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Smithsonian at Oxford

By | July 27, 2016

Credit: Barbara Burian

Between lectures and tours, there was ample free time to explore one’s own interests.  I poked around Blackwell’s, the renowned bookstore, explored the magnificent botanical gardens, and listened in awe to the music of sung evensong at Christ Church Cathedral.  Oxford is a magical place, steeped in history and tradition.  Whether you are a student of Newton or a fan of Harry Potter, Oxford reaches out to you.  In a world which faces so many challenges, I found it comforting to reflect on the sheer magnitude of our “civilization.”  I use the term “civilization” to encompass the art, music, history and literature which one can almost reach out and touch, a sense of so much knowledge, so many great minds, so many students influenced by the thinking at this great university.  When one breathes the air of Oxford, one becomes part of this tradition of learning.  I can’t wait to return.

Credit: Barbara Burian



Barbara Burian has an extensive background in customer relationship management, event plan-ning and tour management. Her wide and varied experiences encompass tenures at New York University and Fairfield University, a career with the IBM Corporation which took her to the corners of the globe as a consultant on e-business, and extensive travel including acting as tour manager on trips to England, Finland, Egypt and Italy. She has visited over 50 countries on six continents, and continues to respond to the lure of a new adventure.

Mrs. Burian has over twenty years of teaching credentials within the corporate and academic communities. She has served on the faculties of New York University and Fairfield University, where she was instrumental in developing a program in computer ethics, and is the author of two books on information systems.

She is now retired, and pursues her love of travel and interests in horses, gardening, bridge and sports. An avid rider and one-time foxhunter, she keeps horses on her property in Connecticut. She continues to be active in the community and serves on the vestry and as treasurer of Trinity Southport Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Burian received her Masters in Business Administration in Information Systems from the University of Connecticut, where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Holyoke College.

Mrs. Burian is widowed. She has two daughters and five grandchildren. She and her family live in Fairfield, CT.

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