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Library Lectures—Fall 2018

The Library Lectures are sponsored by the Fellows of the Presidents' College as a service to the campus and community..

Shakespeare Goes Global: Henry V and the Theatrical Imagination—Humphrey Tonkin

Fri., Oct. 5; 10:30 a.m.
Location: KF Room

First of a three-part Library lecture series. Series cost: $20; Fellows: no charge

Shakespeare wrote Henry V at the very end of Elizabeth’s reign. Soon, she would die unmarried and childless. Yet the play Henry V looks forward to imagine a united Britain and backward to invoke a time when heroism was still possible. Is its message one of hope or cynicism—a prophecy of better days or a representation of the futility of human endeavor? Or maybe just a shrewd political statement by a skilled playwright, and a commercial message about the power of theater?

Humphrey Tonkin's second book on Spenser, The Faerie Queene, was reissued two years ago. He has recently retired as University professor of humanities and as director of the Presidents’ College, which he was instrumental in founding when he was president of the University of Hartford in the 1990s and for which he has led numbers of trips to England over the years.

The Archaeology of the Holocaust: Ten Years of University of Hartford Projects in Rhodes, Poland, and Lithuania—Richard Freund

Fri., Oct. 19; 3 p.m.
Location: Greenberg Center

Second of a three-part Library lecture series. Series cost: $20; Fellows: no charge

The University of Hartford has been involved in groundbreaking research to document the Holocaust. There are presently four film documentaries about its work in these countries, which highlight the state of the art and science, and the students and staff who are part of the research team. Professor Freund, who directed these projects, will show clips and a PowerPoint presentation about the “backstory” of each project. Part of the story is how this research may make it more difficult for perpetrators of past and future Genocide to think that they can get away with crimes against humanity. 

Richard Freund, PhD is the Maurice Greenberg professor of Jewish History and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. He is the author or co-author of nine books and has directed, on behalf of the University of Hartford, archaeological projects in Israel including the Cave of Letters, Qumran (site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls), Yavne, Bethsaida, Nazareth, and Har Karkom. He also has a series of projects in Lithuania. Freund’s work has been featured in television documentaries made for National Geographic, NOVA, The History Channel, Discovery, BBC, and CNN.

Being a Writer-Amity Gaige

Fri., Nov. 30; 2 p.m.
Location: KF Room

Last of a three-part Library lecture series. Series cost: $20; Fellows: no charge

Amity Gaige will begin her lecture with short readings from her three books. Then she will discuss the way "being a writer" has led to both joy and sorrow (but mostly joy), ever since she published her first book in 2004. For the rest of the session, she is happy to take questions from you about the goals, values, and logistics of the writing life.

Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My DarlingThe Folded World, and Schroder.  A New York Times Notable Book, Schroder has been translated into 18 languages, and was shortlisted for UK’s The Folio Prize in 2014. Gaige is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, a Baltic Writing Residency, and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. From 2010–16, she was the Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College, and now teaches at Yale.