Lauren Rubenstein

Associate Manager of Media & Public Relations at Wesleyan University

ARGUS: 150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

On May 26, The Wesleyan Argus 150th Anniversary Celebration was held at Russell House during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. Current students and alumni, who contributed to The Argus from the 1970s through the present day, shared memories, caught up with old friends, and discussed the state of journalism today. The event was co-sponsored by Wesleyan’s…

SPOTLIGHT ON FACULTY: TRACKING TRENDS: WHAT POLITICAL ADS CAN TELL US ABOUT OUR NEXT ELECTIONS

Erika Franklin Fowler codirects the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks and analyzes all political ads aired on broadcast television and national cable during elections. A specialist in political communications, she has recently expanded her research to include political advertising on Facebook. Her work has been cited in hundreds of leading news outlets. At Wesleyan, she…

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…

INCUBATOR FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is developing a community of innovators both on campus and among alumni who are effecting change around the world.Hang around Wesleyan long enough, and you’re bound to hear the phrase “practical idealism.” Coined by the philosopher John Dewey and later adopted by Mahatma Gandhi, “practical idealism” is the third…

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…

OPENING DOORS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Growing up in his grandmother’s house in Harer, Ethiopia, Nebiyu Daniel barely attended school. Though he spoke no English upon arriving in the United States at the age of 10, by 13 he was proficient enough that he started to dream of attending college—something no one in his family had done before.

VAN VLECK REFRACTOR: TELESCOPE RESTORATION PROJECT BEGINS

This June, work began to give the nearly century-old 20-inch Van Vleck Refractor, which lives on Foss Hill in its iconic dome, a complete facelift to return it to full working order. The rare historic telescope will be dismantled, cleaned, repaired, reassembled, and modernized over a period of about 15 months in preparation for the…

PUTTING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY INTO ACTION

Teaching his popular Wesleyan course to a global audience, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous explored new ways to “crowd source the betterment of society.”   One day last summer, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous sat down with a small group of students to discuss the Stanford Prison Experiment, a classic 1971 study regularly covered in…