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 2018

(Schedule subject to change)

Slavery in Film

Tuesday, April 3

1:15 – 2:45PM

Dexter Gabriel, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies, UConn

CLAS COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:  Mental Notes (Exploring the Culture and Science of Music)

Tuesday, April 10

9:00AM – 2:00PM   ($15.00 p/p, includes breakfast & lunch)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
215 Glenbrook Road, U-4098
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4098

RSVP by April 3 at or call Andrew Kim at (860) 486-8423

Biking for Veterans

Wednesday, April 11

1:15 – 2:45PM

Michael Beattie, Advocate for hungry veterans

Having overcome medical issues, at age 67 Michael Beattie biked solo 12,124 miles around the U.S. to raise awareness and money for hungry veterans, enduring hardships and camping with homeless veterans along the way. He tells us the remarkable story of his epic feat.


Mind over Matter

Wednesday, April 18

1:15 – 2:45PM

Aline Hoffman, Artist/Pyrographer

The three-part class investigates the power of imagination, then explores basic differences between female/male and left/right brains and how to communicate clearly and positively, and lastly creates a calming experience you can recreate on your own to quiet your mind.


Reflections on a Life of Crime

Thursday, April 19

1:15 – 2:45PM

Attorney Mark Hauslaib, he will share anecdotes from his practice.


Climate Change, Flooding and Mitigation in the Northeast

Tuesday, April 24

1:15 – 2:45PM

Jeanine Gouin, Vice-president of Milone and MacBroom, a civil engineering and landscape architecture firm, and a member of the UConn Board of Trustees.

A look at how rainfall and flooding have changed in our lifetime and what can be done to prepare for and mitigate flood damages in the future.


The Conflict between Nationalism and the Interconnected Global Community

Wednesday, April 25

1:15 – 2:45PM

Curt Beck, Professor Emeritus Political Science, UConn

Avoiding future catastrophes that could spring from the conflict between nationalism and respect for other members of the global community.


Tick Talk

Tuesday, May 1

1:15 – 2:45PM

Kenneth Dardick, M.D., Family physician at Mansfield Family Practice, and Site Investigator for NIH – sponsored research on Lyme disease

A discussion of common tick-borne infections.

Separate and Unequal: U.S. Citizenship in the Unincorporated Territories

Wednesday, May 2

1:15 – 2:45PM

Ross Dardani, Department of Political Science, UConn

A general overview of the history of U.S. citizenship and how citizenship functions in Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


So You Think Your Team is Tough? Working and Living in a Crew Going to Mars

Tuesday, May 8

1:15 – 2:45PM

John Mathieu, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Management, UConn School of Business

The holder of UConn’s Friar Chair in Leadership & Teams shares insights and lessons learned from working with NASA to develop team resilience for long duration space missions.


Documenting the Genocide of the Ottoman Greeks

Wednesday, May 9

1:15 – 2:45PM

Denise Matthews, PhD, Professor Communication Department, ECSU

After WWI millions of Christians were expelled from their ancient homeland in present day Turkey, and hundreds of thousands of them came to the U.S. Hear their stories that are too seldom told.


An Introduction to Spiritual Eldering

Thursday, May 10

1:15 – 2:45PM

Marc Kronisch, Retired Mansfield Teacher, and Charles Silverstein, Professor of Consciousness Studies, the Graduate Institute, CT. Both are trainers of the Sage-ing Legacy Project and members of Sage-ing International.

An overview of coming to terms with one’s mortality, healing life regrets, legal work, and more, based on the work of Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of “From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older”. Copies of the Five Wishes legal document, a living will that considers personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as medical wishes, available for $1.00.


The Use of Psychotropic Medications in Treating Mental Illness

Tuesday, May 15

1:15 – 2:45PM

Hira C. Jain, M.D., formerly of the UConn Health Services, now in private practice in Manchester, CT

Treating depression among seniors while minimizing the use of drugs.


Write Your Roots: A Food Centered Community Project in Willimantic

Wednesday, May 16

1:15 – 2:45pm

Sarah Moon, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, UConn

How the project was planned and carried out, with excerpts from monologues about food ranging from transitioning from a Puerto Rican to American food culture to a wild meal in China to a cross-cultural romance enhanced by cooking.


Charles Darwin’s Voyages to New Worlds, Intellectual and Otherwise

Thursday, May 17

1:15 – 2:45PM

Kenneth Noll, Professor Department of molecular & Cell Biology, UConn

The young Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle showed him an exotic natural world full of change, excitements and dangers, opening up in him a similar intellectual world, previously traveled by others but to which he brought new insights.


Low Maintenance and Sustainable Lawn Options for the Home Landscape

Tuesday, May 22

1:15 – 2:45PM

Victoria Wallace, Associate Extension Educator, UConn

Learn how turfgrasses, sedges and perennials provide environmentally friendly alternatives.


Playing Promotes Success: A Whole Child Model of Health

Wednesday, May 30

1:15 – 2:45PM

Jaci Van Heest, Associate Professor and Director, NEAG School of Education, UConn

The class focuses on innovative aspects of physical activity in children and youth, the benefits of which also extend to social and mental health. A growing body of knowledge links play with academic or cognitive improvements.


Behind Bars, On Screens: The Sex Offender Registry as a Microcosm for Understanding Law-Crime-Policing-Technology Connections

Tuesday, June 5

1:15 – 2:45PM

Dr. Meghan B. Peterson, Political Science Department, UConn

The murky relationships between law and policing logically converge in public sex offender registries, a tech-infursed legislative and law enforcement response to crime, which simultaneously render the criminal justice system disorderly and further riddled with imprecision and error.


Seeing the Sun Rise Over Africa

Thursday, June 7

1:15 – 2:45PM

Philippa Paquette, retired school psychologist, avid adventure traveler and part-time poet

This journey includes a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and a mini safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengetti.


What are Rituals For? New Perspectives on an Age-old Puzzle

Tuesday, June 12

1:15 – 2:45PM

Dimitris Xygalatas, UConn Department of Anthropology & Cognitive Science Program; President Elect, International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Ritual, a human universal, by definition seems to lack utility. Hypotheses about its functions have only recently been subjected to scientific scrutiny through an interdisciplinary approach, combining ethnographic and experimental evidence to understand why seemingly quirky behaviors are actually a fundamental part of the human experience.

Photos below are from “Mind over Matter” class on April 18th by Aline Hoffman