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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…

Rays of Hope

Ellen’s moods and energy levels during her pregnancy weren’t bad at all. Maybe it was the hormonal changes, or just the joy of finally being pregnant. Whatever the case, Ellen didn’t miss the medication she had taken for her chronic depression before she became pregnant. But afterward, she could feel herself “slipping,” a term she…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. NONFICTION W. WOSINKA, R.B. CIALDINI, D. W. BARRETT ’86 and J. REYKOWSKI, editors The Practice of Social Influence in Multiple Cultures (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001). In addition, DANIEL BARRETT ’86 is also a chapter author. JOSHUA DAVID BELLIN ’87 The Demon of the Continent: Indians…

Something in the Water

It came down to hats: Fedoras, bowlers, stovepipes, fezzes, pillboxes, and dozens of other styles lost to time. Hat manufacturers, 50 miles up the Housatonic River and as much as 200 years back in time, are linked to chemical contamination that is recorded in Connecticut’s sediments. Their poisonous legacy is sitting in the middle of…

Distinguished Alumni Honored

Wesleyan recognized the achievements of several alumni during Reunion weekend with Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards. They are:   David Batdorf “51?an attorney for 46 years in Shillington, Pa., who has been active in politics from the local to the national level and has raised more than $200 million for civic, charitable, educational, and religious organizations. He…