McCann: Artistic Inspiration in Economic Crisis

Sean McCann, professor or English, director, Center for Career Development, has an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal discussing the artistic bounty generated during the Great Depression in literature and film that hinged on issues of class differences and thwarted social mobility. McCann wonders if the current economic conditions will yield a similar outpouring from authors and film-makers.

Grossman On a Turning Point in Economic History

In a Reuters article, Richard Grossman, chair and professor of economics, discusses at length the declaration of bankruptcy of the 150 year-old Lehman Brothers Holding Inc., and why that event marked a major turning point in American economic history.

MacLean on ‘Ending Jane Crow’ at Russell House 2-12

The 22nd Annual Diane Weiss `80 Memorial Lecture will feature Nancy MacLean, chair of history, professor of African American Studies, Northwestern University, presenting “Ending Jane Crow: How Women’s Workplace Activism in the 1970s Changed the Country,” on Thursday, February 12, at Russell House 8 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. For more information, contact Jennifer Tucker, chair and associate professor, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at 860-685-5389.

William Manchester’s Life Celebrated on 2-5

“William Manchester: Portrait of a Writer” will be presented at the Smith Reading Room of the Olin Memorial Library on Feb. 5 beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsored by The Friends of the Wesleyan Library, the free presentation will include a talk at 7 p.m. by Leith Johnson, project archivist for Wesleyan’s William Manchester Papers, and Jenny Miglus, archival assistant for the William Manchester Papers, on Manchester’s writing process and career. Clare Potter, professor of history and American studies, director of the Center for the Americas and chair of the American Studies Program, gives a presentation at 8 p.m. that will include Manchester’s contributions as a scholar, discussion of his book The Death of a President, and an examination of historians’ responsibilities to the public. There will also be a brief reception between the talks. More information is available here.

She will provide an overview on Manchester’s achievements as a scholais part of a celebration that includes an exhibition of many of Manchester’s archival documents