Intellectual exchange and discussion at Connecticut College is deepened and broadened when the College periodically hosts symposia on the arts, culture, scientific research and the environment.

Established symposia:

  • The Lear-Conant Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, established in 2002 by a gift from Linda J. Lear '62, provides biennial conferences through the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment

  • The biennial Ammerman Center Symposium on Arts & Technology, a major international conference devoted to exploring the increasing links in the interdisciplinary world of arts, sciences, media, and technology. The 15th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology
    Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College takes place February 25, 26 and 27, 2016.
  • The Daniel Klagsbrun Symposium on Creative Arts and Moral Vision at Connecticut College was established in 1989 by the Klagsbrun family to create a positive, living memorial to Daniel Klagsbrun '86. Through the generosity and commitment of Daniel's parents, Emilie and Herbert Klagsbrun, the symposium has brought to the College over the years an amazing array of authors, including Saul Bellow, Adrienne Rich, Elie Wiesel, Sandra Cisneros, Joseph Brodsky, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Cunningham, Dorothy Allison, Tobias Wolff, Art Spiegelman, David Sedaris and a host of others.

Other symposia:

The 2006 Symposium on Cornel West's "Democracy Matters" was the inaugural event sponsored by the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, bringing together world-renowned scholars, community activists, and students in panels and workshops to discuss and debate Professor West's work. Others:

2008: "Race, Space and Memory Symposium" - the highlight of the Center's year-long celebration of "Race and the Arts"
2010: "The Health Gap: Inequality in U.S. Health Care"
2011: "Centennial Diversity Conference"

An important biennial international conference on tunable diode laser spectroscopy, TDLS, was organized for several years by Arlan Mantz, Oakes Ames Emeritus Professor of Physics.