Archive for April, 2009

Mark Twain and the Travelling Tome: Tracing the Ownership of the James Medical Dictionaries

April 28th, 2009 No comments

On the evening of Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in the old library, Professor Lynn Laskowski and Dr. Fran Coan presented the history of aset of old medical dictionaries. Originally owned by a Virginia family, the volumes were confiscated by a Treasury agent during the Civil War and eventually acquired by Mark Twain, who referenced the volumes while writing several of his works. At the request of a prominent Hartford physician, Dr. Edward K. Root, Twain donated the dictionaries to the Hartford Medical Society.The James dictionaries touched and connected many lives, and their story illuminates numerous aspects of Connecticut and United States history from the eighteenth century into the twentieth. The presentation combined a discussion of medicine, literature, history, and genealogy, with an exploration of research sources and methods.
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Jazz Night at Tunxis

April 26th, 2009 No comments
Jazz Night

A first at Tunxis, Jazz Night 2009 consisted of a range of experiences designed to bring the audience closer to the intricacies of jazz performances and jazz improvisation. First was a demonstration by Dr. Wayne Pierce on the Akai EWI (electronic wind instrument).He tapped into the full range of sounds and techniques this instrument can afford musicians.The demo was followed by performances by two local jazz groups:The Brian Jenkins Quartet and the Wayne Pierce Group—a quintet.Last the audience was invited to join the musicians in spontaneous improvisation.Students from Kevin O’Neil’s jazz improvisation class and others from the community stepped up to stretch their skills doing improvisation to some jazz standards with musicians from the first two groups.
Jam Session Part I | Part II | Part III
Dr. Wayne Pierce  Part IPart II

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Earthstock Connecticut 2009

April 19th, 2009 No comments

Earthstock Connecticut was held on April 19, 2009 from 10am-4pm in the courtyard at Tunxis Community College.  The event, coordinated by a grassroots group of eco-minded individuals from the college and local community, aims at educating the public on conserving, protecting and restoring the world’s most precious natural resources.  About 3,500 people attended this fun-filled green fest that featured over 70 vendors and exhibitors, music, food, dancing, drumming circles, arts and crafts and many family activities. Next year’s event is planned for April 25, 2010.  For more information please visit

Short video from Earthstock 2009

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Celebration of Womanhood

April 16th, 2009 No comments
Debbie Rossel

On Thursday April 16, 2009 from 6 to 8 pm the Tunxis Library and the Celebration of Womanhood club co-sponsored “Music and Poetry on the House” in celebration of National Library Week and National Poetry Month, with Debbie Rossel in concert, and a poetry reading from the Fine Line Poets (an all woman group) of Massachusetts.
Debbie Rossel is a local singer/songwriter whose music is rooted in acoustic folk rock and rhythm and blues. She teaches in the Academic Strategies Department at Tunxis Community College and in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing Department at University of Hartford. Debbie received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She transfers her background in poetry to composing songs, and is currently recording a full-length album, with an anticipated release this year. You can hear a sample of her music at her website:
Five poets from the group of seven read selections of their works:  Virginia Bradley, Jean Tupper, Marcia Szymanski, JoAnne Preiser and Nancy Tupper Ling.  More information on the group may be found at their website
The event was coordinated by Carolyn Boulay, with assistance from the library staff, and Maggie Ducharme of the Celebration of Womanhood Club.

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Economic Crisis: Panel Discussion

April 15th, 2009 No comments
Dr. Francis Coan

On Wednesday, April 15, from 11:40 to 1:15  in the former Tunxis Library, Dr. Rafaele Fierro led a panel discussion about the  current economic challenges we face as a nation and the resulting political responses from President Obama and the Congress.  The concepts and events of our current situation were discussed in comparison to the Great Depression, President Roosevelt and the New Deal.   Panelists also analyzed the impact of decisions made by Connecticut’s Governor Rell and the State Legislature on Tunxis Community College and its students.  The panelists were President Cathryn Addy, Professor Bob Brown, Professor Andre Blaszcznyski, Dr. Fran Coan, and Dr. Rafaele Fierro.  The session was moderated by  Dr. Terry Cassidy, the coordinator of the Center for Teaching.

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