New public lecture series, study tours available (Released: 2/28/96)
by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- April 17 - Emerson's Concord and Thoreau's Walden (M.
- 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.
The trips will leave from Storrs, with pick-up points along the