• Learn why some believe the international decrease in pirates is the cause of global warming.
• Find out how it may be possible that when scientists carbon date a fossil, an invisible force akin to spaghetti and meatballs is present,”changing the results with His Noodly Appendage.”
• Discover what role cosmic intoxication during the creation of the universe may have played in spawning many of the problems we face in life.
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Tibetan Medicine is a vast discipline that offers a distinctly Buddhist response to the theory and practice of the longstanding Ayurveda medical system of India. The inner philosophical and spiritual tradition in Tibet classifies Buddhist paths into the Way of Renunciation (Siitra), the Way of Transformation (Tantra), and the Way of Self-Liberation (Atiyoga or Dzogchen). By working with the standpoint of this threefold division. It is possible to gain key insights into the depths of Tibetan materia medica and medical care-and accordingly, see the benefits that current studies of this classical system are also revealing. Internationally recognized as a leading Tibetan medical practitioner and teacher. Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo discusses the integration of theory and application that makes her field one that is attracting attention from doctors, healers. academics, and laypeople globally. She presents clear findings that reveal the promise of this system as a complement to modem Western care, and also share her personal experience as a practitioner in the Buddhist Dzogcben lineage of her uncle, noted master and scholar ChOgyal Namkhai Norbu. In Dzogchen- traditionally, the perspective of enlightenment or the “view from above· – one recognizes one’s relative circumstance as a manifestation of the primordial state: a helpful point of departure for sustaining health.
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The Eighth Annual Art Poetry and Music Festival featured Connecticut Circuit poet Steve Straight and music by Tunxis professors Kevin O’Neil and John Timmons. The event was held on October 31, 2013 in Founders Hall.
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Mark Bertolini, Chairman, CEO and president of Aetna, Inc., was the keynote speaker at the Annual Economic Conference of Tunxis Community College Foundation on October 31, at Farmington Club in Farmington.
Bertolini spoke on “Reinventing Health Care,” as he shared his vision for the future of his industry in a post-Affordable Care Act world. He believes that all players in health care have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reorder our system to better fit the needs of consumers. Bertolini thinks our health care system must change – and how Aetna plans to lead this transformation. Proceeds from the fundraising breakfast will support student scholarships and special projects at Tunxis Community College.
More information about the Tunxis Foundation can be found at: tunxisfoundation.org
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On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Dr. Jennifer Cote, Assistant Professor of History at the University of St. Joseph, delivered a presentation at Tunxis on “Multicultural Roots in Connecticut History.” Dr. Cote described her talk as an effort to illuminate Connecticut’s multicultural past through a series of “snapshots.” Her presentation explored the lives of four people whose lives touched and were shaped by their experiences in Connecticut: a 17th century Indian sachem, a slave from the 18th century, a 19th century Chinese businessman who graduated from Yale, and a Puerto Rican community activist in Hartford during the 1960s and 1970s
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On Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, Tunxis Community College held a Constitution Day panel discussion. The topic was “The Constitution and War Powers” and the panelists were Professor Bob Brown, Dr. Fran Coan, and Dr. Rafaele Fierro. The three spoke on which branch of government has the power to declare war. This was followed by audience questions and comments. Tunxis Community College’s Constitution Day panel discussions date back to 2005 making this year’s event the 9th annual.
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A house concert, part of the “Room for Living” Tour featuring Voltaic celestial pop artist Artemis and multi-instrumentalist and composer Daniel Berkman will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at Tunxis Community College’s Farmington House, located at 258 Scott Swamp Road in Farmington.
Enjoy an intimate evening of song and instrumental music featuring looped and unlooped, acoustic and electric instruments—kora, piano, cello, flute and percussion. There will be two 45-minute sets of music with a break in between for conversation and refreshments. Seating is limited, and timely arrival is appreciated.
House concert guests will be the first to get access to exclusive, pre-released editions of Artemis’ new EP triology “Triptych” and Berkman’s new Colfax release “Jupiter Expeditions.”
For more on the artists, see the following links, which include sound samples:
Live improv with Daniel, Steve Lawson & Artemis, recorded live during their January 2013 house concert series:
Berkman’s latest album under his solo project Colfax:
Artemis’ new album, Sephyra:
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Are we overplugged? That is the provocative question that David Ryan Polgar asks as he explores the issues surrounding our relationship to technology.
Polgar investigates the ways that our current tech usage affects our brain, relationships, critical thinking, and conversational skills. His approach is as a tech ethicist—considering the legal, ethical, emotional, and sociological issues surrounding our relationship to technology. Polgar’s Overplugged column, co-written with Dr. Greenfield (UConn Med), is carried throughout Connecticut on Patch, along with their website Overplugged.org.
Polgar is writer, attorney, and college professor at Lincoln College of New England. Focusing on the areas of information overload, critical thinking, and creativity, Polgar has been featured on MSN, Entrepreneur, the Stan Simpson Show, Better Connecticut, CPBN, and Tathaastu magazine. He is the author of Wisdom in the Age of Twitter, set to be released in paperback late 2013. On October 18th he will be delivering a talk at TedxSpringfield (Springfield, MA).
More information at DavidRyanPolgar.com.
Polgar spoke at Tunxis Community College on September 17, 2013
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Tunxis Community College held its 42nd Commencement on May 31, 2013. Approximately 478 students received associate’s degrees and certificates, representing the largest graduating class in Tunxis history. Guest speakers included the Hon. Nancy Johnson, a former Connecticut Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Dr. Merle Harris, a member of the Board of Regents for Higher Education.
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Dr. Charles Stein, hosted by J.I. Abbot, Associate Professor of English and Philosophy, Tunxis students Zachary Omichinski and Jack Giesselman, and Tunxis alumnus and current Trinity College student Darren Bruno.
Poet and independent scholar Charles Stein is the author of eleven books of poetry including From Mimir’s Head (2011), The Hat Rack Tree, and Parts and Other Parts (all from Station Hill Press, and part of a larger project, theforestforthetrees). In 2008, he completed and published his translation of Homer’s Odyssey (North Atlantic Books) (described by Don Byrd, Professor of English at SUNY Albany, as “a Homer that is surely as like the real Homer as any of our other translations . . .[Charles Stein] gives us poetry that might reawaken many ears to what poetry really is.” Stein’s vision of the Eleusinian Mysteries, Persephone Unveiled (2006), has been lauded by many readers, including Peter Manchester, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, who characterized the text as “the most powerful and authoritative book I have ever read on the nature and consequence of divine revelation.” Stein holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Columbia University. He lives in Barrytown, New York, with classical guitarist Megan Hastie.
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