Single Sessions Spring 2013
|SSS-01 The U.S. Constitution: The Commerce Clause and Equal Protection of the Laws|
Justice David M. Borden, Presenter * , February 18th, 2013. * 10:00 am-noon
Justice David M. Borden will make a presentation about the Commerce Clause (from the New Deal to the recent health care decision); and equal protection of the laws (from school desegregation to affirmative action) of the U.S. Constitution.
|SSS-02 The Mission of Capitol Community College|
A. Wilfredo Nieves, President, Capital Community College, Presenter * , February 25th, 2013. * 10:45 am-12:15
Dr. Nieves will expand on the college's mission and the many ways it is positively engaged in the Greater Hartford Community.
|SSS-03 The New School of Pharmacy at University of Saint Joseph|
Jim Henkel, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, School of Pharmacy, Univ. of St Joseph, Presenter * , March 13th, 2013. * 1:00 pm-3:00
Mr. Henkel will give us an overview of what goes into preparing students to to become qualified pharmacists and what students actually experience in the program. He will explain the thinking and planning for the new program, including determining the need for the program, and deciding to locate the program in downtown Hartford. Finally, he will discuss new research in the field of pharmacy and what new drugs and procedures we can see in the pipeline over the next 10 to 20 years.
|SSS-04 Charter Oak Cultural Center; an update on this radical experiment in Hope|
Donna Berman, Presenter * , March 20th, 2013. * 10:45 am-12:15
Rabbi Berman, with her usual wit, wisdom, and warmth, will discuss the confluence of art, spirituality and psychotherapy that is at the heart of the dream that is the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Rescheduled from fall 2012.
|SSS-05 Eye Care for Older People|
Dr. Alexander Gaudio, Presenter * , March 20th, 2013. * 9:00 am-10:30
Dr. Gaudio will discuss changes that take place in the eye as it ages, and diagnosis and treatment of disorders in the aging eye.
|SSS-06 What Darwin Really Said: Part 2|
Professor Michael Park, Presenter * , March 25th, 2013. * 1:00 pm-3:00
In the last part we traced evolutionary theory to the beginning of the 20th century. We'll now see how the last century has added to Darwin's basic idea, including the contribution from the latest discoveries in genetics, and we'll examine a major change to our understanding of just what Darwin said about the origin of species.
|SSS-07 Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Making of Uncle Tom's Cabin|
Joan D. Hedrick, Charles A. Dana Professor of History, Trinity College * , March 28th, 2013. * 9:00 am-10:30
This talk will explore Stowe's life and the forces that led her to writing what may be thought about as our national epic-- about the issue that threatened to split the Union. Stowe's education, literary reputation and other biographical issues will also be discussed. Dr. Hedrick is a Pulitzer Prize winner for her book, Harriet Beecher Stowe, a Life.
|SSS-08 Travel Is Fatal to Prejudice|
Craig Hotchkiss, Presenter * , March 28th, 2013. * 11:00 am-12:15
In his celebrated 1869 travel book The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain wrote that "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." The mature Mark Twain was the most recognized American in the world, and was perhaps the best "good will ambassador" we have ever had as a nation. This 30-minute presentation surveys the far-flung journeys of Mark Twain and illustrates how a boy with parochial and bigoted upbringing was gradually transformed into a far more enlightened and tolerant man who came to champion human rights and equality across the globe.
|SSS-09 Academic Dishonesty|
David Winer, Presenter * , April 8th, 2013. * 1:00 pm-3:00
The public news periodically publishes articles about college students cheating and committing plagiarism. How do colleges and universities deal with these issues? Is cheating, etc., very prevalent? Did students cheat in secondary school? What does academic dishonesty indicate about the ethics of undergraduates? Will they continue to be dishonest in graduate or professional school? Will they be honest in their professional careers?
|SSS-10 Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier - CANCELLED|
Peter Spiers, Elderhostel Vice President, Presenter * , March 19th, 2013. * 1:00 pm-2:30
Peter Spiers has written a book Master Class: Living longer, Stronger and Happier, and will speak about how retirees can enjoy the lifestyle of some of the most hale and hearty older people in the world. He will describe Road Scholar's educational travel programs and lay out a program for a retired life of engagement, enrichment, and fulfillment.
|SSS-11 Money in Politics and Civic Life|
Michael Rion, Former President of Hartford Seminary, Presenter * , April 11th, 2013. * 10:00 am-noon
Our speaker will discuss problems of money corrupting our political system and our shared values in society
|SSS-12 Poetry, Hartford, and Ann Plato, 1841|
Richard N. Pierce, Presenter * , April 18th, 2013. * 10:30 am-noon
In this program we will explore the "game" of poetry. We'll look at the status of American poetry in 1841 and then zoom in to Hartford, where we'll meet Ann Plato and read some of her work.
|SSS-13 Hollywood History (Rescheduled from Fall, 2012)|
Hollis Schneider, Presenter * , April 22nd, 2013. * 10:00 am-noon
A review of the development of motion pictures from the nickelodeons of the 1890's through the peak of Hollywood's success: the films, the stars, and the studios, set against a discussion of the social background which influenced the movies in each decade through the 1960's. Film clips will be shown. Hartford's movie palaces will be recalled.
|SSS-14 A Poetry Reading by Rennie McQuilkin|
Rennie McQuilkin, Presenter * , April 25th, 2013. * 10:30 am-noon
A poetry reading by Rennie McQuilkin focused on various sorts of rebirth, natural and personal. The poems will be drawn from his 10 poetry collections containing work that originally appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, and many other well-known publications. McQuilkin has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Connecticut. He has received the CT Center for the Book's Lifetime Achievement Award, and his most recent book, The Weathering, received the Center for the Book's annual poetry award in 2010.
|SSS-15 Connecticut Architectural Landmarks (Rescheduled from Fall, 2012)|
Christopher Wigren, Presenter * , May 9th, 2013. * 10:45 am-12:15
The Presenter, who is from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss a variety of sites to illustrate the broad range of Connecticut Architecture.
Younhee Shin, Presenter * , May 9th, 2013. * 1:15 pm-2:45
Once known as the Land of the Morning Calm, Korea now possesses the 12th largest economy in the world and is becoming more and more important in the world's economy, culture, and politics. Two documentary films about Korea will be shown. The first film illustrates the artistic and cultural achievements of Korea's past, and the second film shows Korea's industrial achievements since the Korean War. Ms. Shin, a representative of the Korean Culture project, will lead a question and answer discussion about Korea and the films.
|SSS-17 What Kind of Bridge Is That?|
Richard Woodring, Presenter * , May 14th, 2013. * 1:30 pm-3:00
As we drive on our highway system we cross or pass under many different kinds of bridges. Using models of different kinds of bridges, our presenter will try to help you answer the question " WHAT KIND OF BRIDGE IS THAT?" Bridge engineers have developed many different approaches to designing bridges. Early designs used stone and timber which were the only materials available. Later various types of iron were discovered that enhance the art of bridge building. Now we have high quality steel and concrete to construct amazing structures.
|SSS-18 Adjustment to College|
David Winer, Presenter * , May 16th, 2013. * 10:00 am-noon
The thrill and excitement of being admitted to a residential college is frequently offset by unanswered questions- about course selection, roommate problems, and feelings of not having made immediate connections with other students, athletic teams, or choral groups-and problems such as homesickness. What parents and their offspring should and should not do will be discussed.
|SSS-19 Finances for Seniors|
Geoffrey Swanson, CFP * , May 16th, 2013. * 1:00 pm-3:00
This course is designed to be an introduction to stocks, bonds and the markets and to educate seniors on the financial markets and how they work. Descriptions of different types of investments will be presented. Some topics that will be discussed are: what are stocks and bonds, what are the different types of stocks and bonds, what is the Dow Jones Index and how does the stock market work. ￼