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Robin Moore ( has made his living for 36 years as an author, storyteller and instructor of storytelling and story creating skills. He is Program Coordinator of the Applied Storytelling Certificate Program at The Graduate Institute. As an Author, Storyteller and Graduate School Instr...
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Remarkable Women of Hartford, A New Book by Cindy Wolfe Boynton, is Released this Month

Remarkable Women of Hartford, A New Book by Cindy Wolfe Boynton, is Released this Month
Never give up, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn."
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Connecticut’s capital has served as home to some of the most influential women in the state’s history, but few know the stories of their lives and accomplishments. Nineteenth-century abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin became a catalyst for the Civil War. Ella Grasso was the first woman elected governor in the United States. Hannah Bunce Watson, publisher of the Hartford Courant, never skipped a single edition during the Revolutionary War. Through these and many more inspiring profiles, author and journalist Cynthia (Cindy) Wolfe Boynton (TGI Class of 2014) chronicles the struggles and triumphs of some of Hartford’s most groundbreaking women in her new book, Remarkable Women of Hartford, which was released by The History Press on March 4. 

Other women profiled in the book include Lydia Huntley Sigourney, an 1800s poet and writer, Elizabeth Colt, a visionary businesswoman and philanthropist, Dotha Bushnell Hillyer, founder of The Bushnell,  Mary Townsend Seymour, civil rights pioneer and a founder of the Hartford NAACP,  Hilda Crosby Standish, medical director of Connecticut’s first birth control clinic, and Edythe Gaines, Connecticut’s first African-American and woman schools superintendent. The book is available on The History Press website, and through nearly every brick and online bookstore, including 

About the author: 


An award-winning journalist, playwright and poet, Cindy is a freelance writer whose background includes more than fifteen years as a regular correspondent for The New York Times and nine years as editor and publishing director of Better Health magazine. Her two most recent plays, Right Time to Say I Love You and Dear Prudence, both made their premieres in New York City, just steps off Broadway, at the 2011 and 2013 United Solo Theatre Festival. Right Time continued with performances that took her to Brighton, England, and one of the largest theater festivals in the world.

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Tellabration! When Words Are Magic

TGI is collaborating with the Connecticut Storytelling Center (CSC) to offer our 3rd annual Tellabration!, which takes place at The Institute's Bethany campus on Sunday, November 10th from 2 to 4 pm.

Tellabration! is a worldwide storytelling benefit. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time and on the same weekend.

Tellabration! originator J. G. Pinkerton envisioned this international event as a means of building community support for storytelling.

In 1988 the event was launched by the CSC in six locations across the state. A great success, Tellabration! extended to several other states the following year, and then, in 1990, expanded nationwide under the umbrella of the National Storytelling Network. By 1997, there were Tellabration! events on every continent but Antarctica.

The tellers at TGI's Tellabration! on November 10 include Linda Humes from the Storytelling Center of New York City (click here for a clip of one of Linda's events at the NY Public Library) as well as students and faculty of TGI's Master of Arts in Oral Traditions program.

Tellabration! is open to the public. A $15 donation will be collected at the door. Click here to pre-register and hold your spot!
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Congratulations to Robin Moore on the September publication of his three new e-books!

Moore is a Program Coordinator for TGI's MA in Oral Traditions program and has had a thirty-year career as a children's book author. The new releases include an instructional book on creative writing and two collections of his best-loved stories.

"I am very excited to be partnering with Amazon on these new releases," Moore says. "Within the last year, I have published fourteen books in this new digital format. All of these titles first appeared as printed books in the traditional publishing world. Now I am converting this body of work to electronic form as a way of making them accessible to readers worldwide.

"At The Graduate Institute, I feel that we are on the cutting edge of a media revolution which will combine the best of traditional storytelling with the most innovative techniques now being developed to connect authors with their readers. It is a very interesting time to be a writer!"

To Celebrate, is hosting free downloads on these weekends:

b2ap3_thumbnail_NaturalBorn-2.jpgDiscovering The Natural-Born Writer: Journeys Into The Imagination -- Sept. 21-22

Running With The Caribou: Twelve Traditional Tales from The Natural World -- Sept. 28-29

Wild Tales: Thirty Read-Aloud Stories Celebrating The Natural World -- October 5-6

To download your free ebooks, follow this link anytime during these give-away weekends: 
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Remembering John Miles Foley

b2ap3_thumbnail_ribbon-cutting.jpgOn Saturday, August 6, colleagues and faculty in the MA in Oral Traditions program gathered with TGI's administrative staff for a special tribute and ribbon cutting ceremony for the John Miles Foley Memorial Garden. Featuring a weeping cherry tree and commemorative plaque, the garden was established in honor of Dr. John Miles Foley and the many contributions he made to The Graduate Institute.

John was the founding Academic Director of the MA in Oral Traditions and the world's preeminent scholar in this emerging field. He passed on May 3, 2012 from esophageal cancer and is greatly missed by all of his friends and colleagues at TGI.

The ceremony featured a poem and dedication from Rebecca Casey and musical performance by Joseph Flood, both colleagues in the Oral Traditions program. Several of John's TGI friends - including Founder Bud Stone, Provost Andy Summa, Program Coordinator Robin Moore, and current Academic Director Mark Amodio - offered words of inspiration about John and his legacy.

Next time you visit TGI you can view the garden and weeping cherry tree, which will grow 20 to 40 ft high and will bear pink blossoms in the spring. In the Buddhist tradition, its short lived blossoms are meant to remind us of how fleeting life is. The Graduate Institute and its faculty, colleagues, alumni and staff will always remember John and the incredible contributions he made to lifelong learning and innovation in education.

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