In the News

“Over the years, Vijay Prashad, a professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., has established himself as one of this nation’s leading writers and intellectuals. His previous book, Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity, was a revelation, deeply researched and argued persuasively . . . His latest book [Keeping Up With the Dow Joneses: Debt, Prison, Workfare, South End Press, 2003] maintains his high standards as it adds crucial insight on a number of contemporary matters of pressing concern . . . It is a valuable ammunition in the ongoing struggle to transform the nation by beating back the right wing and their corporate patrons.”

Book review excerpt from “Corporate America’s dirty secret,” People’s Weekly World, December 6, 2003

“The kids in Hartford deserve a plan better than Sheff. For decades, the state has put off substantial reform, hoping that patching up the present system would somehow improve it. The Sheff plan attempts to stay within the threadbare approach. Connecticut can’t hope to break the present cycle of inequality and poor education in Hartford until we provide students with meaningful alternatives, such as honest funding of Open Choice.”

Excerpt from an OpEd by Gerald Gunderson: “Expand Choices, Not Magnet Schools,” Hartford Courant, December 7, 2003

“Hartford’s Wyllys/Lisbon … residents’ photos and Trinity students’ narratives will help create a view of 21st-century life in their neighborhood and the city, when portions of them are preserved in the Hartford Studies Project history archives at Trinity . . . Students in nonfiction writing, photography, and film classes at Trinity went to Wyllys/Lisbon, an affordable housing co-op, to meet and interview seven families . . . For a broader view of urban issues they did research and talked with police officers, lawyers and other community workers who serve the neighborhood.”

“Trinity Project Creates Record of City Neighborhood Life” Hartford Courant, December 11, 2003

“’Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,’” says our philosopher hero, Miranda Sharpe, to her empty-headed cat. Indeed they don’t. And nobody expects to read an exciting crime thriller that is set in the world of cognitive science, peopled by real philosophers who care about the mysteries of existence and that claims to present a new theory of consciousness. The author, Dan Lloyd, a neurophilosopher from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, has burst onto the consciousness scene with a book that is both a gripping story and an intellectual challenge {Radiant Cool}. He even appears in his own plot, portraying himself (or his namesake) as a polite, if dull, middle-aged cognitive scientist who creates the best-ever website on consciousness.”

Book review excerpt from “The case of the mysterious mind,” New Scientist, December 13, 2003

“Hear ye, hear ye. Early this month, just moments before the verdict came down determining whether Anne Hutchinson would be found guilty of heresy, a band of Wampanoag Indians attacked the Massachusetts Bay Colony, massacring its citizens and shattering Governor John Winthop’s vision of the ‘City on the Hill.’ That may not be the version schoolchildren learn, but that is how events played out at Trinity College in Hartford, where first-year students reenacted the Colonial trial as part of a seminar called ‘Reacting to the Past.’ . . . ‘It’s a really new type of teaching and a new way of taking a class.’ Said Lily Vazova, a sophomore who took the course last year and served as a teaching assistant this semester. ‘It’s not a lecture, or a professor taking control of everything, so people really get into it.’ . . . That kind of involvement is exactly what Trinity faculty members were seeking when they decided to import the ‘Reacting to the Past’ program. Professor Clyde McKee, who oversaw the trial, as well as this semester’s trial of Socrates, said the program was clearly working. ‘Students really get into this,’ he said, ‘They get passionate. The number of cuts in the class is almost zero.’

“Students act out history, giving it their own twist” Boston Globe, December 14, 2003

“ … Bushnell and others envisioned the park as a place where rich and poor could mingle—and, Bushnell said, make eye contact . . . ” ‘Bushnell is saying, ‘Whether we like it or not, we have to get along and to do that we have to know each other and see each other,’ said Andrew Walsh, who teaches urban history at Trinity College . . . . ‘In a sense, this is the first in an endless series of efforts to fix Hartford,’ Walsh said. ‘Hartford, by the time this goes through, is in the throes of the impoverishment that goes with being an urban industrial center . . . It’s probably the most successful urban renewal effort in Hartford, too.’

“The First Renewal - 150 Years Ago, The City Voted to Clear The Slums and Create a Park,” Hartford Courant, January 5, 2004


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