Profiles

Brenner ’92, MD: A Magnetic Treatment for Depression

When Grant Brenner’92, M.D., looks at the future of psychiatry, he’s more likely to see magnets than pills, equally likely to see brain imaging as transformative talk therapy. An interpersonal-relational psychoanalyst, he’s also one of a small but growing num- ber of psychiatrists in the country certified to offer his clinical patients a new form of…

Martin ’02 Cooks Up “Stovetop Travel”

The idea came to her in the middle of the night. “I woke up my husband and told him, ‘I know what I should do: I should cook a meal from every country in the world, one per week,’” says Sasha Foppiano Martin ’02. So began Global Table Adventure, Martin’s blog that takes readers on…

Center for Prison Education

BY JIM SMITH Russell Perkins ’09 was a high school student in Evanston, Illinois when the Anthony Porter case changed Illinois law. It changed Perkins’ life, as well. Convicted, in the 1980s, of murdering two Chicago teenagers, Porter had been sentenced to death. Thanks to multiple appeals, however, he was still alive in 1998 when…

Permaculture Takes Root in the WestCo Courtyard

TO WILD WES, ‘LANDSCAPE’ MEANS ‘NATURAL’ BY YAEL CHANOFF ’11 From the top of Foss Hill, the view of Wesleyan is a picture of New England college charm. But in the green expanses of lawn, where most see tradition and classic beauty, some Wesleyan students see an environmental affront. Look toward the WestCo courtyard, however,…

Not About the Pearls

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN JULES OPTON-HIMMEL ‘02 and SEAN PATCH ‘02 RARELY SPOKE OF OYSTERS. THEN THEY STARTED GROWING THEM. by Eric Gershon ’98 It’s an overcast June morning on Ninigret Pond, a coastal lagoon in Charlestown, R.I., and Jules Opton-Himmel ’02 is heaving floppy PVC frames into the water from a broad-bottomed lumberyard skiff.…

The Darkly Funny World of Bruce Kaplan ’86

CARTOONS AS A DIARY OF ANGST By Lauren Weber ’94 You won’t find many unicorns or sunflowers in Bruce Eric Kaplan’s cartoons. If you did, the unicorn might be saying wistfully that he wished more little girls loved him, and the sunflower might be complaining about the heat. What you will find regularly in Kaplan’s single-panel…

The Real Value of Land: Ownership, Not Auction

ATTORNEY JOHN POLLOCK ’94 UPDATES HEIRS’ RIGHTS BY JIM H. SMITH, MALS ’02 Ervin and James Jones and their seven siblings inherited 38 acres of land in the hill country of eastern Alabama. The two brothers—elderly, poor and disabled—loved the land. Ervin envisioned passing his share on to his grandchildren. James harvested timber as the only…