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Benjamin Franklin and the Virtuous Life

March 27th, 2013 No comments
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The third Tunxis Humanities Athenaeum, on the topic “Benjamin Franklin and the Virtuous Life” was held on March 27, 2013. Panelists were Rachel Hyland, Research and Collections Librarian; Bob Brown, Professor of History & English; and Dr. Rafaele Fierro, Associate Professor of History. The discussion focused on a section from Franklin’s autobiography in which he defined his thirteen virtues and the steps by which he attempted to achieve them.

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International Week Dinner

March 14th, 2013 No comments
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The Tunxis International Dinner is a traditional Pot Luck Supper that culminates International Week—a week of events highlighting the various cultures represented by Tunxis International Students. The dinner is special because it features international food and music. Students and faculty both contribute foods from main course dishes to desserts for the feast. The music of the Latin band, Goza, adds to the festive nature of the evening. For most attendees this dinner also marks the beginning of Spring Break!

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Author Amy Bloom

March 14th, 2013 No comments
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The New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom spoke about her books and the writing process in Founders Hall on March 14, 2013. The author of three collections of short stories, Bloom is a past National Book Award finalist and nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The 0. Henry Awards~ and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many others, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her most recent novel, Away (Random House, Inc., 2007), was an epic story about a Russian immigrant. Her new collection of short stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out (Granta Books), was published in 2010. She became Wesleyan University’s Writer-in-Residence in 2010 and previously taught creative writing for many years at Yale University. The talk was presented by Professor Patrice Hamilton and the Tunxis Humanities Series.

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“Culture Shock” International Student Panel

March 13th, 2013 No comments
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It is often hard for people who have lived in one country to understand the notion of Culture Shock. That is why, during International Week, Tunxis International Students present a panel discussion on what it is like to move into a new culture. The panel members tell the audience some of their interesting or unusual experiences that happened to them when they first moved here. Then, the panel answers questions from the audience about those experiences.

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Leon Botstein, Ph.D. – Beyond Utility- A Liberal Arts Education in an Era of Standardization

March 4th, 2013 No comments
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In post-secondary education, the question of how to measure student success has become the hot topic in recent years. Highly politicized and rife with many voices, the debates around what comprises a college education and what its true value is have become dominated by specialized terms such as ·learning outcomes assessment.”
The interpretation of such words varies considerably among academic faculty and administrators,legislators, taxpayers, employers. and other decision makers. However, existential priorities such as how students- around whom the deliberations swirl-can understand themselves and their own knowledge sometimes get lost in these exchanges.
An educational reformer throughout his career, Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, will address this subject in this spring’s Proof & Possibility lecture. His interdisciplinary criteria for a thorough education include skills in reasoning and argumentation; scientific understanding; and the critical analysis of both personal experience and human history. But equally important, he submits, are both the study and practice of the arts, which pursuits, he says, are ·crucial to the development of … parallel cognitive abilities· that keep one both more inquisitive and competitive professionally.
Botstein articulately opposes uniform standards in higher education. Nonetheless, he is also known-as one of the founders and leaders of Bard High School Early College in New York and New Jersey-for working effectively with stakeholders in public education to align his educational model with existing mandates. In this talk and subsequent discussion, Botstein will explore the dangers of academic conformity and the rewards of alternative approaches to testing and learning-but finally, the value of original thinking in discovering both a meaningful career and a richer life.

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