Wesleyan in the news

Intellectually dynamic Wesleyan faculty, students, alumni, staff and parents frequently serve as expert sources for the national media. Others are known for their recent achievements and accolades.

In The hill, Gary Yohe, professor emeritus of economics and environmental studies at the Huffington Foundation, explains “How to read the latest IPCC science report”. “Unfortunately, the IPCC messages allow the media to interpret the report in words that make it sound like the scientific authors are telling the world what to do,” Yohe writes. “Specifically, as the BBC reports, they say there must be ‘rapid, deep and immediate reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.'” (April 7)

In The Washington Post, Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell, professor of global issues and democratic thought, discuss what could happen if pro-Putin artists come to America. “Cultural diplomacy goes back even before the Soviet period, when the Tsar’s state tried to hide its atrocities at home by spending lavishly on art and culture to show: ‘We are the leaders of European civilization,'” says- he. (March, 31st)

And in The conversation, Rutland discusses the Russian economy, six weeks after the start of the war with Ukraine. “After plunging to a record low of 136 to the US dollar on March 10, 2022, the ruble has recovered to 83 to the dollar as of April 11, roughly what it was worth before the invasion,” says -he. (April 12)

In The New York Times, Jennifer Finney Boylan ’80 shares an op-ed titled, “I’m a trans woman. Bullies don’t surprise me, but allies always do. As a queer American,” and involved in the LGBTQ equality movement for over two decades now, I’m not surprised how trans people are continually bullied, misunderstood and belittled. What surprises me a bit is that in response, so many others — straight, cisgender and queer — have rallied on our behalf,” she says. (April 9)

Adam Leff ’90 and Zak Penn ’90, P’23 are mentioned in VICE for writing PCU, a low-budget cult film set “on a campus dominated by militant politics and political correctness.” A lot of PCU satirized their own experiences in Wesleyan. (April 5)

Andrew CurranWilliam Armstrong Professor of the Humanities, is mentioned in All events in for his upcoming talk with anthropologist Nina G. Jablonski on May 4. curran was also interviewed in Brazil O Globo newspaper on his recent biography, Diderot and the art of free thinking, which was recently published in a Brazilian edition. (April 7)

In Neman Laboratory, Hannah Docter Loeb ’22who worked as editor of TheArgus, wonders why liberal arts schools don’t pay student journalists. “Low (or no) pay dictates who can be involved in student journalism. Failure to pay student reporters makes the newsroom inaccessible to low-income students of color, which in turn affects newsroom demographics and coverage. It also reduces editorial bandwidth and devalues ​​the work they do,” she writes. (April 12)

In Smithsonian Magazine, Jacob Roberts ’11 writes about the grouchy world of wild fig hunters in California. “As commercial fig crops dwindled in California, birds, wild pigs and other animals continued to spread fig seeds. Like the tree that grows in the center of this abandoned grain silo, these hardy plants grow have since taken root in all sorts of weird places: in drainage ditches, behind shopping malls, around long-abandoned farms.” (March 2022)

Joyce JacobsonAndrews Professor of Economics Emerita, discusses South Dakota’s economy in The central square. According to a recent report by WalletHub. “Different states have different economies, and we are seeing greater increases in quit rates in states with fewer remote work options and lower unemployment rates,” Jacobsen said in a statement. “Low unemployment rates mean there are more options for workers to move into jobs that are more attractive to them.” (April 7)

The New York Times describes the artist in residence Eiko Otakefigure in A Bodies in Fukushima as “exhausted or staggering, wrapped in an old kimono. [She] can be found among waste bags from irradiated debris or abandoned temples. The article also mentions William Johnston, John E. Andrus Professor of History, and features a Q&A with Otake and dance artist Bill T. Jones. “What I was trying to do with my body was to compose something. I wanted to make a form of a certain weight. Instead of just a few images, I wanted to make chains of images. I so made this two-hour movie with 459 frames. There’s beauty even in the destruction, and it might make people see a frame longer,” Otake says. (April 6)

Samantha Joy Pearlman’11 will play in The artistic tour at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, according to Broadway world. The artistic tour follows the story of Deb and Thomas as they take their art business on a journey across the United States. The production stars Samantha Joy Pearlman as Deb and Jordan Goodsell as Thomas. (April 8)

Emma Pasarow ’18 is featured in Meaww for playing the role of Auden in the new movie, On the way for the ride. “Before On the way for the ride, the talented actress has starred in several projects, including the Showtime series “Super Pumped” (2022) with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and “Am I Ok? by Tig Notaro. (2022). She also performed in several theatrical performances while attending Wesleyan University. (April 10)

Maaza MengisteEnglish teacher and Jennifer Mittelstadt ’92 are 2022 Guggenheim Fellows, according to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. (April 11)

Miles Warren ’19 talks about his love for cinema and editing in CommsArts. “While I can appreciate a good 20th century black historical drama (which Hollywood absolutely devours), I think there is finally room for a new group of young black filmmakers to come in and create a whole new language visual for African-American cinema. (April 12)

Tapinto reports that Nell Irvin Painter, who received an honorary Wesleyan degree in 1996, donated 500 books on art history, art movements and black artists to the East Orange Public Library in New Jersey. (April 9)

Steven Serre ’23 is a guest speaker on the podcast Rise! with Pete Dominick, where he talks about the labor movement. Greenhouse is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, where he writes about wages and working conditions, work organization, and other workplace issues. (April 5)

In Journalist WingsESPN Insider reporter Yates Field ’09 discusses the start of the fantasy football season. “The games don’t start until the beginning of September, but what an offseason it has already been. Seismic movements were the theme, as superstars were seemingly swapped left and right. Franchise icons have been at the center of franchise changes,” he wrote. “It’s a lot.” (April 5)

Livia Cox ’23recipient of a 2022 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, is featured in Time. By visiting hospitals, pain clinics, medication consumption rooms and treatment centers; Learning from doulas, herbal experts, and traditional healing practices, Cox hopes to answer these questions and better understand how pain is managed, fought, accepted, celebrated, and ignored. (April 7)

In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Clara de Junco, Ph.D, STEM and Data Literacy Librarian at Wesleyan, discusses the use of footnotes in scientific articles. “The pre-eminence of the ‘scientist’ over the ‘personal’ sends a clear message to underrepresented minorities (and overrepresented majorities) in the field: ableism, classism and white supremacy don’t matter if science is right.” (April 5)

The Middletown Press reports that Wesleyan Embody Anti-Racism Initiative includes two members of the Middletown community: Kerry Kincy, artist and community consultant and director of arts and wellness programming at the Free Center, and Sacha Armstrong-Crockett, Middletown real estate agent and co-chair of the Mayor’s Anti-Racism Task Force . (April 7)

In American Scientist, Clara Moskowitz ’05 shares an article titled “Colonialism casts a shadow over fossil science.” (April 7)