Honors Program - Extracurricular Events

2015-16 

Saturday, September 5:  Honors Freshman Orientation.  Discussion of Plato’s famous dialogue on love, The Symposium, led by Dr. Sara Brill, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University.  Professor Brill has chosen the title “Plato on Sex, Love, and Everything in Between” for our session.  The orientation will be held in Canisius 200.  Continental breakfast at 10:15; discussion of the text follows from10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  Come ready to contribute to the discussion and make sure to bring the text.  Following our discussion, we will lunch together in the Barone Campus Center.  After lunch, from 1:00-2:00 P.M., Honors freshmen will continue the orientation in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library where the library staff will conduct a tutorial on library research tools. 

Sunday, September 20:  Honors Trip to the Broadway play “Spring Awakening,” a revival of the Tony Award-winning musical starring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and Camryn Manheim.  For more information, see http://www.springawakeningthemusical.com.  The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 3 P.M. matinee performance and we will follow our usual lottery system as we approach the date.  Dinner at a restaurant in the city will follow the play. 

Tuesday, October 6:  Honors Colloquium on “The Francis Effect: How the Pope is Changing the Church and How He Would Like to Change the World.”  Shortly after Pope Francis’ September trip to the U.S., Dr. Paul Lakeland, the Aloysius P. Kelley Professor of Catholic Studies, will lead a discussion on the interesting qualities of this Pope and his agenda.  The colloquium will be held in Canisius 200, 4:00-5:30 P.M.  Discussion will continue over dinner at a local restaurant.  The colloquium is open to all interested Honors students. 

Saturday, November 7:  Honors Trip to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.  Read about the museum and its exhibits at http://www.911memorial.org/museum.  The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 3 P.M. entry and we will follow our usual lottery system as we approach the date.  Dinner at a restaurant in the city will follow our museum visit. 

Tuesday, January 26:  Eleventh Annual Pictionary Smackdown.  Arrive when you can and leave when you must for this game night, an Honors Program tradition.  7:00-9:30 P.M., Canisius 200.

Honors Program trip Sept. 28, 2014

Honors students at the end of the September 28 Honors trip to the Tony Award-winning musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," in front of Ruby Foo's Restaurant in Times Square. Left to right: Riley Barrett, Richard Burke, Joseph Wik, Lauren Brodeur, Megan Lynch, Carina Nieto, Kathryn Dennen, Jessica Lizotte, Nikki Ramirez, Lauren Buonasora.

2014-15

Saturday, September 6: Honors Freshman Orientation. Discussion of Plato's famous dialogue on love, The Symposium, led by Dr. Sara Brill, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University. Professor Brill has chosen the title "Plato on Sex, Love, and Everything in Between" for our session. The orientation will be held in the Nyselius Library Multi-Media Room. Continental breakfast at 10:15; discussion of the text follows from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Come ready to contribute to the discussion. Following our discussion, we will lunch together in the Barone Campus Center. After lunch, from 1-2 p.m., Honors freshmen will continue the orientation in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library where the library staff will conduct a tutorial on library research tools.

Sunday, September 28: Honors Trip to the Broadway play "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," winner this year's Tony Award for "Best Musical." For more information, see http://agentlemansguidebroadway.com. The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 3 p.m. matinee performance and we will follow our usual lottery system as we approach the date. Dinner at a restaurant in the city will follow the play.

Thursday, October 23: Honors Trip to the Yale Rep performance of "Arcadia," by the acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard. The Yale Rep website describes the play thus: "Amidst illicit passions and professional rivalries on an English country estate, a brilliant young pupil proposes a startling scientific theory well beyond her own comprehension. More than 200 years later, two academic adversaries try to piece together puzzling clues from the past in their quest for an elusive truth. Arcadia is an achingly romantic and heartbreakingly funny waltz of the mind and the body, dancing across centuries." The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 8 p.m. performance and we will follow our usual lottery system as we approach the date. Dinner at a restaurant in New Haven will precede the play.

Thursday, November 6: Honors Colloquium on "Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: History, Narrative, and Responsibility."  The Colloquium will be led by Dr. Silvia Marsans-Sakly, Assistant Professor of History, Fairfield University. The colloquium is open to all interested Honors students. It will take place in CNS 200, 4:30-6 p.m. Dinner at a local restaurant will follow the colloquium.

Tuesday, February 3: Tenth Annual Pictionary Smackdown.  Arrive when you can and leave when you must for this Honors game night. 7-9:30 p.m., CNS 200.

Saturday, February 7: Honors Trip to the Broadway play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”  Read about this production at http://www.curiousonbroadway.com/.  The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 2 P.M. matinee performance and we will follow our usual lottery system as we approach the date.  Dinner at a restaurant in the city will follow the play. 

Wednesday, March 18:  Honors Colloquium on the Theme “How My Mind Was Changed.”  Occasionally I invite a Fairfield faculty member to talk about the intellectual changes in their lives when they were undergraduates and in the few years thereafter that set the course of their paths in life.  I have invited Dr. Scott Lacy, Associate Professor of Anthropology, to address this topic.  The title he has chosen is “Becoming a Hybrid Scientist: Sharing Seed, Knowledge, and Life with Malian Farming Families.”  An article-length reading will focus our discussion and through Prof. Lacy’s account of his path, we’ll learn some valuable lessons about our own, however different it may be.  Dinner at a local restaurant will follow the colloquium. 

Saturday, March 28: Honors Trip to the New Haven Symphony performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Norwalk Concert Hall.  Arguably, the greatest musical composition, the Ninth Symphony is an absolute must in an undergraduate education.  The symphony, written when Beethoven had totally lost his hearing, is a remarkable work of genius, and concludes with the famous “Ode to Joy,” sung by the Fairfield County Chorale.  Arnold Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw” will be the first piece performed in this program entitled “The Triumph of the Human Spirit.”  The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 8 P.M. matinee performance and we will follow our usual lottery system as we approach the date.  Dinner at a restaurant in Norwalk will precede the concert. 

Saturday, April 11: Honors Trip to Yale Repertory Theatre production of Bertold Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 2 P.M. matinee performance and we will follow our usual lottery system as we approach the date.  Dinner at a restaurant in New Haven will follow the play.  

Honors Programs goes to NYC to watch Glass Menagerie

Students and faculty on the February 2, 2014 Honors Trip to the Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie." Back row: Andrew Turriago '16, Christopher van Aiken '16, Prof. Thiel, Nicholas Shirley '14,
Brigid Callahan '16, Prof. Rakowitz, Margaret Trosin '16 , Megan Kirkpatrick '17. Front Row: Olivia Marola '16, Delicia Alarcon '14, Carina Nieto '16, Meghan Baer '16.