Max Ernst, Europe After the Rain (detail), 1940-1942, Oil on canvas.

Encounters: Surrealism & War
Saturday, October 20, 10am-12pm with lunch to follow
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main St. Hartford, CT
Please RSVP to faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org

In the midst of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and World War II (1939-45), European and American artists found themselves confronting the atrocities brought on by war. What was once thought mere fantasy became a devastating reality for those who would become part of the Surrealist Movement. Join us as we discuss the historic relationship between surrealism and war and how this understanding can impact how we think of art and war today.

Please review the following readings prior to the event:
1. Jaques Vaché, The War Letters
2. Manifesto of Surrealism, André Breton, 1924

Encounters Conference
November 17, 2018, 8:30am-5:30pm
UConn Hartford, Hartford Times Building
10 S Prospect St, Hartford, CT, 06103
For more information and to register, please follow the link:

Encounters: The Conference is a forum where publicly-engaged research meets practice. At the event students, staff, faculty, members of public institutions and the community at large will explore various dialogic modes of engagement and learn how they can bring such practices to their own settings. In particular, the conference will bring together participants to experience the power of UConn’s own unique dialogue model and learn how to run Encounters anywhere and everywhere. Attendees will experience one of four Encounters in the morning, learn how to create and run an Encounter in our How-to Workshop, and take part in a broader, concluding conversation about public dialogue with experts around the country.

About Encounters
The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public LibraryThe Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves, and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue.


Encounters: One Year After Hurricane Maria
Saturday, September 22, 10am-12pm with lunch to follow
Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library
500 Main St, 3rd Floor, Hartford, CT
Please RSVP to jeagosto@hplct.org

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The surrounding destruction and displacement, along with Puerto Rico’s status as an unincorporated territory, has led some scholars, such as Yomaira Figueroa, to call the event a “natural colonial disaster.” Join us a year after Hurricane Maria to discuss the historical and contemporary issues still plaguing Puerto Rico and federal responses to the crisis.

Please review the following readings prior to the discussion:
1. Working With Dark Light by Samuel Granados & Kevin Schaul
(February 28, 2018)
2. STORM SURGE: Report on the Findings…on Impact of Post-Maria Displacement… Carlos Vargas Ramos, Hunter College & Charles R. Venator-Santiago, UConn (July 11, 2018)