2013 Issue 2

My Fifth Wesleyan Reunion—In Madrid

Alissa Greenberg ’08 found Madrid a warm host for a Wesleyan “reunion.” Photo: Alissa Greenberg ‘08.

  It’s a Friday afternoon in mid-May, and while Reunion & Commencement Weekend is ramping up in Middletown, I’m on a train speeding through the Spanish countryside, listening to the Wesleyan Spirits and feeling nostalgic. Due to contractual obligations—I work in the public schools here—I’m unable to fly back and attend my fifth Reunion. Although…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Since assuming the presidency I have often returned to the themes of inclusion and diversity on campus. This year we are thinking about these themes again as we aim to strengthen the residential dimensions of learning.  At Wesleyan University our mission statement reminds us that we aim to prepare students “to explore the world with…

Thanks to Sal Russo ’60

Members of my class should all be so lucky as to have Sal Russo ’60 write about our passing in the class notes, as he did about classmate Nick Turro ’60, and so blessed as to have had the thoroughly distinguished career that Nick did. Thanks, Sal. Sincerely yours, E. DAVID HOHL ’60 New York,…

Apologies to Phil Carney

Thank you for publishing the article about the Founders of Wesleyan Rowing in the June issue. And thanks also to Alex Thomson ’82 for writing it. There was, however, an error that needs correcting. The coach for the past 25 years has been Phil Carney … not Phil Calhoun ’62 as published in the article.…

Bridging Generations

The article in issue I, 2013, entitled “Bridging Generations,” pages 22–23, was fascinating and moving. Not only was it a good love story but it was historically and socially significant with its attachment to the Burma Road, the supply road from the west that kept allied China from total Japanese captivity during the Second World…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S THE VALUE OF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION?

I’ve been musing on the question since President Obama, in his recently announced proposal to rate colleges and link those ratings to federal aid, indicated that the earnings of graduates would figure into the proposed rating scheme. All three of our children attended Wesleyan and two graduated from here. One is a full-time mom, one…

FICTION AND POETRY

CLIFTON B. “KIP” ANDERSON ’71,Mortal Soup and the Blue YonderWHITE VIOLET PRESS, 2013 SALLY KOSLOW P’99, P’04,The Widow WaltzVIKING, 2013 VIRGINIA PYE ’82,River of DustUNBRIDLED BOOKS, 2013 AMANI WILLETT ’97, PHOTOGRAPHER,DisquietDAMIANI FACTORY, 2013 MICHAEL WOLFE ’68, TRANSLATOR,Cut These Words Into My Stone: Ancient Greek EpitaphsTHE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2012

NONFICTION

CYNTHIA ARNSON ’76, EDITOR,In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin AmericaWOODROW WILSON CENTER PRESS, STANFORD UNIVERSITYPRESS, 2012 PAUL DICKSON ’61,Words from the White HouseWALKER & COMPANY, 2013 MARK J. ESTREN ’68, BEVERLY A. POTTER,Question Authority to Think for YourselfRONIN PUBLISHING, 2012 TINA HARRIS ’98,Geographical Diversions: Tibetan Trade, Global TransactionsTHE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA…