$50,000 gift to Fairfield University Mission Volunteer program commemorates Irish potato famine Jane Miller exhibits digital images at Fairfield University's Lukacs Gallery Fiddler Eileen Ivers celebrates Saint Patrick's Day at Quick Center Cab Calloway tribute by his daughter Chris Calloway planned at Quick Center Edison Project students to learn how video games are invented Starving Artists Gala at Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University's Bennett Lecture Series hosts Alvin Rosenfeld Grand Central Terminal discussed at Fairfield University's Nyselius Library "Footprints on the Moon" is next Quick Center's Schooldays Series offering "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" is next for Quick Center's Young Audience Fairfield University to host 30th National Convention for Alpha Mu Gamma, the national honor society for foreign languages
"Divinely inspired" by a homily on world hunger, Joseph Walsh and his wife, Theresa, have given the Fairfield University a plaque commemorating the Irish potato famine and donated $50,000 toward the University's poverty relief programs.
"You could say we were divinely inspired," said Theresa Walsh of the family's gifts. "We were here in this chapel and Father Carrier gave a wonderful homily."
At a recent ceremony at the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Walshes unveiled the plaque, which was given in honor of their daughter, Teresa Ann, a senior and member of Alpha Sigma Nu.
Walsh donated the money to the Mission Volunteer program, which exposes students to the poorest parts of the world and gives them opportunities to work and live alongside the poor. Teresa Ann had traveled with Mission Volunteers to aid in relief efforts in Ecuador.
Every year, 30 students in the Mission Volunteer program are sent to live and work with the poor in Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti and Jamaica. The students serve in hospitals and hospices, provide tutoring and help build and repair homes.
The $50,000 gift from the Walshes, said Fr. Carrier, will allow him to maintain and expand the program. "We wanted to do something for Fairfield," said Joseph Walsh.
With the unveiling of the plaque, the Walshes called attention to not only to today's poor and hungry, but also to those who died or fled Ireland during the five years of the Irish potato famine. It was 150 years ago this year that Ireland saw the worst of the famine. More than one million died in Ireland and two million more emigrated to escape the disaster.
Of the immigrants, hundreds of thousands died of disease along the way on so called "coffin ships." Others died when they reached America, and many who survived lived in squalor and faced harsh discrimination.
Dr. William Abbott, chairman of the History Department, said it was discrimination, ignorance and England's "supply and demand" politics that contributed as much to the starving deaths of the Irish as the blight that killed potatoes.
By studying the complex issues behind the famine, he said, lessons can be learned about how to deal with similar situations in Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia.
Diane Menagh, director of Irish Studies, talked about her great-grandmother's trip to the United States to escape the famine and read a poem about the oil lamps left behind by emigrating Irish.
"What they survived," Irish poet Eavan Boland wrote," we could not even live."
Posted on March 1, 1997
"A Shadow of Before," a group of digital images created by Jane Miller from one small drawing done in the late '70s, will be on display from Tuesday, March 20, through Thursday, April 12, in Fairfield University's Lukacs Gallery, Loyola Hall, Room 17. The exhibit opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m.; a lecture follows at 6 p.m.
The artist has taken a small drawing done in the '70s and digitally altered and created a series of works that will be the core of this exhibition. Getting there, rather than being there, is the essence of much of Miller's work. She is absorbed by the process of creating and has always been interested in recording time through the process of drawing, be it a thought, a moment, a gesture or a small narrative. Miller says, "by taking something from another time and recreating it, I have taken the essence of 'a shadow of before' and elaborated on it with my thoughts and responses to today."
Gallery hours are Mondays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m.; and Fridays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. For additional information call Frances Hynes, Lukacs Gallery Director at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3216 #1.
Posted on February 10, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 140
Steep yourself in the culture of Ireland at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts' annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, this year featuring fiddler Eileen Ivers, on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. on the campus of Fairfield University. A post-show St. Patrick's party in the lobby is scheduled.
From her star musical turn in "Riverdance" to her 30-plus medals in the All-Ireland Championships, Ivers has established herself among the pre-eminent exponents of the Irish fiddle in the world today. Listen to her music and you'll sense that around the time she learned to hold a spoon, she also began to wield a fiddle bow. You'll also learn that her ears are seldom at rest. If you've followed her career, you've seen a young musician develop from traditional Irish fiddle champion to world explorer.
Her fourth album, "Crossing the Bridge," is startling in its geographic variety: Spain, Africa, West Indies, Cuba and Ireland, always Ireland. In it you'll hear jazz, jigs, hip hop, strains of reggae, flamenco and blue grass. The Irish never stray far from country music because who, after all, brought it to America?
Eileen is to Irish music as Michael Flatley is to Irish dance - a pioneer, an innovator, a universalist. She grew up in boom-box Bronx and carries sounds from childhood that are embedded in her soul. She's Irish, she's American, she's international. She's played solo and with groups in the noisiest of pubs and clubs, on cruise ships, in arenas and stadiums and, in Radio City Music Hall.
She's restless, ready to take her fiddle to mountain, prairie, savannah and jungle and bring back sounds that keep up fresh and renew us. Still there's always this Irish "thing" in her music - that wail followed by a jolt of a beat that catapults you to your feet. It doesn't matter who she's playing with - she somehow slides in those Celtic genes and yet, all the time, there are echoes of Bronx Irish. Eileen Ivers can take you around the world as a musician, an explorer and, above all, as a teacher.
Tickets to the Eileen Ivers concert, which is part of the Emerald Isle series, are $30 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. To reserve call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on February 14, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 135
A tribute to the "King of Hi-De-Ho," Cab Calloway, by his daughter, Chris Calloway, is planned on Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Chris Calloway is a highly regarded vocalist who, with the Hi-De-Ho Orchestra, will pay homage to her dad's timeless music and his "Legacy of Swing."
Cab Calloway's "Legacy of Swing" celebrates the extraordinary musicianship of the big band sound, his showmanship and his scatty vocal style of flamboyant jazz. The show, adapted from its debut at the 1999 JVC Jazz Festival, includes original Calloway arrangements, some of which have not been heard in 50 years.
Chris' career began on the "Ed Sullivan Show" when her dad introduced her to the world some 30 years ago. She has spent the majority of the past 20 years performing with her father and his Hi-De-Ho Orchestra as they toured the United States, Europe, South America, Japan and Australia.
From her humble beginnings as a singing hat-check girl at New York's Improvisation, the Catskill Mountains circuit, and a brief stint with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Chris began her Broadway career with the acclaimed all-black production of "Hello Dolly," starring her dad and Pearl Bailey. She followed that with a nine-month tour with the musical revue "Eubie," and then moved on to Hollywood where she hosted her own talk radio and music shows.
Sharing the stage with Chris and the orchestra is dance sensation Chester Whitmore, who performed with the legendary Cab Calloway and who also choreographs the show's dance sequences. The program includes such Calloway hits as "Jungle King" and "Jumpin' Jive," as well as a tribute to the Cotton Club where the live broadcasts of the orchestra launched its leader to stardom. And, of course, no Cab Calloway concert would be complete without a rousing rendition of "Minnie the Moocher."
Tickets to the Cab Calloway tribute are $35 and $30 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For more information call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on February 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 136
Video Visionaries Mel Davey and Jamie Carlson, from Sonalysts Studios, Inc., will demonstrate how video games are invented for nearly 650 high school students enrolled in the Edison Project at Fairfield University, on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Their presentation is part of a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, and will include game demonstrations, descriptions of sound effects, 3D models, terrain generation and simulations of water, sky and clouds.
Also presenting at the workshop will be Dr. Robert Rosenberg, director and co-editor of the Thomas Edison Papers, who will speak on the "Social Revolutions of Edison's Inventions."
The students, from 12 high schools in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, are studying the contributions of Thomas A. Edison in shaping the evolution of industrial America all the way to today's technology. While the video games will be a leap from the Edison Phonograph and Stock Ticker they have studied so far, Edison's method of invention and his pioneering use of the industrial laboratory as a think tank for industrial research and development, continue to have valid applications today.
The young people attending the Edison Project are no older than Thomas Edison was when he entered the labor market and began a life of invention, noted Dr. Evangelos Hadjimichael, Dean of the School of Engineering. "We hope the project will inspire them and help them to realize the capacity for creativity within each one of us."
A student workbook will be developed to complement the workshop lectures as well as a Web Site with a database on Edison, geared specifically to pre-college students. In addition, a semi-permanent exhibit, tracing the evolution of Edison's technology all the way to the year 2000, will be placed in the lobby of McAuliffe Hall, home of the School of Engineering.
The projects are being supported by $50,000 in grants from the Charles Edison Fund in East Orange, N.J., and The Dibner Fund in Wilton, Conn.
The Charles Edison Fund is a private foundation that supports historic preservation, especially the homes of Thomas A. Edison, and education, medical research, hospitals and museum exhibits.
The Dibner Fund is a private foundation that supports programs in the history of technology, science education, humanitarian causes, the preservation of water resources, peaceful co-existence, and Jewish Heritage as well as selected community organizations."
Linda Malkin, senior vice president at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, is chairing the workshop sessions. A steering committee for the workshop series, made up of high school teachers, has worked in conjunction with the Project Director, Dr. Richard G. Weber, associate dean of the School of Engineering; along with other Engineering School faculty and Mrs. Ann Sliva of Monroe, assistant coordinator of the workshop series. Their goal is to introduce students to the labor-intensive "discovery method" of Edison and his trusted assistants, and then focus on the social and humanistic aspects of his discoveries and inventions.
For more information, please call the School of Engineering at (203) 254-4147.
Posted on February 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 132
The Starving Artists, a group of Fairfield University students dedicated to promoting the arts in all of its forms, will host its third annual gala on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m., in the university's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The program will be a combination of music, dance, poetry and visual arts. Among the performers are the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble and members of the Fairfield University Glee Club. An exhibit of visual art will be on display in the lobby prior to the show.
Admission is free and open to the public; tickets may be picked up at the door. For information call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or Kristia at (203) 256-7397, #3.
Posted on February 17, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 134
Alvin H. Rosenfeld, professor of English and director of Jewish Studies at Indiana University at Bloomington, will be the guest speaker at Fairfield University's Judaic Studies Lecture Series on Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Rosenfeld's topic is "Primo Levi and the Germans: Is Forgiveness Possible After the Holocaust?"
Rosenfeld is the author of "A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature," "Imagining Hitler," and the editor of "Thinking About the Holocaust: After Half a Century," a collection of articles by 13 scholars. With his wife, Erna Rosenfeld, he translated "The Murders at Bullenhuser Damm," a book on Nazi medical articles. In addition to the literature of the Holocaust, he is also the author of numerous scholarly articles on American poetry and Jewish writers. His works in progress include a book on Holocaust victims, survivors and perpetrators.
Professor Rosenfeld, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, is the recipient of fellowship grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Foundation of Jewish Culture and the National Endowment of the Humanities. He has served on the editorial board of the scholarly journal "Holocaust and Genocide Studies" and as a consultant to the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Lilly Endowment, the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Koret Foundation.
Rosenfeld's lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. This event is presented in cooperation with the university's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, under the direction of Dr. Ellen M. Umansky and the Schnurmacher Foundations. For information or to reserve a seat, call the office of Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on February 21, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 145
The Friends of Fairfield University's Nyselius Library invite the public to participate in a discussion of the book, Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Engineering and Architecture in New York City During the Age of Energy, on Friday, March 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. The snow date is Friday, April 6, at the same time. Due to ongoing construction, the exact location in the library is yet to be determined.
The speaker is Dr. Kurt Schlichting, the author of the book and professor of sociology and anthropology at Fairfield University.
The program is free and open to the public but reservations are necessary. To reserve a place or for more information, call Sharon at (203) 254-4044, ext. 2180.
Posted on February 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 143
"Footprints on the Moon," will be presented on Wednesday, March 28, at 10 a.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The show, a Theatreworks/USA production, is part of the Quick Center's outreach program, Schooldays Series, and is appropriate for children in Grades 4-9.
"Footprints on the Moon" captures the excitement of the space race of the 1960s with music, humor, stagecraft and the power of imagination. It takes us back to July 20, 1969 when an anxious nation held its breath, as United States astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon - taking "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
This imaginative musical is a tribute to Armstrong and the other astronauts who paved the way for his historic moonwalk. These brave young men not only had to endure rigorous training but risked their lives for the sake of space exploration. The revue chronicles the twelve-year period of historic events leading up to this extraordinary feat.
Among the highlights are tributes to: Sputnick I, the first satellite to orbit the earth; Ham, the chimpanzee, the "first' U.S. astronaut; Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space; Alan Shepard, Jr., the first American in space; John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth; and Edward White, the first American to walk in space. A comprehensive study guide for teachers is available to enhance the learning experience.
Tickets are $5 for this outreach program. The Schooldays Series is funded in part by the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., Regina A. Quick, People's Bank and Schools in Partnership with Unilever H & PC. For information or tickets call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may also visit our web site at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 147
"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse," the next production of Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts' Young Audience Series, will take place on Sunday, March 18, at 1 and 3 p.m. The program will be repeated on Monday, March 19, at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. as part of the Quick Center's outreach program, Schooldays Series. The show is appropriate for children in Grades K-3.
A Kennedy Center Celebration Imagination On Tour production, the play tells the story of Lilly, a little mouse full of ambition and youthful enthusiasm who loves school, especially her new teacher, Mr. Slinger. When she receives an exciting new purple plastic purse, Lilly can't wait to show it to her class but Mr. Slinger has other ideas. Through her various adventures, Lilly learns valuable lessons about friendship, family and forgiveness.
Tickets for Sunday's production are $10, $8 for children, with discounts available for seniors and birthday parties, and $5 for Monday's outreach program. The Outreach Program is funded in part by the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., Regina A. Quick, People's Bank and Schools in Partnership with Unilever H & PC. For information or tickets call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may also visit our web site at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 137
John A. Rassias, who developed an innovative and highly effective approach to teaching languages, known as the Rassias Method, will be the keynote speaker at the 30th National Convention of Alpha Mu Gamma, the national honor society for foreign languages. The Convention, hosted by Fairfield's Eta Pi Chapter, takes place Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University, and is attracting faculty and students from 20 colleges and universities across the country.
Professor Rassias is the William R. Kenan Professor and Chair of the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, where his method of teaching language has resulted in a steady increase in foreign language majors, a stark contrast to the national trend of decreasing enrollment. He has been the subject of more than 400 articles in the press, including Time Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe and Newsweek Magazine, among others. He has also appeared on "60 Minutes" and "Good Morning America."
Over 25 workshops will be presented, beginning on Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. and continuing through the day until 5:00 p.m., with a break for lunch and the lecture by Professor Rassias. The workshops continue Saturday morning. Some of the topics include: "Come to the Cabaret! Add Spice and Passion to the Cultural Experience," "The Importance of Popular Music and Music Technology in German and French Literature," "Teaching French for Business with the Internet," "Distance Learning," "The Relationship between Syntax and Cognition," and "Bilingual Poetry Reading: Spanish/English."
Dr. Eileen M. Wilkinson and Adjunct Professor Angela Tauro, from Fairfield University's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, have organized the Conference.
Posted on March 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 170