Nine faculty members at Fairfield University receive Humanities Institute grants Vital Voices Director Theresa Loar to speak at Fairfield University Violinist Corey Cerovsek to perform at Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University Orchestra presents Annual Spring Concert Michael Lewan is keynote speaker at Fairfield University's Holocaust Remembrance Service Fairfield University Glee Club presents "Overture to the World" 600 Hunger Cleanup Volunteers to work at 42 sites on Saturday, April 7 Earth Day Program, April 25, to Focus on Solar Energy "Ramona Quimby" is next Quick Center's Schooldays Series offering "The Red Balloon" is next in Quick Center's Young Audience Series Fairfield University's Bennett Center hosts Scholar-in-Residence
Nine members of the Fairfield University faculty have been awarded grants for research or to develop new courses by the Humanities Institute at Fairfield University. The institute was established by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and matching funds from parents, alumni and friends in order to sponsor lectures, research and curriculum development.
With the support of a grant, Dr. Marcie Patton, assistant professor of politics, will start a course in the spring of 1998 on African politics that will hold special interest for students studying International Studies and Black Studies and will stress sub-Sahara Africa. As a result of the grant, she will develop a course that will incorporate anthropology, history, literature, economics and sociology.
Brian Torff, instructor in visual and performing arts and a well-known jazz musician, will develop a new course entitled "The Music of Black Americans." He noted that although many think of African American music as jazz, blues and gospel, there were also significant achievements in classical music, opera, Civil War music, slave songs, spirituals, religious music, and music for dance.
John Mendelsohn, adjunct professor in visual and performing arts, has received a grant to develop a course called "Time Arts," starting in the spring of 1998. Students will examine three contemporary disciplines: performance, video and computer art. In the same department, Dr. Katherine Schwab, an associate professor, received a grant to study and photograph art and archaeology in India for material to be incorporated in two new courses "Introduction to the Art History of Asia, Africa and the Americas" and "Arts of India, China and Japan."
Richard Shillea, co-chairman of the music division of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Dr. Orin Grossman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, were awarded a joint grant for an ongoing music recital series that is open to the public and is set up cabaret style so music lovers can relax and have lunch while listening to opera, jazz and other forms of music.
Three other grants were awarded to Dr. Dietrich Earnhart of the Economics Department to study environmental economics; Dr. Anne Manton of the School of Nursing to study emergency care for non-elderly adults; and Dr. Alice McIntyre, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, for research on violence in urban communities at the turn of the century.
Posted on March 1, 1997
Theresa Loar, former director of the White House Interagency Council on Women and Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues at the U. S. Department of State, will speak on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is co-hosted by the university's International Studies and Women's Studies departments and UNIFEM/USA/CT, the branch of the United Nations dedicated to women's issues worldwide.
Ms. Loar is executive director of Vital Voices Global Partnerships, a new organization whose mission is to promote women's roles in building strong economies and vibrant democracies around the world. A principal advisor to former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on international women's issues, Loar also led the U.S. government's campaign to combat trafficking in women and children, citing it as one of the most egregious human rights violations and a modern-day form of slavery.
Loar also served as a diplomat representing the United States in Mexico and South Korea. Prior to her diplomatic career she was an entrepreneur and advertising executive in New York City for such award-winning campaigns as "Where's the Beef?" for Wendy's International. She lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her family.
Also on the program, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Anita Houston of New Canaan, a longtime member and supporter of United Nations activities including the International Hospitality Committee, the World Affairs Study Group and the annual UN Day in New Canaan. She was also instrumental in forming an "Adopt a Minefield" group in New Canaan whose purpose was to pay for the removal of land mines in a town in Cambodia. Through the participation of many town organizations which raised $50,000, the mines are in the process of being cleared.
Tickets to the event are $10, free for students, and may be reserved by calling the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396. A Q&A session led by Katherine Kidd, Ph.D., director of international studies, follows the talk.
Co-sponsors of the lecture are 50/50 by 20/20, UNA/USA/CT, Housatonic Community College Women's Center and Black Studies Union, Igbo Women's Association of Connecticut, American Association of University Women/CT and Bahai.
Posted on March 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 165
Gifted violinist Corey Cerovsek, accompanied by Ken Noda on piano, will perform in concert on Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Recognized as one of today's most gifted young artists, Cerovsek's outstanding recitals as well as his orchestral concerts and recordings consistently receive rave reviews.
Cerovsek made his debut in 1997 with the San Francisco Symphony where he made a triumphant return last fall for their opening week. He also returned to the Detroit Symphony in 1997 after performing there in 1996. This season he made his debut with the Berlin Symphony at the Philharmonie receiving wide critical acclaim. His first commercial recording, an all-Wieniawski CD released this year, received high praise from such publications as The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Pianist Ken Noda, musical assistant to James Levine of the Metropolitan Opera, has performed as a soloist with major orchestras throughout the world and under such conductors as Levine, Mehta, Ozawa and Previn. He has also collaborated as a chamber musician with James Levine, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Nigel Kennedy and, this past summer, was a participant at the Marlboro Festival.
On the program are Brahms' "Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano;" Revel's "Sonata for Violin and Piano;" Bartok's "Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano," "Folk Dances;" Debussy's "Sonata for Violin and Piano;" and Wieniawski's "Fantaisie Brillante on Themes" from Gounod's "Faust."
A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m., conducted by Dr. Laura Nash, director of Fairfield University's Classical Music Department. Tickets to the concert are $30, $27 and $24, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. For information or reservations call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on March 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 167
The Fairfield University Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Deborah Graser, will conduct its annual spring concert, "A Russian and American Bouquet," on Tuesday, April 24, at 8 p.m., in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
On the program are selections from Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite," selections from Moussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," Tchaikovsky's "Polonaise," Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony," "An American Salute" by Gould, selections from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and "Variations on a Shaker Melody" by Copland.
The public is invited to attend the concert. Tickets are $8 and $5 for students and may be reserved by calling (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on March 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 165
Michael Lewan, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Preserving America's Heritage Abroad, will be the keynote speaker at Fairfield University's ninth annual Holocaust Remembrance Service on Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m., in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. The event, sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Campus Ministry, will include a candle-lighting ceremony and readings by the university's faculty, students, staff and administrators.
In 1995, President Clinton appointed Lewan to his position on the Commission. The Commission's mandate is to identify and publish a list of those cemeteries, monuments and historic buildings located abroad and associated with U. S. citizens formerly of eastern and central Europe and encourage their protection from foreign governments. During Lewan's term, agreements of cooperation have been implemented with the governments of Bulgaria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, the Czeck Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and the Ukraine.
Lewan has been a particularly strong advocate for reconciliation between the Polish and Jewish people. Under a 1996 cultural preservation agreement Lewan brokered, the Commission is now active in property restitution issues in Poland. He was also instrumental in efforts to restitute the Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot Synagogue, the first property returned under Poland's communal property restitution.
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewki presented Lewan with the Commander's Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, the highest non-citizen Polish honor, for his work in encouraging cultural understanding between Poland and the United States.
Lewan, a speaker at the Washington Conference on Holocaust-era Assets in 1998, has also testified before the U.S. Congress, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and various international forums and symposiums on these matters. In addition, he recently served as Chief of Staff for Sen. Joseph Leiberman's (D-Conn.) vice presidential campaign and also served as his Senate chief of staff from 1989-93.
Lewan earned a master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University where he received the 2000 Professional Achievement Award. He co-hosts a weekly political radio talk show with Frank Donatelli on Radio America and runs his own consulting/lobbying firm, the Michael Lewan Company.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Center for Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on March 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 164
The Fairfield University Glee Club, under the baton of Conductor Carole Ann Maxwell, will perform its annual spring concert, "Overture to the World," on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m., in the university's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The Glee Club, accompanied by Galen Tate, organist and director of music at St. Thomas More Church, Darien, and the Festival Orchestra, will begin the program with a tribute to their alma mater arranged by MacCallum; followed by "Viva la Musica," by Ivan Erod; "Kua Rongo Mai Koe," by Ngapo Wehi; and Rachmaninoff's "Bogorodiste Devo" from Vespers, sung in Russian.
Also on the program are: "Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb," sung by mezzo soprano Maggie Reinhart; Scottish Folk Songs performed by soloist James DiGugliemo: Mozart's "Regina Coeli" sung in Latin; Bach's "Alleluja;" and Fanshawe's "Finale and Gloria" from African Sanctus, also sung in Latin.
The Fairfield University Glee Club continues a 50-year musical legacy. The mixed chorus of more than 130 singers is the parent organization of four additional choral ensembles: the acclaimed Chamber Singers, who will sing Marvin Curtis' "Praising Song" and Orazio Vecchi's "Gioite Tutti" in Italian and Claude Debussy's "Dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder!" in French; and selections by the Men's Ensemble, known for their comedy routines, accompanied by Michael Ciavaglia and directed by Christopher Jack and Michael Rubin.
Also, the Sine Nomine Singers, the resident quartet, will feature soprano Kathleen Corrigan, alto Amy Mattulina, tenor Patrick Dorion and bass Mark Weldon; and Sweet Harmony, accompanied by Angela Weston and directed by Elena Carrington and Allison Morrow, will also perform. These men and women have made a serious commitment to choral excellence, while developing a unique espirt de corps that has become a hallmark of their performances.
Carole Ann Maxwell, conductor of choral and liturgical music at Fairfield University, is one of America's preeminent conductors of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles. She also serves as the artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and the chorus master for Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra and the Yale Opera.
Tickets to the concert are $8, $6 for students. They may be reserved by calling (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on March 23, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 157
Some 600 volunteers will fan out from Fairfield University on Saturday, April 7, to paint, clean, stock shelves and perform whatever other chores need to be done at the 42 nonprofit community programs that have signed on for this year's Hunger Cleanup Program.
The cleanup sites extend from Bridgeport to Stamford, with several communities in between. As part of the day, participants have signed up sponsors to financially support the day. Last year about 450 volunteers raised over $10,000 and this year's Hunger Cleanup Committee has set a goal of breaking the $11,000 mark for the first time.
Hunger Cleanup is a program of the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness. The money raised is distributed to local programs and grass roots initiatives in Third World countries, as well as for raising awareness about hunger and homelessness here at home.
Christopher Dill of Guilford, Conn., Jennifer Sturges of Middlebury, Conn., and Ryan Greeley of Hanover, Mass., are chairing this year's effort. About 150 colleges and universities across the country participate in Hunger Cleanup, which has awarded Fairfield University the Gold Medal of Excellence for the last five years.
Volunteers, who include students, faculty, alumni and townspeople, will be working at most sites from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A list of the agency sites is on the next page. Phone numbers are included in case you would like to speak with someone at an agency near you. For more information, please call Fairfield University, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on April 1, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 179
Solar energy will be the focus of Earth Day 2001 at Fairfield University as the School of Engineering unveils a major solar energy project and Karl R. Rabago, managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute gives a keynote address on "National Capitalism and the Future of Solar Energy." The events take place on Wednesday, April 25 and admission is free.
At 5 p.m., the School of Engineering will cut the ribbon at a student residence, Townhouse10, where one of the largest - and possibly the largest - grid-connected residential photovoltaic solar energy conversion in the country has been installed. Designed by a team of faculty and students, led by Dean Evangelos Hadjimichael and joined by a United Illuminating Company observer, the approximately 800 solar shingles making up the roof of Townhouse 10, have transformed an ordinary student residence into its own source of energy with a production level of12.5 kWatts.
Data from this installation will continue to be used by engineering teams to design better electronic controls for more efficient use of photovoltaic energy, Dr. Hadjimichael said. "The hope is that in the future the cost of electricity from solar energy will be financially competitive with electricity produced from fossil fuels."
Mr. Rabago's lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, followed by a panel discussion on "Unlocking the Potential for Solar Energy."
Mr. Rabago brings 10 years of national leadership in utility regulation, renewable energy and the vital issues in the rapidly changing electricity industry, especially relating to new distributed energy resources markets and environmental law issues.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary with the U.S. Department of Energy, Mr. Rabago managed the Utility Sector Programs in renewable energy technologies and systems. He was the Energy Program Manager with the Environmental Defense Fund from 1996 to 1998, initiating and managing partnerships between businesses and utilities. As vice president of CH2M Hill, the international engineering and consulting firm, he created an energy services business unit, before being named the managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute in 1999.
The Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colo., is an entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to create a more secure, prosperous, and life-sustaining world. Mr. Rabago co-directs the Institute's Natural Capitalism Consulting Practice and conducts energy research, education and consulting.
Panel members include two builders, Parker Coates and Dan Perkins, who have used photovoltaics in their homes; an architect who has integrated photovoltaics into his designs, John Rountree; Dean E. Hadjimichael; Dr. Michael Tucker, professor in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business who teaches environmental economics; Dr. Winston Tellis, acting dean of the School of Business; and Jennifer Granata, a Fairfield University graduate who conducts research and development on photovoltaics for Spectrolab, Inc. in California.
Sponsors of the Earth Day program include Pitney Bowes as major sponsor, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the School of Engineering, the Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental Sciences Program and the Department of Physics.
Posted on April 2, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 174
"Ramona Quimby," will be presented on Monday, May 21, 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 1-6. A comprehensive study guide for teachers is available to enhance the learning experience.
Based on the well-loved books of Newbury Award winner Beverly Cleary, and adapted for the stage by Obie Award-winning playwright Len Jenkins, Theatreworks' new hour-long production of "Ramona Quimby" promises to be a box office winner.
Ramona's life is a mess! Her teacher hates her, her older sister Beezus is a pain, Aunt Bea may marry a dork and Dad just lost his job. Life is no picnic and growing up isn't easy. But with the help of her loving family and friends, Ramona takes on life's daily challenges - as audiences laugh and cheer her on - and emerges victorious.
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 April 2, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 193
"The Red Balloon," adapted from the Albert Lamorisse novel and the Academy Award-winning film, will be presented on Sunday, May 6, at 1 and 3 p.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Produced by Visible Fictions, the show is geared for children in Grades K-6 and will be repeated on Monday, May 7, at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. as part of the Quick Center's outreach program, Schooldays Series.
"The Red Balloon" tells the story of Pascal, a small boy who feels misunderstood and ignored. His parents don't seem to understand him and his friends on the playground seem unkind. One day he spies a magical red balloon and thus begins his city-wide adventure. This is an exciting and moving story which looks at the joys and frustrations of friendship.
Tickets for Sunday's program are $10 for adults and $8 for children; discounts for birthday parties are available. Tickets for Monday's outreach program are $5; a comprehensive study guide for teachers is available to enhance the learning experience.
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 April 3, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 180
Dr. Arnold M. Eisen will be the guest speaker at a lecture hosted by Fairfield University's Bennett Center for Judaic Studies on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the university's Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Dr. Eisen will discuss "Jews, Judaism and Multicultural America."
The university's first Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Eisen is a professor of religious studies at Stanford University and the author numerous books and articles about contemporary Jewish life and thought in America and Israel. His latest book, "Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community," was recently awarded the Koret Jewish Book Award.
Dr. Eisen has worked with synagogue and federation leaders in the United States examining issues of Jewish identity, the revitalization of Jewish tradition and the redefinition of the American Jewish community. Along with sociologist Steven M. Cohen, he is concluding the final stages of a study about how being Jewish affects the private and public lives of Americans.
Dr. Eisen will spend two days on campus as Scholar-in-Residence. On Monday morning, April 30, he will give a presentation at the Faculty Jewish Forum for university faculty and staff, on Monday afternoon he will meet with university students in various classes and, that evening at 7:30 p.m., will deliver his lecture in the Dolan School of Business. On Tuesday morning Dr. Eisen will lead a discussion with local clergy and Jewish Community Center personnel at a breakfast meeting hosted by Congregation Beth El of Fairfield and Congregation B'nai Israel of Bridgeport. On Tuesday afternoon, he will meet with members of the university's Religious Studies faculty.
The April 30 lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are suggested. The university's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, under the direction of Dr. Ellen M. Umansky, and the Schnurmacher Foundations are sponsors of the event. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on April 5, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 176