In this recurring feature in The Wesleyan Connection, we highlight some of the latest news stories about Wesleyan and our alumni.
Recent Wesleyan News
A new Wesleyan Media Project report on early campaign advertising in the 2018 midterm elections is featured.
WNPR remembers Richard Wilbur, former U.S. Poet Laureate who taught at Wesleyan for some 20 years. A National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilbur will be celebrated in an event March 27 in Memorial Chapel.
3. bandcamp daily: “Better Know a College Radio Station: Wesleyan’s WESU”
Beth Townsend ’19, Babe Howard ’19, and Meg West ’19 are interviewed about WESU, Wesleyan’s college and community radio station.
4. The New York Times: “Hayden White, Who Explored How History Is Made, Dies at 89”
White, an influential scholar whose ideas on history and how it is shaped have fueled discussions in academic circles for half a century, directed Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities in the 1970s. President Michael Roth’s tribute to White is quoted.
5. The Hartford Courant: “At Wesleyan, A Semester of Calm and Focus for Displaced Puerto Rican Students”
Three students from the University of Puerto Rico, which is still rebuilding after the devastating September 2017 hurricane, discuss their experiences studying at Wesleyan this spring. Wesleyan offered a free semester of study to students affected by the hurricane.
Recent Alumni News:
Afrotainment —Branding Exec Bozoma Saint John [’99] Talks Professional Success After Personal Tragedy of Losing Her Husband and First Child
The Uber executive Bozoma Saint John ’99 is on the cover of the April/May issue of Working Women and talks with the editor about her challenges. “I’ve always been a Black woman in corporate America. I’ve faced my share of issues,” she told the magazine. “It’s important not just for the individual but also for the corporation to address any concerns. I want to lend my voice as part of the workforce.”
2. UMassAmherst News—Retirement of Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman ’70
“Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman, who has also been serving as Interim Dean of the College of Education for the last year, will be retiring from the University in June after close to 40 years at UMass Amherst.” The article offers many highlights of his long career, including membership in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, focusing his research on “explaining everyday lying and deception.”
3. Hartford Courant—West Hartford’s Justin Clark [’97] Gets Promotion at White House
“The longtime Republican operative has been working for President Donald J. Trump since day one of the administration and now will be taking on new duties as head of the Office of Public Liaison, according to Axios.”
4. WeAreMovingStories.com—Chicago Feminist Film Festival / TIFF KIDS: Scrap Dolls: Interview with Writer/Director Aude Cuenod ’09
In this interview, Aude Cuenod ’09 talks about her inspiration for this film: “While I was studying film at Wesleyan University, I met a 70-year-old artist in Middletown who made beautiful sculptures out of found objects. . . . I became friends with the artist and later learned that he had once helped a young boy from a broken home by teaching him how to make art out of found objects. . . . I found this story of their friendship and connection through art touching and meaningful and wanted to bring it to life in a fiction short film.”
5. Broadway World—Circus & Science Take Flight In Acrobuffos’ Air Play at the New Victory Theater
“Created, written and performed by husband and wife team Seth Bloom [’00] and Christina Gelsone, Air Play features the Acrobuffos’ signature mix of circus and street theater with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel, . . . the world’s only professional air sculptor, whose ‘Magic Carpet’ airflow piece went viral on YouTube with over two million views.”