Cynthia Rockwell

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”…

Help Needed

Fighting poverty in New York City is much more than just a job. Those who respond to this calling can transform the lives of individuals, but breaking poverty’s grip on society is harder.MUZZY ROSENBLATT ’87 IS NAVIGATING THE STREETS OF LOWER MANHATTEN IN HIS VAN ON A SUMMER MORNING. We are stopped at a red light…

Breaking the Grip of Poverty

Call it the ultimate in community service—alumni who devote their careers, nearly their every waking moments, to helping the disenfranchised gain better lives.IN THEY DAYS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA, many were shocked by the depth of poverty in New Orleans. To others who were already fighting its effects in America’s inner cities, the unfolding story of…

Main Street’s New Buzz

For those who remember Middletown as one of New England’s ailing small cities, Main Street has a big surprise.ON A BRIGHT EARLY-AUTUMN SATURDAY AFTERNOON, pedestrians fill the central block of Main Street, which has been closed to vehicles for “Middletown Dances.” A dance team from Middletown High School teaches “Hand Jive” on a temporary stage near…