The Open MINDS Institute at the Quick Center Announces Spring Semester

The Open MINDS Institute at the Quick Center Announces Spring Semester

Jennifer Prat,, 203-254-4000 ext. 2979

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (January 18, 2017) — The Open MINDS Institute (OMI) — a new, exploratory “classroom without walls,” will present seminars and workshops with master professors from Fairfield University and beyond, on topics designed to deepen the experience of the programming at the Quick Center for the Arts.

The 2017 spring semester offers an exciting line-up that includes a discussion-based course on connecting with your family members; a course on engaging with the creative community that culminates with a visit to the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City for a guided tour of current art and rare book exhibitions; and a course that will examine some of the most iconic films of our time.

“Our faculty is made up of engaging experts in their fields, while students weigh in with their own resources and career knowledge,” said Program Director Philip Eliasoph, PhD, professor of art history and visual culture in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Enrolled participants will also be given special access to lectures and performances that make up the Quick Center season. No application essays or SAT scores are required — everyone is accepted. Five-week class sessions begin in late February or early March and run through April.

“Join us this spring if you are seeking more of a “deep dive” beyond bantering dinner conversations,” said Dr. Eliasoph. “It's a mix of academic, social and community citizenship. We invite everybody willing to think, speak and share their ideas to collaborate in our learning adventures.”

OMI seminars and workshops include:

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: The Potential Political Powder Keg known as Family Gatherings

Instructor: Trevor Mullineaux, LMFT
Begins March 2 – ends March 30
Thursday mornings:  10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Engage with the Creative Community: Why the Arts and Culture Matter

Instructor:  Stephanie J. Coakley
Begins March 7 – ends April 4
Tuesday afternoons: 12 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

You On the Aisle: What Made Those Films So Memorable?

Instructor:  Peter J. Fox
Begins February 22 – ends March 22
Wednesday afternoons: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information about enrollment and tuition, please visit or contact the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or e-mail at .

Posted On: 02-28-2017 03:02 PM

Volume: 49 Number: 103