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Discussion on the Art of Exploration and Pushing Towards New Frontiers

Posted 04/27/2012
Posted by David Isgur

Come learn about the history of exploration, see tools of the trade, and discuss what new frontiers exist for us to discover in the new millennium, as the University of Hartford hosts a panel discussion on “Beyond the Extremes: Contemporary Narratives of Exploration,” on Thursday, May 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Wilde Auditorium (in the Harry Jack Gray Center) on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

The panel will feature Michael Robinson, a scholar of exploration and associate professor of history in the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College; snow leopard conservator and Himalayan anthropologist Shafqat Hussain; visual artist and expeditioner Adriane Colburn; Claire Rossini, director of Trinity College's InterArts Program and poet; and Helen Rozwadowski, coordinator of maritime studies at UConn-Avery Point.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education in collaboration with WNPR Radio and Drunken Boat, an international online journal of the arts. The panel discussion will be moderated by radio personality John Dankosky, host of WNPR's "Where We Live," and introduced by Central Connecticut State University poet-in-residence and Drunken Boat Executive Director Ravi Shankar. The program will be broadcast on "Where We Live" the following week.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Michael Robinson at 860.768.5951 or


Shafqat Hussain is an assistant professor of anthropology at Trinity College in Hartford. Shafqat obtained a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. He is from Pakistan and has worked in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. His PhD research was a historical ethnography of Hunza region in northern Pakistani, focusing on Victorian explorers’ encounters with local people during the era of the Great Game in the 19th century. Shafqat has also designed and initiated an innovative project for snow leopard conservation in northern Pakistan. In 2009, Shafqat won the National Geographic Emerging Explorer award for his work in the region.

San Francisco based artist Adriane Colburn has spent the past several years traveling on expeditions with scientists who study climate change in remote terrains, such as the Arctic and the Amazon. Adriane’s recent work consists of large-scale installations (comprised of layers of hand cut paper, digital prints, video and projected light) that investigate the complex relationships between human infrastructure, earth systems, technology and the natural world. These works, derived from scientific data, images and video, look at how mapping is used to investigate fragile and inaccessible ecosystems along the edges of the Earth’s last vestiges of wilderness. For more information:

Clare Rossini is the author of three collections of poetry: Lingo (The University of Akron Press, 2006); Winter Morning with Crow (University of Akron Press 1997), chosen by Donald Justice for the Akron Poetry Prize and one of two finalists for PEN's first Joyce Osterweil Award; and Selections from the Claudia Poems (Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, 1996), an art book edition. Her poems and essays have appeared in a range of journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Poets for a New Century, and the Best American Poetry. At Trinity, she serves as director of Trinity's InterArts Program teaches creative writing courses for the Department of English. Her scholarly interests include English, American, and world poetry; the imagination of place and eco-criticism; the history of science; folklore and folktales; the community cultural development movement; and community-based learning. She is currently working on a fourth book of poetry whose subjects include late-medieval science and global warming.

Helen Rozwadowski is an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut and coordinates the Maritime Studies program at shoreside the Avery Point campus. Her teaching includes environmental history and history of science, as well as interdisciplinary maritime studies courses. She is currently researching undersea exploration in the 1960s, a time when ocean boosters had optimistic dreams for working and living in the sea. Her work considers ocean exploration as a category of exploration of extreme environments including outer space and the polar regions. She is currently guest curator for an upcoming exhibit at Mystic Seaport titled “Sinister Seas.” Her award-winning book, Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea, is a scientific and cultural history of 19th-century interest in the ocean, manifested in maritime novels, in the popular hobby of marine zoology, in the youthful sport of yachting, and in the laying of a trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.

John Dankosky has been working in radio—mostly public radio—for 21 years. Since coming to Connecticut in 1994, he's helped to build WNPR's award-winning newsroom - cultivating one of the most talented news staffs in public radio. He has reported for National Public Radio on presidential elections, crime, education, drug abuse, immigration and more. He's edited award-winning documentaries on Connecticut history, 9/11, and the mental health of children, and has been involved in editorial planning for Public Radio News Directors, Inc., The Public Radio Exchange, and NPR's Local News Initiative. He's won awards for reporting, hosting “Where We Live,” and "overall station excellence" from the AP.

Ravi Shankar is the founding editor and executive director of Drunken Boat (, one of the world’s oldest online journal of the arts, and chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust. He has published or edited seven books or chapbooks of poems, including the National Poetry Review prize winning “Deepening Groove,” and W.W. Norton’s “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,” called “a beautiful achievement for world literature,” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, appeared on the BBC and NPR, been featured in The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently an associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University.

Michael Robinson is an associate professor of history at the University of Hartford. He is the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2006) which won the Forum for the History of Science in America Prize in 2008 and received positive reviews from the Times Literary Supplement and other journals. He has given lectures on exploration at the Explorers Club, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, and NASA Headquarters. He speaks frequently to the media on matters of exploration including The Associated Press, USA Today, Pravda, NPR, and PBS. He writes a blog about science, history, and exploration at "Time to Eat the Dogs" which has received awards from Research Blogging, Tripbase Reviews, and Raveable.Com.