Lauren Rubenstein

Associate Manager of Media & Public Relations at Wesleyan University

Basinger Honored in Variety’s “Women’s Impact Report 2012”

Jeanine Basinger

Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, chair of film studies, was honored in Variety magazine’s special feature edition, “Women’s Impact Report 2012. In the profile, Basinger discusses her typical work week; the often-underestimated number of hours that college professors dedicate to their jobs; her secret to work-life balance; and why she doesn’t carry a cell phone.

She says, “My worklife and my personal life are very highly integrated. Students I’ve taught have now become my friends and are a part of my life. I don’t have a problem juggling two lives, my life is coherent and it’s only one life. In a sense I’m always working and I’m never working.”

Also, in late September, Basinger’s review of Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews, a new biography of the actor, was published in The Wall Street JournalBasinger considers why Andrews, who had a long career as a leading man in film, has been relegated to a “second tier” of actors, seldom listed among the legendary male stars of the studio system.

Jenkins’ Op-Ed Published in Jakarta Post

In an op-ed published Oct. 18 in The Jakarta Post, Ronald Jenkins, professor of theater, writes about a disturbing new documentary in which “gangsters” responsible for mass murders in Indonesia from 1965-66 reenact their crimes as they remember them. “This enables audiences to witness the deaths, not as they happened, but as they are remembered by the killers,” he writes.

The documentary, “The Act of Killing” by Joshua Oppenheimer, “reveals the links between the human capacity for self-delusion and cinema’s ability to reedit the past into comforting fantasy,” writes Jenkins.

Rutland’s Op-Ed Focuses on E.U.’s Nobel Peace Prize

On Oct. 17, Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, professor of Russian and Eastern European studies, had an op-ed published in The Moscow Times exploring whether the European Union deserves the recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

“Europe is certainly a more peaceful place today than at any time in its past, but does the E.U. deserve all the credit for this? Defenders of the committee’s decision argue that the E.U. has ended the centuries-old proclivity of European states to invade each other. It’s true that most of Europe has enjoyed six decades without war. But it was the Cold War, not the Brussels bureaucracy, that created and maintained the peace in Europe,” Rutland writes.

He goes on to argue that positive achievements in the E.U. must be balanced against the union’s failures in dealing with the bloody conflict in Yugoslavia during the late 1990s, and secessionist conflicts in Moldova, Azerbaijan and Georgia. He concludes, “The granting of the prize to the EU may be good politics, but it is bad history.”

China, American Election Roundtable to Include Fowler as Panelist

Erika Franklin Fowler is co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project.

Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, will be a panelist at a roundtable discussion at Yale University on Monday, Oct. 29. The subject is China and the American Election. Fowler will be joined by James Fallows of The Atlantic, Stephen Roach of the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and the Yale University School of Management, and Jeremy Wu of the Committee of 100, and former senior advisor to the U.S. Census Bureau. As China’s rapid development, and Sino-American relations continue to be featured in the media during the current U.S. election season, the panelists will offer their perspectives to help situate campaign appeals in the context of American attitudes toward China; Chinese perceptions of the United States; complex economic motivations; and larger campaign dynamics and electoral considerations.

The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 101 (Henry R. Luce Hall), 34 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, Conn. It is free and open to the public. RSVP to eastasian.studies@yale.edu by Oct. 26.

Charry Author of Hip Hop Africa

Book edited by Eric Charry.

Book edited by Eric Charry.

Professor of Music Eric Charry is the editor of a new book, Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World, published Oct. 23 by Indiana University Press. The book is part of the African Expressive Culture series.

Hip Hop Africa explores a new generation of Africans who are not only consumers of global musical currents, but also active and creative participants. Charry and an international group of contributors look carefully at youth culture and the explosion of hip hop in Africa; the embrace of other contemporary genres, including reggae, raga and gospel music; and the continued vitality of drumming. Covering Senegal, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa, this volume offers unique perspectives on the presence and development of hip hop and other music in Africa and their place in global music culture.

Charry is also the author of Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Western Africa, published by University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Documenting Delusion in Indonesia

In an op-ed published in The Jakarta Post, Ronald Jenkins, professor of theater, writes about a disturbing new documentary in which “gangsters” responsible for mass murders in 1965-66 reenact their crimes as they remember them. This film, Jenkins writes, “reveals the links between the human capacity for self-delusion and cinema’s ability to reedit the past into comforting fantasy.”

Local Donors Step Up to Save College Prep Program

The Hartford Courant has published a feature story about Wesleyan’s Student College Success Program, which helps prepare students who are the first generation in their families to apply to college. The program, formerly known as Upward Bound, lost its federal funding this year for the first time in 45 years, but AT&T and other local businesses and organizations have donated money to run a program offering many of the same services.

The announcement was also covered in The Middletown Press and Middletown Patch.

Puzzled by the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Writing for The Moscow TimesPeter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, professor of Russian and Eastern European studies, explores whether the European Union deserves the recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Study Suggests Sun Provides Water to the Moon

James Greenwood, research associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and interim faculty director of the McNair Program, spoke to Earth Magazine about new evidence that the lunar surface is rich with water, and that much of that water comes from the sun. Researchers from the University of Tennessee were able to determine that the sun is the source of lunar water by showing that there is no deuterium, a heavier isotope of hydrogen, in the water. Greenwood says that deuterium values as low as the ones found are “only consistent with solar wind implantation,” though he points out that there are still other reservoirs of water on the moon.

Basinger Featured in 2012 Women’s Impact Report

Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, Chair of Film Studies, was profiled in Variety magazine’s special feature edition, “Women’s Impact Report 2012.” In the profile, Basinger discusses her typical work work; the often-underestimated number of hours that college professors dedicate to their jobs; her secrets to work-life balance; and why she doesn’t carry a cell phone.

Obama Still Dominates Advertising in Key States

Despite early predictions that Republicans would dominate the airwaves this election cycle, the latest Wesleyan Media Project study found Obama holding an advertising advantage in 14 of 15 top markets in key swing states. Las Vegas was the only exception, in which pro-Romney ads outnumbered pro-Obama ads.

The study, which also contained analysis of overall ad volume, negativity, and ad spending in Congressional and Senate races, was covered by a number of major news outlets. These included NPR’s All Things Considered, The New York Times, Politico, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, ABC News, The Guardian, and USA Today, among others.

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Libor must be scrapped–not fixed

In an interview with Law360, Professor of Economics Richard Grossman said recently proposed reforms to the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) following a rigging scandal are insufficient to prevent  future tampering with the rate. Instead, he says, Libor should be scrapped and replaced with a new, market-based rate to prevent cheating.

Read more here.