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Image Maker

Since his childhood, Professor of Art J. Seeley has had one continuing quest: to find new and creative ways to print realistic images in ink on paper. “My mother recalled that I was working with potato prints and rubber stamps long before I started school,” he says. “She remembered that I pushed anything I could…

Fire Fights

THE HELICOPTER CIRCLES THE FIRE in the Sky Lakes Wilderness area of Oregon. The “spotter” on board identifies a break in the trees where firefighters can rappel down. With the side doors open, the roar of the helicopter rotors and the howling wind makes conversation impossible. The crew uses hand signals to alert Sarah Berns ’98 and her…

The Art and Craft of Location

OCCASIONALLY A NIGHT’S WORTH OF RAIN will come through Los Angeles and clear away the smog. It’s then possible to see Downtown from Hollywood, the mountains from Downtown. Homes in the hills are visible for the first time in months and the landscape appears in bas-relief in the rearview mirror. This is the perfect day to explore…

A Reptile Rendition

“May we borrow your triceratops?” When Yale’s Peabody Museum mounted a dinosaur exhibit for school children during winter vacation, an official called Erik Dawe ’02 with that question.   The math and physics major from Newtown, Conn., had been building a life-sized model of the dinosaur skeleton for nearly two years in his free time.…

Renowned Sculptor John Risley Dies

John H. Risley, professor of art emeritus, died Feb. 19 in Colchester, Conn. Born in 1919 in Waterville, Maine, Professor Risley modestly referred to himself as a Yankee tinker. He was, of course, much more: an artist who received national prizes and more than two dozen regional prizes for sculptural work that graced collections ranging…

Super Bowl Victor

Let the teenyboppers drool over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his dimpled chin. At a certain point in life, you don’t dream about being his date. You look at a 24-year-old like Brady and think: What a great mom he must have.   Coach Bill Belichick is the thinking woman’s hero. And if…

Q & A: Jerusalem Through the Windows

Q: You first went to Jerusalem with the Jewish Studies Program at Wesleyan. What drew you back to live there?   Adina Hoffman: My husband, Peter Cole, and I were living in San Francisco in the early ’90s and decided to go to Jerusalem for a year. Peter had a translation fellowship and had lived…

Motherhood Mysteries

THE PHONE STARTED RINGING…AND RINGING AND RINGING. A jury had just pronounced O.J. Simpson not guilty of murder and from penitentiaries across California, convicts were calling Ayelet Waldman ’86 demanding she get them off. On the other end of the phone Waldman was understanding, sympathetic even, but she had a more immediate issue to deal with.…