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Renowned Sculptor John Risley Dies

John H. Risley, professor of art emeritus, died Feb. 19 in Colchester, Conn. Born in 1919 in Waterville, Maine, Professor Risley modestly referred to himself as a Yankee tinker. He was, of course, much more: an artist who received national prizes and more than two dozen regional prizes for sculptural work that graced collections ranging…

Super Bowl Victor

Let the teenyboppers drool over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his dimpled chin. At a certain point in life, you don’t dream about being his date. You look at a 24-year-old like Brady and think: What a great mom he must have.   Coach Bill Belichick is the thinking woman’s hero. And if…

Q & A: Jerusalem Through the Windows

Q: You first went to Jerusalem with the Jewish Studies Program at Wesleyan. What drew you back to live there?   Adina Hoffman: My husband, Peter Cole, and I were living in San Francisco in the early ’90s and decided to go to Jerusalem for a year. Peter had a translation fellowship and had lived…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. STEVEN ALMOND ’88 My Life in Heavy Metal (Grove/Atlantic, 2002) Most of the 12 stories in this entertaining fiction debut deal with the passion, humor, and angst of relationships between young men and women in the ’80s and ’90s. Almond is especially adept…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. TYLER ANBINDER ’84 Five Points (Free Press, 2001) Tyler Anbinder’s new book is the first comprehensive history of Five Points, a district in lower Manhattan— now Chinatown—that was once the most notorious neighborhood in 19th–century America, chronicled by journalists, religious magazines, and popular…

Professor Emeritus of Religion, David Swift

Professor Emeritus of Religion David Swift, 87, died Oct. 14, in Kennett Square, Pa. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University in 1936, he also earned his doctoral degree in divinity from Yale in 1939.   He was a conscientious objector during World War II and performed alternative service in the Civilian Public Service,…

Q & A: How Hollywood Adapts to War

The Office of War Information admonished WWII filmmakers not to mislead young people with propaganda.   In the days immediately following September 11, the words “Like Pearl Harbor…” seemed to be on everyone’s lips, as last spring’s highly publicized film had brought that historical event to the forefront. Soon, though, the differences between the movie,…

Commitment to Humanity

“I was shocked when I found out,” says Kim-Marie Spence ’00. “I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed!”   Her reaction is understandable. After all, being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship is the kind of honor most people only dream of.   Spence, a government and economics major as well as a member of the university’s track team, is…

Oral History Project

Ron Jenkins, chair and artistic director of Wesleyan’s theater department, wrote the following story about the making of Over There, a play he directed at the CFA theater during Parents’ Weekend 2001.   In the fall of 2000, when the students in my documentary theater class began conducting oral history interviews with Sicilian-Americans in Middletown,…