Great Season Coming Up for Open Visions Forum

Great Season Coming Up for Open Visions Forum

Open VISIONS Forum, Fairfield’s signature lecture series, announced an exciting 2013-14 lineup of evenings aimed at nurturing the life of the mind by bringing top thinkers, artists, and humanitarians to campus.

The season kicks off with Steve Kroft, one of America’s most respected journalists and a longtime correspondent for CBS, on Monday, September 16. Kroft, winner of three Peabody Awards and nine Emmys, will present “My Years in Journalism.”

Best known as television’s Ugly Betty and for memorable roles in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Lords of Dogtown, America Ferrera has turned her attention to international causes, including Save the Children and the documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, “An Evening with America Ferrera” takes place on Monday, October 7.

One of the “West Memphis Three” who spent nearly 19 years on Death Row for a crime of which he was later acquitted, Damien Echols has a harrowing story to tell. He and his wife, Lorri Davis, will present the annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture on Monday, November 18, co-sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies.

A.O. Scott, the New York Times chief film critic since 2009, has been at the forefront of discussion on American and international films. He’ll share some of his keen insights on Monday, January 27.

In 2009, Isabel Wilkerson became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism. Her stunning book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration is a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. Come hear from one of today’s top authors on Tuesday, February 11.

Listed as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” most influential people in 2012, Ronan Farrow, son of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, served as a special advisor to Hillary Clinton and is a human rights activist and freelance journalist. He will be speaking on Tuesday, March 18.

The Open VISIONS Forum season concludes on a high note: Dr. Spencer Wells, explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society and a noted geneticist at Cornell University, will deliver “The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey” on Thursday, April 10.

All events begin at 8 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. For more information and tickets, visit