The Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum brings outstanding scholars, leaders, and policy-makers to the UConn campus to share their knowledge and perspectives with the community.

The program is sponsored by the Fusco family of New Haven, who created the contemporary issues forum at UConn through a philanthropic gift to celebrate their family’s 90th year in business, as well as the 90th birthday of Edmund Fusco. Through these forums, members of the UConn community are given the opportunity to challenge and expand their views on topics of profound and lasting influence. Community involvement is also integral; businesses and individuals are able to financially support this endeavor through multi-level sponsorship.

2014 Featured Speaker

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as First Lady and Senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic campaign for President, Clinton won 18 million votes.

Event Information

This year’s event will be open to UConn students, faculty and staff from the Storrs and regional campuses and the School of Law.

Tickets will be free and distributed through a lottery system. Information regarding the lottery process is forthcoming and will be communicated through the Daily Digest.

Date: April 23, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs campus

For additional information or questions, please call University Events and Conference Services at (860) 486-1038.


As a teenager I saw speak in Chicago & shook his hand. He urged us to stay engaged with the cause of justice. As vital as ever today.


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Hillary Clinton       Live at 9pm (ET), January 27


Hillary Clinton

William Clinton
Soon my staff became known around the White House as ‘Hillaryland.’ We were fully immersed in the daily operations of the West Wing, but we were also our own little subculture within the White House. My staff prided themselves on discretion, loyalty and camaraderie, and we had our own special ethos. While the West Wing had a tendency to leak, Hillaryland never did.

Born – October 26, 1947 in Park Ridge, Illinois

Parents – Hugh Ellsworth Rodham & Dorothy Howell

Married – October 11, 1975 to William Jefferson Clinton

Children – Chelsea Victoria (1980 – present)
Education – Bachelor of Arts degree at Wellesley College in 1969; J.D. at Yale Law School in 1973

Occupation – Lawyer, political activist

Firsts – 1st First Lady to host a webcast from the White House. 1st First Lady elected to a public office. 1st First Lady to be a “de facto” federal official. 1st First Lady to have an office in West Wing.

Post White House residence – Washington, D.C.

Other offices – First Lady of Arkansas 1983 – 1992. U.S. Senator of New York 2001 – 2009. Secretary of State 2009 – 2013.

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The University of Miami welcomes Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 16, 2014) — The University of Miami will welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, to deliver remarks at a special event for the University campus and invited guests on February 26 at the BankUnited Center on the UM Coral Gables campus.

Keynote remarks will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are intended for UM students, faculty, staff and invited guests.

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Since the first of the year, we have seen Hillary Clinton only twice.  Both appearances were at inaugurations of candidates for public office who had worked for her in the past and whom, out of loyalty and friendship,  she had endorsed and campaigned for: N.Y.C.Mayor Bill de Blasio and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. There should be nothing surprising about that support. She knows who her friends are even if staffers perceived the political field to be so complex that they needed to develop a nuanced spreadsheet.

She has been keeping a very low profile for weeks to the infinite frustration of the media. News outlets appear to be convinced that without Hillary somehow in the spotlight print outlets will receive no traffic and cable channels no viewers, and so Hillary’s fate, at present, is to be ever-present even while she very likely works hard on the draft of her book behind closed doors.  Her “shadow campaign,” her “hit list,” and, of course, “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi” currently dominate the rumor mill that perpetually spins thanks to a stream swollen with concern, rumor, and possibly fear.  What’s she up to?  Why isn’t she speaking out? Where is she? etc. etc. etc.

At some point in the future we may read what she considers to be her ultimate statement on Benghazi which is unlikely, given her consistency,  to differ much in substance from this one in October 2012.

On CNN to Elise Labott:

QUESTION: You say you don’t want to play the blame game, but certainly there’s a blame game going on in Washington. In fact, during the presidential debate, Vice President Biden said, “We didn’t know.” White House officials calling around saying, “Hey, this is a State Department function.” Are they throwing you under the bus?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, of course not. Look, I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department, 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The President and the Vice President certainly wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.

What exactly is it that the media wants from Hillary Clinton?  What is it that the public wants?  Certainly her critics appear to want their pound of flesh and blood.   Among her fans, there are those who similarly would exact additional blood, sweat, and tears beyond what she has already donated over 40+ years of public service whether or not she decides to take up the standard once more.  (Others more patiently await her deeply personal decision to be made in her own good time.)  And then there is the press.

Their blonde obsession with Hillary,  no matter what the story, sells, brings on traffic and viewers.  So it should come as no surprise that keeping her in the headers and on the covers becomes the story in the absurdist world that is called mainstream media.

Can Anyone Stop Hillary?

Why Clinton’s 2016 candidacy-without-a-campaign dominates the political galaxy

The truth is that this life as a private citizen is eminently distinguishable from life as a candidate.  Through her Clinton Foundation outlet she does, in fact, keep us informed of her issues and initiatives.  Her public speaking events provide her a platform on current events as she chooses to address them (or not, as is her prerogative since she is neither a public servant nor an announced candidate for anything beyond grandmotherhood).  Yet the media continues to focus, not on what she actually says and does,  but rather on the issues she selects not to address (e.g. the Iran deal) and the initiative she has not resolved to assume.  There is only one possible outcome to this media frenzy, and that is invention.  Reportage becomes a creative process and fiction ensues.

Clinton has not decided whether to run for President because to do so would only slow her down. Indecision serves her well by preserving flexibility in her schedule, by shielding her from answering every Internet controversy and by allowing the Republican opposition to take shape and draw fire.

Really?  Mr. Von Drehle knows why she has not yet decided?  File under “fiction.”  Stop her?  From what?


Building Language Skills Must Begin Early in Life

“Mommy, what does ‘tectonic’ mean?” asked a four-year-old recently during a conversation about earthquakes. The resulting explanation may have left a few questions in the boy’s mind about the geology of our planet, but helped establish an important pattern for the boy—to learn to recognize complex vocabulary words in speech.

Language—regardless of its country of origin—plays an important role in the development of an infant’s brain. By age three, a child has heard millions of words from parents, caregivers and educators, which help establish word recognition and comprehension skills. The more diversity in words a child hears during these early years, the better she will be at picking out meaning in what she reads and applying it to other things she learns as she gets older.

Reading a wide variety of books aloud to children from early infancy through age five is critical to vocabulary development. According to Reading is Fundamental, the vocabulary of the average children’s book is greater than that found on prime-time television. And the more words a child hears from a book, the more she will associate reading with learning. Unfortunately, more than 40 percent of preschoolers are not read to regularly.

But reading is not the only way that children pick up important vocabulary skills. Not all parents may feel comfortable reading books to their young children, but they can talk, tell stories and sing nursery rhymes, and even ask questions of their verbal toddlers to engage them in conversation. And the sooner parents begin to read and talk to their children, the better. The process of acquiring words is cumulative from birth, and research has shown that the “word gap” between low-income children and high-income children begins as young as 18 months of age.

In short, parents and caregivers—regardless of their native tongue or reading ability—can make a big difference in the future learning of their children. The key is to start early.

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