FS-04 Gwendolyn Brooks and Adrienne Rich: Poetry in Black and White, presented by Jane Barstow, originally scheduled for SEPT 28 AND OCT 5, will be held on Tuesdays, NOV 9th, NOV 16th, and NOV 23rd 10:30-12:00.
Single Session Classes
|FSS-01 Civil Rights, Liberties and Equity in Connecticut - Other Teleconference|
David McGuire, Executive Director, ACLU of Connecticut * , 9/23 * 10:00-12:00
Hear from ACLU of Connecicut's Executive Director, David McGuire, on the organization's work at the Capitol, in court, and our communities to make Connecticut more just, free, and fair for all.
|FSS-02 Monuments "Hidden in Plain Sight" - Zoom Teleconference|
David Anthone, Artist * , 10/7 * 1:00-3:00
David Anthone, the artist with DARNstudio, will outline the methodology of looking at public monuments in order to gain a better understanding of their meaning with respect to privilege and oppression. By looking at case studies, one will learn how to critically examine public monuments, read their symbolism, and determine if there is undue bias. Understanding that history is fluid and that we have a responsibility for telling accurate historical narratives, which is always within our power.
|FSS-03 Suffragettes in Corselettes - Zoom Teleconference|
Venlya Jancz and Ehris Urban, Speakers * , 10/18 * 10:00-12:00
For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women's changing roles in society -- how we perceive ourselves, and how we are viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Could the demise of tight-lacing have helped women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters.
|FSS-04 The Law of Elections - Zoom Teleconference|
Douglas Spencer, Professor of Law, PHD * , 10/20 * 10:00-12:00
This last year has seen an election that was by far the most contentious any of us remember. The fallout from that election still reverberates today with many states and the Federal Government attempting to write laws that either strengthen the voting process or limits those who wish to vote, depending on one's political orientation. This course will dive into the Constitutional Law governing elections and also discuss the problems of redistribution and gerrymandering.
|FSS-05 Progeria Research: Making a Difference for All - Zoom Teleconference|
Audrey Gordon, Executive Director * , 10/27 * 10:00-12:00
In the wake of Sam Berns' sudden and unexpected diagnosis of the ultra-rare, fatal, rapid-aging disease Progeria, his family and friends came together to create The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) in 1999. PRF's mission is to discover treatments, the cure for Progeria and its aging-related conditions, including heart disease. Learn how PRF has made phenomenal progress using methods that can be applied to a variety of situations, and how finding the cure for one of the rarest diseases on earth may help the entire aging population.
|FSS-06 Opium Trade in Connecicut - Zoom Teleconference|
Richard Friswell, Wesleyan University * , 10/28 * 10:00-12:00
Richard Friswell highlights his exciting work of historical fiction, Merchants of Deceit: Opium, American Fortune and the China Trade, based on the life and times of Sam Russell, a businessman. It follows imagined adventures and challenges as he negotiates the treacherous world of drug dealing, international intrigue, deal-making, new-found love and loss, violence and human cruelty beyond anything he had ever known. This is the human story of his struggle to make sense of an illicit world of drugs, graft, corruption and death, while remaining true to his awaiting family, community and values, half-a-world away.
|FSS-07 Artists' Gardens in New England - Zoom Teleconference|
Jana Milbocker, Author * , 11/2 * 1:00-3:00
Some of our most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created. This program will take us through a visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassem, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter and others.
|FSS-08 Tombs Exploring Archaeology and Forensic Science - Zoom Teleconference|
Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist * , 11/17 * 10:00-12:00
The presentation will tell the stories of the Connecticut State Archaeologist's investigations into five 18th-19th century family tombs, including the sepulchers of Squire Elisha Pitkin, Gershom Bulkeley, Samuel and Martha Huntington, Henry Chauncey, and Edwin Denison Morgan. In all of these cases, the State Archaeologist assisted in identifying and restoring human skeletal remains to their original burial placements when vandalized through occult rituals or contributed to the identification of unrecorded burial during restoration projects.
|FSS-09 The Legacy of Dr. Grace Murray Hopper - Zoom Teleconference|
Martha Reingold, Author * , 11/18 * 10:00-11:30
In the early 1950s, 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-10 Effective Environmental Activism at the Capitol - Zoom Teleconference|
Chris Palm, Connecticut State Representative * , 12/1 * 1:00-3:00
Public policy should not be created in a vacuum. To counter the pressure exerted by industry lobbyists, Legislators rely on content experts, engaged citizens, and activists to help guide their decisions. Learn how you can put your expertise, your passion, and your professional/life experience into action on behalf of the environment and the Earth we share.
|FSS-11 "Gallstones" Hepatitis Romania Travelogue - Zoom Teleconference|
Dr. George and Cathy Wu, Professor of Medicine * , 12/10 * 2:00-4:00
Dr. Wu spotlights the clandestine and little understood ongoing lethal warfare with disease 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, and 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 "Gallstones" Hepatitis in the country of Romania.
|FSS-12 19th c. Black Resistance: A Dangerous Truth - Zoom Teleconference|
Barbara Beeching, Ph.D in U.S. History * , 12/15 * 10:00-12:00
Free blacks in 19th century Hartford enjoyed limited freedom, but they found ways, individually and collectively, to improve their lives and lay claim to equal citizenship.
|FSS-13 Paleoindian Lifeways - Zoom Teleconference|
David Leslie, Ph.D. * , 12/16 * 1:00-3:00
The Brian D. Jones site is along the "Farmington River of the Paleoindian Lifeways", approximately 12,500 years old. It was located five feet below the riverbank along the Farmington River in Avon. More than 15,000 artifacts were recovered, including specialized tools, tool-making debris, burned animal and plant remains, as well as numerous fire pits, post features, remnants of past campsites, and living spaces. This discovery presents an important opportunity for archaeologists to better understand the daily lives of the first people to inhabit Connecticut and predict the locations of undiscovered archaeological sites from this early time period.