The President's View

The president of Fairfield University on higher education

Tosca, and the Met in HD

on
This season promises to be a very good one indeed. Aida will be presented this Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 and 6 p.m., followed by Turandot in November and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann in December [Read More]
Categories: General

St. Edmund, and a place of contemplation

on
We live in a world just a as fragmented as that of St. Edmund’s, and the challenge we face is similar: How do we remain whole and integrated persons despite all the adaptations that the world demands of us? [Read More]
Categories: General

The Green Campus

on
And as universities, we should also practice what we preach and implement green practices where possible. There’s no point in lamenting — in the classroom — the damage we are doing to the earth, if we are going to carry on as usual as an institution. [Read More]
Categories: General

Project Pierre Toussaint

on
This week, I sent this message to the Fairfield University community concerning the news regarding Project Pierre Toussaint: To the Fairfield University community: In the past few days, our community has been shaken by the news concerning the arrest of and criminal charges against Doug Perlitz ’92, founder and former director of Project Pierre Toussaint, […] [Read More]
Categories: General

The National Day of Service

on
All of us will have our own unique memories of Sept. 11, 2001, memories filled with shock, grief, and sadness. In the history of every nation there are such watershed moments where no one goes untouched, and after which nothing will ever be quite the same again. But if history teaches us anything — and […] [Read More]
Categories: General

What does a President Do?

on
Now and then someone will ask: “What does a university president do?” One story I always like to tell is about the time when a reporter from our student newspaper asked if they could “shadow” me for a day. I said: “Sure, why not.” So the day began with a meeting at 8:30 a.m. with […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Stanley Fish and the Core Curriculum

on
No writer on the mission of universities has a higher profile at the moment than Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University. During the 1980s he was a tremendously influential, almost notoriously controversial literary theorist. More recently he has emerged as a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Should universities teach “citizenship?”

on
One of the things that we stress at Fairfield — increasingly so — is the importance of building a community amongst our students. In a few weeks our class of 2013 will be arriving, and while their academic schedules will be demanding, they will also be expected to be engaged during their “spare” time. They […] [Read More]
Categories: General