Along the Walk

Hartford skyline
A portion of the Hartford skyline shines in the glow of the partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021. Photographer Nick Caito climbed the steps of the Chapel tower to gain his vantage point.


Celebrating the Class of 2021

Athletics Hall of Fame

New Trustees

Fulbright Grant

Yenching Scholar

Volunteer Spotlight

Around Hartford

New Faculty

New VP

Changes at Vernon Social

Virtual Reunion

Safeguards for Snow Leopards

College Chaplain Named

Trinity Treasure

Tenure for Five

Recent Publications

Goldwater Scholar

We want to hear from you! The Trinity Reporter welcomes letters related to items published in recent issues. Please send remarks to the editor at or Sonya Adams, Office of Communications, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106.


Julie Mason ’93, deputy assistant to U.S. President Joe Biden and chief of staff to Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff.
Photo by Stephen Voss

‘At the helm’
Julie Mason ’93 serves as chief of staff to country’s first second gentleman

Aiming to increase diversity of voices
Students help spark faculty hiring initiative

Plans with a purpose
‘Architectural Design’ students ‘rebuild’ storm-ravaged Bahamian town

What brings you joy?
Reporter readers respond

Connecting with Puerto Rican culture
Students engage with local community, history, and more

Trinity’s ‘unfailing champion’
Cornie Thornburgh ’80, retiring as board chair, plans to stay connected to college


Rules of civility

Joanne Berger-Sweeney
Photo by Julie Bidwell

Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.
— Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, an investment executive turned novelist, describes a clever, brash heroine who is introduced to upper-class 1930s New York society through an unusual and somewhat unfortunate set of events. The story follows the heroine as she defines her own values and observes the strict rules of civility to which others adhere. These rules, and the title of the novel, were based on the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, a book containing 110 principles that originated from a set of guidelines authored by French Jesuits in the late 16th century. The guidelines were popularized when our country’s first president, George Washington, a teenager at the time, handwrote a copy of them. It is said that Washington’s actions helped him internalize the ideas, albeit imperfectly, in turn molding his character. While it should be said that Washington didn’t practice all of what he learned, I was struck by rule number one—the excerpt at the top of this letter—and its relevance for our Trinity community today.

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