The McAuley lectures feature outstanding faculty members from the University of Hartford. The lectures take place once a month at 2 p.m. at McAuley Retirement Community, Asylum Avenue and Steele Road, West Hartford. Visitors should take the Steele Road entrance and park in visitors parking. The lectures are held in the main building, at the foot of the hill.
Cost: $15; Fellows, no charge.
» The Joys, and the Secrets, of Rigoletto—Doris Lang Kosloff
Thurs., Oct. 19; 2–3:30 p.m.
Join Doris Kosloff, director of The Hartt’s Opera program and artistic director of Opera Connecticut, for a discussion of Verdi’s masterpiece, Rigoletto. With stories (what part of the opera score was never shown to the orchestra until the final dress rehearsal and why?) and musical examples, maestro Kosloff will illuminate the opera for aficionados and opera newcomers alike. The lecture will look ahead to Opera Connecticut’s production of the opera, Oct. 27 and 29, at Hoffman Auditorium of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.
» The Internet of Things—Louis Manzione
Fri., Nov. 3; 2–3:30 p.m.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging technology that takes advantage of the very low cost of computer processing, wireless connections, data storage, and sensors. With IoT, many appliances, structures, and wearable devices will be connected to the Internet by very low cost sensors and radio transmitters. Data will be constantly streaming from these devices into the “cloud” where it will be logged and then mined for important trends. This data processing is sometimes known by the terms of “Big Data” or data analytics. There are a wide variety of wearable, health monitoring technologies that will help people develop healthy practices and warn their health care providers if any alarming conditions are detected. Corporations are quickly adapting their products to stream back information and provide continuing revenue streams. The IoT is one of the most important technology trends in a generation..
» Saving God's Creation: The Distinctively New England root of Land Conservation—Ronald H. Epp
Fri., Dec. 1; 2–3:30 p.m.
In 2016, the centennials of the National Park Service and Acadia National Park were celebrated. Understated were the contributions of New England residents to the public land conservation movement that originated within its geographical boundaries. Industrialization, deforestation, urbanization, population growth, and transportation innovations factored into the late 19th century movement to protect open—and sometimes wild—landscapes. Emerson, Thoreau, Marsh, Cole, Church, Olmsted, Eliot, Pinchot, Roosevelt, and Rockefeller are prominent pioneers of what later became environmentalism. This lecture will explore the genesis of what we too frequently take for granted when visiting the diverse sanctuaries, parks, land trusts, and open spaces so readily available in the land of steady habits.
Note: Epp will present this lecture twice: on Dec. 1 at McCauley, and on Dec. 5 at Duncaster.