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Presidents’ College to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary and Honor Outgoing Director Humphrey Tonkin


Posted 10/22/2015
Posted by David Isgur


When on January 25, 1990, then–University of Hartford President Humphrey Tonkin gave the first of his public lectures on Shakespeare, he had no inkling that this initiative would grow into what eventually became the Presidents’ College, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. On Sunday, November 1, at 3 p.m. the Presidents’ College will mark both its 25th anniversary and the completion of Tonkin’s directorship of the organization with a panel discussion and reception. The panel discussion on “Why Scholarship Matters,” will feature literature professors David Kastan from Yale University, Esther Schor from Princeton College, and Ofelia García from City University of New York (CUNY), along with the former director of the Yale Center for British Art, Patrick McCaughey, who is well known to members of the Presidents’ College, as he has presented several programs through the College. The moderator will be Mark Blackwell, professor of English at the University of Hartford.

The event is open to the public and the cost to attend is $35. For more information, call 860.768.4495.

The Presidents' College is a non-credit program offering short courses and activities for adults, taught by visiting lecturers and members of the University of Hartford faculty. Its mission is to create an extended community of thinking people who are interested in learning new things under the guidance of our leading professors. The Presidents' College extends the University of Hartford's educational mission by engaging the adult population of the surrounding communities in the intellectual and academic life of the campus.

Symposium panelists are: David Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University; Esther Schor, professor of English, and Behrman Professor of the Humanities, and director of graduate studies in English at Princeton University; Ofelia García, professor of urban education and professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; and Patrick McCaughey, past director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven.