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Witchcraft in Connecticut: Past & Present Persecution of the "Other"

Saturday, October 19, 2019
12:30pm – 4:30pm

Hartford Campus
Hartford Public Library Center for Contemporary Culture

Come learn about CT’s notorious witch persecution that pre-dated Salem’s; experience a trial through a dramatic poetry performance; listen to discussion of how women are being demonized today; and participate in a Wiccan Samhain ritual. Featuring: Keynote Speaker Cindy Wolfe Boynton, author of Connecticut Witch Trials: The First Panic in the New World and President of the CT chapter of the National Organization for Women. State Historian Walter Woodward, UCONN History Professor, author of Alchemy, & the Creation of New England Culture in the 17th Century, and the forthcoming book Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State. Priestess Suzanne Wingrove, poet, drummer, and author of the awarding play, Maleficia: A Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches. With: Lawrence B. Goodheart, UCONN History Professor Emeritus, and author of The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut. Poets Sheryll Bedingfield, Ginny Lowe Connors, Antoinette Brim, Margaret Plaganis, Pegi Deitz Shea.

This program is sponsored by the UCONN-Hartford Campus, UCONN English and History Departments, UCONN Women’s Center, and the Women’s Studies Program, with thanks to the Hartford Public Library. For more info:


Pegi Deitz Shea, 860-878-7016,

Hartford Campus (primary), English Department, History Department, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Center, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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