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Student-Run School, Clinic in Kenya Highlighted

The Kibera School for Girls and The Johanna Justin Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera were featured on Channel 3 News. The story discusses the facilities created by a small group of Wesleyan students their organization Shining Hope for Communities. The school was built last year and the clinic will go up this summer. Shining Hope for Communities has received more than $100,000 in grants and awards this year alone.

Shining Hope for Communities and the Kibera School for Girls were founded and created by Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09; they were joined by Leah Lucid ’10 and Arielle Tolman ’10 in their efforts to create the Johnna Justin Jinich Memorial Clinic. Robert Rosenthal, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, serves as the president of their board of directors. More information can be found at www.hopetoshine.org.

Hickenlooper ’74 Returns as Commencement Speaker

Bill Husted ’70, writes in The Denver Post about Denver Mayor and current Colorado candidate for governor, John Hickenlooper ’74, who will give the Commencement address at Wesleyan on Sunday, May 23. Hickenlooper briefly discusses his time as a student at Wesleyan, which spanned nine years, and gives a few hits about his speech.

Wesleyan Press Book Wins L.A. Times Award

Practical Water by poet Brenda Hillman was awarded a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. The theme of the collection is water, including “Taoist water, baptismal water, water from the muses’ fountains, the practical waters of hydrology from which we draw our being—and the stilled water in a glass in a Senate chamber.”

The competition’s judges state that Practical Water is Hillman’s “finest book,” in which “she creates an urgent new poetry for our moment.”

‘Bearing Witness’ Opens at Zilkha Gallery

Daniel Heyman’s one man show, “Bearing Witness: Stories from the Front Lines,” opens on Fri., April 23, at the Ezra and Cecile Gallery, with an artist talk at 5 p.m.. A story by Fox61 and CTNow highlights the exhibition of Heyman’s haunting portraits of Iraqis who have suffered torture and abuse at various detention facilities. Heyman, a Guggenheim fellow, teaches at Princeton University and Rhode Island School of Design.

Students Raise Awareness of Clean Energy

Wesleyan students are camping on Foss Hill to promote clean energy.

Student activists involved in Students for a Just and Stable Future were featured in an April 18 Middletown Press article titled “Wesleyan students raising awareness of clean energy, camping outside a week.”

The students want state leaders to work toward requiring that all electricity in the state comes from renewable sources such as solar or wind power by 2020. They are “rejecting the dirty electricity of their dorm rooms and are instead camping on Foss Hill.”

“What we want is that anytime you are in your house in Connecticut and you turn on a switch, all that electricity is coming from clean sources,” said Dan Levine ’11 in the article. “We’re making the statement that there are people in Connecticut who really care about clean energy.”

About a dozen students are sleeping outdoors in tents, which were mostly borrowed from Wesleyan’s Outing Club.

Wesleyan Featured For Email Partnership with Google

In a recent piece for NPR’s “All Things Considered” Wesleyan is profiled for it’s strategic shift to Google’s gmail for student accounts. The story quotes Karen Warren, director of user and technical services, who discusses the intent behind the change-over to this  “cloud computing” strategy. Nicholas Marshall ’10 is also quoted.

Green Street Arts Center A ‘Hidden Gem’

WFSB-3, Hartford’s CBS affiliate, recently profiled the after school programming at Green Street Arts Center, Wesleyan’s community arts initiative that provides classes, mentoring, and extensive arts instruction of all sorts to youths in the community.

Dupuy: Haiti Must Create Food Independence

In a report on NPR’s MarketPlace, Alex Dupuy, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor of Sociology, comments on a United Nations plan to raise and distribute $4 billion of relief funds for Haiti. Dupuy has criticized the Haitian government in the past for settling into a culture of aid instead of trying to build sustainable infrastructure and industry from within. In the report, Dupuy supports the U.N.’s plan to decentralize economic activity, but with caveats that extend to the garment industry and food production.

Roth on Richard Reeves ‘Daring Young Men’

In The San Francisco Chronicle, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth reviews Daring Young Men: The Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949, a new book by Richard Reeves. The book details one of the seminal moments of the early Cold War chess match between The United States and The Soviet Union as Stalin sought to starve the Western sectors of Berlin into submission. The U.S. responded with an improbable plan to fly into Berlin everything the city’s residents needed to survive. Roth states: “Today, when the United States struggles with two wars only grudgingly supported by some of its citizens, Reeves’ account is a welcome reminder of the importance of a military willing to take risks to preserve freedom. ‘Daring Young Men’ brings to life a moment when altruism, guts and know-how inspired our country and saved a city.”

Dupuy: Aid to Haiti Absolves State of Responsibilities

Alex Dupuy, Class of 1958 Distinguish Professor of Sociology, discusses for CNN the ‘vicious cycle’ that has gripped Haiti: the country’s dependency on foreign and charitable aid has become so pronounced over the years that it has restrained the Haitian government from facing up to long-term solutions to basic problems. Because so much of the Haitian economy – and in a post-disaster situation, the current rebuilding – is shaped by foreign and NGO aid-driven agendas, educated Haitianoften decide to leave the county for better economic conditions rather than to work for the government or Haitian-owned and based businesses.

Dupuy has been invited by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to a conference on March 24 at their Paris headquarters titled: “Refonder le tissue social, culturel, et intellectuel d’Haiti” (Rebuilding the Social, Cultural, and Intellectual Fabric of Haiti). The conference is a preparation for another conference between the Haitian government and their major international aid donors that will be held a week later in New York City.