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“In a ceremony this afternoon at Trinity College in Hartford, direct descendants of John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Anne Hutchinson, the charismatic religious dissenter he banished in 1637, will figuratively bury the hatchet. John Winthrop of Charleston, S.C., an 11th-generation descendant of Winthrop, will dedicate a memorial tree and shake hands with Eve LaPlante, who was born in Hartford, now lives in the Boston area, and is a 13th-generation descendant of Hutchinson. Both LaPlante and Winthrop agree that today's ceremony appears to be the first time the two families have come together in any formal way to reconcile differences that divided the colony into pro- and anti-Hutchinson groups. It's been a long time coming - 367 years … ‘We live in an age of so much conflict, why not have a reconciliation of a conflict?" asked Clyde McKee, a Trinity political science professor who was instrumental in bringing the descendants together. ‘This goes back to 1637. It is a major conflict that permeates American society.’”

“Hutchinson, Winthrop Ancestors Bury The Ax”
 Hartford Courant, November 3, 2004

“Mark Silk, director of the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., said Republicans have succeeded over a generation in making white evangelicals the base of the party. He compared it to how the Democratic Party came to rely on labor unions during the 1930s. ‘It [sic] think it will be hard for Democrats, even Southern Democrats, to break this lot,’ Silk said. ‘Blacks can still get Democrats elected in congressional races. But we've seen for the first time in this election a new kind of religious politics. In this part of the country, New York and New England, you don't have this habit of bringing religion into politics. This is a wake-up call to Northeasterners to think about how the other half lives.’"

“The evangelical factor”
 The Journal New (White Plains, NY), November 4, 2004

“Lucy Ferriss, author and writer in-residence at Trinity College, will give a talk about the writing life and read some selections from her works at a free program Wednesday at the West Hartford Public Library. Ferriss' fiction, which includes novels and short stories, has garnered awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, the Fulbright Fellowship program and the Midlist First Series. Among her books are The Misconceiver, Against Gravity, Gated River, Nerves of the Heart and Leaving the Neighborhood. Here is what Ferriss, shown here, said about her work at ‘... as I look back over my work of the past few years, especially the stories in Leaving the Neighborhood, Chekhov's distinction keeps coming back to me. He says that there is a confusion among people who understand that every story has a problem in it. He says that we need to remember the difference between solving the problem and stating the problem correctly. I think that what I am trying to do, over and over and with mixed success, is to state the problem correctly.’”

“Lucy Ferriss in free talk”
 Hartford Courant, October 28, 2004


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