Open MINDS Institute Spring 2018

Connecticut’s innovative learning center for curious minds of all ages.

Open MINDS Institute

is an exploratory “classroom without walls,” presenting topical seminars and workshops with master professors. We invite you to enroll in our stimulating, enriching, state-of-the-art academic seminars.

Combining academic excellence in open-ended lectures and interactive conversations, classes will be held on the Fairfield University campus, maximizing the resources and facilities of this world-class institution. Enrolled participants will be given special access to the exciting lectures and performances that make up the Quick Center season.

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.

Enroll by emailing us at membership@quickcenter.com

 

BEYOND THE HEADLINES: Is American Democracy in Danger?

Today’s political discourse includes pundits, journalists, and elected officials weighing in on whether President Trump is hurting American democracy. Is democracy in the United States in peril? This course will take participants on a journey to decide for themselves.

By the end of the course participants will walk away with a better understanding of how American democracy functions, the challenges it faces, and ways to help it thrive.

 

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT OPERA [But Were Afraid to Ask!]

Opera continues to captivate audiences because it presents the essence of humanity—complex emotions overlaid through social interactions. 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.

We will also engage in participatory discussions about why opera is or is not relevant today. Can audiences still connect with the storylines and thematic issues presented? Do we see our own reflection in characters on stage? By the conclusion of these seminars, opera may just earn a permanent place in your heart.

 

BIBLICAL STORIES IN WESTERN ART: A Visual Journey Through Time and Scripture

If you ever had your curiosity piqued about the stories depicted in the beautiful paintings found in the great European museums, and if you always wished you had taken a college course in Biblical literature, this 5-week series is for you.

You don't need to be a Bible scholar or even a believer to appreciate this seminar as we explore the wonderful legacy of these Bible stories through the golden thread of western art and civilization.