Fairfield, Russian University sign agreement for exchange of students, faculty Conference on the death penalty: Legal and moral issues St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble to perform all-Czech program at Quick Center for the Arts A truly remarkable life: Russell Goings - a Renaissance man Cambodian Dance Troupe to perform at Quick Center for the Arts Jazz and Science camps at Fairfield University Broadway to Opera is the Mendelssohn Choir's spring offering at Quick Center for the Arts Grand Central Terminal by Kurt C. Schlichting, Ph.D. Blues Singer/Guitarist performs at Fairfield University's Levee tompeters! company offering programs in partnership with School of Continuing Education at Fairfield University Theatre Fairfield produces "Festival '01"
Fairfield University and Herzen University of St. Petersburg, Russia, have signed an agreement for the exchange of faculty and students to begin in the fall of 1997. Dr. Olga Filimonova will come here from Russia to teach English and English literature. Then in January, 1998, Dr. David McFadden, associate professor history at Fairfield, will go to Herzen to teach courses in American history and American-Russian relations and continue his research on Quaker relief in the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1931.
Two Fairfield students, now enrolled in Russian and East European Studies and learning Russian, will also travel to Herzen in January, 1998, and a Herzen student arrived here last month to study business and economics.
To highlight the joint venture, Fairfield will conduct "Russia at Fairfield 1997," a series of events culminating with the PepsiCo International Studies Lecture to be delivered by Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Federation's permanent representative to the United Nations, on April 2 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Other events scheduled include an art exhibit "Silent Screams from the Russian Underground" at the Walsh Art Gallery, March 7 to April 13; and a program of national folk dances by the Brighton Ballet Theatre on March 26.
Fairfield University's Russian and East European Studies Program, funded in part by the PepsiCo Foundation, is the first American undergraduate program on Russian Studies founded since the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Now in its third year, the Fairfield program enrolls 15 to 20 students each year and currently has 22 studying the Russian language.
The joint agreement was signed by the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., University President, and Herzen Rector Professor G.A. Bordovsky and will involve the fields of American Studies, including history, politics, literature, fine arts and culture, environmental studies, economics, finance, management, and international business.
The signing will facilitate the exchange of undergraduates and graduate students in business and education; internships with American and Russian corporations; long-term and short-term exchange of professors for teaching and supervising of interns; and starting in June 1998, a new one-month summer program - the Fairfield University Campus in St. Petersburg. This will offer undergraduates, including students from other colleges, Fairfield credit for courses taught in the heart of St. Petersburg. Fairfield has a similar arrangement in Italy where it conducts the Fairfield University Campus in Florence.
Students in Russian and East European Studies enroll in Russian language for three years and may choose from four courses taught in history by Dr. McFadden, director of the program; three courses in visual and performing arts; three in politics; two in comparative literature; finance - investing in the former Soviet Union; and comparative economic systems.
Herzen University, also known as the Russian State Pedagogical University, was founded in 1797. One of Russia's largest and oldest institutions of higher education, it focuses on training secondary school teachers and professors in many disciplines. It is named in honor of Aleksander Herzen, a 19th century Russian philosopher and journalist who emigrated to Paris where he advocated democratic socialism and support of peasant communes.
Posted on March 1, 1997
A conference on "The Death Penalty: Legal and Moral Issues," will be held this Saturday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the dining room of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. Sponsored by Fairfield University's Legal Studies Program and Humanities Institute, the Conference is open to the public. There is no fee for admission.
The keynote speaker will be Professor Hugo Bedau, of Tufts University, one of the leading ethicists in the country, who has written extensively on capital punishment.
The speakers on two panels are John Connelly, Esq., state's attorney for the judicial district of Waterbury; Karen Goodrow, Esq., Assistant Public Defender, Capital Defense and Trial Services Unit; Peter Weiss, Esq., Center for Constitutional Rights; Robert Feldman, Esq., of the Innocence Project; Ed Gubbins, Department of Corrections; Larry Bostrom, with the group Survivors of Homicide; and Elizabeth Vila Rogan, Esq., a consultant with the Public Defender's office.
The speakers will address a wide range of issues, including the role of race and racism, international human rights, and the impact of capital crimes on the families of the victims.
For more information, call Professor Joy Gordon at (203) 254-4000,ext. 2852.
Posted on April 5, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 181
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, a division of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, will perform an all-Czech program at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. The guest artist is soprano, Greta Feeney.
On the program are: Zelenka's "Sonata for Two Oboes and Continuo in F major;" Janacek's "Suite for Strings;" Myslivecek's "Palesar vorrei col pianto" from Il Bellerofonte, and "Cedere e forza, o cara? Luci belle, se piangete" from Medonte; followed by the finale, Zelenka's "Suite for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Strings in F major."
Greta Feeney, a native of Nantucket, Massachusetts, recently appeared as Diana in Gluck's "Iphigenie en Tauride" at the Spoleto Festival, USA. She made her international debut in 1998 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and was invited to return in 1999 to perform Haydn's "Creation."
A winner of the Licia-Albanese Puccini Foundation Study Grants and the George London Award for Singers, she was twice featured in the Alice Tully Hall Gala concerts. Her operatic roles include Tytania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Baucis in "Philemon und Baucis" Franzi in "Wienerblut," and Mascha in "The Chocolate Soldier."
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1974 when a group of 20 musicians offered a season of concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Their early programs, which included chamber works, music for chamber orchestra, chamber operas and premiere performances of works by leading American composers, reflected the versatility and cohesiveness which have become St. Luke's hallmarks.
The Chamber Ensemble consists of virtuoso artists who perform both nationally and abroad as well as an annual subscription series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Museum of Arts. Playing in a variety of configurations, their repertoire ranges from Baroque suites to contemporary works of large mixed ensembles.
Tickets to the concert are $30 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. Elizabeth Ostrow, the orchestra's director of planning, will give a pre-concert Art to Heart talk from 7 to 7:40 p.m. For more information call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on April 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 169
- NFL Football player - Buffalo Bills
- Owner of the first African American brokerage firm to have a seat on the New York Stock Exchange
- First Chairman of the Board of the Studio Museum in Harlem and collector of African American Art
- Founder of Essence Magazine
- Author of epic poem, "The Children of Children Keep Coming."
Mr. Goings has been studying at Fairfield University with award-winning poet Kim Bridgford. He will be reading selections from his 300-page epic poem on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Fairfield University School of Nursing Auditorium.
In "The Children," Mr. Goings takes the reader through a multi-layered odyssey, through periods of time and struggle in the African-American experience. The triumph of both mythological and real people over adversity run through the work and present one dominant motif that speaks to the universality of the black experience.
Listen, call the children of children, Marcus's father raised him to the sky. He offered his son to the spirits, to ancestors, who sang: Marcus is the son of a black man, a man who swims in the Niger, who climbs Kilimanjaro, who crosses the Gobi, who dances under stars and meets the rays of morning.
Listen to his father's call: I am the son of a black man, holding my son, and together we fish from the edge of exasperation with the strings of experience; we bait and lure that which is below the surface. I embrace Marcus with the lore of a teller of tales. Tales that heighten wonder.
(From the Children of Children Keep Coming)
Posted on April 6, 2001
The Angkor Dance Troupe will perform a diverse repertoire of lively rural Cambodian folk dances and traditional classics on Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Known as Cambodia's "royal ballet," the 45-member ensemble which hails from Lowell, Mass., sprang from the refugee camps of Cambodia's killing fields and settled as a dance troupe in what has become the second largest Cambodian community in the U.S.
Led by Phousita S. Huy, an internationally recognized performer from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Angkor delivers masterful, engaging performances featuring a colorful array of authentic, richly detailed costumes, masks and props. Established in 1986, the troupe has appeared at Jacob's Pillow, First Night Boston, the National Folk Festival, Yale University, the Berkshire Museum and the White House.
This event is sponsored by the university's Asian Students Association and co-sponsored by the Commuter Club and the Asia Studies Department. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on April 6, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 175
Fairfield University's School of Continuing Education is offering a Jazz Workshop and Young Astronomer's Science Adventure this summer for area young people.
The popular jazz camp will be held on Monday, July 9, through Saturday, July 14, and is geared towards middle school, high school and college-age student instrumentalists that have at least two years of experience and a basic music-reading ability.
Directed by renowned bassist and composer, Brian Torff, the workshop will combine jazz instruction, improvisation and theory with summer recreation activities. Students will perform in jazz ensembles and attend classes and workshops in jazz improvisation, theory, rhythm and world music, history of jazz and jazz arranging and composition. On Saturday, July 14, at the culmination of their week at the jazz camp, the students will perform in concert.
All students will have access to the University's resources and facilities, including the Recreational Complex with a 25-meter pool and tennis and racquetball courts. They will be housed in air-conditioned, double accommodation dormitory rooms with meals served three times a day and spend evenings at concerts, jam sessions, movies, and more.
The tuition for the camp is $675 with a $100 deposit required. For more information, please call toll-free, (888) 254-1566 or fax (203) 254-4106.
The Young Astronomers Summer Science Adventure is a day program which runs Monday through Friday for two weeks, July 9 through July 20.
Offered to students entering grades 7 through 12, the program explores the world of astronomy and builds crucial science and math skills. It incorporates the principles of the National Science Education Standards and will prepare students for high school and advanced courses in the sciences as well as for the CAPT exam.
Students will work with professionals and educators using NASA materials, Internet resources, scientific investigations, and lab experiments to learn about everything from the stars and planets to the Big Bang and black holes.
The Young Astronomers program is directed by David Heiden, a physics and astronomy teacher at Fairfield High School and also an adjunct faculty member at Fairfield University. He has an extensive background, from assisting at the University of Wyoming's Infrared Observatory to being a scientific data analyst in a defense program at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His knowledge and experience will help students develop a greater understanding of the science of astronomy.
The program runs Monday through Friday, with each session beginning at 9 a.m. and ending around noon. Tuition for this program is $500 and includes all materials and Internet access. For more information, please contact (203) 254-4220 or toll free at 1 (877) 467-3817.
Posted on April 10, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 151
The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut (MCC) will herald the spring season with a concert, "Broadway to Opera - the Grand Connection," on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The choir, under the direction of conductor Carole Ann Maxwell of Fairfield, has been named the Quick Center's Chorus-in-Residence for 2000-01.
"Broadway to Opera," a sparkling array of theater favorites, will spotlight arias, duets and choruses by Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Sondheim, Loewe and many other prominent Broadway and opera composers. The program includes timeless musical themes of romance, revenge, rivalry and revelry and will illustrate how great music illuminates, even elevates, our lives and frees us to connect our hearts with our minds.
Music from Broadway's "Rent," "Jekyll and Hyde," "Les Miserables" and "Man of LaMancha" will be showcased with such beloved opera choruses as "Va Pensiero" from Verdi's "Nubucco" and the light-hearted "Chorus of the Wedding Guests" from "Lucia di Lammermoor." In addition, a selection titled, "Songs that Lift the Spirits," will celebrate famous drinking songs from both Broadway and opera.
Pianist Beth Palmer of Trumbull, Mark Beyerly on keyboard, Anthony DeQuattro on percussion and Joseph Russo on bass will accompany the choir. Soloists include: soprano, Marlene Tuohy of Fairfield, who has sung in numerous regional, dinner theater and showcase productions; tenor, Gary Harger of Orange, equally at home with opera, operetta, musical theater and the concert stage; and baritone, Edward Pleasant of Stamford, who has performed both nationally and internationally as a baritone soloist and voice-over artist on NPR.
Well into its second decade of music making, MCC continues to reward audiences with its excellent performances of choral masterpieces and new works by leading composers commissioned by the choir. Prepared by its founding director, Carole Ann Maxwell, the ensemble has consistently won critical acclaim for its own concerts as well as its collaborations with the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the Wallingford Symphony.
The concert is sponsored in part by ITT, Xerox, UST, CK Witco Corporation and Cannon USA, Inc. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on April 13, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 191
Grand Central Terminal, recently published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, is the story of a city and the colorful personalities, bitter conflicts and Herculean feats of engineering that lie behind its construction.
The book is written by Kurt C. Schlichting, Ph.D., professor of sociology and anthropology at Fairfield University, who as a graduate student at New York University in the mid-1970s, frequently passed through a deteriorating Grand Central. His fascination with this structure, which at its peak was the gateway to the continent, was rewarded with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1998.
"Critics of technological history say what's missing is human agency," Dr. Schlichting notes. He made the focus of his book the impact of technology on society, the societal change taking place in New York City at the turn of the century, and the human drama associated with the creation of Grand Central. He brings the book through Grand Central's near demise and the public outcry that saved it 30 years ago, to the meticulous restoration that has restored it to its original splendor.
The result is this thoroughly researched and well-illustrated work that was selected by Johns Hopkins for the cover of its spring catalogue.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Schlichting, please call Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, Fairfield University, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on April 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 186
Renowned blues singer/guitarist and recording artist Murali Coryell will jam with Brian Torff on electric bass and drummer Peter O'Brien on Friday, April 27, for two shows at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., at the Levee, a pub on the Fairfield University campus.
Murali Coryell is more than jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell's son. Being raised in the midst of great music and musicians was a natural foundation for Murali to develop his own artistic style and talent. His father pushed him to discover his own sound, guiding him toward the classic blues greats such as B.B. King. In forming his own sound, Murali was influenced by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Stax/Volt and Al Green.
His debut album, "Eyes Wide Open," was released in 1995 on Big Mo Records. Since then he has recorded for the Chess family's newly formed CZYZ Records, which is"dedicated to artistry and performance. In his latest album "2120," the premiere release on this new label, Murali's soulful voice balances his powerful guitar licks and throws fresh Chicago-style blues and soul at your ears.
Brian Torff, music program director at Fairfield University, says, "Murali is one of the most promising and up-and-coming blues players on the scene today with a gritty and soulful sound. The band will jam on classic blues tunes and some of Murali's original compositions. It should be a great night."
Admission is free; the concert is sponsored by a grant from the FACE committee of Fairfield University. For additional information call Brian Torff at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2458.
Posted on April 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 178
The company founded by motivational expert Tom Peters, the tompeters! company, has formed an exclusive partnership in Connecticut with the Fairfield University School of Continuing Education's Leadership Center. The new partnership expands the Center's role in providing strategic training and consultation resources to the business community.
Among the upcoming programs will be a two-day session on "The Leadership Challenge," at the Landmark Club in Stamford on April 23 and 24 and on the Fairfield University campus on Aug. 1 and 2. Geared to executives, managers and project leaders, the program helps to identify leadership strengths as well as areas for improvement; search for opportunities to take the risks needed for growth; inspire others to share a common vision; build collaboration and trust; and communicate values and beliefs.
"The WOW! Projects Workshop" helps participants identify and overcome three major blocks to innovation; apply design and beauty as integral project components; obtain solid project sponsorship; increase value through Quick Prototyping; and create customer praise for your innovative products and services. This dynamic workshop takes place on the Fairfield University campus, May 15 and 16, and at the Landmark Club in Stamford on Sept. 10 and 11.
For more information or to register, please call (203) 254-4170.
Posted on April 15, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 185
Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield will stage its final production of the season, "Festival '01," a series of three short plays written, designed, directed and performed by students, from Wednesday, April 25, through Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 28, at 1 and 4 p.m. Performances take place in the university's PepsiCo Theatre.
"Bouncing Toward You," by Stacey Pitcher '01, is a touching play that explores the budding relationship between adolescent friends. Two pals who normally play basketball in the driveway are startled when romance becomes part of the game. This production will be directed by junior Kathleen Mooney and stage-managed by junior Megan Bell.
"Have you Got a Light," by Larry Kinear, an adult continuing education student, spoofs a fashionable anti-smoking society that has made tobacco as taboo as alcohol was during Prohibition. This play will be directed by Stephanie Arapian '01, and stage-managed by Gil Hizon '01.
"The Ugly Duckling," by renowned children's author A.A. Milne, explores society's notions of physical beauty. Set in a fairytale context, the lovely princess endures numerous familial trials before she finally meets her prince. This play will be directed by Patrick Dorion '01 and stage-managed by senior Kerry Doyle.
The student design team consists of lighting designer Shelley Barrish '01, costume designer Stacey Pitcher '01 and scenic designer Amy Muttulina '02. The cast features Jimmy Allwein, Rehan Ansari, Ian Bonner, Liz Capinera, Tanya Chavez, John Chenier, Justin Craig, Tim Cummings, Kristy Farrell, Ed Kapusta, Mary Parr, Paul Robinson and Chris Wood.
Assisting the student artists are Dr. Martha LoMonaco, directing mentor; Lynne Porter, design mentor; and Susan Haggstrom, technical director. With the full cast and technical crew, this production involves more than 30 Fairfield University students.
For tickets, at $12 for general admission and $5 for students, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For information, call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2274.
Posted on April 20, 2001
Vol. 33, No. 177