David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: dlow@wesleyan.edu

Hamilton ’87 on Preventing Autism, ADHD in Children

Debby Hamilton '87

Debby Hamilton ’87

From reviewing hundreds of published research studies and years of treating children with autism and ADHD, Dr. Debby Hamilton ’87 has developed a comprehensive prevention plan to help women control risk factors before, during and after pregnancy, which she shares in her new book, Preventing Autism and ADHD (Hedwin Press). This guide helps women reduce their risk factors in the areas of nutrition, digestion, immune function, inflammation, hormones, and detoxification. Hamilton stresses that women have the best chance of having a strong, healthy child by improving their health starting before pregnancy.

Book by Debby Hamilton '87

Book by Debby Hamilton ’87

The Boulder Daily Camera recently interviewed Hamilton and comments that “the book looks at studies that show correlations between autism and conditions such as digestive disorders or low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. In her practice, Hamilton treats such symptoms with special diets, removing environmental toxins and supplementation. … [S]he recommends a similar approach for a pre-pregnancy diet. She calls the approach the Triangle of Prevention, with its three sides including healthy diet and nutrition, strong digestion and detoxification. Her hypothesis is that reducing risk factors in the mother before pregnancy occurs can prevent symptoms of autism from occurring in their children. …The approach Hamilton proposes is not radical. Many of the diet recommendation are typical of other pre-pregnancy diets — consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, for example. Hamilton does, however, stress that all food should be free from pesticides. Because of mercury in low levels in almost all fish, she advises not eating fish during pregnancy, with the woman, instead, getting Omega 3s through supplements.”

Dr. Hamilton is a board certified pediatrician and the founder of Holistic Pediatric Consulting in Boulder, Colorado. She also has a master’s of science degree in public health (MSPH) and is board certified in physician nutrition and integrative/holistic medicine. Her practice focuses on treatment of children with autism and ADHD.

Brown ’94 Writes Guide for Professional Designers

Dan Brown '94

Dan Brown ’94

In Designing Together: The Collaboration and Conflict Management Handbook for Creative Professionals (New Riders), Dan Brown ’94 offers practicing designers a guide to working with other people. The increasing complexity of design projects, the greater reliance on remote team members, and the evolution of design techniques demands professionals who can cooperate effectively. This book encourages cultivating collaborative behaviors and dealing with the inevitable difficult conversations.

Brown covers 28 collaboration techniques, 46 conflict management techniques, 31 difficult situation diagnoses, and 17 designer personality traits. The volume should prove helpful for designers on large or small teams and those working in remote locations, in multidisciplinary groups, within an organization, or as outside consultants.

Book by Dan Brown ''94

Book by Dan Brown ’94

Readers should enjoy the sidebar contributions from David Belman (Threespot), Mandy Brown (Editorially, A Book Apart), Erika Hall (Mule Design Studio), Denise Jacobs (author), Jonathan Knoll (InfinityPlusOne), Marc Rettig (Fit Associates), and Jeanine Turner (Georgetown University).

Brown is the author of Communicating Design (New Riders) and co-founder and principal at EightShapes, LLC, a user experience consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that has engaged with clients in telecommunications, media, education, health, high-tech, and other sectors. He has been practicing information architecture and user experience design since 1995. He was a philosophy major at Wesleyan.

For more about the book, click here.

Lowden ’62 Writes Guide for Importers

Scott Lowden '62

Scott Lowden ’62

Scott R. Lowden ’62 has just published Import Transactions and Customs Compliance (FTA Publications, LLC), a comprehensive, 472-page guide to U.S. customs law and import practices for importers and trade practitioners. The book is the result of the writer’s 10 years’ experience practicing import and export law with Braumiller Schulz and nearly two years devoted heavily to writing the book.

Book by Scott Lowden '62

Book by Scott Lowden ’62

Importers must deal with foreign suppliers, freight forwarders, brokers, carriers, banks and other service providers just to make a purchase. They also have to make these purchases in a way that satisfies an astonishing array of regulations enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This book deals with the requirements of the purchase order, the carriage of goods and related purchase transactions and then the subjects of customs compliance obligations, the adoption of policies and procedures to promote compliance with those obligations, and the enforcement procedures that the importer may face in the event of non-compliance.

Lowden studied at the University of Madrid under a Fulbright grant in 1962–63 and received his LLB from Harvard Law School in 1966. Over his career he has served as senior executive and head of the law departments of four transnational companies, including two Fortune 100 companies. He currently practices independently and as Of Counsel for a nationally known trade law firm. For more information, see Scott Lowden’s website.

Grossman’s New Book Wrong on 9 Economic Policy Disasters

Book by Richard Grossman.

Book by Richard Grossman.

Richard Grossman, professor of economics, is the author of Wrong: Nine Economics Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn from Them, published by Oxford University Press in October 2013.

In recent years, the world has been rocked by major economic crises, most notably the devastating collapse of Lehman Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in American history, which triggered the breathtakingly destructive sub-prime disaster. What sparks these vast economic calamities? Why do our economic policy makers fail to protect us from such upheavals?

In Wrong, Grossman addresses such questions, shining a light on the poor thinking behind nine of the worst economic policy mistakes of the past 200 years, missteps whose outcomes ranged from appalling to tragic. Grossman tells the story behind each misconceived economic move, explaining why the policy was adopted, how it was implemented, and its short- and long-term consequences. In each case, he shows that the main culprits were policy makers who were guided by ideology rather than economics.

Whitford ’81 Stars in New ABC Comedy Trophy Wife

Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford '81, Machia Gay Hardin and Michaela Watkins in "Trophy Wife" on ABC

Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford ’81, Machia Gay Hardin and Michaela Watkins in “Trophy Wife” on ABC

Bradley Whitford ’81 (The West Wing) stars as Pete Harrison, a high-powered environmental lawyer with three kids and two ex-wives in the new ABC comedy Trophy Wife, which premiered in September on ABC. On the Tuesday night show, Pete marries Kate, a younger woman, played by Malin Akerman, who previously led a rowdy, carefree life and whose life is shaken up with the new responsibilities of family life.

In his review of the program in The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Goodman wrote: “Whitford shines with his surprisingly Zen-like approach to having three women he’s been married to weave in and out of his life with varying results.”

In a positive review on the A.V. Club, Todd VanDerWerff writes that “the show has a supreme confidence in its ability to reveal character through conflict, something many comedy pilots avoid. … In particular, the series is smart about letting viewers know the point of view of everyone in the show, from Akerman to Whitford to all of the kids, right down to the 7-year-old adopted son from China. These points of view are inherently in conflict most of the time, which makes for funnier gags.”

And Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture/New York Magazine said: “Trophy Wife is adept at sending up a certain segment of upper-middle-class America: its politically correct gestures and rituals, its overscheduled near chaos,

Medley ’73 Offers Commentary on How to Survive a Plague DVD

Ron Medley '73

Ron Medley ’73

Ron Medley ’73 is a featured speaker in the hour-and-a-half commentary on the DVD of How to Survive a Plague, (Sundance Selects), a highly acclaimed documentary directed by David France that was nominated for an Academy Award. (Medley also appears briefly in the movie.) The film tells the story of the brave men and women in two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Ron Medley '73 provides commentary on DVD.

Ron Medley ’73 provides commentary on DVD.

Despite having no scientific training, these improbable, self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With access to remarkable, never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France takes the viewer upclose to the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

Film web site

Koehler ’95 Studies 18th-Century Poetry, Links to Cognitive Psychology

Margaret Koehler '95

Margaret Koehler ’95

In her academic study Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan), Margaret Koehler ’95 identifies a pervasive cultivation of attention in 18th-century poetry. The book argues that a plea from a 1692 ode by William Congreve—’Let me be all, but my attention, dead’—embodies a wider aspiration in the period’s poetry to explore overt themes of attention and demonstrate techniques of readerly attention. It historicizes 18th century accounts of attention and pioneers a link between the period’s poetry and recent discussions of attention in cognitive psychology.

Book by Margaret Koehler '95

Book by Margaret Koehler ’95

Koehler’s book contributes to the largely neglected history of a psychological trait that has assumed a recent cultural urgency, and it repositions 18th-century poems as a collective model for assiduous reading and supple, wide-ranging attention.

In her introduction, Koehler writes: “By identifying attention as a central theme and task of 18th-century poetry, this book attempts to locate both greater coherence and greater variety among the period’s poems. I aim to outline common themes and methods that connect seemingly dissimilar poems: odes from different phases in the period, sudden shifts of focus that connect mock-heroic to landscape poetry, sensory experiments across the period.”

Koehler is an associate professor of English at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She has published essays in Modern Philology, Studies in English Literature, and Blackwell’s A Companion to Eighteenth Century Poetry.

Hollister ’78 Writes Parental Guide on Teaching a Teen to Drive

Tim Hollister '78

Tim Hollister ’78

Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving (Chicago Review Press) by Tim Hollister ’78 is an informative and empowering guide to help parents understand the causes of teen crashes and head them off each time before their teens get behind the wheel.

Book by Tim Hollister '78

Book by Tim Hollister ’78

Most of the information available to parents of teen drivers acknowledges that driving is risky, and then advises parents that their obligation is to teach their teens how to operate a vehicle. However, missing from most resources are explanations of why teen driving is so dangerous and specific, proactive steps that parents can take day-by-day, each time a teen driver gets behind the wheel, to counteract the situations that most often lead to crashes. This authoritative book provides advice to parents, guardians, and other adults who supervise teen drivers about the critical decisions that must be made before a teen drives.

Hollister’s guide tackles several hot-button issues—such as texting and distracted driving; parenting attitudes (conscious and unconscious); and teen impairment and fatigue—and includes a combination of topics not found in other teen driving guides, such as how brain development affects driving, how teen driver laws work and why Driver’s Ed does not produce safe drivers, how to negotiate a teen driving agreement how and when to say “No,” and why it’s imperative for parents to evaluate their teen driver on every car trip before handing over the keys.

Tim Hollister’s 17-year- old son Reid died in a one-car crash on an interstate highway in central Connecticut in 2006. A year later, Hollister served on a task force charged with reexamining the state’s teen driver law. That task force led the state in 2008 to transform its law from one of the most lenient in the nation to one of the strictest. Hollister practices land use and environmental law and is the recipient of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award.

Author web site

From Reid’s Dad: A Blog for Parents of Teen Drivers

Rabban ’71 Analyzes Late 19th-Century Legal Scholarship

David M. Rabban '71

David M. Rabban ’71

David Rabban ’71 is the author of Law’s History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History (Cambridge University Press), concentrating on the central role of history in late 19th-century American legal thought. In the decades following the Civil War, the founding generation of professional legal scholars in the United States drew from the evolutionary social thought that pervaded Western intellectual life on both sides of the Atlantic. Their historical analysis of law as an inductive science rejected deductive theories and supported moderate legal reform, conclusions that challenge conventional accounts of legal formalism.

Book by David M. Rabban '71

Book by David M. Rabban ’71

The book is unprecedented in its coverage and its illuminating conclusions about major American legal thinkers from the Civil War to the present. It considers transatlantic intellectual history, legal history, the history of legal thought, historiography, jurisprudence, constitutional theory, and the history of higher education. American scholars who are the primary focus of this book include Henry Adams, James Barr Ames, Melville M. Bigelow, James Coolidge Carter, Thomas McIntyre Cooley, William Gardiner Hammond, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., John Norton Pomeroy, Roscoe Pound, James Bradley Thayer, Christopher G. Tiderman and Francis Wharton.

Rabban is Dahr Jamail, Randall Hage Jamail, and the Robert Lee Jamail Regents Chair in Law and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He also is the author of Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years (1997).

Garcia ’99 Talks About Her Film The Lifeguard, in Theaters Aug. 30

Liz. W Garcia '99 (Photo: Leslie Zak)

Liz Garcia ’99 at the Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Leslie Zak)

Liz Garcia ’99 is the director, screenwriter, and co-producer of The Lifeguard (Focus World and Screen Media), in which a young woman (Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars) nearing 30 quits her Associated Press reporting job in New York and returns to her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and has an affair with a troubled teenager (David Lambert), the son of a co-worker.

The film’s also stars Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Adam LeFevre and Joshua Harto, who also is a co-producer (and Garcia’s husband).

The Lifeguard premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January and was released in late July for viewers to rent on iTunes and a number of cable video-on-demand systems. The movie has its big screen release on Aug. 30 in 15 cities.

In this Q&A, Associate Director of Publications David Low interviews the multi-talented Garcia, who also has worked as a writer, director, and producer on several television series, including Cold Case and Memphis Beat, which she created with Harto.

Q: What inspired the script of The Lifeguard?

A: I worked as a lifeguard at a pool when I was in high school and on break from Wesleyan, and it was a job and environment I always wanted to tell stories about. I just wasn’t sure exactly how. But I loved the feeling of the quiet pool, and what it was like to observe peoples’ lives, families, and couples, while sitting in that chair. I noodled over the idea of a lifeguard who was an overachiever and thought she knew how life was to be lived intersecting with some lost teenage boys at the pool, and I let that idea grow. Then it converged with the idea of facing adulthood, of turning 30, and when I knew that this would be about a young woman returning to the dream job of her youth, the story came together quickly.

Novel by Klaber ’67 Portrays 19th-Century Woman Who Lived Her Life as a Man

William Klaber ’67

William Klaber ’67 is the author of a new novel, The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, published by Greenleaf Book Group Press. This fictional memoir is based on the real-life Lucy Ann Lobdell who, in 1855, decided to live the rest of her life as a man. She was involved in what may have been the first same-sex marriage in America when she married Marie Perry and made history when she was put on trial in Minnesota for wearing men’s clothes.

Fictional memoir by William Klaber '67

Fictional memoir by William Klaber ’67

While Lobdell promised to write her own memoir about her adventures in male attire, her account was never found, and Klaber decided to take on the task for her, combining extensive historical research with a creative touch. The book had its beginning at the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and the author shares his relationship with Lobdell’s story in the book’s afterword.

A review of the novel in Publishers Weekly says, “What makes the story stand out is the author’s skill in imagining the life of a transgender woman in a time when women had virtually no power in the world and when different sexual orientations were considered grave mental illnesses. . . . A unique and important book.”

Klaber is a part-time journalist who lives in upstate New York, just a short trip upstream from where Lobdell lived more than 150 years ago.

Wolfe ’68 Translates Ancient Greek Epitaphs

Michael Wolfe '68

Michael Wolfe ’68

In his new collection Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs (Johns Hopkins University Press), Michael Wolfe ’68 brings together his English translations of ancient Greek epitaphs, with a foreword by Richard Martin, a classics professor at Stanford University. Greek epitaphs, considered by some scholars to be the earliest artful writing in Western Europe, are short celebrations of the lives of a rich cross section of society that help form a vivid portrait of an ancient era.

Book by Michael Wolfe '68

Book by Michael Wolfe ’68

Wolfe divides his book into five chronological sections spanning 1,000 years, beginning with the Late Archaic and Classical periods and ending with Late Antiquity. The book also features contextual comments, notes, biographies of the poets, and a bibliography. General readers should find this well-researched scholarly endeavor accessible and entertaining, as it covers a wide variety of individuals and even some animals.

At Wesleyan, Wolfe studied classics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. While writing this book, Wolfe drew on several deep Wesleyan ties: Andy Gaus ’68, Wolfe’s classmate and friend of many years, helped review and improve many of the translations; poet Richard Wilbur, with whom Wolfe studied, wrote a comment included on the back cover of the book; and Kevin Whitfield, Wolfe’s professor of Greek, is thanked in the dedication.

Wolfe is a poet, author, and film producer who has taught writing and literature at Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of California, as well as other secondary schools and universities. An occasional speaker on Islamic issues, he and his works have received many awards.

Author website