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HISTORICAL ROW: HENRY BACON’S IMPRINT ON WESLEYAN

Henry Bacon is known today primarily as the architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated in 1922. Before his death in 1924, he designed a number of prominent public buildings and monuments. He also played a critical part in shaping Wesleyan in his role as, in the words of Wesleyan historian David Potts…

BETWEEN THE LINES: MY CHARACTERS, MYSELF

In her latest novel The Listener (Pegasus Books), Rachel Basch ’80 considers how individuals conceal and reveal their identities. Her novel centers around a student and a therapist whose lives become surprisingly entwined, and Basch discusses her creation of these two characters.In her essay “Revision as Creation,” May Sarton wrote, “… what is the value…

TWEETS REVEAL PRIORITIES IN CONGRESSIONAL POLITICS

Twitter use has become virtually universal among members of Congress. Democrat and Republican, young and old, urban and rural, nearly 95 percent of members use the platform for constituent outreach and to take positions on important issues. For Assistant Professor of Government Logan Dancey, who studies congressional politics, legislative behavior, elections, and public opinion, Twitter…

A SPARKLING WORK OF SCHOLARSHIP

The late Stanley Lebergott was a longtime professor of economics at Wesleyan with a towering reputation for his work in labor statistics. He also delighted in using data to both illuminate significant cultural trends and puncture faulty reasoning. Among his lasting contributions was Pursuing Happiness, recently reissued by Princeton Legacy Library, which provides on-demand paperback…

SCHOLAR ATHLETE ALEXIS WALKER ’16

To some, “knowledge is power” may sound clichéd, but Alexis Walker ’16 is proof that education fuels opportunity.  She grew up in Oklahoma City, with limited learning choices, but was able to enroll in the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). This rigorous charter-school program taught Walker the skills she needed and raised her expectations for…

JUST PUBLISHED

Stephen Alter ’77 Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Arcade, 2015) Alter and his wife, Ammeta, live in the hill station of Mussoorie, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he was raised by American missionary parents. Their relatively peaceful existence was brutally interrupted when four armed…

FROM THE COLLECTIONS: TEACHING FROM THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THE DAVISON ART CENTER

The Davison Art Center’s holdings include 18,000 prints from the Renaissance to the present and approximately 6,000 photographs. The DAC is recognized among print and photography curators as a superb collection, notes curator Clare Rogan. Monday afternoon at the Davison Art Center, Professor of Art David Schorr’s printmaking class meets for its weekly session in…

A PEAK MOMENT IN WES SPORTS HISTORY RECALLED

The 2010 Wesleyan softball team knew it had something to prove. For two years in a row, they were one game shy of their ultimate goal: a NESCAC crown. They were good, but they wanted to be great. Five years later, Head Coach Jen Lane still recalls how determined that team was. “We had expectations…