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Hoffman SummerWood Lectures—Fall 2018

As part of the University’s continuing cooperation with the Hoffman SummerWood Retirement Community in West Hartford, monthly lectures are offered on the Hoffman SummerWood campus, 160 Simsbury Road, West Hartford. Each lecture begins at 2 p.m.

Jazz Musicians of Note—Dan Fine

Tues., Nov. 13; 2 p.m.

Please note this event is open to Hoffman SummerWood residents only

Dan Fine will discuss and play piano selections to illustrate the musical styles and contributions of artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Waller, Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, and others. Bonus: he will leave time at the end of the class for requests from the audience.

Dan Fine began piano lessons at age 8 and has been playing professionally since age 14. He also has been playing saxophone with the Simsbury Community Band for 30 years and was on the board of The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz for 10 years. He has a BA from UConn and an MBA from Boston College. He retired as a stockbroker after 43 years.

This Land is Your Land—Ronald Epp

Wed., Dec. 5; 2 p.m.

Please note this event is open to Hoffman SummerWood residents only

Nearly a decade ago, public television showcased a series by photographer Ken Burns, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. This lecture will cover the challenges the new National Park Service faced from 1916–33, from the onset of the Great War through the "roaring Twenties," and the cataclysmic onset of the Great Depression. It will show how NPS directors Stephen T. Mather and Horace Albright expanded the system, while battling others within (and outside) the Interior Department who wanted to permit hunting, grazing, timber cutting, mining, and hydro-power development within the parks— conservative political initiatives that have been pursued by the new Trump administration.

Yet it is the American people who enabled the rapid success of this new model of land development for public benefit. Not only did the NPS promote its scenic and historic landscapes through innovative strategies, it also recognized the implications of accelerated tourist travel by automobile to a widening number of national parks. But would the success of the national parks movement be undermined by the economics of the Great Depression?

Ronald H. Epp, PhD, is a philosopher, historian, biographer, and academic librarian. He has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Memphis, and the University of Hartford before becoming its director of Libraries (1993–2001). Epp is a founding member of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors. He served as a consultant to America’s Best Idea: The National Parks, the Ken Burns PBS documentary. His Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr was published last year. Since then, Epp has delivered more than two dozen talks on conservation, most recently to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Note: Tuition and fees are non-refundable.