Monthly Archives: December 2010

Jenkins Brings The ‘Inferno’ Behind Prison Walls

A recent piece in The New York Times details how Ronald Jenkins, professor of theater, and some of his students, are teaching Dante’s Inferno to inmates at both men’s and women’s prisons in Connecticut and New York. “In ‘Inferno,’ Dante tells the story of a journey through hell, from a dark place to the light,” Dr. Jenkins, 58, said. “Everyone who reads it can identify with it, but the inmates can identify in a more powerful way, because they’ve gone through hell more than the rest of us. In our classes, they aren’t identifying with the sinners; they identify with Dante.”

OpEd: Busway Could Be Connecticut’s Metro or T

Writing for the opinion section of The Sunday Hartford Courant, Christiaan Hogendorn, associate professor of economics, and Joyce Jacobsen, Andrews Professor of Economics, suggest that the proposed busway between Hartford and New Britain could provide a rapid transit option linking two significant job and housing markets, and lay the foundation for additional busways to other parts of the state.

Odede ’12 Uses Hope, Vision to Help Kenyan Women

Kennedy Odede ’12, co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities, is profiled in The Hartford Courant. The story traces Odede’s journey from the Kenyan slum of Kibera to Wesleyan and how he remained determined to help young women from his home find refuge against hunger, ignorance and oppression. In just over two years, Odede and his co-founder, Jessica Posner ’09, have built a school and health center in Kibera and are working on more.

Yohe, Monson ’11, Wei ’12 on Carbon Conference

A New York Times report discusses the recent Carbon Pricing Conference held at Wesleyan, citing Gary Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental studies, and interviewing to attendees, William Monson ’11 and David Wei ’12. They discusses some of the difficulties regarding addressing environmental issues in a fractured economy and a lack of an immediate sense of urgency in general for a problem that many people still see as distant, if not abstract.

President Roth Reviews ‘Sudden Genius?’

In Sunday’s Washington Post, President Michael S. Roth reviews Sudden Genius? The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs, by Andrew Robinson (Oxford University), which examines 10 breakthroughs in the arts and sciences.

Basinger Discusses the Career of Blake Edwards

In a recent issue of The Los Angeles Times, Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, discusses the career and style of late film director Blake Edwards. Edwards was known for “The Pink Panther” films, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Victor/Victoria,” and “10,” among others.

PTIR Internship Focuses on Undergrad Research

Wesleyan's Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR) is a unique research effort that examines violent and non-violent uprisings. This past summer seven undergraduates participated in an intensive 10-week summer internship held by PTIR.

Hosting a symposium to discuss new research findings is a rather common event for universities today. However, the symposium “Rethinking Insurgency” held at Wesleyan this fall was unique in one important way: the vast bulk of research was done by undergraduates.

Their research was the final product of an intensive 10-week summer internship held under the auspices of Wesleyan’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR), which is directed by Assistant Professor of Government Erica Chenoweth. Chenoweth says that undergraduates are often overlooked in many research institutions, but that Wesleyan’s tradition of embracing undergraduates as participants in active research helped create the internship.

Hingorani, Bricca Explain Science Documentary Filmmaking Class in ASBMB Today

Stephen Devoto, associate professor of biology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, is featured in a video created by a student enrolled in the course, Making the Science Documentary.

Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and Jacob Bricca, adjunct assistant professor of film studies, explained their experimental cross-disciplinary course on science documentary filmmaking at Wesleyan in a December 2010 article published in American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Today.

In the article, Hingorani and Bricca wrote about their course, “Making the Science Documentary,” which they co-taught together, starting in 2007. The course was designed to introduce undergraduate students to the life sciences and to documentary filmmaking

Phi Beta Kappa Welcomes 15 Seniors

The Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Kappa welcomed 15 seniors into the honor society Dec. 8 at the Office of Admission. The honorees are pictured above (two were absent).

Fifteen graduating seniors were elected into the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during a ceremony Dec. 8. PBK is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Students elected to the society must have completed Stage I and II of the General Education Expectations by the end of the junior year and have a grade point average of 93 or above.

Playwright Will Dubbs ’14 Makes An Off-Broadway Debut

Will Dubbs ’14 arrived at Wesleyan from Manhattan in September as part of the frosh class. Next month he’ll return to New York as an off-Broadway playwright.

Manhattan Repertory Theater has selected Dubbs’ first and only play, “Dead Sharks,” for production as part of its Winterfest 2011 festival of original theatrical works. The first of three scheduled “Dead Sharks” performances at the Rep’s 42nd Street theater is Jan. 29.

Dubbs, who is a minute older than his twin sister, Katie, a student at Princeton, wrote the one-act “Dead Sharks” for an all-freshman

Histories of Race Topic of 9th Annual Shasha Seminar

The Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns will take place April 8-10, 2011.

“Histories of Race” is the topic of the 9th annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns to be held April 8-10, 2011.

During this weekend retreat, participants will examine the many histories of race, both past and present, with a group of internationally renowned scholars.

The Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, endowed by the generosity of James J. Shasha ’50, P’82, GP’14, is an annual forum for alumni, parents, students and friends that provides an opportunity to explore issues of human concern

5 Questions With . . . Elijah Huge on Architecture

Assistant Professor of Art Elijah Huge is teaching architecture design studios, which are part of the Studio Arts Program curriculum.

This issue, we ask “5 Questions” of Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art. Huge returned to Wesleyan this fall after a sabbatical spent at the University of California-Berkeley. He teaches architecture.

Q: What’s your favorite building, or group of buildings, at Wesleyan, and why?

A: There are a number of outstanding buildings on campus, but my favorite group of buildings is the Center for the Arts, without question. The CFA is invested with a highly refined and clearly articulated architectural identity and reflects an amazing level of cultural ambition on the part of the university.  On the one hand, the buildings are of their moment within American 20th architectural history, but their unusual, even primitive use of solid, monolithic limestone blocks – a decidedly un-modern building material – is simply amazing.