2017 Issue 3

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WESLEYAN HISTORY (NOT REALLY…)

To walk Wesleyan’s campus is to be surrounded by history that whispers from buildings. Presidents left their mark (or didn’t), legendary faculty built Wesleyan’s reputation, controversies raged, student life underwent seismic upheavals—all making Wesleyan what it is today. In the following pages we recount selected points of that evolution, drawing heavily on the insightful histories…

WESLEYAN MAGAZINE, ISSUE 3 2017

To walk Wesleyan’s campus is to be surrounded by history that whispers from buildings. Look inside to read about the Presidents who left their mark (or didn’t), the legendary faculty who built Wesleyan’s reputation, the controversies that raged, and the seismic changes in student life since the University was founded in 1831. All these moments, and more,…

AMERICA’S LONG, DARK LOVE AFFAIR WITH GUNS: 2017 SHASHA SEMINAR, BY JIM H. SMITH

At this year’s Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns on “Guns in American Society,” John Feinblatt ’73, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization, offered guests an insider’s view of the new politics of gun safety.  As featured speaker at the Friday dinner, he discussed the recent successes of gun…

“POWERFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING”

For this year’s First Year Matters program, incoming new students read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric during the summer before their arrival on campus. Rankine, a noted poet and author, had been on campus for Commencement 2017, when she received an honorary degree and addressed the graduating class. On Sept. 1, Rankine was back…

SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: SUPERHEROES ON THE AUCTION BLOCK

Last March, Jon Berk ’72 began selling off his collection of comic books and comic art. It was no ordinary collection: The Jon Berk Art and Comic Collection, as it was known, consisted of more than 18,000 items that spanned the history of comics in America. And it was no ordinary sale—ComicConnect was handling the…

WELL READ: BOOK REVIEWS & NEWS

Mark Bray ’05 Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (Melville House, 2017) Mark Bray explores the historical record and cultural context of the current conversation about anti-fascist organizing in Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. The book, based on Bray’s extensive research, including interviews with more than 60 current and former anti-fascists from 17 countries across North America and…

HISTORICAL ROW: LOUIS ARMSTRONG AT WESLEYAN

Over the decades, any number of luminaries have visited campus, and not just to accept honorary degrees. Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his All-Stars, including Edmund Hall, Trummy Young, Billy Kyle, Bobby Hackett, and singer Velma Middleton, played a rollicking, sold-out concert in the old Cage (now the site of the Usdan Campus Center) on May…