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THE BACKSTORY: THE ASD BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES

BY JUDITH NEWMAN ’81 Judith Newman ’81 is the author of To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines (Harper Collins, August 2017). She lives in Manhattan with her twin sons, Henry and Gus. Learn more at judithnewman.com. Me: “Honey, it’s going to be great! Let’s go shopping for…”…

FIVE JOIN WESLEYAN BOARD

KAREN DONFRIED ’84 Karen Donfried is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit focused on strengthening transatlantic relations and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with seven oces across Europe. Before assuming this role in April 2014, she was special assistant to the President and senior director for European aˆairs on…

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR EMY MATESAN

Emy Matesan, assistant professor of government at Wesleyan, focuses on Middle East politics, particularly security and political violence, democratization, and Islamist movements. In Egypt and Indonesia, Matesan conducted National Science Foundation-supported fieldwork exploring why groups adopt or abandon violence. 1. In the wake of the attack in Manchester, England, what have we learned about ISIS…

CONFLICT OVER A MODEL OF ISLAMIC PLURALISM

BY PETER GOTTSCHALK Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk’s research and teaching concentrate on the dynamics of cultural interpretation and conflict in the context of Islamic, Hindu, Christian, and scientific traditions. He is interested particularly in understanding how assumptions of mutual antagonism form between groups despite evidence of religious confluence. A version of this article appeared…

THE COMMON GROUND ON REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND SECURITY

BY JOSEPH CASSIDY ’86 Joseph Cassidy ’86 is a Wilson Center fellow and former State Department foreign service officer. Follow him on Twitter @cassidyjosephp. The following is excerpted from an article of his published by the Wilson Center. President Trump seems to conceive of domestic counterterrorism efforts as analogous to a police roadblock. Potential terrorists,…

Game On

PHOTO BY STEVE MCLAUGHLIN MEN’S LACROSSE CAPS HISTORIC SEASON In this historic season, the Wesleyan Men’s Lacrosse team won the NESCAC and Little Three Championships, capping it off by reaching the NCAA Semifinals. Here, Cardinal All- American midfielder Taylor Ghesquiere ’18 celebrates after a goal during the NCAA Quarterfinal game against No. 3 Bates College…

Letter Home: Walking With Giants in the Hills of Thailand

What happens when a Wesleyan student discovers a passion for protecting elephants—and begins her career in a small Southeast Asian Village?— ■ REBECCA WINKLER ’16 began working with the Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF) through her Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies thesis project, Walking with Giants; Ecofeminist Insights on the Tourism Industry in Thailand. The foundation’s…