Author: Korner, Kathryn

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett is a 1969 Honors graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He subsequently received his JD degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1972. He began his legal career as associate chief counsel at the Food and Drug Administration, then was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. After leaving the Hill, he founded a 22 lawyer firm, which eventually merged into a large law firm, Ropes & Gray. His practice emphasized policy, legislation and regulatory matters, mostly involving the FDA. Alan retired from the active practice of law in 2017

Kate C Farrar

Kate C. Farrar brings over 15 years of nonprofit management and women’s issue expertise to her role as Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls, and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives.

She came to CWEALF as the interim Executive Director and was the founder and principal consultant of K.C. Farrar Consulting, LLC serving non-profit organizations in strategic planning, program development and facilitation, and fundraising.

Prior to her consulting work, Kate was the Vice President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s Campus Leadership Programs in Washington, D.C. where she guided the strategy and management of the organization’s nationwide college women’s leadership programs, college/university relationships, and science, technology, engineering, and math programs for girls. In D.C. Kate also served as the associate director of National Programs and Policy at Wider Opportunities for Women where she led the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project (FESS), a nationwide project focused on policies and programs to move low-income families toward economic independence.

To begin her career, Kate lobbied the Connecticut state legislature on behalf of nonprofit organizations with Judith Blei Government Relations and served as a field organizer in Wisconsin for the 2004 presidential campaign. Her interest in politics and advocacy began from an internship with Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill when Merrill was a State Representative serving Storrs.

A lifelong supporter and advocate of women’s representation in politics, Kate is President of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee, the only nonpartisan PAC in the country that supports young women running for office. She is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, was chosen as the sole U.S. representative at the 2014 Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Youth Political Participation Forum, and named a 2014 Top 50 Political Influencer by Campaigns and Elections magazine.

Kate is a Career Advisor for the UConn College of Arts and Liberal Sciences, a member of Representative Esty’s STEM Advisory Board and on the annual event committee for the Aurora Foundation.

Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. While an undergraduate student at UConn, Kate held leadership roles in Kappa Alpha Theta, served as a Career Resource Assistant at Career Services and was a student teacher for First Year Experience classes. She lives in West Hartford, CT with her husband Chan and their corgi Lizzie.

ENGL 6750: Seminar in Language & Literature

Section 2: Labor, Utterance, & Meaning in the Maritime World

[UConn Storrs]

Graduate courses act as Honors credit, as long as you earn a grade of B- or higher.

Instructor: Mary K. Bercaw Edwards

For as long as history has been recorded, sailors have stepped on shore with a tale to tell. Until the laying of telegraph cables across oceans finally outpaced sailing ships in carrying messages in the 1850s, the sight of a sail on the horizon might be the first herald of news of many kinds: political, cultural, financial, or personal. The figure of the sailor as a storyteller stretches back beyond the earliest written records. The gulf of ocean between the sailor and the port and the events or circumstances that sailor described lent a paradoxical mix of authority and doubt regarding stories sailors told. The writers we will consider in this course inherited willingly or unwillingly the long heritage of these sailor storytellers. This course will examine the chronological development of a literature wherein the sea functions as physical, psychological, and philosophical setting. The course will begin by investigating early uses of the sea in literature and ways in which early works influenced later writings. It will continue with the use of the sea in contemporary literature and literature by writers of color. Through the use of literary theory and maritime history, the course will establish the context in which these works were produced as well as closely examining the works themselves. The requirements for the course will include presentations, several short papers, and a longer final essay.

ENGL 2605. Capitalism, Literature, and Culture

[UConn Storrs]

Instructor: Clare Eby

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

In this section dedicated to Honors students, we’ll read some of capitalism’s most influential theorists (such as Adam Smith and Karl Marx) and look at some of its most ardent defenders (including Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand). The primary focus, however, will be on twentieth- and twenty-first century novels and a few films that raise questions about whether capitalism is indeed the best, much less the inevitable, way of structuring the economy—and so many other aspects of our lives. We will consider if there is a racial component to capitalism and also the possibility of a new form of surveillance capitalism emerging in the digital age. The reading list for this course is still a work in progress, but will likely include such novels as Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Dave Eggers’s The Circle, Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, and Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed. In addition to a substantial amount of reading, course requirements include a 15-minute presentation on a full scholarly book, a short paper, a research paper, spot quizzes—and lots of lively discussion. I love working with Honors students, and expect this course to be a blast.

If you have any questions, including about waiving the prerequisite, feel free to email me (

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ANTH 3098-002: Anthropology of Jews and Jewishness (Conversion Option)

Instructor: Sarah Willen

While this is not an Honors course, Prof. Willen welcomes Honors students of all majors and would be happy to offer Honors conversions for interested students. 

What does it mean to be Jewish …
… in Cuba? … in Ethiopia? … in Turkey?
… if you’re an atheist? … LGBTQ? … a convert?

These are some of the questions we will explore in this course, which will tap into the rich anthropological scholarship on Jewish life and Jewish communities around the world.

No prior knowledge of Judaism is required. Prior coursework in anthropology or sociology is helpful but not required. Question?

Pending approval, this course may count toward the major or minor in Judaic Studies and/or as an ethnographic course toward the major in Anthropology.

ANTH 3098-50: Anthropology and the Writer’s Craft (Conversion Option)

Instructor: Sarah Willen

While this is not an Honors course, Prof. Willen welcomes Honors students of all majors and would be happy to offer Honors conversions for interested students. 

In this seminar, we will dive deeply into classic and cutting-­‐edge anthropological writing – and try our own hand at various genres of writing, in workshop format. Together we will engage critically with the texts we read and reflect on the following questions:
• How, why, and for whom do anthropologists and other social scientists write?
• What genres and writing styles are available to anthropologists, and how do they differ?
• What distinguishes strong – and weak – writing?
• How can deep engagement as readers, and a serious commitment to the revision process, help us become better writers?

The seminar is geared primarily toward advanced undergraduates who want to explore the range of contemporary forms of writing – and become better and more effective writers themselves. Prior coursework in Anthropology is helpful but not necessary. Writing activities will include ethnographic sketches, book reviews, peer review of colleagues’ writing, and blog posts / op-­‐eds for public audiences.


2018 Rowe Lecture

Ms. Alicia Ely Yamin is the Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and Program Director for the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law. Her career focuses on the intersection of health and human rights, in both the academic world as well as in activism. She is known globally for her scholarship on and advocacy of right-based approaches to health. She contributed to the drafting of several General Comments by the UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. She regularly advises the UN bodies related to health and human rights while providing guidance to NGOs on landmark litigation. She has served on WHO Task Forces and is currently a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Health and Law. Ms. Yamin was awarded the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship on Global Health and Human Rights from 2007 to 2011.


Ms. Yamin has written a book, Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter, which was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. This work is focused on defining what a human rights based approach to health and development means, and why it matters. Additionally, it provides a foundation for the understanding of how a human rights based approach implies the potential for social transformation.