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Wesleyan in the News

Several Wesleyan faculty and alumni have appeared in national media outlets recently. They include:

March 23
The Island Now – Earth Matters – A Brief History of Long Island Sound. Mentions that in 1892, 23 students at Wesleyan came down with typhoid, with four deaths, from eating contaminated oysters.

Morning Star via PR Newswire – College Consensus Publishes Aggregate Ranking of the 100 Best Colleges & Universities for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

Sugarcane Magazine – Incarcerated Poets Laureate: Recognizing Unseen Creators in Florida. Mentions that through his nonprofit, O, Miami, P. Scott Cunningham ’00 builds community through literature.

March 24
Market Screener – Lyndsey Layton ’86, a longtime editor and reporter at The Washington Post, will be the new deputy editor for policy for The New York Times Climate desk.

Patch – Reads Together: All Black Kids’ Author. Mentions that president emerita of Spelman College Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, Hon’15, P’04 led a conversation on “Race and Racism.”

Associated Press – Fulcrum Therapeutics Appoints Dunn as President of Research and Development. Features Judith A. Dunn PhD ’98.

Hamlet Hub – Conversations: “Truth, Myth and Democracy” at Ridgefield (CT) Library. Mentions that Western Connecticut State University psychology professor Daniel Barrett ’86 will moderate the discussion.

PR Web – The Top 100 Stanford MBA Alumni In Finance & Investing. Mentions Wesleyan’s Chief Investment Officer Anne Martin.

The Middletown Press – Wesleyan student named Middletown Newman Civic Fellow. Features Emily McEvoy ’22.

March 25
90.5 WCBE via NPR – The Chauvin Trial Isn’t Technically About Race – But Jury Selection For It Has Been. Quotes Sonali Chakravarti, associate professor of government, “who has studied the role of race in jury selection.”

Profit Quotes – Lacuna Technologies Adds New Board of Directors. Mentions Rashida Richardson ’08, who “brings over a decade of experience as a lawyer, researcher, and advocate specializing in race, emerging technologies and the law to the Lacuna Board of Directors.”

Street Insider – Gran Tierra news. Mentions Sondra Scott ’88, COO of Verisk Financial, who “has more than 25 years of experience as an energy and risk analytics business leader.”

Street Insider – Vertiv Holdings Co. news. Mentions Jacob Kotzubei ’91, who was selected to serve on the Vertiv Holdings Board “due to his experience in executive management oversight, private equity, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional matters.”

DNYUZ – Poem: Note to Black Women in America. Features a poem by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers whose latest collection, “The Age of Phillis,” was published by Wesleyan University Press.

Market Screener – IMV Inc. Appoints Kuvalanka to Board of Directors. Mentions that Kyle Kuvalanka ’90 serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Goldfinch Bio, a kidney precision medicines company.

March 26
The Middletown Press – Middlesex United Way: Workplace campaigns create a lasting impact on communities. Mentions that Wesleyan “increased its overall campaign by $4,000 compared to last year.”

March 27
Washington Post – What Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd means for America. Quotes Sonali Chakravarti, associate professor of government.

Variety – NAACP Image Awards 2021: The Complete Televised Winners List. Mentions “The Age of Phillis” by Honorée Jeffers (Wesleyan University Press) is the winner of the Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry category.

March 28
Cornell Sun – S.A. Debates Ethics of University Partnership With Chinese Universities and ICE. Mentions that Wesleyan has established itself as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Reality Times – Can’t Sleep? Why Your House Might Be To Blame And What You Can Do About It. Mentions a study at Wesleyan “found that subjects who sniffed lavender oil for two minutes at three, 10-minute intervals before bedtime increased their amount of deep sleep and felt more vigorous in the morning.”

CPTV – Diana Martinez ’07, assistant director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, was featured on the CUTLINE series as a facilitator for “Democracy and Community with UConn Democracy & Dialogues Initiative.” (Martinez begins speaking at 24:14.)

March 29
Associated Press – McDonald’s Names Desiree Ralls-Morrison as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Features Desiree Ralls-Morrison ’88, P’21, who earned a “bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Wesleyan.”

News Times – Middletown’s two first – and only – female mayors broke much ground. Quotes Former Middletown Mayor Domenique Thornton: “We have a wonderful, vibrant downtown community, especially with [Wesleyan University] and the (Connecticut) river. You have cultural diversity in theater, the hearts, and a central location. This is a hidden gem.”

Independent Mail – Catherine Coleman Flowers is always in ‘good trouble.’ It’s a blessing for rural America. Features Catherine Coleman Flowers, who will receive an honorary degree from Wesleyan during the 2021 Commencement.

Shoot – Director Haymon Joins O Positive For Commercials. Features Miranda Haymon ’16, visiting instructor of theater.

Business Insider – One of America’s Richest Black People is Hiding in Plain Sight. Features Herriot Tabuteau ’89 (subscription needed).

March 30
Celebrity Mirror – 5 Facts About Producer Grillo, She Was David O. Russell’s Wife And Baby Mama. Features Janet Grillo ’80 who “graduated with a magna cum laude and special honors in theater from Wesleyan.”

Street Insider – Western New England Bancorp news. Mentions executive director John Bonini ’90, “who assumed the position of General Counsel on January 1, 2021.”

Street Insider – INX Limited news. Mentions David Weild ’78, the founder, chairman and CEO of Weild & Co., Inc.

View other recent Wesleyan in the News stories here.

Stamford Advocate – Middletown’s Community Health Center to receive $16.2 million in COVID relief. Mentions the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Wesleyan.

Talking Biz News – Politico reporter Maldonado set to depart. Features Samantha Maldonado ’13, energy and environment reporter at Politico, who Maldonado has a “BA in sociology and creative writing from Wesleyan University.”

March 31
The Day – History Matters: The day the music died. Mentions Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, “who is an American music scholar and one of the founders of the New England Sacred Harp Convention.”

Journal Now – Wake Forest football notebook: Mentions Ben Thaw ’20, who was promoted to graduate assistant after spending the fall of 2020 as a recruiting intern for the Deacons.

Street Insider – Helix Acquisition Corp news. Mentions John Schmid ’85, who “currently serves as a member of the board of directors of AnaptysBio, Inc., Neos Therapeutics, Inc., Poseida Therapeutics, Inc., Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Forge Therapeutics, Inc., all pharmaceutical companies, and as the chairman of the board of directors of Speak, Inc., a speakers bureau, which he helped found in 1989.”

Insider – 56 celebrities you probably forgot guest-starred on ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ Mentions Wesleyan.

Rochester Business Journal – Clark Patterson Lee news. Mentions that Susannah Betts ’15 has been hired as a marketing coordinator and has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wesleyan.

Street Insider – Oaktree Acquisition Corp. Mentions John Frank ’78, P’12, who “holds a BA degree with honors in history from Wesleyan” and “is a Trustee of Wesleyan University.”

Tumblehome – Upcoming Tumbleocity Programs. Mentions that Ellen Prager ’84 will speak to children on April 7 about adventures in Ilulissat, Greenland.

April 1
Artforum – A History of Violence. Mentions “Little Poems in Prose” translated by Keith Waldrop and published by Wesleyan University Press.

Eyewitness News 3 WFSB New Britain – Colleges preparing to offer vaccines to students. Mentions that the Community Health Center Inc. will be hosting a two-day walk-up clinic for Wesleyan University students later this month.

Fox 61 – Wesleyan University planning to offer COVID-19 vaccines on all-campus students. Mentions the Wesleyan Argus and Dean Rick Culliton.

Darien Times – Wesleyan University students enjoy spring break safely on Middletown campus. Mentions that Wesleyan University students welcomed a two-day study hiatus during spring break, March 23-24. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students remained in Middletown during the recess.

PR Newsire – College Consensus Publishes Aggregate Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

April 2
Stamford Advocate – Wesleyan University Professor Talks Ocean Exploration in Vox Podcast. Features Suzanne OConnell, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Patch – Fishers in Connecticut: A Zoom Talk at Canton Library. Features Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn ’79, who will lead a discussion on April 28.

Street Insider – Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. news. Mentions Michael Kishbauch ’71, P’07 who has a “BA in biology from Wesleyan University.”

April 3
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Arthur Kopit, three-time Tony-nominated playwright, dies. Features Arthur Kopit P’05, who taught at Wesleyan.

San Mateo Daily Journal – San Mateo announces new city attorney. Features Prasanna Rasiah ’94, who “graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Wesleyan University.”

April 5
The Middletown Press – Chamber On the Move. Mentions that Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 will deliver the keynote address for the Annual Business & Education Partnership and Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentor Program Recognition Luncheon on April 27.

The Nation – Among the Rank and File: Nikolai Gogol in the twilight of empire. Mentions that “in a new collection of Gogol’s short stories, translated by Susanne Fusso, a professor of Russian studies at Wesleyan University, readers are reintroduced to the familiar cast of characters-identified by their rank, of course-that populate many of the Ukrainian author’s most celebrated works, including The Nose and The Overcoat.”

MSN – See What Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Sons Look Like All Grown Up. Features Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hall P’14 and Henry Hall ’14, whose band, “Grand Cousin, got their start when Henry was still a student at Wesleyan University.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer – New film office prize goes to a screenwriter who rediscovered herself in Philly. Mentions Matthew Frishkoff ’21, “a Wesleyan University senior,” who won a $500 prize for best student script.

Raw Story – How the media got hoodwinked by Republican talking points. Features an op-ed by John Stoehr, a former visiting assistant professor of public policy.

The Middletown Press – Danbury vaccination clinic reaches 1,000 shots per day as area COVID cases continue to climb. Mentions that Middletown’s Community Health Center plans to hold clinics with Wesleyan University before students return home at the end of the semester.

April 6
Street Insider – Invitation Homes Inc. news. Mentions John Rhea ’87.

Street Insider – CSG Systems International news. Mentions Frank V. Sica ’73.

Herald Chronicle – Chegg hires Sony Executive Lauren Glotzer as new Chief Strategy Officer. Features Lauren Glotzer ’94.

Hartford Courant – Hartford coffee shop Story and Soil expanding into Middletown. Story and Soil is expanding to a second location inside Wesleyan RJ Julia Booksellers in Middletown.

Press Telegram – Ontario-raised poet John Murillo receives Claremont’s $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award. Features John Murillo, assistant professor of English, who was named the 2021 winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award for his recent collection Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry.

View all recent Wesleyan in the News stories here.

Wesleyan in the News

Several Wesleyan faculty and alumni have appeared in national media outlets recently. They include:

March 10
EIN Presswire – AcademicInfluence.com Announces the Top-Ranked Private Graduate Schools in the U.S. for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

March 11
The Middletown Press – Wesleyan University: COVID tests essential for return to in-person learning. Focuses on Wesleyan employees’ efforts in creating the COVID-19 testing site.

Market Screener – Safari Energy Reaches 500th Commercial Solar Project. Mentions that Safari Energy’s first project was a small, three-kilowatt (kW) solar system installed at Wesleyan and how “that project was quickly expanded with the addition of a 92 kW rooftop solar system and a 111 kW solar parking canopy system at the university.”

Market Screener – Langham Hospitality Investments: Re-election of Retiring Directors. Mentions that economics major Ceajer Keung Chan ’79 has been an independent non-executive director of the company since August 2018.

The New London Day, via Yahoo News – Students adapt as pandemic continues to affect higher learning. Mentions Yalissa Rodriguez ’23, “a 19-year-old sophomore at Wesleyan University studying neuroscience.”

March 12
American Theatre – Old Globe Names 2021 Classical Directing Fellows. Mentions Edward Torres, assistant professor of the practice in theater.

American Theatre – Where the Year Went: A Look Back, and Forward. Features Katie Pearl, assistant professor of theater.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education – Three Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Yale University. Mentions Tavia Nyong’o ’95.

Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo – Watching the incarnations go by: “Being Ram Dass.” Mentions James Lytton ’69 (Rameshwar Das) and Wesleyan.

AZ Central/USA Today – 30 years of designing award-winning images, this former Creative Director launches her 2nd career as a fine art painter. Features artist, art director, and graphic designer Amy Feil Phillips ’81.

Stamford Advocate – Intelligent.com Announces Best Colleges In Connecticut for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

March 13
The New York Times – Enjoy a Book Tour in Your Living Room. Mentions author Kaitlyn Greenidge ’04.

Middletown Press – Acclaimed Poet and Memoirist Chosen as Wesleyan’s Graduation Speaker. Features Wesleyan.

CT Post – Vaccinated students still need to be tested. Mentions that Wesleyan reported three new cases of COVID-19 this past week.

All Events In – Art History from Home: Stories from the Collection. Mentions Josh Lubin-Levy ’06, visiting instructor in curatorial practice in performance.

March 14
The List – Net Worth: The Hamilton Star Makes More Than You Think. Features Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15.

Daily Republic – Mystery author virtual guest of Solano County Library. Features Edwin Hill ’93.

March 15
Newsfeeds Media – In the Heights Drops Two Trailers Plus New Photos. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15, and Wesleyan.

Worcester Business Journal – Movers & Shakers. Mentions retired investment professional Cynthia Strauss ’76 and Wesleyan.

March 16
Boston Review – Derek Chauvin and the Myth of the Impartial Juror. Op-ed by Associate Professor of Government Sonali Chakravarti.

PressFrom – Bill Belichick opened up the wallet, but will it work? Mentions Bill Belichick ’75, P’07, Hon.’15 and Wesleyan.

Middletown Police Department via Facebook – Thanks Wesleyan’s Office of Public Safety for raising over $430 for a local family displaced by a fire.

March 17
Middletown Press – Middletown Pride fest to kick off Pride Month with a virtual parade. Wesleyan is a sponsor.

Market Screener – Flywire Launches eStore. Wesleyan uses Flywire to improve process efficiencies and reduce financial risk. Quotes Controller Valerie Nye.

Vox – How an ill-fated undersea adventure in the 1960s changed the way scientists see the Earth. Features geologist Suzanne OConnell, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Digital Music News – Audiomack Hires “Heems” Suri To Oversee South Asian Expansion. Mentions that Audiomack appointed Himanshu Suri ’07 to the newly created position of director of marketing and South Asian music strategy.

Roswell Park — Subspecialists Take On New Leadership Roles with Roswell Park Pathology Team. Mentions Dr. Gregory Freund ’83 and Wesleyan.

PBS NewsHour – In ‘Grief and Grievance,’ Black artists explore aspects of loss in contemporary life. Quotes Glenn Ligon ’82.

Vanity Fair – The Angelification of Girls: Winx Club as a neo-liberal-catholic project. Mentions Ellen Nerenberg, Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, professor of Italian (article appears in Italian)

March 18
Street Insider – Form 10-K SQZ Biotechnologies. Features bio on Amy Schulman ’82, P’11.

Connecticut Patch — Obituary for Ann M. Wightman, 70, of Middletown. Mentions the Ann Wightman Scholarship Fund, Wesleyan University. Whitman was a professor of history, emerita.

Screen Rant – How I Met Your Mother: 5 Times The Show Was Sex Positive (& 5 It Wasn’t). Mentions the characters attended Wesleyan.

Smithsonian Magazine – How Film Helps Preserve the World’s Diversity. Mentions filmmaker Ákos Östör, professor of anthropology, emeritus.

The Good Men Project – We Can’t Fight Climate Change Without Valuing Nature: Healthy Ecosystems Essential to Meeting Paris Agreement. Mentions Wesleyan University economist Gary Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Emeritus.

Street Insider – Form 424B4 Olo Inc. Mentions Warren Smith Jr. ’78, who “is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University and is a former member of Wesleyan’s Investment Committee.”

March 19
Baltimore Sun – Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley to present Patriots coach Bill Belichick ’75, P’07, Hon.’15 with keys to the city next month.

The New York Times – Excellence Runs in the Family. Her Novel’s Heroine Wants Something Else. Features Kaitlyn Greenidge ’04 and Kirsten Greenidge ’96.

March 21
Yahoo! news via The Los Angeles Times – Op-Ed: Forgiveness in an Age of Cancel Culture by Michael Roth ’78.

The New York Times – Greg Steltenpohl, Pioneer in Plant-Based Drinks, Dies at 66. Quotes Chris “Kiff” Gallagher ’91, a longtime friend who also worked with Mr. Steltenpohl.

Street Insider – Design Therapeutics news. Mentions John Schmid ’85.

Street Insider – Oaktree Acquisition Corp. news. Mentions Trustee John Frank ’78, P’12.

March 22
The List – What You Don’t Know about Lin-Manuel Miranda [’02, Hon.’15].

The Hollywood Reporter – NAACP Image Awards. Mentions the winner of  Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry The Age of Phillis – Honorée Jeffers published by Wesleyan University Press.

March 23
Street Insider – Frontier Group Holdings news. Mentions Howard Diamond ’89.

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Feb. 23
Forbes – How To Become Rich Without Selling Your Soul. Quotes Alok Appadurai ’00, founder and CEO of UpliftMillions.com.

Feb. 24
E! News – Don’t Throw Away Your Shot to Learn More About Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Love Story. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15.

The Middletown Press – Veterans Corner: Learn the history of the Greater Middletown Military Museum. Mentions agreement with Wesleyan University, which provides interns to help preserve and document the museum’s collection.

Closer – Barbara Stanwyck’s Triumph Over Tragedy: How She Survived a Lifetime of Pain to Become a Star. Quotes Jeanine Basinger.

Feb. 25
Yardbarker – Eric Mangini Talks NFL Career Start with Cleveland Browns. Mention’s Eric Mangini ’94, Bill Belichick ’75, Hon. ’05, and Wesleyan University.

Stamford Advocate – Middletown offering mobile COVID vaccination for homebound residents. Mentions Wesleyan’s mandatory COVID-19 testing.

The Daily News, Maine – Maine’s top federal prosecutor is resigning. Mentions Halsey Frank ’80 and Wesleyan.

Chicago Tribune – How did ‘Drivers License’ become the song of 2021? Quotes Jeanine Basinger.

Tribune Publishing – John Carroll swimmers enjoy season, despite its shortness. Mentions Delaney Hopkins ’25 who “is headed to Wesleyan University, a D-3 school in Middletown, Conn. Hopkins will swim and hopes to study neuroscience and biology.”

The Trentonian – Basketball rallies. Mentions Kennedy Jardine ’25, “who is headed to Wesleyan University.”

Feb. 26
Connecticut Magazine – For former industrial towns, building the future means rebuilding downtown. Mentions Mayor of Middletown Ben Florsheim ’14.

Connecticut Magazine –  What’s next for CT’s struggling downtowns? Middletown’s Main Street may show the path forward. Written by Dan Haar ’81, mentions Wesleyan.

ConnecticutPlus.com – HCC Archive Joins Top Colleges in Connecticut’s Archive Online. Mentions that “prestigious Connecticut colleges,” such as Wesleyan University, contributing material to Connecticut’s Archive Online (CAO).

Feb. 27
The List – Who Is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Attorney Wife, Vanessa Nadal? Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and Wesleyan.

Feb. 28
The New York Times – In Quest for Herd Immunity, Giant Vaccination Sites Proliferate. Quotes Mark Masselli Hon. ’09, P’15, ’16, the president and chief executive of Community Health Center.

History News Network – George Shultz: The Last Progressive. Written by Professor of History Ron Schatz.

March 1
The Chronicle of Higher Education – The Review: The Nightmare of History. Mentions Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78.

MSN via NBC Connecticut – Lin-Manuel Miranda Continues to Inspire Creativity, Confidence at His Alma Mater Wesleyan University. Features Brianna Johnson ’24, Hamilton Prize recipient and mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02. Hon. ’15, Tommy Kail ’99.

NBC Connecticut –  A Look Back at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Start Here in Conn. Mentions Brianna Johnson ’24; Jack Carr, professor of theater emeritus; and Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. 15.

Forbes – Many of the nation’s leading private colleges and universities originated as religious institutions affiliated with a specific denomination within the broad Christian tradition. Mentions Wesleyan.

The Washington Post – Why can’t a company unleash irrepressible undergraduates as campus guides? Mentions Elizabeth Irvin ’23, a 20-year-old student of anthropology and film at Wesleyan University.

March 2
Boston Globe – The Milton Public Library is hosting a virtual art exhibit featuring the paintings of artist and alumna Elizabeth Lazeren, a Cape Cod resident whose work focuses on images of the sea. The artist, who trained at Wesleyan University and Hartford Art School, draws on memory, experience, and imagination.

March 3
Bloomberg Law – Gibson Dunn Names First Woman Chair in 131st Year After Founding. Mentions Barbara Becker ’85

Also, Financialmarket.com – Gibson Dunn Elects New York M&A Lawyer Barbara Becker [’85] as Chair and Managing Partner.

March 4
Boston Globe – This doctor stepped up to bridge the gap as the pandemic ravaged this small city. Feature on Dr. Beata Nelken ’94.

March 5
Newsbrig – TickTok collector reunites families with old videos. Mentions Jono Marcus ’88.

Also, USA News Hub — TikTok Helps Return Long Lost VHS Tape Featuring a Man’s Vacation From 30 Years Ago. Mentions Jono Marcus ’88.

88.5 WYSU – Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series features a performance by composer Tyshawn Sorey, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellow, on April 14.

Street Insider – Michael Vorhaus ’79 agreed to serve as a member of Altimar Acquisition Corp.’s board of directors.

TMCnet News – State Street Elects Julio Portalatin and John Rhea to Its Board of Directors. Mentions that John Rhea ’87 is a trustee of Wesleyan.

March 6
Eurasia Review – Small Volcanic Lakes Tapping Giant Underground Reservoirs. Mentions that six Wesleyan undergraduate/graduate students and their advisor set out to measure CO2 fluxes.

March 7
The Berkshire Edge – The Wonder in the Wander: Work by emerging artists sought for new exhibition. Features Jake Levin ’06, who studied art and art history at Wesleyan.

March 8
East County Today – Contra Costa County’s Beth Hernandez Named Woman of the Year. Mentions Beth Hernandez P’17 and Wesleyan.

University of San Diego – USD Math Department Receives $4.5 Million Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. Mentions Daniel Licata and Wesleyan.

VT Digger – John Killacky: Art performs life on the 10th anniversary of Fukushima disaster. Mentions Eiko Otake, Bill Johnston, and Wesleyan.

Touchdown Wire via MSN – The future of offensive football. Mentions that if Wesleyan was “running [verticals] back in the late 90s, it works.”

Wesleyan in the News

NewsSeveral Wesleyan faculty and alumni have been featured in national media outlets recently. They include:

The Conversation — “Trump’s acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’: partisanship overriding principles” by Professor Emeritus John Finn.

Democratic Underground — “I’ve Studied Terrorism for Over 40 Years. Let’s Talk About What Comes Next” by Professor Emerita Martha Crenshaw.

Thrive Global — “Being kind to yourself is one of the most important qualities you can develop for success.” Mentions Happier Inc. founder Nataly Kogan ’98.

All About Jazz — Guillermo E. Brown: Freedom Of Music, mentions Wesleyan University and Guillermo Brown ’98.

News 8 WTNH — Mass vaccinations kicking off in Middletown. Mentions Community Health Center opening up a vaccine clinic at Wesleyan University.

Knox.edu — Knox College welcomes its 20th President, C. Andrew McGadney ’92.

Stamford Advocate — Netflix Global CMO Bozoma Saint John ’99 is the headlining keynote speaker for Activate Live, an annual growth marketing conference, taking place virtually on April 7.

Business Insider via GlobeNewswire — Texas Capital Bank announced two additional executive leadership appointments. Mentions new Chief Risk Officer Tim Storms ’81, P’10.

The Hartford Courant — Kristina Wong: “Sweatshop Overlord” preview at the Center for the Arts.

The New York Amsterdam News — “I am 400” banners commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the first Africans arriving in America and the spirit of the Black American experience. Mentions Wesleyan University.

The Middletown Press — “If conditions are favorable, Middletown school board to reexamine sending older students back.” Quotes parent and Professor Sarah Wiliarty.

MSN — “Colleges that graduate the most celebrities.” Mentions (on slide 28 and 29) Michael Bay ’86, Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon ’15; and Amanda Palmer ’98.

Hartford Business Journal — 2021 Power 50. Mentions Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget director Melissa McCaw ’01.

EHS Daily Advisor — “Faces of EHS: Crystal Turner-Moffatt Leads from Center Stage as the Safety Diva.” Mentions Crystal Turner-Moffatt ’85.

The Hartford Courant — “As vaccination across Connecticut intensifies, health experts look to Black churches in a growing effort to control COVID-19.” Mentions retired Wesleyan custodian Ida Bruch.

Publishing Perspectives — PEN America Literary Awards have announced the 2021 Finalists. Mentions Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Rae Armantrout/Wesleyan University Press and Professor John Murillo.

San Francisco Classical Voice — How the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians Shaped Jazz in the Bay Area. Mentions Anthony Braxton.

New Haven Register — Rock On! Learn about the New Haven landscape. Mentions visiting scholar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan Peter LeTourneau.

Wesleyan in the News

Several Wesleyan faculty and alumni have been featured in national media outlets recently. They include:

NewsThe New York Times—Life on Venus? The Picture Gets Cloudier; quotes Martha Gilmore

The New York TimesRobert L. Herbert [’51], 91, Dies; Saw Impressionism With a Fresh Eye

Transport Topics News—Democrat Ron Bloom ’77, P’24 Named Postal Board Chair Amid Calls to Fire Louis DeJoy

Stamford Advocate—Democrats: Impeachment Trial an Obligation ‘Whatever the Verdict’; quotes Justin Peck

Hartford Courant—E.J. Dionne: Does Bipartisanship Matter More Than Helping Kids?; features Michael Bennet ’87

Wesleyan in the News

NewsSeveral Wesleyan faculty and alumni have been featured in national media outlets recently. They include:

The New York TimesChristina Crosby, 67, Dies; Feminist Scholar Wrote of Becoming Disabled

NBC News—Biden Picks Jessica Rosenworcel [’93] as Acting FCC Chief

NBC Think—Trump’s ‘1776 Commission’ Tried to Rewrite U.S. History. Biden Had Other Ideas.; by Robyn Autry

Inside Higher Ed—Everything Won’t Be Different; by Michael Roth ’78

NPR’s Short Wave—Let’s Go Back to Venus!; features Martha Gilmore

MyRecordJournal.com—WRESTLING: Paint It, Black! Wesleyan Coach Drew Black of Cheshire Tabbed for National Hall of Fame

The New York Times Magazine—Poem: Variation on a Theme by Elizabeth Bishop; poem by John Murillo (PDF attached)

Thrive Global—What We Learned From Teaching a “Living a Good Life” Course During the Pandemic; by Steven Horst, Stephen Angle, and Tushar Irani

The Washington Post—Germany Looks Ahead to Life Without Merkel. But the Leadership Race is Leaving Voters Cold.; quotes Sarah Wiliarty

Forbes—Meet Joe Biden’s Science Team; Narda Jones ’91 will serve as Biden’s Office of Science and Technology Policy legislative affairs director

EXBulletin—Starting From the First Take, She’s Leading New Developments for ESPN Podcasts in 2021; Kimberley Martin ’03

The Bitter SouthernerMarion Brown’s [MA ’76] Musical Portrait of Georgia

Patch—America’s Coach Declares Distance Running is About to Boom; features Jeff Galloway ’67

The Atlantic—What the Chaos in Hospitals is Doing to Doctors; features Joseph Fins ’82, MD

The Wall Street Journal—Covid is Reshaping Death. And Maybe Life.; by Katy Butler ’71

Washingtonian—Meet Our 2020 Washingtonians of the Year; includes Alan Miller ’76

The Middletown Press—Have You Heard ‘Little Dark Age’ on TikTok? Did You Know the Band Behind It Has Ties to Connecticut?; features MGMT (Ben Goldwasser ’05 and Andrew VanWyngarden ’05)

Gilmore Featured in Venus Documentary

Martha-Gilmore

Marty Gilmore, George I. Seney Professor of Geology and professor of earth and environmental sciences, is featured in a suite of films exploring the past and possible future of the planet Venus, often called Earth’s “sister” or “twin” planet.

Martha Gilmore, George I. Seney Professor of Geology and professor of earth and environmental sciences, is prominently featured in a recently released suite of five documentary films about the history, science, exploration, and possible settlement of the planet Venus.

In the films, Gilmore, who is co-coordinator of planetary science at Wesleyan, along with other experts in a range of fields, help to illuminate and elucidate the fascinating history and possible future of the second planet from the sun, commonly known as Earth’s “sister planet.” The suite of films was produced by filmmaker and space exploration advocate Dave Brody P ’24. The main feature, “Venus: Death of a Planet,” the special feature, “Cloud Cities of Venus,” and the three short films of the “Exploring Venus Series,” can be viewed online through early September, and on the MagellanTV (broadly available through various streaming platforms).

In February, two spacecraft mission concepts co-developed by Gilmore to study Venus received second-round backing from NASA’s Discovery Program. Both concepts, which were awarded $3 million each, would assess whether Venus was ever a habitable planet by examining its landscape, rocks, and atmosphere.

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan in the News

1. The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Beware the Doyens of Disruption”

In this op-ed, President Michael Roth ’78 responds to predictions that COVID-19 is going to “change everything” in higher education with a reminder that “the desire of bright young people from all over the world for an on-campus education remains strong.” He writes, “It’s because the connectivity among people and practices that takes place in person intensifies the learning experience.”

2. HxA Podcast: “Michael Roth, Safe Enough Spaces”

President Michael Roth ’78 is interviewed on the Heterodox Academy’s podcast about his book, Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses. Heterodox Academy recently chose Safe Enough Spaces as the subject of its first ever book club. Roth was also recently interviewed on “The Way We Live Now,” a podcast from Dani Shapiro P ’22.

3. The Wall Street Journal: “Noted: Class of 2020”

The Wall Street Journal featured remarks by Caroline Bhupathi ’20 delivered at Wesleyan’s virtual commencement ceremony on May 24.

4. TLS: “Respect New Haven”

Assistant Professor of English Hirsh Sawhney reflects on the past, present, and politics of New Haven as he takes long, rambling walks through his city with his dog Pinky, a tiny chihuahua-dachshund mix.

5. PIX11: “College Students Create Program Connecting Young People with Senior Citizens in COVID-19 Isolation”

Marysol Castro ’96 features “Support a Pal,” a program created by Walker Brandt ’22 and Lars Delin ’22 to form connections between college students and elderly people in order to combat social isolation during the pandemic.

5. NJ.com: “‘A Smile Never Left His Face’: Steve Pikiell’s Forgotten Season Leading a Division-3 Underdog, 20 Years Before Rutgers”

Wesleyan alumni recall Steve Pikiell’s brief but memorable time as head coach of Wesleyan’s basketball team, long before he became head coach of Rutgers’ men’s basketball team. “I needed a guy like that in my life when he came along,” said Josh Schaer ’96, one of the senior captains on the team. “He had this infectious energy about basketball. He made me love the game again. He was just able to give us a boost. He lived up to expectations. He was a breath of fresh air. A smile never left his face. He loved where he was and he loved what he was doing.”

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1. CNN: “How Coronavirus Has Reshaped Democratic Plans for 2020”

This article on how Democrats are politicizing the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis features research by the Wesleyan Media Project, which found that this past month has seen a huge drop in campaign advertising overall. “The messaging and the attacks that we’ve seen on [coronavirus] do feel louder … in part because there are fewer messages overall,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, associate professor of government, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. She notes that health care was emerging as a top issue in 2020 advertising for Democrats even before the pandemic began, so “it’s not surprising that Democrats appear poised to focus on the pandemic and the Trump administration’s response to it as part of their larger strategy to hit Trump and Republicans on health care.”

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  1. Inside Higher Ed: “Contagious Civic Engagement”

In this essay, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 calls for a “virtuous contagion” to stimulate voting and other forms of civic engagement among young people, and writes about how this can still be possible at a time of social distancing. “The best way to attack cynicism, apathy or voter suppression is through authentic civic engagement between elections,” he writes. “One of the great things about this kind of engagement is that it is contagious. As we replicate efforts to bring people into the political process, we create habits of engagement and participation. Concern for the public sphere—like a virus—can spread. Usually this happens through face-to-face interaction, but now we must turn to virtual tools—notorious in recent years for being deployed to misinform or stir hatred—to strengthen networks for democracy.”

2. WSHU Public Radio’s “Off the Path from New York to Boston”: “Be(a)man”

Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies Jesse Nasta ’07 is interviewed for this NPR podcast, which examines the histories behind sites from New York to Boston. He discusses the Beman family, who founded the Beman Triangle neighborhood of freed African American slaves, as well as Middletown’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. “There’s so much amnesia around New England slavery,” said Nasta. “But the other part of it is how [the Bemans] emerged from enslavement by the 1800s, built free communities, built free churches, forged the Underground Railroad. And if you think about it, the church that they founded is still going strong two centuries later.”

3. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: “Celebrating Women in the Academy”

Associate Professor of Chemistry Erika Taylor, who serves as faculty director of the McNair Program, is honored as one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education. The profile notes: “Her research group has included over 75 students to date, spanning high schoolers to Ph.D. students, with women and other underrepresented students comprising more than three-quarters of her lab members. In addition to her research, she has been a passionate advocate for diversity, lending time and energy to provide opportunities in science for female, minority and low-income students. Taylor was awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching for her passion and dedication to supporting the academic and personal development of all of her students. Her track record of mentoring diverse students culminated in being named Wesleyan University’s McNair Program faculty director in 2018. Beyond Wesleyan, she founded and continues to run a Girls in Science camp for elementary through middle school aged girls, which highlights the diversity of women that exists in science and raises funds to enable nearly half of the students to participate tuition free.”

4. Associated Press: “Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime? Echoes of ’30s in Viral Crisis?”

Richard Grossman, professor and chair of economics, spoke to the AP for an article comparing the current economic crisis, sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Great Depression of the 1930s.“There are more levers now for the government,” he said. “There’s a lot now that the government can do that it wouldn’t even have thought of doing in the 1930s.” One example is a rarely used 1950s-era level that Trump invoked last week, the Defense Production Act, which empowers the government to marshal private industry to accelerate production of key supplies in the name of national security.

5. The New Yorker: “Breaking Transmission: The Fight Against the Coronavirus Offers a Strategy for Cutting Carbon”

Citizen Outlaw, a book by Charles Barber, writer-in-residence in Letters, was cited in this article on interrupting cycles to solve serious problems as diverse as gang violence, the coronavirus, and climate change. “Jumping in at exactly the right time makes all the difference,” explains Barber, who has written extensively on mental-health and criminal-justice issues. He cites studies showing that, otherwise, a single death can lead to a cascade of violence. In an Illinois study, for instance, “a single incident . . . was linked through the victim’s social networks to 469 separate violent incidents.”

6. The Hartford Courant: “Learning from Home and Learning from School Have a Lot in Common”

In this op-ed, Associate Professor of Psychology Steve Stemler offers advice to parents who are now responsible for educating their children at home due to COVID-19-related school shutdowns. Drawing on his research on the purpose of school, he writes: “Many school districts are providing families with some form of online curriculum that includes instruction on all the academic subjects covered in schools. But, as educators know, schools strive to develop not just strong readers and mathematicians but also humans who are emotionally resilient and socially capable, who will contribute to the world as good citizens. Parents may have more to teach their children than they think.”

7. The New York Review of Books: “Pandemic Journal: Michael S. Roth, Middletown, Connecticut

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 wrote a first-person account of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the University. He said, “Wesleyan is a residential school, one with a strong sense of engaged and community-based learning. Now, faculty are giving seminars and singing lessons at a distance, but we all know that the fabric of liberal education here comes from mutual entanglement.”

Alumni in the News

1. NPR: “David Biello: A Journey Into Uncharted Territory

In this experimental episode of TED Radio Hour, TED Science Curator David Biello ’95 takes listeners to uncharted places, such as outer space, the deep ocean, and our own brains.

2. Rolling Stone: “‘Blow the Man Down’: A Maine Noir with Money, Murder and Matriarchy

The debut feature film from Bridget Savage Cole ’05 and Danielle Krudy ’07, now streaming on Amazon, is reviewed. The New England noir’s review is favorable: “Blow the Man Down winds its way around the notion that behind every small town’s facade is a whole mess of secrets.”

3. Jazz Journal: “Chris Dingman: Embrace

Chris Dingman ’02 was interviewed about his latest album, Embrace. Embrace received a good review in the article. The album was referred to as “a beautifully warm ensemble sound, and the publicity cites influences from West African traditions and South Indian music, which Dingman has studied.”

4. Cord Cutters News: “Apple’s First Original Movie ‘The Banker’ Is Now Available to Stream

AppleTV+ released its first major movie, The Banker, starring Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Joel Viertel ’97. The article says, “The strong acting seems to be enough to carry the film – it got a 100% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.”

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1. USA Today: “America Has a History of Lynching, but it’s Not a Federal Crime. The House Just Voted to Change That”

Benjamin Waite Professor of the English Language Ashraf Rushdy is interviewed on the topic of legislation that would make lynching a federal crime. In the interview he called lynching “the original hate crime.” “Lynching is a blot on the history of America,” he said. “But it’s never too late to do the right thing.”

2. The New York Times: “Starbucks Baristas Accuse Service Company of Abuse and Pay Gaps”

Associate Professor of Sociology Jonathan Cutler is interviewed about transgender issues in labor organizations as immigrant, transgender, and black baristas face discrimination at airport Starbucks. “Organized labor often lives or dies by its ability to tap into broader social movements,” he said. “In this case, you’re seeing the most public effort to organize around transgender issues.”

3. The Washington Post: “Does Money Even Matter? And Other Questions You May Have About Bloomberg’s Half-Billion-Dollar Failed Candidacy”

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1. The Open Mind: “Democratizing the Jury”

Associate Professor of Government Sonali Chakravarti is interviewed in connection with her new book, Radical Enfranchisement in the Jury Room and Public Life, in which she offers a “full-throated defense of juries as a democratic institution.” “I am very interested in how ordinary people engage with political institutions, and juries are the place where ordinary people have the most power,” she says. Chakravarti calls for more robust civic education, continuing into adulthood, in order to have a “more effective, modern jury system.”

2. Hartford Courant: “Sen. Murphy, Aiming to Expand Pell Grant Eligibility for Incarcerated Students, Hears from Inmates at York Correctional Institution”

Senator Chris Murphy, who is the co-sponsor of a bill to expand the federal Pell grant program for college students to include inmates, met with 11 inmates who have participated in educational programs at York Correctional Institution through the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education and other college-in-prison programs.“What’s important about the REAL Act is that college affordability should be accessible to all students regardless of where they are,” said CPE program manager Allie Cislo. “It’s one thing rhetorically to commit to reentry,” she said, but resources like educational programs “can make or break it for people.”

3. American Theatre: “Digging for New Roots”

This article on “climate change theatre” features Ocean Filibuster, a play by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl through her theater company, PearlDamour. Commenting on the play’s premise, in which a new Senate bill proposes sentencing the world’s oceans to death and the ocean stands to speak in its own defense, Pearl said, “We thought, well, what if the ocean finally got fed up with taking all of our crap, and started talking and didn’t stop until we actually shut up and listened?” American Theatre, a leading publication in the theater industry, writes: “Ocean Filibuster recalibrates the human experience by reminding us of the comparatively small scale and depth of our own existence.”