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Kenneth Best

Ken Best served as editor of UCONN Magazine for 10 years. He is a co-host of the UConn 360 Podcast. He previously covered news and sports in Connecticut for The New York Times, edited the Weekend section for the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time, wrote arts and culture stories syndicated by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service and was the media coordinator for Yale-New Haven Hospital. During the summer of 2015 he hosted “Walking a Blues Road,” a weekly program on WHUS in Storrs based on the holdings of the Samuel and Ann Charters Archives of Blues and Vernacular African-American Musical Culture at UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. He is the author of Eight Days a Week: An Illustrated Record of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Pomegranate Books).


Author Archive

A scene from “Ensemble,” the MFA thesis project by Hongju (Hannah) Lim, part of the 2021 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition online at The William Benton Museum of Art.

MFA Exhibits at Benton Showcase Work by DMD, Studio Art Students

Work that celebrates the collaboration that can take place in the arts

A dancer’s image from the animation of “Prélude en Berceuse,” the first movement of “Au Gré Des Ondes (Along the Waves) “ composed by Henri Dutilleux. The music in the first movement was performed by Morgan Lee ’22 SFA, a doctoral candidate in piano, and animated by Jonathan Goodrich ’21 SFA.

‘Along the Waves’ Puts Music in Motion Through Animation

'Along the Waves' premieres April 21 at 6 p.m. online

Chris Thile holding a mandolin in a posed photograph. He will perform virtually for a UConn audience on April 17.

Chris Thile Returns to Jorgensen Center for Solo Performance on Digital Stage

The Grammy winner will perform for a virtual audience on April 17 at 8 p.m.

UConn School of Fine Arts Conference Celebrates 50 Years of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’

The conference will feature discussions of her work and performances of her music

One of Kollwitz's characteristically stark etchings, this depicts workers mourning the German Communist Karl Liebknecht, who was murdered by state forces in 1919.

Benton Exhibition Explores Work of Käthe Kollwitz, Who Used Art as Platform for Activism

This is the first solo exhibition of the artist's work at UConn since 2007

South Korean protesters stand beside a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing "comfort women," who were sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, near the Japanese embassy in Seoul on March 1, 2021, the 102nd anniversary of the Independence Movement Day against the 1910-1945 Japanese colonial rule.

Dudden: Law Professor Promotes Denialism on WW II Military Sexual Slavery

A still-contentious subject in Japan and Korea has become the focus of global attention

A net cut from a basketball hoop draped over a seat in Gampel Pavilion, as UConn's two basketball teams prepare for the NCAA tournament.

March Madness Returns to Connecticut, With a Pause

Following positive COVID test, Auriemma will remain in isolation until March 24

A marquee welcoming UConn back to the Big East seen outside Madison Square Garden along 7th Avenue in Manhattan on June 27, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Hurley Leads Huskies Back to Big East Tournament at The Garden

The Huskies will begin their first Big East tournament since returning to the league with a game against DePaul

Good neighbors: Students cross the street from the Palace Theater to UConn Waterbury shortly before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UConn Waterbury’s Stuart Brown Helps Keep the Buzz for Broadway Going Until the Palace Theater Lights Are Back On

After the pandemic forced theaters to close, Brown pitched in to help UConn Waterbury's neighbor keep audiences engaged.

Stuart Rothenberg '77 Ph.D. during a 2011 visit to UConn.

Talking Politics with Roll Call Columnist Stu Rothenberg ’77 Ph.D.

The respected commentator surveys the current political scene in Washington.