Presidents' College Spring Courses

January 13, 2023
Submitted By: Max Strubel
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Ready, set, register! Presidents’ College Spring 2023 enrollment is open!

Learn about the mysteries of space exploration, artificial intelligence, and effects of music on our brains. Discuss the latest on political violence in the U.S. and Ukraine, and why climate change is making water our most threatened resource. Celebrate the golden age of baseball, and explore Los Angeles in Film. Variety reviewer Frank Rizzo will also unpack the historical censorship controversy behind award-winning, Jewish-themed play Indecent, which is currently stirring up controversy in the Florida courts; hear the lecture, and experience the performance at Playhouse on Park. And much more…

Alumni, Greater Hartford residents, and the campus community are all invited to lectures and mini-courses like these, held by the Presidents’ College, the lifelong learning arm of the University of Hartford. The program offers non-credit courses for adults curious to learn more, taught by University faculty and distinguished guest lecturers, with course fees charged on a per-event basis.

Special programs this spring include a read-in for Black History Month – organized by Harrison Libraries and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement – and a Latin American Music course featuring three master musicians with UHart ties who will teach us the history of their traditions, all while bringing their melodies and rhythms to life. Our Brief History of Beer course winds up the season, complete with a tasting to usher in summer.

The full list of courses and lectures are listed below with links to register, and our printable PC Spring Courses 2023 offers course descriptions and the full schedule overview.



  • Los Angeles in Film, Michael Walsh, Mon., Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register
  • ‘Indecent’ Talk about Paula Vogel’s Indecent (2015), Frank Rizzo, Tue., Feb. 7, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Register
  • ‘Indecent’ Lecture and Matinee, Frank Rizzo, Sun., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Register
  • American Pop Artists, Richard Voigt, Thurs., March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register
  • Creativity and Collaboration, Michael Torke, Pascal Rioult, Stephen Pier, Wed., April 5, 5 p.m. – 6:20 p.m., Sat., April 15, 2 p.m. Register
  • Latin American Music, José Ramos Santana, Gonzalo Cortes, Lorena Garay, Wed., April 12, 19, 26, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register
  • Melody Lingers On:  A Short History of Tunes, From Beethoven to the Beatles, Steve Metcalf, Tues., May 2, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Register



  • CT Legislative Preview: John Dankosky in conversation with CT Mirror Journalist Mark Pazniokas, Tues., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Register
  • Ukraine: Human Rights, Authoritarianism, and “Trying to Avoid World War Three”, Chris Doyle, Tues., Feb. 21, April 18, and May 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Register
  • Has the Fever Broken?: American Political Violence in 2023, Robert Churchill, Tues., April 11, 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Register



  • Music for the Mind: What Happens to Our Brains on Music?, Dee Hansen and Andrew Koob, Wed., March 1, 8, 22, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register
  • An Inquiry Into Being and Time: Via Mayan Timekeeping, Genevieve Deleon, Wed., March 1, noon – 2 p.m. Register
  • The Psychology of Speed Puzzling, Elizabeth (E.B.) Caron, Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Register
  • Morality 101: "They" Believe What?, Elizabeth Vozzola, Fri., April 21, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register



  • Night Boat to New York: Steamboats on the Connecticut River, 1815-1931, Erik Hesselberg, Fri., Jan. 27, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register
  • A “Read-In” for Black History Month, Markeysha Davis, Thur., Feb. 16, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Register
  • Civil War Veterans and Civil War Memory, Paul A. Cimbala, Tues., March 14, 21, 28, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register
  • A Brief History of Beer, Erik Ofgang and Stephen Gencarella, Thur., May 4, 11, 4–5:30 p.m., Thur., May 18, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Register



  • American Expatriates: Hemingway, Baldwin, Plath, Nels Highberg, Thur., Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register
  • Worlds on Worlds: Excursions into Elizabethan Poetry and Beyond, Humphrey Tonkin, Mon., April 3, 10, 17, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register



  • Exploring Space: The Webb Telescope, Space Tourism, and New Missions to the Moon, Paul Slobach, Tue., Jan. 17, 24, 31, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Register
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Cybersecurity Field, Yudi Dong, Mon., March 20, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register
  • Healthy Waters: Our Planet’s Most Threatened Resource, Mike Magee, Fri., May 19, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Register



  • How Black and Latino Players Inspired Baseball’s Golden Age: 1947-1974, Walter Harrison, Wed., Feb. 1, 8, 15, 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 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.