Trinity Administrators and Professors Featured in National and Regional Media This Fall

President Berger-Sweeney Interviewed about Setting the Tone for Diversity and Inclusion

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 14, 2016 – Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney recently visited the Washington, D.C., offices of The Chronicle of Higher Education to speak with Senior Editor Ruth Hammond about setting the tone for diversity and inclusion on campus. During the 10-minute video interview, Berger-Sweeney described her experiences at the first female and first African-American president at Trinity and talked about the recent two-day presidents’ forum held on campus to address student activism, community, and presidential leadership. In the discussion with Hammond, Berger-Sweeney explained what the College is doing to make it easier for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds to attend Trinity. Watch the full video here.

Additionally, several national and regional media outlets have published articles written by or featuring Trinity College professors and administrators in recent weeks, covering topics ranging from race and class on college campuses to politics and environmental lessons.

•    Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College, wrote an article titled “Race and Class on Campus” for The New England Journal of Higher Education. “Higher education has a moral imperative to become the training ground for issues that students will face throughout their lives,” Pérez wrote. “Given the increasing diversity of higher education, there has never been a greater opportunity to address race and class.” Pérez stressed the importance of teaching students that confronting race and class in college is hard, but the results can be transformative. “Administration plays a significant role in setting the stage for dialogue,” he wrote. “The way colleges construct everything from their residential life policies to extracurricular activities can have an impact on how students engage difference.”

•    Professor of Biology Joan Morrison was the focus of the article, “Middle school students get hands-on environmental lesson,” in the Connecticut-based Journal Inquirer. The story explained that Morrison is now completing what could be her final bird-banding sessions with Two Rivers Magnet Middle School students in East Hartford after 14 years. “Morrison is set to retire from Trinity at the end of the semester. During her 16-year tenure, she managed to create the school’s environmental science program while focusing her research on birds living in environments impacted by humans,” the article said.

•    Mark Silk, director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life and professor of religion in public life, recently penned an article in Smithsonian Magazine called “Did John Adams Out Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings?” “The first eight months of 1802 were mercifully dull for President Jefferson,” Silk wrote. “The bitter election of 1800 was fading from memory. Then, in the September 1 issue of the Richmond Recorder, James Callender, a notorious journalist, reported that the president of the United States had a black slave mistress who had borne him a number of children.” In the article, Silk goes on to examine historical evidence that the revelations may have stemmed from gossip perpetuated by “Jefferson’s old friend and political rival John Adams.”

•    Artist-in-Resident Clare Rossini was interviewed by Kenyon Review as part of the publication’s “KR Conversations.” Rossini’s most recent book, Lingo, was published by the University of Akron Press. “She is currently completing a collection that includes poems about science, technology, and climate change,” the article said. “She is artist-in-residence at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she directs a program placing Trinity students in a public school arts classroom.” Her poem “The Man Transfused with the Blood of a Sheep” appears along with another poem in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of the Kenyon Review.

•    Cheryl Greenberg, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History, contributed a column to The Washington Post in which she examined the charges of anti-Semitism that have been leveled at the campaign of Donald Trump. “His language veils the bigotry in a much more subtle way than when Trump talks about Mexicans or Muslims — so much so that it’s not clear that Trump himself fully understands the implications of what he’s saying,” Greenberg wrote. “That the anti-Semitism is unintentional on his part doesn’t make it any less dangerous. By invoking these conspiracy theories without naming Jews, anti-Semitic ideas are introduced without fanfare into the mainstream political conversation while sending encouragement to those white nationalists who fully understand their implications. And so anti-Semitic sentiment and activity rises without anything explicit being said. It serves as a warning that dangerous beliefs can be transmitted even unwittingly if the opportunity presents itself.”