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JOHN ’62, GINA DRISCOLL RECEIVE BALDWIN MEDAL

During the 185th Commencement ceremony on May 28, John ’62 and Gina Driscoll were honored with the Raymond E. Baldwin Medal, the highest award of the Alumni Association. John and Gina have each provided exemplary service to Wesleyan for more than three decades, during which they have been truly remarkable ambassadors of goodwill. To alumni…

GIFTS FOR THE COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Wesleyan’s College of the Environment (COE) has received two major gifts that together will provide $6.5 million in endowment to support its programs. Essel Bailey ’66 and his wife, Menakka, have increased their support of the COE with a new $4 million commitment that will fund a multipronged effort to extend the work and themes…

FRIES CENTER FOR GLOBAL STUDIES COMMITTED TO CITIZENSHIP IN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni recently gathered for the dedication of the Fries Center for Global Studies. Housed in Fisk Hall, the center includes the Office of Study Abroad; Fellowships, Internships and Exchanges; Language Resources and Technology; and Language and Intercultural Learning. The center was dedicated in recognition of the generosity of Board of Trustees…

THE BACKSTORY: THE ASD BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES

BY JUDITH NEWMAN ’81 Judith Newman ’81 is the author of To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines (Harper Collins, August 2017). She lives in Manhattan with her twin sons, Henry and Gus. Learn more at judithnewman.com. Me: “Honey, it’s going to be great! Let’s go shopping for…”…

FIVE JOIN WESLEYAN BOARD

KAREN DONFRIED ’84 Karen Donfried is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit focused on strengthening transatlantic relations and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with seven oces across Europe. Before assuming this role in April 2014, she was special assistant to the President and senior director for European aˆairs on…

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR EMY MATESAN

Emy Matesan, assistant professor of government at Wesleyan, focuses on Middle East politics, particularly security and political violence, democratization, and Islamist movements. In Egypt and Indonesia, Matesan conducted National Science Foundation-supported fieldwork exploring why groups adopt or abandon violence. 1. In the wake of the attack in Manchester, England, what have we learned about ISIS…

CONFLICT OVER A MODEL OF ISLAMIC PLURALISM

BY PETER GOTTSCHALK Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk’s research and teaching concentrate on the dynamics of cultural interpretation and conflict in the context of Islamic, Hindu, Christian, and scientific traditions. He is interested particularly in understanding how assumptions of mutual antagonism form between groups despite evidence of religious confluence. A version of this article appeared…

THE COMMON GROUND ON REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND SECURITY

BY JOSEPH CASSIDY ’86 Joseph Cassidy ’86 is a Wilson Center fellow and former State Department foreign service officer. Follow him on Twitter @cassidyjosephp. The following is excerpted from an article of his published by the Wilson Center. President Trump seems to conceive of domestic counterterrorism efforts as analogous to a police roadblock. Potential terrorists,…