Fairfield University and 92Y Partner in New OVF-Espresso Lecture Series
Fairfield University is proud to announce an exciting its new partnership with the 92Y, New York’s premier cultural institution and community center, to broadcast selected live programming in conjunction with the University’s Open VISIONS Forum–Espresso lecture series. The format will combine livestreaming broadcasts from 92Y with live town hall-style conversations here in Fairfield, featuring faculty and community experts on stage. Most events will take place in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, althought the initial event will be held at 42 Bellarmine.
Open VISIONS Forum–Espresso is an on-the-go sister series to the University’s long-established signature lecture series Open VISIONS Forum (OVF). While OVF announces its season well in advance, OVF–Espresso will announce new events throughout the year, bringing some of the world’s top thinkers, authors, trendsetters and opinion-makers to campus and the greater community.
“Truth be told, the original inspiration and modeling of OVF came directly from my presence as an often awed audience member at the 92Y over 20 years ago,” said Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of art history and OVF founder/director. “Its powerhouse platform offering New Yorkers these stimulating conversations with leading public intellectuals, prominent artists and award-winning authors captured my imagination. Now the fact that we can transport their top-notch events to our Fairfield University audience through the magic of digital broadcasting is one of those perfect circles coming to full connectivity.”
The OVF–Espresso/92Y collaboration kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, with “Full Court Press: Inside the Bush and Obama White Houses,” featuring Robert Gibbs and Ari Fleischer, the first press secretaries for Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, respectively. Ben Feller, former chief White House correspondent for The Associated Press, will moderate the discussion, broadcast live from the 92Y to 42 Bellarmine (on the University campus across the street from the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts).
Those gathered at 42 Bellarmine will also enjoy a pre-lecture, “The Future of Spin,” with Michael Serazio, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication and deputy director of Open VISIONS Forum (OVF). Following the broadcast, Dr. Eliasoph will moderate an on-stage conversation with Dr. Serazio and Dr. Gwendoline Alphonso, assistant professor of politics.
On November 4, the 92Y will broadcast “My Life in Law,” with attorney and author Alan Dershowitz interviewed by author and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin to the Quick Center. At 7:30 p.m., Connecticut attorney Alan Neigher will present a pre-lecture introducing the event, “Highlights of Alan Dershoswitz’s Legal Career.” A post-broadcast talk will include Dr. Eliasoph, Neigher and Debra Strauss, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of business law.
“92Y has been a community center for almost 140 years, but now we're reimagining that community, thanks to digital technology,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s interim executive director. “We've always known that there's a much bigger audience for our talks and interviews than could fit in our hall, and now livestreaming allows our guests to connect with so many more people – in Fairfield and beyond. We're particularly delighted to become part of the Quick Center's community.”
Tickets to OVF–Espresso events are $12. For tickets, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or visit www.fairfield.edu/ovf.