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Friday, October 6, 2017

An exploration of human development, imagination, well-being, psychology, the sciences, and creativity through words, arts, and music.

1:30 — WAMFEST Welcome, Lenfell Hall

1:30-2:30 — Student Arts Showcase, Lenfell Hall
Performances, Pop Up Gallery and Reception

Experience original performances, films and artwork by FDU students in this one-hour installation. Don’t miss the excitement of of this Pop Up Exhibit!

Student Performers:

  • Matt Cohen
  • Catherine Cooney
  • Breyton Croom
  • Nicole D’Amico
  • Abhi Tadakamalla

Faculty Facilitators: Professors Janet O’Neil, Director, Graphic Design Program and Robin Barkley, Director, Animation Program.

3:00-4:15 — “Words and Music: The Literary Rhythms of the Mind”, Hartman Lounge

Join us for a conversation between Poet and Essayist Michael Robbins (author of Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music, Simon & Schuster, 2017) and Grammy Award-winning R&B Musician and Producer, James Mtume. Together they will discuss the role of poetry and music in contemporary culture, and the ways in which both remain essential tools for navigating the terrain of modern life.

Moderator: Music Industry Veteran Bill Stephney, former CEO of Def Jam Records

7:30 PM — Sean Astin, in the WAMFEST Tent

Sean Astin is an American film actor, director, voice artist and producer, best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies and the title character of Rudy. In 2004, Astin broke into the publishing world and authored the New York Times best-selling There and Back Again, a memoir — co-written with Joe Layden — of his film career with emphasis on his experiences with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Sean is appearing in Season 2 of one of the year's most talked about shows, Stranger Things, as the new boyfriend of Joyce, who is played by Winona Ryder. The highly anticipated series returns to Netflix on October 31, 2017.

Sean Astin will join in a conversation with Professor Anthony Tasso, FDU Department of Psychology. Together, they will talk about Astin's Hollywood career, his advocacy work on behalf of mental health awareness, and his life growing up with two famous Hollywood parents -- Academy Award winning actress Patty Duke and distinguished actor John Astin.

Registration for Sean Astin


WAMFEST is an annual series of readings, interviews, talks and performances hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University. It brings successful artists of various art genres to the campus to inspire and inform students and the community. Past guests have included Ice-T, Bill Stephney, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Roseanne Cash, Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Demme, Talib Kweli, Mark Morris and Neil Gaiman.

All the events are free and open to the public.

For additional information, please email Kim Dennison, dennison@fdu.edu.

Invited Artists

Sean Astin

James Mtume

Michael Robbins