"One must maintain a committed relationship with the arts. The arts can be devil, can confuse; it can bore you to death," is how artist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz greeted the Open VISIONS Forum audience Monday evening, Oct. 26, at Fairfield University's Quick Center. "The arts almost unlike every other component in our culture and society can never make you less human."
Of all the lecturers who have spoken before the Open VISIONS Forum audiences none has been more appreciative nor given more accolades to those who make the lectures possible. He drew attention to each and every one, from the president of Fairfield University, Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, to Prof. Philip Eliasoph, founder of Open VISIONS Forum, to the producer, Elizabeth Hastings, the various dedicated professors on the faculty, the backstage crew, the lighting and sound engineers, video operators and volunteers who usher and even to the audience who come faithfully as subscribers and students. It was a well-deserved tribute as shown by the applause. That is Junot Diaz: an appreciative man.