Fairfield's University's Hunger Cleanup program wins top national award Fairfield University art lecture considers Japanese influence on the works of masters of the "Belle Epoque" University College at Fairfield University hosts B.B. Stamats in Gardening Design Series Storybook Tales come to life at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Former hostage and author Terry Waite to speak on faith and public service at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University faculty experts for war with Iraq Dante scholar to speak about the author's treatment of purgatory at Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library Theatre Fairfield presents "Steel Magnolias" at Fairfield University Fairfield University Orchestra presents an All-Grieg concert at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Teach-In and petition at Fairfield University among responses to war Fairfield University English professor publishes book and wins Connecticut Commission on the Arts grant
Fairfield University students have won the 1997 Gold Medal for Overall Excellence from Hunger Cleanup, a national program that attracts thousands of students each year from 120 participating colleges and universities. Garnering the silver award was the University of Wisconsin, while the University of Indiana took the bronze. The award was presented on campus on Feb. 6 at half-time of the Stags-St. Peter's basketball game.
This is the third consecutive year that Fairfield has been recognized with overall excellence awards, winning the gold in 1995, the silver in 1996, and for greatest participation in 1994. Fairfield first participated in the program in 1989.
Scott Middlemiss, a senior, is chairing the '98 Hunger Cleanup after serving as a co-chair last year. If you are interested in participating on Saturday, March 28, call co-chair Laura Taylor at 256-7143. Also serving as co-chairs are senior Kristine Reidway and sophomore Jennifer Mazzo.
Julie Miles, executive director of the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, praised Fairfield "for helping to set a strong model for the rest of the country." Fairfield, she noted, has focused on building community. "It was a big coalition effort they mobilized with a significant number of volunteers." In addition to individual volunteers, several campus groups support the effort. In 1997 Circle K joined for the first time and already the men's and women's basketball teams and the Glee Club have signed on for 1998.
The national recognition has brought a sense of pride and accomplishment to the Fairfield campus, but Carolyn Rusiackas, an assistant university chaplain who serves as advisor for the Hunger Cleanup committee, points out that the award is secondary. "It's the doing. The helping is the motivation."
And that helping involved removing litter and providing fresh paint at 31 parks, schools, senior citizen housing and shelters, mostly in Fairfield County last April. By collecting pledges for their efforts, the volunteers raised over $5,000, a 42 percent increase over the $3,530 raised the year before. The number of volunteers increased as well to 412 from 350.
To attract such large and diverse volunteers a 23-member committee started meeting in October of 1996, headed by three co-chairs, then-seniors Kiersten Barrett and Kelly Ann McManus and then-junior Scott Middlemiss. A good part of the effort was spent on finding non-profit agencies that needed help with cleanup or painting and then matching the right people to the jobs. The committee designed t-shirts and distributed them to all participants. They also invited volunteers to a simple meal of bread and soup the week before the event to re-emphasize what Hunger Cleanup is all about.
Fairfield students volunteer throughout the year at over 40 sites in the Greater Bridgeport area, so there are always plenty of opportunities available for students who find Hunger Cleanup whets their appetite for more volunteer work.
Posted on February 1, 1998
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, will consider Japanese influences on Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and other Impressionists and post-Impressionists on Wednesday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m. at the gallery in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The talk, "Japonisme and the 'Belle Epoque,'" is the last of four Director's Choice lectures on selected topics in modern and contemporary art scheduled for the 2002-03 season.
Japonisme, a termed coined by French art critic Philippe Burty in 1876, refers to the influence of Japanese aesthetic ideas, particularly those found in woodcut prints, on Western artists of that time. Many Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists incorporated Japanese themes and style into their work. Dr. Mille will discuss several of the masters of the era, including Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, James Tissot, Camille Pissaro, Cassatt, Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec.
"The point of the talk is to divide the art of the 'Belle Epoque' into themes, such as the café, circus, theater, boulevards, and discuss selected artists who painted these themes, paying particular attention to the influence of Japanese prints in these works," Mille said.
Admission to the one-hour lecture is $5 and participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on March 19, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 238
Whether you have a green thumb or are just beginning to take an interest in gardening, a series of instructive lectures and colorful slide shows led by B.B. Stamats, owner of Stamats Landscape Design Inc., will provide you with the fundamentals for creating an attractive, artistic garden of your own.
University College at Fairfield University is hosting the gardening design series with Stamats, who also lectures at the New York Botanical Garden and for garden clubs in Westchester and Fairfield County. In the four-part series, Stamats covers the essentials of pruning, successful planting techniques, and the importance of display.
Each lecture takes place at 10 a.m. on Fairfield University's campus.
The first session, "Container Gardening" takes place Thursday, April 24. It offers the basics of container gardening from plant selection, container choice, to soil mix and fertilizer. Emphasis is placed on designing attractive placement of containers, planting and year-round maintenance.
The next lecture will be held Thursday, May 1, with a focus on "Window Boxes." Stamats emphasizes that these small additions, whether accentuating an urban home or a cottage in the country, can add great foliage, color and texture.
The "Scale and Proportion" lecture is third and takes place Thursday, May 8. The focal point of this talk is concentrated around architectural features and plantings. Stamats incorporates techniques used by professionals in order to create perfect proportions that complement home and garden.
The final installment is "All You Need to Know About Pruning" on Thursday, May 15. It covers the basics of pruning trees and shrubs, and the maintenance of woody plants in your garden. This in-depth session will include discussions on the correct scheduling for pruning and proper tool selection and maintenance, so you'll need to remember your pruners.
Tickets for the series are $149. For more information or to register, please call University College at (203) 254-4307.
Posted on March 19, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 202
Fairytales and folklore from around the world come to life in "Storybook Tales," a special family event on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. The show is produced by, and held at, Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Professional actors and storytellers will read six hidden treasures from several cultural traditions accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra for a lively hour of fantasy and adventure.
"It's a mix of fairytales and myths, some involving children in different cultures and some involving creatures and animals," said Director Daniel Smith of New Haven, who composed the musical accompaniment. "They aren't stories that people have heard over and over again."
The first tale, "The Four Dragons," is a Chinese story about four giant beasts that help people get water when drought plagues their countryside. While fantastical, the story is the mythical explanation for the four rivers running through part of China, Smith said.
What do a Russian couple do when their dreams of having a child don't come to pass? They make one out of snow in "The Snow Maiden," another fairytale featured in the Quick Center event. The crystalline child comes to life, but her parents must protect her from playing a dangerous game with a fire to fit in with her human playmates.
The Afghani story "The Hearth of Silver" deals with the importance of honesty for a poor farmer who is given a wealth of silver by a well-meaning fairy. Believing the money belongs to someone else, the farmer must decide what to do with it.
"The message is 'If you're honest, it pays off,'" Smith said.
The show also includes the funny, cyclical tale, "The Game Board" from the African tradition, and "The Shroud," an Icelandic story of a girl who meets a ghost. "How Coyote Stole Fire," a Native American folktale, offers one take on how humans were given the power of fire.
Professional musicians playing in "Storybook Tales" are part of The Live Music Project, a group formed by Smith and Netta Hadari of Branford, in cooperation with the Quick Center for the Arts. The group will play two concerts in the Quick Center's 2003-04 season and hope to continue educational programs, such as the storytelling event, Smith said.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 19, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 242
Humanitarian and author Terry Waite, a former hostage negotiator who was once held hostage for nearly five years himself, will present the inaugural lecture for the Ignatian Residential College at Fairfield University on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The lecture/discussion, entitled "Personal Faith, Public Service" is part of the Open VISIONS Forum, a program of University College.
A generous gift from the Lilly Endowment funded the establishment of the Ignatian Residential College, an academic program for selected Fairfield University sophomores. Students in the program live together in Loyola Hall, enroll in specially designed Ignatian College courses and engage with adult mentors in small mentoring communities. In addition, they have opportunities to participate in special lectures, cultural events, communal worship and partnerships with local faith communities.
Waite's lecture topic is an apt reflection of his life. With a keen interest in humanitarian concerns, international relations and conflict resolution, he drew international attention in the 1980s by successfully negotiating the release of hostages in Iran and Libya. His life took a fateful turn in 1987, when, while negotiating for the release of Western hostages in Beirut, he was taken into custody. He spent five years in captivity, four of which were spent in solitary confinement.
In the years that followed his ordeal, Waite has written three books, including a memoir of his detainment, "Taken on Trust" (Bantam Books, 1994). He lectures extensively and works with humanitarian groups striving for compassion and understanding around the globe.
"We put so much emphasis on political agreement, but a lot more work has to be put into human understanding between cultures," Waite told a reporter recently. "We must learn how to live with differences. We don't all have to be the same, and we shouldn't be."
Born in Cheshire, England, in 1939, Waite sought higher education in London. Upon graduating from college, he was appointed Education Advisor to the Anglican Bishop of Bristol, England, a post he held until he moved to East Africa in 1969. In Uganda, he worked as Provincial Training Advisor to the first African Anglican Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, a job that meant extensive travel throughout East Africa. Waite, his wife, Frances, and their four children, were in Uganda during the Edi Amin coup.
From his office in Kampala, Waite founded the Southern Sudan Project and was responsible for developing programs for aid and development for this war-torn region.
In 1972, Waite was invited to work as an International Consultant to a Roman Catholic medical order. From his family's new home base in Rome, he traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America, conducting and advising programs that fostered intercultural relations, development, health and education.
In 1980, the Archbishop of Canterbury made Waite part of his private staff. As an advisor, he was responsible for many of the archbishop's diplomatic and ecclesiastical exchanges. Two year later, he successfully negotiated the release of several hostages in Iran after Ayatollah Khomeini's revolution. In 1983, he negotiated with Colonel Muammar Khadafi for release of British hostages in Libya.
However, in January 1987, while in talks for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, Waite was taken captive by Shiite Muslims. He lived in a tiny room with metal shutters on the windows and no natural light. His feet and hands were often chained to the wall and he was blindfolded whenever someone entered the room. He had no books or news from his family or the outside world.
"I have a greater understanding of people now," he has said of his experience. "I know what is is like not to have any human dignity, to be pushed around, to be sick and not have medicine.
"The ordeal has made me stronger. I would not want to go through it again. The experience has marked me but not negatively."
Following his release in September 1991, Waite wrote "Taken on Trust," an international bestseller, and devoted himself to studying, writing, lecturing and participating in humanitarian efforts. His second book, "Footfalls in Memory: Reflections from Solitude," (Doubleday, 1997) is a collection of poetry, prayers and prose that he read throughout his life and used to maintain hope and peace throughout his captivity.
In addition to his writing, Waite is founder/chairman of Y Care, the international development wing of the British YMCA, and founder/trustee of the Butler Trust, a group that works in prisons in the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Victim Support.
In 1992, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Waite the rank of Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was the 1985 BBC Man of the Year, is a recipient of the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal and has honorary degrees from the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of the City of London, Liverpool University, Yale University Divinity School and several other institutions.
Waite said his ordeal has left him with a better understanding of hatred and, ultimately, justice.
"Violence is no way to seek solutions," he has said. "I'm utterly and absolutely convinced that hostage-taking is a secondary factor, and the primary factor is injustice. We must begin to tackle radically those situations where people are living in deprivation."
Tickets for Waite's lecture are $18, $15 for students and senior citizens. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 19, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 234
History, Politics and Policy
President George W. Bush
John M. Orman, Ph.D., professor of politics who specializes in the U.S. Presidency.
Dr. Orman has written several books, including "Presidential Accountability" and "Comparing Presidential Behavior" in which his hypothesis is that a president's success depends on the ability to align actions with a society that places a premium on machismo, e.g., President Reagan vs. President Carter.
He is also the co-author of "Celebrity Politics," published last October by Prentice Hall. The book discusses the role of celebrities in the political arena.
B.S., Ph.D., Indiana State University; M.A., Ball State University
Events of 9/11 and Crisis with Iraq/History of U.S Foreign Policy
David McFadden, Ph.D., professor of history
Dr. McFadden teaches courses in foreign relations and international studies, including "West and the World," which looks at the historical and cultural background of the present crisis with Iraq; also anti-war activism and the American prophetic tradition.
B.A. University of Denver; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
American Military History
Richard DeAngelis, Ph.D., history professor emeritus/adjunct professor
The role of the military in a democratic society and its effects on our nation's political, economic, social, cultural and environmental institutions; the changing nature of warfare through strategy and tactics, logistics, technology and weaponry. Geopolitics, the military-industrial complex, wars of national liberation and counterinsurgency.
B.S.S., M.A., Fairfield University, Ph.D., St. John's University
History and Culture of the Arab World and of Terrorism
Ralph Coury, Ph.D., professor of history
Fluent in Arabic, Dr. Ralph Coury is a scholar of the Middle East. He teaches numerous courses, including the West and the Middle East, Portrait of the Arab, and History of Terrorism. His understanding of the Arab world and Islamic fundamentalism, as well as the strategic questions regarding Iraq and the Gulf are particularly valuable in understanding events that are unfolding in Iraq.
B.A., Hamilton College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations
Edward M. Dew, Ph.D., professor of politics
Dr. Dew was a Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellow, participating in Arab and Islamic Studies Program in Egypt at the American University in Cairo in 1989. He organized a series at Fairfield on worldwide ethnic conflicts and teaches courses in United States Foreign Policy and International Relations.
B.A., Pomona College; M.A., George Washington University; M.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Cost of War, Including the Effect on the World Economy
Gregory D. Koutmos, Ph.D., professor of finance
An authority in the field of financial markets volatility, equilibrium asset pricing models, and fixed income securities and risk hedging, he has traveled globally to study U.S., European, and emerging markets. His work has been presented at national and international conferences and he has published articles in such journals as the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Financial Review, and the Journal of Business Finance. Dr. Koutmos is an associate editor for the Financial Review and the Multinational Finance Journal. He is also a founding member of the Multinational Finance Society.
B.S., Graduate School of Business Studies, Athens, Greece; M.A., City College of the City University of New York; Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
Oil and the Fluctuating Price for Energy
The war's impact on the stock market
Michael T. Tucker, D.B.A., professor of finance
Dr. Tucker is a former oil industry analyst. He teaches case studies in finance that examine financial management and investments in a domestic and international.
B.A., Washington College; M.B.A., D.B.A., Boston University
Economic and Political Impact of the War on the Local Economy
Cecelia Bucki, Ph.D., associate professor of history
Dr. Bucki is a labor historian. She teaches the history of immigration to the United States, American workers and economic change, and working people and politics in U.S. history.
B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
International Economic Policy & Finance
Mark S. LeClair, Ph.D. associate professor of economics
Dr. LeClair is the author of "Interational Commodity Markets and the Role of Cartels," in which he examines the structure of international commodity markets and analyzes the effect of variable and declining commodity prices on growth in the developing and developed worlds.
B.A., Colgate University; M.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., Rutgers University
Ethical and religious views of war
Just War and the UN Charter/international law issues
Economic Sanctions and Humanitarian Impact of War on Iraq
C. Joy Gordon, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy who specializes in political philosophy and international law.
Last November, Dr. Gordon's article, "Cool War: Economic sanctions as a weapon of mass destruction," was published in Harper's Magazine. It followed three years of research, much of it based on confidential documents of the UN Security Council. A book on her research is under contract with Harvard University Press.
B.A., Brandeis University; J.D., Boston University School of Law; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Theology of War-Pope John Paul II and U.S. Catholic Bishops
Paul F. Lakeland, Ph.D., professor of religious studies
Dr. Lakeland specializes in the Catholic Church, its laity and church & politics.
Widely published and quoted extensively in the press, he is the author of "Postmodernity: Christian Identity in a Fragmented Age" and "Theology and Critical Theory: The Discourse of the Church."
M.A., Oxford University; B.D.,University of London; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Ethics of Politics and the Media
Lisa H. Newton, Ph.D., founder and director of the Department in Applied Ethics
Dr. Newton teaches a course that surveys the ethical dimensions of communication in all forms as seen through the prism of 9/11. She also explores the ethical dimensions of the complex relationship between the media and the political process in a time of terror. Topics include the moral infrastructure of our major societal associations-government, the corporation, and the mass media.
B.S., Ph.D., Columbia University
International Relations/Religious Perspective on War
Katherine M. Kidd, Ph.D., director of International Studies Program, chaired the committee for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that created their statement on Peace and International Relations that guides the Bishop of the ELCA on his statements about Iraq (the ELCA is on record against unilateral military action). Courses include "Justice and the Developing World" and "Issues in Contemporary Global Politics."
B.A.,Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Media coverage of war
Media Coverage of the Impending War, Including War Protestors
Robbin D. Crabtree, Ph.D. associate professor and chair, Department of Communication
Dr. Crabtree teaches Global Media and Culture and Intercultural Communications.
B.A. University of California; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Portrayal of War Linked to Terrorism
Media Coverage of Homeland Security "Readiness"
Mark B. Andrejevic, Ph.D., assistant professor of English
Dr. Andrejevic is a former award-winning newspaper reporter. He speaks French, completing his French language certificate at Alliance Francaise in Paris, France. His scholarly work has focused on reality television and the increasing use of surveillance in society.
B.A. Williams College; M.A., Ph. D., University of Michigan
Media and Politics
Donald W. Greenberg, Ph.D., associate professor of politics
Dr. Greenberg teaches courses in "American Politics and the Media" and "Freedom of Speech." He examines the impact of the media on the American political system and conversely how government attempts to influence the media for its purposes.
A.B., Alfred University; Ph.D., City University of New York
Posted on March 19, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 245
Dante Alighieri's treatment of purgatory will be the subject of a lecture by John Freccero, Ph.D., director of Graduate Studies and Chairman of the Department of Italian at New York University and a noted scholar of "The Divine Comedy."
Dr. Freccero, a professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, will present a lecture entitled "The Conversion of Statius: Light from Ancient Shadows," on Wednesday, April 2, at 5 p.m., in the multimedia room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University. The lecture, sponsored by the Fairfield University Italian Studies Program and The Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.
Dr. Freccero is the author of "Dante: The Poetics of Conversion," (Harvard University Press, 1986) and editor of "Dante: 20th-Century Views," (Prentice-Hall, 1965). He received his doctorate in 1958 in Romance Languages from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Freccero also holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in French from Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Freccero is the recipient of several honors, including Fulbright, Guggenheim and Villa I Tattia fellowships. He was awarded the Golden Florin for Dante Studies and the Prize for Italian Studies, presented by the President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Italy. Dr. Freccero's major interests include medieval poetry and poetics, and Machiavelli.
"Professor Freccero is one of the major contributors to the advancement of the humanities in the United States today," said Mary Ann Carolan, Ph.D., director of Italian Studies at Fairfield University. "His work has inspired generations of scholars as well as students of Italian literature."
Posted on March 20, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 240
Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University's student theatre company, will present "Steel Magnolias" from April 9 through 13 at the PepsiCo Theatre at Fairfield University. The final production of the group's 2002-03 season, the play will run April 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m.
Robert Harling's heartwarming comedy revolves around the lives of six Louisiana women and their favorite meeting place - Truvy's beauty shop. This unlikely "family" of diverse women learns the power of friendship through everything from a haircut and a wedding to birth and death. Quick wit, bittersweet moments and quirky humor make the tale come to life, according to Director Megan Bell '03.
"Any person can relate to such a show," Bell said. "It's about finding comfort among friends, and the necessity of an environment that allows you to laugh and cry."
Numerous students are involved in the production. Nicholas Benaquista is costume designer and Michele Fields is scenic designer. Jessica Harper designed the lighting. The cast includes: Liz Capinera, Tanya Chavez, Kristy Farrell, Angela Lewonczyk, Marisa Marquez and Kristen Wilkens.
Tickets are $12, $5 for students. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on March 21, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 244
The Fairfield University Orchestra will present a spring concert of three masterworks by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg on Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The evening's program, under the director of Conductor Christopher Hisey, includes Grieg's "Lyric Suite," "Piano Concerto in A minor" and his beloved "Peer Gynt Suite." Eric Hachinski will be the piano soloist.
"I think these pieces are absolutely beautiful," said Orchestra Manager Kurt Kuechler, who plays bass. "I think the audience will be very pleased."
Born in 1843 in Bergen, Norway, Grieg is known for promoting his country's folk culture and a sense of Norwegian nationalism during a time of heavy Danish influence in Norway. In the late 1860s, he wrote the first of nine "Lyric Pieces," which consisted of six to eight short movements in contrasting moods. By 1868, he wrote his best-known piece, the "Piano Concerto in A minor," a striking and technically demanding work that remains fresh even by modern standards.
Grieg started work on "Peer Gynt" when the playwright Henrik Ibsen asked him to provide music for his play of the same name. The suite was first performed in 1876 and met with such success that Grieg became an overnight superstar in his homeland. Though he shied away from larger musical forms, such as the opera or symphony, he is considered without equal in his preferred styles.
Sixty members strong, the orchestra is celebrating its 15th anniversary this season.
Hisey is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has conducted throughout the United States and Eastern Europe. He made his international debut with the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra in Ruse, Bulgaria, in January 2001. Since then he has returned to Bulgaria to conduct the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Hisey has served as music director of the Perrysburg Symphony Chorale and associate conductor of the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theatre Orchestra, both of Ohio. He has been guest conductor with the Ohio District II Music Festival, the Lexington String Festival of Kentucky and the Fairfield County Chorale Summer Sing Program.
In addition to his duties at Fairfield University, Hisey serves as music director of the Troupers Light Opera Company of Southern Connecticut and as conductor of the Bridgeport Youth Symphony Orchestras. He is on the string faculties of Greens Farms Academy in Westport and the Westport School of Music.
Tickets are $8, $5 for students. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on March 24, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 237
A Teach-In, titled, "At War with Iraq," will take place on Tuesday, April 1, at Fairfield University in the John A. Barone Campus Center. Three sessions, scheduled for 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. will address the moral, humanitarian, Catholic/Jesuit, international law, geo-political, media, activism and economic perspectives of the war. Each session will have three presenters and time for questions and dialogue with students.
The presenters include: Rev. Jim Bowler, S.J. Ph.D., university facilitator for Catholic and Jesuit Mission and Identity; Ralph Coury, Ph.D., associate professor of history; Robbin Crabtree, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Communication; C. Joy Gordon, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of philosophy; Paul Lakeland, Ph.D., professor of religious studies; David McFadden, Ph.D., professor of history; Melissa Reardon, assistant university chaplain; Rev. Thomas Regan, S.J., Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy; and journalist Bruce Shapiro.
The Teach-In is being sponsored by several university departments, including Campus Ministry, Black Studies, Counseling Services, the Fairfield University Student Association, Fairfield Students for Peace, Ignatian Residential College, Legal Studies, Media Center, Peace and Justice Studies, Residence Life, Jesuit Mission and Identity, and the History, Politics, Religious Studies, Women's Studies and International Studies Departments.
In addition, a "Petition Against Bush's War on Iraq" that began circulating on campus on March 17, two days before war broke out, has been signed by more than 140 faculty and staff. The petition embraces the statement of the Jesuit order that reads in part, "The doctrine of a pre-emptive war is neither in accordance with UN doctrine and law, nor morally defensible."
The statement goes on to say, "Rather than bringing a stable peace in the region (Middle East), a war against Iraq would heighten the tensions between Muslims and Christians. The seeds of dialogue between them so patiently sown would be trampled in a spiral of violence and intolerance."
The statement also reads, "The willingness to incur massive military expenditure that destroys life seems to stand in sharp contrast with the unwillingness to promote, with the same determination, the sustainable development of all."
Faculty and staff who signed the petition come from 30 areas within the university, including the sciences, engineering, business, nursing and liberal arts.
Also on the Fairfield University campus, the Fairfield Students for Peace, who began organizing in late October, have been joined by several Fairfield residents at their weekly demonstrations against the war that take place on the Post Road in Fairfield every Tuesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. The group is also helping to sponsor the Teach-In.
For more information, please call Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on March 26, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 246
Kim Bridgford, Ph.D., has a few things to celebrate this year. The Fairfield University professor was chosen to receive one of 28 2003 fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (CCA). Dr. Bridgford's husband, Peter Duval, also won a $2,500 CCA fellowship, to do research on his first novel. And if that isn't enough to cheer, Dr. Bridgford just published her first book, a collection of poems entitled "Undone," which is available now.
It's all in a day's work for Bridgford, whose teaching accolades range from being chosen Connecticut Professor of the Year in 1994 by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to being named Advisor of the Year by Fairfield University students the year before.
"It's exciting to see the poems all together after years of hard work. And to have Jo Yarrington do the cover makes the experience even more special," Dr. Bridgford said, referring to a fellow Fairfield University faculty member, who is a professor of Visual and Performing Arts.
The poems in "Undone," all written in traditional forms, are about life's losses - understanding them and transcending them.
"Kim Bridgford's themes are large - mortal illness, extravagant love, religious longing but they are given to us in settings that are daily and familiar, whose poignancy comes from their particularity and ordinariness," said English poet Dick Davis. "Valery said that in a poem it takes as much energy to write 'garden' as to write 'universe' at once, and, what is far harder, to convince us of the truth of both at once," said Davis, referring to the French poet, Paul Valery, who passed away in 1945.
The $2,500 CCA grant will allow Dr. Bridgford to spend the summer writing poetry. Her husband, a Web applications-designer, will use the funding to travel and do research for a humorous road-trip novel that starts out with four guys enjoying a game of bocce at a cookout. Linda Dente, the senior program specialist of the CCA, presented the awards to Dr. Bridgford, Mr. Duval, and the other recipients on Thursday, March 27, at the State Capitol, as part of the state's celebration of Connecticut Arts Week, which runs from March 23 through March 29.
In her grant application statement to the CCA, Dr. Bridgford discussed the various avenues she would like to pursue in writing, which include poems about famous poets, sonnets on mythological and Biblical figures, and personal and humorous poems.
"The grant is both an affirmation and an incentive," Dr. Bridgford said. "I have work to do!"
Dr. Bridgford received her bachelor's degree and in M.F.A. in English from the University of Iowa in 1981. She went on to earn an A.M. and then a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Dr. Bridgford's works have appeared in more than three hundred publications, including: The Georgia Review, The Quarterly, The Iowa Review, The Hollins Critic and The Formalist.
Posted on March 26, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 223