Prison Education Program Gains Approval

Inside Higher Education has a report on the recently-approved Wesleyan Center for Prison Education program, which will begin this fall and has grant funding for the next two years. The program will feature Wesleyan faculty and students teaching inmates at the Cheshire Correctional Institute, which is a maximum security prison here in Connecticut. Cathy Lechowicz, director of community service and volunteerism and one of the program’s advisers, is quoted in the article

Pinch on McChrystal’s Asceticism and Martial Spirit

In a New York Times piece examining some of General McChrystal’s more austere habits, William Pinch,  professor of history, discusses from a martial perspective McChrystal’s habits of sleeping little, eating one meal a day, working out to exhaustion and yet maintaining the energy and focus to run the Afghanistan campaign. Pinch says such methods of “self-denial as…a cultivation of power” are consistent with the warrior ethos of the past.

Rutland: Russia-Japan Island Conflict Remains

Writing a piece for The Moscow Times, Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, points out how Japan and Russia are strengthening economic ties, moving forward on a variety of partnerships, and in general acting like long-standing allies. Yet one thorny territorial issue remains that has precluded the countries from signing a peace treaty with each other dating back to the end of World War II.

Science-Film Course Student Documentary Premiered

Students in the multidisciplinary course “Making the Science Documentary” spent the semester learning film production and the framework of science documentaries. The students decided to focus on the nursing profession as their main subject. One of the films made in the course was premiered at the 2009 Nightengale Awards for Excellence, an annual nursing awards banquet in Connecticut. The course is a collaboration between Jacob Bricca, adjunct assistant professor of film studies and Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Price on Black Nationalism Today

Melanye Price, assistant professor of government, was a featured guest speaker for the University of Nevada’s College of Liberal Arts on April 23. She was broadcast on 88.9 KNPR Nevada Public Radio.

In a lecture titled “Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African-American Public Opinion,” Price spoke about ways African-Americans have come to understand Black Nationalism, an ideology important to the Black Power movement of the 1960s.