Profiles

FINESSING FOOD ALLERGIES: AMANDA SNYDER ’00

Amanda Snyder ’00

  By Nancy Fontaine It’s the end of a busy day. You rush into the kitchen with a bag of groceries after having spent many long and frustrating minutes examining food labels because the kids have allergies. They start fighting in the next room because they’re hungry and tired, as are you. The kitchen is…

Sarah Hann ’95 and Harlan Weaver ’99: “Animal Studies Fellowship Draws Alumni to Campus”

Sarah Hann ’95, a veterinarian with a specialty in acupuncture who is concerned with current agricultural practices, and Harlan Weaver ’99, a newly minted Ph.D. in the history of consciousness and the companion of two “pit bulls,” were two fellows in the Human-Animal Studies Fellowship Program this summer. They were back on campus for the…

Pursuing the Perfect Pig

Lucky visitors to Black Oak Holler Farm in West Virginia, Nic Heckett’s culinary laboratory, will arrive when the pig has been on the smoker for about eight hours. The hickory wood, harvested from surrounding hills, has turned the meat mahogany, its smell wafting down the valley. In the remaining hours before dinner, cold beer and rocking…

Brenner ’92, MD: A Magnetic Treatment for Depression

When Grant Brenner’92, M.D., looks at the future of psychiatry, he’s more likely to see magnets than pills, equally likely to see brain imaging as transformative talk therapy. An interpersonal-relational psychoanalyst, he’s also one of a small but growing num- ber of psychiatrists in the country certified to offer his clinical patients a new form of…

Martin ’02 Cooks Up “Stovetop Travel”

The idea came to her in the middle of the night. “I woke up my husband and told him, ‘I know what I should do: I should cook a meal from every country in the world, one per week,’” says Sasha Foppiano Martin ’02. So began Global Table Adventure, Martin’s blog that takes readers on…

Center for Prison Education

BY JIM SMITH Russell Perkins ’09 was a high school student in Evanston, Illinois when the Anthony Porter case changed Illinois law. It changed Perkins’ life, as well. Convicted, in the 1980s, of murdering two Chicago teenagers, Porter had been sentenced to death. Thanks to multiple appeals, however, he was still alive in 1998 when…

Permaculture Takes Root in the WestCo Courtyard

TO WILD WES, ‘LANDSCAPE’ MEANS ‘NATURAL’ BY YAEL CHANOFF ’11 From the top of Foss Hill, the view of Wesleyan is a picture of New England college charm. But in the green expanses of lawn, where most see tradition and classic beauty, some Wesleyan students see an environmental affront. Look toward the WestCo courtyard, however,…

Not About the Pearls

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN JULES OPTON-HIMMEL ‘02 and SEAN PATCH ‘02 RARELY SPOKE OF OYSTERS. THEN THEY STARTED GROWING THEM. by Eric Gershon ’98 It’s an overcast June morning on Ninigret Pond, a coastal lagoon in Charlestown, R.I., and Jules Opton-Himmel ’02 is heaving floppy PVC frames into the water from a broad-bottomed lumberyard skiff.…

The Darkly Funny World of Bruce Kaplan ’86

CARTOONS AS A DIARY OF ANGST By Lauren Weber ’94 You won’t find many unicorns or sunflowers in Bruce Eric Kaplan’s cartoons. If you did, the unicorn might be saying wistfully that he wished more little girls loved him, and the sunflower might be complaining about the heat. What you will find regularly in Kaplan’s single-panel…