Open MINDS Institute

Open MINDS Institute is an exploratory ‘classroom without walls’ presenting topical seminars and workshops. Guided by master professors, your commitment to the ‘life of the mind’ is rewarded with stimulating, topical ideas. With no homework or tests – this is the kind of learning you always hoped for: pure educational enrichment! These classes are entirely participatory, seeking ongoing dialogue between teachers and students as a learning partnership.


Courses are $290 each. QCA Member price per course is $275. Enroll in two or more courses and enjoy a discounted price of just $250 per course.


PILOBOLUS: Connecting with Balance


Instructor Emily Kent
Begins September 13 - Ends October 18, 2018
Thursdays 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.


"Connecting with Balance” is tailored to help seniors reconnect with their bodies and environment. Exercises in movement and balance guide participants to maintain and improve balance, think creatively, and build community through social engagement.

Exploring Pathways Towards Life’s Goodness – A Spiritual Journey for the Faithful/Faithless

Father Gerry

Instructor: Rev. Gerry Blaszczak, S.J.
Begins October 2 - Ends October 30, 2018
Tuesdays 10:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.


Join Rev. Gerry Blaszczak, S.J., Director of Fairfield’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality, in a dialogue with writings as samples of wisdom and eloquence for this vitally important conversation.

Exploring Opera: Live from the Met for Beginners


Instructor: Erik Novoa
Begins October 4 - Ends November 1, 2018
Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.


In our exploration of opera, we will examine some of the most well-known melodies in the upcoming season from Live at the Met as well as other essential works with participatory discussions about why opera is or is-not relevant today.

Revolution & Revelation; French Art in the 19th Century


Instructor: Fiona Garland
Begins October 17 - Ends November 14, 2018
Wednesdays 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.


19th century Paris saw the rise and fall of a series of revolutionary art movements from Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism. Over the course of a mere 100 years, artists responded to their own set of unique circumstances by creating one of the most diverse and exciting periods in the history of Western art. In a series of four dynamic lectures, we will examine works from J.L. David to Matisse, from Ingres to Cezanne.

The Piano: From Mozart to Monk


Instructor: Orin Grossman
Feb 19 – March 19
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


From humble beginnings as a small, inexpensive house instrument it changed and grew into the most important household instrument as well as a concert instrument for solo recitals and concertos. This class will trace its history from its invention to today through the music of its greatest innovators.

Communicating and Protecting: New Roles for the Public and Law Enforcement in Today’s Society


Instructor: Peter McDermott
Begins March 28 – Ends April 25, 2019
Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


The law enforcement profession by its very existence is a profession of ethics and integrity. These discussion sessions will clarify the roles citizens play in interacting with law enforcement to maintain safe communities.