Greenwich, CT

Greenwich - Course Information

Professor Judith Malafronte

Opera in Cinema

The lectures will be on Tuesdays in Greenwich 7:00 – 8:30 pm

March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 22, 29, 2014


An introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company’s “Live in HD” transmissions of Borodin’s Prince Igor (March 1), Massenet’s Werther (March 15), Puccini’s La Bohème (April 5), and Mozart’s Così fan tutte (April 26).


We will use these four operas as jumping off points in our examination of librettos and source material, as well as the social and musical conventions of opera. We will consider dramaturgy, casting requirements and the concept of vocal Fach, language, artistic collaboration, the rehearsal process, reception and criticism, along with the historical aspects of opera production.


Participants should plan to attend the Saturday afternoon broadcasts noted above, either in Sprague Hall on campus or at a local theater. There will be relevant readings from a wide variety of sources, as well as viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube.


Professor Ted Marmor and Dr John Hughes

“The Health Care Crisis: How it arose, and what is to be done”

The lectures will be on Wednesdays in Greenwich 7:00 – 8:30 pm

March 5 – April 9, 2014


Through a series of short presentations and interactive discussion, the course will examine how and why health care costs have been rising uncontrollably in all developed nations, but especially in the United States. We will examine the relative contributions to rising costs in the U.S., including the increasing use of technology, an aging population, misplaced economic incentives, and the lack of spending constraints compared to other developed nations.  We will review the structure and financing of the U.S. health care system, building toward an examination of the major options for containing health care costs, including markets, regulation, capitation-based payment, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and hospital- focused strategies.  The course will conclude with a review of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, giving consideration to how effective it will be in both expanding access and containing costs.