the Holocaust’s goal of eliminating all vestiges of Jewish identity and culture. Dr. Petropoulos, professor and chair of European History at Claremont-McKenna, is the “go to” expert for international tribunals seeking restitution of stolen artworks under the twisted legal dealings of the Third Reich.


Presented in collaboration with the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health studies

Thursday Nov. 12, 2020 5 p.m. Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE

gina kolata

“COVID-19 Vaccination: How and When will the U.S. get it? A discussion of the state of the CoronaVirus Vaccination”

Gina Kolata is an author and reporter for The New York Times, focusing on science and medicine. Her research and articles on stem cell research, new cancer treatments, exercise, cloning, diet, nutrition, and more, have influenced public policy and upended conventional wisdom. She is the author of six books, the most recent of which is Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and The Science That Saved Them. Kolata’s articles for The New York Times have led her to be a Pulitzer finalist twice — for investigative reporting in 2000 and for explanatory journalism in 2010. Other writing awards include ones in 2010 from the Silurian Society for a series on the war on cancer and from The Associated Press Sports Editors for writing about the Caster Semenya intersex controversy at the world track championships. In previous years she has received awards from other groups, including the American Association of Health Care Journalists, and the University of Maryland, which gave her a Distinguished Alumnus award. Bowdoin College awarded her an honorary doctoral degree. And she was made a Kentucky Colonel, just like Col. Sanders.


FRIday NOV. 13, 2020 7 p.m. Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE

ann hampton callaway DIVA POWER

Ann Hampton Callaway presents a soaring celebration of the legendary ladies who helped shape the soundtrack of our lives: Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Edith Piaf, Etta James, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell. In this rare intimate setting, Callaway’s one-woman show takes a personal look at the iconic women who were trailblazers in music and whose careers, voices, and songs helped to shape Callaway’s artistry. As one of the leading performers of the Great American Songbook, Ann dazzled Quick audiences with her wit and charm last fall. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters, and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film.


The 23 rd Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture in affiliation with the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

WEDNESday Nov. 18, 2020 8 p.m. Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE

Mona HannaAttisha, M.D.

“Flint’s Fight for America’s Children”

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. Her new bestselling book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of activism and hope. It’s the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their — and all of our — children. Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified twice before the United States Congress, was presented the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. Funded through generous Anonymous Friends of the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies.


Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 5 p.m. Members free | Single Ticket $20 Subscription $175 | Students FREE

Orin Grossman performs gershwin

Orin Grossman, PhD is a pianist that has delighted audiences at the Quick, and the world over, with his unique and engaging approach to performing and lecturing about great American and European music. In this performance, Dr. Grossman pays tribute to George Gershwin, one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, known for popular stage and screen numbers as well as classical compositions. Dr. Grossman joined the Fairfield University faculty in 1975. He has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as an academic vice president. He is presently emeritus professor of Visual and Performing Arts.


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Theatre Fairfield Invites You to Our New Artistic Home as the Resident Theatre Company at the Quick Center with our opening production

Love & Imagination

5 Short Comedies by David Ives; 6 Contemporary Monologues by Barrie Cole One Terrific Evening of Theatre

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 | 8 P.M. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 | 8 P.M. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 | 1 P.M. All Tickets Sold at the Quick Center Box Office | $10 General Admission | $5 for All Students

This live-streamed evening of theatre is about the chance encounter, the perfect moment, the right word, the time when everything aligns and goes right, or not. It’s about the fleeting chances we have, to get it right. David Ives is an American classic; his smart, funny comedies like Sure Thing, Time Flies, and Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, have been delighting audiences for 30 years. Barrie Cole is a Chicago-based playwright/performer who has created a series of “one-sided telephone conversations” inspired by our lives in 2020. Theatre Fairfield has interwoven the two into 90 minutes of great theatre. Theatre Fairfield, the production wing of Fairfield University’s Theatre Program, Department of Visual & Performing Arts, has been performing at the Quick Center since it opened its doors in 1989, but now it’s home. We joyously enter our new partnership with the Quick and invite you to join us for this most unusual inaugural season which, in fall 2020, will be completely online.


CT DANCE ALLIANCE Join the CT Dance Alliance and UNIVERSITY DANCE PARTNERS from across Connecticut for these engaging conversations with dance artists and creators. FREE event, registration encouraged







University of Saint Joseph

Yale University

Academy of Performing Arts

Speaker TBD

Wesleyan University


Hartt School

Woman and Vase by Ruby Sky Stiler

fairfield university art museum Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Register at fuam.eventbrite.com Opening Conversation: “Ruby Sky Stiler: Group Relief”

Lecture: “How to Look at an Abstract Painting”

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 | 6 P.M. Ruby Sky Stiler and Ian Berry, exhibition curator and Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020 | 5 P.M. Danielle Ogden, Adjunct Professor, Art History & Visual Culture Program, Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Lecture: “Classical Influences in the Work of Ruby Sky Stiler”

Lecture: “The Psychology of Art”

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 | 5 P.M. Katherine A. Schwab, Professor, Art History & Visual Culture Program, Department of Visual & Performing Arts

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 | 5 P.M. Jennifer Drake, Professor of Psychology, Brooklyn College, Presented in partnership with the Departments of Psychology and Visual & Performing Arts

Opening Lecture: “Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight”

Conversation: “The Body Paramount: Gender, Tradition, and Design in the work of Ruby Sky Stiler”

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 | 4 P.M. Karen Wilkin, Independent Curator and Critic Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Gallery Talk: “Andrew Forge: An Artist’s Perspective” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 | 6 P.M. Suzanne Chamlin, Associate Professor of Studio Art, Department of Visual & Performing Arts

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 | 5 P.M. Amy Smith-Stewart (Senior Curator, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum) and Mellissa Huber (Assistant Curator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Lecture: “The Lost Bird Project”

Subscription Lecture Series: “Northern Lights and Luminaries: From Van Eyck to Rembrandt with Fiona Garland”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 | 6 P.M. Artist Todd McGrain

TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, AND 27 | 11 A.M. Registration: $150 for members, $160 for non-members

art in focus THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 | 11 A.M.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 | 11 A.M.

Unknown Chinese, Votive Stele, Dedicated by Monk Zhilang, 548 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020 | 11 A.M.

Hiroshige II, Fuchu: The Abe River

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020 | 11 A.M.

Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant, A Jew of Tangier

Red figure Calyx Krater with Eos and Tithonos



The Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences presents a series of online lectures and conversations that highlight the ways in which humanistic disciplines can help us interpret and contextualize the critical developments in racialized violence, public health, and social responsibility that have defined, and often intersected in, an unprecedented 2020. The yearlong series will additionally focus on how the humanities can collaborate with other disciplines to help us better understand these pressing issues. FREE eventS, registration encouraged Kathleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, Director of Digital Humanities, Michigan State University

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 | 5 P.M. Dr. Fitzpatrick is author of Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (2019), Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (2011), and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (2006). She is director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, opensource network of 19,000+ humanities scholars and practitioners, and co-founder of MediaCommons, which experiments in open peer review and other innovations in scholarly publishing. In Generous Thinking, she argues that universities can help overcome anti-intellectualism and distrust of academic specialization by teaching the humanities in open ways that encourage community building, connection, and the co-creation of new ideas. She will talk with Nels Pearson, PhD, director of the Humanities Institute, about the ways in which these approaches are all the more crucial in challenging times such as we have seen in 2020.

Lauren Alleyne, Poet and Associate Professor of English, James Madison University

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2020 | 5 P.M. Professor Alleyne is an award-winning TrinidadianAmerican poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer and educator born and raised in the dual-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. An associate professor in English and assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, Alleyne is author of the poetry collection Difficult Fruit (2014) and Honeyfish (2019) as well as numerous works in leading creative writing journals and public literary forums. Alleyne will read from recent work that speaks to issues of race, state violence, and protest, and engage audiences in discussions of how poetry allows us to

see more deeply into the human dimensions of these issues as well as to represent experiences that are often exceedingly difficult to speak of objectively.

Yolonda Wilson, PhD, Fellow, National Humanities Center & Encore Public Voices

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 | 5 P.M. Dr. Wilson, a former visiting scholar in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will talk on intersections of race ethics and medicine in light of the pandemic. Her work on medicine, bioethics and social justice has appeared in some of the most highly regarded academic journals in bioethics, philosophy and public health. Her public scholarship has appeared in The Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum and The Conversation and has been republished in outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Salon.com, and The Philly Voice. Her media appearances include outlets such as Al Jazeera English and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio. She is currently working on a book on racial justice and end-of-life care.

Gniesha Dinwiddie, PhD, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020 | 5 P.M. Dr. Dinwiddie will host a zoom session on race, class, and the pandemic. She is a medical sociologist with expertise in racial disparities. She worked as a grant reviewer at the National Institutes of Health for several years and now works for the AHRQ. She is conducting her own research on the pandemic and reviewing grants for research on Covid-19 at AHRQ. Her talk and especially the follow up discussion will also include considerations of how humanistic approaches such as cultural theory, narrative and inquiry can compliment data and empirical studies when it comes to issues of race and public health.


Thoughts and Prayers exhibit

“Culture Shock: Is this the American Dream?” #UNLOAD’s Mary Himes and Miggs Burroughs will host a series of online conversations with Christy O’Connor, the curator of the New Jersey exhibition, Thoughts and Prayers, Another Round of Vacant Stares, and several of its participating artists. We’ll explore their varied responses to the crises of our time – an out-of-control pandemic, public acknowledgement of police brutality, a gun culture that permits mass shootings and high rates of accidental deaths and injuries – and question some basic tenets of the American Dream.

FREE eventS, registration encouraged

Monday, September 14, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 7 p.m.

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Danielle Scott

Mary Himes and Miggs Burroughs from #UNLOAD will host curator Christy O’Connor for a walk through of the exhibit, Thoughts and Prayers, Another Round of Vacant Stares, currently on view by appointment at New Jersey’s ChaShaMa gallery or online at www.arthustle.net

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Using photo montage, found objects, old books, and collage, Danielle Scott’s work taps into social justice, human and women’s rights, and police brutality. She asks, “Our children are unarmed and not dangerous but being targeted for the color of their skin in America daily. When will others stop feeling threatened by people of color?” We’ll speak with her about gun violence, police brutality, and racism.

Kimberly Camp

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Kimberly Camp brings a unique perspective to the making of art. She is an artist, former CEO of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and former president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Her paintings and dolls, “soft sculptures”, celebrate her family and ancestors. We’ll discuss her 2019 painting of Stage Coach Mary (1832-1914), the country’s first African American mail carrier, and a daring, hard drinking, gun-toting pioneer.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 1 p.m.

PamELA Cooper

Pam Cooper’s most recent works reference childhood and home using drawings based on old family photos, old sewing pattern images, and domestic detail. Her work, The Playground (2013), is her response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. We’ll talk to her about her process and her concerns about children and their safety.


A former prop maker for Apple and Bloomingdales, Suprina’s sculptures are narrative and figurative and deal with our human condition and social issues. We’ll chat with her about her installation piece, Bang Bang, a 6-foot handgun made from repurposed stuffed animals, and whether art can be dangerous to the public.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Dominic Sansone

As a former design engineer of the Military Industrial Complex, Sansone brings his unique perspective to the subjects of warfare, violence, media, and culture. In our conversation, we’ll discuss his artwork, Brand New God, which raises questions about our fetishization of guns.


College of Arts and Sciences

Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab

Through Another Lens Curated by Mehmet Cansoy & Jo Yarrington Presented by the Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences FREE eventS, registration encouraged SEPTEMBER 9 (PART I), SEPTEMBER 16 (PART II) | 8 P.M.

“Grief, Mourning, and Art with Patricia Miranda” In this two-part lecture/workshop, artist, curator, and educator Patricia Miranda will use the lens of contemporary art to speak to both individual and collective ideas around grief, loss, mourning, and solastalgia. She will place the art presented in the context of the challenges we face with Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. The first session will introduce the work of contemporary artists engaging in themes of grief, loss, and mourning; the second session will discuss how the tools of art and diplomacy can help us effectively engage in the difficult conversations of our time. Patricia Miranda is founder and director of MAPSpace and The Crit Lab.


“Power, Politics and the Census” Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University and former director of the United States Census Bureau, Kenneth Prewitt will talk about the importance of the decennial census in the context of critical social cleavages in American society. He will assess the multiple threats to the accuracy of the 2020 census, focusing on the relationship between the census and political polarization, threats to representation, and the fundamental ways we think about ourselves and society. NOVEMBER 4 | PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION | 8 P.M.

“Bringing Power Back to Politics”


“Rememory as Praxis: Black Women Performance Artists” Inspired by her critically acclaimed ongoing FOR/ FOUR conversation series, the Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab is thrilled to present Niama Safia Sandy in conversation with performance artists Holly Bass, Jazmine Hayes, and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. Rememory as Praxis visions Bass, Hayes, and Raimundi-Ortiz work through the lens of Morrison’s notion of rememory. Each invoking the subversion of dominant narratives toward extolling the presence and power of Black viewpoints and personhood, these three Black women performance artists utilize their bodies and the happenings they create as a bridge toward an aesthetic of transfiguration and a strategy of legibility, resistance, and visibility.

Political scientist and data analyst Eitan Hersh will talk about how the way we engage with politics needs to change. He will discuss the negative impacts of political hobbyism -- the voracious consumption of news and social media coupled with only symbolic actions. He will present the need for a stronger alternative, focusing on building institutions, developing agendas and creating the capacity to mobilize and govern coalitions. Hersh is associate professor of political science at Tufts University.


Open MINDS Institute


“Staying in touch — open to discussion — community conversations for learners exploring a diversity of views” In response to the current Covid-19 situation, we cannot offer our usual curriculum of enriching, live, interactive seminars with master teachers, engaged community members, and avid lifelong learners. We invite you to register for livestreamed, educational virtual seminars: Fiona Garland “The Art of Pandemics: Ancient Athens to Modern Manhattan” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 | 1 P.M. The year 2020 has been impacted in so many ways by the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout history, plagues in one form or another have shattered our communities. With every epidemic people have responded artistically; whether in the service of soliciting divine intervention, or as a form of propaganda or in the service of answering purely practical problems. Join me to take a look at how artists and their art have been influenced by pandemics from ancient Athens to modern Manhattan.

Matthew Tullis “Navigating the Media in Election 2020 Season” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 | 1 P.M. The internet, airwaves, and newsprint will be flooded with election content, some of it good, some of it not. How to separate the solid journalism from political fodder. This class offers informed class members to share views in the processing of the informational/data overload in the web and print universes. How to become a selective information consumer? Where is the most reliable content edited and fact checked? How do Americans prepare to chart the nation’s future with sound, content proven, unbiased information? Tullis has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a BA in journalism/English from Ashland University.

Gayle Alberda, PhD Pandemics, Politics, and Participation WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020 | 1 P.M. While this election is unlike any other, it’s still hard to cut through all the noise. This master class will tackle various issues, candidates, and politics surrounding the 2020 election. Participants will hear from a former Washington ‘across the aisles’ insider-turned-college professor, Fairfield University’s Politics professor and Master’s in Public Administration Director, Gayle Alberda. Participants will actively engage in real political discourse navigating beyond passionate positions towards civil conversation, reflection, and analyses.

Alan Neigher, JD “You Can’t Say That: A Short History of Limiting Speech and Expression in the United States” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020 | 1 P.M. Since our founding, American governments, corporations, and individuals have successfully sought to limit — and extinguish — free communication of facts, art forms, and opinions. This discussion will review those limitations, from the Constitutional Convention to the Age of Trump. Class discussion will allow for an open dialogue on landmark “free speech” events capturing Connecticut and the national media’s concerns and contested viewpoints. Alan Neigher has practiced law in Westport since 1980. A graduate of Colby College and Boston College Law School, he specialized in media, entertainment, and intellectual property.

Elisabeth Scharlatt “Book Publishing From the Inside: Notes From a Gatekeeper’s Portfolio” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020 | 1 P.M. Whether you’re a book club participant, an avid literary consumer, or just managing many time challenges, we invite you to think about what makes a “must-read” book. Join us for a look inside the book publishing industry featuring veteran publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt. She will reveal the ups, downs, and sideways world of bringing books to the public. With examples from her own archive of projects, Scharlatt discusses the economic, emotional, and intellectual challenges of the industry. Working with writers, literary agents, art directors, reviewers, and booksellers, she has overseen the publication of 600 books while at Algonquin, including (in her words) “prize-winners, New York Times bestsellers, a few Oprah Book Club picks... as well as some duds.” Biography: Elisabeth Scharlatt, publisher of Algonquin Books for three decades, had previously worked at Random House and Macmillan as an editor. She is a recipient of a PEN Publishers’ Award and is an ardent supporter of independent publishers, independent bookstores, and independent thinkers.

Erik Novoa “Opera: Who Cares? And Why Should We.” WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020 | 1 P.M. In March 2020, opera around the world came to a halt because of Covid-19. For some, it was the day the music died. It would be simple to dismiss this grand art form, with its expensive ticket prices, ornate sets, and lavish costumes. However, opera has captivated its audiences for 400 years because it has presented the essence of humanity — complex emotions overlaid through social interactions. During our master class, we will examine the history of opera and its social significance. This presentation will connect opera to healing moments during the pandemic and to civil rights issues that permeate our current consciousness. Perhaps, opera is necessary after all.


FALL 2020 Wednesday, September 9, 8 p.m. Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab “Grief, Mourning, and Art – Part I” Thursday, September 10, 11 a.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Art in Focus: Unknown Chinese, Votive Stele, Dedicated by Monk Zhilang Thursday, September 10, 6 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Opening Night Conversation: Ruby Sky Stiler: Group Relief Monday, September 14, 7 p.m. #UNLOAD Foundation Talk with Christy O’Connor Wednesday, September 16, 8 p.m. Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab “Grief, Mourning, and Art – Part II” Monday, September 21, 6 p.m. “Barnum Museum: Fiction vs. Fact!” Tuesday, September 22, 1 p.m. #UNLOAD Foundation Talk with Kimberly Camp Tuesday, September 22, 5 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Lecture: “Classical Influences in the Work of Ruby Sky Stiler” Wednesday, September 23, 1 p.m. Open MINDS Institute Fiona Garland Wednesday, September 23, 5 p.m. HINDSIGHT/2020: Humanistic Reflections on an Unprecedented Year Humanities Institute Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick Wednesday, September 23, 8 p.m. Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab “Rememory as Praxis: Black Women Performance Artists” Thursday, September 24, 4 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Opening Night Lecture: Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight Tuesday, September 29, 1 p.m. #UNLOAD Foundation Talk with Pamela Cooper Tuesday, September 29, 5 p.m. CT Dance Alliance University of Saint Joseph

Wednesday, September 30, 1 p.m. Open MINDS Institute Matt Tullis “Navigating the Media in Election 2020 Season” Wednesday, September 30, 6 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Gallery Talk: “Andrew Forge: An Artist’s Perspective” Thursday, October 1, 7 p.m. #UNLOAD Foundation Talk with Danielle Scott Friday, October 2, 8 p.m. Open VISIONS Forum | Bank of America Women and Leadership Series Peggy Noonan Monday, October 5, 5 p.m. HINDSIGHT/2020: Humanistic Reflections on an Unprecedented Year Humanities Institute Lauren Alleyne Tuesday, October 6, 1 p.m. #UNLOAD Foundation Talk with Suprina Tuesday, October 6, 8 p.m. Open VISIONS Forum | Common Ground Series Joy Reid and Ana Navarro Wednesday, October 7, 1 p.m. Open MINDS Institute Gayle Alberda, PhD Thursday, October 8, 11 a.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Art in Focus: Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant, A Jew of Tangier Thursday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Open VISIONS Espresso Series presented in affiliation with the Fairfield University Art Museum Harriet Senie, PhD Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m. The Quick’s Global Theatre Series Right Before I Go. Written by Stan Zimmerman Tuesday, October 13, 1 p.m. #UNLOAD Foundation Talk with Dominic Sansone Tuesday, October 13, 5 p.m. CT Dance Alliance Yale University

Wednesday, October 14, 1 p.m. Open MINDS Institute Alan Neigher, J.D.

Thursday, October 29, 5 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Lecture: “The Psychology of Art”

Wednesday, October 14, 8 p.m. Open VISIONS Forum | Common Ground Series Jared Cohen

Wednesday, November 4, 8 p.m. Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab “Bringing Power Back to Politics”

Thursday, October 15, 6 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Lecture: “The Lost Bird Project”

Thursday, November 5, 11 a.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Art in Focus: Hiroshige II, Fuchu: The Abe River

Friday, October 16, 6 p.m. Let the People Decide Film Panel discussion with Gavin Guerra, Producer and Director (Film available for viewing the week prior to the discussion.)

Thursday, November 5, 5 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Gallery Talk: “Ruby Sky Stiler”

Tuesday, October 20, 5 p.m. CT Dance Alliance Academy of Performing Arts Wednesday, October 21, 1 p.m. Open MINDS Institute Elisabeth Scharlatt Wednesday, October 21, 8 p.m. Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab “Power, Politics, and the Census” Thursday, October 22, 5 p.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Lecture: “How to Look at an Abstract Painting” Friday, October 23, 8 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 8 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 1 p.m. Theatre Fairfield Love & Imagination Written by David Ives Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m. Open VISIONS Espresso, presented in affiliation with the Fairfield University Art Museum Jacky Klein, PhD Monday, October 26, 5 p.m. HINDSIGHT/2020: Humanistic Reflections on an Unprecedented Year Humanities Institute Dr. Yolonda Wilson Tuesday, October 27, 5 p.m. Open VISIONS Forum | Dolan School of Business Lecture Bernice Pan, PhD Wednesday, October 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, October 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hosted by GLLG and the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership in the Age of Personalization® Virtual Summit

Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. Open VISIONS Espresso | Bennett Center for Judaic Studies Lecture Jonathan Petropoulos, PhD Wednesday, November 11, 1 p.m. Open MINDS Institute Erik Novoa Thursday, November 12, 5 p.m. Open VISIONS Forum | Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing Lecture Gina Kolata Friday, November 13, 7 p.m. Ann Hampton Callaway Tuesday, November 17, 5 p.m. HINDSIGHT/2020: Humanistic Reflections on an Unprecedented Year Humanities Institute Dr. Gniesha Dinwiddie Wednesday, November 18, 8 p.m. Open VISIONS Forum | Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD Tuesday, November 24, 5 p.m. CT Dance Alliance Wesleyan University Tuesday, December 1, 5 p.m. CT Dance Alliance Hartt School Tuesday, December 8, 5 p.m. Orin Grossman performs Gershwin Thursday, December 10, 11 a.m. Fairfield University Art Museum Art in Focus: Red figure Calyx Krater with Eos and Tithonos

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