Season Announced and Registration Open for Fairfield University’s Open VISIONS Forum and Open MINDS Institute

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Season Announced and Registration Open for Fairfield University’s Open VISIONS Forum and Open MINDS Institute

Broaden your perspective with an engrossing fall lecture or expand your worldview with an enriching 5-week seminar at the Quick Center for the Arts.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Aug. 23, 2018) The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University has announced a rich slate of global thinkers, trendsetters, and thought leaders for its 2018-19 Open VISIONS Forum.

Leading the lineup of notable celebrities and public advocates scheduled to speak at the Quick are two-time Academy Award-winner and social activist Jane Fonda on September 27, best-selling author of Moneyball and The Blind Side Michael Lewis on October 10, and outspoken defender of the U.S. Constitution Khzir Khanon November 14.

Now in its 22nd season, the Open VISIONS Forum – Fairfield University’s signature public affairs lecture series – has become catalyst for community-wide conversations about a spectrum of front page news topics and cultural trends. The Forum welcomes area residents to the Quick’s Kelley Auditorium for lively and open dialogue centered around the great issues facing our nation’s future.

“Recognizing our audience’s unyielding thirst for educational and cultural enrichment, we’ve expanded Forum programs to include interactive ‘Espresso’ conversations, as well Open MINDS Institute seminars,” notes Philip Eliasoph, PhD, founding director of both the Forum and these spin-off education programs.

Sponsored by the law firm of Cohen and Wolf, the Open VISIONS Forum’s Espresso talks take place in the Quick’s more intimate Wien Experimental Theatre. Television pundit Margaret Hoover, host of the reboot of Firing Lineon PBS, will kick off the Espresso series on October 3 with “A New Generation of Conservatives.” On October 30, Barry Barnes, PhD, author of Everything I Wanted to Know About Business I Learned From the Grateful Dead, will offer innovative business lessons learned from the iconic rock band. Later in 2019, Espresso conversations will cover everything from the state of conservative politics today, to the mental health of at-risk Connecticut youth, to the early shaping of Adolf Hitler’s political persona.

“Our sophisticated community of keenly aware listeners has demonstrated its amazing capacity for this dynamic, lifelong learning model,” Dr. Eliasoph enthuses. For information and lecture tickets, visit and select the “lectures” genre under the “upcoming events” tab.

For those seeking an even more extended intellectual experience, the Quick Center offers five-week workshops and seminars through its Open MINDS Institute. Enrollment is now open for fall courses led by expert teacher/mentors.

Among the offerings are a chance to participate in a Pilobolus dance movement class with Emily Kent beginning September 13, search for “life’s goodness” with Jesuit guide Rev. Gerry Blaszczak, S.J., starting October 2, discover the world of classic opera with Erik Novoa beginning October 4, and explore the evolution of 19thcentury French art with Fiona Garland starting October 17. Class schedules, descriptions, fees, and registration information are available under the “education” tab at

For more information or to register for any Open VISIONS Forum, Espresso series, and Open MINDS Institute lectures or courses, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010, or visit


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Fairfield University is a modern Jesuit Catholic university rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and across the globe are pursuing degrees in the University’s five schools. Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values. The University is located on a stunning 200-acre campus on the scenic Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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