Study Refutes Eating Disorders Affect ‘Whites Only’

BusinessWeek cites a study published in The Journal of Eating Disorders led by Ruth Striegel-Moore, professor of the social sciences, Walter A. Crowell Professor of the Social Sciences, that refutes assertions of eating disorders affect only girls and women from white populations. The study, which focused on Native Americans, found no significant disparity between the percentages of eating disorders in that population and whites.

“This commonality between Native American and white women refutes the myth that eating disorders are problems that only affect white girls and women,” Striegel-Moore said.

Roth on ‘All Things Shining’ by Dreyfus and Kelly

In The New York Times, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth reviews All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly. The authors argue that humankind’s pursuit of monotheism or other unifying principles that attempt to explain the world we often lose our way, but great books can offer a way to reconnect us. Roth writes that All Things Shining offers “a fascinating read and deserves an audience far beyond the borders of academia. Even if you don’t agree that we are caught in an age of nihilistic indecision, if you attune yourself to the authors’ energetic intelligence and deep engagement with key texts in the West, you will have much to be grateful for.”

Jenkins Brings The ‘Inferno’ Behind Prison Walls

A recent piece in The New York Times details how Ronald Jenkins, professor of theater, and some of his students, are teaching Dante’s Inferno to inmates at both men’s and women’s prisons in Connecticut and New York. “In ‘Inferno,’ Dante tells the story of a journey through hell, from a dark place to the light,” Dr. Jenkins, 58, said. “Everyone who reads it can identify with it, but the inmates can identify in a more powerful way, because they’ve gone through hell more than the rest of us. In our classes, they aren’t identifying with the sinners; they identify with Dante.”

Yohe, Monson ’11, Wei ’12 on Carbon Conference

A New York Times report discusses the recent Carbon Pricing Conference held at Wesleyan, citing Gary Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental studies, and interviewing to attendees, William Monson ’11 and David Wei ’12. They discusses some of the difficulties regarding addressing environmental issues in a fractured economy and a lack of an immediate sense of urgency in general for a problem that many people still see as distant, if not abstract.

Basinger Discusses the Career of Blake Edwards

In a recent issue of The Los Angeles Times, Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, discusses the career and style of late film director Blake Edwards. Edwards was known for “The Pink Panther” films, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Victor/Victoria,” and “10,” among others.

Foyle, Fowler on 2010 Election Ads and Beyond

On a recent episode of WNPR’s “Where We Live” Douglas Foyle, the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government, and Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government and director of The Wesleyan Media Project discussed political advertisements and the effect of the ‘Citizens United’ case. Issues surrounding negative ads in particular received a significant amount of the discussion.

Ulysse’s Performance Project About Haiti Lauded

In two separate pieces in The Huffington Post, a performance piece titled “Because God is too Busy: Haiti, Me and The World” by Gina Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology, associate professor of African American studies, associate professor of feminist gender and sexuality studies, was recommended as a moving, evocative piece about the societal and emotional turmoil that have enveloped Haiti since the country’s dramatic inception right up to the present day.