Final event in an active year for The University of Connecticut Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research on Women and Girls of Color

Dr. Dorothy RobertsA lecture given by Professor Dorothy Roberts on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at the Student Union Theater that had over 100 people in attendance. It was the final event in an active year for The University of Connecticut Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research on Women and Girls of Color. Photos are from the lecture at the Student Union and UCHI was proud to lend support for the research, outreach, and activism from the Women and Girls of Color program.

Professor Roberts lectured on the evening of April 26th at UConn’s Law School in Hartford. For more on that event see:


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“Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals” May 11-13, 2017 University of Connecticut, Storrs

The Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning (ECOM) Research Group is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a conference on:
May 11-13, 2017 
University of Connecticut, Storrs
The conference will bring together researchers from a number of disciplines working on continuities and discontinuities in human/nonhuman cognition, emotions, social organization and morally relevant behavior, and implications for the human treatment of nonhuman animals.  
Invited Speakers:
Contributed Papers:
Full titles, schedule and abstracts are available at our conference webpage.
Please register for the conference by clicking here. Registration is completely free, but mandatory, so that we can properly arrange for catering.
ECOM welcomes interested researchers from all nearby institutions to attend. Travel information for visitors to UConn can be found at the conference webpage.
The conference will also have a full conference dinner at Chang's Garden on Friday evening. If you would like to attend the conference dinner, please register for the dinner by clicking here.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, May 11th:
 2:00-3:00PM    Registration & Welcome
 2:15-2:30PM    Opening Remarks

 2:30-3:45PM    Lori Gruen - "Empathy in Mind"

 4:00-5:00PM    Kelsey Gipe - "Empathy and the Problem of Altruism"

 5:15-6:30PM    Kristin Leimgruber - "Sensitivity to Social Rewards and the Evolution of  Uniquely Human Prosocial Behavior: Evolution from Young Children and Capuchin Monkeys (
Cebus apella)"          
Friday May 12th:
 9:30-10:00AM    Breakfast - Coffee & Bagels

 10:00-11:15AM   Peter Carruthers - "Basic Questions"

 11:30-12:30PM   Gary Comstock* - "Psychological Unity in First-Order Accounts of Metacognitive Behavior in Animals"

 12:30-1:30PM     Lunch! (sandwiches, etc. provided)

 1:30-2:45PM       Hans-Johann Glock - "Determinacy of Content -- The Hard Problem about Animal Thinking"

 3:00-4:00PM       Nicolas Delon & Duncan Purves - "Meaning in the Lives of Humans and Other Animals"

 4:15-5:30PM       Darcia Narvaez - "Humanity's Evolved Nest and its Co-Construction of Human Nature and Morality"

 6:30PM               Workshop Dinner at Chang's Garden

Saturday May 13th:
 9:30-10:00AM      Breakfast - Coffee & Bagels

 10:00-11:15AM    William Hopkins - "Cognitive Neuroscience Research with Chimpanzees and Other Great Apes: Benefiting Human Health and Improving Animal Welfare"

 11:30-12:45PM    Katherine A. Cronin - "Advancing Primate Welfare Through Science at a Modern Zoo"

 12:45-2:00PM      Lunch! (sandwiches, etc. provided)

 2:00-3:30PM        Panel Discussion

* Joint work with William Bauer.    
This conference is made possible with generous support from the UConn Philosophy Department, UConn Humanities Institute and the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

New Book by UCHI Associate Director Alexis L. Boylan.

"Six men, all artists, find their way to New York City at the turn-of-the-twentieth century and find friendship and love. They are also crushed emotionally and creatively by capitalism."

Alexis L. Boylan's "Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man"
Arriving in New York City in the first decade of the twentieth century, six painters-Robert Henri, John Sloan, Everett Shinn, Glackens, George Luks, and George Bellows, subsequently known as the Ashcan Circle-faced a visual culture that depicted the urban man as a diseased body under assault. Ashcan artists countered this narrative, manipulating the bodies of construction workers, tramps, entertainers, and office workers to stand in visual opposition to popular, political, and commercial cultures. They did so by repeatedly positioning white male bodies as having no cleverness, no moral authority, no style, and no particular charisma, crafting with consistency an unspectacular man. This was an attempt, both radical and deeply insidious, to make the white male body stand outside visual systems of knowledge, to resist the disciplining powers of commercial capitalism, and to simply be with no justification or rationale. Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man maps how Ashcan artists reconfigured urban masculinity for national audiences and reimagined the possibility and privilege of the unremarkable white, male body thus shaping dialogues about modernity, gender, and race that shifted visual culture in the United States. -

28 April 2017. Talk by William Bulman: “The Origins of Majority Rule”. UCHI Folger Consortium Project

‘The Origins of Majority Rule’

William Bulman – Associate Professor of History and Global Studies (Lehigh University)

When: 28 April 2017  2:00-3:30

Where: University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, Homer Babbidge Library, 4th floor.

UCHI Folger Consortium Project

The majority vote is the foundational element of representative assemblies, party politics, and democracy in today’s world. While nearly all academics and the public at large have come to see this way of making decisions as natural to the political realm, it is actually an historical accident. The prevalence of the majority vote today is due to the fact that it suddenly became the practice of the English House of Commons and the North American colonial assemblies when the Britain’s empire first took shape. Yet this process has never been narrated or explained. Professor Bulman’s talk will introduce us to his current project, which aims to do both.




National Issues Forum: Moderator Training Interested in supporting democratic dialogue and deliberation? Learn to be a National Issues Forum Moderator!

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H & C

In partnership with the Dodd Center, and E.O. Smith High School, Humility & Conviction in Public Life hosted a National Issues Forum (NIF) Moderator Training designed to introduce participants to the concepts, skills, and issues associated with moderating and recording public deliberations that could facilitate intellectually humble dialogue. This was followed by a forum with students and faculty from E.O. Smith High School. Run by Glenn Mitoma (Dodd Center), and planned in collaboration with Joe Goldman (E.O. Smith) and Brendan Kane (HCPL), the forum considered the issues of food justice and security, making use of the brand new NIF Guide:Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?.pdf

There were over 130 E.O. Smith students, and was facilitated by UConn undergrads, graduate students, staff, and UConn and E.O. Smith faculty.

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Martha J. Cutter, Professor of English and Africana Studies, received a CLAS book fund award

cutterThe CLAS Book Fund:

My book, The Illustrated Slave: Empathy, Graphic Narrative, and the Visual Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800–1852 (University of Georgia Press 2017) centrally concerns the way the enslavement was represented in both pro- and anti-abolitionist visual materials such as illustrated books, cartoons, posters, broadsides, paintings, lithographs, and other print culture artifacts. Due to this content, the book contains over 80 black-and-white illustrations and 16 color ones. The CLAS book fund was instrumental in bringing the book into print in the form in which I envisioned it because the grant was used to offset some of the expense of color illustrations in the text. Because the illustrations—especially the color ones—are integral to the argument I make in the book as a whole about how abolitionism used visual material, some part of my argument would have been lost without the financial support of this fund. I cannot stress enough how helpful this fund was in bringing the manuscript into print in the form in which I envisioned it, and with the argument intact. I strongly urge others who have manuscript support needs to apply through the simple and straightforward process the CLAS Book Fund has established.



Book information:

The Illustrated Slave:
Empathy, Graphic Narrative, and the Visual Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800–1852

Martha J. Cutter

The University of Connecticut

The Illustrated SlaveFrom the 1787 Wedgwood antislavery medallion featuring the image of an enchained and pleading black body to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave (2013), slavery as a system of torture and bondage has fascinated the optical imagination of the transatlantic world. Scholars have examined various aspects of the visual culture that was slavery, yet an important piece of this visual culture has gone unexamined: the popular and frequently reprinted antislavery illustrated books published prior to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) that were utilized extensively by the antislavery movement in the first half of the nineteenth century.


This book discusses some of the more innovative works in the archive of antislavery illustrated books published from 1800-1850, alongside other visual materials that depict enslavement, such as broadsides, paintings, comics, and abolitionist pamphlets. Martha J. Cutter argues that some illustrated antislavery narratives—such as those by Henry Bibb and Henry Box Brown—contain a radical reading protocol that stresses interrelationship with the enslaved rather than separation between a white and black viewer. By contrasting these works with Stowe’s more famous illustrated book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), she argues for a seditious visual presence in antislavery discourse—one that portrays the enslaved as obtaining a degree of control over narrative and lived experiences, even if these figurations entail a sense that the story of slavery is sometimes beyond representation itself.


Available in August from Amazon:


Or the University of Georgia Press:


Wednesday, April 19. Long River Reading Series UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00pm


Co-sponsored with the UConn Bookstore and UCHI

Come on down for our ever-popular reading series showcasing an open mic and featured readers! Bring a poem, short prose piece, or music to share at the open mic; enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks with other members of the UConn Creative Writing community. Everyone is welcome.

Featured Readers:

Jameson Croteau is an eighth semester undergrad pursuing an English and Business Management dual degree with concentrations in Creative Writing and Entrepreneurship. His poetry has been published in The Slag Review and his nonfiction and fiction will be published in the 20th anniversary edition of the Long River Review. Eventually, he intends to undertake an M.F.A and write historical fiction about the American Revolution and coming of age tales centered in the mill cities of New England.

Kerry Carnahan is pursuing doctoral studies in English at the University of Connecticut, where she is preparing a new translation of the Song of Songs with commentary. An urban environmentalist, former Fulbright Scholar, and MacDowell fellow in 2013, her poetry has appeared in Poetry Ireland, The Missouri Review, and is forthcoming in Boston Review.

Ciaran Berry is a 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award winner. His full-length collections are The Sphere of Birds (2008), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and The Dead Zoo (2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His work has been featured in The Best of Irish PoetryBest American PoetryPushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, and Best New Poets, as well as in journals such as AGNI, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, The Missouri Review, and The Southern Review. He grew up in Connemara and Donegal in the west of Ireland, and currently teaches in the creative writing program at Trinity College in Hartford, where he lives with his wife and two young sons.

Congratulations to Associate Prof. Micki McElya, core faculty for the project, whose book was a finalist for the PulitzerPrize

Finalist: The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, by Micki McElya (Harvard University Press)

For a luminous investigation of how policies and practices at Arlington National Cemetery have mirrored the nation’s fierce battles over race, politics, honor and loyalty.