Tag: Historic Happenings

Episode 67: Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane

This week, we talk with Professor Caitlin Lombardi about how low family income can adversely affect the development of children’s math skills, and we learn how the Hurricane of 1938 left an indelible mark on campus, but couldn’t stop the first day of classes.

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Episode 66: Symbol of Might to the Foe

This week, we sit down with UConn sports expert Mike Enright to recount some of the most memorable moments in Husky history; we also discover the prehistory of Downtown Storrs is longer than we would have guessed, and talk about which residence hall might have made a good hotel.

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Episode 65: The Great Grade-Change Caper

This week, Prof. Rachael Gabriel, director of the Neag School of Education’s Reading and Language Arts Center, tells us about some of the initiatives she’s hoping will help students, teachers, and parents stay on top of reading education during the pandemic. Also, we travel back to the early 1960s to learn the details of a […]

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Episode 64: The Tide Is In

This week, we talk with alumna Lara Herscovitch ’95 about balancing a career in social work with another career writing and performing music, and we travel to Fort Trumbull to learn how UConn students there got the news out in the 1940s. Transcript TOM BREEN: [00:00:00] Hello everyone and welcome to episode 64 of UConn […]

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Episode 62: Dig This Episode, Literally! (Well, Not Literally)

In this episode, UConn Humanities Institute Fellow Siavash Samei ’19 PhD tells us about his work on archaeological digs in what used to be Mesopotamia, and what they tell us about industry in the Bronze Age; we learn about a UConn class so popular students deliberately flunked so they could take it again; and we […]

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Episode 59: The Graduate

This week, we bid a bittersweet farewell to ace student worker Maxine Philavong, who received her bachelor’s degree on May 9. We also talk with Humanities Institute Fellow Nu-Ahn Tran, an associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who tells us about her work with archival material that sheds new light […]

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Episode 57: Anatomically Correct Squids

There’s still a lockdown, we’re still recording from four socially distant locations, and we’re still bringing the high heat: this week, Prof. Sarah McAnulty talks to us about adorable squids and the genesis of the Skype-a-Scientist initiative, and we visit Maxine’s History Corner to learn what UConn students were forbidden to do during the 1918-1920 […]

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Episode 56: Coronavirus Exile, Week One

This week, we come to you from four separate Connecticut towns, a circumstance imposed on us by the global coronavirus pandemic. We keep our spirits up with a visit from Prof. Janet Pritchard, a landscape photographer who won a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project on the Connecticut River watershed, and we learn about previous occasions […]

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Episode 55: The Great Storrs Air Raid

This week, Prof. Lucy Gilson stops by to talk about why business and research are a natural fit; we learn about how the Guerrilla Girls changed the art world for the better; and we look back on a very patriotic series of fires on the Storrs campus. Transcript Tom Breen: [00:00:00] Hello everyone, and welcome […]

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Episode 52: The Future of Our Brains

This week, UConn philosopher Susan Schneider tells us about some of the possible benefits (and some of the potentially terrifying downsides) to artificial intelligence; Daniel Burkey, associate dean in the School of Engineering, explains how the school became a nationally-lauded model of student diversity; and we learn about two incidents in 1960 that involved flags […]

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