David Pesci

CONVERSATIONS: Peter Rutland

Peter Rutland has mentioned in the past that many Americans know little about the European Union (E.U.), and what they know may be based more on myth than fact. With a major debt crisis threatening the E.U. ́s very existence, we thought it might be a good time to discuss some of these misconceptions with Professor…

Malamut’s Astronomy Draws on Hubble Observations

In the summer of 2010 Craig Malamut traveled to the Easter Islands to study and photograph a rare solar eclipse. Soon after his eclipse observations were completed, NASA used one of his photographs in their official materials about the event. He also spent a week collaborating with astronomers from the University of Chile in Santiago…

Trusted Source

During the last six weeks of the 2010 elections, The New York Times, Politico, NPR’s All Things Considered, Bloomberg News, CBS Evening News, ABC News and more than 100 other news media outlets repeatedly referred to one source for information on televised election advertising: The Wesleyan Media Project. Such wide-ranging citation of an academic effort is a remarkable achievement by any…

CONVERSATIONS: Recession in Historial Perspective

Another Great Depression? Richard Grossman, professor of economics, doesn’t think so. By David Pesci Richard Grossman, professor and chair of economics, specializes in economic history, among other areas. He came to Wesleyan in 1990, following a stint as a visiting international economist at the U.S. Department of State. His book, tentatively titled Unsettled Account: The Evolution…

Working the Blank Canvas

The blank canvas is an object of wistful romance, of hopes and dreams. It waits for color, texture, context—for talent—to transform it into something that has beauty and meaning. People see the finished painting and make immediate assumptions about the god-given ability of the artist, surely a savant gifted from childhood. Few stop to consider…

Politics ’08 and Foreign Policy

Wesleyan foreign policy expert Douglas Foyle says that national debate about foreign policy follows the headlines, which is a troubling aspect of our political system. By David Pesci Douglas C. Foyle is the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government. He is an authority on international relations and American foreign policy, as…

Rainforest Classroom

How do you make a class on tropical ecology more effective? Hold the class in a South American rainforest.NORA CONNER ’07 KNEW that “Tropical Ecology” would be wildly different from any other class she’d taken at Wesleyan. Still, she hadn’t expected to wake up and find a tarantula the size of her hand above her bed.…

Front Office Player

Jed Hoyer ’96 did not let success get in the way of pursuing his dream.ON A COOL OCTOBER NIGHT JUST AFTER A GAME, Jed Hoyer and a friend walked across the field in Yankee Stadium and sat down just beyond the left center field fence to have a few beers with Babe Ruth. Barely two years…

Valley of Extremes

A group of earth and environmental science students discover that carefully made plans for fieldwork last until nature intervenes.IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THE WIND ON VENTIFACT RIDGE. The wind—thousands of years’ worth of sand-filled storms and sustained breezes blowing in excess of 50 miles per hour—had carved dramatic features into the solid rocks and…

The Trouble with Haiti

It started out as one of the most inspiring stories in human history: slaves rebelled against their masters, fought a long, bloody revolution, and took control of an oppressive nation. But since that auspicious beginning, the history of Haiti and its people has been fraught with turmoil. During the last few decades, Alex Dupuy, professor…