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Speakers and Instructors—Spring 2017


Boothe, Power

is professor of painting at the Hartford Art School. As an artist he has had over 20 one-person exhibitions and his work is in many public collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum. In Connecticut his work is in the collections of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the New Britain Museum, and the Florence Griswold Museum. Over his career he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting, a National Endowment Individual Artist’s Fellowship, and a Pollock/Krasner Fellowship. The Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, represents his work exclusively.



Boruchinska, Joanna

was born in Warsaw, Poland. She earned a veterinary degree in 1983 from Warsaw Agricultural University; and a PhD in veterinary pathology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs 1995.  She has been at the University of Hartford since 1995 in the Biology Department; a full professor, studying sharks since 1990, and on the editorial board of Journal of Fish Diseases,

Bravin, Jeff

is the executive director at the American School for the Deaf. He and several other deaf leaders will explain the role of deaf culture and American Sign Language in the deaf community as well as the education of the deaf. Content will also include the role of Gallaudet University, clubs and associations of the deaf, media and technology.



Bullard, Stephan

is a marinebiologist and an associate professor of biology in Hillyer College He teaches all aspects of biology, and has a particular interest in environmental studies and the science of disasters. Bullard's research concerns invasive species, particularly sea squirts, and plankton, and is currently centered on Long Island Sound. His publications include work on ascidians and bryozoans, crabs, and plankton. 

Corrigan, Dave

is curator of the Museum of Connecticut History.



Doyle, Chris

directs Global Studies at Watkinson School. He holds a doctorate in history and has taught extensively at the high school and college levels. His writings about history, education, and contemporary adolescence have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Journal of Southern History, Education Week, Hartford Courant, and elsewhere. An award-winning teacher, Chris’s classroom work has been showcased in a story in The New York Times. He has also been a guest panelist on NPR-syndicated radio shows devoted to history and teaching.


Lankester, Michael

has been guest conductor with orchestras in Britain and North America, including the Pittsburgh, Toronto, City of Birmingham, and  London Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic, and was for 15 years music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Sir Adrian Boult and has had close professional collaborations with Benjamin Britten, William Walton, and Michael Tippett.



Milling, Len

PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Hartford, where he has been on the faculty since 2000. He has published more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, many examining how hypnosis works and who responds most strongly to it. He is a Fellow of Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association. He is on the editorial board of three scientific peer-reviewed hypnosis journals.


Mills, Fiona

is a lecturer in the humanities department at St. Anselm College and has taught at various universities including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Keene State College and Curry College. She received her PhD in African American literature and Latino/a literature and theory from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of After the Pain: Critical Essays on Gayl Jones and has written several essays in the areas of African American literature, Latino/a literature, Women’s studies, and film criticism. She is currently editing a collection of essays on Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel The Help entitled Like One of the Family; Domestic Workers, Race and In/Visibility. The Help was recently published by Cambridge Scholars Press.



Walling, Amanda

is assistant professor of English at the University of Hartford, where she teaches courses on medieval literature, mythology, drama, and the history of the English language. She received her PhD from Stanford University and has published articles on the work of Geoffrey Chaucer and other medieval authors.

Watt, Nina

was a principle dancer with the Limón Dance Company from 1972-2002, serving as artistic associate from 1992-2006. Acclaimed as a 'dancer of star magnitude,' and a 'perfect Limón dancer,' she received a 2002 New York Dance and Performance Award for Sustained Achievement. She continues to teach and stage Limón’s repertory worldwide, teaches a yearly summer intensive in Italy, and is associate professor in University of Hartford's The Hartt School Dance Division, .



Waters, Willie

holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford, is former general and artistic director of Connecticut Opera, and artistic director of Florida Grand Opera. He has been a guest conductor for numerous American and European opera companies and symphony orchestras, and opera companies and orchestras in South Africa. In 2002, he debuted at New York City Opera, and in 2008 at the Deutsche Opera, Berlin. Maestro Waters also serves as artistic director/opera of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild. He is music director of Prelude to Performance, a summer training program for young singers in New York sponsored by the Martina Arroyo Foundation, and a member of the faculty at Binghamton University (State University of New York). He is a regular guest panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Quiz and is a widely sought-after lecturer and master class clinician.