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LONG ROAD TO POSTHUMOUS PUBLICATION

When Professor Emeritus of History Rick Elphick set out to complete a major work left unfinished by the late Wesleyan history professor Jeffrey Butler, he faced challenges that few editors ever encounter. Starting in the late 1970s, Butler had undertaken a 20-year study of Cradock, the South African town where he grew up, as an…

WES MEDIA PROJECT

Research by Associate Professor of Government Erika Franklin Fowler and the Wesleyan Media Project (WMP) on campaign advertising, health care policy, and political communication is resonating far beyond Wesleyan’s campus, informing work in government, nonprofits, and the private sector. Meanwhile this spring, WMP has begun issuing regular analyses of political advertising in the lead-up to…

“WHO ARE YOU?” BY ELIZABETH LIANG ’92

“Who are you?” “Where are you from?” “What are you?” When your parents are from neither the same country nor culture nor race, and your identity wasn’t forged in a single geographical “home,” it can be tricky to answer questions like these. As an actor and writer, I created ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey because…

READY FOR THE NEXT PANDEMIC? Q&A WITH BEN OPPENHEIM ’02

Ben Oppenheim ’02, a senior scientist with Metabiota, a start-up focusing on epidemiological modeling and epidemic risk preparedness, was recently invited to participate in a workshop at the National Academy of Medicine devoted to pandemic preparedness. “The goal of this group was to provide a set of arguments for investing in pandemic preparedness, especially in…

AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS THEATER: FIST AND HEEL

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group presented the Connecticut premiere of Citizen in the Center for the Arts Theater on Feb. 9, 2018. Citizen—here photographed during the dress rehearsal—questions what it means to belong and what it means to not want to belong. The work was inspired by the histories of iconic African Americans who…

“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…