Conversations

CONVERSATIONS: AN ACTOR FINDS THE PERFECT PART

Ari Brand ’06 plays the title role in My Name Is Asher Lev. Photo: Joan Marcus.

On March 14, 30 Wesleyan alumni, parents, and students attended a performance of the acclaimed Off-Broadway playMy Name Is Asher Lev, starring Ari Brand ’06, at the Westside Theater in New York City. The show is based on a novel by Chaim Potok and adapted by Aaron Posner. After the performance, Charles ’59 and Myra Wrubel…

Conversations: Music and Public Life

Spanning the 2012–2013 academic year, Music & Public Life is a series of events, lectures, exhibitions, and courses celebrating Wesleyan’s rich musical cul- ture and examining the role music plays in public life around the world in the present day. Mark Slobin, the Winslow- Kaplan Professor of Music, is organizing the program in collaboration with…

CONVERSATIONS: Peter Rutland

Peter Rutland has mentioned in the past that many Americans know little about the European Union (E.U.), and what they know may be based more on myth than fact. With a major debt crisis threatening the E.U. ́s very existence, we thought it might be a good time to discuss some of these misconceptions with Professor…

Conversations: MICHAEL LYNTON

Michael Lynton, chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment, visited Wesleyan in the spring to talk to students interested in working in the film and television industry at a luncheon arranged by the Wesleyan Career Center. Lynton, who is married to Jamie Alter ’81, manages Sony Pictures’ overall global operations and spoke to…

CONVERSATIONS: American Writers and the Presidency

By David Low ’76 In his latest book, A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government (Princeton University Press), Professor of English and American Studies Sean McCann examines 20th–century American literature’s fascination with the modern presidency and with the relationship between state power and democracy that underwrote the rise of presidential authority. DAVID LOW: What are some…

Conversations: A Remarkable Literary Debut

Author Wells Tower ’96 garnered rave reviews across the country for his first book, the short story collectionEverything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Farrar Straus Giroux), when it was published in March. The book was featured on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Book Review. By David Low &rsqup;76 For the Sunday Times, acclaimed writer Edmund White reviewed Wells Tower’s collection…

CONVERSATIONS: A Fresh Look at Hoover and FDR

Many people think that Herbert Hoover took a hands-off approach to the Great Depression and that FDR embraced deficit spending. Not so, says Professor of Economics and CSS Tutor Richard Adelstein. By William Holder ’75 The dramatic financial crisis that confronted President Barack Obama when he took office called to mind the election of 1932,…

CONVERSATIONS: Recession in Historial Perspective

Another Great Depression? Richard Grossman, professor of economics, doesn’t think so. By David Pesci Richard Grossman, professor and chair of economics, specializes in economic history, among other areas. He came to Wesleyan in 1990, following a stint as a visiting international economist at the U.S. Department of State. His book, tentatively titled Unsettled Account: The Evolution…

CONVERSATIONS: The Anti-Intellectual Presidency

Elvin Lim, assistant professor of government, studies how U.S. presidents speak. He’s not impressed. By Corrina Balash Kerr Assistant Professor of Government Elvin Lim is the author of The Anti-intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush, a new book that received considerable attention during the recent election season. Lim writes…

Conversations: Credit Crisis Poses Challenges for IMF

John Lipsky ’68 of the International Monetary Fund discusses the changing role of this key organization. By William L. Holder ’75 The Number Two official of the International Monetary Fund, First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky ’68, P’08, is keeping a close watch on the international ramifications of the unfolding credit crisis. He brings to his…