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New public lecture series, study tours available (Released: 2/28/96)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- A new series of public lectures and travel programs led by University of Connecticut faculty and staff will be offered this spring by the Division of Extended and Continuing Education in conjunction with the Hartford Publi c Library.


All lectures will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Hartford Publi c Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The courses and instructors for the series are:

  • Reading and Writing about Travel
    Lynn Bloom, professor, Department of English and Aetna Chair of Writi ng
    This series of workshops will discuss a range of travel lite rature from diaries and accounts by travelers such as Lewis and Clark and Paul Theroux to tr avel guides like Michelin and Baedeker. There will also be an opportunity for participan ts to develop their own style of travel writing.
    • March 6 - Strangers in a Strange Land: Travel Diaries and Journeys
    • March 13 - Getting There: Travel Guides -- the Good, the Bad, and th e Problematic
    • April 3 - Being There: Interpreting a Place and its People
    • April 10 - What I did on my Summer Vacation: Personal Essays about T ravel and Places

  • Contemporary Art
    Erin Valentino, assistant professor, Art Department
    From the European vanguard, through the '60s and Pop Art, to what has become known as "postmodern," these two lectures will examine the often controversial topic of contemporary art.
    • March 20 - Distraction/Destruction: Sex, Money, Power, Fame, and Pop Art
    • March 27 - I Define 'Postmodern' as ...

  • The Authors of Concord, Mass.
    Michael Meyer and John Gatta, professors, Department of English
    Three of America's greatest authors lived in Concord. These two lectures will focus on 19th century life in Concord and the influence it had on the writers and their work.
    • April 17 - Emerson's Concord and Thoreau's Walden (M. Meyer)
    • April 24 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's Season of Contentment in Concord (J. Gatta)

There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested. To register, call (800) 622-9905 (in Connecticut only) or (860) 486-4905. Information packets will be available at a cost of $5 for each set of lectures. Please indicate at the time of registration if you would like to purchase the material. The Hartford Public Library will have a selection of general material for those not wishing to purchase the packets.

Study tours

The trips will leave from Storrs, with pick-up points along the way.

  • Saturday, April 27, 7 a.m - 9 p.m. New York City Art Galleries, with Kathryn Meyers, associate professor, Art Department
    After a coach ride to New York, participants will meet in the instructor's studio, then visit museums, including the Guggenheim Museum Downtown and the Alternative Museum, and Soho galleries, such as O.K. Harris, Gagaosian, and P.P.O.W. The program fee of $75 includes transportation and museum entry fees.

  • Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. - Sun., May 5, 6 p.m. Concord, Massachusettes, escorted by Carolyn Postemski, program assistant, Division of Extended and Continuing Education
    This weekend trip will offer a taste of life in Concord, a town that was home to authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Participants will visit their homes and other sites of literary and historical significance in Concord, with instructors on site. The program fee, including coach fare, entry fees, overnight accommodation, one luncheon and one brunch, is $225 for a double room or $275 for a single room.

    For more information on the lecture series or study tours, call Rebecca Saunders at (860) 486-1051.

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