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DEMOCRACY IS NOT AN ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT

By Steve Almond ’88, author of Bad Stories Shortly after graduating from Wesleyan, back in 1988, I read a book that radically altered my view of American culture. Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death was billed as a scathing critique of television’s influence on our national life, but his central thesis was far more profound.…

WELL READ, by Laurie Kenney

Stephanie Mohr ’93 First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery Harvard University Press, 2018 Tiny, short-lived, and, in a word, annoying, fruit flies probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think of advances in biomedical and genetic research. But as Stephanie Mohr explains in First in Fly, they’ve more than…

A YEAR OF ACCOLADES FOR WESLEYAN ATHLETES AND COACHES

By Mike O’Brien, Assistant AD for Communications (Photos courtesy Wesleyan Athletics)   As volleyball won its first-ever NESCAC Championship and its second Little Three title (the first was in 1992), Nicole Hilton ’20 was named the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year and Second Team All-American.     The (nearly) unstoppable women’s tennis duo of…

WESLEYAN: APRIL IS ART THESIS MONTH IN ZILKHA

Seniors in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program display their thesis work throughout the month of April in Wesleyan’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, with exhibitions changing weekly. At receptions during the first and second week, viewers spoke with seniors exhibiting their work, including Celina Bernstein, Xhonia Robinson, David Machado, Melissa…

WESLEYAN INTRODUCES SPIN BIKESHARE PROGRAM

Bikes on Demand: Emma Porrazzo ’19 goes for a spin on one of the orange bicycles popping up all over campus as part of the new bikeshare program. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)   On April 12, Wesleyan launched a new bikeshare pilot program for the campus community. Spin, Wesleyan’s partnering company, has placed…

“WHO ARE YOU?” BY ELIZABETH LIANG ’92

“Who are you?” “Where are you from?” “What are you?” When your parents are from neither the same country nor culture nor race, and your identity wasn’t forged in a single geographical “home,” it can be tricky to answer questions like these. As an actor and writer, I created ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey because…

THE POLICY ENTREPRENEUR, BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03

   One federal program provides health coverage to a fifth of all Americans and more than a third of all children. It covers nearly half of all births. It consumes more than $500 billion annually, almost as much as the Pentagon. Without it, many more American women and infants would die or get sick during…