Month: August 2018

Constitution Day Event


Constitution Day is a celebration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine of the 55 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. The date is also designated Citizenship Day to focus on the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the Constitution. All educational institutions that receive Federal funds are required to develop a Constitution Day program for their students.  This year, coordinated by UConn Hartford, Constitution Day at the University of Connecticut strives to educate students and community members about the Constitution historically and as it applies to today’s challenges.


This year’s Constitution Day Event:

The Importance of a Free Press for U.S. Democracy

Monday, September 17, 2018


Hartford Public Library
Center for Contemporary Cultures Room

500 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103


This round table discussion brings together Professors Molly Land (Law School/HRI), Marie Shanahan (Journalism), David Yalof (Political Science), and Richard Wilson (Law School and Anthropology)

to discuss the importance of a free press for U.S. democracy and will be moderated by Professor Michael Lynch.


Please join us for additional related activities during the month of September:

  • 9/8: Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Dodd Center)
  • 9/26: Political Science’s lecture by Keith Whittington on “Why Free Speech Matters on Campus” (Konover Auditorium, 4 pm)
  • 9/29: UCHI’s Encounters Program on the Treaty of Hartford—(Courtroom, Old State House, 10am-12pm)





Publishing NOW: Peter Catapano

Peter Catapano, Editor, Opinion Section, New York Times
October 2, 2018 4-5pm, with reception to follow


Catapano began his career at The Times as an assistant to The Times Editorial Board in 1998. He became a copy editor in 2000 for The New York Times News Service and joined the Opinion section as an editor in 2005, where he began developing projects specifically for the web.
Catapano has created and edited some of the most popular New York Times online series — The Stone, Anxiety, Happy Days, Menagerie and Home Fires — which helped launch the careers of several writers. He received a Publisher’s Award in 2008 for his work in pioneering the online series.

Catapano has edited and published more than 1,000 pieces in The Times, and has worked directly with both beginners and highly accomplished thinkers and writers, including Arthur Danto, E.O. Wilson, Frans de Waal, Peter Singer, Simon Critchley, Thomas Nagel, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Pico Iyer, Phil Klay, Roy Scranton, Steven Pinker, Siri Hustvedt and Oliver Sacks.

In 2015, Catapano was asked by Dr. Sacks to edit his final essays in The Times chronicling his illness and death, which were collected in “Gratitude” — now a best-selling book by Knopf.

Catapano’s The Stone, established in 2010, is the longest-running online series in Opinion, and draws millions of readers each year. In 2015, Liveright published “The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments,” an anthology of essays from the series. Catapano has sold more than 15,000 copies. Since 2012, about half of the American Philosophical Association’s public philosophy awards have been given to essays published in The Stone. The series has helped bring philosophical thought back into the national conversation.

Publishing NOW : Christine Smallwood

Christine Smallwood,
New York Times
October 15, 2018, 4 pm

Christine Smallwood is a writer and critic living in New York. Her reviews, essays, and short stories have been published in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New YorkerBookforumThe Paris Reviewn+1, and Vice. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and is a core faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

Publishing NOW:George Thompson

George Thompson, CLAS Publisher-in-Residence Visit to UConn,
October 23-26


George Thompson will be returning to campus October 23-26 to continue the CLAS publisher-in-residence program, thanks to the support of Dean Davita Silfen Glasberg, UConn Humanities Institute, and Ken Foote of the Department of Geography.


George has visited UConn regularly since 2015.  His visits are aimed at helping colleagues with their publishing projects. George is particular good at helping faculty develop book projects, but can help with all aspects of academic publishing across a wide range of fields.


George will be available for both group and one-on-one meetings.


If you would like to set a time for faculty in your department to meet with George, please contact Stephanie Beron at or (860) 486-3656 to schedule an appointment.


Available times are listed online at


If you haven’t had a chance to meet, George has been a professional editor since 1984, beginning his career at Johns Hopkins University Press as an acquisitions editor. At JHUP, George developed the geography and environmental studies list, including the “Creating the North American Landscape” series.  In 1990, George founded the Center for American Places, which he directed and served as publisher until November 2010, when he founded his own imprint. Books developed and published under George’s care have won more than 100 book awards, honors, and prizes, including best-book recognition in 31 academic fields.  George is also the editor, co-editor or author of five books of his own and has served as publisher-in-residence at a number of universities. More information is available here


Publishing NOW : Adina Berk

Adina Popescu Berk
Senior Editor for History, Yale University Press
November 29, 2018, 4 pm

I acquire in all periods and subfields of American and European history. I look for projects that challenge and change the historiographical conversation, as well as projects that address and inform essential questions in the public sphere and that seek to bring a historian’s perspective to a broad readership. I am particularly interested in projects that conceptualize American history broadly and place the United States in a global context. Themes and topics of particular interest are the way environmental factors and climate crises have shaped societies, the history of empires and the resistance to empires, the history of economic and financial development, connections between the United States and Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the history of borderlands, histories of human migration, the rise of the right, African American history, Latino history, and Native American history. At Yale I am building on a distinguished history list including, among many other leading historians, recent prize-winners Manisha Sinha, Benjamin Madley, Steve Pincus, Carlos Eire, Pekka Hämäläinen, Martha Hodes, and many others.