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Fairfield University To Host 'Life, Work, Art, Death' Series

Fairfield University's M.A. in Liberal Studies is hosting a program discussion series called "Life, Work, Art, Death" starting Oct. 30.
Fairfield University's M.A. in Liberal Studies is hosting a program discussion series called "Life, Work, Art, Death" starting Oct. 30. Photo Credit: Courtesy Fairfield University

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield University's M.A. in Liberal Studies is hosting a program discussion series called "Life, Work, Art, Death" starting Oct. 30.

The series  is a set of "interdisciplinary panel discussions" that are set to cover the "four activities in which all individuals are (or will be) involved," according to a press release. The first discussion, “Life,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Fairfield University's campus.

“They are also four activities that a lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about,” said Steven Bayne, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and director of the program, in the release. “Many individual disciplines study these activities, but why think they can they be understood by any one discipline in isolation from the others? In this panel discussion series we will bring the disciplines together to examine these four vital activities.”

“Life” will take place in the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center on campus and will include panelists Sara Brill, associate professor of philosophy; David Crawford, associate professor of sociology and anthropology; and Olivia Harriott, associate professor of biology, according to the release. The panelists will "begin with presentations of biological, anthropological and philosophical perspectives on the nature of life and then open it up to a discussion," according to the release.

The second discussion, “Work,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road in Fairfield, according to the release. The panelists include Cecelia Bucki, associate professor of history; Don Gibson, dean of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business; and Gita Rajan, professor of English, according to the release.

The panel discussions are set to resume in the spring semester with “Art” in February 2014, according to the release. The panelists for the discussion include Ryan Drake, associate professor of philosophy; Martha LoMonaco, professor of visual and performing arts and co-director of the American Studies Program; and Shawn Rafalski, associate professor of mathematics, according to the release.

The final panel discussion, “Death,” is scheduled for March or April 2014 with panelists Dennis Keenan, professor of philosophy; John Thiel, professor of religious studies; and Brian Walker, associate professor of biology, according to the release.

For more information on these events and the M.A. in Liberal Studies, visit the Fairfield University website.

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