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Single Classes

These classes are open to all CLIR members. Curious others considering joining are invited to sample a class or two free of charge. Please contact to sign in.


Spring Semester 2017

(Schedule subject to change)

CLAS College Experience – LIFE.CAMERA.ACTION

Tuesday, April 11

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Alumni Center (The Great Hall)
2384 Alumni Drive
Storrs, CT  06269
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you back to the classroom for an exciting opportunity to explore The Social and Cultural Impact of Film. This bi-annual event brings together outstanding faculty, current research, and an engaged alumni audience for a fun day of lifelong learning.

The program includes three discussions with faculty members with diverse academic expertise. A light breakfast and lunch program with CLAS interim Dean Davita Glasberg are included in the $15 per person cost to attend the event. Free parking is available at the Alumni Center.

  • 9:30 am: Film: Storrs and Beyond, Roger CelestinProfessor of Literature, Cultures, and Languages
  • 10:30 am: ‘It’s not as Good as the Book´: Rethinking the Relationship between Literature and Film, Bob Hasenfratz, Professor and Head of English
  • 12:30 pm: Celluloid Chains: American Slavery on Film, Dexter Gabriel, Assistant Professor of History and African Studies

RSVP by Tuesday April 4, 2017.  

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is proud to partner with CLIR, a lifelong learning initiative within UConn Extension, for the promotion of great events like the CLAS College Experience.

Questions? Please contact Greg Bernard, Director of Alumni Relations for CLAS, via email or call the Office of Alumni Relations toll-free at (888) 822-5861.

UConn President Herbst

Wednesday, April 12

1:15 – 2:45PM

Susan Herbst, UConn President

The Nationalist/Populist Reaction to Globalism: A Threat to Democratic Forms of Government

Tuesday, April 18

1:15 – 2:45PM

Curt Beck, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, UConn

Democracy assumes the possibility of building consensus within a state consisting of diverse interests. The current emergence of populist/nationalist movements in Europe and America with their opposition to foreigners/outsiders raises serious questions about continued tolerance of diversity.


They Return: Our Defender and Prosecutor

Wednesday, April 19

1:15 – 2:45PM

Attorneys Mark Hauslaib & Douglas Crockett

More topics on crime, punishment and plea bargaining.  

Savor the Moment

Friday, April 21

1:15 – 2:45PM

Jeanne Chadwick, Research Fellow, UConn School of Medicine

An experiential introduction to mindfulness, discussing how to cultivate awareness using mind-body experience.

GMO: Under the Hood of Genetically-Engineered Crops

Tuesday, April 25

1:15 – 2:45PM

Gerald Berkowitz, Professor of Plant Molecular Biology, UConn

Public perception, human health, risks and environmental impact of GMOs.


Some Thoughts on the Legal and Constitutional Origins of Racism in America

Wednesday, April 26

1:15 – 2:45PM

Kent Newmeyer, Professor of Law and History, UConn Law School


Connecticut At Risk

Tuesday, May 2

1:15 – 2:45PM

David M. Walker, former U.S. Comptroller

A consideration of serious budget problems Connecticut is facing.


A Stone Age Quest

Tuesday, May 9

1:15 – 2:45PM

Jim Dina, Author of Voyage of the Ant

A narrated slide show about building a birchbark canoe using only stone age tools, then paddling up the Connecticut River an back to rediscover the lost worlds of primitive peoples.


The Genius of Cole Porter

Thursday, May 11

1:15 – 2:45PM

Vin Rogers, Retired Professor of Education, UConn. Jazz trumpeter, horse lover and a devotee of The Great American Song Book.

Cole Porter’s songs will be sung and played as long as there are ears to listen. This participatory biography explores Porter’s life, melodies and lyrics.


Hemingway in Cuba

Tuesday, May 16

1:15 – 2:45PM

Alex A. Cardoni, MS Pharmacy, BCPP, UConn Associate Professor Emeritus. Senior Scientist at The Institute of Living, Hartford CT.

A brief review of the life of Ernest Hemingway with an emphasis on his time in Cuba.


Pope Francis: What Next?

Thursday, May 18

1:15 – 2:45PM

Sean Kennelly, Laicized Catholic Priest

How has he lived up to expectations? Has he disappointed some?


Running with Gram

Wednesday, May 24

1:15 – 2:45PM

Marybeth Home, Certified Wellness Coach and Filmmaker

An inspiring documentary about a former couch potato, who started running at age 68, continuing her athletic pursuits through age 97.


Progamming Love

Tuesday, May 30

1:15 – 2:45PM

Jordan Youngblood, Assistant Professor of English & New Media Studies, ECSU

How gender, sexuality, and relationships change shape in the online era.

Math, Music, and the Mind

Thursday, June 1

1:15 – 2:45PM

Nick Monto, Charlie Wasserman and Henry Wolf, graduate students in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Department of speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, UConn.

We take a look at the mathematics of music and how our brains process the sound signals that make it up. How can we use music to influence/enhance our minds and our health?

Pudd’ nheads: Childhood in Colonial America

Tuesday, June 6

1:15 – 2:45PM

Ehris Urban & Velya Jancz-Urban, Herbalist Daughter/Historian Mother Duo

This class examines the unique aspects of childhood between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries and explores themes including birthing and child rearing practices, parenting, children’s health and education, naming, gender, play, and rites of passage. Colonial, native and slave children are discussed.

 Climate and Hunter-Gatherers: How the Environment Shaped Prehistory

Thursday, June 8

1:15 – 2:45PM

Alex Brittingham, graduate student, Department of Anthropology

Exploring how climate shaped human behavior in the past, through a few projects the presenter is involved with in Armenia.