Fairfield University celebrates learning with an all-star faculty at One Day University December 16

On Sunday, Dec. 16, University College at Fairfield University presents One Day University, a daylong educational opportunity featuring a distinguished faculty from Fairfield University, New York University, Harvard and Yale. This outstanding group of sought-after professors will address such diverse topics as how Virgil's 2000-year-old "Aeneid" foretold the fate of modern empires, movies as social commentary - from "The Grapes of Wrath" to "Sicko," how Jews and African Americans warned America about the Nazis and the crisis of celebrity politics.

Dr. Edna F. Wilson, dean of University College, said recently, "The One Day University program experience has proven to be enormously popular. With the commitment to lifelong learning as a fundamental tenet of a Fairfield University education, we take great pleasure in offering this event once again. It promises to be a thought-provoking day and we encourage people to rediscover the joy of learning by spending a day whetting their intellectual appetites."

One Day University, a New York-based educational company, partners with universities throughout the country to present these events, which allow for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy stimulating discussions on important topics. Participants learn the latest thinking in psychology, economics, the law and political science, among many other subjects.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. American Studies: Who Warned America About the Nazis - and Who Did Not.
    Glenda Gilmore, Yale University - The Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History; Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
  • 10:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Political Science: The Crisis of Celebrity Politics
    John Orman, Fairfield University - Winner, Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year Award.  Featured on ABC, BBC, CBC, CBS, CNN and in the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.
  • 12:05 p.m.-1:10 p.m. Lunch (included)
  •  1:10 p.m.-2:20 p.m. Ancient Studies: What the Classics Say About the Fate of the Modern American Empire
    Richard Thomas, Harvard University - Carmen Bonano Excellence in Teaching Prize
  • 2:35 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Film: From "Metropolis" to "Sicko." Film as Social Commentary
    William Wolf, New York University - NYU film and literature professor and author of "Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century"

Classes take place at the Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The cost is $219 and lunch is provided. There is detailed course information on the One Day University website. To register, please visit www.onedayu.com.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on December 7, 2007

Vol. 40, No. 131

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