Presidents' College Launches Fall Courses and Lectures

September 08, 2022
Submitted By: Office of Marketing and Communication
People reading on a couch

Take a deeper look at the Supreme Court, headlines of the Biden administration, an inspiring Holocaust story, Zorah Neal Hurston’s writing, and more with the Presidents’ College as it launches its fall 2022 courses and lectures. 

Plus, learn what silent book clubs are all about (calling all introverts)! 

Alumni, area community members, and the campus community are all invited to programs held by the Presidents’ College, the lifelong learning arm of the University of Hartford. The initiative offers non-credit courses for curious adults, taught by university faculty and distinguished guest lecturers, with course fees charged on a per-event basis.

Official kick-off: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Joseloff Art Gallery in the Harry Jack Gray Center. Wine, cheese, the faculty art show, and music of Entwyned. Hear from instructors teaching fall 2022 courses. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to RSVP here prior to the event. 

Special programs this fall include a look at Hurston’s Harlem Renaissance writing with her niece, Lucy Anne Hurston, and why her work still speaks to us today, as well as an event with New York Times best-selling author and West Hartford native Rebecca Frankel on her book Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love.

The full list of courses and lectures are listed below with links to register.



• Leonardo da Vinci, Zee Onuf, Mon., Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Register.

• Contemporary Japanese Women Street Photographers, Carrie Cushman, Tues., Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Register.

• Agatha Christie: The Woman Who Disappeared…and Forever Changed Detective Fiction, Pamela Before, Dianne Harrison, and Melia Bensussen, Tues., Oct 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Sun. Oct. 23, 1 p.m. discussion, 2 p.m. production of The Mousetrap at The Hartford Stage. Register.

• Silent Films & Music: Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Patrick Miller, Mon., Nov. 7, 14, 28: 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Register.



• Supreme Court Round-Up, Jilda Aliotta, Mon., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Register.

• Hot Topics in the Biden Era, Warren Goldstein, Mon., Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Dec. 5: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Register.



• Everyone’s Talking About Supply Chains, Jane Horvath, Wed., Sept. 21, 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. Register.

• The Economy: Has CT Turned a Corner?, Dan Haar, Tues., Dec. 6, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Register.



• The Jews of the Forest: A Story of Holocaust Resistance and Survival, Rebecca Frankel/Amy Weiss, Thurs., Sept. 29, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (author talk). Register.

• The Jews of the Forest: A Story of Holocaust Resistance and Survival, Rebecca Frankel/Amy Weiss, Tues., Nov. 1: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (book discussion). Register.

• Finding Zora Neale Hurston: Then & Now, Lucy Anne Hurston, Wed., Oct. 12, 19: 10:30 a.m.-noon Register.



• The National Book Award Book Club, Michele Troy, Tues., Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 15: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Register.

• The Silent Book Club a.k.a. The Introvert’s Happy Hour, Michele Troy, Friday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Register.

• Flash Fiction, Amity Gaige, Thurs., Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Register.



• The Earth in Flames/Forest Fires, Laura Pence, Fri., Sept. 16: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Register.

• Engineers Without Borders: How to Get Water to Those Who Need It Most?, David Pines, Fri. Oct. 21: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Register.

• How Epidemics Have Shaped Our World, Mike Magee, Wed., Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16: 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Register.

• More Than Big Storms: Hurricanes in New England, Alexa Tsanova, Fri., Nov. 18: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Register.



• The Hartford Whalers, Jeff Jacobs, Tues., Nov. 1, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Register.

• The World Series with Walt, Walt Harrison, Wed., Nov. 2, 7 p.m. pre-game; 8 p.m. game. Register.


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. Contact Louise Melanson at or 860 768 4495.