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Something in the Water

It came down to hats: Fedoras, bowlers, stovepipes, fezzes, pillboxes, and dozens of other styles lost to time. Hat manufacturers, 50 miles up the Housatonic River and as much as 200 years back in time, are linked to chemical contamination that is recorded in Connecticut’s sediments. Their poisonous legacy is sitting in the middle of…

Distinguished Alumni Honored

Wesleyan recognized the achievements of several alumni during Reunion weekend with Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards. They are:   David Batdorf “51?an attorney for 46 years in Shillington, Pa., who has been active in politics from the local to the national level and has raised more than $200 million for civic, charitable, educational, and religious organizations. He…

High on Documentaries!

Wesleyan alumni teamed to make Emmy Award-winning American High, a bold experiment in cin&eaigu;ma v&eaigu;rit&eaigu; that tells what it’s really like to be in high school.   American High, the 13-part documentary series commissioned by the Fox Network, premiered last summer on commercial television and aired again on PBS this spring and summer. An Emmy…

New Lecture Series Brings Distinguished Speakers

A new lecture series endowed by a $1.7-million gift from Edward W. Snowdon ’33 is bringing internationally renowned intellectual and public leaders to campus.   Snowdon Fellows are chosen for their intellectual stature and for offering activities that will “spark and sustain intellectual discourse” as well as enhance the academic life of the Wesleyan community,…

Alive, On Stage: Cambodia

When Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia began its U.S. tour at the Center for the Arts this summer, the event was more than a performance. It was a rebirth.   One of the many arts nearly destroyed by the country’s civil war—in which nearly 90 percent of its artists, intellectuals and educators were killed during…

Tutors Hear the Stories

From a modest beginning in 1978, Wesleyan’s Writing Workshop has grown to enlist more than 100 tutors per semester who help their peers say what’s on their minds.   The student glances at Julie Goldberg ’00 as she reads through his paper. His foot is planted on the office floor. His knee bobs up and…

HISTORICAL ROW: ALL RAILROADS LEAD TO MIDDLETOWN

From the earliest days, Wesleyan graduates have been a far-flung crowd. The first six alumni of the Class of 1833—missionaries, teachers, and adventurers—scattered to New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and eventually Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina.   Keeping in touch after graduation was a challenge then, as now. Members of the small early classes could…

Tackle That Ambassador!

A Wesleyan football star finds a season of play after graduation in a seemingly unlikely place.   The spring air was crisp and the crowd was beginning to gather at the field, and Tom Themistocles ’99, pro football player and Number Seven for the Copenhagen Towers, was psyched. Football? Spring? Copenhagen? What’s wrong with this…

Deaths of Two Former Faculty Members

Two former faculty members died in early March: John G. Grumm, professor of government emeritus, at age 78, and Barry Kiefer, former professor of biology, at age 67.   Grumm was a member of the Wesleyan faculty from 1969 until his retirement in 1991 (subsequently residing in Niantic, Conn.). Before coming to Wesleyan, he taught…

Q & A: Rendering the Infinite Subtleties of Language

Winston has been translating professionally for more than 30 years. While growing up she puzzled over problems in translation at the dinner table with her parents, Richard and Clara Winston, also professional translators, whose work includes Jung’s Memories, Dreams and Reflections. As a graduate student, Winston translated her first fulllength work from German into English…