Profiles

BULLY PULPIT: MARKETING FOR A BETTER WORLD

WHEN A PROGRESSIVE marketing and communications agency that has major Democratic organizations as clients—and ran the digital marketing operations for Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton—decides to expand into the corporate world, one company you might not expect to be on the list is McDonald’s. Yes, that’s the purveyor of hamburgers founded by the famously conservative…

A LIFELINE FOR LOCAL JOURNALISM, BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03

At the Lenfest Institute CEO Jim Friedlich ’79, P’17 nurtures smaller newsrooms for the larger good of our democracy. When I was growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, waaaaay back in the 1980s, there was no Facebook and no Twitter. There were no websites. Instead, there was the Lexington Herald-Leader. It arrived at our door every…

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: WHEN FAT SHAMING PRECLUDES MEDICAL CARE

Laura Fraser ’82 writes about the bias against patients with obesity that she says is prevalent in the medical establishment—and might have prevented her sister from receiving lifesaving treatment in time for it to be effective. “My sister’s cancer might have been diagnosed sooner—if doctors could have seen beyond her weight,” wrote Laura Fraser ’82…

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…

STARBUCKS SELECTS SINGLE BY RHODES ’90

Next time you’re seeking a caffeine fix in Starbucks, keep your ears open for a song by J.R. Rhodes ’90. Hers is a haunting alto voice—with a throatiness and rich, emotional depth reminiscent of Joan Armatrading—and the song, in a minor key, “Your Pillow,” was the first single released from her latest album, I Am.…

JAZZ MUSICIAN SOREY MA’11 WINS MACARTHUR FELLOWSHIP

Tyshawn Sorey MA ’11, who joined Wesleyan’s faculty this fall as assistant professor of music, has been awarded a fellowship—better known as a “genius” grant—from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The announcement was made Oct. 11. The fellowship is a “$625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment…