2013 Issue 1

MARRIAGE IN THE MOVIES

TWO FOR THE ROAD, Albert Finney, Audrey Hepburn, 1967, TM & Copy

In her latest book, film historian Jeanine Basinger shares her expert knowledge of movies about marriage, which didn’t always end happily on the big screen.

BEING THE CHANGE

Dar Williams

A prominent singer-songwriter, Dar Williams ’89 brings her quest for social justice into her daily life, her music, and, most recently into a Wesleyan classroom.

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

At this year’s winter meeting of the Board of Trustees we officially announced the launch of our THIS IS WHY fundraising campaign, during which we will aim to raise $400 million. I was especially excited to share the news that over the past few years (the quiet phase of the campaign) we had already received…

EDITOR’S NOTE: SHARE YOUR ‘THIS IS WHY’ STORY

We’ve departed from our usual approach to the cover of the magazine in this issue. The cover, which is devoted to Wesleyan’s campaign and its theme of “This is Why,” does not point to a particular story because so much of Wesleyan magazine always speaks directly to this theme. I think of the magazine as…

Hollywood Dramas, Wesleyan Film Studies, Newtown, and Guns

Your cover story in the last issue, “Direct Action,” fortuitously coincided with much of the post-Newtown tragedy and drama. Even more coincidental is the article’s subject, Jan Eliasberg ’74 and her laudable rise through the historically male-dominated Hollywood glass ceiling, whose success has to some degree been based on the genre of fast-paced Hollywood dramas—a…

John Cage Remembered

It is hard to know whether the “Row” in the “Historical Row” feature in the latest Wesleyan magazine should rhyme with “owe” or “ow.” The students’ response to the 1955 concert presented by John Cage and David Tudor was so vastly minute in comparison to the Parisian response to the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s…

Jeffrey Richards Anecdote

Thank you very much for the nice paragraph about my book Great Lengths in the latest Wesleyan magazine. I thought you might be interested to know that Great Lengths has won two national awards: the Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. I also want to…

Kudos to Alex Magnin

I started to read the most recent Wesleyan and was struck by the short article written by Alex Magnin ’07. There is no mention on the page of what he is currently doing, which I think is a shame, since this is a brilliant piece of writing. I am not ashamed to say it brought…