Lecture/Literary

Fairfield offers a vibrant array of lectures and literary events by some of the world's most respected thinkers, authors, and scholars.
Free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

In addition to individual academic lectures presented throughout the year, Fairfield University sponsors two major lecture/literary series annually. The Open VISIONS Forum - a lively and engaging series featuring today's trendsetters in the worlds of art, film, literature, media and politics and The Inspired Writer Series - a distinguished author lecture series sponsored by the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Catholic Studies | Judaic Studies | Art History | Studio Art | Biology | Irish Studies | And more...

Center for Catholic Studies


Teresa Berger: "Women as Celebrants and Interpreters of Catholic Liturgy: From Sacrosanctum Concilium to Cyberspace"
The 13th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
7:30 p.m.

The Rev. Thomas Lucas, S.J.: "From Space to Place: The Landscapes of Jesuit Higher Education"
The 2013 Catholicism in the Arts Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
8 p.m.
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Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M.: "Buying the Field: Women Religious in a Renewing Church"
The 20th annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J., Lecture in Theology, Religion, & Society
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
8 p.m.
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Christian Wiman
The 7th Annual Commonweal Lecture
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8 p.m.

Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D.: "Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture"
Eighth Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Rev. Michael Fahey, S.J.: "St. Robert Bellarmine: A Man for Our Time"
2014 Bellarmine Lecture
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Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies


Rabbi Lawrence Kushner: "Tales of the Mystical God: When the sacred appears within the everyday"
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie: "American Jews Look at a Changing Israel: Peace, Prosperity, and Religious Pluralism"
Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
7:30 p.m.
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Damien Echols and Lorri Davis: "The Long Fight for Freedom"
Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
8 p.m.

Lee Shai Weissbach: "The Jewish History of Small Town America"
Bennett Center Lecture
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
Carl and Dorothy Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Paul Jaskot: "The Built Environment at Auschwitz: Between Imperial Ambition and Genocide"
Judaic Studies Program Lecture
Monday, March 17, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Amy-Jill Levine: "Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture"
Eighth Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Barbie Zelizer: "Remembering to Forget: Images of the Holocaust"
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7 p.m.

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Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History


Eric Denker, Ph.D.: "American Artists in Early 20th-Century Venice"
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
5 p.m.

Bill Gudenrath: "Venetian Glassmaking Techniques"
Thursday, April 10, 2014
5 p.m.

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Studio Art Lecture Series


N.W. Gibbons
Artist's Talk
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
11 a.m.
 
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Ken Buhler
Artist's Talk
Thursday, March 6, 2014
11 a.m.

Enrico Riley
Artist's Talk
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
11 a.m.

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The Inspired Writer:
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the MFA in Creative Writing Program

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John Searles
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
7 p.m.
Fairfield University Bookstore
1499 Post Road, Fairfield

Biology Lecture Series in Memory of Dr. Donald J. Ross Sr.

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Kristen Desy Soto ’05, MPH: "Solving Food-borne Illness Mysteries: An Investigation of a Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella nchanga"
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
12 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Matthew Rockman, Ph.D.: "What Happens When Worms Evolve Hermaphroditism?"
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
12 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Sarah Kopac ’08, Ph.D. candidate: "Tough Times in Death Valley Soils: Geochemical Stressors Associated with Diversification of the Bacillus subtilis-B licheniformis Clade in Death Valley, USA"
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
12 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

David Richardson, Ph.D.: "Environmental Change on the Schawangunk Ridge: How Acid Rain and Invasive Fish are Affecting the Sky Lakes"
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
12 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Dustin Rubenstein, Ph.D.: "Environmental Uncertainty and the Evolution of Complex Sociality: Patterns, Processes, and Mechanisms"
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
12 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
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Lisa M. Runco ’02, Ph.D.: "Designer Pathogens: Gene Customization for Vaccine Development"
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
12 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Jonathan Velotta ’07, Ph.D. candidate: "Evolved Physiological and Genomic Responses to Freshwater Invasion by a Saltwater Fish"
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
12 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

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Irish Studies Program

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Paul Muldoon
Public Poetry Reading
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
6 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
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Stephen Rea: Dramatic Readings from James Joyce's Ulysses
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

More Lectures

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Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J.: "The Kino Border Initiative: Working on the Frontiers for Immigration Reform"
Sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts
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Sandy: Lessons Learned
Panel Discussion
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
7 p.m.
Fairfield University Bookstore
1499 Post Road, Fairfield
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Carla L. Peterson: "Black Cosmopolitanism and the Reshaping of African American Local and National Identities (1830-1910)"
Celebrating American Studies Conference Keynote Speech
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Alumni House

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