Current Trinity Workshops

Common Hour Workshops, Spring 2018 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Common Hour, Dangremond Family Commons (Hallden).

A Woman or a Womb?  Reproductive Legislation from Ancient Rome to Dystopian Future

Presented by Professor Serena Witzke, Department of Classical Studies, Wesleyan University

Between 18 BCE and 9 CE, the Roman emperor Augustus passed a radical set of social and moral legislation that enforced citizen marriage, prohibited adultery, and imposed heavy penalties on the childless. Oppressive regimes’ use of invasive legislation to control the citizenry via women’s reproductive rights and autonomy is far from a relic of the past. Ceaușescu’s Romania sought to revive enforced reproduction and women’s reproductive rights are seriously threatened in Republican-controlled America today, as dystopian literature and film express our fears of those threats becoming reality.

Response by: Joan Hedrick, Charles A. Dana Professor of History

Thursday, March 27— 12:30-1:30 — Dangremond Family Commons 104 (Hallden)

“A Conversation with Lisa Brooks, the author of Our Beloved Kin”

 Come and join a conversation with Lisa Brooks (Abenaki), Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, and author of Our Beloved Kin. Grounded not only in extensive archival research but also in the land and communities of Native New England, Our Beloved Kin provides a complex picture of colonial America, recovering a narrative of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King Philip’s War) through the intertwined stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson. Selections from the book will be available to interested attendees: contact Hilary Wyss (, Thomas Wickman ( or Anne Lambright ( for further information.

A PDF of Our Beloved Kind, Chaper 7 is available upon request through

Thursday, April 5, 2018, Common Hour, Dangremond Family Commons (Hallden). 

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning. 

Teaching Climate Change Across the Disciplines 

At the 2015 Climate Summit in Paris, then President Barack Obama called Climate Change the "one issue that will define the contours of the century more dramatically than any other”. Despite attempts to debunk global warming as a “hoax,” there is an overwhelming consensus among scientists that the earth is warming, that human activity is a major contributor, and that—without immediate and drastic measures—the consequences will be severe. Education is crucial, but how to teach Climate Change, both within one’s own field and across disciplines? What should a modern “Climate Change Curriculum” look like? 

Environmental Educator Stephen Siperstein, editor of Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, will give the key address.

Panelists include: Professors Beth Notar (Anthropology) and Amber Pitt (Environmental Science). ​