Open MINDS Institute Fall 2017

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.

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Four Great Masters / Four Great Centuries

Instructor: Fiona Garland
Begins Sept 5-Ends October 10, 2017
Tuesdays 10:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Giotto, Van Eyck, Leonardo, and Velasquez are giant names in the history of western art. Their paintings demonstrate the very essence of artistic genius offering inspiration and beauty across the generations. From Florence to Flanders and from Milan to Madrid they defined their centuries’ artistic output while responding to the cultural contexts of their time. Each lecture will bring to life one of these artists in a dynamic presentation, also exploring both their influence and influences. Students are encouraged to offer their own responses and reflections after each lecture. The final class will meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for an on-site analysis and appreciation of examples of their great works. By the end of the course you will have a deeper understanding of how these painters came to address the high points of their cultural setting.


5555_qc_open-minds_instructor_garland_01172017.jpegFIONA GARLAND earned her MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute in London, specializing in Venetian art. Teaching in a lively and engaging style, she has guided tours of art museums and churches across Europe and North America. Ms. Garland is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Fairfield University Art Museum.


Four Giants of American Music: George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Richard Rodgers

Instructor: Orin Grossman
Begins Sept 27-Ends Oct 25
Wednesdays 10 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Explore the fascinating lives and music of four American music legends, and the ways in which these musicians changed the landscape of music in the United States. The course will trace the life and influences of each songwriter, highlighting seminal events and major accomplishments. Each class will feature full piano performances of selections by these brilliant musicians. The final class will sum up your journey and feature a preview of an upcoming concert featuring Orin’s musical family – his brother Jerry Grossman, principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and his wife, soprano Korliss Uecker, who will perform a number of selections from American sources. The class will have an opportunity to preview the music and talk to the musicians with special backstage ‘meet and greet.’


Orin GrossmanDR. ORIN GROSSMAN has been delighting audiences with his unique approach to performing and explaining American and European music. As a performer, he is an in-demand interpreter of the music of George Gershwin, playing his songs and classical compositions around the world. He performed Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and gave the Russian premiere of Gershwin’s ‘Second Rhapsody’ with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic to a standing ovation. As a star professor for ‘One Day University’ he has a unique talent for educating and entertaining with a disarming wit and easily comprehended intelligence.


Outraged, or Just Out of Sorts? – Making and Keeping Peace in Your Family, Social Club, or Workplace

Instructor: Trevor Mullineaux
Begins Oct 5-Ends Nov 2
Thursdays 11 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.

Explore the emotional, intellectual and value systems underpinning our discussions in an age of divisiveness and anger using attachment theory, relational interaction, self-awareness and reactivity in a lively discussion format to enlighten and hopefully smooth those pesky “family and friends” discussions. This open-ended workshop offers a road map for those tricky situations impacting our day to day. We are all dealing with the inevitable conflicts, problems, and issues within families and our partnerships. We even feel vulnerable expressing our views in our social relationships, clubs, civic organizations, community charities, and extended social networks. Referencing John Bowlby, Sue Johnson, Jim Coan, John Kabat-Zinn, and many more thought leaders in the fields of relationships, self-awareness and meditation, Ms. Mullineaux hopes to spark discussion, and find new ways to look at old problems through the lens of understanding personal reactivity and empathy.


Trevor MullineauxTREVOR MULLINEAUX is an Author, Talk Show Host, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), and ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) Supervisor specializing in relational therapy. Trevor believes that our well-being is profoundly affected by the quality of our relationships. Her 2013 book, Forging Healthy Connections: How Relationships Fight Illness, Aging and Depression, proves her theory: the healthier our relationships are, the healthier we are physically, living longer and more productively. She is a founding member of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.


You, on the Aisle: Re-Thinking the Greatest American Films

Instructor: Peter J. Fox
Begins Oct 11 – Ends Nov 8
Wednesdays 1 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

How has Hollywood's dream factory responded to the dramatic challenges that states of crises, political, and social changes have posed to our democracy? Which films have combined the most powerful social commentary with performances that are memorable and entertaining?

From King Kong to Star Wars, Gone with the Wind to American Hustle, this class familiarizes students with popular films produced during crucial junctures in the modern history of the United States. Each week, the class members will select a film from a group of films that will be assigned for viewing before the next class convenes. After viewing, detailed examination of the assigned films will cover how the film came to be produced - including details from the development, distribution and public response to the film. This is an in depth look at the movie industry from multiple perspectives including the financial backing, distribution, challenges of production, and the impact of premieres, audience and critical responses. Film clips will help provide an in depth look into these iconic films in these five relaxed, but faced paced sessions.


Peter FoxPETER J. FOX is a third generation member of the Hollywood community. He is the grandson of silent era star Rosa Rudami, an actress who later became a screenwriter for Cecil B. DeMille. His father, Peter C. Fox, was the first publisher to mass-produce movie program booklets which were sold at theaters across the world between 1958 and 1980. Peter J. Fox holds a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, and has worked as a story analyst and reader at Paramount, Universal, Sony Pictures, MGM and TriStar pictures. He is Executive Producer of A Summer Dance a full-length feature scheduled for release in Spring 2018.