The mission of the Presidents' College is to create an extended community of thinking people dedicated to the importance of the life of the mind. By offering a wide range of activities, the Presidents' College allows its participants to explore significant topics at a high intellectual level under the guidance of university-level faculty. The Presidents' College extends the University of Hartford's educational mission by engaging the adult population of its surrounding communities in the intellectual life of the campus, thus building significant connections between them and the University.
- 2014 PC Symposium - Save the Date - Sept. 14 - 9:15 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
• Opening Plenary Session. Nancy Meyer, publisher of the Hartford Courant, celebrating its 250th anniversary this year.
• CLIMATE. Laura Pence talks about paleoclimatology (ice cores from Antarctica and how we get historic information about climate)
• ART. Jennifer Steadman and the Connecticut Historical Society feature the Society’s upcoming exhibition on Hartford artist Richard Welling, who chronicled the Hartford cityscape.
• Humphrey Tonkin and Friends. A session where we get to meet some of the local movers and shakers in town this fall.
• CURRENT AFFAIRS. Robert McLaughlin, who will be moderating Hot Spots and Burning Issues this fall, selects a hot topic in the news and talks with us about it (topic to be announced nearer the date).
• ART. Alexandra Onuf discusses Artemisia Gentileschi, painter of a major recent acquisition by the Wadsworth Atheneum.
• SPORTS. Chris Martens looks back at Jesse Owens and Joe Louis and their confounding of Hitler’s theory of Aryan supremacy.
• BUSINESS. Bharat Kolluri, Andy Wei Hao, and others discuss the rise of the economies of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and their implications for the future.
• MUSIC. The Hartt String Quartet plays Antonin Dvorak and talks about Dvorak’s musical achievement.
• FILM. Fiona Mills talks about the movie The Hours and the issues that it raises for feminists everywhere.
• COMPLEXITY. Jane Horvath and Marcia Moen preview their course on complexity studies.• THE NOVEL. Writer Kalyan Ray reads from his new novel No Country (with book signing).
• CIVIL RIGHTS. Bilal Sekou leads a discussion of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and its current political implications
• LITERATURE. Jane Barstow introduces us to the work of novelist Edwidge Danticat.
• AFRICA. Adryan Wallace discusses Muslim women in Africa.
• HISTORY. Michael Robinson and colleagues explore meaning in history and the work of the historian.
The day ends with a plenary session and panel discussion hosted by the Rell Center on Public Policy, followed by a reception hosted by University of Hartford President Walter Harrison.
Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Time: 9:15 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
Location: Dana Hall
Fall 2014 Presidents' College events can be accessed at this calendar.
For details on courses, see the Presidents' College current newsletter.
Fall 2014 Presidents' College Activites @ a Glance
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