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SYLVIA RYERSON ’09: RADIO FOR THE INCARCERATED

Restorative Radio offers longform audio pieces that broadcast the sounds and voices of home to those behind prison walls. “By design, prisons are the most censored institutions in the country. Letters are screened, phone calls possibly tapped, visitation time is restricted, but radio can penetrate prison walls,” says Sylvia Ryerson ’09, who spoke at this…

PRISON UNIVERSITY PROJECT AT SAN QUENTIN

“The crisis of criminal justice we are facing is a problem of dehumanization,” says Jody Lewen ’86, co-founder and executive direct of the project. Education, she says, transforms the lives of those incarcerated—but she seeks something further. NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDAL Pictured: Jody Lewen ’86, together with her colleagues (and former PUP students) Pat Mims and…

Study Abroad Student Photo Contest

The Center for Global Studies invited students studying abroad to use photography to reflect on their experiences. Wesleyan students, staff, and faculty voted for their favorite images, and winners were announced in February. Amélie Clémot ’18 took the Best Photograph of Place on a trip she took with international friends to Salar de Uyuni in…

TELLING TIME IN ANTIQUITY

Colleagues across campus collaborate with Professor of Classical Studies Christopher Parslow to unravel the mystery of a small piece of silver plated bronze, shaped like a prosciutto, that had been buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Some ancient Romans relied on a curious object to tell time: a fist-sized sundial in the shape of…

The Prodigal Cannon

The Douglas Cannon has been part of Wesleyan’s history for 150 years—yet generations of students have come and gone without laying eyes on the peripatetic cannon. To celebrate its anniversary, herewith is a short primer: The 29.5-inch Douglas Cannon has been part of campus lore since 1867. Originally, it was fired on ceremonial occasions. In…

THE WRITE STUFF

This spring, Wesleyan will start a new chapter in its literary history with the opening of the Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore on Main Street in downtown Middletown. The two-level, 12,000-square-foot open-course store will be managed by R.J. Julia Booksellers, an awardwinning, nationally recognized independent bookstore in Madison, Conn. According to Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78,…

STEADY PROGRESS

In 2013 Antonio Farias joined the staff as vice president for equity and inclusion, and Title IX officer. Building on the work of his predecessors, he and his colleagues in the Office for Equity & Inclusion have developed robust policies and procedures for handling Title IX complaints and educating the community about Title IX, and…

Resource Center Takes Shape

Scheduled to open this coming fall, the new Resource Center is intended to serve Wesleyan students who feel themselves to be at risk, whether because of specific incidents on campus or from the persistent effects of historic discrimination or underrepresentation. The February report of the Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee envisions the space as “a…

ALUMNI NEWS

What does it take to replicate the Wes experience of campuswide collaborations? Film and TV producer Sydney Lowe ’13 is amassing an army—an Art Girl Army (AGA). Begun in 2014, it was a small group of female friends working in different creative fields and meeting for dinner at Lowe’s Brookly apartment, talking through their artistic…

The Outlier

PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 CHARTS AN UNCOMMON LITERARY COURSE. PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 has always seen things a little differently. When she recently met Abby Solomon, a 21-year-old with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from eating more than a few bites at a time, she didn’t focus on Solomon’s striking thinness, as many do. Instead…