Lifelong Learning continues with Summer Institute and a bonus at University College at Fairfield University

University College at Fairfield University roars into summer with a stimulating one-week intensive three-course series that meets Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6 under the banner of the Institute for Lifelong Learning.

The 2008 Summer Institute explores three intriguing areas of study that tap into the values and concerns of American life as reflected in popular lyrics throughout recent history, the psychology of tragedy through the ages and the science behind the effect of human behavior on animals' physiology. A full list of offerings for each course follows.

The Institute for Lifelong Learning is open to all retired and semi-retired people over age 55. The cost of the Summer Institute is $196 and includes a festive dinner on Thursday evening, June 5. Members may bring guests to the dinner for an additional $38 each. Members are also encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch each day or light lunches can be purchased at Jazzman's Café on campus. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served free of charge during each luncheon break. Please phone 203-254-4307 for more information or visit the website at www.fairfield/edu/summercamps to register for the weeklong intensive Summer Institute.

Institute For Lifelong Learning - Summer 2008

Monday-Friday, June 2-6, 2008

  • 9:15-10:45 a.m. - Greek Tragedy studies the mythic, structural and psychological patterns in "Oedipus Rex," "Prometheus Bound" and "Medea." Greek Tragedy starts with the beginning of time and ends somewhere around the fall of Eliot Spitzer. Aaron Perkus, Ph.D., associate dean, University College and professor, English Department at Fairfield University.
  • 11:00-12:30 p.m. - Popular Lyrics focuses on the way the lyrics of popular songs have traditionally reflected the values and concerns of American life. From the songs of the Jazz Age, the Depression and World War II to the birth of rock-n-roll and the music video revolution of today, this course examines the thematic and historical topics in the songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Judy Garland, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and Paul Simon using printed lyrics, film lobby cards, recordings and video performances. Wesley Davis, adjunct professor of New Media, Film, Television and Radio at Fairfield.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:30-3 p.m. - The Physiology of Human Disturbance examines case studies of how the physiology of animals is affected by human activities. What DDT did to the eggshells of the Bald Eagle and how penguins cope with camera toting tourists is only the beginning of a fascinating exploration. Brian Walker, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Fairfield.

In addition, the enormously popular One Day University immediately precedes the Summer Institute series on Sunday, June 1 at the Quick Center for the Arts with a day of learning opportunities that includes a special bonus.

The two programs are offered independently, but for those eligible to study with the Institute of Lifelong Learning and who wish take full advantage of an unusually wide range of thought-provoking topics, a 15% discount will be applied to the June 1 One Day University event fee of $219 for registrants of both programs.

The Sunday event includes as a bonus, "Gershwin and "Rhapsody in Blue'" with Fairfield University's Academic Vice President Orin Grossman. Professor Grossman gives a slightly abbreviated reprise of his highly rated lecture and piano recital presented earlier in the season to a standing ovation. Additionally, there are four fascinating lectures: on China and the United States; a look at two disparate American groups in the 1930s and how they joined together to fight the Nazi threat to America and the indigenous White Supremacist movement; the crisis of celebrity politics; and the genius of Alfred Hitchcock. The faculty includes professors from Fairfield, Tufts, Yale and Columbia universities.

To register for this special One Day University day, visit the website at or call 1-800-811-8821. To receive the 15% discount, indicate your affiliation with the Institute for Lifelong Learning by entering this code, ILL, in the appropriate box.

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Posted on May 1, 2008

Vol. 40, No. 260

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