ONE WORLD Lecture Series

The ONE WORLD Lecture Series is made possible with a grant from the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Foundation, administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The series features ten distinguished professors from Connecticut colleges and universities speaking on topics of global importance.

All lectures are free and held at the Noah Webster Library meeting room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut. REGISTER by clicking on the links below. 


• "Democratic Competition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
Sept. 19 [Thur. 7PM] - Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University 
Why are so many people are alienated from politics? Why do the often tried remedies only make the problem worse? And what sorts of reforms would be better? Ian Shapiro discusses the varieties of political competition across the democratic world. He shows why efforts to reform political parties over the past several decades to make them more democratic have backfired, compounding voter alienation, undermining good governance, and empowering demagogues and other populists. He also explains what needs to be done to reverse the trend. This talk draws from his new book with Frances Rosenbluth: Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself (Yale University Press, 2018).

• "Feeling the Difference: Islamophobia and the Emotions of Intolerance in U.S. History" 
Oct. 10 [Thur. 7PM] - Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion, Coordinator of Muslim Studies Certificate, Wesleyan University  
Contemporary Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment relies as much on negative emotions as they do on adverse ideas about Muslims and immigrants. As has been the case at specific moments in American history in regard to Catholics, Jews, and Native Americans, these feelings are carefully cultivated by politicians, organizations, and/or news sources. While much attention has been given to prejudiced views and misinformed opinions about these groups, we need also to attend to the deeply held and enduringly destructive emotions that can poison relations between minorities and mainstream society, and lead to isolation and violence.

• "The Not-So-Secret Life of Trees

Nov. 18 [Mon. 7PM] - Marlyse Duguid, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
People have always been fascinated by the idea that trees can be more than just static members of the landscape. This theme repeatedly emerges in pop-culture and is present in contemporary books, films and movies. Are trees sentient; do they feel, smell, hear, remember, communicate? What does the current science tell us about how trees interact with each other and other organisms in the landscape. And what does it mean for the trees in our forests, yards, and landscapes.  


• "The Politics of Repression in the Middle East"  
March 26, 2019 - Prof. Elizabeth R. Nugent, Yale University
Full audio of Prof. Nugent's March 26 lecture: 
SLIDES from March 26 lecture.

 • "How Markets and The Invisible Hand Create Order in Society: From PayPal to the Blockchain" 
March 12, 2019 - Prof. Edward Stringham, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Full audio of Prof. Stringham's March 12 lecture:

 • “Is Resurgent Nationalism a Threat or a Renewal?: Exploring the Case of Catalonia"
Feb. 10, 2019 - Prof. Thomas S. Harrington, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
SLIDES from the Feb. 10 lecture.

 • “God and the Multiverse: A Melodrama
Jan. 9, 2019  [Wed., 7PM] - Prof. Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Full audio of Prof. Rubenstein's Jan. 9, 2019, lecture:

 • “The Seduction of Silence: Five Reasons Not to Surrender!”
Dec. 6, 2018  - Prof. Okey Ndibe, author of “Never Look an American in the Eye”
Full lecture from Prof. Ndibe's Dec. 6, 2018 lecture:  https://soundcloud.com/user-486560648/okey-ndibe
Video extract from Prof. Ndibe's lecture here:  https://youtu.be/5a_CxlIl1m4

• "How Did West Indians Become the Largest Foreign-Born Population in Connecticut?”
Nov. 14, 2018 - Prof. Fiona Vernal, University of Connecticut      
Video extract from Prof. Vernal's Nov. 14 lecture here: https://youtu.be/Ct-jvOsqHyc

• “Why Not Restrict Hate Speech? (An Historical Perspective)” 
Oct. 25, 2018 - Prof. Cheryl Greenberg, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Click for Q&A audio from Prof. Greenberg's Oct. 25 lecture. 

SERIES PARKING: There is ample library parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage payment kiosks and come directly to the lecture in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.

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