Cynthia Rockwell

Wesleyan Creates New College of Film and the Moving Image

Center for Film Studies. Photo: Olivia Drake.

Wesleyan has announced the establishment of a new College of Film and the Moving Image, which includes the Film Studies Department, the Center for Film Studies, the Cinema Archives, and the Wesleyan Film Series. “We’re excited to bring together all the great things we’ve been doing around film—the Film Studies major and minor, the Cinema…

BYO [Water] Bottle: Campus Environmental Initiative

Thanks to a student-driven initiative, environmentally harmful plastic bottles of water are disappearing from the Wesleyan campus. Back in 2010, undergraduates Anne Rosenthal ’10 and Melody Oliphant ’13 spearheaded an effort to eliminate bottled water on campus. According to Oliphant, “Bottled water represents a less sustainable, less regulated, less tasty, and more expensive alternative to tap water.” She notes…

Szegedy-Maszak Delivers West Coast WESeminars

Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies. Photo" Olivia Drake MALS ’08.

In his role as 2013 Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek at Wesleyan, brought a slice of Wesleyan to members of the Wesleyan community—alumni, parents, admitted students—living in select cities on the West Coast. The Distinguished Teaching Fellowship—which Szegedy-Maszak is the first to receive—offers the…

Reunion in Jogjakarta

Two ethnomusicology graduates, Wayne Forrest ’74, MA ’77, and Ed Van Ness ’69, MA ’81, still share their love for world music when they meet up years later. Forrest recounts the story: Undergraduate students of World Music, Ed Van Ness and I shared a mentor: Professor Richard Winslow ’40, whose roots at Wesleyan extended back…

Scholar Athlete

Midfielder Rory O’Neill ’13, a soccer player “since before I can remember,” played in all but one game for Wesleyan over his four years (68 games), with 17 career goals, along with five assists, for 39 career points.  Of his 17 goals, eight were game-winners. He was named first-team all-NESCAC, third-team Division III All-America by…

Fat Studies and Thin Privledge

Abigail C. Saguy ’92. Photo: Dotan Saguy.

In her new book, What’s Wrong with Fat?,   (Oxford University Press) Abigail C. Saguy ’92 provides a corrective to America’s misplaced obsession with weight. When I tell people about my research examining why we have come to understand fatness as a public health crisis and the social costs associated with this dominant perspective, they are curious…

Sarah Hann ’95 and Harlan Weaver ’99: “Animal Studies Fellowship Draws Alumni to Campus”

Sarah Hann ’95, a veterinarian with a specialty in acupuncture who is concerned with current agricultural practices, and Harlan Weaver ’99, a newly minted Ph.D. in the history of consciousness and the companion of two “pit bulls,” were two fellows in the Human-Animal Studies Fellowship Program this summer. They were back on campus for the…

Direct Action

Jan Eliasberg ’74 is a rarity in Hollywood—a woman who directs action dramas. She’s on the forefront of changing old ideas about who gets to call the shots. JAN ELIASBERG ’74 is on set; as the director, she’s the calm in the center of all activity. Soon, she’ll say the word and a building will blow…