The magazine calls Trinity faculty and projects “game changers” in the study of Connecticut history


The non-profit history magazine Connecticut explored has added Trinity faculty members and projects to its new list of “Game Changers” advancing the study, interpretation, and dissemination of Connecticut history.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary, the Management Board and employees of Connecticut explored launched an initiative, supported by a Connecticut Humanities planning grant, to find the people and projects that will guide the future of Connecticut history. From a pool of 120 nominations submitted by members of the public in Fall 2021, an advisory team selected 20 game changers, including Charles A. Dana Professor of Fine Arts Pablo Delano and a project led by Professor of Educational Studies Jack Dougherty.

Also on the list were the Hartford Heritage Project and the Hartford History Center, both of which have worked with Trinity faculty and students on various initiatives through the college’s Center for Hartford Engagement and Research. The work of the “Game Changers” will be highlighted in a variety of ways in the coming year: on the pages of Connecticut exploredon the Grating the Nutmeg podcast or through public programs.

In 17.08 Hartford Courant Story, “These 20 Historic ‘Game Changers’ Telling Connecticut’s Untold Stories,” by Susan Dunne, Connecticut explored Editor and Executive Director Kathy Hermes said many award winners tell “tough stories.” The article states, “The ‘Game Changers’ initiative reflects a nationwide discussion about bringing more unheard stories—stories about race, gender, class, immigration, struggles, mental health, land grabs—into educational efforts.”

Hermes said that current, “We are a history magazine. We want to tell the whole story of Connecticut. We are motivated to include people who haven’t belonged before, and to represent the diversity of our country geographically, peoplewise, and institutionally…They make new things, and through new things they get the story that will be the future of the historic Connecticut company.”

Read more about the Trinity Laureates below:

Pablo Delano

Charles A. Dana Professor of Fine Arts Pablo Delano. In the photo at the top of the page, Delano is working on his Museum of the Old Colony Project.

Pablo Delano, a visual artist, photographer and educator, is recognized for his use of Connecticut and Puerto Rico history in his work, including his 2020 photo book. seen Hartford (Wesleyan University Press), 2021 Connecticut Book Award Finalist “Spirit of Connecticut.” Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Delano has had his work featured in solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College.

Over the course of 20 years, Delano amassed an extensive archive of artifacts relating to a century of Puerto Rican history. With this material, including three-dimensional objects, newspaper clippings and photographs, he created The Museum of the Old Colonya dynamic, site-specific art installation that explores the complex and tense history of US colonialism, tutelage and exploitation in Puerto Rico.

To learn more, visit Delano will be featured in conversation with public historian Elena Rosario on September 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., hosted by the Hartford History Center at the Park Street Library @ The Lyric, 603 Park Street, Hartford and in a Grating the Nutmeg podcast to be released on January 1st, 2023.

On the line

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Trinity College students, led by Jack A. Dougherty, professor of education, are refining the data visualizations they compiled by using school integration information from the Sheff v. Use O’Neill Agreement. Photo by Tyler Russell/Connecticut Public.

On the Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and Its Suburbs is a digital-first, open access book in the works by Jack Dougherty and contributors at Trinity College. It is available online and a completed manuscript is signed with Amherst College Press. The book combines historical narratives, interactive maps, and video interviews to tell the story of the school and residential boundaries that have shaped American city life over the past century, along with the civil rights struggles of families and activists to cross, re-draw or to erase powerful lines. Dougherty is Professor of Education at Trinity College; The book’s contributors include many of his former students and research associates.

Set in the city of Hartford and its burgeoning suburbs, the book explains how this metropolitan area became one of the most racially and economically polarized regions in the Northeastern United States. The story illuminates how white middle-class governments, corporations, and families drew lines to distance themselves from others, and the evolving coalitions that sought to reform the relationship between private housing and public education.

Read the book at On the line will be featured in a story in the Spring 2023 issue of Connecticut explored.


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