Tunxis Spring Events Scheduled

The community is invited to the following events, performances and exhibits at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

• March 4, 1-2:30 p.m.:

Guest lecture: “Beyond Utility: A Liberal Arts Education in an Era of Standardization” by Leon Botstein, Ph.D., president of Bard College, educational reformer, author, and music director/conductor. Held in Room 6-127, the talk is free. Botstein will share his views on the dangers of academic conformity, the rewards of alternative approaches to testing and learning, and the value of original thinking for students discovering a meaningful career and life. Botstein is one of the founders and leaders of Bard High School Early College in New York and New Jersey. He is also author of “Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture” (1997), in which he proposes ending public schooling after tenth grade so that students can begin college early. Botstein’s books and essays on education, music and other topics have been widely published. His honors include the National Arts Club Gold Medal, the Centennial Medal of the Hartford Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences, and several other awards. Pizza, desserts and beverages will be served. The lecture is one of a series of talks on philosophy and the history of ideas. For more information, call 860.773.1603, or email jabbot@tunxis.edu.

Photo of Botstein below.

• March 4-April 4:

Gallery Exhibition: “Diverse Collections in Retrospect,” a collection of approximately 50 oil paintings, drawings and hand-colored photographs of landcapes and still lifes by Laurie Tavino will be on display. Tavino is a former National Endowment for the Arts recipient and winner of the Tassy Walden Award for Children’s Book Illustration Portfolio (2007). She resides in Suffield and is author of “Suffield’s Old Bridge Neighborhood” (Arcadia Publishing, 2009). Opening reception is March 4, 4-7 p.m. in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery. Free. Refreshments will be served. The Barnes-Franklin Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, email asimoes@tunxis.edu

Photo below: “Assisi Window” by Laurie Tavino.

• March 14, 7 p.m.:

The New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom will talk about her books and the writing process in Founders Hall, followed by book signing and refreshments. Free. The author of two n