The Quick Center Welcomes Ambassador Susan E. Rice to Kick-off this Fall’s Open VISIONS Forum

Media Contact: Lori N. Jones,, 203-254-4000, ext. 2975

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 5, 2017) —Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts welcomes Ambassador Susan E. Rice to present “Envisioning Our Global Future: The Limits of Diplomacy” as part of the Open VISIONS Forum lecture series on Thursday, September 28 at 8 p.m.

This program is in place of a previously scheduled lecture with actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, who was compelled to withdraw due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict.

A Truman Scholar at Stanford University, Rice earned her BA Phi Beta Kappa. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, she completed her doctorate at Oxford University and served on the National Security Council of President Clinton. In 2008 she was nominated by President-elect Obama to be America’s United Nations Ambassador, becoming the second youngest person and first African American woman to represent the United States in that capacity.

In that role, Rice oversaw the National Security Council Staff, chaired the Cabinet level National Security Principals Committee, provided the president's daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of all aspects of the Administration's foreign and national security policy, intelligence, and military efforts.

“How fitting at this moment in time to launch our season with a high level diplomat of Ambassador Rice’s stature,” notes Open VISIONS Forum founder/moderator Professor Philip Eliasoph, PhD. “We are anticipating a forward looking presentation where Ambassador Rice will offer us a current state of the world review from her very unique perspective. Let’s expect her to outline some positive targets in the current news driven landscape that appears entirely ‘up for grabs.’”

This program is in place of a previously scheduled lecture with actor and activist Mark Ruffalo. Please note that all tickets to that lecture are still valid for Ambassador Rice. In addition, the Artisan at Delamar Southport will host a Private Dinner Reception with Dr. Rice earlier in the evening. Limited space is remaining. Tickets are: Single $150, Couple $250 (includes ticket to the OVF lecture).

Tickets are $35, $27 Quick Members, and $5 for Fairfield University students. For tickets, visit or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. Sponsors for this program include the Delamar of Southport and Spa, TV Eyes, Moffly Media, WSHU, and Beers, Hammerman, Cohen, & Burger, P.C.


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