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How to Meet Great People

Dear Fellow Alumni, What I want to say is: Get involved in your local alumni activities. You’ll meet great people and it’s a way to stay involved with our university, contribute our talents, keep Wesleyan in the forefront of people’s minds, and keep the alumni/parent network active–which helps us all. But you’ve heard that before.…

PICK OF THE SYLLABUS: Embers

Andrew Szegedy–Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies, selects Embers by Sandor Marai If one looks only at the outlines of its plot and setting, Embers, by Hungarian writer Sandor Marai, seems to be just another old–fashioned novel of intrigue. The action unfolds in a large and gloomy castle, somewhere in the mountains of Central Europe, at some time near…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. CARLO ROTELLA ’86 Good with Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen and Other Characters from the Rust Belt (University of California Press, 2002) In this fine investigation of postindustrial urban America, Rotella illuminates the lives of ?some people who are good with their hands and…

AUTHOR ESSAY: Ellison Straight, No Chaser

The New York Times Book Review called Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius by Lawrence Jackson ’90 (John Wiley & Sons, 2002) a “rich, meticulous biography.” Jackson talks about writing the first book devoted to the early life of the renowned author of Invisible Man. IIn May of 2002, after legal feuds and delays almost killed the project, I published…

Dance Celebrates its 36th

“Dancing Legacies” celebrated 35 years of dance at Wesleyan with a gathering of many of Wesleyan’s most noted dance graduates during Homecoming/Family weekend this fall. The event featured a host of performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.   Celebrants recalled the beginnings of dance at the university, when in 1967 former Professor of Theater Ralph Pendleton…

Celebrated Philosopher Norman O. Brown Dies

Norman O. Brown, the former Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, died Oct. 2, 2002, in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 89.   His obituary in the New York Times described him as an “erudite and spectacularly playful philosopher whose attempt to psychoanalyze nothing less than history itself entranced intellectuals, beguiled New Age seekers and…

Leading Musician T. Viswanathan Dies

Tanjore Viswanathan, South Indian flutist and adjunct professor of music, died Sept. 10 at Hartford Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 75.   Professor T. Viswanathan, or Viswa, as he was known to all, was born into one of the most illustrious music and dance families of South India and was one of…

Glass Pavilion

College Row has looked pretty much the same for generations. A quick glance at the area between Memorial Chapel and ’92 Theater, however, reveals that change is coming, most visibly through the construction of an all-weather, glass-enclosed pavilion that will link the two brownstone buildings.   When completed next summer, this structure will also furnish…

Global Conflict

Hanna Ingber ’03, a major in the College of Social Studies, reports on Wesleyan’s first Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, which focused on “Cultural Roots of Global Conflict.”   Attending the Shasha Seminar on global conflict was a bit like seeing a panel of distinguished experts on the News Hour step out of the television…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. MICHAEL LOBEL ’90 Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art (Yale University Press, 2002) In this richly illustrated new study, Lobel offers provocative new interpretations of Lichtenstein’s paintings of the 1960s and their relationship to the Pop Art movement. The…