Past Trinity Workshops

Comm​​on Hour Workshops, Fall 2015                                       Hallden Hall 

Thursday, October 15 Common Hour
Trigger Warnings and Intellectual Discomfort
Co-sponsored with the Center for Teaching and Learning
Readings      Todd Gitlin, "Please be Disturbed: Triggering Can Be Good for You, Kids" Tablet (March 3, 2015)
Massimo Pigliucci, "The False Dichotomy of Trigger Warnings"Scientia Salon (May 28, 2015)
Panelists   Molly Helt, Psychology; Sara Kippur, Language & Culture Studies; Timothy Landry, Anthropology and Religion
Moderators    Maurice Wade, Philosophy; Sean Cocco, History 

Tuesday, December 1 Common Hour
Neuroscience and the Humanities: Shaping Memory
Port of "25 Years of Neuroscience at Trinity"
Readings      Aaron Seider, "Context" and "Methodology" (pp. 13-27) in ​Memory in Vergil's Aeneid: Creating the Past​. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Adam B. Blake, Meenely Nazarian & Alan D. Castel (2015)
The Apple of the mind's eye: Everyday attention, metamemory, and reconstructive memory for the Apple logo,The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68:5, 858-865. 
Jesse Rissman and Anthony D. Wagner (2012) "Distributed Representations in Memory: Insights from Functional Brain Imaging." Annual Review Psychology, 63: 101-128. 
Panelists   Elizabeth Casserly, Psychology; Dario Euraque, History
Special Guest Aaron Seider, Classics, Holy Cross
Moderator    Meredith Safran, Classics 

Thursday, December 3 Common Hour
Neuroscience and the Arts: Tone, Color, and the Brain
Part of "25 Years of Neuroscience at Trinity"
Readings      Loui, P., Alsop., D., & Schlaug, G.  (2009). Tone-Deafness: A Disconnection Syndrome? Journal of Neuroscience,   29(33), 10215-10220.
Bevil Conway, Color Consilience: Color through the Lens of Art Practice, History, Philosophy, and Neuroscience.  ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 92012) 1-18.
Panelists/Special Guests Bevil Conway, Neuroscience, Wellesley College; Psyche Loui, Psychology, Wesleyan University
Moderator    John Platoff, Music

Common Hour Workshops, Spring 2015

Hallden Hall 

Thursday, January 29 Common Hour
Representing the Garífuna People: An Afro-Caribbean Diaspora *Part of Black History Month*
Reading      Lara Putnam (2013). "Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age."  The University of North Carolina Press, 21-49.
Panelists   Pablo Delano, Studio Arts; Milla Riggio, English
Sp​ecial Guests   Lucy Blanco & members of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble
Moderator    Dario Euraque, History

Tuesday, February 10 Common Hour
Education: Emancipation, Enlightenment, Efficiency
Reading​        Jacques Rancière (1991). "The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation."  Stanford University Press, 2-19.
Panelists    Chris Hager, English; Isaac Kamola, Political Science
Special Guest      Jen Sandler, Director of the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation and Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Moderator        Jack Dougherty, Educational Studies 

Thursday, March 5 Common Hour
The Art of Creation: Improvisation and Gender in Music and Dance
Reading        George P. Upton (1890). "Woman in Music."​ A.C. McClurg & Co., 15-30. 
Panelists       Gail Woldu and Jennifer Allen, Music; Lesley Farlow, Theater and Dance
Special Guest         Lisa Coons, Composer
Moderator         Dan Román, Music

Thursday, April 16 Common Hour
Animal Consciousness: Perspectives from the Humanities & Sciences
Reading       Philip Low (2012, July). The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness​. Declaration conducted at the Francis  Crick Memorial Conference, Cambridge, UK. Retrieved from         
Panelists    Shane Ewegen, Philosophy & Classics; Kent Dunlap, Biology; Dan Lloyd, Philosophy
Moderator  Michelle Kovarik, Chemistry

Common Hour Workshops, Fall 2014                                                   Hallden Hall 

Thursday, September 18 Common Hour

Herencias: Contemporary classical Puerto Rican music and culture

Join us for a conversation regarding the culture, politics, and history of contemporary Puerto Rico in anticipation of guitarist Yovianna García's concert ​Herencias, at 7:30 PM in Goodwin Hall.
​Reading       Edgardo Díaz and Peter Manuel (2009). "Puerto Rico: the rise and f​all of the danza as national music." In Peter Manuel. Creolizing Contradance in the Caribbean. Temple University Press, 113-122.
Panelists     Dan Roman and Eric Galm, Music; Luis Figueroa, History; Yovianna García, guitarist
Moderator Anne Lambright, Language and Culture Studies/Hispanic Studies  
Event Photos
           Eric Galm, Music (Below)                                                         Luís Figueroa, History (Below)
                                                             Yovianna García, Special Musical Guest (Below)
Thursday, October 9 Common Hour 
Beauty, Culture, Freedom: Western norms and women's bodies

Who decides what "progress" and "empowerment" mean for women's bodies? Join feminist scholars in examining the politics of globalizing dominant Western beauty ideals and the resulting constructions and controls of women's bodies, including veiling, female genital cutting and body weight.
Reading      Lisa Wade (2009). "Defining Gendered Oppression in U.S. Newspapers: The Strategic Value of 'Female Genital Mutilation'."  Gender and Society 23:3: 293-314.
Panelists    Tamsin Jones, Religion; Tanetta Andersson, Sociology; Afshan Jafar, Sociology, Connecticut College
Moderator Janet Bauer, International Studies

Thursday, November 20th Common Hour
Canon, Curriculum, Cultural Authority: Shaping the "educated person"
Why does a society form a "canon"the body of art and literature deemed "important" or "great" by cultural authorities? What is the ideal or practical relationship between canon and curriculum?  How has the changing notion of the "educated individual" challenged the traditional Western canon?
Readings    John Guillory (1993; re-issued 2013).  Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation. University of Chicago Press, vii-xiv; Caroline Winterer (2004).  The Culture of Classicism. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1-9.
Panelists    Seth Sanders, Religion; Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Educational Studies; Bill Mace, Psychology 
Moderator Meredith Safran, Classics

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Co-Directors: Maurice Wade, Philosophy & Meredith Safran, Classics

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