Trinity Faculty Members to Tackle Subject of Exploring New Frontiers

Panel Discussion to be aired on WNPR’s “Where We Live”

​What: Two members of Trinity’s faculty, Shafqat Hussain and Clare M. Rossini, will participate in a panel discussion on “Beyond the Extremes: Contemporary Narratives of Exploration.” The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education in collaboration with WNPR and Drunken Boat, an international online arts journal. The panel members will be introduced by Ravi Shankar, executive director of Drunken Boat, and the discussion will be moderated by John Dankosky, host of WNPR’s “Where We Live.” The discussion will be broadcast during the week of May 7.

When:  Thursday, May 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.

Background: The panel will focus on the history of exploration, the tools of the trade, and the new frontiers that exist for discovery in the new millennium.

Trinity’s representatives on the five-member panel include Hussain, assistant professor of anthropology, and Rossini, director of the College’s Inter-Arts Program and visiting assistant professor of English.

A native of Pakistan, Hussain has designed and initiated an innovative project for snow leopard conservation in northern Pakistan. In 2009, Hussain won the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award for his work in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. His Ph.D. research was a historical ethnography of the Hunza region in northern Pakistan, focusing on Victorian explorers’ encounters with local people during the era of the Great Game in the 19th century. Hussain obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Rossini’s scholarly interests include English, American and world poetry; the imagination of place and eco-criticism; the history of science; folklore and folk tales; the community cultural development movement; and community-based learning. Rossini is the author of three collections of poetry: Lingo; Winter Morning with Crow, one of two finalists for PEN’s first Joyce Osterweil Award; and Selections from the Claudia Poems, an art book edition. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Ploughshares; The Kenyon Review, Poets for a New Century, and The Best American Poetry.

The other panelists include Adriane Colburn of San Francisco, who has spent several years traveling on expeditions with scientists who study climate change in remote locations; Helen Rozwadowski, an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut and coordinator of the Maritime Studies Program at the university’s Avery Point campus; and Michael Robinson, associate professor of history at the University of Hartford and author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture.

The poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University, Shankar is the founding editor and executive editor of Drunken Boat (​), one of the world’s oldest online arts journals, and chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust.

Dankosky has been working in radio, mostly public radio, for 21 years. He has reporter for National Public Radio on presidential elections, crime, education, drug abuse, immigration and more.

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