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Open MINDS Institute

Fall 2020 – Offerings

“Staying in touch – open to discussion – community conversations for learners exploring a diversity of views”

In response to the current COVID19 situation, we cannot offer our usual curriculum of enriching, live, interactive seminars with Master Teachers and engaged community members and avid lifelong learners. We invite you to register for livestreamed, educational virtual seminars:

Recognizing that ‘education is for everyone’ – this fall you can learn, be inspired, and find new directions as we invite you to join the Open MINDS Institute learning community. You will enjoy your discussion with Master Teachers who share their knowledge in a range of topics from art history, politics, media criticism, constitutional law, publishing, and opera.

Open MINDS Institute courses are free but registration is required.

The Art of Pandemics: Ancient Athens to Modern Manhattan

Fiona Garland

Instructor: Fiona Garland

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 1 p.m.


Join me to take a look at how artists and their art have been influenced by pandemics from ancient Athens to modern Manhattan.

Navigating the Media in Election 2020 Season

Matthew Tullis

Instructor: Matthew Tullis, PhD

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 1 p.m.


This class offers informed class members to share views in the processing of the informational / data overload in the web and print universes.

Pandemics, Politics, and Participation

Instructor: Gayle Alberda, PhD

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 1 p.m.


Election 2020 is around the corner. Join Gayle Alberda for an active and engaging dialogue navigating beyond passionate positions towards conversation, reflection, and analyses.

You Can’t Say That: A short history of limiting speech and expression in the United States

Alan Neigher

Instructor: Alan Neigher, J.D.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 1 p.m.


Class discussion will allow for an open dialogue on landmark “free speech” events capturing Connecticut and the national media’s concerns and contested viewpoints

Book Publishing from the Inside: Notes from a Gatekeeper’s Portfolio

Elisabeth Algonquin

Instructor: Elisabeth Scharlatt

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 1 p.m.


Join us for a look inside the book publishing industry featuring veteran publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt. She will reveal the ups, downs, and sideways world of bringing books to the public.

Opera: Who Cares? And Why Should We.

Erik Novoa

Instructor: Erik Novoa

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 1 p.m.


This presentation will connect opera to healing moments during the pandemic and to civil rights issues that permeate our current consciousness. Perhaps, opera is necessary after all.