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McAlister, Ulysse on Haiti, Relief and Vodou

Elizabeth McAlister, associate professor of religion, associate professor of American studies, associate professor of African American studies,and Gina Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology, associate professor of African American studies, associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, both focus on Haiti and components of Haitian culture in their studies. In response to the recent earthquake in the island nation, both have been offering insights to the situation.

McAlister comments in The New York Times forum on Haiti; a radio interview for Interfaith Voices; on NPR’s “All Things Considered” Vodou’s role in Haiti, especially in the wake of the earthquake; she also discussed religion’s role in Haiti for CNN and has an OpEd for the cable news network as well she has an explanation of the Haitian artist’s work featured on the cover of the January 25, 2010 issue of The New Yorker; a piece on Pat Robertson’s controversial comments on Haiti and “Satan” in Forbes, and discusses the impact of Voodoo on the culture in the wake of the disaster in The Washington Post.

Ulysse, who was born in Haiti, has this piece for The Huffington Post saying that Haiti will never be the same, and another for NPR that discusses the situation on the ground and what it will be like weeks from now when the national news cycle has moved on to other events.

Basinger on Nancy Meyers’ Films, Characters

In The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, contrasts the films and characters of Nancy Meyers with those of other writer-directors, including Frank Capra. “She makes it easy for the actors and the audience,” Basinger says. “They can slip into their parts and be happy, and we can slip into our seats and be happy.” Meyers is the writer-director of the new film “It’s Complicated.”

Student-Created Prison Education Program Featured

A grant-funded prison education program created by two Wesleyan graduate students, Molly Birnbaum ’09 and Russell Perkins ’09, while they were undergraduates, was profiled in The New York Times. Administered in Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Facility, the program provides Wesleyan-level courses for selected members of the prison’s population. The inmate-participants must meet rigorous entrance requirements.

Yohe: Costs of Climate Change Efforts

Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, is quoted in a New York Times piece on Obama Administration’s assessment of costs versus benefits of climate change action – or inaction. Yohe is also quoted in a USA Today story saying that most economists recognize that humans are to blame for global warming and that inherent risks increase if it is not addressed.

Concourse Design by McCullough ’10 Praised

Angus McCullough ’10, is one of seven finalists in a design competition that re-imagines the Grand Concourse in Bronx, N.Y. The competition, sponsored by the Bronx Museum of Arts and the Design Trust for Public Space, asked participants to envision a revitalization to the Concourse, which is more than 100 years old. McCullough’s design was noted in The New York Times as a concept that “touches on a critical urban subject: the intensifying battle between transparency and privacy in the public realm.” The finalists will be on exhibit in the Bronx Museum of the Arts until Jan. 3. A more extensive feature in the Wesleyan Connection on McCullough’s design can be found here.

Rubenstein on Episcopalians, Vatican Offer

Mary Jane Rubenstein, assistant professor of religion, assistant professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, discusses some of varying attitudes among Episcopalians regarding the Vatican’s recent offer to join the Roman Catholic Church. Episcopalian have been fractured by their church’s recent acceptance of women and gays into leadership positions, with some dioceses reacting by splitting off and forming the Anglican Church of North America.

Villinski Exhibit at Zilkha Gallery Lauded

“Emergency Response Studio” a mobile exhibit constructed in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2006 by Paul Villinski, reviewed recently by The New York Times, is on display outside the Ezra and Cecille Zilkha Gallery until Nov. 8. The exhibit began as a mobile studio that would allow Villinski to create art in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. It became a de facto piece of performance art in itself as Villinski’s built an environmentally friendly mobile living space for the same price as the mobile emergency trailers FEMA provided, and with none of the toxic side effects.

Basinger Talks About ‘Julie and Julia’

Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Cowrin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, Curator, Cinema Archives, discusses the new film Julie and Julia, which is about the life of famed Chef Julia Child and a writer Julie Powell, who decides to try to cook every recipe in Child’s best-selling cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and then blog about her experiences. Among the movie’s producers is Lawrence Mark ’71.