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The Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut requests the honor of your presence at the Inauguration of Radenka Maric as the University’s seventeenth president.

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Seventeenth President

September 29, 2023

Jorgensen Center
for the Performing Arts
Storrs, Connecticut

Schedule of Events:

10 a.m. Inspirational Academic Presentations
Student Union Theatre

2 p.m. Processions Convene/Doors Open
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

3 p.m. Inauguration Ceremony
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

4 p.m. Inauguration Reception
Student Union Ballroom

Inspirational Academic Presentations

Friday, September 29, 2023
10 a.m.

Student Union Theatre, Storrs, CT

In honor of the inauguration of President Maric, a diverse group of outstanding UConn faculty members will give short, thought-provoking presentations on their areas of expertise. We will also enjoy a performance by a student musical group and a student poetry recitation.

This is an opportunity to engage with our academic community, learn about the exciting work taking place within our institution, and draw inspiration from the remarkable contributions of our community. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to attend.

Radenka Maric

Musical Performance

"Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman"
Joan Tower (b. 1938)

Performed by UConn Trumpet Ensemble
Eric Rizzo, Doctoral Student (DMA) – Trumpet Performance
Michael Reed, undergraduate student – Music Education
Caitlyn Corsetti, undergraduate student – Music Education
Ashton Tyler, undergraduate student – Trumpet Performance

Professor Louis Hanzlik and Longino Villarreal, directors

Poetry Reading

Rylee Thomas, Honors English undergraduate student


Anne D’Alleva, Provost

Speaker Presentations

Lewis Gordon

“Black Existentialism and Decolonizing Knowledge”

Lewis R. Gordon
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Global Affairs
Philosophy Department Head
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Richard Wilson

“The Harm in Hate Speech and What to Do About It”

Richard Wilson
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Law and Anthropology
Gladstein Chair of Human Rights
School of Law

Jasna Jankovic

“What Doesn’t Break You Makes You Stronger – or How Life Shapes You as an Engineer, Researcher, and a Leader in the Clean Energy Field”

Jasna Jankovic
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
School of Engineering

Sandra Chafouleas

“Simple and Joyful: Keys to Expanding Intergenerational Wellness”

Sandra Chafouleas
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Ray Neag Professor of School Psychology
Co-Director, UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health
Neag School of Education

Yangchao Luo

“The Future of Food System and the Power of Innovation”

Yangchao Luo
Associate Professor of Food Science
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources

Liisa Kuhn

“Addressing Medical Challenges with Biomaterials Innovation”

Liisa Kuhn
Professor and Associate Head of Biomedical Engineering
School of Dental Medicine

Nora Madjar

“Finding The Spark: How Our Personal Lives Can Unlock Remarkable Creativity”

Nora Madjar
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
School of Business

Old Connecticut

Once more, as we gather today,
To sing our Alma Mater’s praise,
And join in the fellowship strong,
Which inspires our college days.
We’re backing our teams in the strife
Cheering them to victory!
And pledge anew to old Connecticut,
Our steadfast spirit of loyalty.
Connecticut, Connecticut,
Thy sons and daughters true
Unite to honor thy name,
Our fairest White and Blue.