2020-2021

09/24/20 Women’s Suffrage

Following the passage of the 19th amendment, thirty-four women ran for office; five were elected to Connecticut's General Assembly in 1920. Since that time, the number of women serving in elected office has risen steadily. Why are the numbers of elected women still low in comparison to their percentage population? How does gender balance impact legislative decisions? Join us for a small group discussion on these issues.

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10/14/20 Monuments and Democracy In Historical Perspective

Join us for a discussion on the role monuments play in our community. We will examine three monuments from three different centuries to learn more about how America responded to each monument when it was conceived and how we respond to them today. The monuments we will examine are the Washington Monument (dedicated 1885), the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (dedicated 1982) and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (opened 2018).

The panelists include: endawnis Spears (Diné/ Ojibwe/ Chickasaw/ Choctaw); Manisha Sinha, Ph.D.; Dana Miranda, Ph.D.

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10/15/20 From Suffrage to Election

Following the passage of the 19th amendment, thirty-four women ran for office; five were elected to Connecticut's General Assembly in 1920. Since that time, the number of women serving in elected office has risen steadily. Why are the numbers of elected women still low in comparison to their percentage population? How does gender balance impact legislative decisions? Join us for a small group discussion on these issues.

Patti Russo of The Campaign School at Yale, CT Representative Gail Lavielle and Kathy Fischer of UConn's Women Center will be available to answer questions and deepen understanding after discussions.

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10/26/20 American Dreams

As 'American Dreams' begins its Hartford run, join community members for a special Encounters Dialogue event. Who gets to be a citizen? Who gets to decide? American Dreams: It's a Game. It's a Show.  It's America. Imagine a world where the only way to gain U.S. citizenship is by competing in a live online game show. Welcome to American Dreams where each night, you, the audience gets to choose who will become your new neighbor. This playful participatory performance takes a page from America’s favorite game shows and uses voting, polling, trivia and more to explore who and what we choose to believe—and how those choices come to shape who we are.

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11/05/20 Radical Women Artists

Explore questions about how gender has shaped the history of art and how notions of gender have evolved over time. Join a conversation about gender and art as we evaluate the artist Zoe Leonard’s assessment of poet Eileen Myles’s presidential candidacy. What can we learn from the trials of female political candidates when we think about how women artists have worked and succeeded in a male-dominated art world? Free and open to the public. Advance registration required.

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11/11 and 11/19/20 Race and Community Dialogue

This dialogue provides the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to discuss, share experiences, and ask questions about race. There are two opportunities to attend: Wednesday November 11 or Thursday November 19.

Given the immense amount of diversity on the UConn campus, it is important to engage in meaningful dialogues about race and racism. It is up to college campuses to respond to, engage, and reflect the diversity of their students. This workshop provides the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to discuss, share experiences, and ask questions about race on campus. This session focuses on the barriers of creating a more diverse and accepting university as well as discussing concrete steps that we might take as a community, as an institution, and as individuals to combat racism and build a more diverse and inclusive campus environment.

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09/21 Uncovering Black and Indigenous Histories

Who gets remembered? The Ancient Burying Ground is a state historical treasure whose many headstones commemorate leaders of Connecticut’s colonial past. More than 500 Africans, African Americans and Native Americans found their final resting place there, too, and yet rarely are they remembered by a personal grave marker. Join us for a small group discussion exploring the history of the Ancient Burying Ground and learn about the lives of Black and indigenous people interred there and their genealogical connections to our present community.

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10/12 Public Punishment, Race and Remembrance

Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

What does the history of punishment in Connecticut mean for us today? For twenty years, a reproduction stock and pillory have stood on the west side of Connecticut’s Old State House. Without any signage or description, myths and inaccurate information have grown up around them. But they have also spurred meaningful reflection on public punishment and its effects on individuals and communities. What, then, were stocks and pillories actually used for? Who was punished with such items? As historical artifacts, how do they affect passersby; and what unspoken messages do museums convey to people by displaying such devices with no explanation? Join us for a facilitated dialogue on the subjects of state punishment, the display of instruments of public humiliation, and the relationship between our museums and communities.

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11/09 Afrocosmologies

What do the visual arts reveal about African-based religions and practices among the diaspora and in the Americas? In turn, how do those religions and practices influence black artists, past and present? What place does Hartford have in Afrocosmologies? Join us for a morning of facilitated conversation as we dive into these questions, explore the exhibition Afrocosmologies: American Reflections, and dialogue with neighbors and scholarly experts.

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11/19/19 Race and Community

The entire community is invited on Tuesday, November 19 at 3:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom to continue the discussion of how we grapple with racism on our campus and how we might work together to transform our University to support racial justice. This necessary conversation will allow participants to engage in an honest exchange about how race and racism affects different members of the UConn community and our community as a whole. As we work to create a welcoming UConn for all students, faculty, and staff, we must begin by listening to the diverse and often hidden ways in which race is experienced at UConn.  Our hope is that such listening can lead to understanding, and from understanding can come actions that make UConn a more just, equitable, and inclusive community.

Our gathering will consist of two parts. The first hour will include a moderated dialogue and the sharing of personal stories and perspectives on race, community and confronting racism by 8 members of our community: Elly Daugherty, Dean of Students; Trisha-Ann Hawthorne-Noble, Director of Student Athlete Development; Tom Katsouleas, University President; Kazem Kazerounian, Dean, School of Engineering; Andrew Kim `15, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, CLAS; Avolyn Nieves, Undergraduate Student & USG Outreach Commissioner; Steve Nunez, PhD Candidate, Philosophy; and Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, Department of History & Director, UConn Hartford Campus. This conversation will consist of three rounds: 1. discussion of personal experience of race and racism; 2. discussion of race in society; 3. discussion of what kinds of changes panelists would like to see in order to make UConn a more inclusive and equitable community.

The second hour will consist of individual table dialogues whereby those attending in the audience will go through those same 3 dialogue rounds. There will be individual table facilitators to guide conversation and recorders who will take down what is said in the 3rd round, i.e. participants’ suggestions for change.

This event will be hosted by Glenn Mitoma, Neag/Director of Dodd Human Rights Impact, and co-moderated by Dominique Battle-Lawson, Neag, and Brendan Kane/History, Director of the Democracy and Dialogues Initiative. We look forward to seeing you there, hearing your voice, and continuing this critical conversation and collective self-reflection.

Attendance for the entire length of the event is required.

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01/25 Public Punishment Race and Remembrance

What does the history of punishment in Connecticut mean for us today? For twenty years, a reproduction stock and pillory have stood on the west side of Connecticut’s Old State House. Without any signage or description, myths and inaccurate information have grown up around them. But they have also spurred meaningful reflection on public punishment and its effects on individuals and communities. What, then, were stocks and pillories actually used for? Who was punished with such items? As historical artifacts, how do they affect passersby; and what unspoken messages do museums convey to people by displaying such devices with no explanation? Join us for a facilitation dialogue on the subjects of state punishment, the display of instruments of public humiliation, and the relationship between our museums and communities.

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02/22 The 2020 Census

Encounters is a structured-dialogue model that allows participants to come face-to-face and converse about the issues that matter in their community. Encounters dives deeply into these subjects through facilitated, small-group dialogues followed by a “question and answer”-style conversation with content-area specialists. Readings are provided beforehand to better encourage informed and informal dialogue. From 10am - 12pm, participants will be able to experience an Encounters dialogue first hand around the topic of the Census with lunch to follow. From 1:30 - 3:30pm, Encounters team members will facilitate a "how-to" training for those interested in implementing this model in communities anywhere and everywhere. 

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02/22 Moderator Training

Encounters is a structured-dialogue model that allows participants to come face-to-face and converse about the issues that matter in their community. Encounters dives deeply into these subjects through facilitated, small-group dialogues followed by a “question and answer”-style conversation with content-area specialists. Readings are provided beforehand to better encourage informed and informal dialogue. From 10am - 12pm, participants will be able to experience an Encounters dialogue first hand around the topic of the Census with lunch to follow. From 1:30 - 3:30pm, Encounters team members will facilitate a "how-to" training for those interested in implementing this model in communities anywhere and everywhere. 

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03/14 Food Systems and Sustainability

Food and dining were transformed in eighteenth century Europe by profound changes that resonate to this day. What many of us eat, the way food is cooked, and how we dine, continue to be influenced by radical changes that took place in France between 1650 and 1789, the start of the French Revolution. The exhibit: Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture explores this transformation. Examine themes about food cultivation in small group dialogues with short readings provided in advance. 

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09/22 One Year After Maria

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09/29 Treaty of Hartford

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10/20 Surrealism and War

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11/17 Encounters Conference

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02/16 La Amistad

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03/09 Emily Mae Smith and #MeToo

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04/06 States of Incarceration

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09/16 The Voting Rights Act

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10/23 Confronting Racism Through Dialogue

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10/28 Alchemy and Science

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11/18 The 1%

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02/24 Citizenship

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03/03 The American Gothic

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04/21 Intrafaith Conflict

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04/25 Guns, Rights and the State

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12/19 What’s in a Name? Rethinking Quinnehtukqut

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02/07 The Declaration of Independence

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03/04 The Bill of Rights

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04/29 The Constitution

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