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.”
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.”
President Michael S. Roth was interviewed for an article in Inside Higher Ed on liberal arts schools entering the world of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. Wesleyan was the first liberal arts school to offer MOOCs, in a partnership with the company Coursera, and Roth says he hopes the experience will offer new insights on how people learn, allow professors to improve their courses on campus, and help spread the Wesleyan academic experience to a much wider audience around the world.
Mitch Smith from Inside Higher Ed discussed Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research with the book’s author Laura Stark, assistant professor of science in society, assistant professor of sociology, assistant professor of environmental studies. The discussion included, among other things, Stark’s observations on the mystery surrounding IRBs (Institutional Review Boards) to how she got access to information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and some of the more interesting details she discovered during her research.
In an opinion piece forInside Higher Ed, Laura Stark, assistant professor of sociology, assistant professor of science in society, discusses how recent and pending college graduates are deeply affected by the current machinations over health care in Congress, but have been curiously silent as a group, especially compared with their overwhelming involvement in the election last year. Stark’s students Suzanna Hirsch ’10, Samantha Hodges ’11, Gianna Palmer ’10, and Kim Segall ’10, contributed to the piece.
In a recentInside Higher Education article, Claire Potter, chair and professor of American studies, professor of history, director of the Center for the Americas, comments at length about academic inquiry into LGBT struggles going back before Stonewall and into the near future.
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
Claire Potter, chair and professor of American studies, professor of history, was cited in Inside Higher Ed on the debate among academics of the so-called “Obama Effect” on education, and particularly test-taking among African American students. Researchers from Vanderbilt University recently released a study stating that the test-taking performance gap was virtually eliminated during key moments of President Obama’s candidacy, showing the effect of positive role models. Professor Potter had another view articulated in an essay on her blog and Inside Higher Ed took note (it is the last item in the round-up here).