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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.


Fall Semester 2017

(Schedule subject to change)

History of Immigration to Connecticut

Wednesday, Sept 13

1:15 – 2:45PM

Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Distinguished Professor of History and Chair Department of History, ECSU; Editor, Polish American Studies
The New England region and specifically Connecticut have been receiving diverse immigration streams since colonial times. This presentation traces that history over the decades, focusing on the settlement patterns of various ethnic groups and transformation of their ethnicity.

Knot Theory and Its Application in Performing Arts

Wednesday, Sept 20

1:15 – 2:45PM

Mehdi Khor, Associate Professor of Mathemtics, ECSU


Putin vs. the World

Wednesday, October 4

1:15 – 2:45PM

Mari Firkatian, Professor of History, University of Hartford

This talk takes a closer look at Russian foreign policy intentions (in so far as they can be perceived from a distance), with a particular focus on the  Middle East, Assad and Syria, the Caucasus Republics, and Russia’s relationship with Turkey and Iran.


Everything You Wanted to Know About the English Auxiliary Verb, But Were…

Tuesday, October 10

1:15 – 2:45PM

David Michaels, Professor Emeritus Linguistics, UConn

The auxiliary in English is complex. Chomsky solved the auxiliary and demonstrated that syntax was independent of meaning and had moving parts. We’ll look at it.  


Gender and Politics in a Comparative Perspective

Wednesday, October 11

1:15 – 2:45PM

Martín Mendoza-Botelho, Professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography, ECSU

A discussion of some recent theories related to gender and how this variable is appropriated in the political world. The session will incorporate theoretical views and evidence from different disciplines and their effects in our contemporary world.


AARP CT presents The Con Artist Playbook: A look Inside the mind of a Criminal

Tuesday, October 17

1:15 – 2:45PM

Darlene Dunbar, MSW, member of AARP CT Executive Council and an active volunteer presenting various community offerings

Every two seconds a con artist steals someone’s identity. The most recent year-end statistics show Americas lost 18 billion of their hard-earned dollars to fraud, identity theft and scams. The Con Artist Playbook was developed to help you gain insight into the mind of a criminal and provide tools to defend yourself against their tricks.


They Called Her RECKLESS: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse

Thursday, October 19

1:15 – 2:45PM

Janet Barrett, Local author and horse lover

When the Marines of the Fifth Regiment’s Recoilless Rifle Platoon acquired a small Korean pony to haul ammunition up the steep hills to the front lines during the Korean War, what they got was a courageous and indomitable warhorse, Reckless, who served with her buddies for two years in the war zone, saving lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her.


Before the War: The Multicultural Empire of Vietnam (1428-1945)

Wednesday, October 25

1:15 – 2:45PM

Bradley Camp Davis, Professor of History, ECSU; and Coordinator of Asian Studies Minor

Prior to the military conflicts the at enfulfed Southeast Asia after WWII, Vietnam was a vibrant, multicultural empire with connections to China and Europe. This presentation gives a general picture of its history and the role of the Vietnamese Empire in the early modern world.


Gender from the Perspective of a Biopsychologist

Thursday, October 26

1:15 – 2:45PM

Margaret Letterman, Professor of Psychology, ECSU


The History and Mission of the Connecticut Superior Court

Tuesday, October 31

1:15 – 2:45PM

John Boland, CT Superior Court Judge

CLAS College Experience

(note the special time and location)

Power, Purpose, & Prayer: A Look at Religion and Society

Tuesday, October 31

9:00AM – 2:00PM

$15.00 p/p (includes breakfast and lunch)

RSVP by October 25 at or call Andrew Kim at (860) 486-8423


The Origins of Christian Fundamentalism

Wednesday, Nov 1

1:15 – 2:45PM

Clare Costley King’oo, Professor of English, UConn

A review of the life of the early Protestant Bible translator William Tyndale (ca. 1495-1536) and how his work shapes religious and civic debate today.


Programming Love

Tuesday, Nov 7

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.


Music of the Early Baroque

Wednesday, Nov 8

1:15 – 2:45PM

Heather de Savage, Ph.D., Department of Music, UConn

This class explores sacred and secular music of the generations before J.S. Bach, through the works of Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, and Heinrich Schütz.


Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement

Thursday, Nov 16 (date changed)

1:15 – 2:45PM

Jane Anna Gordon, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, UConn

What does it mean to be stateless? Are there people who should be considered contemporary slaves? We will explore the answers to both questions and why both phenomena are on the rise today.


Who Is the Buddha? What did he teach? How are his teachings relevant for today’s world?

Tuesday, Nov 14

1:15 – 2:45PM

Joanne York, Practicing Buddhist for the last 15 years and currently a member of the sangha at Wat Lao Lane Xang Temple in Willington, CT.


What Happened to Utopian Literature?

Wednesday, Nov 15

1:15 – 2:45PM

Pamela Bedore, Associate Professor of English, UConn

In 2017 we’ve seen an explosion in the sales of dystopian classics like 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. But does anyone still read or write utopias? This presentation looks at some of our favorite utopias and dystopias from the past in order to imagine the future of utopia.

Can Voting Ever Be Fair in a Democracy?

Tuesday, Nov 8

1:15 – 2:45PM

Steve Kenton, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, ECSU; President of CLIR

From the Marquis de Condorcet to the present, finding a fair voting method when there are more than two candidates has proven elusive. What is the problem and can it be resolved?

Origin, Measurement, and Management of Stress and Anxiety

Tuesday, Dec 5

1:15 – 2:45PM

George Allen, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UConn

A basic overview of issues, such as what stress is, how stress morphs into anxiety, and strategies for managing stress and anxiety.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer: What’s the Evidence?

Wednesday, Dec 6

1:15 – 2:45PM

Lisa Holle, Associate Clinical Professor, UConn School of Pharmacy

The evidence for safe and effective use of medical marijuana in treating cancer patients in the past and today, and an overview of the process of obtaining medical marijuana.