2014 Issue 2

IAN GARRICK-BETHELL ’02 TAKES A MOON SHOT

Ian Garrick-Bethell ’02 wants to get you pumped about the moon. One way he might do this is to send a small piece of you up there. Garrick-Bethell, a professor of planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and colleagues are inviting members of the public to submit a single hair, along with…

MUSICAL SCORED BY TRASK ’89 BECOMES A BROADWAY HIT

A revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical with a score by Stephen Trask ’89 and a book by John Cameron Mitchell, opened at the historic Belasco Theatre on Broadway to rave reviews this past April. In June, the show received four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in…

ANDREW VOGEL ’95: FORGING RELATIONSHIPS

When Andrew Vogel ’95 talks about his relationship with Wesleyan, it’s a story of the importance of alumni connections—forging them, fostering them, and following them into the next generation of graduates. A partner with ZM Capital, a partnership founded by Strauss Zelnick ’79, Vogel recently sponsored a large gift—$1 million—to the Wesleyan endowment from that…

TERRY HUFFINGTON AND RALPH DITTMAN P’11, ‘14: FUNDING SCHOLARSHIP FOR INDONESIAN STUDENTS

Wesleyan parents Terry Huffington and Ralph Dittman have donated to financial aid and environmental programming throughout their daughters’ undergraduate careers. Recently they made a generous new commitment through the Huffington Foundation: $1.2 million to endow the Huffington Freeman Scholarship, which will support high-need students from Indonesia in perpetuity. This gift reflects both their appreciation of…

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Last March, Wesleyan held a fantastic weekend event-, Connect@WES, which was put together by University Relations and the Wesleyan Career Center (with a cast of truly distinguished alumni). Over the course of two days, Wesleyan students and alumni listened to speakers talk about various aspects of the road to life after academia: How do I…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

“Is c”—that’s all I have to type before the search engine jumps to “Is college worth it?” I hit return, and there are more articles on this question than even I want to read. Pundit after pundit (most of whom have had the benefit of a liberal education) question whether so many Americans should be…

COLLECTING HISTORY: KEVIN STRAIT ’97

Kevin Strait ’97 collects things: old hats, small tools, rusted shackles, dog-eared photographs, Chuck Berry’s Cadillac, the P-Funk Mothership …  those sorts of things. Their common thread is that they will all be part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), due to open in 2016 on the National Mall…

THE SHASHA SEMINAR ON THE ROAD: ALUMNI IN FILM

Nearly 200 Wesleyan alumni and friends gathered June 7 in Los Angeles to glean industry insight from noted alumni in the movie and television business. The Shasha Seminar on the Road, held at the famed William Morris Endeavor Entertainment headquarters in Beverly Hills, featured luminaries including David Kohan ’86, Paul Weitz ’88, Bradley Whitford ’81,…

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING FELLOW 2014: RUBENSTEIN EXPLORES THE MULTIVERSE, KIERKEGAARD IN SEMINARS

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

As Wesleyan’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Mary-Jane Rubenstein taught a course this spring titled “Kierkegaard: An Advanced Seminar in Absurdity.” Rubenstein is chair and professor of religion, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies. She is Wesleyan’s second Distinguished Teaching Fellow, a position established last year by Rob Rosenthal (John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology…