Presidents' College Launches its Spring 2022 Season

January 21, 2022
Submitted By: Michele Troy

The Presidents’ College is launching its Spring 2022 season! In addition to a talented array of our own UHart experts, the program includes a former Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund (co-sponsored by Hillyer and the Barney School), an award-winning Indie filmmaker, the senior editor of the CT Mirror, and the Maestro of the Hartford Chorale. We're also partnering with the Cardin Series to explore the Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, Wolves, before playwright Sarah Delappe's visit to campus on March 3.

Hillyer College Dean, David Goldenberg, opens the season on Jan. 24 with the latest installment in his popular “Trials that Shaped America” series. This time around, he weighs the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, bringing new, never published source material to the fore. As early as the 1930s, both were providing documents to representatives of the Soviet Union, then a U.S. ally. Yet the case of United States v. Rosenberg et al comes out of the Cold War. Julius was identified as a spy, as was his wife, Ethel. Their story is viewed by some as traitorous. Others see the court case as a miscarriage of justice. You be the judge.  

Next on deck, in honor of Black History Month, the Presidents' College is teaming up with the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement to invite all current faculty, students, and staff to take a special course free of charge beginning Feb. 2:  "Only the Ball Was White:  The Negro Leagues and Their Place in American History." Walt Harrison will lead us through the history of the Negro Leagues and its major figures, with a special interview with Josh Bell, first baseman for the Washington Nationals. To register free of charge ($60 value), please click here and enter your affiliation (faculty/staff/student).

To see full descriptions for these and other offerings and to register, please visit our online catalogue.

And just a reminder:  faculty and staff are eligible to take one Presidents' College lecture for free every semester, or to receive a one-session discount ($20) for a longer course. If you're interested, please contact Louise Melanson at:, 860 768 4495. Faculty interested in having their students attend a class for free, please email Michele Troy at

We hope you'll join us and spread the word! While our traditional Presidents' College audience is educated retirees, we're now offering a lot more courses on Zoom and in the late afternoon or evening to allow those still in the working world to participate.