Purpose and Plan

The Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College has been sponsoring a research seminar titled “The Transformation of Hartford Through the Early 21st Century: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives,” which will run from 2008 to 2010. The purpose of this seminar is to widen and deepen Trinity’s engagement with and contribution to Hartford by undertaking a comprehensive and multi-scaled study of the transformation of Hartford from a once strong manufacturing center to an economically challenged and ethnically diverse post-industrial city today, as well as of other dimensions of this fundamental transformation.

This two-staged seminar involves a broad group of Trinity and non-Trinity faculty along with interested policy analysts, community representatives, and students.

The first stage (2008-2009) featured a series of open fora, extended discussions, and background research on a range of critical issues facing Hartford. 

The second stage (2010-2011) aims to produce a research-based book that will contribute to classroom and experiential teaching, urban scholarship, and community development. We are currently producing an edited book on Hardford in comparison with such New England cities as Springfield and Lawrence, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, and Portland, Maine. Titled Urban Legacy and Global Imprint: The Transformation of Hartford and Other New England Cities and edited by Xiangming Chen, the book will be published by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, in 2011. The 20 contributors to the 15 chapters that make up the book include nine faculty and staff from Trinity College, scholars from Boston College, Brown University, University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, City University of New York, and New York University, three members from the Hartford business, government, and media communities, and two Trinity students who graduated in 2010 and specialize in urban studies.

Xiangming Chen
Dean and Director
Center for Urban and Global Studies
Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of
Sociology and International Studies
Trinity College

xiangming.chen@trincoll.edu