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Sinnreich ’94 Investigates Consequences of Music Piracy Crusade

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Aram Sinnreich ’94

Aram Sinnreich ’94 is the author of the new book The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry’s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties (University of Massachusetts Press). An assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University, he served as an expert witness on the 2010 court case Arista Records vs. Lime Group, which was settled out of court before he could present his 20,000-word report. The Piracy Crusade was built on the foundation of his unused research at the time.

Sinnreich argues that Hollywood, the recording industry, and the United States government are acting as crusaders who are waging a destructive war against digital technology innovators and so-called “pirates.” Attempting to shut down peer-to-peer sharing and unlicensed streaming of media, the industries have used excessive force against and attempted to dehumanize users in order to stop copyright infringement.

Sinnreich writes that the resulting laws and policies have only succeeded in hurting free speech, privacy, and open discourse while failing to curb the trend in pirating. The book begins by charting a social history of the music industry and examining its relationship with 20th-century technology. Challenging the dominant narrative of the changes undergone by the music industry, Sinnreich then looks at P2P, or peer-to-peer, file sharing in comparison to traditional music economics and recent trends in sales. He then exposes the “collateral damage” of the piracy crusade.

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New book by Aram Sinnreich ’94

Sinnreich is also the author of Mashed Up: Music, Technology and the Rise of Configurable Culture (University of Massachusetts Press) and has long been interested in music and intellectual property. He has published dozens of music recordings and performed with various musical ensembles.

During his time at Wesleyan, he studied with several music professors (Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard ‘76, Abraham Adzenyah, and Neely Bruce), worked at WEESU, and interned under Pete Ganbarg ’88 at SBK Records. After graduating Wesleyan he worked as an analyst for the New York-based Internet research firm Jupiter Communications.

“My clients were the major record labels and film studios, and my job was to keep them apprised of new technology developments and advise them about how best to take advantage of them,” Sinnreich says.

“When Napster was released in 1999, I fielded a survey that demonstrated P2P [peer-to-peer] users were actually buying more music than otherwise identical Internet users who hadn’t used the service. I thought my clients in the music industry would be delighted to hear this, but to my surprise they disputed my findings, and even issued a press release to discredit my report!

“That was the point at which I realized how complex, and often irrational, the entertainment industry’s relationship to intellectual property is.”

Sinnreich has also served as expert witness for cases such as MGM vs Grokster, the P2P suit that reached US Supreme Court in 2005. When he moved into the world of academia, he maintained his interest in the social and legal dimensions of music and technology.

As he wrote and researched The Piracy Crusade, Sinnreich published drafts of his work-in-progress on MediaCommons Press, an open scholarship platform that allowed him to receive comments and feedback from music industry executives, analysts, and attorneys as well as the general public. And, in the spirit of his research subject, the completed manuscript of his new book is available for free online under a Creative Commons license, as well as for sale on Amazon.

Dubler ’97 Publishes Immersive New Book on Religion in Prison

Joshua Dubler '97

Joshua Dubler ’97

Joshua Dubler ’97 is the author of the new book Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (Farrar Straus Giroux). A religion scholar who was working on his dissertation at Princeton University, he spent more than six years working with prisoners at the Graterford Maximum Security Prison outside of Philadelphia, focusing his studies on the religious diversity of the prison chapel.

Book by Joshua Dubler '97

Book by Joshua Dubler ’97

Down in the Chapel tells the story of one whole week at the Graterford chapel in which Dubler attended Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Catholic, and various other services and study sessions. Conversing with chaplains and correctional officers as well as prisoners, he keeps his presence in plain view as he investigates issues of faith and everyday life during incarceration.

Dubler, who graduated from Wesleyan with a BA in College of Letters and religion, is currently assistant professor of religion at the University of Rochester. He is coauthor with Andrea Sun-Mee Jones of the 2006 book Bang! Thud: World Spirit from a Texas School Book Depository.

Crane ’93 Writes Book on Global Health Science and AIDS in Africa

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Johanna Tayloe Crane ’93

In her new book Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science (Cornell University Press), Johanna Tayloe Crane ’93 considers the past exclusion of African countries from advancements in HIV medicine and shows how the region has transformed into a center for international research and global health programs.

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Book by Johanna Taylor Crane ’93

After conducting research in the United States and Uganda over the past 10 years, Crane traces the flow of knowledge and money between laboratories and conference rooms in America and sub-Saharan HIV clinics. Her findings reveal how global health science has paradoxically benefited from and even created the very inequalities it has attempted to redress.

Scrambling for Africa aims to provide a critical geography of expertise that challenges the practices and universal acceptance of “Western” AIDS science. The author questions who global health science is for, who really benefits, and how.

Crane is an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell.

Temple ’95 Named a “40 Under Forty” by The Network Journal

Donaldine Temple ’95

Donaldine Temple ’95

Donaldine Temple ’95, director and senior associate counsel at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, has been named one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for 2013. Temple, who doubled majored in history and African-American studies, advises on legal and regulatory matters for fixed income securities. She earned her JD from Boston College Law School.

Temple also advises nonprofit, arts-oriented organizations on matters of corporate law and governance, and she is associated with both the Corporate Counsel Women of Color and the Association of Black Women Attorneys. Also an avid volunteer with nonprofits such as New York Cares, Temple told The Network Journal, “I am committed to giving back to the world more than I have taken from it.”

The Network Journal, a monthly print and online business magazine for black professionals and business owners, gives annual 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards to honor men and women under 40 years old whose professional accomplishments significantly impact their profession and who make important contributions to their communities.

Longwell ’92 Joins Board at Breast Cancer Foundation

Dr. Nicole Hubbard Longwell ’92

Dr. Nicole Hubbard Longwell ’92

Dr. Nicole Hubbard Longwell ’92 has joined the Board of Directors of Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCBCF) in addition to serving as the co-chair of ABCBCF’s Young Professionals Group.

Longwell is National Director of the Medical Science Liaisons at Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, and the Drug Information Association. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Wesleyan, a master’s in psychology from Northeastern University and a doctorate in psychopharmacolgy from Tufts University.

“The goal of Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation is to prevent breast cancer for future generations by identifying and eradicating the environmental causes,” she notes in a press release, adding that she is both a researcher and a breast cancer survivor herself.

ABCBCF was founded in 2000 with the mission of funding scientific research on environmental causes of breast cancer and educating the public on prevention.

Indie Film By Schaefer ’94 To Make Limited Theatrical Release

Stefan Schaefer ’94

Stefan Schaefer ’94

My Last Day Without You, an indie romance film written and directed by Stefan Schaefer ’94, will be making a limited theatrical release through AMC Theaters on Oct. 4. The movie centers on a German business executive (Ken Duken) who falls in love with a Brooklyn singer-songwriter (Nicole Beharie) after a chance encounter on a short business trip to New York City.

After winning a Black Reel Award for Best Independent Film and a Certificate of Excellence from the Brooklyn International Film Festival for Best Producer, My Last Day Without You will open in Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, DC, Chicago, and New Orleans. Schaefer has over 15 feature film credits to his name as well as being the co-founder of the production company Cicala Filmworks. In addition, he is the writer and director of the upcoming documentary Even Though the Whole World Is Burning, on poet laureate and two-time Pulitzer winner W.S. Merwin.

 

Greengard ’79 Appointed Director of Simons Center for Data Analysis

Leslie Greengard ’79

Leslie Greengard ’79

Leslie Greengard ’79 has been named director of the Simons Center for Data Analysis, after serving as director of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University since 2006. As director, Greengard will build and lead a team of scientists in analyzing large-scale data sets and developing innovative mathematical methods.

Greengard, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan with a BA in mathematics, also holds an MD and PhD in computer science from Yale University. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and he received acclaim for developing the Fast Multipole Method, a mathematical technique applicable in such fields as chip simulation and systems biology. For this work, Greengard received the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society.

Juris ’93 Co-Edits New Collection on Transnational Social Movements

Jeffrey Juris ’93 is the co-editor of the new book Insurgent Encounters: Transnational Activism Ethnography, and the Political (Duke University Press, 2013), a collection of scholarly essays on the dynamics of contemporary, transnational social movements.

With co-editor Alex Khasnabish, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University, Juris structures the collection around themes of emerging subjectivities, discrepant paradigms, transformational knowledges, and subversive technologies. In his contribution to the book, “Spaces of Intentionality: Race, Class, and Horizontality at the US Social Forum,” Juris examines the establishment of an intentional space at the 2007 USSF in Atlanta as a means of confronting tension between a directly democratic organization and racial and class diversity.

Assistant professor of anthropology at Northeastern University, Jarvis focuses his research on globalization, new media, autonomy, violence, and youth cultures. He is the author of Global Democracy and the World Social Forums and Networking Futures: The Movements Against Corporate Globalization. Juris serves on the editorial boards of Social Movement Studies and Resistance Studies magazine, and he is a member of various activist research networks.

170 Student Groups Represented at Fair

The Fall 2013 Student Groups Fair took place Sept. 13 inside the Spurrier-Snyder Rink at the Freeman Athletic Center. About 170 student groups were represented. The event was sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly and the WSA Office. Photos of the event are below:

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Uninhibited by Blindness, Matzkin ’06 Wins Federal Clerkship Position

Dan Matzkin ’06

Dan Matzkin ’06

A litigation associate at Squire Sanders, Dan Matzkin ’06 beat out several hundred other applicants for a clerkship with Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Matzkin also has been blind since birth with a condition called Leber congenital amaurosis. It didn’t hold him back, however, from earning an undergraduate degree with honors, double-majoring in Wesleyan’s College of Letters and Classics or graduating from law school at the University of Michigan. While Jordan had reservations about how someone with such a disability could manage the challenges of legal practice, which include reading hundreds of pages to prepare a judge for argument and conducting legal research, Matzkin came to the interview prepared. His laptop is equipped with JAWS screen-reading software, which translates computer text into spoken word but requires training to absorb.

After inquiring about Matzkin, Jordan heard only positive feedback from his colleagues. Matzkin’s boss, Lewis Murphy, said that he immediately connected with Matzkin on a personal level and trusts Matzkin with important research and client work, while Matzkin’s coworkers said they ask him for help on their own cases.

Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek and professor of classical studies, worked with Matzkin throughout his four years at Wesleyan. “Dan was my advisee from his first term on,” Szegedy-Maszak said, “and he went on to be a student of mine, a TA for a freshman seminar called Three Great Myths, and my senior thesis advisee.”

Under Szegedy-Maszak’s mentorship, Matzkin wrote his thesis on “Sight and Foresight: Blindness in Classical Antiquity” for the College of Letters. The project won Matzkin the Spinney Prize for the best original essay on Greek or Roman civilization. “I’m pretty demanding as a thesis adviser, and I had (and have) too much respect for Dan to go easy on him,” Szegedy-Maszak said. “He had to submit weekly drafts, do the revisions, and keep going with research and writing. His thesis is truly impressive: thorough, thoughtful, well written, and well argued.”

Says Matzkin, “I can’t help but think that my time at Wesleyan, the liberal arts education, has helped me excel in the law—and I expect it will continue to do so. Many of my classmates in law school came from a single-track undergraduate major, but COL and classics together encompass quite a few disciplines. On a federal clerkship, all sorts of things come your way—contract disputes, criminal cases, immigration. Wesleyan’s holistic approach has prepared me to take on everything that comes my way.”

Matzkin’s strong work ethic ultimately won him the clerkship, although his often self-deprecating sense of humor and strong connection with his colleagues further supplemented his impressive credentials. Despite being one of several thousand blind attorneys practicing in the country, Matzkin achieved a position that is rare and coveted for all lawyers.

“I went into the field because I liked the prospect of being able to advocate for someone who isn’t able to do so himself. Acting as someone’s voice appealed to me.

“Now, it’s an interesting transition from private practice to a federal clerkship. At a law firm, my job is to come up with the best answer for my client; in a federal clerkship, the point is to come up with the right answer. I’ll see a lot of advocacy here, and I hope to learn from both the good and the bad—from whatever is in front of me.”

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Rommelmann ’83 Writes Book of Dark Short Stories

Nancy Rommelmann '83

Nancy Rommelmann ’83 has released Transportation (Dymaxicon), a new book of short stories. A journalist as well as an author, Rommelmann writes with an unflinching documentarian gaze, focusing on the dreams, delusions, and occasionally criminal behaviors of subjects like serial killers, con men, and homeless teens.

In her new collection, Rommelmann tells stories that lean towards science fiction at points and towards magical realism at others. The opening story, “The White Coyote,” is a piece of black humor about a creature injected at birth with human DNA and its shaming at a Catholic grade school gymnasium. In “X-Girl,” a woman taunts a butcher and ignores his threats of punishment, while “Balzek” focuses on an artist determined to eat his own body for an exhibition.

Rommelmann is the author of the novel The Bad Mother, about Hollywood’s population of street kids, and the memoir The Queens of Montague Street, about growing up in Brooklyn Heights in the 1970s.  Her work has appeared in the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, and Byliner.

Saba ’81 Explores Family Roots in First Book of Poetry

Mark Saba ’81

Mark Saba ’81 recently released Painting A Disappearing Canvas (Grayson Books), a collection of poems spanning 30 years. Centering on his Polish and Italian roots in Pittsburgh, the poems focus on the subject of family life and universal themes of what it means to be alive.

Paolo Valesio, professor of Italian literature at Columbia University, writes in the book’s foreword that Saba is a “writer who meditates on the entanglement of his roots and who sounds as if he is tenderly worried that his children not be too bound up with this entanglement while at the same time he is concerned that they do not forget it.” Exploring these complications in such pieces as “Poem of Forgiveness” and “My Mother Straightens Her Babushka,” Saba creates a lyrical autobiography that, at the same time, connects his own experience to the greater American landscape.

Saba is also the author of the novel The Landscapes of Pater, about a boy’s search for a father figure and trip to his ancestors’ birthplace in Sardinia, and the novella Thaddeus Olsen, within the collection Desperate Remedies, which explores issues of identity, privilege, and the state of higher education in the United States. His narrative epic poem “Judith of the Lights” won the Mellon Poetry Award as part of the collection Three Women: Touching the Boundaries of Life. Besides writing poetry and fiction, Saba works as an illustrator and graphic designer at Yale University.

Poetry book by Mark Saba ’81