Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

BULLY PULPIT: MARKETING FOR A BETTER WORLD

WHEN A PROGRESSIVE marketing and communications agency that has major Democratic organizations as clients—and ran the digital marketing operations for Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton—decides to expand into the corporate world, one company you might not expect to be on the list is McDonald’s. Yes, that’s the purveyor of hamburgers founded by the famously conservative…

ALUMNI PANEL: WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON IN JOURNALISM TODAY

During Reunion & Commencement 2018 a panel of four alumni presented a Celebration of Wesleyan Writing WESeminar “Practicing Journalism in a Time of Fake News,” organized by University Professor of English Anne Greene, coordinator of the Writing Certificate and the Kim-Frank Visiting Writers program. Excerpts from the conversation are below: Hannah Dreier: I went to…

REMEMBERING PRESIDENT BENNET

President Emeritus Douglas J. Bennet ’59, P’87, ’94, Hon. ’94, who passed away in June at age 79, presided over a dozen years of remarkable progress at Wesleyan that reshaped not only the physical campus but also the Wesleyan community’s understanding of itself.“He believed that Wesleyan gave him so much, and he gave back unstintingly…

THE ART OF THE HUG

Everyone sells. Whether you are on a date or meeting a potential employer, you sell yourself. On the job, you sell your ideas to accomplish your goals or get promoted. You may sell physical objects, software, professional services, your intellectual property, your company’s brand, your political positions—selling is pervasive. It’s not a stretch to say…

FROM GLASS CEILINGS TO GLOWING SCREENS

Jane Eisner ’77, P’06,’12 and daughter Miriam Berger ’12 discuss the profession that is their shared passion. Jane Eisner ’77 is editor-in-chief of The Forward, the national Jewish news organization. Together with Mark Berger ’76, she is the proud parent of Miriam ’12 and her two older sisters, Rachel ’06 and Amalia (Tufts ’10). Miriam…

EDITOR’S NOTE: MY FAREWELL COLUMN

William Holder ’75, editor.

Lately I’ve been exploring the devilish complexities of Medicare as I approach my 65th birthday and a time of change in my life (see end of this column). After a good deal of reading, I’ve come away wondering how anyone without good resources navigates this complex system. By all accounts, many people don’t. They run…

LONG ROAD TO POSTHUMOUS PUBLICATION

When Professor Emeritus of History Rick Elphick set out to complete a major work left unfinished by the late Wesleyan history professor Jeffrey Butler, he faced challenges that few editors ever encounter. Starting in the late 1970s, Butler had undertaken a 20-year study of Cradock, the South African town where he grew up, as an…

ENDOWMENT MANAGEMENT THE WESLEYAN WAY

In 1866 Wesleyan established the Permanent Fund, also known as the endowment, with $93,153 in pledges and gifts. The word “permanent” implied confidence and a forward-looking mentality. Wesleyan’s leaders then would surely be pleased to know that the endowment has delivered on its promise to be an enduring bedrock of financial security, managed to help…

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WESLEYAN HISTORY (NOT REALLY…)

To walk Wesleyan’s campus is to be surrounded by history that whispers from buildings. Presidents left their mark (or didn’t), legendary faculty built Wesleyan’s reputation, controversies raged, student life underwent seismic upheavals—all making Wesleyan what it is today. In the following pages we recount selected points of that evolution, drawing heavily on the insightful histories…

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHY DID WESLEYAN ABANDON COEDUCATION IN 1909?

I thought I knew the answer, and in my mind this odd twist in the history of a progressive institution arose from antagonistic feelings harbored by male students who felt threatened by the academic prowess of their female peers. Men were certainly antagonistic and the small number of women at Wesleyan then were academic achievers,…