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‘Hartford: Past, Present, Future’ Symposium at Trinity College Welcomes Mayor Bronin, Speakers from Local Organizations

WHAT: Trinity College’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) presents the half-day symposium, “Hartford: Past, Present, Future,” addressing the historical legacies of Connecticut’s capital city, the challenges facing Hartford today, and the opportunities for charting the city’s future. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will be the keynote speaker. Panels include speakers from the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, MetroHartford Alliance, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), and the Hartford community. This event, which celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College, is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Mather Hall, Wean Terrace Rooms, Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will speak at 12:15 p.m. (Schedule below)

Background: The Center for Urban and Global Studies plays a critical role in advancing Trinity’s urban and global education on campus, in Hartford, and across the world. Officially inaugurated in October 2007 through a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the center has also been supported by donors to the Trinity College Mellon Challenge for Urban and Global Studies. At the core of CUGS’ integrated urban-global studies mission lies Trinity’s unique links between academic programs on campus, experiential and service learning in the city of Hartford, and extended educational opportunities in the world. For more information, contact

Schedule of Events – Thursday, October 19, 2017

9:30 a.m.: Introduction by Xiangming Chen, Dean and Director, Center for Urban and Global Studies – Trinity College

9:35 a.m.: Welcome remarks by Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney 

9:50 a.m.–10:50 a.m. - Panel 1: Historical and Comparative Lessons

   William Hosley, Principal, Terra Firma Northeast – Cultural Resource Development Consultant, CT

   Luis Figueroa, Associate Professor of History – Trinity College

   Thomas Rice, Trinity Class of 2017 – Providence, R.I. (Rice’s senior thesis in urban studies compared the historical trajectory of development and regeneration in Hartford and Providence.)

   Sara Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law – UConn School of Law

   Moderated by Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies – Trinity College 

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Panel 2: Regional Thinking and Local Action

   Scott Gaul, Research and Community Indicators Project Director – Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

   Julio Concepcion, Hartford Partnership Vice President – MetroHartford Alliance

   Fiona Vernal, Associate Professor of History – UConn

   Melvyn Colon, Executive Director – The Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA)

   Moderated by Garth Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies – Trinity College

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin – Address and Q&A

   Introduced by Tim Cresswell, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs