Bruce’s Performance Among Year’s ‘Most Memorable’

A trombone orchestra conducted by Neely Bruce, professor of music, that played in the rotunda of the Guggenheim in New York City, was named one of the year’s 10 Most Memorable Performances by Alex Ross of The New Yorker. There is a video link within the Ross piece that allows readers to hear a portion of the performance. The orchestra, consisting of 80 trombones, played Henry Brandt’s “Orbits” as part of the “Make Music” festival in New York City this summer.

Swinehart on Paul’s ‘Unlikely Allies’

In a review published in The Chicago Tribune, Kirk Swinehart, assistant professor of history, praises Unlikely Allies, the new book by Joel Richard Paul. Swinehart says Paul’s book breaks new ground detailing stories of little-known spies from the American Revolution and yet it also contains the “menacing atmospherics of an Allen Furst novel, and the intellectual verve for which Furst’s spy thrillers are justly admired.”

Foyle on Dodd’s Slipping Position in the Polls

In a recent article in The Hartford Courant, Douglas Foyle, Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government, discussed Connecticut Senator Chistopher Dodd’s sinking popularity, even among liberal Democrats in the state. It is the first time the five-term Democratic Senator has experienced significant disenchantment with his performance among a large percentage of the electorate.

Swinehart on Friend’s “Cheerful Money”

Kirk Swinehart, assistant professor of history, reviews the new book by New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend titled, Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor. Writing for The Chicago Tribune, Swinehart says Friend” has written the memoir of the season–and one for all time. ‘Cheerful Money’ doubles as a bittersweet family portrait and deceptively subtle ethnography.”

Yohe: Indicators Worsening for Warming

In an article in Science, Gary Yohe, the Sysco/Woodhouse Professor of Economics, discusses how the risk factors for global warming and adverse climate change have increased significantly in recent years. The story cites a recent paper for The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) which Yohe co-authored.

Yohe: Costs of Climate Change Efforts

Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, is quoted in a New York Times piece on Obama Administration’s assessment of costs versus benefits of climate change action – or inaction. Yohe is also quoted in a USA Today story saying that most economists recognize that humans are to blame for global warming and that inherent risks increase if it is not addressed.

Roth on Goldhagen’s ‘Worse Than War’

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth reviewed Daniel Goldhagen’s Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the the Ongoing Assault on Humanity recently for The San Francisco Chronicle. In the book, Goldhagen attempts to show that  “that genocide is an extension of the politics of ‘eliminationism,’ which is decisively shaped by political leaders and fueled by profound and widely shared hatred. However, Roth found Goldhagen simple-minded in many of his conclusions and proposed solutions.