08/19/2015: Anthropologist Shalini Shankar '94 talks with Wesconnect about South Asian spelling bee champs, "model" consumers, and her new book, Advertising Diversity. #THISISWHY
08/19/2015: Jordyn Lexton ’08 is the latest in a long line of alumni to win an Echoing Green Fellowship, with seed funding for Drive Change, a food truck enterprise for formerly incarcerated youth. Here's a list of past fellows and more about Jordyn's work. #THISISWHY
08/19/2015: "After trying so hard to get in, I just took off." Marc Mowrey '83 remembers his nontraditional path in this week's installment of the Wesleyan Storytelling Project. #THISISWHY
08/18/2015: "I still want to make Rich Homie Quan and Beyoncé songs...I just want them to be about other issues." Le1f (Khalif Diouf ’11) discusses the sonic and political motivations behind his debut album.
08/17/2015: Crocs is in trouble...but Gregg Ribatt '90 and Prince George may just save the famous shoe brand.
08/05/2015: This week in Wesconnect audio, we hear about the many lives of the multiverse from religion professor Mary-Jane Rubenstein.
08/05/2015: Wesleyan, perhaps unsurprisingly, is well-represented at the Emmys this year. #THISISWHY
08/04/2015: Slope co-founder Daniel Bloom '10 talks with Wesconnect about studying history, video marketing, and entrepreneurship. #THISISWHY
08/04/2015: Alexander Chee ’89 writes about the implications of marriage equality in "Future Queer: Where is gay America going next?" for The New Republic.
08/03/2015: Nick Browning '69 reviews Hard Chance, a memoir by Maine tree farmer and fellow alumnus Peter Pfeiffer ’69.
07/22/2015: Filmmaker Andrew Berends '94 talks with Wesconnect about his recent documentary Madina's Dream about the largely ignored war in the Nuba mountains of Sudan, and why he documents regions in conflict.
07/21/2015: Actor and playwright Dylan Marron ’10 creates the popular YouTube Series "Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color," a project that highlights Hollywood's lack of diversity.
07/21/2015: Marisa Stotter '13 has exciting news: She Makes Comics, her first film, won Best Documentary at "arguably the mecca for comic book fans"—Comic-Con 2015.
07/20/2015: Stephen Alter ’77 speaks to Wesconnect about his latest nonfiction book Becoming a Mountain, a remarkable journey through the majesty of the Himalayas. #THISISWHY
07/08/2015: "I was the secret butler of Russell House." Daniel Handler '92 talks about writing at Wesleyan, being an Olin fellow, and a magical dishwasher.
07/08/2015: Tim Howard ’00, senior producer of Reply All, talks about the landscape of radio and podcasting, the storytelling impulse, and illicit Wesleyan keys. #THISISWHY
07/07/2015: Longform co-founder Aaron Lammer '03 sat down with Wesconnect to talk about South by Southwest, innovation in publishing, and a haunted asylum. #THISISWHY
07/07/2015: Sasha Chanoff ’94, founder of RefugePoint, was honored by the White House as a World Refugee Day Champion of Change.
07/06/2015: Wesconnect caught up with Foreign Policy columnist Lauren Wolfe '97 to discuss her work on Women Under Siege, a project that tells the stories of the effects of war on women. #THISISWHY
06/24/2015: Do small gifts even matter? Megan Norris '83 and Andrew Calica '01 weigh in.
06/10/2015: Wesconnect caught up with director Shannon Sun-Higginson ’10 and editor Ian Park ’11 about GTFO The Movie, a documentary on the normalization of misogyny in gaming.
06/09/2015: Afropop Worldwide, a cultural icon in radio from Sean Barlow '79 and Banning Eyre '79, has been honored for its 27 years celebrating African culture by the Peabody Institutional Award. #THISISWHY
06/09/2015: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson '94 is a "work of 'autotheory'" which combines genre-bending memoir with critical theory on sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing.
06/08/2015: Meet one of NPR's '50 Great Teachers,' the "Joan Jett of sex educators," Lena Solow '12.
05/27/2015: "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."
05/26/2015: Your Cardinals on the Street live-tweeted WESeminars, speeches and receptions. Check the Storify out and see what happened.
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05/25/2015: Wesleyan awarded 799 BA, 29 MA, 35 MALS and 16 PhD degrees at its 183rd Commencement ceremony on Sunday.
05/24/2015: Gina Athena Ulysse, Michael Calter and David Schorr were awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Alan Dachs '70 Hon. '07 P'98 received the Baldwin Medal.
05/24/2015: President Roth's address: "We have been inspired by student demands that we make this campus a place free from sexual assault, a place where it is clear that black lives matter, a place where we recognize our responsibility for the environment that will sustain us only if we stop poisoning the earth."
05/23/2015: Jenna Starr '15, Jasmine Masand '15, and Camille Casareno '15 spoke as part of the "Senior Voices" program on May 23.
05/23/2015: Photographs of alumni dinners, receptions and events at Reunion this past weekend.
05/13/2015: Dinosaurs and mummies once cavorted at Wes. Paul Hadzima '59 tells the story of the collection of Judd Hall Museum.
05/13/2015: 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.
05/12/2015: The Alumni Association announces its awards recipients for 2015.
05/12/2015: Best American Essays 2015 editor Ariel Levy '96 writes "The Price of a Life," an essay on people who were freed from incarceration for crimes they didn't commit.
05/12/2015: Sasha Martin '02 set out to "cook the world," but Life From Scratch turned into a "walking meditation" on her origin story and a poignant memoir of food, family and forgiveness.
05/11/2015: Joss Whedon's '87 sends Earth's mightiest heroes off in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" where they meet with machines, mayhem, and a flurry of enthusiastic and critical responses.
05/04/2015: Congratulations to Michael A. Calter, Professor of Chemistry, David Schorr, Professor of Art, and Gina Athena Ulysse, Associate Professor of Anthropology, recipients of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching for 2015.
04/29/2015: Meet Carl Goodman '88, Executive Director of the Museum of the Moving Image. Read about Carl's early influences, his approach to curation, and an upcoming Wesleyan evening at the Museum's Mad Men exhibit.
04/28/2015: On Earth Day, Christopher Swain '90 swam through "the raw sewage and toxic sludge" of one of the most toxic canals in America: Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal. #THISISWHY
04/28/2015: Alumni from across disciplines, including music video directors, journalists, and artists, visited campus for WesFest recently. #THISISWHY
04/24/2015: Wesconnect interviews Syed Ali '13, a former student representative to the Board of Trustees, about the alumni-trustee elections that are currently underway.
04/15/2015: "It's not always depression," says psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel ’85 P’18 in a popular NYT Opinionator piece. She offers an alternative, non-pathologizing diagnosis. #THISISWHY
04/14/2015: Saeyun Lee '93 is the asst. commissioner for academic affairs of the Mass. Dept. of Higher Ed., as well as a Wesleyan alumni-elected trustee. Learn why it's important to vote in the elections.
04/14/2015: What is your favorite place on campus? A Wesconnect roving reporter gets some answers.
04/14/2015: William Klaber '67 talks about his book "The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell," which the NYT calls a "deeply satisfying historical novel." Rather than accept half the salary that a male teacher was paid, 19th-century feminist Lucy quit her job. #EqualPayDay
04/13/2015: In “A Persian in Therapy,” Melody Moezzi '01 documents her time in psychotherapy, including her struggle with misdiagnoses and spirituality.
04/01/2015: 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
03/31/2015: 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.
03/31/2015: Three alumni have been recognized as "Young Global Leaders" by the World Economic Forum. #THISISWHY
03/30/2015: Henry Kaplan ’10 collaborated with Houang ’10, Gordon ’10, Essoyan ’07, Binswanger ’10 and Kuwahara ’09 to create a short film about an aging gangland boss battling through his final days.
03/25/2015: SXSW 2015: South by South Wes. What were alumni up to in Austin this March?
03/24/2015: Artist, writer, and filmmaker Renée Green ’81 recently released Other Planes of There, a collection of multimedia art spanning three decades.
03/24/2015: Gregg Croteau ’93 is helping the youth of Lowell, Massachusetts in turning away from gangs and toward success.
03/23/2015: In his debut novel, Eric Lotke ’87 tells the story of a mother and son who strive to prevail against an unfair justice system on minimum wage.
03/18/2015: "We have two choices: curse the darkness or light the candle," said journalism pioneer Alberto Ibargüen '66 P'97 HON'11 to the audience at the National Press Foundations's awards dinner.
03/17/2015: Lindsay Abrams '12, staff writer at Salon, covers a new study exploring climate change as a possible contributor to the 2011 Syrian uprising.
03/17/2015: Rachel Basch '80 is on a New England book tour for her third novel, The Listener, which explores the connection between a middle-aged psychologist and a young student struggling with his gender identity.
03/16/2015: Scott Timberg '91 unpacks why creative people have to struggle for survival in his provocative book, Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class.
03/11/2015: "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
03/10/2015: Dan Gold '75 has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his career as a camera operator in Hollywood.
03/09/2015: Latorya Hicks PhD'05, who was the first female student of color to receive a doctorate in the sciences at Wes, recently returned to speak with students from under-represented backgrounds. #THISISWHY
03/04/2015: In "Photographing black lives in America's south," Guggenheim fellow Mark Steinmetz '82 introduces the work of Baldwin Lee, which is "among the most remarkable in American photography of the past half century." #THISISWHY
03/03/2015: A week after Jon Stewart announced his departure from The Daily Show, comedian and host of Employee of the Month Catie Lazarus '99 interviewed him for her show.
03/03/2015: Ron Young '65 recounts his experience volunteering in Selma, Alabama, where he sang in churches, attended rallies, and met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
03/02/2015: Paul Gionfriddo '75 writes a touching memoir about his son, who is one of the half million homeless people with a serious mental illness underserved by our health and social-service systems. #THISISWHY
02/25/2015: 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
02/24/2015: A print magazine shouldn't be limited to its medium, and with this belief, Jake Silverstein '98, editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, presents its redesign in a letter to readers.
02/24/2015: Jody Lewen '86 recently received the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work as founder and executive director of the Prison University Project. #THISISWHY
02/23/2015: "I have gotten more than 1,500 requests for group travel in two weeks," says Robert Guild '69, commenting on the change in US-Cuba travel restrictions. His interest in the highly-politicized island formed while studying at Wes.
02/18/2015: In this interview with Wesconnect, animator Jason Wiser ’95 talks about his new iPad game DinoTrucks, in which kids unearth dinosaur bones and experiment with various trucks.
02/17/2015: Sasha Chanoff ’94, founder of RefugePoint, was forced to make a difficult decision: would he break the rules to save more lives? He tells his story as part of the The Moth podcast. #THISISWHY
02/16/2015: Jennifer Finney Boylan ’80, a writer, activist, and professor, served as a consultant on the Golden Globe-winning comedy Transparent.
02/10/2015: Movie and television actor Bradley Whitford ’81 will star in at least one episode as Jake Peralta’s (Andy Samberg) father in the Golden Globe winning comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
02/10/2015: Mary Roach ’81 deconstructs food, sex, and death in an episode of Foreword with fellow author Kelly Corrigan.
02/10/2015: Sarah Gollust ’01 co-authored a paper with Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government, on the effects of politicizing vaccines in the media. #THISISWHY
02/10/2015: Peter Shumlin ’79 and John Hickenlooper ’74 MA’80 are amongst the top five in Politico’s second annual list of the nation’s top governors.
02/04/2015: 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.
02/03/2015: Alumni shine at Sundance: read about the films from Shari Springer Berman '85, Paul Weitz '88 and Joel Viertel '97. #THISISWHY
02/03/2015: Shawn Dove ’84 will lead the new Campaign for Black Male Achievement. #THISISWHY
02/02/2015: “How do we ask each other for help?” Amanda Palmer '98 ponders this question and explores artist-fan relationships in The Art of Asking.
01/28/2015: 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
01/28/2015: An exemplar of frontier humanism, John Wesley North, Class of 1841 studied law at Wesleyan and moved West, several times, along the way founding cities, clashing with Mark Twain, and fiercely championing abolition.
01/27/2015: Sara Brenneis '98 recently wrote Genre Fusion: A New Approach to History, Fiction, and Memory in Contemporary Spain, a treatise that explores the interconnected nature of history and fiction at the end of Franco’s dictatorship and Spain’s transition to democracy.
01/26/2015: Matthew Weiner '87 and the cast answer questions about the "surprising" ending of Mad Men, ridiculous audience theories and Jon Hamm's future detailing cars.
01/21/2015: Writer and literary critic Steve Almond '88 turns down the critique and amps up the empathy with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed (of Wild fame) in Dear Sugar Radio.
01/20/2015: David Lubell ’98, founder of Welcoming America, had the honor of flying with President Obama on Air Force One, and was recognized for his work in the field of immigrant and refugee rights. #THISISWHY
01/20/2015: While the fall wave of criticism about the sport "has already receded into dim memory," Carlo Rotella '86 posits that football's principal weakness is when the game is played "by children rather than consenting adults."
01/19/2015: Toby Emmerich '85, President of New Line Cinema, talks about life after The Hobbit. He may or may not have binge-watched Downton Abbey and True Detective.
01/06/2015: Beloved librarian Erhard Konerding MALS '82 is retiring after 42 years of service to Wesleyan. Read the interview and send us your comments and wishes for Erhard! #THISISWHY
01/06/2015: Ten Thousand Saints (co-director, co-screenwriter Shari Springer Berman ’85), Zipper (screenwriter Joel Viertel '97) and Grandma (director & screenwriter Paul Weitz ’88) will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.
01/06/2015: Three alumni authors are on the Washington Post's Best Books of 2014 lists: Michael S. Roth '78 (Beyond the University), Amy Bloom '75 (Lucky Us) and Ayelet Waldman '86 (Love and Treasure).
01/05/2015: John Ravenal ’81 was recently named director of the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA.
09/22/2014: University Relations has partnered with the Wesleyan Library to make limited JSTOR access available through Wesconnect to all alumni.
08/13/2014: Terrance Williams '02 founded the youth basketball group Team Scan Cardinals to provide local students a chance to turn their jump shots into scholarships. #THISISWHY
06/21/2013: Prompted by a nostalgia for old-fashioned ice cream stores, Candace Nelson '96 has expanded her cupcake empire.