The Presidents' College at the University of Hartford will host a Spring 2010 Preview of the courses it will be offering, with brief presentations by the University faculty and special guests who will be teaching them. Wine and cheese will be available at this reception, which is free and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, January 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Dorothy Goodwin Cafe in the Mortensen Library on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.
Among the courses that will be offered this spring are "Di Vinci Codes and Lost Symbols: The World of Dan Brown;" "Giuseppe Verdi and Italian Opera," taught by Willie Anthony Waters, general and artistic director of Connecticut Opera from 1999 to 2009; "Romantic Visions, Romantic Realities," taught by Patrick McCaughey, former director of the Wadsworth Atheneum and of the Yale Center for British Art; "The English Musical Tradition," taught by Michael Lankester, who served for 15 years as music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; "Solving the Mozart Mystery;" "Minutemen: Myths and Realities;" and "Look After Liberty: The History of West Hartford."
There will also be a look at the topics to be discussed at the "Fridays at the Mortensen" program, which will include educational differences between China and the United States, ethical dilemmas raised by technological advances, traffic engineering issues, and the life of the actor and teacher in Britain and America.
The Presidents' College is a non-credit program for adults, aimed at sharing the University's intellectual wealth with the larger community. Run largely by volunteers, the program offers courses, lectures and other events throughout the year taught by some of the University's finest faculty members and by visiting lecturers.
For more information on the Presidents' College's Spring 2010 offerings, visit Presidents' College