2016 Issue 3

CONVERSATION WITH A FILM CRITIC

What does a film critic really do? Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies Jeanine Basinger talks with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott P’18 about why we need film critics. A popular event during Reunion & Commencement 2016 was the WESeminar with Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, and A. O. Scott P’18, Distinguished…

Mapping the OBESITY EPIDEMIC

William H. Dietz ’66, MD, PhD, director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University, is one of the leading experts on obesity. In 1997, as the director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dietz’s maps…

HISTORICAL ROW: WILLIE KERR: A WESLEYAN ORIGINAL

Clarence Williams “Willie” Kerr was truly a Wesleyan original, filling many roles during his time at the university. Kerr was “a father figure for Wesleyan,” according to the Argus. He was “urbane, witty, almost courtly in manner,” as described in these pages in 1974. In the words of Professor Nathaniel Greene, Willie was “an institutional…

America’s Most Innovative Rancher

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 Anya Fernald ’98—dubbed “The First Lady of Livestock” by Modern Farmer—is changing the way we think about carnivorous pleasures, with restaurants featuring cuts beyond ribeye and a cookbook capturing the warmth of traditional cooking experiences. Fernald draws from a wide range of ranching techniques and fully owns her farm-to-butcher shop supply…

PROJECT NO RED ZONE

Within the first six weeks of school, students nationwide are statistically more vulnerable to sexual assault and violence, a period known as the Red Zone. This semester, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) launched a project to help create awareness, support sexual assault survivors, and foster a community of consent on campus. Using clever wordplay with…

BOSTON GLOBE REVELATIONS IGNITE CAMPUS CONTROVERSY

In June The Boston Globe contacted Wesleyan administrators with disturbing news. The Globe was investigating private secondary schools that gave good job recommendations to staff members who were fired for sexual harassment or abuse, enabling them to secure positions elsewhere. Scott Backer, then an associate dean in the Office of Student Affairs, was a target of the investigation…

BREAKFAST WITH BRIAN

A Wesleyan alumnus from Chicago. A faculty film aficionado. A martial arts teacher and that teacher’s teacher, a 10th-degree black belt visiting from Germany. Four elementary school students, here as a reward for good deeds, along with their principal and school nurse. This is breakfast at O’Rourke’s, and the scene this morning is a lot…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION? When I was in school, we used the term “Liberal Arts Education,” which generally referred to a broad exposure to the humanities, history, literature, government, etc., to ensure a student could enter adulthood with an entry level understanding of how the world works—how people process and document the human condition. The latest…