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JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. STEVEN ALMOND ’88 My Life in Heavy Metal (Grove/Atlantic, 2002) Most of the 12 stories in this entertaining fiction debut deal with the passion, humor, and angst of relationships between young men and women in the ’80s and ’90s. Almond is especially adept…

Continuing Career Counseling

Dear Fellow Alumni, Once again Wesleyan is at the forefront of a new trend: lifelong career counseling provided to all alumni at no cost. Under President Bennet’s leadership, Wesleyan’s Career Resource Center (CRC) has become more responsive to the needs of alumni as they grow in their careers. It used to be that the CRC…

Staying Connected

Dear Alumni, September 11 followed a trustee meeting where I spent the weekend with several trustees. We’d renewed our friendship, I felt connected, and I wanted to know if they and other alumni friends from NYC and Washington were okay. I learned about the Wesleyan Web site in response to September 11 and logged on…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. TYLER ANBINDER ’84 Five Points (Free Press, 2001) Tyler Anbinder’s new book is the first comprehensive history of Five Points, a district in lower Manhattan— now Chinatown—that was once the most notorious neighborhood in 19th–century America, chronicled by journalists, religious magazines, and popular…

Professor Emeritus of Religion, David Swift

Professor Emeritus of Religion David Swift, 87, died Oct. 14, in Kennett Square, Pa. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University in 1936, he also earned his doctoral degree in divinity from Yale in 1939.   He was a conscientious objector during World War II and performed alternative service in the Civilian Public Service,…

Q & A: How Hollywood Adapts to War

The Office of War Information admonished WWII filmmakers not to mislead young people with propaganda.   In the days immediately following September 11, the words “Like Pearl Harbor…” seemed to be on everyone’s lips, as last spring’s highly publicized film had brought that historical event to the forefront. Soon, though, the differences between the movie,…

Commitment to Humanity

“I was shocked when I found out,” says Kim-Marie Spence ’00. “I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed!”   Her reaction is understandable. After all, being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship is the kind of honor most people only dream of.   Spence, a government and economics major as well as a member of the university’s track team, is…

Oral History Project

Ron Jenkins, chair and artistic director of Wesleyan’s theater department, wrote the following story about the making of Over There, a play he directed at the CFA theater during Parents’ Weekend 2001.   In the fall of 2000, when the students in my documentary theater class began conducting oral history interviews with Sicilian-Americans in Middletown,…

Coast Guard Brass

 A quiet academic collaboration between the Coast Guard Academy and Wesleyan during the ’60s and ’70s has a remarkable postscript. Three of the highest-ranking Coast Guard officers, including the commandant, hold graduate degrees from Wesleyan and say their encounter with liberal arts education had a significant impact on their outlook and their careers.   Wesleyan…