Day-Long Course on the Mediterranean World Among Offerings in Academy of Lifelong Learning

Wide Range of Courses Taught this Spring by Former and Current Trinity Faculty Members

​Hartford, Connecticut, January 5, 2017 – Among the course offerings for the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s spring semester is a daylong course on “The Mediterranean World: The Sea, Literature, and Gastronomy.” Besides the March 4 Saturday Academy focusing on the Mediterranean world, a variety of courses are offered both on and off campus to give adults the opportunity to pursue new interests and expand their intellectual horizons. The co-directors of the Academy of Lifelong Learning are Leslie Desmangles, professor of religious studies and international studies, and Patricia J. Bunker, retired head reference librarian.

Fees for the courses range from $85 to $300. The fee for the Saturday Academy, including lunch, is $125. Limited scholarships for enrollment are available for Hartford residents. For more information, visit the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s website here.

Saturday Academy

“The Mediterranean World: The Sea, The Literature, and Gastronomy” on Saturday, March 4 will be held in four parts:

  • The Spanish Mediterranean: Catalonian Adventures on the Great Sea

Tom Harrington: 9:00–10:15 a.m.

  • The Archaeology of Luxury: Elite Dining in Ancient Rome

Martha Risser: 10:30–11:45 a.m.

  • Italian Foodways at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

Dario Del Puppo: 1:15–2:30 p.m.

  • Dante’s Inferno

John Alcorn: 2:45–4:00 p.m.


Off-Campus Courses

Memory across the Life Span: From Infancy to Mature Adulthood

The course taught by Karl Haberlandt will track the development of memory across life’s decades, with special focus on the older end of the age spectrum.

Five Thursdays: March 23, 30 and April 6, 20, 27

10:15–11:45 a.m.

Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111


Mussolini’s Rome

Benito Mussolini demolished neighborhoods to liberate ancient monuments as part of his cult of romanità. Today’s Rome is significantly the result of the Duce’s transformation of the Eternal City. Borden Painter’s course will tour all the principal sites and areas of Mussolini’s Rome.

Three Thursdays: March 30; April 6, 20

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The McAuley, 275 Steele Road, West Hartford, CT 06117


Trinity Evening Courses

Adventures in Rare Books: A Curator’s Perspective

Instructor: Richard J. Ring

Six Mondays: January 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6

5:30–7:00 p.m.


Andiamo in Italia! Italian for Beginners

Instructor: Martina di Florio Gula.

Six Tuesdays: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7

6:00–7:30 p.m.


From Libertinism to the Revolution: Screening the French XVIIIth Century

Instructor: Jean-Marc Kehrès

Five Mondays: February 13, 20, 27; March 6, 20

6:00–7:30 p.m.


Borders and Borderlands

Instructor: Johannes Evelein

Four Mondays: February 13, 20, 27; March 6

5:30–7:00 p.m.


The Making of the President: The 2016 Election

Instructors: Adrienne Fulco and Mark Silk

Four Wednesdays: February 15, 22; March 1, 8

5:30–7:00 p.m.


Memoir Writing

Instructor: Hank Herman

Eight Wednesdays: March 1, 8, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3

5:30–7:30 p.m.


Protestant Views of the Qur’an

Instructor: Steven Blackburn

Five Thursdays: March 2, 9, 23, 30; April 6

5:30–7:00 p.m.


Common Sense and the Common Good: The Ethics, Politics, and Economics of Creating a Just and Environmentally Sustainable Society

Instructors: Frank Kirkpatrick and Thomas Swarr

Four Wednesdays: March 1, 8, 29; April 5

5:30–7:00 p.m.


The Greatness of Beethoven: Nine Symphonies in Six Weeks

Instructor: John Platoff

Six Thursdays: March 9, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27

5:30–7:00 p.m.


African Cinema

Instructor: Sonia Lee

Five Tuesdays: March 28; April 4, 11, 18; May 2

5:30–7:00 p.m.


An Introduction to the Lyric Poetry of Horace

Instructor: Jeffrey H. Kaimowitz

Four Thursdays: March 30; April 6, 20, 27

5:30–7:00 p.m.


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