‘Bridging Divides’ Events this Semester Include Lectures, Films, Performances, and More

Trinity College Initiative Continues to Encourage Dialogue and Promote Understanding Across Differences

​Hartford, Connecticut, February 13, 2018—Through diverse programming and conversations being offered this semester, Trinity College’s Bridging Divides initiative continues to explore higher education’s role in advancing understanding and promoting a just society. The events being held throughout the spring semester include discussions of race and racism, academic freedom and freedom of speech, power and privilege, and the challenges of holding productive, respectful dialogue on such topics.

To read a feature story about Bridging Divides published in the Winter 2018 edition of The Trinity Reporter, click here.

Highlights of the many Bridging Divides events being held during the spring semester include:

February 22, 4:30 p.m., Smith House–Reese Room: “Before and Beyond Defense, or, on the Limits of Academic Freedom,” a Jan Cohn Lecture in American Studies with Kandice Chuh (pictured, right), the current president of the American Studies Association. Sponsored by Trinity’s American Studies Program.

February 24, 12:30 p.m., Mather Hall–Washington Room: Historian, professor, and author Ibram X. Kendi will be the keynote speaker at the Student of Color Conference, “Reclaiming Our Time: From the Margin to the Center.” Hosted by the Consortium on High Achievement and Success. Kendi’s book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction.

February 27, 4:30 p.m., Mather Hall–Alumni Lounge: “Religion and American Diplomacy: From Obama to Trump,” a lecture by Greenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow Shaun Casey, director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and a professor of the practice in Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. Hosted by the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life.

March 1, Common Hour, Mather Hall–Washington Room: “The Intersectionality of Race and Gender in Sports, Journalism and Today’s Climate,” by Jemele Hill (pictured, left) of ESPN. Presented by the Women & Gender Resource Action Center; co-sponsored by the Office of Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Dean of Students, SAIL, WGRAC, TCBWO, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Human Rights Studies Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, P.R.I.D.E, Imani, Department of Athletics, Bantam Network (Trinsition Fellows), SGA, PHAB, Masculinity Project, Multicultural Affairs Council, Women's Leadership Council. 

March 6–7, “Health in Caribbean Hartford” forum presented by the Center for Caribbean Studies

  • March 6, 6:00 p.m., Smith House–Reese Room: A panel discussion with Associate Professor of Anthropology Adriana Garriga-Lopez (Kalamazoo College, Michigan) and Associate Professor of History Mariola Espinosa (University of Iowa), who will share their expertise on public health in the Caribbean. This panel will be moderated by Trinity College Professor of Anthropology James A. Trostle.
  • March 7, 6:00 p.m., Mather Hall–Washington Room: The keynote speakers include: Juan Angel Giusti Cordero, professor of history, University of Puerto Rico, who will talk about hurricanes and health care in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; Bruce Gould, M.D., associate dean for primary care and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program in UConn’s School of Medicine, who will talk about the care of migrant Caribbean and central American populations in Connecticut; and Rocio Chang (Trinity College Class of 1994), M.A., Psy.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, who will discuss the use of trauma-informed services with Puerto Rican and other Caribbean communities. The speakers will be followed by discussions and workshops with health-organizations from the Hartford area.

To see a complete list of Bridging Divides programming for the spring semester, click here.