In this article on the TODAY website, Director of the CCP Cathy Lechowicz describes the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project.
The Hartford Courant describes a recent “surprise” grant to Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, one of five distributed to arts organizations nationwide in recognition of their adaptability and innovation.
Fifty years after his uncle John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Ted Kennedy writes in a Hartford Courant essay that JFK’s legacy was one of fairness and service to others.
ESPN’s Rick Reilly profiles Amanda Belichick ’07, who is following in the footsteps of her dad, Bill Belichick ’75. She’s the new interim lacrosse coach at Wesleyan.
Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk’s new book, American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance, was a recommended read in the Chicago Tribune’s “Thanksgivukkah” holiday book round-up.
“The book opens with the 1660 hanging of Mary Dyer, who was executed for being a Quaker. Gottschalk chronicles America’s lapses in religious tolerance — shameful periods that deprived followers of a number of faiths — and concludes with a chapter that impels Americans to do better. ‘Living up to one’s own ideals is always a perilous process, but one can’t start without first accepting the ways in which one has not done so.’”
The Hartford Courant featured a new exhibit, “Faces of China, 1981,” by photographer Tom Zetterstrom at the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.
“This is a unique look at China, not from a political perspective. He just looked at the people,” said Patrick Dowdey, curator of the Center, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, adjunct assistant professor of East Asian Studies. “This was during a period when China was shifting away from Maoism to the reforms of Deng Xiaoping. People were still poor, but they had optimism.”
The exhibit runs through Dec. 6.
Nov. 9, 2013 by Bill Holder
On Saturday, Wesleyan will try to become the first team in 12 years to beat Trinity College on their home field in Hartford, Conn.
That’s why Wesleyan football coach and school alumnus Mike Whalen started practice a little differently this past Monday. Instead of launching into the customary drills that typically follow stretching, according to the Wall Street Journal, Whalen gathered his squad and read them an email.
From Bill Belichick.
Gayle Pemberton, professor of English and African American studies, emerita, appeared on WGBH’s “Basic Black” to discuss the new film, “12 Years a Slave,” a true story about a free black man who was tricked into being a slave.
“The problem with film, of course, is that the Confederacy won the battle of images for Hollywood. The historians of Reconstruction and slavery were Southern apologists… This narrative and this movie redresses an enormous part of [the problem],” said Pemberton.
Charles Barber, visiting writer and visiting faculty in the Psychology Department, was a guest on WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show to discuss long-form narrative in the current age of distraction ahead of a conference at Wesleyan on the subject, Nov. 7-8.
“I think it’s become a kind of pollution… If something doesn’t happen in six seconds, we’re lost,” said Barber, who is also director of The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice, a co-sponsor of the conference. “To really understand the world, you have to stick with things…If everything is just bits of information that aren’t really sequenced or connected, it lacks emotion and a sense of where things flow from.”
Barber and other conference participants come in around the 20 minute mark.