Academy of Lifelong Learning Offerings Include Day-Long Course on Globalization

Programming On- and Off-Campus Brings Diverse Classes to Adult Learners This Fall

​Hartford, Connecticut, August 11, 2016 – A day-long course on globalization taught by experts from Trinity’s faculty is among the offerings of the fall semester’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. In addition to the October 22 Saturday Academy focusing on globalization, a broad array of courses are available both on- and off-campus. The courses are taught by current and retired members of the Trinity College faculty.

Course fees range from $85 to $300. The fee for the Saturday Academy, which includes lunch, is $100. For more information, including required reading and registration information, visit the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s website.

Saturday Academy

Saturday, October 22, 2016, with Rosario Hubert, Vijay Prashad, and Linda Tabar

Globalization is a multifaceted social process. It has transformed space (made us all closer) and time (made every second count toward some end or the other). The rise of global cultural and political formations comes alongside changes in the global political economy and capital accumulation processes. This course will help to shine a light on these changes and explore their meaning for our lives.

The program will come in three parts. In the first part, the three Trinity faculty members will analyze the contemporary emergence of globalization. This will be followed by an interactive session in which the faculty members will analyze videos, texts, and material that explore different facets of globalization. We will conclude with a panel discussion on globalization and culture that will investigate the impact of these transformations in the realms of art, cultural production, music, ideologies, and the formation of new transnational movements and resistance cultures.

Coffee: 8:30 a.m.
Classes: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Two morning sessions, lunch, and one afternoon
session on the Trinity College campus


Off-Campus Courses

Murder with Malice in Mind

We begin in England as Commander Adam Dalgliesh investigates the mysterious death of a celebrated investigative journalist, during which yet another death occurs. Dalgliesh, at his best, brings closure to both. Then across the Channel to Paris and Aimee Leduc and her associate Rene, who, as they unravel the message on an old encrypted photograph, are confronted with murder and painful legacies of World War II. Next to London and Josephine Tey, who, as she attempts to bring retrospective literary closure to the 1903 execution of two women convicted of “baby farming,” discovers a trail of deceit that leads inevitably to brutal murders. From London to the Gaza Strip and Omar Yussef, a man of boundless humanity, who in the course of a routine inspection of U.N. schools meets the “dark elements of Gaza-dirty politics, bribery, and assassination,” all the while seeking justice for the innocent and honor for the dead. Finally to remote Quebec, a sheltered monastery, silent monks, Gregorian chants, and the cruel murder of the choir leader that Chief Inspector Armand Gamache manages to solve with virtually all the odds against him, a combination that would break a lesser man.

Andrew De Rocco

Five Tuesdays; October 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15
10:15-11:45 a.m.
Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111


Culture War: The Place of Religion in U.S. Electoral Politics

The United States is a secular republic, yet religion and religious rhetoric play a more significant role in its politics than in many other states with religious establishments. In this course, we will investigate how and why this has happened and the impact of the “culture war” on the 2016 general election.

Lecture 1: Culture Wars from the Civil War to Civil Rights; Lecture 2: The Power and Agenda of the Religious Right; Lecture 3: The Agenda of Liberal Religions and Secularist Nones; Lecture 4: 2016 Regional Culture and Party Divisions.

Barry Kosmin
Four Thursdays; September 22; October 6, 13, 27
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The McAuley, 275 Steele Road, West Hartford, CT 06117


Trinity Evening Courses

Writing What You Feel: The Personal Essay

When something thought provoking/infuriating/outrageous/hysterically funny happens to you, do you automatically think, “Now that would be great material for an essay!”? Does the reflective nature — and short length — of the personal essay format appeal to you? In this course, you’ll learn how to turn your inclination into action — and turn those inspirations into finished pieces. You’ll be shown how to brainstorm for material, how to overcome your fear of the blank screen, how to edit yourself ... in other words, how to get from a rough idea to a polished piece. Whether your goal is publication or simply personal satisfaction, this course will help you achieve it. Due to the personalized, tutorial nature of this course, which is limited to eight students, and the extended length (eight weeks; two hours per session), the fee will be $300.

Hank Herman

Eight Wednesdays; September 14, 21; October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Archaeological Science

Learning about the past through the objects discovered in archaeological excavations can provide unique insights into the material culture of the individuals who created them. In order to learn more about the chemical composition or the age of particular artifacts, such as native copper beads, ancient coins, or ceramic vessels, interdisciplinary research between scientists and archaeologists is essential to understanding their technological and cultural significance. This course will introduce a range of archaeological materials along with the typical instrumental methods used to probe their age or elemental composition. We will focus on the analysis of locally excavated artifacts and on the role of scientific analysis in the sometimes controversial study of bone and the interpretation of scientific data in the study of maps and textiles. Current events from newspapers or other media will be supplemented with videos and readings from Lambert’s Traces of the Past (1997)

Maria Parr
Six Mondays and Wednesdays; September 19, 21, 26, 28; October 5, 10
5:30-7:00 p.m.

The Middle Ages at the Movies

In this course, we will look at the ways in which the Middle Ages has been represented in the movies. From the sublime to the ridiculous, the movies will range from humorous and high camp to more serious efforts to represent the period. For the first class, please view Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Before the first class, please send the instructor a list of three films you would like to submit for consideration.

Sheila Fisher
Six Tuesdays; September 13, 20, 27; October 18, 25; November 1
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sports — More than Just a Game

Sports have always had an impact and influence on society. How and why have sports transcended social, political, gender, and ethnic barriers? What is it about sports and athletes that gives us a sense of hope, that no matter what challenges or hurdles we face, we can conquer them all? In trying to answer these questions, we begin by reading about an eight-man crew team who beat the odds and brought hope to millions during the 1930s Depression in America. Then, we discover how the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s portray American culture and society with all of its prejudices, courage, triumphs, and disasters. From there we move to Odessa, Texas, where a high school football team shows how much sports can impact local communities. To finish our quest, we find out how members of a remote tribe have become the world’s greatest distance runners. By the end of the course, it will become apparent that, as Howard Cosell said, “Sports is human life in microcosm.”

Wendy C. Bartlett
Four Mondays; October 10, 24; November 7, 28
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Mark Twain, Social Critic

No one experienced or reflected more of 19th century America than Sam Clemens. As Mark Twain, he distilled his moody love/hate affair with his country into some of the most entertaining novels in our literature. This course will delve into The Gilded Age (co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner in 1874), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889). We will admire these works for their zest, wit, and artistry, but mostly we will mine them for Twain’s acute opinions and insights about the society of his day. Classes will be conducted as seminar discussions. Reading ahead will be essential. Students are asked to read the first 13 chapters of The Gilded Age prior to the first class. Copies of the required readings may be purchased on or at the Trinity College Bookstore.

Eugene Leach
Six Tuesdays; October 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
5:30-7:00 p.m.

The Mind’s Eye: Visual Insight in Science and Art

Everyone has heard stories about scientists doodling on napkins and suddenly having an “aha” moment in which they “see” the answer to a conundrum. The thought experiment is another form of visual insight, such as Einstein’s explanation of relativity in terms of a moving train. The difference between these two examples is that the “aha” moment seems to be spontaneous, while the experiment is constructed. What is insight? Are we “imagining” things? Most humans think visually, but because this ability develops early in life, we lose sight (literally) of its magnitude. In this wide-ranging course, we will ponder the connection between insight and creativity in art and science, including how babies gain a spatial conception of their world and how early humans conveyed the three-dimensional universe in two dimensions via maps and star charts, developing signs, symbols, mathematics, and language along the way.

Kathleen Housley
Five Mondays; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Can Science Bring Us Closer to God?

The ongoing debate about the relationship between religion and science often settles on the conclusion that they are mutually exclusive: asking different questions, utilizing different method-ologies to answer those questions. This course will investigate how science, with the rapid technical advances of the latter part of the 20th century and first part of the 21st century, might provide insight and lend credence to the Christian belief system. Participants will explore questions such as “Did God create science?” “What would the presence of another life form in our universe mean?” “Who made whom in whose image?” and “What if we found Jesus’s DNA on the Shroud of Turin?” How might the answers to these questions impact our relationship with God and Jesus?

William Church
Four Thursdays; November 10, 17; December 1, 8
6:00-7:30 p.m.