Letters

Letter Home: Walking With Giants in the Hills of Thailand

What happens when a Wesleyan student discovers a passion for protecting elephants—and begins her career in a small Southeast Asian Village?— ■ REBECCA WINKLER ’16 began working with the Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF) through her Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies thesis project, Walking with Giants; Ecofeminist Insights on the Tourism Industry in Thailand. The foundation’s…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION? When I was in school, we used the term “Liberal Arts Education,” which generally referred to a broad exposure to the humanities, history, literature, government, etc., to ensure a student could enter adulthood with an entry level understanding of how the world works—how people process and document the human condition. The latest…

GRATITUDE FOR THE LATE PROFESSOR FIRSHEIN

I was very sad to hear the obituary news about my mentor, adviser, and friend, Professor Bill Firshein. I worked in Bill’s lab for two years and did my senior thesis with him, and I was one of the first students to graduate with Honors from the newly formed MB&B Department, which Bill founded in 1986.…

KUDOS TO DR. MICHAEL GREENBERG ’76

Flipping through Issue 3, 2015, I came across the Newsmaker profile of Michael Greenberg ’76, PhD, in the Class Notes. The writeup was appropriately congratulatory, but he deserves so, so much more. Among other disorders, Dr. Greenberg’s lab is currently working on Rett Syndrome, a single gene disorder affecting girls almost exclusively. Silently lurking, Rett…

COMMENT ON PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

For a retired physician now in my second career as an instructor in biology at the undergraduate level this article was of great practical interest. I often tell my students that a good indicator of how well they understand a concept is their ability to explain it to another student. I wish we had the…

ARGUS CONTROVERSY

Black Lives Matter. It was interesting to note the differing reactions of Wesleyan students to an Argus article using those words (Wesleyan, 2015, issue 3, page 13). It is not my intention to come down on either side of the controversy. What interests me most is the way in which those opposed to the op-ed…

9/11 TRAUMA RESPONSE RELEVANT TO OTHER GROUPS

Reading the article on Clifford Chanin ’75 (“The 9/11 Memory Keeper,” Wesleyan, Issue 3, 2015) and his discussion of the intersection of trauma response, I was struck by how closely this correlates with the experience of Americans of African descent and Native Americans. “[T]he cultural/political turmoil in societies that had difficult economies and younger populations…

WESLEYAN HISTORY

You published an interview with David Potts ’60 about his most recent book on the history of the college (Wesleyan, 2015, #1). Although the book covers the 1960s, I find only a vague reference to the university’s participation in the Civil Rights movement. I write to laud a recent article in Wesleyan (2014, #3, “Freedom…

PATRIOTS AND DRAFT PICKS

The first 2015 issue of Wesleyan just reached these shores, and much as I concur with Rob Abel ’65 and his praise of Bill Belichick ’75, I feel obliged to point out that the Pats team that won the Super Bowl had five of their own first-round draft picks among their 22 starters, not just…