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DURING HIS 1995 SABBATICAL, PROFESSOR OF GOVERNMENT JOHN FINN did something a bit unusual for a constitutional law scholar of his age and reputation: He went to culinary school. Three days a week for nine months he took the long train ride from Connecticut to the French Culinary Institute in New York City for five hours…

Clueing in the Undergrads

Dear Alumni, I find it hard to believe, but I graduated from Wesleyan 20 years ago. At that time, I didn’t even know about the Alumni Association, let alone consider the existence of a group brought together across the decades by this common experience: a Wesleyan education. My first experience with this concept was in…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. DOMINIQUE BROWNING ’77 Around the House and in the Garden (Scribner, 2002) For several years, House & Garden editor–in–chief Dominique Browning has written a monthly column that combines personal vignettes with observations about home improvement, gardening, and raising children. In this consistently intelligent and gracefully…

AUTHOR ESSAY: Rediscovering an Amazing Life

In her acclaimed new book, Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth–Century Congo (Viking, 2002), Pagan Kennedy ’84 resurrects the story of a forgotten African American explorer. I met William Henry Sheppard in a book. Though he’d been dead 70 years and now consisted of nothing but a few pages of text in a…

Wesleyan Astronomers Find Possible New Cradle for Planets

In the era of the Hubble Space Telescope, one of the most significant of recent discoveries in astronomy originated with Wesleyan undergraduates working with the small, 24-inch telescope in the Van Vleck Observatory.   At a June 19 press conference in Washington, D.C., Professor of Astronomy William Herbst announced that an international team led by…

Writer’s Life Recalled, Horgan House Is Dedicated

 The Russell family’s former carriage house behind their High Street mansion became a cultural center for Wesleyan in 1962, when Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Horgan, who joined the faculty as director of the former Center for Advanced Studies, made it his home.   Professor of English and American Studies Joseph Reed recalls the evenings at…

Experiments in Economics

The scene may not be as frenzied as the pit of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, but students in a class taught by Assistant Professor of Economics Tanya Rosenblat are actively trading—in pens.   Rosenblat is handing out free pens to half the members of her class on Experimental Economics and Strategic Planning. “Write down the…

Wesleyan Parent Is Charter Member, Alumni-Elected Trustees Join Board

The annual alumni election of trustees produced three new board members: Mike McKenna ’73, David Hill ’86, and Oyeshola Olatoye ’96.   McKenna is president and chief executive officer of Marsteller Advertising, a unit of Burson-Marsteller, an international communications firm. He specializes in corporate image work and has carried out award-winning projects for pro bono…

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…