In this recurring feature in The Wesleyan Connection, we highlight some of the latest news stories about Wesleyan and our alumni.
Recent Wesleyan News
1. Science Magazine: “India Plans Tricky and Unprecedented Landing Near Moon’s South Pole”
James Greenwood, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, comments on India’s plans to unleash a rover into previously unexplored territory near the moon’s south pole.
2. Newsweek: “Putin Keeps His Foot Firmly Pressed on Europe’s Windpipe”
Matthew Finkel ’18 writes that Moscow will likely be able to leverage its enormous energy exports to project soft power in Eastern Europe for years to come.
3. Electric Lit: “7 Books by Women that We Should Not Forget”
Amy Bloom, the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing, reviews seven exceptional books by women writers.
4. New Haven Register: “New Haven Composer Tyshawn Sorey Named to USA Fellowship”
Assistant Professor of Music Tyshawn Sorey MA ’11 wins a spot in the annual fellowship class of 45 artists and collaboratives across the country, receiving a $50,000 grant.
5. The Wesleyan Argus: “A Body in Fukushima Beautifully Re-Creates a Painful History”
New work from the A Body in Fukushima project by dancer/performer Eiko Otake, Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment, and photographer William Johnston is on view now through Feb. 15 at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan.
6. The Middletown Press: “Wesleyan University Earns Ford Foundation Grants, Which Will Increase Scope of Performance Center”
Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance has been awarded three grants from the Ford Foundation, which will allow it to advance diversity among participants and amplify its impact on the field of performance.
Recent Alumni News
1. Talking Biz News: “WSJ hires Parish as editor of Future of Everything”
Mike Miller, senior editor for features and WSJ Weekend, announced that Stan Parish ’06 joined the WSJ staff as editor of the Future of Everything franchise. “His high journalistic standards, creativity, and mastery of magazine presentation have been instrumental in building FOE into a powerful new Wall Street Journal brand, now also encompassing a successful podcast and a live festival scheduled for May in New York,” Miller said in an announcement.
2. NPR.org: “For One Family, Contract Work Means ‘Feast Or Famine’ As Income Varies”
In this series on the rise of the contract worker, NPR business reporter Jim Zarroli turns to Diana Farrell ’87, president of JPMorgan Chase Institute, which has studied the U.S. workforce, to give context to the numbers.
3. Rolling Stone: MGMT’s Pop Adventure: How Duo Bounced Back 11 Years After Debut;
Andrew VanWyngarden ’05 and Ben Goldwasser ’05, the pair who are MGMT, talk about the making of Little Dark Age, their newest LP.
4. Broadway World: Sarah Burgess’ Kings Begins Previews at the Public Theater, 1/30
Previews began on Tuesday, Jan. 30, for the world premiere of Kings, written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Thomas Kail ’99. The play, scheduled to run through March 25, is billed as “a scathingly funny new play about the people at the heart of our democracy.” Previously, Burgess and Kail collaborated on her award-winning play, Dry Powder.