• "We learn a lot from each other. We get newly excited about resources in our culturally-rich community and can then transmit this excitement. And workshops are usually well organized and presented; well worth the investment of time."

    Susan Rand Brown, English Faculty Adjunct

  • "Anything that broadens and deepens the faculty’s knowledge, awareness, cultural experiences, etc., must affect how s/he teaches. Directly or indirectly, students reap the rewards of a well-rounded instructor."

    Lynn Mardon, Philosophy Faculty Adjunct

  • "It doesn't matter what your discipline is, HHP activities give us ways to expand and relate our courses to their surroundings."

    Peggy Schuyler, ESL Faculty

  • "I really enjoyed our workshop at the Athenaeum. I found I can definitely make use of the Athenaeum to enhance our students' learning and critical thinking. When assessing patients, nurses have to pay close attention to minute details and must be able to think critically in response to their findings. The docent was an excellent facilitator and will be useful in having students exposed to the arts as well as honing their assessment and critical thinking skills." John Lagosz, Nursing Faculty

  • "I had a great time observing and learning from various pieces of art. I have contacted the museum staff to see if there is any artwork that could benefit nutrition or biology students."

    Carmen Yiamouyiannis, Science Faculty

  • "It is so beneficial to be infused anew with the spirit that fashioned my way into education in the first place; to find ways to help students experience the joy of learning and feeling something new and exciting that may bring long and unanticipated benefits to them for who knows how long or when, is still a thrill. It is particularly good when one can share this enthusiasm with colleagues and experience the added gift of learning from each other." Gerry Simpson, English Faculty Adjunct

  • "I very much enjoyed the Wadsworth workshop on using art to teach my discipline history. I've had questions before, when I would bring my class to the museum, but did not know how to approach the art or work it in the course, except for visual. Now, I have an idea, and I can utilize this method shown to us in the workshop."
    Marcus Lawson, History Faculty

  • "I certainly enjoyed this workshop--it opened my eyes to the diversity of art. I came up with various ideas to incorporate art into Sociology, the most interesting being ethnocentrism. This is great for my subject."

    Kelly Porter, Sociology Faculty Adjunct

Project Beginnings
NEH Faculty Workships
2011-2012

  • Upcoming Workshops
  • Past Workshops

Hartford Heritage Project is Expanding – And You Are Invited!

Come join in conversation about the next phase of this project at one of our upcoming HHP brainstorming sessions.

When: College Common Hour: Thursday, April 9 at 2:30 in Centinel Hill Hall (11th floor Auditorium) &
Wednesday, April 29 at 4:30pm in the Community Room (2nd Floor)


Why: Since it began in 2011, the Hartford Heritage Project has honored the history and culture of Hartford as part of a college-wide initiative of assorted curricular components and one-time activities. The project is presently supported by a match grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

What does it mean for our College?
The Hartford Heritage Project has created a robust network of relationships with local arts and cultural institutions, provided faculty workshops to incorporate place-based learning into courses, implemented the campus-wide One Play program, and facilitated open access to world-class museums and theater for students, staff, and faculty.

How do faculty, staff, and students get involved?
Everyone is welcome to join our upcoming HHP brainstorming sessions. Faculty of any discipline, full-time and adjunct. Staff from all sectors of the college. Students and members of such clubs and groups as Student Senate, Rotaract, PTK, and NSLS. Club advisors please pass the word!

How can I learn more before attending the session?
Navigate throughout this site and read details and testimonials.

We are off to a good start, but the HHP can be so much more. Let’s shape the future of the Hartford Heritage Project together. Let’s shape the future of our College!

Making Hartford Our Classroom: A Faculty Workshop on Incorporating Hartford History and More into Your Curriculum

When: Friday, April 17, 9am-1pm (including lunch)

Where: Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

Why:Learn how you can make Hartford an extension of your classroom, get inspired about Hartford’s history and culture from one of our foremost experts, explore the Richard Welling Hartford exhibit, and discover what CHS has to offer!

What: The workshop will provide insights and teaching tips, as well as A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of this production. Professor Ken DiMaggio will share from his research and recent paper on Horace Wells. Don’t miss it!

Who: Capital faculty – full-time and adjunct, ANY DISCIPLINE

The program will include:

  • “Place-Based Pedagogy at Capital” – Jeff Partridge
  • “Hartford as a Platform for Learning & Civic Attachment” (see description below) – William Hosley, Cultural Resource Marketing & Development Consultant
  • Richard Welling Exhibit and Introduction to CHS Resources – Emily Dunnack, Head of Education, CHS
  • Catered lunch

RSVP to jpartridge@capitalcc.edu

Hartford as a Platform for Learning & Civic Attachment

Picture Show & Lecture by William Hosley

This program presents object lessons based on local art, architecture and archives. By revealing the narrative power of real things and real places it celebrates the value of local knowledge and access to primary sources. Close observation and an awareness that every place has a story transforms everyday learning into a pathway for civic attachment. Places people know and care about attract talent & foster innovation & teamwork.

Critical Eye Workshop on ETHER DOME

When: Friday, September 5, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Hartford Stage rehearsal space (2nd Floor, bldg. next to CCC, elevator across from shoe shine)

Why: Give your students the opportunity to study and SEE the East Coast Premiere of this play about Hartford’s own Horace Wells – “the true story about the discovery of anesthesia in 1846 by Hartford’s own Dr. Horace Wells.”

What: The workshop will provide insights and teaching tips, as well as A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of this production. Professor Ken DiMaggio will share from his research and recent paper on Horace Wells. Don’t miss it!

Who: Especially meant for faculty who are engaging students in One Play, as class work or extra credit. Space may be available for others. SCIENCE and HEALTH PROFESSIONS FACULTY please take note! This is a great opportunity for you to include theater in your courses.

Enrich your Course the HHP Way!

This workshop is a roundtable discussion on how to enrich your courses with Hartford resources. Faculty who are currently using arts, cultural, and community connections in their courses will share how they bring these elements into their curriculum, and members of these institutions will also share ideas. This will be a nuts and bolts discussion that will help you form practical ideas for implementation.

Refreshments: Coffee/Tea and Cookies (so eat lunch before the workshop)

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014. 12:30-2:00pm

Where: Auerbach Library, Wadsworth Atheneum

Why: Get practical ideas to bring Hartford resources into your curriculum. Enrich your course and enrich your students!

What to do between 2:00 and CCC graduation ceremony? Make it a Hartford Exploration Afternoon! You could sign up for the Meaning-Making Through Visual Arts workshop (see below), browse the Atheneum collection on your own, explore the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, check out the Hartford Museum and other attractions at the Old State House, take a self-guided tour of the Ancient Burying Ground, visit the Butler-McCook House, tour the capitol, and more.

Meaning-Making Through the Visual Arts

Back by popular demand! Did you miss last year’s program? Want to see what you could do with your students at the Wadsworth Atheneum? Come and join us!

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014. 2:30-4:30pm

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum

Why: Learn how to use art in your classes. Field trips to the Atheneum or assignments that require students to visit the museum on their own are easy now that we have an institutional membership.

RSVP to Jeff Partridge at jpartridge@capitalcc.edu

Faculty Comments on Last Year’s Meaning-Making Through the Visual Arts Program:

"I really enjoyed our workshop at the Athenaeum. I found I can definitely make use of the Athenaeum to enhance our students' learning and critical thinking. When assessing patients, nurses have to pay close attention to minute details and must be able to think critically in response to their findings. The docent was an excellent facilitator and will be useful in having students exposed to the arts as well as honing their assessment and critical thinking skills." John Lagosz, Nursing Faculty

"I had a great time observing and learning from various pieces of art. I have contacted the museum staff to see if there is any artwork that could benefit nutrition or biology students." Carmen Yiamouyiannis, Science Faculty

"It is so beneficial to be infused anew with the spirit that fashioned my way into education in the first place; to find ways to help students experience the joy of learning and feeling something new and exciting that may bring long and unanticipated benefits to them for who knows how long or when, is still a thrill. It is particularly good when one can share this enthusiasm with colleagues and experience the added gift of learning from each other." Gerry Simpson, English Faculty Adjunct

"I very much enjoyed the Wadsworth workshop on using art to teach my discipline history. I've had questions before, when I would bring my class to the museum, but did not know how to approach the art or work it in the course, except for visual. Now, I have an idea, and I can utilize this method shown to us in the workshop." Marcus Lawson, History Faculty

"I certainly enjoyed this workshop--it opened my eyes to the diversity of art. I came up with various ideas to incorporate art into Sociology, the most interesting being ethnocentrism. This is great for my subject." Kelly Porter, Sociology Faculty Adjunct

Critical Eye Workshop on Somewhere

When: Tuesday, March 25, 3:00-5:00pm

Where: Hartford Stage

Why: Give your students the opportunity to study and SEE a new play by Matthew Lopez about a Puerto Rican family in New York in the era of West Side Story. The workshop will provide insights and teaching tips, as well ass A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of this Production.

Who: Especially meant for faculty who are engaging students in One Play, as class work or extra credit. Space may be available for others.

Contact Jeff Partridge for more information.
RSVP to Jeff Partridge at jpartridge@capitalcc.edu

Inspiration to Action – A Workshop on Harriet Beecher Stowe

When: Friday, November 1, 9:00am-12:30pm, lunch included

Where: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Who: Capital faculty teaching courses that examine SOCIAL ISSUES and ACTION, and of course literature, history, and writing.

Why: Starting fall 2013, we will have an institutional membership at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The aim of this workshop is to introduce opportunities to teach Stowe and to engage our students in understanding social issues and taking action. The workshop will open your eyes to the opportunities at the Stowe Center for you and your students and it will give practical ideas for including Stowe and the Stowe Center in your courses.

Note: Free house tours will be available after lunch for any participants who wish to see the house for the first time or as a refresher.

To register, email Jeff Partridge at jpartridge@capitalcc.edu by October24

Mark Twain Workshop: Teaching Issues Related to War and Race

When: Friday, October 11, 9:30am-12:30pm, lunch included

Where: Mark Twain House

Who: Faculty teaching English 102, History, Philosophy, Sociology, or any topic that deals with the dynamics of race and race history, and of war and attitudes toward war.

Why: Starting fall 2013, we will have an institutional membership at the Mark Twain House. The aim of this workshop is to introduce assignments on Twain that faculty can easily plug into English 102 or other courses starting in Spring 2014. The workshop will open your eyes to the opportunities at the Mark Twain House for you and your students and it will give practical steps to including Twain in your courses.

Note: Free house tours will be available after lunch for any participants who wish to see the house for the first time or as a refresher.

To register, email Jeff Partridge at jpartridge@capitalcc.edu by October 1

Critical Eye Workshop on Macbeth

When: Monday, August 26, 3:30-5:30

Where: Hartford Stage

Why: Give your students the opportunity to study and SEE one of the greatest plays in the English language. The workshop will bring in expert professors to present on Macbeth, Teaching Shakespeare/Macbeth, and A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of this Production.

English 102 Instructors: we are encouraging you to include Macbeth in your syllabus.

Meaning-Making Through the Visual Arts

When: Thursday, May 23, 1-4pm

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum

Why: Learn how to use art in your classes. Field trips to the Atheneum or assignments that require students to visit the museum on their own are easy now that we have an institutional membership.

Faculty Comments on Meaning-Making Through the Visual Arts:

"I really enjoyed our workshop at the Athenaeum. I found I can definitely make use of the Athenaeum to enhance our students' learning and critical thinking. When assessing patients, nurses have to pay close attention to minute details and must be able to think critically in response to their findings. The docent was an excellent facilitator and will be useful in having students exposed to the arts as well as honing their assessment and critical thinking skills." John Lagosz, Nursing Faculty

"I had a great time observing and learning from various pieces of art. I have contacted the museum staff to see if there is any artwork that could benefit nutrition or biology students." Carmen Yiamouyiannis, Science Faculty

"It is so beneficial to be infused anew with the spirit that fashioned my way into education in the first place; to find ways to help students experience the joy of learning and feeling something new and exciting that may bring long and unanticipated benefits to them for who knows how long or when, is still a thrill. It is particularly good when one can share this enthusiasm with colleagues and experience the added gift of learning from each other." Gerry Simpson, English Faculty Adjunct

"I very much enjoyed the Wadsworth workshop on using art to teach my discipline history. I've had questions before, when I would bring my class to the museum, but did not know how to approach the art or work it in the course, except for visual. Now, I have an idea, and I can utilize this method shown to us in the workshop." Marcus Lawson, History Faculty

"I certainly enjoyed this workshop--it opened my eyes to the diversity of art. I came up with various ideas to incorporate art into Sociology, the most interesting being ethnocentrism. This is great for my subject." Kelly Porter, Sociology Faculty Adjunct

Past Faculty Workshops

  • Critical Eye Workshop: Abundance, Hartford Stage (spring 2013)
  • Critical Eye Workshop: Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Hartford Stage (fall 2012)
  • Critical Eye Workshop: The Whipping Man, Hartford Stage (spring 2012)
  • Critical Eye Workshop: Water by the Spoonful, Hartford Stage (fall 2011)