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Basinger on Kathryn Bigelow and The Oscars

Chair and Corwin Fuller Professor of Film Studies Jeanine Basinger comments in The Philadelphia Inquirer about “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow, who received a Directors Guild of America award for her work on the film, and who has been nominated for an Oscar. Basinger not only discusses how rare it is for a woman to be nominated in this category, but how the director’s job has become a decidedly male domain since sound was added to motion pictures.

Yohe: Climate Conference A New Starting Point

In a piece posted by ABC News, Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, is quoted in the wake of the December Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Why many in the news media were quick to characterize the conference as a “failure” the article contends that it may be decades before its affects – positive or negative – are truly known. Yohe says the conference created ‘new diplomatic territory’ and has produced an iterative process that will require frequent adjustment and more discussion from all countries involved.

Wesleyan Hosts Unigo-Wall Street Journal Webcast

Jordan Goldman '04 Unigo founder and CEO moderated a recent 90-minute question and answer session with admission officers from around the country.

Wesleyan Student Michael Pernick '10 introduced a recent 90-minute question and answer session with chief admission officers from around the country.

Imagine being a college-bound high school student and getting the chance to sit down for a 90-minute question and answer session with a chief admission officer from one of the best colleges in the nation. Now multiply the opportunities of that session times seven and you have a sense of what a recent webcast hosted by Wesleyan offered to students across the nation.

The Dec. 2 webcast from the Daniels Family Commons in the Usdan Center was produced by Unigo and The Wall Street Journal through their new partnership, “WSJ on Campus,” and featured candid, live conversations with seven chief admissions officers: Seth Allen, Grinnell College; Roby Blust, Marquette University; Eric J. Furda, University of Pennsylvania; Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, Wesleyan University; Richard L. Nesbitt, Director of Admissions, Williams College; Janet Lavin Rapelye, Princeton University; Jenny Rickard, Bryn Mawr College; and Beth A. Wiser, University of Vermont.

Moderated by Unigo founder and CEO Jordan Goldman ’04, the panel

Yohe on the Costs of Climate Change

In a recent issue of Newsweek, Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco professor of economics, discusses the potential costs of climate change, and the long-term risks of not acting to stem the effects of man-made contributions to the problem.

Bruce’s Performance Among Year’s ‘Most Memorable’

A trombone orchestra conducted by Neely Bruce, professor of music, that played in the rotunda of the Guggenheim in New York City, was named one of the year’s 10 Most Memorable Performances by Alex Ross of The New Yorker. There is a video link within the Ross piece that allows readers to hear a portion of the performance. The orchestra, consisting of 80 trombones, played Henry Brandt’s “Orbits” as part of the “Make Music” festival in New York City this summer.

Whedon ’87 Honored by Producer’s Guild of America

The Producer’s Guild of America has announced that the 2010 Vanguard Award will go to Joss Whedon ’87. Whedon, the producer of the TV shows “Dollhouse,” “Firefly,” “Angel,” and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as the Internet sensation “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog,” is also a renowned director and screenwriter. The award is presented for “achievements in new media and technology.” Whedon will receive the award at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 24, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Previous Vanguard Award recipients include George Lucas, James Cameron, John Lasseter, MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe and president and co-founder Tom Anderson, and YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Will Wright.

Benjamin ’93 on Searching for “Whitopia”

Rich Benjamin ’93 talks about his new book, Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, in Time. Benjamin discusses how “Whitopias” in America threaten to create a form of racial Balkanization within the country.