The FSS-08 "Legacy of Dr. Grace Murray Hopper" presentation scheduled for December 1st has been cancelled.
Single Sessions - Fall 2020
|FSS-01 Hamilton: Getting Under Your Skin - Zoom Teleconference|
Nina Elgo, Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court * , 9/25 * 2:00-4:00
In 2015, 'Hamilton an American Musical' exploded onto the American stage in a musical retelling of the American Revolution and the forming of our Constitution. Weaving rap, hip-hop, RandB, British rock and traditional musical forms, 'Hamilton' not only earned 11 Tonys, a Grammy Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama but challenged us to appreciate the legacy of our nation's birth in a way that has been, in itself, revolutionary. Judge Elgo will talk about the phenomenon of Hamilton and, in particular, its implications for implicit bias.
|FSS-02 George Washington and Spies in the Revolution - Zoom Teleconference|
Liz Burke, Speech Pathologist * , 9/30 * 10:00-12:00
Liz Burke presented this program to the Windsor Historical Society two years ago and it was well received. It deals with George Washington and his spy network during the Revolutionary War. I also provided objects related to spying.
|FSS-03 Revolutionary War: Skeletons, Battlefields and Camps - Zoom Teleconference|
Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist, UCONN * , 10/2 * 10:00-12:00
Dr. Bellantoni will discuss what archaeology has contributed to our understanding of the Revolutionary War in Connecticut. He and his team are currently studying the skeletons that they exhumed in Ridgefield to see if they are British or colonial. He will also talk about the battles against the British at the Forts Griswold, Wooster, Stamford and Saybrook. The French also had a presence and their campsites have been excavated. Because of archaeology, we have a better understanding of how the soldiers lived, what they ate, and the types of munitions used as the war was waged.
|FSS-04 Opera Performance Concerns in 2020 and Beyond - Zoom Teleconference|
Doris Lang Kosloff, Director of the Hartt Opera Program * , 10/5 * 10:00-12:00
The sudden rise of pandemic conditions due to COVID-19 and the cultural revolution triggered in the U.S. by intense revelation of racial inequalities embedded in American culture are raising new issues that must be addressed by Artistic Directors in productions going forward. Come hear Doris Lang Kosloff, Artistic Director of Opera Connecticut, discuss some of these issues that will need to be addressed in upcoming productions by Opera Connecticut and other opera companies when performances begin again.
|FSS-05 What Makes Health Care So Expensive? - Zoom Teleconference|
John Cappadona, Doctor * , 10/7 * 10:00-12:00
Dr. Cappadona will describe reasons for what makes health care so expensive, and suggest an approach to address this significant issue - a single payer National Health Care Plan. 1 - Why health care is so expensive. 2 - Explanation of for-profit and governmental health care insurance systems, 3 - Factors other than insurance influencing costs.
|FSS-06 Management of Variable Stresses - Zoom Teleconference|
Deborah Wilson, International trainer, consultant, coach and motivational speaker * , 10/9 * 10:00-12:00
Stress in our lives comes from 3 primary sources: psychological, physiological and situational. This 2-hour presentation will examine each of these pathways and how we can implement doable, daily practices to optimize the quality of our lives. We will also look at ways to intercept stress.
|FSS-07 Hepatitis B/D and Romania Travelogue - Zoom Teleconference|
George and Kathy Wu, Professors of Medicine * , 11/19 * 2:00-4:00
Doctors Wu continue to spotlight the clandestine and little understood ongoing lethal warfare we are routinely beset by but recognize only through the haze of abstruse medical labels. The Doctors Wu (husband and wife research team) have spent their careers tracking and exposing the wiles of these pathogens. The depth of their clinical research has been substantiated through international travels, enhancing deeper perspective of the environments that play inadvertent host to the various forms of life-threatening malaise. The topic for this presentation will be Hepatitis B and D in the destination Romania.
|FSS-08 The Legacy of Dr. Grace Murray Hopper CANCELLED - Zoom Teleconference|
Martha Reingold, Author * , 12/1 * 10:00-12:00
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS. In the early 1950's, computer programs were written in machine code. Next came 2nd generation assembly languages like BAL. Dr. Hopper was a pioneer in the development of 3rd generation English language programming like COBOL and ALGOL. There will be a brief description of state-of-the-art programming in the mid-50's, a history of Dr. Hopper's work, and what it was like to work for this extraordinary woman and her multi-cultural staff.
|FSS-09 Prudence Crandall's Legacy - Zoom Teleconference|
Don Williams, Executive Director of the CT Education Association * , 12/4 * 10:00-12:00
This story is of Connecticut's heroine, who taught black and white women in the same classroom in the 1830s, created a national controversy, became a leading abolitionist, was arrested, and was the defendant in the first civil rights trial in America. The arguments by her attorneys helped influence the passage of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution protecting equality, and were cited in the NAACP's brief in Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court case that ended school segregation. In her final years she advocated for voting rights for women and was visited by suffragettes of the era.