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WESLEYAN RESPONDS TO SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

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Last fall President Roth took what some thought was a risk. Appalled by the Syrian refugee crisis, he issued a challenge to the Wesleyan community, asking what can we do? How would people respond? Would they say that’s not Wesleyan’s business? Ask why this crisis and not another? Demand more of Wesleyan than it could…

PUTTING LIBERAL EDUCATION TO WORK

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It’s nearing 5:30 p.m. on a mild Friday evening in late January, but weekend relaxation is not on the minds of a group of about 20 Wesleyan students. For the past 90 minutes they’ve been listening intently to a presentation by a panel of Deloitte employees and peppering them with questions. Stephen Thompson ’95, a…

A CENTURY UNDER CONNECTICUT SKIES

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For two years, beginning in the summer of 1914, a rather strange looking structure took shape atop the crest of Foss Hill, highest point on the Wesleyan campus. Silhouetted against sunset skies that smoldered over the rolling farmland west of the university’s campus, it was a squat brownstone building whose large, dome-capped “silo,” appended to…

INCUBATOR FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

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Hang around Wesleyan long enough, and you’re bound to hear the phrase “practical idealism.” Coined by the philosopher John Dewey and later adopted by Mahatma Gandhi, “practical idealism” is the third pillar of a Wesleyan education—following “boldness” and “rigor”—defined in the school’s mission statement. This phrase points to Wesleyan’s objective of empowering students to translate…