COL Faculty Member, Hope Weissman Dies

COL Faculty Member, Hope Weissman DiesHope Weissman, associate professor of letters and of women’s studies, died July 24 at the age of 58 of complications following surgery.


Weissman, who received Wesleyan’s 1999 Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching, was known for her dedication and commitment to teaching and to her students. Her students described her as a skilled moderator who had a much-appreciated ability to listen to them and to provide a nurturing environment for discussion of difficult topics.


A specialist in medieval culture, women’s studies and visual arts, she wrote articles in a variety of publications ranging from Chaucer Review to Women’s Studies to Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.


She received fellowships from organizations including the Southeastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Radcliffe Institute of Independent Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities.


She also belonged to several organizations, including Phi Beta Kappa, the Modern Language Association of America, the New Chaucer Society, and the Medieval Academy of America.


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