Hong Kong businessman says United States mishandling Asian economic crisis Church history scholar to present the 2005 Bellarmine Lecture at Fairfield University Gallery director presents photography lecture at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University Fairfield University, AJCU and Jesuit Conference to host Jesuit schools for first-ever conference on migration "What's Opera, Doc?" brings lively take on the grandest art form to Fairfield University National Acrobats of Taiwan, ROC tumble into Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Guitarist/arranger David Spinozza will be the guest artist at the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble's spring concert Xerox Chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy to deliver Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University Death penalty forum at Fairfield University Anthropology studies scholar to lecture on Urban Spaces in China at Fairfield University "A Tribute to Stephane Grappelli" comes to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
A Hong Kong businessman who owns 18 companies throughout the world said the U.S. government's ignorance of Asia has exacerbated the region's financial crisis.
"(U.S. Treasury Secretary) Bob Rubin doesn't know anything about Asia," said Ronnie Chan, who is chairman of the Hang Lung Development Group of Hong Kong, in a lecture to students at the School of Business. "The West's understanding of Asia is pitiful."
Chan said U.S. pressure on Asian countries to stimulate their economies has led to social dislocation in countries such as Indonesia, whose economy during the crisis, he said, has shrunk $150 billion to $50 billion. "We must make sure that the medicine doesn't kill the patient," he said. "The (U.S.-led) International Monetary Fund didn't consider that killing subsidies would have social consequences in Indonesia. There's been a lot of suffering. Let's give Asia time to fix the system."
He called the U.S. government's policies to force Japan to stimulate its economy through tax cuts and forcing its unprofitable banks to go bankrupt as "dumb." He said the Japanese have a strong manufacturing sector but a weak financial system, comparing the Japanese economy to a kangaroo with a withered leg.
"Japanese banks are really lousy," he said. "Lowering taxes to stimulate the economy won't work because the Japanese, who don't trust banks, will save the money, put it in a safe deposit box," said Chan. "Bankrupting bad banks will create a bigger financial crisis because the Japanese already don't trust banks."
The Asian economic crisis, said Chan, has set back Asian companies 10 to 20 years in one month. He said the crisis is the result of structural problems in Asian economies, owing primarily to the lack of regulatory controls over banks which do not have to report their business dealings to the public. As a result, banks have loaned money recklessly. "This is serious stuff," he said.
Chan blamed American triumphalism for the U.S. government's clumsy handling of the Asian crisis. "Now that communism is dead, Americans are all too happy to see crony capitalism defeated, to say 'I told you so.' Many Americans are happy to see they are right." He also said the Western press, in particular The New York Times and The Washington Post, is "ignorant as hell" about Asia.
Chan said the Asian crisis should dispel any notion that Asian countries are poised to dominate the global economy. "The 'Pacific Century' is nothing more than a fabrication," he said. "Just because Asia is growing 8 to 10 percent a year doesn't mean they are going to be competitive. With no technology or management, Asia can't be competitive in a global market. Japan is competitive because of their manufacturing companies, but the rest of Asia isn't competitive."
He said the U.S. has "seamless" legal, financial, regulatory and university systems (Japan's universities, he said, are harder to get into but easier to pass through) that make it "superior" to the rest of the world in technology development. In addition, the U.S. excels in management and the areas of the manufacturing process that have the most value: project development, commercialization and marketing. "It's not good enough to try harder; you must work smarter," he said.
The Hang Lung Development Group of Hong Kong comprises three publicly traded companies - Hang Lung Development Company Limited, Amoy Properties Limited and Grand Hotel Holdings Limited. Chan also co-founded and manages the privately held Morningside/Springfield Group, which has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore, Geneva and Milan, and owns companies in 18 countries in Asia, Europe and the United States.
A gift from the Nintur Foundation, which is based in Gibraltar and was founded by the Chan family, established Fairfield University's Chinese language program last year. The grant, according to Dr. Eugene Murphy, director of the Asian Studies program, has enabled the University to broaden its curriculum in Asian Studies and reflects Fairfield's increasing concentration on international studies. There are now 134 students majoring in international studies, making it the seventh largest major.
Posted on December 1, 1998
The Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J., distinguished professor of church history at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, will discuss his latest book, "Four Cultures of the West," on Wednesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University. The talk, the 2005 Bellarmine Lecture, will take place in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center.
The Bellarmine Lecture series brings distinguished Jesuit scholars in a variety of disciplines to deliver public lectures at Fairfield, providing the community with a chance to hear and interact with Jesuit scholars. The series is part of programming sponsored by the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies. The current chairholder is Paul Lakeland, Ph.D.
O'Malley, who presented the first lecture in the series in 1988, will discuss his 12th book, "Four Cultures of the West," (Harvard University Press, 2004). In the book, O'Malley considers and compares the "prophetic culture" of Gregory VII and Martin Luther, the culture of academic analysis, the humanistic world of letters and the culture of image, ritual, art and performance.
Despite the book's weighty subject matter, Publisher's Weekly praised O'Malley's ability to draw readers in with his "warm and conversational." Another reviewer called it a "bold tour de force."
O'Malley, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, won the 1995 Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society for his 1993 book "The First Jesuits." The book also won the Philip Schaff Prize for Religious History from the American Society of Church History in 1996.
He also won the 1979 Howard R. Marraro Prize for Italian History from the American Historical Association for his book "Praise and Blame in Renaissance Rome" and the Roland Bainton Prize for History for "Trent and All That" at the 2001 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference.
In addition to his work at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, O'Malley is chair of the board of trustees of the Renaissance Society of America and chair of the nominating committee for humanities of the American Philosophical Society.
O'Malley has been recognized for his scholarship with several honors, including honorary doctorates Loyola University Chicago, Gonzaga University, St. Louis University, Marquette University, Georgetown University and several other institutes of higher learning.
He has held visiting professorships and lectureships at the University of Michigan; The Divinity School, Harvard University; Boston College; and Oxford University.
Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2492.
Posted on March 4, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 186
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, will present "A New Vision," a lecture on photography from 1918 through 1940, on Wednesday, April 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the gallery, located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Dr. Mille, who is focusing on photography in this season's Director's Choice lecture series, will focus on the years when photographers became conscious of the effects of technology, urbanization, cinema and graphic art.
"In addition to the 'isms' of pre-war avant-garde art - especially Cubism - the aesthetic concepts associated with Constructivism, Dadaism and Surrealism inspired a climate of experimentation with photo-collage, montage, camera-less images and non-objective forms," Dr. Mille said.
"A New Vision" is the final of four Director's Choice lectures this season. The popular series will begin again in the fall. Those attending can also view the gallery's new exhibit, the 2005 Student Studio Art Exhibition, which includes several intriguing pieces of sculpture, painting, drawing and mixed media created by Fairfield University students. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, May 15.
Admission to the Director's Choice lecture is $5. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on March 7, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 187
The United Nations estimates that approximately one out of every 35 persons worldwide is an international migrant. Jesuit institutions are now teaming up to try to make an impact on the issue of migration, one of the most significant concerns facing the United States and the world today.
Fairfield University has joined The Association of American Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), the Social and International Ministries Office of the United States Jesuit Conference and Jesuit Refugee Service to invite Jesuit colleges and universities to a three-day symposium on migration, a focal issue as identified by the Society of Jesus.
"Migration Studies & Jesuit Identity: Forging a Path Forward," will take place from Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., with a registration and welcoming on Wednesday, June 8.
The conference marks the first time the Jesuit universities and colleges have attempted to join forces to collaborate on one academic area, said Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., a visiting professor at Fairfield University and a former national director for Jesuit Refugee Service USA. It's also particularly timely, as the United States Congress is poised to consider reform of U.S. immigration law, said Fr. Ryscavage, who is also one of the coordinators of the conference. In the first years of the 21st century the United Nations estimates that one out of every 35 persons worldwide is an international migrant.
The conference seeks to explore ways that the Society of Jesus and Jesuit higher education institutions might establish collaborative relationships in migration studies and enhance the status of migration as an area for academic research. A second goal is to investigate avenues for curriculum development, traditional interdisciplinary course instruction, and experiential approaches such as service learning. Finally, the conference aims to consider ways Jesuit colleges and universities might play an advocacy role in helping alleviate current injustices experienced by migrants.
Some of the Jesuit schools, such as Georgetown University and Fordham University, already have graduate initiatives dealing with migration.
Fairfield University itself offers a number of migration courses, has hired new faculty members in sociology and international studies whose expertise is in international migration, and has tackled the issue of immigration in both its Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions and its School of Nursing. The conference will attempt to pool some of the great work and expertise developed individually by the Jesuit schools, Fr. Ryscavage said. One of the aims is to develop curriculum that can be used by all of the Jesuit schools for both undergraduate and graduate students.
"Within universities you have things going on in migration but they're not collaborating," Fr. Ryscavage said. "We want to promote issues of refugees and get students involved in advocacy efforts."
The conference revolves around the Society of Jesus' determination that migration has become one of its primary apostolic priorities. The Jesuit Refugee Service has already done extensive work in the area, and has come to be known for its personalized approach to helping refugees. Whereas larger non-governmental organizations often supply food and medicine, JRS does not make assumptions about what the refugees require, and tries to provide for needs that the refugees themselves outline, such as education or pastoral counseling.
While the conference will host mainly Jesuit institutions in the United States, Jesuit schools from all over the world are invited. The Universidad CentroAmericana (UCA) in Nicaragua, which has partnered with Fairfield University for educational collaboration, is taking a leadership role in recruiting Jesuit higher education institutions in Mexico and Central America for the conference, said Fr. James Bowler, S.J., director of Fairfield's Office of Jesuit and Catholic Mission and Identity, who initiated the partnership.
Following registration on Wednesday, June 8, the conference kicks off on Thursday, June 9, with an introduction and welcome by a representative from the Jesuit Superior General in Rome, Father Lluis Magriña, S.J., director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn and U.S. representative on the United Nations Global Commission on International Migration will then deliver the keynote address, a report on the work of the U.N. Global Commission, whose findings will not be formally announced until the end of June by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Also speaking that day will be U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Migrants Dr. Gabriella Rodriguez Pizarro, who is the U.N. Secretary General's appointee to deal with migrants rights worldwide. She will discuss "Cutting Issues in Forced and Voluntary International Migration" with Brunson McKinley, director general of the International Organization for Migration. Among the other featured speakers at the conference are: Dr. Jeffrey Crisp, director of Research, Global Commission on Migration; Dr. Jose Luis Rocha, investigator, Instituto de Investigacion y Desarrollo at UCA; Dr. Susan Forbes Martin, director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University; Dr. Katherine Kidd, director of International Studies at Fairfield University; Donald Kerwin, executive director of The Catholic Legal Immigration Network; and Dr. T. Alexander Aleinikoff, dean of the Georgetown University Law Center.
Fairfield University also hopes to use the conference as a launching point for a three-year center based at the University with a full-time staff member to continue networking and collaborative programming among the schools promoting curriculum development, joint research, lectures and events on migration. "This is an exciting opportunity for all segments of the Fairfield Community to involve themselves in this critical priority of the Jesuits," said Mark LeClair, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Fairfield University, who would be the faculty leader for such a center. "I anticipate a significant number of important outcomes, in terms of research, curriculum development, service and advocacy from this initiative." The conference is also typical of the type of programming that would be sponsored by a "Center for the Study of Faith, Civic Engagement, and Public Policy" that Fairfield University is planning to establish.
Issues of migration are nothing new to Jesuit institutions in the United States. In fact, many of them were founded to help educate the immigrant populations of past generations, such as Irish and Italians, said Dr. Kidd. Many of the biggest immigrant groups of today are largely Catholic, such as Mexicans, Cubans, Haitians and Central Americans, Dr. Kidd noted.
Immigration to the United States today is as great as it was at the turn of the century, but it is not noticed as much because the immigrants are absorbed into a larger overall population, Fr. Ryscavage noted.
"The future of the Catholic Church in America is the immigrant population," Dr. Kidd said. "This is something that is connected to our history."
The fee to attend the seminar for four days (meals included) is $150 and participants stay on campus in The Apartments. For more information or to register, contact Ms. Laura Martin in the Fairfield University President's Office at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2256, or e-mail email@example.com.
Posted on March 8, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 189
Cartoon gems, historic films, sparkling live performance and audience participation bring the world of opera to life in "What's Opera, Doc?" on Sunday, April 3, at 1 and 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Suitable for all grade levels, the program is part of the Lincoln Center's Reel-to-Real Series.
This spirited show weaves live performance with clips from an eclectic set of vintage films, including footage of dame joan sutherland singing and discussing her rise to fame to bugs bunny spoofing the masters in the classic "rabbit of seville."
Pianist/composer Jed Distler plays conductor Leopold Stokowski of "Fantasia" fame and Elmer Fudd, while serving as a kind of tour-guide-in-tails for the afternoon.
Metropolitan Opera soprano Emily Pulley and tenor Scott Ailing will join the fun, singing both soaring arias and humorous songs and telling children about their roads to the stage.
Pulley's radiant voice and riveting performances have won acclaim around the world. She has appeared in major roles with the Metropolitan Opera, including Marguerite in "Faust," Musetta in "La Boheme," and Nedda in "Pagliacci."
"Pulley's bright, perceptively shaded tone and sensitive, responsive acting make her a refreshing heroine, always playing the role rather than the star turn," wrote a reviewer in Opera News.
Ailing, who made his Lincoln Center debut with "What's Opera, Doc?" is the program's co-writer and co-director. A featured soloist who has sung sacred works at The Vatican, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, and The Westerkerk Cathedral in Amsterdam, he is also an award-winning cabaret piano bar singer known for his natural voice and witty personality.
Ailing has performed with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Blossom Dearie, Joyce Randolph and Sen. Hillary Clinton, and he is a regular Saturday night performer at Danny's Broadway Piano Bar in New York.
Now in its ninth season, the Reel-to-Real Series brings the worlds of jazz, tap dancing, ballet and opera to young audiences. Alina Bloomgarden, the program's founder, said accessibility is key to helping kids enjoy the classic arts.
"Reel-to-Real gives kids a sense of history," she said, "a sense of these singular, heroic artists who rose above obstacles in delightful ways."
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 9, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 190
The National Acrobats of Taiwan, Republic of China, bring their remarkable discipline and jaw-dropping feats of athleticism to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Since the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 240 B.C.), dramatic folk arts and variety shows have been a part of Chinese culture. Over the years, rigorously trained performers have incorporated everyday objects, such as chairs, tables, bowls and plates, as props in shows that feature a colorful array of acrobatics, contortionism, martial arts, drumming and dance.
The National Acrobats of Taiwan was created from the merging of two highly regarded modern troupes, the National Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy and the National Kuo Kuang Academy of Arts. Comprised of about 40 performers, who have received, on average, eight years of training, the troupe has toured South East Asia, North and South America and Europe in an effort to promote Chinese folk arts around the globe.
With titles like "Sprouting Spirit," "The Lotus Blooms" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the program's acts range from the stunning to the silly. "Up to the Wind," which involves an acrobat performing near the ceiling atop a dozen stacked chairs, is a real crowd-pleaser.
"By chair number four, my nerves gave out!" wrote a reviewer for the Dallas Morning News.
Artistic Director Lo Jih-Hung brings comic relief with his magic show late in the second act. Born in 1949, Lo is well known to Chinese audiences as the magician/comedian from the Hong Kong television show "Tonight." He hosted a number of other shows throughout Asia, including the popular variety/magic show "Ha Ha and Little Sweet," in the 1970s. In addition to his television appearances, Lo has toured with the Golden Dragon Acrobats and the Acrobatic Troupe of the Republic of China, and he was a guest artist of the Shanghai Magic Festival in 1997.
He joined the troupe that would become the National Acrobats of Taiwan in 1991 and was named director in 1998.
Lo is a commission member of the Taipei Craft and Dancing Art Guild and he has received the Public Welfare Award in Taipei in 1991. He has also received performance awards from the Taiwan Provincial Government and the Mayor's Award and, in 1995, he was named Outstanding Performing Celebrity in mainland China.
The Quick Center performance is part of the National Acrobats of Taiwan's third American tour. In 1998, the troupe stages an acclaimed three-month coast-to-coast tour, followed by a return trip in 2002. The program is suitable for all ages.
Tickets are $35, $30 and $25. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 10, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 191
Guitarist David Spinozza, who has played with James Taylor, Carly Simon, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, will be the guest artist for the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble's spring concert on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the intimate Wien Experimental Theatre in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Fairfield University's director of jazz and popular music Brian Torff, a noted bassist and composer, will lead the ensemble through a program of standards and innovative new works, including "Jaimoe's Shuffle" and "Beat Box Revenge," both of which he composed, and "Mike's Tune" by senior saxophonist Mike Tellerico. Selections also include "Sandu" arranged by trombonist Brendan Hermalyn and "Mutton Stew" arranged by pianist Nick Young.
Torff said he's pleased to have Spinozza join the students for the night.
"David Spinozza is a renowned New York studio musician who has played on countless important recordings with major artists," he said. "He brings a versatility to his instrument that will be great for our students to see and hear."
Spinozza's varied career includes stints as an in-demand studio musician, producer, arranger and writer, who has collaborated with some of the top names in jazz and pop. One of the most recorded guitarists in history, he was the conductor, musical director and guitarist for two seasons of "Saturday Night Live" and is one of only two musicians to play on three of The Beatles solo projects.
Spinozza's guitar can be heard on Don McLean's classic "American Pie," Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard" and Paul McCartney's "Just Another Day." He has also played with Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, B.B. King, Judy Collins, Jim Croce, George Benson and Yoko Ono.
More recently, he played on New York Yankee Bernie Williams' new jazz album and Rod Stewart's second standards album. He also orchestrated and conducted the music for the 1999 film "Just the Ticket" starring Andy Garcia and Andie McDowell.
The Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble is an accomplished group of University students who often invite notable guest artists to join them in concert. Past guests have included Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe, pianist James Williams, saxophonist Lou Marini and members of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Spyro Gyra.
Tickets to the Jazz Ensemble concert are $8, $5 for students. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 2540-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 12, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 193
Anne Mulcahy, chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corp. will deliver Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan Lecture on Monday, April 25, at 8 p.m. The lecture, which will take place at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Mulcahy, a 28-year veteran of Xerox, began her career selling copiers in Boston in 1976. On August 1, 2001, she was named CEO and on January 1, 2002, she was named chairman of the board.
Mulcahy and her team are responsible for an aggressive, multibillion-dollar turnaround plan that returned Xerox to profitability - significantly improving the company's financial position, expanding its portfolio of systems and services and positioning the company for growth.
When asked about her ability to turn Xerox around, Mulcahy told BusinessWeek, "Turnaround or growth, it's getting your people focused on the goal that is still the job of leadership."
Among several distinguished honors Mulcahy has received, BusinessWeek named her among the 19 best managers of 2004. She has also been named in Fortune magazine's list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
"Having a distinguished corporate leader such as Anne Mulcahy come to our campus will be a great event," said Dr. Norman Solomon, dean of the Dolan School of business. "She is one of the most outstanding businesspeople and her ability to reinvent Xerox is amazing."
In addition to her duties at Xerox, Mulcahy is a member of the board of directors of Target Corporation, Citigroup Inc., and Fuji Xerox and is a member of The Business Council. She is also a board member of Catalyst, a nonprofit organization supporting women in business.
Mulcahy earned her bachelor's degree in English/Journalism from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. in 1974. Since joining Xerox in 1976, she rose rapidly through various sales and senior management positions. From 1992-1995, Mulcahy was vice president for human resources, responsible for compensation, benefits, human resource strategy, labor relations, management development and employee training. Mulcahy became chief staff officer in 1997 and a corporate senior vice president in 1998. Xerox is one of the most enduring brands in business, and is the global leader in document management solutions with close to $16 billion in annual revenues.
The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders, was inaugurated in 2001 with Jack Welch, then-chairman and chief executive of General Electric. C. Michael Armstrong, then chairman and chief executive of AT&T, delivered the second Dolan Lecture in 2002. Alan "Ace" Greenberg, chairman of the Executive Committee of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., delivered the 2003 lecture, and Karen Katen, then president of Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, delivered the 2004 lecture.
The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University is a leader in business curriculum innovation. An AACSB International-accredited program, The Dolan School annually serves 1,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, preparing students to advance within their professions and empowering them to become leaders in their fields.
In addition to substantial professional business experience, faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarship. The School itself is housed in a technology-rich building dedicated to excellence in a business-learning environment - a facility that is among the best in the nation. For more information on the Dolan School of Business program offerings, call (203) 254-4070, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reserve seats for Mulcahy's Dolan Lecture, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on March 14, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 185
With the recent multiple shootings at a Wisconsin church service and a Georgia Courthouse, the issue of the death penalty has again come up for debate. On Wednesday evening (March 16) at 7:30 p.m., John Connelly, Connecticut State's Attorney for the Waterbury Judicial District, and Karen Woodrow, Public Defender for the Tolland Judicial District, will head a forum at Fairfield University, moderated by Gerard Smyth, Chief Public Defender of the State of Connecticut. An open mike session will permit students and others to express their own views or question the principal speakers. The forum will be held in the lower lobby of the John A. Barone Campus Center and is being sponsored by the Program in Catholic Studies.
The continuing case of Michael Ross has brought renewed attention to the death penalty this year in Connecticut, where it remains, as always, an issue for the Catholic community. The Catholic bishops in general are adamantly opposed to the death penalty, and the Pope has spoken against it on many occasions, sometimes attempting to intervene in particular cases in the United States. Still, the Catholic community as a whole seems to remain quite divided on whether or not the death penalty is moral.
Posted on March 14, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 197
Helen Siu, Ph.D., professor of Anthropology at Yale University, will deliver "Uncivil Urban Spaces in Post-Reform South China," on Thursday, April 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of "China: Its People and Culture Lecture Series," sponsored by Li Educational Foundation and the University's History Department and Asian Studies Program.
Dr. Siu is the former chair of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. Her teaching interests include political and historical anthropology and urban and global culture change. Since the 1970s, she has conducted fieldwork in South China, exploring the nature of the Socialist state and the refashioning of identities through rituals, festivals, commerce and consumption.
Lately, she focuses on the rural-urban divide in Chinese cities, civil society and the middle classes in Hong Kong.
Dr. Siu, who holds a doctorate from Stanford University, was a member of the University Grants Committee and the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong. In the United States, she has served on the Committee for Advanced Study in China and the National Screening Committee for Fulbright awards. In 2001, she established the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences to promote creative, interdisciplinary research.
Her publications include "Mao's Harvest: Voices of China's New Generation," "Furrows: Peasants, Intellectuals and the State," and the forthcoming volume "Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity and Frontier in Early Modern China."
No tickets or reservations are required for the lecture. For more information, call Danke Li, Ph.D., Fairfield University professor of history, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2353.
Posted on March 14, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 194
Two contemporary jazz musicians will celebrate a jazz legend's trademark blend of sweet lyricism and hot swing in "A Tribute to Stephane Grappelli" on Thursday, April 14, at 7 and 9 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The concerts are part of the Quick Center's year-long Jazz Tribute Project, will take place in the intimate Wien Experimental Theatre.
The evening features the rhythmic and bluesy bow of jazz violinist Randy Sabien and the stunning technical dexterity of bass virtuoso Brian Torff, music program director at Fairfield University. Torff has a particular interest in the project, having played with Grappelli in the 1970s and 1980s.
"I had the incredible honor of playing with Stephane for a number of years and he taught me many things, most importantly, that the inner spirit of the person drives the art," Torff said. "He really exemplified that."
"A Tribute to Stephane Grappelli" has captivated audiences around the country with its blend of Grappelli standards, including many favorites from his time with the Quintette du Hot Club de Paris, which he helped form with famed gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Torff and Sabien pepper the concert with their own compositions and stories about Grappelli. The acoustic concert's ensemble also includes two guitarists.
A self-taught musician, Grappelli is regarded as the grandfather of jazz violinists. Influenced early on by classical musicians Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, he combined swing rhythms with a haunting lyricism not usually found in that style. Grappelli started playing in Paris restaurants in his early teens and, by 15, he was a piano accompanist for silent films.
"In the cinema, I had to play Mozart principally but was allowed some Gershwin in funny films," he once said of the experience. "Then I discovered jazz and my vocation and kissed Amadeus goodbye."
In addition to performing live for decades, Grappelli's distinct sound can be heard on hundreds of records, including work with Oscar Peterson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Yehudi Menuhin and others. He died in 1997 at the age of 89.
Sabien brings years of experience to his polished performance. His background in jazz, blues, standards and original compositions make him a favorite guest on radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" and TV's "Austin City Limits."
The violinist is also an accomplished educator and innovator, having founded the String Department at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Co-author of "Jazz Philharmonic," Sabien has developed a knack for teaching students of all ages, often through the artist-in-residence positions he has held in 19 states, Canada and Europe.
Torff's career began in 1974, when bassist Milt Hinton offered him a chance to tour with jazz singer Cleo Laine. During the 1970s, Torff recorded and performed with pianists Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland. played with pianist Erroll Garner's last group, and worked with Oliver Nelson and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. Torff recorded three albums with pianist George Shearing and the duo toured extensively and played at the Reagan White House in 1982. Their third album won a Grammy for vocalist Mel Torme.
Now a member of the seven-piece band Thunderstick, Torff is also a noted composer. He has written scores performed by the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony and has been an integral member of the elite ensemble of "The Spirit of Django Reinhardt," a concert that has toured in the United States and Europe.
Torff is "a virtuoso bassist, imaginative and distinctive in his solos, but more than that, a solid composer and arranger," a New York Times reviewer wrote.
Tickets are $20. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 16, 2005
Vol. 37, No. 199