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Richard Connolly

Richard Connolly

Assistant Professor, Communication Arts

Library, Room 4010


Richard Connolly is an author, editor, publisher, and producer with more than 45 years of professional experience as a college teacher, music producer, writer, editor and publisher. From 1998 to 2012, he was Chair of the Communication Media Arts program at RCC, where as Assistant Professor he continues to teach courses in media history, pluralism and cultural diversity.

As an editor and publisher, Connolly published What Does It Mean to Be Human? with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1998. It is a collection of writing by a diverse international group of artists, authors, and activists including The Dalai Lama, Oscar Arias, Vaclav Havel, Wilma Mankiller, Charlie Musselwhite, Elie Wiesel and Theodore Zeldin.  Since 1998, he has edited and published individual works by a range of authors including David Beisel, Bob Dorough, Kurt Elling, Thomas Hinde, Anne Geismar, Maxwell Geismar, Fran Landesman and Michael Rumaker.


  • BA Literature and Creative Writing, Mark Hopkins College, 1967
  • MA Creative Writing, New Experimental College, 1968

Awards (Selected)

  • 2012 Blues Foundation Award, Best Acoustic Blues recording, “Conversations in Blue,” (CD), 2011, David Maxwell and Otis Spann; Richard Connolly, producer


Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Producer, “PoemJazz,” (CD), with Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and Laurence Hobgood, Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and arranger, 2012


  • What Does It Mean to Be Human?: Reverence for Life Reaffirmed by Responses from Around the World. Richard Connolly, co-publisher with UNESCO. Hamburg, Germany, 1998
  • Edited and published individual works by range of authors