Glengarry Glen Ross kicks off week of activities at Fairfield University

Submitted by Meredith Guinness, Assistant Director, Media Relations on September 27, 2012

Fairfield University is all about integrated living and learning, looking for ways to get the campus community to connect what’s learned in the classroom with what’s talked about in the residence hall or around the office water cooler. Faculty, staff and students will have a great opportunity to make those connections on Wednesday, October 3 through Saturday, October 6 at nightly performances of Glengarry Glen Ross at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Chicago real estate agents willing to lie, bribe and steal to keep their high-pressure jobs will provide the perfect catalyst for discuss at post-performance talkbacks with Fairfield professors. Directed by Alistair Highet, director of Advancement Communications, the play stars Dr. Donald Gibson, dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business; Dr. Dennis Keenan, professor of philosophy; Dr. Ryan Drake, associate professor of philosophy; and Dr. David P. Schmidt, associate professor of business ethics and director of the Applied Ethics program. It is presented by The Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences and the Dolan School of Business, in collaboration with the Quick Center.

The play begins at 8 p.m. each night. Buy your tickets today!

On Tuesday, October 9, stop by The Quick for a rare chance to see a real cinematic gem on the big screen in HD: Director Fritz Lang’s Metropolis will be screened at 7 p.m.

An early classic, this 1927 film comments on issues of class and society in ways that still resonate today.  The screening is part of Fairfield’s Cities Area of Focus, in which the campus community is considering urban settings through courses, lectures and events. Tickets are still available.

Ever wonder what makes priests tick? Get some answers at “Why Priests Are Happy,” with Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, best-selling author, scholar and psychologist, who will speak to that point at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies, the talk is free and open to the public.

Msgr. Rossetti wrote the groundbreaking book Why Priests Are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests after surveying 2,500 priests about their rate of happiness and satisfaction. Join us to hear the results.

A.J. O’Connell, a graduate of Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, will read from her work and sign her novella Beware the Hawk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10 at Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Connell is an author, journalist and adjunct professor whose work has appeared on the website for National Public Radio, in Citizen Culture Magazine, The Battered Suitcase, The Wheel and various anthologies. She has reported for The Norwalk Hour and the Boston Herald. Beware the Hawk follows the travails of a courier for a secret, possibly terrorist society in Boston.

A stunning collection of drawings is coming to the Bellarmine Museum of Art in October. The Essential Line: Drawings from the Dahesh Museum of Art features some of the most technically brilliant and beautiful drawings culled from this New York City museum’s formidable collections. Join us for a free, public opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 11.

At 7:30 that evening Dr. Alan Cooper, the 2012 Judaic Studies Scholar in Residence, will lecture on the intriguing topic “Do Jews Believe in Original Sin?” The question has long been up for debate and Dr. Cooper, provost of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss whether it is accepted in Jewish doctrine or if it is a clear distinction between faiths. The free, public lecture takes place in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room.



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