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PORTER ’02 USES BIG DATA TO ADVISE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

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Dan Porter ’02 knows how you’re going to vote next November. If that’s a shock, then welcome to the world of big data. Google knows what ads to give you, Netflix knows what shows you like to watch, and your credit card company likely knows more about your buying habits than you do. A wealth…

LETTER HOME: MAKING ART ACROSS THE GLOBE

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As our van turns off the main highway, the roads become narrower, muddier, and our van swerves to avoid hitting the cows and goats pinned to the edges of the path. Farmers stop their work and boys halt their soccer game in curiosity; I know we have almost arrived. We continue and scores of children…

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

As with many Wesleyan alumni, my first involvement with Wesleyan after graduation came through the Office of Admission. Although Wesleyan is some- what of a secret in Michigan, I was able to meet several aspiring applicants each year. Because high school students have so much more information at hand than we had back in my…

Conversations: Music and Public Life

Spanning the 2012–2013 academic year, Music & Public Life is a series of events, lectures, exhibitions, and courses celebrating Wesleyan’s rich musical cul- ture and examining the role music plays in public life around the world in the present day. Mark Slobin, the Winslow- Kaplan Professor of Music, is organizing the program in collaboration with…

Conversations: Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor of government

Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor of government, is the author of the forthcoming book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. How did you become interested in the study of “civil resistance”? It was purely accidental. In June 2006, I was finishing my doctoral dissertation on why terrorist groups tend to proliferate in democratic…