Professor Tyshawn Sorey M.A. ’11 Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

October 16, 2017, by Camille De Beus, News Editor. Leave a Comment

The yearly list of MacArthur Genius fellows was released this past week, and one of the University’s own, Assistant Music Professor Tyshawn Sorey M.A. ’11, made the cut. In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, ensemble leader, and conductor, Sorey is teaching a music seminar on creative improvised music since 1959 and leading the […]

Davis ’17 on Her New Novel: Consider an Author’s Personal History and the Role of Satire

October 16, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

On Friday, Oct. 13, R.J. Julia hosted Jenny Fran Davis ’17, who discussed her first novel, “Everything Must Go,” which was released on Oct. 3. Davis’ novel tells the story of Flora Goldwasser, a Manhattan girl who goes off to alternative boarding school, Quare, for her junior year of high school. When she is thrown into the […]

Graduate Liberal Studies Teams up With ARC to Provide Pathway to Teaching Certification

October 16, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

The University’s Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) program—the all-encompassing program for students seeking a post-bachelor’s degree—is partnering with the Alternative Route to Certification (ARC) program based in Connecticut. ARC, run by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, offers courses in education and prepares students for teaching professions. ARC and GLS will be teaming up to provide all […]

Bork-Goldfield Elected to American Association of Teachers of German’s Executive Council

October 16, 2017, by Kaye Dyja, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Chair and Adjunct Professor of German Studies Iris Bork-Goldfield has been elected as the northeast region’s representative to the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). The AATG supports the German language and German-speaking cultures in elementary, high school, and college education in the United States. “The AATG promotes the study […]

Dar Williams ’89 Performs, Extols the Virtues of Small Communities

October 13, 2017, by Mason Mandell, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Dar Williams ’89 returned to Middletown on Tuesday evening to talk about her recent book “What I Found in a Thousand Towns.” Williams, labeled by The New Yorker as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” spoke of her time at Wesleyan University, read from her book, and sang for the crowd at the Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore. […]

Miranda ’02’s “Almost Like Praying” Helps Fund Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Why not buy a “fucking bop” for charity? Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 released what he proclaims to be a “fucking bop,” “Almost Like Praying,” on Friday, Oct. 6. Miranda wrote the lyrics and also contributed vocals to the song. All proceeds from the track are donated to the Hispanic Federation, which is directing everything contributed to its UNIDOS fund toward disaster relief […]

Wes U Press Publishes National Book Award Finalists

October 13, 2017, by Molly Schiff, Executive Editor . Leave a Comment

Last week, the National Book Award released its finalists for 2017, and a book published by the Wesleyan University Press has made the cut. “In the Language of My Captor” by Shane McCrae has been named a finalist in the Poetry category. “The Leavers” by Lisa Ko ’98 was also named a finalist in the group […]

“What is a Book?” Ask Professors Aresu and Fallon

October 13, 2017, by Henry Spiro, News Editor . Leave a Comment

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the English Department hosted a panel, in the Downey House Lounge, of two professors to discuss the question, “What is a book?” The panel was comprised of Assistant Professor of Italian and Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies Francesco Marco Aresu and visiting Assistant Professor of English Sam Fallon. English Department Chair Stephanie […]

Jackson ’90 Discusses His New Book, “Chester B. Himes: A Biography”

October 13, 2017, by Brandon Sides, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

On Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Professor Lawrence P. Jackson ’90 led this year’s Center for African American Studies Distinguished Alumni Lecture at Russell House, titled “A Fighter Fights and a Writer Writes: Encountering Chester B. Himes.” Jackson is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from Wesleyan University […]

Exley Science Center Evacuated Due to Basement Room Fire

October 11, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

On Oct. 10 at around 6 p.m., a fire was reported in a basement laboratory in Exley Science Center. The Middletown Fire Department arrived promptly on the scene, and the fire was extinguished before spreading from the room. The origin of the fire appeared to be unattended chemicals left on a hot plate. Director of […]

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