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Peretti makes history contemporary, relevant

History, politics, popular culture, genealogy and the origins of jazz: These are just some of the areas Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Burton Peretti lists as his interests. They’ve led to the publication of numerous books, including “Jazz in American Culture,” “The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race and Culture in Urban America,” “Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music” and “Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan.”

It’s great to reach a large public via television. Shows like these have great value in showing what historians do.

It was “Nightclub City,” which explores the history of New York City nightclub life in the 1920s and ’30s, that attracted the attention of producers for a new NBC television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” Adapted from a BBC show of the same name, the show profiles celebrities interested in tracing their genealogy. According to an NBC news release, famous names including Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon will be among the stars to appear on the show.

“No other program gives this unique glimpse into the personal lives of celebrities or takes viewers on a quantum leap through history in such an entertaining way,” said Paul Telegdy, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.  

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Reason No. 1:

Outstanding Faculty

Burt Peretti

Peretti makes history contemporary, relevant
WestConn’s educators excel in their subject areas and disciplines, and are committed to excellence in teaching, ensuring student success and fostering a diverse academic community. Small class sizes taught by award-winning professors — including some Fulbright scholars — provide the best learning opportunities available.

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Kelley Bradley

Global climate studies start close to home for Connecticut native
Capitalizing on our location in Danbury, Connecticut, a New England city characterized by its economic vibrancy and its diverse citizenry, as well as our proximity to the educational and cultural riches of New York City, WestConn has truly become a global university. Our students can be found exhibiting their art in Manhattan, performing theater on Broadway and in Scotland, visiting the United Nations and traveling to China, Spain, Puerto Rico and Vietnam for immersion programs.

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Diverse University Community

Najah Mahfoud

Nursing major says WestConn helped her accomplish every goal
At WestConn, we value and affirm the unique contributions of our many constituent populations, recognizing the learning opportunities that differences can create. Workshops, roundtables and student organizations serve to explore and understand how best to combine the many unique talents within our student and faculty populations to foster discussion and understanding.

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Quality Academic Programs

Jessica Thibeault

Future science teacher gets hands-on experience in state-of-the-art biology lab
WestConn offers a range of quality academic offerings, including signature programs like our teacher education, music performance, nursing and science degrees, to our one-of-a-kind meteorology, professional writing and justice and law administration programs. There truly is something for everyone at WestConn.

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Student-Centered Environment

Ashley Hyde

Becoming part of the global community is one of many interests that can be explored at WestConn.
Our philosophy is simple: Foster a holistic approach to intellectual and social growth and development that prepares students to be productive citizens of the state of Connecticut and the world by developing their knowledge, experience, and critical thinking and by fostering life-long learning characterized by intellectual curiosity, imagination and creativity. In other words, if you can imagine it, you can achieve it at WestConn.

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James Heffner

Student uses scholarships to follow his dream
WestConn is proud to offer the affordability and access of a mid-sized public university while creating the quality experience of the best private institutions. Through private and corporate scholarships and endowments, the university continues to provide resources to students with academic achievement and financial need.

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