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University Hour

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Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m

Spring 2020

  • January 22, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “Lulu Productions Librettist Discussion”

    A librettist from Lulu Productions will discuss the work in the opera.


  • February 5, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “First Light Flashback”: A Lecture on Native Americans in New England”

    Annawon Weeden performs a one-man show that gives audience members a unique perspective on Native history in southern New England.  Drawing on his Mashpee Wampanog, Narragansett and Pequot lineage, Weeden shares his personal experiences and explores the tribal history of the people of the Dawn before and after European arrival. Audience participation is encouraged.

    February 6, 2020

    (Thursday, 6-8 p.m. )

    Student Center Theater
    “Military veterans with PTSD”

    Charles C. Stuart is an award-winning film producer whose most recent work focuses on veterans and refugees. He will use clips of his work to talk about U.S. veterans returning from wars and their struggle with the symptoms of PTSD. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

    February 12, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “Rights in Transit: Public Transportation and the Right to the City”

    Kafui Ablode Attoh, assistant professor of urban studies at the City University of New York, will discuss his book “Rights in Transit: Public Transportation and the Right to the City” about urban life in California’s East Bay. For those who lack other means of mobility, public transit is a lifeline. Attoh posits that public transportation is a right and discusses the different rights at issue when public transportation is threatened. The talk is co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, Philosophy, and Geography and Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Social Work.

    February 19, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “Marie-Celie Agnant Lecture and Workshop”

    Marie-Celie Agnant is a Haitian-born, Montreal-based writer and one of the most prominent voices of the Haitian diaspora. Agnant's work most often deals with the experiences of exiles and immigrants as well as the inherent issues of cultural memory, heritage, matrilineage and women’s resilience in the face of colonization, slavery and patriarchy. Agnant’s visit is part of the programming for the upcoming exhibition, “Creating Dangerously: Arts & Revolution,” which will be hosted by Eastern’s Art Gallery from Jan. 17- March 12, 2020.

    February 26, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Awards

  • March 4, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “Gender, Sexuality, Memory and Urbanism: The Comics and Graphic Novels of Bishakh Som”

    New York artist Bishakh Som’s work investigates the intersection between image and text, figure and architecture, and architecture and landscape. Som seeks to expand the vocabulary of the graphic novel and comics genres to include themes of gender, sexuality, memory and urbanism. He will also discuss his new book “Apsara Engine.”

    March 11, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “New Beginnings: Justice Alternatives Through the Arts with Judy Dworin”

    Judy Dworin will discuss her innovative arts outreach for women at York Correctional Institution and men at Cybulski Community Reintegration Center, and for individuals returning from York and Cybulski to their communities. She will reflect on how this work informs a different perspective on who is behind bars, examining the positive changes that can and do occur, supporting a rehabilitative and strengths-based approach to incarceration and reentry. Dworin will use a workshop format to bring the authentic voices and real-life experiences of women and men from prison to the stage, integrating movement, spoken word and song to examine the choices and twists of fate leading to incarceration.

    March 25, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra: Reading Session of Student Works

    The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra will rehearse and perform original compositions created by Eastern students enrolled in the study of Music Composition. The event will be the culmination of a unique residency in which students work in a workshop environment with an ensemble that specializes in contemporary music. The resulting performance will not only showcase Eastern students, but also will provide an inspiring experience for the audience.

  • April 1, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “De-mystifying Race-Based Stress and Trauma: What is it and how do we heal?”

    Eastern alumnus Broderick Sawyer has spent his career in psychology learning about trauma and meditation therapies. He founded the Oppression and Resilience: Minority Mental Health Special Interest Group of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and now speaks nationally about the impact of racial stress and trauma on young adults of color as well as possible interventions. 

    The presentation uses research findings to connect research to historically/systemically maintained dynamics, highlights unconscious interpersonal tendencies that repeat these dynamics in the present day, discusses interpersonal race dynamics, and provides avenues of collective healing based on mindfulness, self-inquiry and compassion practices.

    April 8, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “Minds, Bodies and Stress: The Philosophy of “Someaesthetics” ‘

    Contemporary culture increasingly suffers from problems of attention, over-stimulation, and stress, and a variety of personal and social discontents generated by deceptive body images. This talk will address the thesis that improved body consciousness can relieve these problems and enhance one's knowledge, performance and pleasure by incorporating insights from both Western and Asian disciplines of body-mind awareness.

    April 15, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    “Moving Criminal Justice Reform Forward in Connecticut”

    During this moderated panel discussion, three Connecticut lawmakers involved with criminal justice reform across the state — State Rep. Brandon McGee, former Chief Justice Chase Rogers and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz — will reflect on the current state of our criminal justice system, racial disparities in incarceration in Connecticut and how college students can be involved in the discussion. Particular attention will be paid to the overall incarcerate rate and racial disparities in incarceration in Connecticut. Connecticut has the 16th lowest incarceration rate in the country, though the Black: White incarcerate rate ratio is 9.4:1.

    April 22, 2020

    Student Center Theater
    Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Awards

    April 29, 2020



Campus Map & Directions
The Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room is on the second floor of the J. Eugene Smith Library
The Theatre and Betty R. Tipton Room are on the upper level of the Student Center
The Science Building Auditorium is in Room 104 of the Science Building