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GUMPTION AND GAMES

Chris Weaver MALS ’75, CAS ’76 says he’s often in the right place at the right time. But he also sees things others don’t and has had a remarkably creative career. Not many successful people describe themselves as being like Forrest Gump—the hapless main character of the eponymous movie—but Christopher Weaver says he’s been just…

WRITING THE UNTOLD STORIES

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, who teaches writing at Wesleyan, talks about how her diverse family, roots in Philadelphia, and musical background have inspired her creative work.

FROM SOUL BAND TO TELEVISION GOLD

The immensely talented and inspiring Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, creators, writers and producers for the CBS hit series How I Met Your Mother, made a triumphant return to the Wesleyan campus on September 27, 2014 during Family Weekend.

IMAGINARY LANDSCAPES

Tula Telfair’s epic and massive landscape paintings fill the walls of Wesleyan’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. They call forth our memories of the most stunning scenic vistas­—craggy mountains topped by threatening clouds; impossibly moist, green valleys; icebergs jutting hundreds of feet out of the freezing aqua waters below.

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.

NEVER GIVE IN

The young man gave his list to the college counselor; waited while she considered the names of universities where he planned on applying. He was a football player, a wrestler, a big kid with a meaty fistful of athletic accolades. His grades were decent, but his SATs weren’t stellar.

LIBERAL EDUCATION?

President Michael S. Roth discusses his new book on a question that’s grabbing national attention.The broad contextual education that Wesleyan and peer institutions offer is frequently critiqued, sometimes even excoriated, by those who accuse it of not preparing graduates for success in today’s world. But that accusation, says President Michael S. Roth ’78 in his…

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…