Why have a campus-wide theme?

cities_events_btn‌The annual focus is designed to highlight and promote interdisciplinary learning via a campus-wide conversation on a specific issue. It can help us showcase and connect events and courses that are already taking place at Fairfield, as well as encourage new collaborations. Each new focus, selected from ideas submitted by faculty and students to the Arts Culture and Community Engagement Committee, should be broad enough to engage all disciplines in some fashion, yet specific enough to promote substantive dialogue, reflection, and action. Ideally, by promoting synergistic courses and events and cross-campus collaborations, it can help increase the internal and external visibility of our integrative efforts, enhance our leverage for further financial support of such activities, and engage the entire University community of faculty, students, administrators, staff, alumni, parents, and friends in a common academic pursuit.

Read more about The University and The City in the 2012 Convocation Address by Dr. Nels Pearson.

We invite you to explore the many events, courses, and initiatives associated with our Cities Initiative. Most events are free and open to the public, and several of our related academic courses with themes of the city are open for auditing.

For more information about the Cities area of focus, please contact:

Dr. Nels Pearson, Associate Professor of English & Faculty Facilitator for "Cities" events

Gary Wood, Director of the Quick Center for the Arts & Co-Facilitator for "Cities" events