Lauren Rubenstein

Associate Manager of Media & Public Relations at Wesleyan University

OPENING DOORS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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*+-Growing up in his grandmother’s house in Harer, Ethiopia, Nebiyu Daniel barely attended school. Though he spoke no English upon arriving in the United States at the age of 10, by 13 he was proficient enough that he started to dream of attending college—something no one in his family had done before.

VAN VLECK REFRACTOR: TELESCOPE RESTORATION PROJECT BEGINS

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*+-This June, work began to give the nearly century-old 20-inch Van Vleck Refractor, which lives on Foss Hill in its iconic dome, a complete facelift to return it to full working order. The rare historic telescope will be dismantled, cleaned, repaired, reassembled, and modernized over a period of about 15 months in preparation for the…

TED SHAW ’76 REMEMBERS MLK ADDRESS: ‘DON’T WAIT TO CHANGE THE WORLD’

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*+-Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a powerful baccalaureate speech at Wesleyan calling on the graduating class to move on from the “mountains” of ethical relativism, indifference to poverty, racial segregation, physical violence, and corroding hatred, civil rights was once again the topic of a Commencement speech delivered this time by a…

PUTTING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY INTO ACTION

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*+-Teaching his popular Wesleyan course to a global audience, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous explored new ways to “crowd source the betterment of society.”   One day last summer, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous sat down with a small group of students to discuss the Stanford Prison Experiment, a classic 1971 study regularly covered in…

A SITE FOR HAPPINESS NATALY KOGAN ’98

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*+-In Nataly Kogan’s native Russia, there’s a saying: “To write is like to pee. You should only do it if you can’t hold it anymore.” She gives the same advice to young people who ask her about starting a business. Kogan ’98 speaks from experience. She says that, outside of immigrating to the U.S. and…

Conversations: Music and Public Life

*+-Spanning the 2012–2013 academic year, Music & Public Life is a series of events, lectures, exhibitions, and courses celebrating Wesleyan’s rich musical cul- ture and examining the role music plays in public life around the world in the present day. Mark Slobin, the Winslow- Kaplan Professor of Music, is organizing the program in collaboration with…

Digging for Local History

*+-The Middletown Materials class is searching for artifacts of everyday life where African Americans first gained a toehold as property owners before the Civil War.ON A SUNNY SATURDAY AFTERNOON in April, about a dozen Wesleyan students and volunteers from the surrounding community kneel in the dirt behind the small, unassuming homes dotting Vine Street. Now housing…