Cynthia Rockwell

Seeking Truth with The Innocence Project

As part of the Innocence Project team for the exoneration of Cornelius Dupree, Elizabeth Langston ’05 walked into a Texas courthouse with him in 2010. “Right before we stepped inside, he turned to me and said, ‘You’ve got be strong because if you are strong, I can be strong.’ I thought to myself, ‘He’s been…

From Mourning To Celebration: A Posthumous Book

The Voyage of the Rose City: An Adventure at Sea, the senior thesis of John Moynihan ’82, was published this fall, 29 years after his graduation and seven years after his death. Kirkus Review calls it “a sincere study of the life of a man at sea, eschewing the romanticism often associated with the lifestyle,” and…

New Paintings by David Schorr at Davison Art Center in Early 2012

The most recent work by Professor of Art David Schorr will be shown in February and March 2012 in the exhibition APOTHECARY (storehouse) at Davison Art Center. The show features more than 75 paintings of antique apothecary bottles that have been meticulously executed by Schorr in gouache and silverpoint on luxurious, colored Fabriano Roma papers. A 160-page…

Wesleyan Receives $2 Million challenge for Humanities Program

Wesleyan has received a $2-million challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help endow the Center for the Humanities. The grant requires Wesleyan to raise an additional $4 million in endowment funds over the next four years. “This grant is a welcome acknowledgement of the Center’s leadership role in keeping humanities scholarship at…

No Laughing Matter

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lori Gruen argues the time has come for humans to reconsider our relationship with chimpanzees.Among this year’s most popular SuperBowl ads was the latest installment in CareerBuilder.com’s “monkeys” campaign, starring a horde of rowdy chimps with corporate jobs. In the ad, chimpanzees in ties and trench coats crash-park their jalopies in…

Ten Photos That Shook the World

Jennifer Tucker, an authority on the history of photography, discusses why some photographs become iconic images that capture an event or an era, or change the course of history.The little girl in the center of the photograph is naked. From the news account, we know that she has torn off her own clothes, desperate to…

Inclusive Baking

When it’s as good as home–baked and it’s allergen free, you know you are Home Free.WHEN IS A BIRTHDAY CAKE NOT JUST A BIRTHDAY CAKE? The question sounds like a child’s silly riddle. To Jill Greenwald Robbins ’83, a clinical psychologist and the mother of a child with multiple food allergies, the question is both…

X Marks the Sport

“WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, every kid played on a team,” says Chris Stiepock ’87, former varsity basketball captain at Wesleyan and now vice president and general manager of ESPN’s Global X Games franchise. “Last year, more skateboards were sold than baseball gloves.” In 1994, ESPN hosted the first X Games, the Olympic-style competition for “Extreme”…