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Finn, Rubenstein, Roberts Honored with Binswanger Teaching Prizes

OLIVIA DRAKE MALS ’08 During Wesleyan’s 185th Commencement on May 28, Wesleyan presented three outstanding faculty members with the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching, photographed here with President Roth ’78 (right). These prizes, made possible by gifts from the family of the late Frank G. Binswanger Sr., Hon. ’85, underscore Wesleyan’s commitment to its…

Alumni Association Bestows Honors at Annual Meeting

At the Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association on May 27, seven alumni received Distinguished Alumni Awards, and one Outstanding Service Award was presented, along with the James L. McConaughy Jr. Memorial Award. In recognition for his many years of service, leadership, and generosity, Wesleyan’s historic College Row lawn was dedicated as McKelvey…

WELL READ

The Leavers: A Novel LISA KO ’98 ALGONQUIN BOOKS, 2017 The Leavers tells the story of 11-year-old Deming Guo, whose mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, fails to return home one day from her job at a nail salon in Brooklyn—leaving Deming alone to navigate a new life as Daniel Wilkinson, the adopted son of…

RUSSIA TROUBLES CONFOUND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

BY ROBERT HUNTER ’62 Robert Hunter ’62 is a former U.S. Ambassador to NATO who is recognized as a principal architect of NATO’s post-Cold War strategy. He has served as senior advisor at the RAND Corporation, a member of the National Security Council, and director of the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies at the National…

THREAT ASSESSMENTS

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 White House Situation Room, May 1, 2011, 4:00 P.M. EDT: Presiden Barack Obama and his inner circle anxiously watch aerial footage of one of the highest-stakes and riskiest operations ever carried out—a team of elite Navy SEALs raiding a fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The leaders back in Washington don’t know for…

PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 CHARTS AN UNCOMMON LITERARY COURSE

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 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 she saw a beautiful…

THE BACKSTORY by Gina Athena Ulysse & Claudine Nash ’92

The stories behind the words: Poems from Gina Athena Ulysse (“I am a storm,” from Because When God Is Too Busy) and Claudine Nash ’92 (“The Problem with Loving Ghosts,” from Parts per Trillion).   GINA ATHENA ULYSSE Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me & The World (WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2017) Gina Athena…

SHAWN DOVE ’84: THE MINISTRY OF REVERSING THE TREND

BY ANDREW FAUGHT SHAWN DOVE ’84: THE MINISTRY OF REVERSING THE TREND Twenty-one years ago, the Urban Institute think tank issued a report that highlighted 51 “promising” or “effective” programs that worked to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys, who trailed their white counterparts in categories ranging from high school graduation rates…