2015 Issue 2

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Early in my presidency, a Wesleyan faculty member described the difference between professors here and professors at an Ivy League institution with which he was familiar. “At Wes,” he said, “not only do we care about teaching; we talk about our classes with colleagues so that we can make them better.” After eight years in…

HOOKED ON THE MUSIC OF AFRICA

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

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

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

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…