In the News

“When visiting Barcelona, Spain, heed this advice: Throw away the travel guide and don’t even think about going to a bullfight. Why? Because the only way to ‘get’ the Barcelona culture is to put yourself in the middle of it. … In all, to make it in Barcelona, relinquish your tight grasp on your American identity for a little while. Maybe you’ll leave a little more tired and a little bit heavier, but you’ll also gain a lot of knowledge about a fascinating culture.”

“Soaking Up Barcelona’s Lively Culture”
 Lesley Peterson ’05
 Hartford Courant, January 22, 2005

“At 24, Sohaib Nazeer Sultan could easily be mistaken for a graduate student as he walks the campus of Trinity College. But when students return to classes this week, they will find Sultan in his office in the Interfaith House on Vernon Street, as Trinity’s first Muslim chaplain. … Trinity students may also notice that Sultan will occasionally be trailed by a film crew. He is a subject in ‘The Calling,’ a four-part PBS documentary series about the spiritual journey of eight people from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths who have chosen a life in the clergy. The crew has followed Sultan since he was an undergraduate in Indiana and has come to Hartford Seminary to film him there … As a religious leader on campus, Sultan said, he is there for both Muslim and non-Muslim students, and to help build bridges between faith and secular communities on campus. ‘The most important thing is for me to be available to all students, to answer questions and not take offense, because I know there is a lot of misunderstanding about Islam, and my job is to work through that.’”

“Muslim Chaplain Building Bridges at Trinity”
 Hartford Courant, January 23, 2005

“Kind, hard-working and innately gifted with computers, Bronzell Dinkins never stopped learning or helping others … By the time he entered college, he had met his sister’s girlfriend, Patricia Lewis, who found him ‘nice, and sharp as a tack’ … ‘He was an excellent student, very knowledgeable, in a way typical undergraduates wouldn’t be,’ said Ralph Morelli, a professor of computer science at Trinity. ‘He really stood out.’ Morelli chose Dinkins as a teaching assistant even before graduation, and later Dinkins was hired as an instructor in the college’s computer lab. ‘He was a quiet, gentle person,’ Morelli said, ‘but confident in his ability. When things broke down, he’d volunteer to fix them, and he put a lot of time into it. I never saw him get testy with students … and students loved him’ … Dinkins and his wife enjoyed movies, theatre, dance, and especially, videos … ‘It didn’t matter if it was James Brown or Einstein,’ said Patricia … Bronzell Dinkins Jr. said that besides being a loving parent, his father embodied the work ethic. ‘We weren’t handed anything; we had to work for everything,’ he said. ‘That is missing for a lot of kids. They take a lot for granted. I realize how hard my parents worked for everything they owned. He was the model I try to pattern.’”

“Sharp As A Tack’ And A Gentle Soul”
 Hartford Courant, January 23, 2005

“George Washington was no George Patton. He and his fellow Revolutionary War officers proved time and again that they could turn near victories into defeat and defeats into disasters. Benedict Arnold and Charles Lee were brilliant field commanders, but Arnold betrayed the cause, and Lee challenged the chain of command in ways that threatened the overall war effort. Horatio Gates won at Saratoga in 1777 but then played self-promoting politics for the rest of the war, suffered a devastating loss at Camden and made a muddle of the Southern command. Nathaniel Greene, who replaced Gates in late 1780, offered this assessment of the spirit of the Continental Army: ‘We fight, get beat, rise and fight again.’”

“The Story of a Persistent Revolutionary War Hero”
 Louis P. Masur, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of American Institutions and Values
Chicago Tribune, January 30, 2005

“Didn't think it was possible for the left to be anymore splintered? Welcome to the world of biopolitics ... Biopolitics, a term coined by Trinity College professor James Hughes, places pro-technology transhumanists on one pole and people who are suspicious of technology on the other. According to Hughes, transhumanists are members of ‘an emergent philosophical movement which says that humans can and should become more than human through technological enhancements.’ The term transhuman is shorthand for transitional human -- people who are in the process of becoming ‘posthuman’ or ‘cyborgs.’ It may sound like a movement founded by people who argue over Star Trek minutia on the Internet, but transhumanists are far more complex and organized than one might imagine. They got their start in the early 1980s as a small band of libertarian technophiles who advocated for any advancement that could extend human life indefinitely or eliminate disease and disability.”

“The Next Digital Divide: How biopolitics could reshape
our understanding of left and right”
Utne, January, 2005

“The UnPOSSESSED seems modern-day manic, not history-minded hysterical, and it's experimentally emotive rather than entertainment-driven. Based on videotaped excerpts I've seen, the show appears to deal, imagistically and imaginatively, with the impermanence of performance, the limitations of literature, the death of hope, the madness of modern living. Its staging is frenetic yet stark. It's not a musical per se, but there is a live, onstage band playing an original score by Justin Handley … The UnPOSSESSED , which Double Edge brings to Trinity College on tour this week after a triumphant run at New York's LaMama ETC space in November, has its own circus elements: stiltwalking, rope-swinging, actors encased in rolling metal frames, and confrontational, occasionally clownish acting techniques. Various New York reviews, all favorable, have described the production as ‘fervid,’ ‘circusy,’ ‘off-kilter’ and ‘outdoor-like.’”

“Don't Cry For Me”
Hartford Courant, February 5, 2005

“In the days preceding his Valley Music Series performance, John Rose will spend hours stroking the keys and pumping the pedals of the Congregational Church's organ in Naugatuck. He will listen to the mighty instrument's tonal qualities and reflect on how its sound reverberates in the cavernous space where he will perform on Feb. 13. It's a meticulous process that involves going through all the organ's dozens of stops, or timbres, that an organist can choose from by manipulating different knobs or tabs on the instrument to adjust the music's registration. ‘You can't just show up to play a concert on a strange organ,’ explained Rose, an internationally known organist and director of chapel music at Hartford's Trinity College since 1977. Rose knows much of the need for performance preparation. His hands have caressed the keyboards of dozens of organs around the world -- from Newark's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, where he started his career at age 20, to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.”

“Internationally known organist gears up to perform at Naugatuck's Congregational Church” Republican-American, February 6, 2005

“Sharon D. Herzberger, a psychology professor and administrator at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., has been chosen as president of Whittier College. Herzberger will join the 2,500-student campus in July after finishing the school year at Trinity, where she is vice president for institutional planning and administration. She will replace Katherine Haley Will, who left to become president of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.”

“Connecticut Educator Chosen to Head College”, February 13, 2005

“Through the entrance of the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College came the smell of incense, the occasional sound of bells and the chanting of seven Buddhist nuns from a Nepalese monastery. Part prayer, part performance, part process, this was the beginning of the end of a two-week effort to create - and on Monday, dismantle - a mandala, a meditative sand sculpture popular in Buddhist tradition …The word ‘mandala’ is Sanskrit for ‘circle.’ A mandala is ‘normally created as a meditational aid, showing the layout of a celestial palace, its surrounding environment and the placement of deities within,’ according to Laura Harrington, Trinity professor of religion, writing in the exhibit's program. Such meditation and reflection, Harrington writes, can help change daily perceptions of a chaotic world into wisdom and ‘the blissful world of Buddhas.’ Or, as visitor Michelle Carpenter of Windsor put it, ‘You feel that you want to personally reflect and take the opportunity to simply quiet your mind, and we in America are so busy and we lead such crazy lives, that we don't ever take time to do that. I'm going to … call my husband, and say, `You need to come down and see this,'’ Carpenter said. ‘And experience it. It's beyond description. You just need to come see and feel and be a part of it. Have a presence here with something just very special.’"

“At Trinity, An Ancient Symbol Of Unity Is Created”
Hartford Courant, February 13, 2005

“A new series of books says religious life in Missouri and Kansas has developed in ways that at times are quite different. Missouri is religiously ‘complex,’ was ‘initially dominated by a French Catholic presence’ and is part of a region “in which religious conflict has been pronounced.’ Indeed the region that includes Missouri ‘has become the central theater for the nation's ‘culture wars.' Kansas, by contrast, has been ‘a radical land’ at times in its religious history, but today Methodists are the most dominant faith group, although their numbers are falling. These and other conclusions about religion in the two states are found in a new ‘Religion by Region Series’ of books published in cooperation with the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.”

A diversity of diversities: Missouri and Kansas figure
in a series studying regions and their religions”
Kansas City Star, February 13, 2005

“Albert Einstein’s famous Theory (Relativity), Kurt Gödel’s famous Theorem (Incompleteness) and Werner Heisenberg’s famous Principle (Uncertainty) declared that, henceforth, even science would be postmodern. … But as [Visiting Professor of Philosophy] Rebecca Goldstein points out in her elegant new book, ‘Incompleteness: the Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel’ (Atlas Books; Norton), of these three figures, only Heisenberg might have agreed with this characterization. … Einstein and Gödel had precisely the opposite perspective. Both fled the Nazis, both ended up in Princeton, N.J., at the Institute for Advanced Study, and both objected to notions of relativism and incompleteness outside their work. They fled the politically absolute, but believed in its scientific possibility.”

Truth, Incompleteness And the Gödelian Way
New York Times, February 14, 2005


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