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Fall 2017 Course Catalog

»    A Round-Up of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 Term
Jilda Aliotta
          Wed., Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18; 5–6:30 p.m.—KF Room
Reapportionment, freedom of expression, and capital punishment. There is no shortage of controversial issues in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 term. What impact will the addition of Justice Gorsuch have? With the 2017 session almost complete, what are the implications (political and legal) of the decisions handed down, what do they say about the political and legal evolution of the Roberts court, and what does the future hold?    
        Cost: $85; Fellows, $75

»    The Art and Life of Sol LeWittLary Bloom
                Wed., Oct. 4, 11, 18; 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—KF Room
Sol LeWitt, a Hartford native, was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century—a central figure in Minimal and Conceptual Art movements. His colleagues referred to him as “Our Spinoza,” and one critic said, “he was to art what Bach was to music.” He even found a way to present new work after his death. Even so, though most of his international coterie of fans knew his oeuvre, they did not know the very private man behind it. Bloom, author of the first full-length biography of LeWitt, to be published this fall by Wesleyan University Press, reveals how his life and art were connected.
    Cost: $90; Fellows: $70

»    But the Melody Lingers OnMichael Schiano
        Thurs., Oct. 5, 12, 19; 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.—KF Room
Melodies are what you sing: they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from different centuries and continents. They reside in symphonies, operas, pop songs, and jazz. And while we can generalize as to what would logically make a great melody, or even a good melody, in the end they seem to make up their own rules.
This course will celebrate and examine great melodies: old favorites and lesser known gems. We’ll see which of their technical secrets we can coax them into sharing, and which they’ll closely guard. Whatever we find, we’ll likely be exiting the class meetings humming some good tunes: from a Chopin Nocturne to Bolero to All The Things You Are to Misty.
    Cost: $85, Fellows, $75

»    Networks! An Introduction and ExplorationJane Horvath
            Thurs., Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; 3–4:30 p.m.—KF Room
Networks are all around us. We operate in networks all the time. We surf the web, chronicle our personal and professional lives on Facebook and LinkedIn, and take steps to cultivate and nurture our networks of friends and professional relationships. But how much do we really know about networks, how they operate, and the important role they play in public policy?
We begin with an examination of the structure and theoretical underpinnings of networks. But our main focus will be on the important role they play in our lives and how they impact our everyday activities. We’ll use network analysis to examine how we engage in political discourse and how we, perhaps unknowingly, communicate our preferences and desires to others. And we’ll explore how an understanding of networks is being used to address challenges ranging from epidemics and the spread of disease to environmental, political, and economic problems.
     Cost: $85, Fellows, $75

»    Drinking from a Firehose: The Changing Job of the Press from 2016 to 2017
Colin McEnroe
            Mon., Oct. 9, 16, 23; 3:30–5 p.m.—Wilde Auditorium
We’re steaming toward North Korea. We’re steaming away from North Korea. We’re getting out of NATO. We’re staying in NATO. Comey was fired for his conduct toward Clinton. Comey was fired for other reasons. In the Age of Trump, the ground shifts rapidly, and the press is often covering a story far more dramatic than any fictional drama on television. In this three-episode class, we’ll take a quick look at the history of press coverage of presidents and presidential campaigns before analyzing in detail the last 12 months. Do we have the right tools and platforms? Has the press bounced back from its flawed assessments in the fall of 2016? How do we deal with the issue of “fake news”? We also look at your role as consumers of news media. What’s in your diet?
        Cost: $90; Fellows, $75

»    Philanthropy 2017: Challenges and ChoicesMichael Bangser
            Tues., Oct. 17, 24, 31; 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.—KF Room
These are challenging times for nonprofit organizations and the individuals, foundations, and corporations that support them. This three-session course will begin by exploring the increasing pressures that face the social-service, health, arts, and other nonprofit organizations that are so vital to our community. We will then address questions such as: What factors should board members and donors consider in efforts to support the organizations they care most about? What role should private philanthropy play at a time of reduced government funding? How should the performance of nonprofit organizations and the effectiveness of philanthropic investments be judged?
        Cost: $85; Fellows, $75

»    The Garmany Chamber Music Series at Presidents’ College
      —Larry Alan Smith, Host and Moderator
The Hartt School’s nationally acclaimed Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series, a four-concert series now in its ninth season, is partnering with the Presidents’ College to offer a two-session course in both the fall and spring semesters. Each session will feature one of the visiting series ensembles in conversation with longtime Hartt faculty member Larry Alan Smith, the series curator..
Both fall sessions take place in Millard Auditorium
    HEATH QUARTET-Fri., Oct. 20; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
One of England’s fastest rising young chamber music ensembles, the Heath Quartet has won a string of awards and recognitions, including a 2013 Gramophone Award for Best Chamber Recording. The group, which recently made its Carnegie Hall debut, is in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
The Heath opens the 2017–18 Garmany series with a concert on Oct. 19 in Millard Auditorium.
    TRIO LATITUDE 41-Wed., Nov. 15; 3–4:30 p.m.
The exciting young American Trio Latitude 41 has been performing to ecstatic reviews throughout the United States and abroad. The trio plays an astonishing range of repertoire, from established classics to a growing body of music composed expressly for them. Of special interest: the trio’s violinist is Connecticut native Livia Sohn, who performed frequently in this area as a student.
The trio will appear on the Garmany series Nov. 16 in Millard Auditorium.
    Cost: $40; Fellows: $20

    The Art of Teaching BalletStephen Pier
          Thurs., Oct. 26; Nov. 2; 1–2:30 p.m.; (3–4:30 p.m.); Nov. 9, 16;
           1–2:30 p.m.—Handel Performing Arts Center, Community Room
We have all seen the beauty of the professional dancer on the stage, but how does she/he arrive there? What does it take to “build” a dancer?

Stephen Pier, director of the Dance Division at The Hartt School, using students from his award winning program, discusses and demonstrates the unique challenges and rewards of teaching ballet.
    Cost: $80; Fellows, $60

»    ILL-Met by Moonlight: Artifice and Enchantment at the Movies
      —Joseph Voelker
        Wed., Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.—KF Room
Steven Sondheim’s A Little Night Music was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, which was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, behind which lurks Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
In this course we will examine these works and others (including Woody Allen’s Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy and Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck) to watch them celebrate the power of imagination.
We will also try to reveal some of their magic tricks and ponder the amatory predicaments they address in common. Why does the course of true love run so rough? Does successful mating require confusion? Or worse, delusion? Do we need to believe that for every Jack there is just one Jill? Should Loretta Castorini snap out of it? Come help answer these important and complicated questions.
    Cost: $85; Fellows, $75

»    Vilna Lithuania: The Jerusalem of the NorthRichard Freund
          Wed., Nov. 1, 8, 15; 4–5:30 p.m.—KF Room
From the 14th through the 20th centuries, Jews moved to Lithuania from all around the Mediterranean and Middle East. It was the centerpiece of Eastern European Jewry and Vilnius (“Vilna” in Yiddish) stood as the symbolic embodiment of this culture. Vilna developed a unique cultural and religious identity during this period that ended with the Holocaust, but has been unearthed recently through new discoveries. In this course, we will trace the material and literary traditions using video, PowerPoint, and even a museum exhibition that features our own University of Hartford archaeological excavations in Lithuania.
    Cost: $85;  Fellows, $75

 »    From Where I Sit: In Conversation with Elizabeth Horton Sheff—Steve Metcalf, Moderator
          Mon., Nov. 20, 27; 1:30–3 p.m.—KF Room
What life experiences compel one to move from thinking about social justice issues to acting upon social justice issues?
In this two-session course Elizabeth Horton Sheff will discuss her life and work, from her early years growing up in public housing through her ongoing involvement as lead plaintiff in the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation lawsuit, to her current work in the human services field. This interactive conversation seeks to engage participants in a robust discussion of race, education, and economic and social justice in contemporary America.
        Cost: $60; Fellows: $50