Photo by Pablo Delano
Renowned instrument maker William Cumpiano led a Puerto Rican Tiple Construction Workshop at Trinity College from August 15-20, 2016. One of the goals of the workshop is to revive the small guitar-like instrument, which has almost disappeared, unlike its big brother the Puerto Rican cuatro, which remains highly popular. The 2016 Puerto Rican Tiple Construction Workshop was sponsored and organized by the Trinity College Studio Arts Program, Center Church, The Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College, and The Puerto Rican Cuatro Project.
Luke Bronin (center), Mayor of Hartford, alongside Trinity students and Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, discussing ways that Trinity can be a part of Hartford’s continued growth.
“Trinity is a world class institution and a critically important part of the community,” Bronin said. “I appreciate everything [President Joanne Berger-Sweeney] has done so far to strengthen the ties between Trinity and the city. There are a lot of exciting things happening in Hartford. We’re seeing a delayed revitalization of downtown. We also have some enormous challenges. The City should be the economic and cultural heart of this region of one million people. It also has to be a city where any resident needs to feel they have a stake in Hartford’s rise. Trinity adds to the intellectual life of the city, and the cultural strengths of the city. We want students to get even more involved in the city – even things as simple as coming off campus more often. Coming downtown, spending time in our neighborhoods. I’d love to see Trinity students out more, exploring and being a part of the city. Take advantage of internship opportunities, volunteer. That Trinity brainpower is very important to Hartford’s revitalization. There is no end to the ways in which Trinity students can get involved. This is a critical moment of opportunity for Hartford. This is a great city with enormous potential. We are the heart of this region, and we need to continue to work to make Hartford as vibrant and interesting as possible, and I look forward to working with students and the institution of Trinity.”
From April 20 to April 22, 2016, Trinity students camped out on the Long Walk Quad to raise awareness for various environmental issues in honor of Earth Day. The TREEhouse (Trinity Recreation and Environmental Education), a cultural house located at 125 Allen Place, hosted the event as part of their Earth Week celebration events. The TREEhouse also hosted a six-lecture series this spring, and has developed and implemented several additional initiatives to raise awareness and improve campus sustainability. For more on student involvement in sustainability issues, or to get involved, contact Joe Barber at Joseph.Barber@trincoll.edu.
Members of the Trinity College Habitat for Humanity chapter student organization recently volunteered for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity on a home build site on Grand Street in Hartford. Trinity’s chapter is a co-sponsor of the house, raising $9,000 for the construction. Trinity students on the build pictured left to right: Natalie Charette ’19, Maggie Dalton-Hoffman ’16, Monica C. Mhina ’17, Sarah Aronovici ’19, Danielle Bibeault ’19, Ben Mellor ’19, Becca Dedert ’19. Trinity’s chapter volunteers monthly with Hartford builds, as well as engages in events such as its annual 5K Habitrot race and Valentine’s Day gifts fundraiser, as well as an alternative spring break volunteer trip. See more photos from the build event, and learn more about the Trinity College Habitat for Humanity chapter.
As a young student, Carlos Velazquez ’14 was among the first students to participate in the Judy Dworin Performance Project’s Moving Matters! residency at Parkville Community School, a dance education program led by Judy Dworin, professor of theater and dance. While an education studies major at Trinity, he assisted with the program as a student in the “Education through Movement” course. Nineteen years later, Velazquez is back at Parkville substitute teaching for a first grade class. On April 30, he accompanied that class to Trinity for this year’s performance, There’s No Place Like the Parkville Galaxy!
Last week, No. 2-ranked Trinity men’s squash handed top-ranked St. Lawrence a 7-2 loss while the defending National Champion and No. 3-ranked Trinity women’s squash team knocked off No. 1-ranked University of Pennsylvania, 5-4. The Bantams kept the momentum alive with a men’s 8-1 win last night vs. No. 5 Yale, and a women’s 7-2 win over No. 4 Yale as well. Both the men and the women improve to 11-0 on the season. The men play at Rochester this Saturday, January 24, and the women play at Cornell this Sunday, January 25. For more, visit athletics.trincoll.edu. (Update: The Trinity women are now the top ranked team in the nation)
Trinity College composition students of professor Dan Román share a moment with members of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO). The professional orchestra performed the students experimental compositions last Thursday, December 4 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford. This event and collaboration were made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Center for Urban and Global Studies Arts Committee. In this photo, from left to right: Michael Munzer ’16, Matthew Russo (trombone – HICO), Davis Kim ’15, Malcom Moon ’15, Janet Jacobson (violin – HICO), Malibongwe Thwala ’17, Ebban Maeda ’16, Matthew Angelo (flute – HICO), Steve Syz ’17.
Jonathan Gonzalez ’12, an award-winning, New York-based choreographer whose work has appeared on stages in the United States and Europe, returned to Trinity as a guest choreographer and performer in Fall Dance (November 20-22), in which he presented a solo. He also took time out to lead a dance workshop for students.
“Jonathan is very generous. It was his suggestion to stay after his solo performance and personally work with students,” Professor Leslie Farlow of the Theater and Dance Department, with whom Gonzalez studied at Trinity, said. “He is a wonderful role model and everything you want an artist to be.”
Above: Oludare Bernard ’15 watches Gonzalez (right) instruct a group of students. Gonzalez is currently pursuing his MFA in dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Click here for a full gallery of his visit to Trinity.
Written by Dayana Alexandrova ’15
Photos by Diana Guay photography
Above: Trinity students from Praxis, a residentially based community-service program at Trinity, who volunteered to help with EnvisionFest activities at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Pictured l-r: Lupita Barajas ’17, Lizzy Foley ’17, Bo Etropolski ’17, Natalie Sooksatan ’17, Soham Modnani, Jessie Stowell ’17, and Shanice Hinckson ’15.
Below: Scott Gac, associate professor of history and American studies at Trinity, talks about violence, manliness, and race in early American art at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Among the paintings he discussed were George Catlin’s Catlin the Artist Shooting Buffalos in Texas with Colt’s Revolving Pistol (1855) and John Frederick Peto’s Reminiscences of 1865 (1897).
(photos by John Atashian)
From left, Xiangming Chen, dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) and Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology, and Nick Bacon ’10, PhD student in Urban Anthropology at the City University of New York and CUGS research associate, autograph copies of the book they co-edited, Confronting Urban Legacy, after a recent presentation at the Mark Twain Museum Center. The book explores the transformative relationship between globalization and urban transition in Hartford while including comparative chapters on other New England cities: Portland, Maine, along with Lawrence and Springfield, Massachusetts. Bacon in particular used his research on East Hartford to demonstrate the importance of studying Hartford locally, regionally, and globally. For more on the book, click here.