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RUSSIA TROUBLES CONFOUND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

BY ROBERT HUNTER ’62 Robert Hunter ’62 is a former U.S. Ambassador to NATO who is recognized as a principal architect of NATO’s post-Cold War strategy. He has served as senior advisor at the RAND Corporation, a member of the National Security Council, and director of the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies at the National…

MARSHALL PLAN AT 70: DO THE TIES STILL BIND?

Karen Donfried ’84, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, previously served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House, leading the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. She was a recipient of a Distinguished Alumna Award…

THREAT ASSESSMENTS

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 White House Situation Room, May 1, 2011, 4:00 P.M. EDT: Presiden Barack Obama and his inner circle anxiously watch aerial footage of one of the highest-stakes and riskiest operations ever carried out—a team of elite Navy SEALs raiding a fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The leaders back in Washington don’t know for…

THERE’S NO APP FOR A GOOD SWING DANCE

In Alive and Kicking, the Lindy Hop documentary from which this still is taken, writer/director Susan Glatzer ’87 created an experiential high-energy film—and included Magen Jennings ’04 and film studies alumni Zoe Broad ’14, Andrew Cohen ’14 , Jana Heaton ’14, Amanda Marks ’88, and Gabriel Urbina ‘13 on her crew. Alive and Kicking, a…

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIA L. KAY ’83

When computer-analyst-by-day-artist-by-night Julia L. Kay ’83 invited fellow artists to draw each other via an online portrait drawing group, she had no idea how many, if any, would respond. Today, almost 1,000 artists from 55 countries have contributed 50,000 creations to Kay’s international online collaborative art project, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP).

PAIGE KENNEDY ’84 CHARTS AN UNCOMMON LITERARY COURSE

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 has always seen things a little differently. When she recently met Abby Solomon, a 21-year-old with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from eating more than a few bites at a time, she didn’t focus on Solomon’s striking thinness, as many do. Instead she saw a beautiful…

DIALOGUES ON THE CRISIS OF MASS INCARCERATION

Members of the Wesleyan community here and across the country are engaged in exploring, ameliorating, and solving the crises that surround the mass incarceration—and disenfranchisement—of a vast segment of the American population. This year on campus, a confluence of programs—from the First Year Matters Common Reading, to a Course Cluster, to the annual Shasha Seminar…

EVERY PORTRAIT TELLS A STORY

When computer-analyst-by-day-artist-by-night Julia L. Kay ’83 invited fellow artists to draw each other via an online portrait drawing group, she had no idea how many, if any, would respond. Seven years later, almost 1,000 artists from 55 countries have contributed 50,000 creations to Kay’s international online collaborative art project, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP). A…

ON THE ROAD TOWARD EQUITY & INCLUSION

Wesleyan no longer stands out uniquely as “Diversity University,” but discussions about how to become a more equitable and inclusive community have produced results—and challenges. By 1964 the Civil Rights Movement had primed Wesleyan’s campus for change. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Had spoken at Commencement against segregation and indifference to poverty, shortly before the…