Fairfield University will present a talk by author and social commentator Sarah Vowell

at 8 p.m. Wednesday,

March 28, at the university's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road.

Vowell's talk, "Author's Liberty as a Voice of Patriotic Radicalism," will be given as part of the school's Open Visions Forum lecture series.

Following Vowell's presentation, an informal conversation will be held with Professor Philip Eliasoph, forum moderator, and Dr. Cecelia Bucki, chairwoman of the school's Department of History

Vowell, The New York Times' bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture, was also contributing editor for Public Radio International's "This American Life" and the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird's Pixar Animation Studios film "The Incredibles."

She has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time and San Francisco Weekly and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of The New York Times.

Her television appearances include "Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and the "Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

She is the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6 to 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Community partner for this event is the Pequot Library in Fairfield.

Tickets, at $45, are available through the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010 or online at www.quickcenter.com.