Honors Program - Extracurricular Events

2013-14

Saturday, September 7: Honors Freshman Orientation. Discussion of Garden of Martyrs led by the author, Dr. Michael White, Professor of English, Fairfield University. Continental breakfast at 10:15; discussion of the novel 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.

Saturday, September 21: Honors Trip to the Broadway musical "Once," the winner of 8 Tony Awards including "Best Musical." For more information, see http://www.oncemusical.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.

Honor students visiting NYC to see "Once" on Broadway 

Sept, 21, 2013 Honors Trip to the Broadway musical "Once." From left to right: Hannah Nofsinger '15, Mary Briggs '14, Caitlin Healey '15, Bayan Abunar '14, Owen Corey '14, Sean Thomas '17, Kaitlyn Banaszynski '14, Eric Lynch '14, Katherine Grosso '17, Emily Banaszynski '17

Thursday, October 17: Honors Colloquium on "Spectacular Savagery: Race and Lynch Law in Twentieth Century America." In this anniversary year of the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. Yohuru Williams, Professor of History, will explore with students the brutally racist dimensions of America's not so distant past. The colloquium will take place in CNS 200, 4-5:30 p.m. Dinner at a local restaurant will follow the colloquium.

Saturday, November 2: Honors Trip to the matinee performance of the play "Owners" at the Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven. "Owners" is a comedy by the groundbreaking English playwright Caryl Churchill. You can read about the play at http://www.yalerep.org/on_stage/2013-14/owners.html. Dinner at a restaurant in New Haven will follow the performance.

Tuesday, January 21: Ninth Annual Pictionary Smackdown. Arrive when you can and leave when you must for this Honors game night. 9-9:30 p.m., CNS 200. Always a good time!

Sunday, February 2: Honors Trip to the acclaimed Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play "The Glass Menagerie" at the Booth Theatre. Read about this production, starring Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones, at http://theglassmenageriebroadway.com. Dinner at a restaurant in the city 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.

Sunday, February 15: Honors Trip to the Yale Opera's production of Puccini's "La Bohème" at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven. This is one of the most beloved operas and a wonderful way to see your first opera. Dinner at a restaurant in New Haven will follow the play.

Tuesday, March 4: Honors Colloquium as Performance and Discussion: "Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' as an American Masterpiece." Dr. Orin Grossman, Professor Emeritus of Visual and Performing Arts, will introduce students to the music of the great American composer George Gershwin. We'll take our seats on the Quick Center stage, around Prof. Grossman's piano, as he explains the diverse influences on Gershwin's music. Prof. Grossman will perform Gershwin's remarkable work "Rhapsody in Blue" to conclude the colloquium. Dinner at a local restaurant will follow the colloquium.

Saturday, April 5: Honors Trip to the Broadway Musical "If/Then" starring the Tony Award winning actress Idina Menzel. Dinner in the city will follow the matinee performance.


2012-13

Saturday, September 8: Honors Freshman Orientation. Discussion of "Waiting: A Novel" by Ha Jin led by Dr. Alan Katz, Professor of Politics (Emeritus). Continental breakfast at 10:15; discussion of the novel 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.

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Professor Alan Katz engages freshmen Honors students in discussion at
'Honors Freshman Orientation,' September 8

Sunday, September 30: Honors Trip to the Broadway Play "Peter and the Starcatcher." The winner of 5 Tony awards, this play "upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan" through a "wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling" of the classic story. For information visit http://peterandthestarcatcher.com. The Honors Program has purchased 10 student tickets for the 3 p.m. matinee performance and we will follow our usual lottery system for these tickets as we approach the date. Dinner at a restaurant in the city will follow the play.

Thursday, November 1: Honors Colloquium on "The Presidential Election of 2012." In what has become an Honors Program tradition, Sociology Professor Kurt Schlichting and Politics Professor Donald Greenberg offer expert analysis of the upcoming Presidential election only five days before the event, with plenty of time for discussion with the student participants. The colloquium will be held 4:15-5:45 p.m. in CNS 200, and will be followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy

Saturday, November 17: Honors Trip to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, one of the world's great museums. Students will begin with a guided tour of selected collections and then will be on their own to explore the museum as they like. We will arrive at MOMA around 2 p.m. and dine together in the city around 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 29: Eighth Annual Pictionary Smackdown. Arrive when you can and leave when you must for this Honors game night. 7-9:30 p.m., CNS 200.

Sunday, February 10: Honors Trip to the Broadway play "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," Studio 54, 2 p.m. This engaging play involves the audience, enabling its members finally to determine the ending of the plot. Dinner follows the play at a New York restaurant.

Thursday, February 28: Honors Colloquium "Issues on the Supreme Court Docket: The Defense of Marriage Act, the Voting Rights Act, and Affirmative Action in Education," CNS 200, 4:30-6 p.m. Our discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Donald Greenberg, Politics, and Dr. Kurt Schlichting, Sociology. Dinner follows the Colloquium at a local restaurant.

Saturday, April 6: Honors Trip to the Yale Rep performance of "Hamlet," 1:30 p.m. Star of stage and screen Paul Giamatti plays the role of the "Melancholy Dane." Dinner follows the play at a New Haven restaurant.