Fairfield professor helps Silesian University of Ecuador to launch marriage, family therapy program Former U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to speak at Fairfield University Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, giant of the keyboards, to perform at the Quick Center CNN's Jeff Greenfield to speak at Fairfield University Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield presents Molly Peacock Lawyer who sued to open up Greenwich beaches to speak at Fairfield University Local health departments learn how to deal with acts of terrorism Barrage, the world beat musical group, to perform at Quick Center "Lend Me a Tenor" opens Theatre Fairfield's season Taking a stand against hatred Fairfield University student receives grant for research
Silesian University in Ecuador is launching that country's first university degree program to train marriage and family therapists. And if the program looks similar to Fairfield University's, it's no surprise. Dr. Ingeborg Haug, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy education at Fairfield, has been active since 1990 in bringing professional training to Ecuador.
As a result, Fairfield and Silesian University, officially Universidad Politecnia Silesiana Sede Quito, have signed a proposal for the exchange of graduate students to attend classes at either university and for faculty to consider joint research projects. The first classes toward a master's degree at Silesian University will begin in October with 25 students and Dr. Haug has been invited to serve as honorary visiting professor for a series of consultations and teaching. In its invitation to Dr. Haug, Silesian University commented, "Your expertise has been invaluable and we look forward to continuing mutually rewarding collaboration between our universities."
Silesian is located in Cuenca, Ecuador, but the new program will be based at a branch campus in Quito.
In addition to teaching in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Dr. Haug is director of Fairfield's Marriage and Family Clinic, is a consultant to the Westminster School in Simsbury, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Family Therapy Academy.
The collaboration of students and faculty continues the University's ongoing undergraduate and graduate school international contacts that now include exchanges with colleges and universities in China, England, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia and Spain.
Dr. Haug, who has an international reputation presented more than 20 papers in more than 10 countries met representatives of the Centro de la Familia at a conference in Finland in 1990. Dr. Haug explained, "Centro's mission is to provide counseling support to families within a caring ecumenical-pastoral context. Its founders expressed their desire to strengthen their clinical effectiveness and expand their training component."
Due to her background as a licensed professional and ordained clergy as well as her experience as a clinician, teacher and administrator, Dr. Haug was in a position to help Centro. They invited her to Ecuador where she assisted in developing a curriculum, revising the clinical training and provided textbooks. She also encouraged Centro de la Familia to link with a university in order to establish counseling as a profession. Since then she returned to Ecuador several times and shared educational materials including Fairfield syllabi, procedures and admission and graduate policies, some of which Silesian modified.
Dr. Haug said Fairfield University was particularly supportive, citing the assistance and encouragement of Dr. Rona Preli, chair of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and Dr. Antonio Simoes, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.
Dr. Haug explained that family therapy seeks to build on people's strengths and resources. "Individuals are seen not as sick but as stuck in unhelpful and repetitive interaction. This concept is of great interest to people in Ecuador since it makes accessing health care easier. We hope to learn from our South American colleagues how they adapt these concepts in their conditions and create unique ways to be helpful to families."
During the first year of the Silesian University's marriage and family therapy program, the collaboration would consist of clinical and administrative consultation. After a review in the summer of 1998, further exchanges might be explored and implemented as appropriate.
"I hope that this international collaboration might lead to mutually rewarding exchanges between the two Catholic institutions and to enriching multicultural experiences for faculty and students," Dr. Haug said.
Posted on July 1, 1997
Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will speak at Fairfield University on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., when Open VISIONS and the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies present the fourth annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship, "Humanitarian Challenges to World Diplomancy Past, Present and Future."
Holbrooke most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, where he was also a member of President Clinton's cabinet, from 1999 to 2001. In that capacity and in other positions, he played a vital role in the development of U.S. policy toward the United Nations, the Balkans, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and humanitarian crisis issues such as AIDS.
Hailed by The New York Times as a "master of impossible missions," Holbrooke is a diplomat with real-world corporate understanding, who defines the art of negotiation in both business and diplomatic settings.
Holbrooke secured his reputation as the world's premier negotiator by arranging an unprecedented agreement, bringing the United States back into good standing with the United Nations. He simultaneously persuaded United Nations' members to reduce America's share of dues and assessments, persuaded the U.S. Congress to release $582 million in unpaid U.N. assessments and enlisted the aid of Ted Turner to ante up the balance of U.N. dues.
As Assistant Secretary of State for Europe from 1994 to 1996, Holbrooke was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. He received numerous awards for this, including five Nobel Peace Prize nominations. His best-selling account of that historic negotiation, To End A War, was named one of the ten best books of 1998 by The New York Times.
From 1993 to 1994, Holbrooke was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and during the Carter Administration, 1977 to 1981, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
In addition to his long career in diplomatic service, Holbrooke's experience includes stints as vice chairman of CS First Boston and as managing director of Lehman Brothers.
Holbrooke, who authored two books and numerous articles, has received 12 honorary degrees and several awards. He is a Counselor at the Council on Foreign Relations and President and CEO of the Global Business Council, the business alliance against HIV/AIDS. He is Vice Chairman of Perseus, a leading private equity firm.
The lecture, which will take place in the University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, is sponsored by the Frank Jacoby Foundation. Frank Jacoby, a Jewish immigrant from Hungary, found his way to Bridgeport, Conn., where he became a successful businessman. Recognizing that people were treated unfairly due to their race, religion or creed, he founded the lecture series bearing his name to promote the cause of humanity.
The first lecture was in 1951, and some of the early speakers included Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Bunch and Martin Luther King, Jr. Jacoby's son-in-law, Arthur Lunin, guided the lectureship until his death in 1999. Now known as the Jacoby-Lunin Lectureship, the endowed series is in its fourth year at Fairfield University. Last year's speaker was Walter Turnbull, Ph.D., founder and director of the Boys Choir of Harlem.
The Open VISIONS Forum, a program of Fairfield University's School of Continuing Education, is sponsored in part by Virgin Atlantic Airways. Those interested in becoming a patron, with priority ticketing, should contact Elizabeth Hastings at Open VISIONS at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688. Tickets are $15 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets and information, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 84
Fairfield University presents zestful pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Mr. Ohlsson, who at 6'4" has a commanding presence on stage, has established himself as a musician of tremendous vigor and exquisite interpretive power. One of the few pianists to have recorded the entire works of Frederic Chopin, he will be presenting an all Chopin program for the audience.
Ohlsson's admiration for the Polish-born French composer developed early on. The White Plains, N.Y. native studied at New York's Julliard School with the distinguished Chopin interpreters Sascha Gorodnitzki and Rosina Lhevinne. By age 21, he had won the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the first American to do so. Still, he forsook the obvious route of concentrating on Chopin and chose instead to expand his repertory. Now in his early 50s, he has mastered a wide range of music from the classics, such as Liszt, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, to 20th century composers.
He has also returned to his early love of Chopin. And while he says some of it can be "torturously difficult to play," once mastered, he observes, it can even feel comfortable "and becomes natural to play."
He spends about six months on the road, performing 90 to 100 engagements a year, and says he thrives on the busy schedule. Once he is playing at that level of performance, he feels it is easier to maintain it than to play a few concerts intermittently.
Ohlsson has dedicated many performances to Chopin, who many consider composed the greatest music written for the piano. Recordings by Ohlsson have given people around the world an appreciation of Chopin's music. Ohlsson has presented and performed the works of Chopin in New York, Toronto, Ann Arbor, Purchase (New York), London and Paris. He has also toured Poland almost a dozen times, where the people hold an incredible amount of respect and admiration for him.
Tickets for Garrick Ohlsson range from $30 to $24, depending on seating and discounts are also offered for senior citizens and children. For more information or reservations, please call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may also visit the web site at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 78
Veteran journalist and author Jeff Greenfield will speak at Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. "A Political Update with Jeff Greenfield" will offer insight into America's political maneuverings.
Greenfield, an Emmy-award winning journalist who serves as co-anchor and senior analyst at CNN, is renowned for his analysis and commentary on the Washington, D.C. political scene. His experience, having reported on virtually every important domestic political story during his long career, and quick wit have made him one of the nation's most sought-after speakers.
Adding to his positions at CNN, he recently became host of the new talk show "Greenfield At Large," a round table conversational program featuring guests outside of the traditional pool of experts to talk about a variety of timely topics.
Before joining CNN in 1998, Greenfield was ABC News' political and media analyst for 14 years, appearing regularly on "Nightline" and serving as an essayist on "World News Sunday." During political seasons, his reports from the convention floors and his election night analyses were a regular feature of ABC's campaign coverage.
In addition to his work on television, Greenfield also writes a column for TIME magazine and has authored or co-authored nine books. Those books include Television: The First 50 years, The Real Campaign, and The People's Choice, published in 1995 and named one of The New York Times' notable books of the year.
Early in his career, Greenfield was an aid and speechwriter for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as chief speechwriter for New York Mayor John V. Lindsay.
"A Political Update with Jeff Greenfield" is presented by Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum, an outreach program of the School of Continuing Education. This lecture is sponsored in part by Virgin Atlantic. Those interested in becoming a patron, with priority ticketing service, should contact Kerry McManus in the office of Special Events at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2392.
Tickets for the event are $15, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396.
Editor: Jeff Greenfield will be available for a press conference in the Quick Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m., prior to his lecture. Please call Nancy Lilley at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726 if you plan to come.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 79
Molly Peacock, poet, essayist, memoir-writer, and author of Original Love, Paradise, Piece by Piece, and How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle, will be a featured speaker at the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield Symposium at Fairfield University on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Ms. Peacock will conduct an afternoon workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. on the craft of writing memoirs. Then at 7:30 p.m., she will treat her audience to a poetry reading of her wonderfully honest, sometimes humorous, and always thought-provoking, skillfully crafted poetry.
The cost of the workshop, which includes dinner, is $25. The poetry reading is free to members of the Connecticut Writing Project. The cost to the general public is $10.
Ms. Peacock has worked to bring poetry, that most private art, into public life. The result is Poetry in Motion on the nation's buses, giving riders the opportunity to enjoy the writing of poets from all ages and countries. A resident of New York and Toronto, she is president emerita of the Poetry Society of America and Poet-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
The sponsor of these events, the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University, is an affiliate of the National Writing Project. Its goal is to strengthen the writing of students by improving the teaching and learning of writing. The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University provides summer institutes, workshops, in-service programs, seminars, and retreats for teachers of writing, as well as a summer institute for young writers.
For register for the program or for more information, please call Christine Lawton at the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, (203) 254-4000, ext. 3124.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 81
It is a classic David vs. Goliath tale. A young law school student jogs across a beach in Greenwich, only to be told he doesn't have a legal right to enjoy the public beach because he doesn't live in town.
Brendan P. Leydon did what many law students might do when deprived of their legal rights. He sued ... and he won. After years of litigation, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled July 26, 2001 that the public has a constitutional right to use Greenwich beaches.
Leydon, now a lawyer in Stamford, will discuss the lessons learned from the case when he speaks at Fairfield University on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., in Room 254 of the Bannow Science Building. Leydon, whose case has generated more than 500 newspaper and TV stories, also will discuss the lessons he's learned in dealing with the news media.
The event is sponsored by the journalism program in the Fairfield English Department. It is free and open to the public.
Leydon said he considered the case to be the first in a series of cases he hopes will open every municipal beach on Connecticut's coast to anyone who wants to go. About a dozen other communities keep outsiders off beaches or limit their ability to park there, including Stamford, Norwalk, West Haven, Guilford and Madison.
Leydon studied constitutional law at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark. He filed suit against Greenwich in April 1994, then spent about $1,500, seven years and untold hours on the case before winning the favorable decision from the state Supreme Court.
The justices said that Greenwich's rules were unenforceable because they denied Leydon his right of free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court also said the town's restrictions violated the state constitution and that the private beach association that granted Greenwich an easement over its road to reach the park could not limit the easement to Greenwich residents.
Greenwich opened its scenic beaches to non-residents on Sept. 13, 2001, charging a fee to non-residents. Leydon has said he planed to continue to file lawsuits until the courts strike down every possible restriction a town might impose on outsiders, including higher fees and parking bans.
"We all live in one country, and we don't stay in one town all the time," Leydon told The New York Times.
"The parks and beaches belong to everyone. It's not really a revolutionary concept. It's not catastrophic. Five years from now, when all this settles down, people will be wondering what the big deal was about."
Contact: Dr. James Simon, (203) 254-4000 x2792
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 82
Representatives from local health departments in Fairfield, Stratford and Trumbull met at Fairfield University's Media Center today to watch a downlinked program on "Recovering from Terrorist Acts: Strategies for the Public Health Professional and Agency."
Sands Cleary of the Fairfield Health Department, who arranged for the downlink at the University, said the program, one in a series, focused on post-traumatic stress disorder and how to assist people in getting help. Fairfield University provided the downlink as a service to the community. Other sites for the program were Farmington and Groton.
For questions on the program, please call Sands Cleary at the Fairfield Health Department, (203) 256-3020.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 80
Fairfield University presents the exciting world beat musical troupe, Barrage, on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. After captivating audiences throughout Europe, Barrage is finally making its much anticipated North American Tour.
Barrage presents an astonishing visual and aural fusion of music, dance, theater and song centered around an ageless and powerful instrument: the violin. Their new stage show, "A Violin Sings, a Fiddle Dances," is a stunning spectacle for the senses. Through the instrumentality of seven violinists, two percussionists, a guitarist, and bass and keyboard players, audiences of all ages are drawn in and charmed by the highly unique theatrical and musical style of Barrage.
The show, a huge outpouring of energy lit with rock-n-roll panache, is presented with theatrical precision, as the cast weaves freely between each other, forming crisp lines, dissolving into spinning concentric circles and then resolving into tight-knit formations that feature bows flying and feet blurring.
Created in 1996 by 5-1 Entertainments, the concept behind Barrage is to combine the many traditions and styles played on the violin and fiddle with the contemporary and world beat elements of percussion, rhythm, movement and energy to create a brand new form of theatrical extravaganza. The group's exciting sound features a wide range of musical influences including: Calypso, Swing, Country, Jazz, Klezmer, Classical and Pop.
In addition to its busy touring schedule, Barrage has been a featured show at Epcot Center, a favorite touring show in Denmark, and has made appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Cropredy festival in the United Kingdom. Barrage has already gained worldwide media attention, appearing for millions of viewers on several international TV networks including PBS (United States), BBC (United Kingdom), RTE (Ireland), CBC (Canada), Denmark National Television and ZDF (Germany).
Tickets for the Barrage concert are $30 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For more information or reservations, call the 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 October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 76
Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield opens its 2001-02 season with Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor." Performances run Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Sunday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, at 2 p.m. All performances take place in the university's Wien Experimental Theatre in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. This student production is directed by guest artist Douglas Moser.
"Lend me a Tenor" is a raucous farce featuring mistaken identity, physical comedy, lovers' quarrels and a happy ending. The plot revolves around the greatest tenor in the world, Tito Merelli, who has come to the Cleveland Grand Opera season to sing "Otello." When he is unable to perform, Max is ordered by his boss to solve the problem. Adding to the chaos are a stage-struck bellhop, a jealous wife, a scheming soprano, and the chairwoman of the Opera Guild who always gets what she wants.
Assisting Moser is Lynne Porter, Theatre Fairfield's producer and scenic designer, and Susan Haggstrom, technical director. Guest artists Marie Anne Chiment and Lynne Chase will design the costumes and the lighting. Featured in the cast are: Bill Bria, Megan Bell, Liz Capinera, Kristy Farrell, Jessica Michael, Paul Robinson, Ed Walsh and Rob Williams. The crew includes: Katie Mooney, Emily Currie, Sean Harrell, Michele Fields and Dave Hirx.
Because of the recent tragic events of September 11, Moser said, "Our present theater needs this now more than ever. This type of frothy comedy harkens back to the vintage comedies of the '30s with its good, old-fashioned, farcical elements."
Tickets are $12 and $5 for students. Theatre Fairfield will donate all proceeds of ticket sales during the run of "Lend Me A Tenor" to the Red Cross Foundation recovery efforts. Ticket prices will remain the same and donations will be collected at every performance. For tickets, 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 October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 75
The Fairfield University community is hosting an open panel discussion titled "Taking a Stand Against Hatred," on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at 7 p.m., in the university's School of Nursing Auditorium. The discussion will focus on hate crimes and the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11.
On the panel are Fairfield University professors, Walter Petry, History Department, and Gita Rajan, English Deparment; Raymon Choo-Wing, Class of 2003; Todd Pelazza, director of the university's security department; Judy Clough, of Bridge Building Initiatives; and Iman Nasif Mohammed, of the Greater Bridgeport Council of Churches.
You are invited to send a reporter and/or photographer. For more information, call Doug Whiting, associate vice president of public relations at (203) 254-4190.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 72
Matthew Smylie, a junior physics major at Fairfield University, was awarded research funding from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, through the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program. He was among the less than 25 percent of 1,100 applicants from 50 states and 18 countries, many of them graduate students, to receive funding.
Matthew was awarded $1,750 for his research into the "Development of a Junction-Regulated Photoconductor." As part of the grant, Matthew collaborated with scientists this summer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley to make a new style of detector for far infrared light. These detectors are used for astronomy observations from space-based telescopes. It was an idea that Matthew developed while working at Fairfield University with Dr. Nancy Haegel. Matthew's research this year at Fairfield University will involve testing the new detectors that he helped design and manufacture.
John H. Gibbons, president of Sigma Xi, noted in his announcement of Matthew's award that, "Receiving a grant from this prestigious program is often one of the early steps in an accomplished career in science." The Grants-in-Aid of Research Program is administered by Sigma Xi and seeks to foster original investigation in all areas of science and engineering. Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers and has more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories.
Posted on October 15, 2001