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A MUSICAL REVOLUTION ON BROADWAY

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-+*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.

THE 9/11 MEMORY KEEPER

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-+*Clifford Chanin ’75 never expected the two topics he had been working on separately for years would ever intersect. But that’s exactly what happened on September 11, 2001.

HOOKED ON THE MUSIC OF AFRICA

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-+*World Music at Wesleyan launched Sean Barlow ’79 and Banning Eyre ’79 into a three-decade exploration of African musics, broadcast globally through the Peabody Award-winning weekly public radio program Afropop Worldwide, hosted by broadcast personality Georges Collinet from Cameroon. In retrospect, Sean Barlow’s first visit to Wesleyan seems prophetic: it was the World Music Hall…

PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

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-+*Supporting trailblazing teaching, mentoring and research is a major goal of the THIS IS WHY campaign, and conversations with faculty members reveal that innovation in the classroom is flourishing. The new Center for Pedagogical Innovation will be there to help.With nine syllables in just two words “pedagogical innovation” has a weighty feel. At once cumbersome…

GANBARG’S GREATEST HITS

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-+*How Pete Ganbarg ’88 went from spinning records at WESU to spinning a solid-gold career in the music industry. Music is Pete Ganbarg’s passion. “When I was growing up, if you wanted to hear a song, you had to listen to the radio. And if the radio didn’t play a song you wanted to hear,…

GUMPTION AND GAMES

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-+*Chris Weaver MALS ’75, CAS ’76 says he’s often in the right place at the right time. But he also sees things others don’t and has had a remarkably creative career. Not many successful people describe themselves as being like Forrest Gump—the hapless main character of the eponymous movie—but Christopher Weaver says he’s been just…

WRITING THE UNTOLD STORIES

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-+*Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, who teaches writing at Wesleyan, talks about how her diverse family, roots in Philadelphia, and musical background have inspired her creative work.