"Big Data" has been changed from a six session course to four. There will be no classes on December 11th and 18th. PLEASE CHECK "ALP NEWS" FOR ALL SCHEDULE CHANGES TO OUR FALL CURRICULUM.
Single Sessions - Fall 2017
|FSS-01 War, Love and a Horse called "Reckless" - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Janet Barrett, Author * , 9/18 * 10:00-12:00
They Called Her Reckless--A True Story of War, Love & One Extraordinary Horse - Set against history of the Korean War, this unusual and inspiring story of the Marine Fifth Regiment and their famed warhorse, Sergeant Reckless, speaks to an incredible human - horse connection and the power it unleashed. Acquired to haul heavy shells uphill to the 75mm recoilless rifles on the front line, Reckless served alongside her fellow Marines for two years in the war zone, packing more ammunition than anyone thought possible, saving lives, raising spirits, winning the love and respect of all who knew her.
|FSS-02 Champion Debate Presentation - Duncaster Meeting Room|
Ann Walsh Henderson, Executive Director, Westfield Academy of Debate, Model UN and Leadership * , 9/26 * 3:30-5:00
Westfield Academy of Debate and Model United Nations student debate - High School and Middle School students will present a debate in the format they use in competitions. They will know the topic before hand then debate both sides, with the possibility of audience participation, a process explained by the debaters. This school's entry was judged the top High School team in the world by the International Public Policy Forum and they represented America at the World High School Debate and Public Speaking competition.
|FSS-03 Mark Twain In Connecticut, 1871-1910 - Seabury Heritage Hall|
James Golden, Director of Education, Mark Twain House and Museum * , 9/28 * 10:00-12:00
Although his most famous works were set along the Mississippi River of his childhood, Mark Twain composed those novels while living in the elegant literary community of Nook Farm, a neighborhood of Hartford. He lived in a Hartford of industry, energy, and immigration while celebrating the pre-Civil War South of his youth. This program explores the importance of Connecticut and Hartford to Twain's life and work, including his famous neighbors, such as novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, travel writer and journalist Charles Dudley Warner, Civil War hero and Senator Joseph Hawley, and female suffrage campaigner Isabella Beecher Hooker.
|FSS-04 Amazing Australia: A Journey Down Under - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Catherine and Christopher Brooks, Authors * , 10/4 * 1:00-3:00
From her sprawling modern cities to her varied nature scene and abundant wildlife, Australia is a vast and vastly fascinating country. The Brooks explored the larger part of it during a 1 month-long road trip through mountains, rainforests, deserts and along the coast. Please join them on this exciting discovery of a sunburnt continent.
|FSS-05 Fighting Fracking in Connecticut: - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Jennifer Siskind, Local Coordinator, Food and Water Watch * , 10/11 * 10:00-12:00
Protecting Our State from Toxic, Radioactive Wastes - The toxins present in fracking waste can cause devastating impact to property values, the surrounding environs and public health wherever spills occur. Thousands of spills have been reported across the US. Learn about the hazards these wastes pose and the tremendous grassroots efforts by local residents to prevent this waste from being sent to CT from other states, through town ordinances and state legislation.
|FSS-07 Opera Connecticut II: Rigoletto - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Doris Lang Kosloff, Artistic Director of CT Concert Opera * , 10/18 * 10:00-12:00
Doris Lang Kosloff will discuss this October's Opera Connecticut production of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto, premiering on October 27 and repeating on October 29 at The Hoffman Auditorium at The University of Saint Joseph. It will star baritone Nelson Martinez, a Metropolitan Opera Artist in the title role. Rigoletto was a rousing success at its premiere and has been one of the most popular operas of all time. Doris will use a piano to illustrate musical themes and point out other aspects of the music.
|FSS-08 Is Connecticut Ripe for Regionalism? - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Tom Condon, Journalist * , 10/19 * 10:00-12:00
If Connecticut were founded today, it assuredly would not contain 169 cities and towns. With the state and its capital city in dire fiscal straights, is it time to start over? Should we change the way we organize ourselves and create regional governments? A veteran Connecticut journalist weighs the pros and cons.
|FSS-09 Failing Journalism/Damaged Democracy - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Don Noel, Retired Print and Broadcast Reporter, Editor, Columnist * , 10/4 * 10:00-12:00
Who pays for journalism, and how? A review of advertising in newspapers, television, and the new era of pay-per-click internet ads. And a corollary: Where do Americans go for news? Are they willing to pay for it? And their susceptibility to fake news. A review of the changing way advertising in various media is evaluated and valued, leading to an examination of the dwindling ability of traditional media to pay the costs of thorough journalism, and the unwillingness of most consumers to pay for objective news -- and the impact on democratic discourse.
|FSS-10 Bog People of Denmark - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Michael Park, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, CCSU * , 10/31 * 10:00-12:00
Across Northern Europe around 2000 years ago, a large number of people were buried in peat bogs. Many were sacrificial victims. The peat -- with little oxygen to promote decay and a high level of tannic acid -- preserved the bodies to an amazing degree. Many of these bodies, and some of the best preserved, are in Denmark. Professor Park will describe that area and its culture as it was two millennia ago then focus on the story of the most important bodies -- information gleaned from his trip to Denmark in 2017, including talks with researchers and museum officials.