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PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIA L. KAY ’83

When computer-analyst-by-day-artist-by-night Julia L. Kay ’83 invited fellow artists to draw each other via an online portrait drawing group, she had no idea how many, if any, would respond. Today, almost 1,000 artists from 55 countries have contributed 50,000 creations to Kay’s international online collaborative art project, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP).

A $482-MILLION FINALE

It’s likely that very few college fund-raising campaigns began at a more inauspicious time than Wesleyan’s THIS IS WHY campaign. The opening bell had barely sounded when financial markets collapsed in the Great Recession, and it was far from clear that Wesleyan’s donors would have the wherewithal to support the campaign’s ambitious goal of $400…

PORTER ’02 USES BIG DATA TO ADVISE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Dan Porter ’02 knows how you’re going to vote next November. If that’s a shock, then welcome to the world of big data. Google knows what ads to give you, Netflix knows what shows you like to watch, and your credit card company likely knows more about your buying habits than you do. A wealth…

PUTTING LIBERAL EDUCATION TO WORK

Students who want expert advice on how to pursue the most sought-after jobs and internships visit the Gordon Career Center, located at the heart of campus and newly named for Andrew Brandon-Gordon ’86, who has generously supported students through the THIS IS WHY campaign.It’s nearing 5:30 p.m. on a mild Friday evening in late January,…

A CENTURY UNDER CONNECTICUT SKIES

The 100-year-old Van Vleck Observatory has a distinguished history and houses a remarkable collection of objects that bear witness to astronomy’s past. For two years, beginning in the summer of 1914, a rather strange looking structure took shape atop the crest of Foss Hill, highest point on the Wesleyan campus. Silhouetted against sunset skies that…

INCUBATOR FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is developing a community of innovators both on campus and among alumni who are effecting change around the world.Hang around Wesleyan long enough, and you’re bound to hear the phrase “practical idealism.” Coined by the philosopher John Dewey and later adopted by Mahatma Gandhi, “practical idealism” is the third…

CAREER ADVICE FROM A TOP RECRUITER

Jim Citrin P’12, P’14, is recognized nationally for his insights into successful careers.Don’t you wish that someone with absolutely tons of experience in analyzing successful careers as well as career mistakes would share coffee and advice with you? Maybe you can’t have the coffee, but Jim Citrin P’12, P’14, a Wesleyan trustee, gives you his…

CHRISTINA CROSBY: “A BODY, UNDONE”

More than a dozen years after a terrible accident that paralyzed her, Professor of English Christina Crosby has documented her struggle to reclaim her life in a new book intended to open the eyes of others to life with disability.Christina Crosby is a feminist, a lesbian, and a scholar of gender and sexuality, but the…

A MUSICAL REVOLUTION ON BROADWAY

Composer, book writer, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 and director Thomas Kail ’99 have reunited to collaborate on Broadway with Hamilton, hailed by critics as one of the most original American musicals in years.