‘Hartford: Past, Present, Future’ Symposium Welcomes Mayor, Speakers from Local Groups

Half-Day Event on October 19 Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Trinity’s Center for Urban and Global Studies

​Hartford, Connecticut, October 16, 2017—

WHAT: Trinity College’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) presents the half-day symposium, “Hartford: Past, Present, Future,” addressing the historical legacies of Connecticut’s capital city, the challenges facing Hartford today, and the opportunities for charting the city’s future. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will be the keynote speaker. Panels include speakers from the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, MetroHartford Alliance, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), and the Hartford community. This event, which celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College, is free and open to the public.

Mather Hall, Washington Room

                        Trinity College

                        300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017

                      9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Background: The Center for Urban and Global Studies plays a critical role in advancing Trinity’s urban and global education on campus, in Hartford, and across the world. Officially inaugurated in October 2007 through a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the center has also been supported by donors to the Trinity College Mellon Challenge for Urban and Global Studies. At the core of CUGS’ integrated urban-global studies mission lies Trinity’s unique links between academic programs on campus, experiential and service learning in the city of Hartford, and extended educational opportunities in the world. For more information, contact CUGS@trincoll.edu.


Schedule of Events – Thursday, October 19, 2017

9:30 a.m.:

Introduction by Xiangming Chen, Dean and Director, Center for Urban and Global Studies – Trinity College


9:35 a.m.:

Welcome remarks by Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney


9:50 a.m.–10:50 a.m. - Panel 1: Historical and Comparative Lessons

William Hosley

Principal, Terra Firma Northeast – Cultural Resource Development Consultant, CT

Luis Figueroa

Associate Professor of History – Trinity College

Thomas Rice

Trinity Class of 2017 – Providence, R.I. (Rice’s senior thesis in urban studies compared the historical trajectory of development and regeneration in Hartford and Providence.)

Sara Bronin

Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law – UConn School of Law

Moderated by Davarian Baldwin

Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies – Trinity College


11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Panel 2: Regional Thinking and Local Action

Scott Gaul

Research and Community Indicators Project Director – Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Julio Concepcion

Hartford Partnership Vice President – MetroHartford Alliance

Fiona Vernal

Associate Professor of History – UConn

Melvyn Colon

Executive Director – The Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA)

Moderated by Garth Myers

Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies – Trinity College


12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin: Address and Q&A

Introduced by Tim Cresswell, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs