Next OVF Forum Lecture Features A.O. Scott's "Critic's Picks"
Fairfield University’s Open VISIONS Forum lecture series goes to the movies with A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times, at 8 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. In a lecture entitled “Critic’s Picks,” Mr. Scott will discuss his movie viewing - and reviewing - experience; he sees about 300-350 movies a year and reviews around 150-175. Introducing Mr. Scott will be Michael Serazio, Ph.D., deputy director of Open VISIONS Forum and assistant professor of communication. Following Mr. Scott’s presentation, there will be an informal conversation and discussion with Rev. Mark P. Scalese, S.J., associate professor of visual & performing arts, Dr. Elizabeth A. Haas, visiting assistant professor of visual & performing arts, and Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of art history and founder/moderator of Open VISIONS Forum. This program is made possible in part by the generous support of Connecticut Humanities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a community partner for this event, and Moffly Media is the exclusive magazine sponsor for the 2013-14 Open Visions Forum. Single tickets are $45.
"We are so fortunate to have A.O. Scott speaking at the university because he is one of the most well-known and widely-read film critics in the country today,” said Rev. Mark P. Scalese, S.J. “His thoughtful movie reviews in the The New York Times are informed by a deep knowledge of cinema history and popular culture, and his longer essays in the Arts & Leisure and Sunday Magazine sections of the paper reflect the concerns of contemporary film scholarship in language that is highly accessible to the average reader."
A.O. Scott has been a film critic at The New York Times since 2000. In addition to thousands of movie reviews, he has written essays on film, book and popular culture for the Times's Arts & Leisure, Book Review and Sunday Magazine sections, and contributed hundreds of videos to the nytimes.com Website. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Before joining the Times, he was Sunday book reviewer at Newsday, and editor at Lingua Franca and the New York Review of Books and a freelance contributor to The New York Review, Slate, the Village Voice and many other publications. A frequent guest on The Charlie Rose Show, Morning Joe, NPR's "On Point" and the CBS Early Show, he was co-host of "At The Movies," the syndicated movie-review show started by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, during the 2009-2010 season. Mr. Scott was educated at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, and has taught at Hopkins, Trenton State College and Cooper Union. In the Spring of 2014, he will be a visiting lecturer at Wesleyan University. He is completing a book, tentatively titled “Better Living Through Criticism,” for The Penguin Press, and preparing a volume of his film writing for Penguin Paperbacks. Mr. Scott lives with his family in Brooklyn.
Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com
A.O. Scott photo credit: Tony Cenicola, The New York Times