ENCOUNTERS: Spring 2019

Jason Peters, “Septuagint – Freedom and Liberty”, 2011


Encounters: States of Incarceration
Saturday, April 6, 2019
10am-12pm with lunch to follow

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library, 3rd Floor
500 Main Street, Hartford

“I have here unjustly suffered so much, and seen, and heard so much, that I am not as I was; my nature has become changed and hardened against my race—I feel myself let loose from all the ties of society—and that I have lost almost all the feelings of humanity.” This quote from an unnamed prisoner of Old Newgate Prison, the nation’s first state prison, speaks to the dehumanizing and life-altering impact of imprisonment. Join us as we discuss both the historical and contemporary issue of incarceration at the local and national level to get a better understanding of how prisons function in American society. To register, please RSVP to jeagosto@hplct.org.

Please review the following readings before the program:
1. Letter from a formerly incarcerated individual, in relation to the documentary Life on Parole 
2. A History of Newgate of Connecticut (Selected Excerpts) by Richard Phelps
3. What Is Prison Abolition? By John Washington

About Encounters
The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public LibraryThe Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Old State House, 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: La Amistad
Saturday, February 16, 2019
10am-12pm with lunch to follow

Court Room, Old State House
800 Main Street, Hartford

On July 1, 1839, fifty-three Mende captives overtook the crew of La Amistad. Unable to return to Africa, these individuals were interned in New Haven, Connecticut, while a trial deciding their fate took on the crucial question of the relationship between humanity and the ownership of human beings in the early Republic. Join us as we discuss the Amistad revolt; the Supreme Court case, United States v. The Amistad (1841); human rights and international politics; and the intimate connections between slavery and freedom. To register, please RSVP dana.miranda@uconn.edu.

Encounters: #MeToo
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10am – 12pm with lunch to follow

Hartford Courant Room
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford

Join us as we discuss artistic responses to gender and sexual violence alongside the powerful, contemporary movement which brings light to sexual harassment and sexual assault. Participants will join in a dialogue exploring the #MeToo movement and the paintings of MATRIX artist Emily Mae Smith, on exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Additional texts under discussion will be posted in advance. The event is free, but please RSVP faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org to reserve a seat and lunch.

Please review the following readings prior to the discussion:

  1. From 1971: Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Linda Nochlin
  2. Tarana Burke on why she created the #MeToo movement — and where it’s headed by Chris Snyder and Linette Lopez
  3. #MeToo, Sexual Assault and the Arts by Sydney Burrows