2017 Issue 2

FIVE JOIN WESLEYAN BOARD

KAREN DONFRIED ’84 Karen Donfried is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit focused on strengthening transatlantic relations and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with seven oces across Europe. Before assuming this role in April 2014, she was special assistant to the President and senior director for European aˆairs on…

HISTORICAL ROW: WESLEYAN AND WORLD WAR I

In 1914, The Great War—known later as World War I—broke out in Europe. As United States entry seemed imminent, the Wesleyan faculty approved the formation of a Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1916. After the U.S. Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917—100 years ago this year—375 students enrolled in military training.…

NO PASSING ZONE: AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE

Casey Dinges ’79 and his colleagues at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) developed a report card that has shaped the nation’s view of the dire state of our infrastructure. Planning a trip to the nation’s capital this year? You may get a firsthand glimpse of our country’s infrastructure problems: overcrowded airports, massive traffic…

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR EMY MATESAN

Emy Matesan, assistant professor of government at Wesleyan, focuses on Middle East politics, particularly security and political violence, democratization, and Islamist movements. In Egypt and Indonesia, Matesan conducted National Science Foundation-supported fieldwork exploring why groups adopt or abandon violence. 1. In the wake of the attack in Manchester, England, what have we learned about ISIS…

CONFLICT OVER A MODEL OF ISLAMIC PLURALISM

BY PETER GOTTSCHALK Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk’s research and teaching concentrate on the dynamics of cultural interpretation and conflict in the context of Islamic, Hindu, Christian, and scientific traditions. He is interested particularly in understanding how assumptions of mutual antagonism form between groups despite evidence of religious confluence. A version of this article appeared…

THE COMMON GROUND ON REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND SECURITY

BY JOSEPH CASSIDY ’86 Joseph Cassidy ’86 is a Wilson Center fellow and former State Department foreign service officer. Follow him on Twitter @cassidyjosephp. The following is excerpted from an article of his published by the Wilson Center. President Trump seems to conceive of domestic counterterrorism efforts as analogous to a police roadblock. Potential terrorists,…

Game On

PHOTO BY STEVE MCLAUGHLIN MEN’S LACROSSE CAPS HISTORIC SEASON In this historic season, the Wesleyan Men’s Lacrosse team won the NESCAC and Little Three Championships, capping it off by reaching the NCAA Semifinals. Here, Cardinal All- American midfielder Taylor Ghesquiere ’18 celebrates after a goal during the NCAA Quarterfinal game against No. 3 Bates College…

Finn, Rubenstein, Roberts Honored with Binswanger Teaching Prizes

OLIVIA DRAKE MALS ’08 During Wesleyan’s 185th Commencement on May 28, Wesleyan presented three outstanding faculty members with the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching, photographed here with President Roth ’78 (right). These prizes, made possible by gifts from the family of the late Frank G. Binswanger Sr., Hon. ’85, underscore Wesleyan’s commitment to its…

Alumni Association Bestows Honors at Annual Meeting

At the Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association on May 27, seven alumni received Distinguished Alumni Awards, and one Outstanding Service Award was presented, along with the James L. McConaughy Jr. Memorial Award. In recognition for his many years of service, leadership, and generosity, Wesleyan’s historic College Row lawn was dedicated as McKelvey…