Davarian Baldwin on the Use of Blackface

PBS.org – Amanpour&Co. [Video, 20 minutes]

Michel Martin sits down with Davarian Baldwin, author and professor of American studies at Trinity College in Connecticut, to discuss why racist practices from the past continue to haunt US politics today.


Alleged Gambino crime boss Francesco ‘Franky Boy’ Cali shot and killed in front of New York City home

USA Today

New York City police on Thursday were investigating the bold, fatal shooting of alleged Gambino crime boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali outside his Staten Island home. …

John Alcorn [Principal Lecturer in the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment], who teaches a course on the history of the mafia at Trinity College in Connecticut, said the New York mafia doesn’t make news like it did 20 or 30 years ago, when John “Dapper Don” Gotti and others splashed across the headlines. Technology, globalization and the rise of drug syndicates from around the world have trimmed the mafia’s impact, he said. “Generally they are in decline, but my hunch is that in some industries they can still have an impact by creating cartels that restrict competition among legitimate firms,” he said. …


Berger-Sweeney enhances Trinity College’s connections with home city

Hartford Business Journal [Women in Business cover story]

The relationships Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has forged with businesses and others on behalf of her school, its students and the Hartford community have expanded the private college’s outreach and instructed her leadership.

Aside from Trinity’s experimental partnership with technology giant Infosys, dubbed the Trinity-Infosys Applied Learning Initiative, and Trinity’s partnership with Capital Community College (CCC) on the Liberal Arts Action Lab purposely established in the core business district downtown, Berger-Sweeney sits on boards that include Hartford HealthCare and the Capital Regional Development Authority (CRDA)…


Puerto Rican Composer Weaves Folk Rhythms Into Contemporary Classical Music

New England Public Radio [Audio, 6 minutes]

Dan Román began composing as a young teenager growing up in Puerto Rico. He doesn’t know why he started, exactly — just that simply playing instruments wasn’t enough.

Román — who teaches in the music department at Trinity College in Hartford — has written pieces for all sorts of combinations of instruments, from symphony orchestras to saxophone and viola duets. His new string quartet, commissioned by Cuarteto Latinoamericano — a Grammy-winning classical music ensemble based in Mexico — premieres at the Hartt School next week.

“I think this might be very common with all composers,” Román said. “We don’t know exactly why we do it. It’s simply just an impulse. It’s an instinct. There’s just a drive — we need to create.” …


Trinity College Week on The Academic Minute

The Academic Minute – WAMC Northeast Public Radio in association with the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Elizabeth Casserly looks to understand the processes that enable us to produce language so fluently; William Church digs into cell death and Parkinson’s Disease; Sarah Raskin delves into prospective memory; Dan Lloyd explores if music is the language of the brain; Susan Masino details the ketogenic diet.