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ROLE OF SAYRE (1917) IN AEP ACQUISITION I enjoyed your article on the history of Wesleyan but was disappointed with the rather cursory description of the University’s good fortune derived from the acquisition of the American Education Press in 1949. As you point out, this “sweetheart” purchase was carefully crafted to pay for itself. The…

AMERICA’S LONG, DARK LOVE AFFAIR WITH GUNS: 2017 SHASHA SEMINAR, BY JIM H. SMITH

At this year’s Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns on “Guns in American Society,” John Feinblatt ’73, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization, offered guests an insider’s view of the new politics of gun safety.  As featured speaker at the Friday dinner, he discussed the recent successes of gun…

“POWERFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING”

For this year’s First Year Matters program, incoming new students read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric during the summer before their arrival on campus. Rankine, a noted poet and author, had been on campus for Commencement 2017, when she received an honorary degree and addressed the graduating class. On Sept. 1, Rankine was back…

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COULD THIS BE WHY? Looking back at Wesleyan sports over half a century ago, among the NEICAA champions I remember were broad jumpers Ernie Dunn ’59, Jim Thomas ’61, and Dick Huddleston ’60, miler Steve Paranya ’61, wrestlers Charlie Smith ’60 and Al Williams ’61, and golfer Jeff Folley ’60. Some athletes competed at high…