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“POWERFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING”

For this year’s First Year Matters program, incoming new students read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric during the summer before their arrival on campus. Rankine, a noted poet and author, had been on campus for Commencement 2017, when she received an honorary degree and addressed the graduating class. On Sept. 1, Rankine was back…

SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: SUPERHEROES ON THE AUCTION BLOCK

Last March, Jon Berk ’72 began selling off his collection of comic books and comic art. It was no ordinary collection: The Jon Berk Art and Comic Collection, as it was known, consisted of more than 18,000 items that spanned the history of comics in America. And it was no ordinary sale—ComicConnect was handling the…

LETTERS

COULD THIS BE WHY? Looking back at Wesleyan sports over half a century ago, among the NEICAA champions I remember were broad jumpers Ernie Dunn ’59, Jim Thomas ’61, and Dick Huddleston ’60, miler Steve Paranya ’61, wrestlers Charlie Smith ’60 and Al Williams ’61, and golfer Jeff Folley ’60. Some athletes competed at high…

FACULTY-STUDENT TEAM DISCOVERS SUPER-EARTHS

A team of scientists from Wesleyan, led by Associate Professor of Astronomy Seth Redfield and graduate student Prajwal Niraula, has coauthored a paper on the discovery of three planets, or super-Earths, transiting around a nearby star, just 98 light-years away. “Super-Earths are slightly larger than Earth, and the three of them straddle the divide between…

ORAL HISTORIES, BY CHRISTINE FOSTER

In the 1960s, Wesleyan began to grow from a small college into a somewhat bigger, more diverse university. Scores of young faculty members arrived during this era and many stayed for decades, building careers, starting families, and shaping the institution into what it is today. More than 50 years later, as these faculty grow older…