Wassong Lecture

The Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, Culture, and History was established in 1996 in loving memory of Mrs. Wassong with the support of friends, family and her husband, Joseph Wassong'59. Since 2010, the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary ​Studies has been honored to organize this annual lecture.  

2018 Wassong Lecture:

Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00pm, McCook Auditorium
Speaker:  Cheryl Greenberg, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History​, Trinity College

A History of Black-Jewish Relations – A Usable Past for the Age of Trump 
This lecture traces the political collaborations between African American and Jewish American organizations during the 20th century on issues of civil rights and civil liberties, as well as their tensions and struggles.  It seeks to draw “lessons” about what worked and what did not in this powerful coalition.  The lecture is both a historical exploration of engagement with the long civil rights movement and a political primer for coalition building today.

Past Wassong Lectures:


          1.      Stephen B. Oates, historian and biographer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, The Man at the White House Window: Abraham Lincoln and the Central Idea of the Civil War (10/29/1997)

         2.      Samuel D. Kassow, historian, Trinity College, Polish-Jewish Relations During World War II  (10/28/1998)

         3.      Michael Fitzgerald, art historian, Trinity College, Picasso’s Paintings of the Artist’s Studio: An Exhibition for Hartford and a Central Theme in Modern Art (10/25/1999)

          4.      Paul Goldberger, author and architecture critic for The New Yorker, Is There Still a Reason for Cities?  10/30/2000)

          5.      Alden Gordon, art historian, Trinity College, From Public to Intimate in Eighteenth-Century French Portraiture: The Image of Madame de Pompadour, Mistress to Louis XV” (10/30/2001)

          6.      Daniel Goldhagen, political scientist, Harvard University, A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust (03/13/2003)

          7.      Borden W. Painter, historian (and president), Trinity College, The Fascist Transformation of the Eternal City (10/28/2003)

         8.      Martha Crenshaw, political scientist, Wesleyan University, Why Us?  The United States and Terrorism (10/21/2004)

         9.      Kathleen Curran, architectural historian, Trinity College, Atmosphere and Art: The American Museum and the Period Display (11/07/2005)

         10.  Warren Goldstein, historian, University of Hartford, William Sloan Coffin and the Glory, Decline, and Revival of Liberal Protestantism in American (11/06/2006)

         11.  Louis Masur, Trinity College, Race and Boston: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked America (10/29/2007)

         12.  Michael Burlingame, Connecticut College (emeritus), The Life of Abraham Lincoln: New Findings, Fresh Perspectives (03/23/2009)

          13.  Frank G. Kirkpatrick, Trinity College, Churches in Crisis: How Sex, the Bible, and Authority Are Dividing the Faithful (03/15/2010)

         14.  Amitava Kumar, professor of English, Vassar College, Make Your Own Academic Sentence (03/08/2011)

         15.  Joan D. Hedrick, Charles A. Dana Professor of History, Trinity College, Spirited Women: The Visions of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ellen White, Prophet of Seventh-day Adventism (April 23, 2012)

        16.  Dagmar Herzog, Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar, City University of New York, Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth Century History and a History of the Present (04/22/2013)

         17.  Drew Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College, Nietzsche’s Love for Socrates (April 28, 2014)

         18.  Josiah Ober, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (April 27, 2015)

         19.  Leslie Desmangles, Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity College, The People of the Lonely Star:  The Jewish Diaspora in the Caribbean, (April 25, 2016)

          20.  Paul Robinson, Law Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Trigger Crimes and Social Progress:  The Tragedy-Outrage-Reform Dynamic in America (April 25, 2017)

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