Open VISIONS Forum 2012-2013 - 
Arts & Minds


Image: D BrazileFairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts


With the announcement of its 2012-2013 Open VISION Forum lecture series, Fairfield University welcomes visitors to engage and absorb the "life of the mind." Beginning with legendary broadcast journalist and co-editor of 60 Minutes Lesley Stahl on September 19, 2012, an exciting roster of seven speakers takes the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts for the 2012-2013 Arts & Minds signature lecture series. "With the head-spinning number of issues and public debate currently upon us, Open VISIONS Forum offers a provocative new season of stimulating and unique programming," said Philip Eliasoph, Founder and Director, Open VISIONS Forum. "Global and national issues are synthesized into live, spontaneous, un-scripted conversations and brought center stage for audiences to enjoy in the comfort of the Quick Center 'salon.'" Moffly Media is the exclusive magazine sponsor for the 2012-13 Open VISIONS Forum series.

Open VISIONS Forum
2012-2013
Schedule:

Lesley Stahl, "Inside 60 Minutes"
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 8 p.m.

At the podium, Lesley Stahl discusses her professional and personal life as one of the first female television reporters. She was first hired at CBS News in 1972, the same day that affirmative action was passed, entering an industry that was male-dominated, but striving to make a name for herself. Lesley Stahl has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since March 1991. Her reporting of political and impactful stories has won countless Emmy awards throughout her career. Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H. W. Bush. Her book Reporting Live (Simon & Schuster, 1999) looks at the subject of covering Washington for more than 20 years.

Dana Perino and Donna Brazile, "America at the Crossroads: Election 2012"
Monday, October 1, 2012, 8 p.m.

This special OVF lecture, the Seventh Annual Students Forum, pairs two high powered Washington insiders from opposite sides of the aisle. As only the second female press secretary in U.S. history and the first female Republican, Dana Perino was one of the most widely-respected members of President Bush's senior staff. She is an expert in crafting and communicating key messages under stressful conditions and a keen analyst of the latest political news. Donna Brazile, political strategist and current Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, is hard to ignore, given her penchant for candor and 20 years' experience in the making of Democratic presidential candidates.

Image: K MartonKati Marton, "Human Rights: Free Press and Democracy"
Monday, November 12, 2012, 8 p.m.

Kati Marton has successfully combined a career as a reporter and writer with human rights advocacy. Contributing to major news organizations, she has covered everything from terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland to the peace efforts in the Middle East. Marton is actively involved in humanitarian causes and was chief of Outreach at the United Nations. In her latest book, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, she reveals her eyewitness account of her parent's arrests in Cold War Budapest.

This is the Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship. Co-sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies. Funded by the Frank Jacoby Foundation.

Fran Lebowitz, "Metropolitan Life: An Evening with Fran Lebowitz"
Monday, January 28, 2013, 8 p.m.

Known for her dry, irreverent wit, Fran Lebowitz delivers unapologetic opinions about modern life. A fixture in the New York magazine world since the early 1970s, Lebowitz was hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview and has been a contributor to Mademoiselle and Vanity Fair. Her bestselling books of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, have been collected in The Fran Lebowitz Reader, and she is the author of the children's book Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas. Lebowitz was the subject of Martin Scorsese's recent documentary film Public Speaking and is back at work on her long-awaited novel, Exterior Signs of Wealth.

Barry Lewis, "New York City: Past + Present/Fact + Fiction"
Monday, February 11, 2013, 8 p.m.

Born in New York City, Barry Lewis is an architectural historian and acclaimed speaker, teacher, and author. Among many projects, Lewis is known for his WNET Channel 13 series of video walks co-hosted with David Hartman, including 42nd Street, Broadway; Harlem; Brooklyn; Greenwich Village; and Central Park. Lewis is one of the most sought-after tour guides and will share with us a panoramic view of the city he loves and the people who make it work.

Noah Charney, "Art World: Beauty + Deception"
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 3 p.m.

As the founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, Charney's work in the field of art crime has been praised in such international forums as The New York Times Magazine, TIME Magazine, BBC, National Public Radio, Vogue, and Vanity Fair, among many others. Charney is the author of numerous articles and the international bestselling novel The Art Thief (Atria, 2007) and Stealing of the Mystic Lamb (PublicAffairs, 2010). Recently a visiting lecturer at Yale University, Charney is now professor of art history at The American University of Rome.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, "This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe"
Monday, April 22, 2013, 8 p.m.

Dr. Tyson is an astrophysicist, science communicator, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a research associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006, Dr. Tyson has hosted NOVA scienceNow on PBS and been a frequent guest on The Daily Show.

Open VISION Forum single tickets for each lecture are $45. Subscriptions for all seven lectures are $266, a 15% discount. Tickets and subscriptions are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7386, or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

Images: top) Donna Brazile; bottom) Kati Marton

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on July 31, 2012

Vol. 45, No. 19