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Instructors and Speakers

Fall 2017

Aliotta, Jilda

is a popular professor in the Politics and Government Department and well known among Presidents’ College participants for her thought-provoking commentaries on the U.S. Supreme Court. She teaches classes in law, American politics and women in politics.

Andrews, Gregory

is a Hartford native and lifetime student of the city. As co-author of Structures and Styles: Guided Tours of Hartford Architecture, published by The Connecticut Historical Society, he created a comprehensive architectural history of the city. Today he serves as manager of the Hartford Encounter and Executive Orientation programs of Leadership Greater Hartford, and closely observes the continuing changes of Hartford.

Bangser, Michael

was the president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for 16 years. He is currently a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, as well as a Visiting Professor of public policy and law at Trinity College. Before coming to the Hartford Foundation, Mike was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at MDRC, a nonprofit organization that designs and evaluates education, social-service, and other programs across the country. He has a BA from Williams College, a JD from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford.

Bloom, Lary

was founding editor of the Hartford Courant’s Northeast magazine and a columnist for the New York Times and Connecticut magazine. His books include Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas, Lary Bloom’s Connecticut Notebook, and The Ignorant Maestro. He is coauthor of Letters From Nuremberg (with Senator Christopher J. Dodd) and The Test of Our Times (with Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge).

Bullard, Stephan

is a marine biologist 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. His 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.

Elukin, Jonathan

associate professor at Trinity College, he teaches courses in medieval history, Jewish studies, historiography, and the history of the book. He is author of, among other studies, Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages (Princeton, 2007)

Epp, Ronald H.

is a philosopher, historian, biographer, and academic librarian. He has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Memphis, and the University of Hartford before becoming its director of libraries (1993- 2001). Epp is a founding member of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors. He served as a consultant to America’s Best Idea: The National Parks, the Ken Burns PBS documentary. His Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr was published last year. Since then, Epp has delivered more than two dozen talks on conservation, most recently to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Freund, Richard

is the Maurice Greenberg professor of Jewish History and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. He is the author or co-author of nine books and has directed on behalf of the University of Hartford archaeological projects in Israe,l including the Cave of Letters, Qumran (site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls), Yavne, Bethsaida, Nazareth and Har Karkom. He has also a series of projects in Lithuania. His work has been a part of television documentaries made for National Geographic, NOVA, History Channel, Discovery, BBC, and CNN.

Goldstein, Warren

is a longtime participant in the Presidents’ College and the author of six books, including William Sloane Coffin, Jr: A Holy Impatience, Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball, and, with the former MIT astrophysicist Walter Lewin, For the Love of Physics. He is also the author of dozens of articles, essays, and reviews on politics, higher education, civil rights, crime, and sports. He holds a BA and PhD from Yale University.

Horvath, Jane

is an associate professor of economics for the College of Arts and Sciences and Hillyer College, and founding director of the van Rooy Center for Complexity and Conflict Analysis. In 2017 she received the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University.

Kosloff, Doris Lang

is music director of the Hartt Opera Theater. A native of Brooklyn, she has held many prominent positions in the field of opera. Kosloff is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Queens College (The Aaron Copland School of Music) of the City University of New York, and holds a master of music degree from the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts where she graduated first in her class. 22

Manzione, Louis

is the dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture at the University of Hartford. He has a BE degree in Chemical Engineering from the Cooper Union, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He has 17 U.S. Patents, and a number of these have been commercialized into millions of AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent products. He is the chair of the Connecticut Engineering Deans Council, and he is past president of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

McEnroe, Colin

hosts the daily WNPR show, The Colin McEnroe Show. He is a weekly columnist and blogger for the Hartford Courant and a contributing editor at Men’s Health. He has recently concluded a series of columns for Bicycling magazine. He is the author of three books and one play; his work has appeared on the New York Times Op-Ed Page and in Mirabella, Best Life, Cosmopolitan, Forbes FYI and Mademoiselle. It is not his fault that only one of those magazines still exists. He frequently moderates the Connecticut Forum and teaches media studies at Trinity College. His books, columns, magazine articles and radio shows have won numerous awards..

Moore, Tracey

is an associate professor at the Hartt School’s Theatre Division where she teaches acting, musical theatre, and career preparation. Prior to academia, she was a professional actress and singer in New York. She appeared as Emma Goldman in the Broadway National Tour of Ragtime, as Nimue in the Richard Harris tour of Camelot, and at regional theaters across the U.S. in leading roles such as Mama Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and the Earth Mother in Menopause the Musical.

Pier, Stephen

director of the Dance Division at The Hartt School, has danced with the José Limón Company, going on to become a leading soloist with the Hamburg Ballet in Germany and the Royal Danish Ballet. He has taught at the school of the Royal Danish Ballet, the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham Center, Regional Dance America, and the New York International Ballet Competition, and was on the faculty of the Juilliard School from 1996 until 2010. He has created over 30 works for the concert stage, opera, theater, and film.

Pike, John

a professor at The Hartt School, heteaches theater history, text analysis, contemporary theatre. and composition. Previously, as artistic associate for Goodspeed Opera House, he contributed to 90 productions (including five Broadway transfers) and published Show Music Magazine. He has written for Playbill, Sondheim Review, Dramatists Quarterly and is author of Goodspeed Musicals at 50 and contributing author to The Book of Broadway (Voyageur Press, 2015). He has directed Smile, Das Barbecü, Working, The Spitfire Grill, Edwin Drood, Little Women, Big and Fiddler on the Roof.

Schiano, Michael

is associate professor of music theory at The Hartt School, where he teaches courses in music analysis, 20th–21st century music history, and counterpoint. He has taught courses for the Presidents’ College on Mozart scholarship, Haydn, Beethoven’s influence, Mozart Young and Old, and the Beatles.

Sheff, Elizabeth Horton

a community and social justice activist for almost 50 years, she gained national prominence as named plaintiff in Sheff vs. O’Neill, the landmark civil rights lawsuit seeking equal access to quality, integrated public education throughout the greater Hartford region. Horton Sheff also served on the City of Hartford, Court of Common Council from 1991–95 and 1999–2001. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak State College, and a Masters in Education from the University of Hartford. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Community Partner Award from the Capital Region Education Council and the W.I.N. Award from the Greater Hartford Chapter of the NAACP. In 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hartford.

Simon, David

was, until his recent retirement, Ellerton M. Jette was professor of art at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. With degrees from Boston University and the University of London, he is a specialist on Spanish art of the Middle Ages. He has published widely on Romanesque art and architecture, and on the history of art in general, and is joint author of Janson’s History of Art.

Troy, Michele

is an associate professor of English in Hillyer College, holds a PhD from Loyola University of Chicago. Her book Strange Bird: The Albatross Press and the Third Reich, has just been published by Yale University Press.

Voelker, Joseph

is professor of English Emeritus, and is retired as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hartford. His publications include numerous articles on James Joyce and Irish literature and a book on American novelist Anne Tyler. He is a frequent instructor in, and the former director of the Presidents’ College.

Walsh, Michael

was born in London, was educated at Sussex and Buffalo, and has chaired cinema departments at Binghamton University and the University of Hartford, where he has taught film for many years. His recent articles are on sound in experimental film and video (in the Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics), and on 1960s durational films (in Slow Cinema, Edinburgh University Press).