Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Events

Upcoming Events

What do we want from our lakes?


Monday, November 30, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

"Best Practices for managing Aquatic plants and HABs; Biological, Chemical, Mechanical success stories.”

7 p.m. – Theodora Pinou will Introduce the session and a call for a CT Volunteer Lake Management Program

7:05 – 7:35 p.m. – A.J. Reyes, Aquatic ecologist, Northeast Aquatic Research, “Strategies beyond grass carp for managing aquatic plant growth”.

7:35- 7:45 p.m. – Questions from audience

7:50 – 8:15 p.m. – James Haney, University of New Hampshire – “Can HAB’s be controlled?”

8:20 – 8:30 p.m. – Questions from audience

8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Closing/Final Thoughts on Risk assessment Instruments.

8:50 p.m. – Symposium Summary and Where do we go from here?

To register: click here

For speakers list and more information: click here

Social Hour "Racial Justice II:  Wrongfully Imprisoned:

Exoneree Fernando Bermudez & Spouse, Crystal Bermudez"

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Webex meeting: 

The campus community is invited to join this presentation with sociologist, Dr. Robert Brown, Alumna Evelin Garcia and others from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This is a Department of Social Sciences Social Hour monthly brown bag event, with the UndocuAlly Task Force & the Racial Justice Coalition.

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Description: At 12-years-old, Represent Justice ambassador @FernandoBermudezFree had an after school routine. When his last class was over, he’d head down to the subway with his friends and markers in tow, and spend his afternoon writing in the tunnels. It was like art class, and he wasn’t alone.  He was part of a phenomenon of Black and Brown youth in the five boroughs making themselves visible through public art when the rest of society tried to render them invisible.
“It was a way of self-expression in the ghetto. A way to become known, to become popular,” Fernando said.
But after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Fernando suppressed his talents, partially out of fear of getting in trouble.
These last few months of sheltering in place have allowed Fernando to reconnect with his artistic practice, and channel his emotions through graffiti. That’s why he created this piece for #FreeOurVote.
His piece explores what it means to be disenfranchised. He traces the roots of mass incarceration and reminds us that November’s election is the first step toward building a fairer justice system.
Through his art, he outlines the rise of the prison industrial complex, and how the rapid expansion of prisons and policing — which disproportionately impact Black and Brown communities — takes decades away from people’s lives. With an officer blocking access to a ballot box, Fernando shows how the ramifications of incarceration last long after a person is released. And we know this to be true, since more than 6.1 million Americans have lost the right to vote because of a felony conviction.
“We need to vote for more people, but we also need to pass laws to get more to vote,” Fernando said. “We need to free our vote.”

Macricostas Experience Week consisted of Make Your Own Cider Press and Tie-Dye T-Shirts, the Higgins Hall Open House, "The Parthenon: Then and Now" lecture with Dr. Jenifer Neils, Greek Celebration with Macricostas Scholar, Dr. Chris Paone, Macricostas Speaker Lecture with Reginald Dwayne Betts, and the World Origami Days Kickoff