The University of New Haven was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from Connecticut Humanities to support a university-community forum on The Creative Genius of Thomas Edison.
The forum is scheduled on Friday, April 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UNH Orange Campus at 584 Derby Milford Road, and will feature presentations by David Edison Sloane, UNH professor of English, who is the great-grandson of Thomas Edison. Sloane will speak on “Edison and His Inventions.”
James DeCesare, visual artist and a department head at the Masters School in Simsbury, will speak on “Creativity in the Digital Age.”
The event, free and open to the public, will include exhibits of Edison’s inventions and a display of websites, which students developed in Sloane’s course on Edison and Invention.
“The community forum capitalizes on the talents of faculty and students to build university‐community partnerships that enrich the cultural life in the entire community,” said Lourdes Alvarez, dean of the UNH College of Arts and Sciences. “Edison was a remarkable man who provides us with lessons in ingenuity and creativity.”
Attendees at the forum will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters and learn how students and other individuals can harness the power of technology to preserve the humanities and digitally record their unique stories.
The idea for the event originated with the UNH College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Committee. The Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.
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