2015 Issue 1

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

This year my April Fools’ blog announced that Wesleyan was moving all of its classes online: “ALL MOOCS ALL THE TIME. No more need for classrooms.” I didn’t really expect to fool anyone for more than a moment, not even those perennially suspicious of my intentions (or authority generally), of which there are many!  Still,…

JODY SPERLING ’92: DANCING IN THE ARCTIC

By David McKay Wilson When choreographer Jody Sperling ’92 traveled to the Arctic Ocean last spring to find inspiration for her upcoming stage piece, she planned to dance on the planet’s dwindling northern icescape. Near the start of her 43-day journey aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, she wasn’t sure if the weather would cooperate,…

IMPROVISING A LIFE IN MUSIC: TAYLOR HO BYNUM ’98, MA’05

Musicians of the 21st century face unique challenges. For better or worse, affordable home recording, digital distribution, illegal downloading, and low-paying streaming services have irreversibly changed the business. Recorded music is no longer a significant source of income. The old rules no longer apply, but new ones have not yet been written. It can be…

WRITING THE UNTOLD STORIES

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.