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 […]

PAC Speaker Series Kicks Off with Bauerlein’s Take on “The Burden of Nonconformity”

October 9, 2017, by Mason Mandell, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Last Thursday, as part of the University’s Public Affairs Center (PAC) speaker series, Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory University, touched on his support for Donald Trump, social media, and conformity in his lecture titled “Political Correctness On Campus and Off: The Burden of Nonconformity.” Bauerlein is senior editor of “First Things” magazine […]

Sustainability Week Promotes Awareness of Environmental Issues

October 9, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor . Leave a Comment

From Oct. 9 through Oct. 15, the University’s Sustainability Office, among other campus organizations, will be hosting a variety of events dedicated to promoting and highlighting campus sustainability. Ranging from a film screening to the widely attended Pumpkin Fest, Sustainability Week will ensure a range of sustainable resources is readily available to students. Likewise, campus sustainability […]

Professor Lois Brown Discusses Thoreau’s Portrayal of African Americans in “Walden”

October 9, 2017, by Brandon Sides, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

On Friday at 12 p.m., Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor Lois Brown presented a lecture “Green, Black, and Read All Over: The Elusive Pastoral in Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden.’” The Division II lecture, held in the Downey House lounge, discussed the elusive or altogether omitted presence of African Americans in N.C. Wyeth’s 1936 “Men of […]

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