A Wesleyan Night at Hamilton
Oct 07, 2015
"Every six years you write a musical, and have the best night of your life—and it's Wesleyan night." Thomas Kail '99 and Lin-Manuel Miranda '02 Hon.'15 hosted Wesleyan on Broadway on October 2. #THISISWHY
Celebrating John Driscoll ’62
Sep 15, 2015
Join us in celebrating the retirement of John A. Driscoll '62! Send us your comments, memories and good wishes.
Longform’s Lammer ’03 hosts panel at SXSW
Jul 07, 2015
Longform co-founder Aaron Lammer '03 sat down with Wesconnect to talk about South by Southwest, innovation in publishing, and a haunted asylum. #THISISWHY
Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 Hon. ’15 will not throw away his shot
May 27, 2015
"That clock you hear is the sound of your own heart. Sink your teeth into this life, and don’t get let go. Congratulations." Lin-Manuel Miranda '02 delivers the Commencement address, urging the Class of 2015 to "not throw away their shot."
Behind the Scenes of Mad Men, the Exhibit
May 13, 2015
The Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image creates an aura much like the TV show itself: an immersive nostalgia culminating in an ode to the process of creation.
Storytelling: Paul Hadzima ’59
May 13, 2015
Dinosaurs and mummies once cavorted at Wes. Paul Hadzima '59 tells the story of the collection of Judd Hall Museum.
The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda '02
Apr 01, 2015
Lin-Manuel Miranda '02, writer, musician, actor and 2015 Commencement speaker, has been called "Shakespearean in ambition, and in achievement" for what may very well be the musical of this decade. #THISISWHY
Kennedy Odede ’12, alumni-elected trustee
Mar 31, 2015
Wesconnect interviews Kennedy Odede ’12, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, on his first year as an elected member on the Wesleyan Board of Trustees, and the upcoming election.
South by South Wes?
Mar 25, 2015
SXSW 2015: South by South Wes. What were alumni up to in Austin this March?
An interview with LEGO’s Ethan Sack ’97
Mar 11, 2015
"I bought a Lego set that said 8-12 years on the box, and I finished it in 4..." Ismet Jooma '14 talks with Ethan Sack '97, senior director of marketing at the world's most powerful brand: LEGO. #THISISWHY
Best ’14 releases new album with other Cardinals
Mar 10, 2015
Jess Best '14 talks with Wesconnect about her new album, which features a veritable college of Cardinals: Berman ’14, Mondschein ’12, Russo ’11, Frank ’15, Crimm ’16, Potters ’12, and many others (seriously).
Burns ’89 is CCO of the Year
Feb 25, 2015
Claire Burns '89, Chief Customer Officer at MetLife—and CCO of the year—spoke with Wesconnect about receiving the award, her roots in customer service, and her Wes experience. #THISISWHY
Feb 13, 2015
Cardinal Couples, Wes Valentines, our very own Wes-Side Story: we present a Storytelling playlist, a photo gallery, a Wesleying article, and a Magazine article.
Coach Whalen ’83 hands over the reins
Feb 04, 2015
Mike Whalen '83, on stepping down as head football coach to focus on his role as athletics director, talks about his vision for football, his breakfast of champions, and an unplanned trip to the Super Bowl.
Mehta ’14 talks pastries and psychology
Jan 28, 2015
Rehan Mehta ’14 starts his first job out of college at Momofuku in New York. He talks with Wesconnect about the connection between psychology and pastries. #THISISWHY
Ann Wightman Scholarship
Dec 11, 2014
A group of past students has set out to raise funds to endow a scholarship in honor of Professor Ann Wightman, who is retiring this year. On her behest, the scholarship will be earmarked for a first-generation college student.
Wesleyan: Black Lives Matter
Dec 10, 2014
#BlackLivesMatter: Wesleyan students marched on Main Street on Monday afternoon. Lindsay Keys '11 made a short film on the New York City protests.
James ’14 published by Wesleyan University Press
Nov 19, 2014
Oliver James '14 talks with us about his book A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan which has been reprinted by the Wesleyan University Press. It was first printed by the student-run Stethoscope Press.
Alumni in the Elections
Nov 05, 2014
A roundup of results from the elections yesterday. So how did Wesleyan alumni fare?
Wesconnect’s Greatest in Entertainment
Oct 22, 2014
Wesconnect's Greatest Hits in Entertainment: Carter Bays '97 and Craig Thomas '97 (How I Met Your Mother), Matthew Weiner '87 (Mad Men), D.B. Weiss '93 (Game of Thrones) and the Emmys 2014.
Of teachers and classmates
Oct 21, 2014
How can you affect the future of your alma mater? Spread the word about the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Alumni Trustee Elections. Encourage your classmates to participate.
Interview with Alexander Chee ’89
Oct 07, 2014
We interview Alexander Chee '89 about his time at Wesleyan and the impact it had on his career as a writer. #THISISWHY
Alumni in science: Samantha Schilit ’10 MA’11
Aug 05, 2014
“You must be comfortable with delayed gratification!” Samantha Schilit ’10 MA’11 talks about her research in genetics at Harvard, her NSF fellowship, and the importance of pragmatism in research. #THISISWHY
Christopher Weaver MALS ’75 CAS ’76, a video game pioneer
Jul 30, 2014
We speak with Christopher Weaver MALS '75 CAS '76, who created the physics sports simulation that Madden is based on. He went on to pioneer games like The Elder Scrolls, and in general, the open-world game industry. #THISISWHY
Danaparamita ’13 works on Dalip Singh Saund documentary
Jul 23, 2014
Aria (Mita) Danaparamita '13 furthers her academic interests in immigrant politics and postcolonial theory with a film on Dalip Singh Saund, the first Asian-American elected to the U.S. Congress. #THISISWHY
Jeanine Basinger on marriage and the movies
Mar 18, 2014
The film historian’s book I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies has been adapted into a Coursera class “Marriage and the Movies: A History,” starting on April 21.
An Interview with Professor William Herbst
Jan 21, 2014
Wesconnect interviews William Herbst, recipient of the 2003 Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching, on his motivations, research and pivotal moments in teaching.
An Interview with Professor Joyce Jacobsen
Jan 15, 2014
In this interview with Wesconnect, economics professor Joyce Jacobsen discusses the Binswanger Prize, the evolution of her research and pivotal moments in her career.
Fleisher ’99 and the Tiny Commando
Nov 06, 2013
In this Q&A with Wesconnect, Jacob talks about tiny action, maximizing bang-for-your-buck and crazy, brilliant, young energy. #THISISWHY
The Alumni Show II
Jul 31, 2013
From Sep 6 to Dec 8, the CFA hosts The Alumni Show II, an exhibition showcasing the work of 17 Wesleyan artists.
Wesleyan on Coursera
Jul 23, 2013
Peruse upcoming online courses this fall, offered by various celebrated Wesleyan faculty.
Jul 22, 2013
A message from the founders of this group connecting students and alumni in the field of education.
Exegesis of a Terrible Thought
Jun 21, 2013
A reflection on how habits of thought act as barriers by pyrotechnics, a member of the Class of 2014. Originally published June 17, 2013 on Wesleying. Reproduced with permission.
Alumni Association Awards 2013
May 15, 2013
Wesleyan will present awards to Edwards II '63, Taylor '63, Young '73, Chayes '78, Young Jr. '88, Klingher '78 and Olson '78.
Wesleyan’s 2013 honorary degree recipients
Jan 28, 2013
Joss Whedon ’87, Majora Carter ’88 and Jim Dresser ’63 will be awarded honorary degrees at Wesleyan’s 181st Commencement this May, and Joss Whedon will deliver the commencement address.
Podcast: The Future of Social Innovation
Oct 17, 2012
Listen to an audio podcast of a panel discussion moderated by President Michael S. Roth ’78 and featuring Shawn Dove ’84, Sasha Chanoff ’94, Jessica Posner Odede ’09, and Kennedy Odede ’12.
Share Your Story
Oct 12, 2012
The Wesleyan Storytelling Project invites alumni to talk about what Wesleyan means to them. Mia Lobel ’97, multi-media producer, kicked off the project during HC/FW 2012. Listen in, record your story or leave a comment…
NYT op-ed by Pres. Roth ’78: ‘Learning as Freedom’
Sep 06, 2012
In The New York Times, President Michael S. Roth argues for a broad liberal arts education for all, drawing on the philosophy of John Dewey, and taking on conservatives who would narrow education’s focus.
Video: Wesleyan Thinks Big lectures
Jun 22, 2012
In November 2011, four Wesleyan students created a Facebook event called “Best Professors at Wes” that asked the mysterious question: Which Wesleyan Professors would you like to see speak in a ten-minute TED-talk style arena?
Congratulations to the Wesleyan Class of 2012!
May 27, 2012
Here’s a round-up of stories and selected quotes from the 180th Commencement. A full photo gallery is available, and links to video files are now available. Congratulations to the Wesleyan Class of 2012!
Video: An Evening with Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14
May 11, 2012
On April 12th, Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14, producer and star of “VEEP,” sat down with President Roth and nearly 300 Wesleyan students, alumni, and parents in New York City for a premiere screening and conversation about her new HBO show.
Video: An Evening with Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97
Feb 02, 2012
Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, in conversation with President Michael Roth ’78, tell a crowd of 200 alumni how they sold ‘HIMYM’ to CBS. January 12, 2012 at the Paley Center for Media in L.A. What followed was all Wes!
Bill Belichick ’75 on Performing at Your Best
Dec 14, 2011
Bill Belichick ’75—three-time Super Bowl championship-winning NFL Coach and three-time AP NFL Coach off the Year—writes in with some thoughts about what it takes to perform at your personal best.
Video: Majora Carter ’88 — Greening The Ghetto
Oct 10, 2011
Majora Carter ’88 is helping to redefine environmental and social justice in our urban communities. As founder of Sustainable South Bronx, she established a new class of citizen-entrepreneurs…
Joe Fins ’82: The Intellectual Adventure Continues
Sep 01, 2011
Joe Fins: I just had a flashback to a scene in the College of Letters Library. It was the week before graduation and I just finished my senior thesis, a treatise on the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, literature and creativity…
Video: Dina Kaplan, blip.tv and Wesleyan
Jun 23, 2011
Blip.tv co-founder Dina Kaplan is helping to redefine television for the digital age. One of Wesleyan’s digital and entertainment pioneers, she is finding the best new independent-produced content…
Video: Joshua Boger ’73 - Cure Entrepreneur
May 06, 2011
Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09, founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, dedicated himself to the goal of finding new cures for diseases. Success was long in coming, and dramatic when it arrived…