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Roth OpEd: Liberal Education Is Freedom

In an OpEd for The New York Times, President Roth discusses the recent calls to further specialize education and narrow what we teach students from K-12 and on to college at the exclusion of the liberal arts, especially the humanities. Roth says this drive to turn students into “human capital” is not a new and in fact the esteemed 19th Century educational philosopher John Dewey argued against the very same calls, saying in part “that learning in the process of living is the deepest form of freedom.”

Khan ’12, of Brighter Dawns, Attends White House Event

Tasmiha Khan ’12, founder of Brighter Dawns, a charitable organization committed to improving health in the slums of Bangladesh, was invited to the White House to participate in a forum to discuss the important role that faith-based social innovators play in expanding opportunity and addressing social issues. Khan, who was selected by DoSomething.org as one of 11 Young Women To Look Out For, founded Brighter Dawns in the fall of 2010 after working on a health and hygiene project in Bangladesh with the World Peace & Cultural Foundation that summer. Back on campus, she convinced other students to join her in addressing the concerns she’d observed.

The White House event, arranged by the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, in coordination with the Office of Public Engagement, brought together leading faith-based social innovators from around the country.

The afternoon offered briefings, panels, and small-and-large group discussions to explore the ways that these faith-based organizations are creating entrepreneurial ventures. They offer innovative models to create positive change in our economy, and they frequently serve at-risk communities.

“I was able to meet with senior officials such as Mr. Jonathan Greenblatt [executive director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation] and Mr. Joshua DuBois [executive director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships] and had an exclusive opportunity to present our work,” Khan says. “Of course, Wesleyan was mentioned—how could it not? It was a phenomenal event.”

Khan and members of the Brighter Dawns team are planning to return to Bangladesh later this summer.

Video Feature on Bruce Corwin ’62, Hon ’87

In the video below, Bruce Corwin ’62 Hon ’87 talks about his life, his career in the Motion Picture Exhibition Business, and his second career in philanthropy. Bruce founded the group “Alumni On Campus,” to help address the social and educational issues that plague Los Angeles High School.

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Barsotti ’12 Signs Pro Baseball Contract

Michael Barsotti ’12, signed a contract to pitch for the minor league Joliet Slammers of the independent Frontier League. Barsotti, a government major, is Wesleyan’s all time strike-out leader. In his first appearance for Joliet he threw a scoreless inning in relief and did not allow a batter to reach base. More on Barsotti can be found here.

An Evening with Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14

On April 12, Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14, producer and star of “VEEP,” sat down with President Michael Roth ’78 and nearly 300 Wesleyan students, alumni, and parents at The Times Center in New York City for a premiere screening and conversation about her new HBO show. A video of the event is below:

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Video Feature on Wesleyan Students Addressing Global Issues

Rachel Levenson ’12, saw a need for an elevated, intellectual based conversation on how to evaluate programs, scale up effective programs, and allocate funds in a way that will have the biggest positive impact. Levenson designed The Forum For International Development to create a space at Wesleyan for that discussion so people could learn from each other as well as from speakers that Wesleyan Students brought in from all over the country.

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Khan ’12 is a “Young Woman to Look Out For”

In honor of International Women’s Day, DoSomething.org named Tasmiha Khan ’12 one of the “11 Young Women to Look Out For.”

Through the organization Brighter Dawns, Khan raises awareness about the water-related illnesses in Bangladesh and builds wells, latrines and shower rooms in an effort to combat sanitary ignorance and the inability to access safe sanitation.

With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. for teens and social change.

The story is online here.

Wesleyan Alumni Join Roth, Bays ’97, Thomas ’97 for Talk in L.A.

Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, co-creators of the television comedy, “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), sat down with President Michael Roth ’78 and nearly 200 Wesleyan alumni at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, Calif. on Jan. 12. What followed was all Wes!

In addition to the video below, you can view photos taken during the event in this online Wesleyan Flickr gallery.

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View 11 other videos featuring Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are in the links below:
Part 1  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl504Uh8HFc
Part 2  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdT0tXGBm-c
Part 3  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV4cP6l8JW0
Part 4  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7lRQdgQpaw
Part 5  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZDE5wh4Gh0
Part 6  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYuM6f8Xvv8
Part 7  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NKbOp7VsPU
Part 8  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRStEZRnGs
Part 9 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjyJtQW-JAA
Part 10 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qx_xlU1-IU
Part 11 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruClNDnST4E
Part 12 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI3tzxU2mi4

ENVS Class Makes Scientific, Artistic Inquiry of Gulf Oil Spill

Last summer, Wesleyan students journeyed to the Louisiana Gulf Coast as part of their College of the Environment class, ENVS 380, a scientific and artistic inquiry into the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The class was led by Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program.

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Wesleyan Co-Sponsors Inaugural New Years Eve Event in Middletown

The City of Middletown hosted its first Middnight On Main New Year’s Celebration on Dec. 31. The event, which was co-sponsored by Wesleyan, drew more than 10,000 midnight revelers of all ages from the Middletown community and surrounding region. Food, fun, live performance art, and fireworks created bright memories for all. The event also included a jazz piano performance by Wesleyan’s Jazz Ensemble coach Noah Baerman and a performance by SteveSongs’ Steve Roslonek ’93. Middnight on Main is featured in the video below: