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Presidents' College

About Us

Join Us Online
Learn how to use video conferencing to stay in touch with us.

Presidents’ College courses and lectures are now online. Whether you are Zooming for the first time or have been invited to a WebEx meeting, we are here to help. These video conference tools are great for staying in touch with friends, families, your book club, and the Presidents’ College.

The Presidents' College is an informal community of people—living in the greater Hartford area—who come together for brief courses and stand-alone lectures on almost every imaginable topic, including history, literature, science, current events, the fine and performing arts, and much more. Our instructors include both the most stimulating teacher-scholars on the University of Hartford faculty, and a host of experts from the broader community across a range of fields from business to politics to science, to music and the arts. Anyone can become a part of our community by simply registering for one or more of our events.

As you will see, the cost of our offerings is remarkably low. Nevertheless, the College generates a modest surplus each year that directly benefits the University’s library system. Over the past decade, that surplus has returned more than $250,000 to library operations, which has been directly used to purchase books, musical scores, scholarly periodicals, computer equipment, and all the things that a modern university library requires in order to serve the needs of its students.

So there is a pleasing symmetry to the program: Presidents’ College members enjoy intellectual stimulation and engagement, while simultaneously contributing to the education of the next generation of informed citizens.

Please consider becoming part of our vibrant, friendly community. I look forward to personally greeting you at one of our upcoming events.

Randi Ashton-Pritting
Interim Director, Presidents' College

Whether you want to deepen your knowledge of a few beloved subjects or seek a new intellectual journey, the Presidents’ College is intellectually stimulating, enlightening, fun, and collegial."

Catherine Banbury, Volunteer
Duncaster Lectures

As part of the University’s continuing cooperation with the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, monthly lectures are offered on the Duncaster campus, 40 Loeffler Road in Bloomfield. Each lecture begins at 4 p.m.

Library Lectures

The Library Lectures are sponsored by the Fellows of the Presidents' College as a service to the campus and community.

McAuley Lectures

The McAuley lectures feature outstanding faculty members from the University of Hartford. The lectures take place at 2 p.m. at McAuley Retirement Community, Steele Road, West Hartford. The lectures are held in the main building, at the foot of the hill.