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Rosenthal Honored by United Way for Community Leadership

Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, was honored with the Community Leadership Award during the Middlesex United Way Annual Meeting on Jan. 28. 

Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, was honored with the Community Leadership Award during the Middlesex United Way Annual Meeting on Jan. 28. Rosenthal was honored for founding Wesleyan’s Service-Learning Center, focused on connecting faculty to the community through coursework, and for his efforts leveraging university resources and expertise to partner with community organizations to meet community needs.

Allbritton Center to Host Series of Panels on the Refugee Crisis

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The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life will host a series of three panels in February and March on the refugee crisis. All events will take place in PAC 001.

The first panel, The Development of the Crisis and the Response in Europe, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 3. Moderated by Professor of Economics Richard Grossman, the panel is comprised of Bruce Masters, the John E. Andrus Professor of History; Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria; and Marcie Patton, professor of politics at Fairfield University.

The second panel, The Refugee Experience, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Moderated by Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, assistant professor of history, assistant professor of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, it will feature discussion between Steve Poellot, legal director at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP); Mohammed Kadalah, of the University of Connecticut Department of Literature, Cultures and Languages, who was recently granted asylum after fleeing Syria in 2011; and Baselieus Zeno, a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and a Syrian refugee.

The final panel, The U.S. Response, Locally and Nationally, will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 31. Moderated by Assistant Professor of Government Ioana Emy Matesan, the panel will include Christina Pope of Welcoming America; Chris George, director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services; and Jen Smyers, director of policy and advocacy at Church World Service. It will also feature a video message from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

For more information, contact Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center, at rrosenthal@wesleyan.edu.

Rosenthal, Brown on Student Activism

On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, and Lois Brown, the Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor, write in The Huffington Post about student activism today compared to the 1960s.

Though Millennials have gotten a reputation as being disengaged with the world, Rosenthal and Brown write, “Numerous events suggest that students today are not abandoning activism but using new forms of activism: replacing confrontation with dialogue, lobbying, and direct service provision and ‘organizing’ locally and globally without ever joining hands. This virtual quality of modern activism may require less commitment and seem less real, less immediate, and more situational. Some even suggest that this contemporary activism diminishes significant personal risk and thus becomes less heroic. One does not have to leave ‘home’ and put it all on the line like the Freedom Riders and Freedom Summer activists did in volatile and unpredictable places.”

In September, Wesleyan will mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer with a series of programs.

Rosenthal is also director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Brown is also professor and chair of African American Studies, director of the Center for African American Studies, professor of English, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies.

Rosenthal to Direct Allbritton Center 2014-17

Rob Rosenthal

Rob Rosenthal

Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, will serve as Director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life for a three-year term, beginning July 2014.

Rosenthal has a distinguished history of initiating programs to integrate public life into the Wesleyan curriculum: He was the founding director of the Center for Service Learning, founding co-director the Center for Community Partnerships, and as Provost he instituted the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and developed new programming within the Allbritton Center including the year-long “music in public life” initiative.

Rosenthal served as provost from 2010-2013 and oversaw Wesleyan’s reaccreditation process. Immediately before becoming provost, he served as vice-chair then chair of the faculty. He has served as chair of the Sociology Department and been elected to the Advisory Committee and the Educational Policy Committee. His numerous awards include Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching; the “Leadership in Community Service” award from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education; a Fulbright teaching grant to teach at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece; the Distinguished Service award from The Connection; and he was co-winner of the Association of Humanist Sociology’s 1994-1995 book award for Homeless in Paradise.

In Rosenthal’s most recent project, he collected and co-edited musician and activist Pete Seeger’s private writings; the book, Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, was published in 2012 to much accolade. Rosenthal is also author of Playing for Change: Music in the Service of Social Movements (with Dick Flacks); Homeless in Paradise: A Map of the Terrain; and more than 20 articles and essays.  He is also a producer, musician, and musical researcher on three recordings: Seattle 1919, Reagonomics Blues, and We Won’t Move: Songs of the Tenants’ Movement.

Rosenthal, Tatge Speakers on WNPR’s “Where We Live”

On Aug. 31, “Where We Live,” a program on WNPR public radio, featured two segments about music at Wesleyan.

Rob Rosenthal, provost, vice-president of academic affairs and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, and his son Sam Rosenthal, a writer and musician in New York City, discussed a new collection of Pete Seeger’s personal writings that they co-edited. The book is Pete Seeger: In His Own Words (Paradigm Publishers).

They described the experience of combing through decades of Seeger’s writings in the folk singer’s Beacon, NY home while he hovered nearby. “He would drop in from time to time to see if we had dug up anything interesting, or to tell us a story,” Sam Rosenthal recalls.

“[Seeger] wanted a complete picture. We say in the book, he said to us at the beginning, ‘Don’t make me a saint, I’m not a saint,'” says Rob Rosenthal. He later adds that Seeger “had no problem with us using anything we wanted” to include in the book.

Later in the show, Pam Tatge, director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, discussed MiddletownRemix, a project that’s part of the yearlong exploration of Music & Public Life at Wesleyan. The project invites all members of the Wesleyan and Middletown communities to explore, share and remix the sounds of Middletown throughout the year. It uses location-based cell phone technology, a database, and a web application allowing individuals to record and store sounds and images of Middletown and position them in a digital map.

The result, Tatge says, will be “a tour of the acoustic identity of Middletown.”

“We want to break down the conventional barriers between audience and composer, and democratize what it means to make music… This way, we really try to elevate the artist and the composer in everyone,” she explains.

More information on MiddletownRemix is available here.

The interview with Rob and Sam Rosenthal can be heard here.
The interview with Pam Tatge is available here.

Rosenthal’s Book Featured on the Colbert Report

Legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger appeared on The Colbert Report to talk about a new collection of his private writings, selected and edited by Rob Rosenthal, provost, vice president of academic affairs and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, and his son, Sam Rosenthal. The book is Pete Seeger: In His Own Words. Seeger also performed a song, “Quite Early Morning,” on the show.

Rosenthal is Co-Editor of New Pete Seeger Book

Book co-edited by Rob Rosenthal.

Rob Rosenthal, provost, vice-president for academic affairs, and the John E. Andrus professor of sociology, is the co-editor of a new book, together with his son, Sam Rosenthal.

The book, Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, is a collection of the legendary folk singer’s private writings—including letters, notes to himself, published articles, rough drafts, stories and poetry—spanning most of the 20th century and into the 21st. Seeger has never published an autobiography, but these documents provide the most detailed picture available of him as a musician, an activist and a family man. From letters to his mother written as a 13-year-old, desiring his first banjo, to speculations on the future, this book covers the passions and struggles of a lifetime—the pre-WWII labor movement, the Communist Party, the blacklist, the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam War protests, travels around the world, cleaning up the Hudson River and more.

The book was published by Paradigm Publishers in June 2012.

Rosenthal Reads from his New Book on Pete Seeger in NYC

Sam Rosenthal, Rob Rosenthal and Pete Seeger.

Wesleyan Provost Rob Rosenthal and his son, Sam Rosenthal, presented a reading with rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famer Pete Seeger July 18 at Bryant Park in New York City. They are mentioned in this July 19 The New Yorker story. According to The New Yorker, “Rosenthal spoke … briefly, about collecting Seeger’s words. He said that over and over, he found letters to Seeger saying, ‘I’m in the middle of my own political struggle and what has kept me going is your music.'” The letters were “From people all over the world,” Rosenthal said.

Rob and Sam Rosenthal are the co-editors of the book, Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, published in June 2012. Seeger signed copies of his book at the event.

In addition, Seeger will be on Colbert Nation Aug. 6 discussing the book.

In Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, Seeger shares a wide array of sources letters, notes to himself, published articles, rough drafts, stories, and poetry creating the most intimate picture yet available of Seeger as a musician, an activist, and a family man in his own words and from his own perspective. From letters to his mother written when he was a 13-year-old desiring his first banjo to speculations on the future, this book covers the passions, personalities, and experiences of a lifetime of struggle including the pre-WWII labor movement, the Communist Party, Woody Guthrie, the blacklist, the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King, the struggle against the war in Vietnam, Bob Dylan, travels around the world, cleaning up the Hudson River, Granny D, Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton, and countless uncelebrated activists with whom Seeger has worked and sung. The portrait that emerges is not a saint, not a martyr, but a flesh-and-blood man, struggling to understand his gift, his time, and his place.

Rob Rosenthal also is the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and vice president for Academic Affairs. He is an expert on music and social movements.

Rosenthal Appointed Provost, V.P. of Academic Affairs

Rob Rosenthal (photo by Bill Burkhart)

Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs. It is a position Rosenthal held on an interim basis since the summer.

Rosenthal has responsibility for matters relating to the recruitment and promotion of the faculty, the content of the curriculum, continuing studies, athletics and the library. He also is responsible for meeting budget targets for faculty compensation and for academic departments and programs.

In the few months that he has held this position on an interim basis, Rosenthal, says Wesleyan President Michael Roth, “has quickly assumed a leadership role in the development of Wesleyan as an ‘engaged university,’ and he has articulated

Rosenthal Appointed Interim Provost, VP of Academic Affairs

Rob Rosenthal

Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, will serve as interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the 2010/2011 academic year. 

Rosenthal brings to this position experience gained as chair of the faculty, as director of the Service Learning Center, and as a celebrated scholar-teacher.

Rosenthal’s appointment is effective July 1.