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Discussions on Creativity and Innovation to Highlight Presidents’ College Symposium

Posted 08/27/2013
Posted by David Isgur

Discussion of the widening gap between technological advances and the law (as seen in the NSA surveillance issue) and the impact of recent scientific discoveries on the way we live our lives are among the topics that will be explored at the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College annual Symposium, on Sunday, Sept. 15, in the University’s Dana Hall.

            Among the discussions being held under the Symposium’s overall theme of “Exploring Creativity” are:

  • Journalist and author Russ Hoyle, talk-show host Colin McEnroe, and Jilda Aliotta, professor of politics and government at the University of Hartford, will look at the gap between the law and technology in the era of WikiLeaks, NSA surveillance, and Edward Snowden, and its implications for such issues as privacy, national security, and freedom of the press and of the individual.
  • Historians Robert McLaughlin, Avi Patt, Michael Robinson, and Amanda Walling will discuss how history is used to reinforce the ideologies of the present in a session on “The Future of the Past.” 
  • A session on “Creativity and Religious Experience” will feature Richard Freund, noted archaeologist and University of Hartford professor of Judaic Studies, along with Steven Blackburn of the Hartford Seminary, and Kathleen McGrory, former president of the Hartford College for Women. 
  • Parallels between the creative impulse in the arts and the process of discovery in the sciences will be explored by painter Power Boothe, composer Stephen Gryc, engineer Ivana Milanovic, and musicologist Michael Schiano, who are all University of Hartford faculty members.

Other sessions will include the Rising Tide of Women in Business and the Discoveries that Occur in Crossing Disciplines. The program will also feature a recital by the Hartt Jazz Quartet, under the leadership of the new chair of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, Javon Jackson.

The day will end with a reception hosted by University of Hartford President Walter Harrison. The program runs from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost to attend the program is $80 for Fellows of the College and $95 for non-members of the College. More registration details can be found at or by calling 860.768.4269.

The Presidents’ College, headed by University of Hartford President Emeritus Humphrey Tonkin, offers short courses throughout the year taught by leading members of the University of Hartford faculty and visiting lecturers.  It also sponsors lecture series both on campus and at local retirement communities, and sponsors overseas trips to such locations as London, Paris, and Rome.