Community Learning

First Year Music & Human Rights Students Welcome Internationally Acclaimed Musician & Visual Artist Carlos Hernández Chávez

Last week, students in Professor Eric Galm’s First year Seminars “Intro to World Music” and “Exploring Music and Human Rights” welcomed Carlos Hernandez Chávez, a muralist, musician, visual artist. In Music and Human Rights, students explore theoretical approaches to human rights and music’s relation to human rights throughout the world. And who better to learn from? Chávez arrived in Hartford from Mexico City in 1967 and his artistic and humanitarian work has been displayed at institutions in the U.S., Mexico, Greece, Puerto Rico, and the UK.

Throughout the Music and Human Rights course, Professor Eric Galm encourages first year students to think about different ways that music has been used in group organization, and in particular how political leaders, groups, and musicians have used music to praise political achievements or rise up in protest in various geographical areas include Latin America, the United States, and more.

This perspective also holds importance for students when thinking about artists in Hartford. For example, one of Chávez’ murals in Hartford City Hall tells the story of his family’s migrant-worker roots, the pride he feels in those roots, and his movement to Hartford.

Thank you Professor Eric Galm for bringing this and many other important presentations and performances to Trinity.


At Trinity College we define Community Learning courses as those that include perspective taking and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. If you are interested in building a Community Learning component into your course, or you believe your course should be designated  as a Community Learning course, contact Director of Community Learning Megan.Hartline@trincoll.edu.