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NEWS FROM CONNECTICUT COLLEGE February 2013

Announcements

Pulitzer Winner Nicholas D. Kristof Kicks Off Global Justice Series

Nicholas D. Kristof, author of “Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” will kick-off the “Striving for Global Justice” series on Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Evans Hall. Kristof, a New York Times columnist, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He will discuss the international, social, and gender aspects of global injustice.

“Striving for Global Justice” is coordinated jointly by the College’s five interdisciplinary centers with the goal of creating a common intellectual experience across the campus. The series will culminate in a conference on April 19-20, “The Quest for Environmental Equity in an Increasingly Inequitable World.” The conference is sponsored by the Goodwin-Niering Center and the Global Environmental Justice Initiative, a curricular development project funded by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.

Umoja Dinner on Feb. 16 Highlights 20th Century Black Art

Umoja’s annual Black History Month Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 16 will feature presentations on author Toni Morrison and blues singer Bessie Smith. Alumni are welcome to attend. The gathering begins at 4:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Dinner and presentations follow at 6. Speakers are Carolyn Denard, founder of the Toni Morrison Society and dean of the College, and jazz musician John Clark, assistant professor of music. For more information or to RSVP, email Erica Lovett ’14 at elovett@conncoll.edu by Feb. 8 Umoja is the Black Student Union.

Connecticut College Remembers Professor Emeritus Linda Herr

Linda Herr, professor emeritus of theater, was remembered during a memorial service on Jan. 19 as an accomplished actress and director who was highly regarded by students and colleagues. Professor Herr, who joined the College in 1976 and retired in 2009, died Dec. 23.

She transformed the theater program into a full academic department and major and then served as chair for most of her tenure. Additionally, Professor Herr was dean of academic programs from 1997 to 2000 and served for a time as chair of the Planning, Priorities and Budget Committee and chair of the Faculty Steering and Conference Committee. She was acting director of the Gender and Women's Studies Department in 1996 and co-chair of the Dance Department in the fall of 1993.

In 1999 Professor Herr was instrumental in the opening of the College's Tansill Black Box Theater, where she directed Estelle Parsons ‘49 in “Medea.” 

Read Professor Herr’s complete obituary in The Day.

In the News

  • Ted Chapin ’72 P’07, executive director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, comments in the Los Angeles Timeson the casting of Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”
  • Lauren Burke ’06, an immigration lawyer, is helping undocumented immigrants who can’t get federal disaster aid after Hurricane Sandy. View the NPR story.
  • Prof. Downs writes about the shortcomings of Lincoln’s emancipation policies in the New York Times.