Open MINDS Institute Winter/Spring 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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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Coping with Tricky Family Relationships

Instructor: Trevor Mullineaux, LMFT
Begins March 2 – ends March 30
Thursday Mornings: 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

A discussion group for anyone challenged by their in-laws, parenting, grand parenting, or ex’s, around difficult issues, including our recent election.


Trevor MullineauxTREVOR MULLINEAUX, LMFT is a blended family expert, and Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor based in Southport, CT. Trevor has extensive experience with helping families through difficult and emotionally challenging times. Her therapy is based in attachment theory; that our emotional bonds are the key to our well-being. Mrs. Mullineaux’s ability to facilitate a families’ shift towards safety and healthy communication in the system leads to resilient children and happier couples.


Engage with the Creative Community:

Engaging with the Creative Community
Why the Arts and Culture Matter

Instructor: Stephanie J. Coakley
Begins March 7 – ends April 4
Tuesday afternoons: 12 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

A discussion about how important access to creativity and history is for a healthy community, and the unsatisfactory state of funding for the arts and culture in America as a growing concern impacting our lives. Led by Stephanie Coakley, the director of the Pequot Library, this course will culminate with a visit to the Morgan Library & Museum in NYC for a guided tour of current art and rare book exhibitions.


Stephanie CoakleySTEPHANIE J. COAKLEY is the director of the Pequot Library in Southport, Conn. Since 1998, she has devoted her career to working with diverse communities to improve lives through the power and wonder of the arts and culture. She served as the director of Education and Community Partnerships with the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona where she co-founded the Museum School for the Visual Arts, a public high school for artistically talented teenagers on the campus of the art museum and the first of its kind in the U.S.


You On the Aisle

You On the Aisle
What Made Those Films So Memorable?

Instructor: Peter J. Fox
Begins February 22 – ends March 15
Wednesday afternoons: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join us with Peter J. Fox, a noted film critic, journalist, and television commentator on this five-week journey and deep examination of the most iconic films of our time.


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.