Encountering the Declaration of Independence

February 4, 2017 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Encounters Series

Hartford Public Library, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute embark on a community engagement partnership to present the Encounters series, focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives.  The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves and one another, and develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue.  This February and March, Encounters will focus on the fundamental documents that define our democracy.


Encountering the Declaration of Independence
Saturday, February 4, 2017,
Reception 3 pm | Discussion 3:30pm-5:00pm
Location: Wadsworth Atheneum
Please join us for a dialogue about the Declaration of Independence.  Our discussion will take place in the galleries of the special exhibition John Trumbull: Visualizing American Independence, which examines the Revolutionary War through the eyes of artists, most notably John Trumbull (1756–1843), the only American painter who witnessed the war and created a series devoted to the event.

Against the backdrop of works of art that record and dramatize foundational moments in American history—including the signing of the Declaration of Independence—explore the significance of the document as a pillar of American sovereignty and constitutional principles.

RSVP helpful, but not necessary to faculty@wadsworthathenuem.org.

Read the Declaration of Independence here.

Encountering the Bill of Rights
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 12:00pm-2:00 pm
Hartford Public Library

Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Join the conversation as we discuss the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, and a foundational pillar on which American democracy stands.  The Bill of Rights was created in response to calls from some Congressional representatives (such as Connecticut’s Roger Sherman) for greater protection of individual freedoms and liberties of American citizens, and outlines specific prohibitions on governmental power.

We invite members of the public to read the first ten constitutional amendments and participate in a discussion at the Library’s Hartford History Center, exploring issues that confront us every day, and how we can better understand our rights.

Lunch will be served; participants must please register in advance.
RSVP to attend the Library program by calling 860-695-6322 or by email: jmainville@hplct.org.

Read the Bill of Rights here.