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Behind the Scenes of Mad Men: An Interview with Carl Goodman ’88

Behind the Scenes of Mad Men: An Interview with Carl Goodman ’88

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.

An Earth Day act of political theater

An Earth Day act of political theater

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

Alumni return to campus for WesFest

Alumni return to campus for WesFest

04/28/2015: Alumni from across disciplines, including music video directors, journalists, and artists, visited campus for WesFest recently. #THISISWHY

A message from Syed Ali '13

A message from Syed Ali '13

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.

Jacobs Hendel ’85 and an alternative diagnosis

Jacobs Hendel ’85 and an alternative diagnosis

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

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell

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

Saeyun Lee ’93, alumni-elected trustee

Saeyun Lee ’93, alumni-elected trustee

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.

Roving Reporter: Wesleyan Places

Roving Reporter: Wesleyan Places

04/14/2015: What is your favorite place on campus? A Wesconnect roving reporter gets some answers.

A Persian in Therapy

A Persian in Therapy

04/13/2015: In “A Persian in Therapy,” Melody Moezzi '01 documents her time in psychotherapy, including her struggle with misdiagnoses and spirituality.

The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda '02

The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda '02

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

Kennedy Odede ’12, alumni-elected trustee

Kennedy Odede ’12, alumni-elected trustee

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.

Young Global Leaders

Young Global Leaders

03/31/2015: Three alumni have been recognized as "Young Global Leaders" by the World Economic Forum. #THISISWHY

Get Better Boss

Get Better Boss

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.

South by South Wes?

South by South Wes?

03/25/2015: SXSW 2015: South by South Wes. What were alumni up to in Austin this March?

Collection of work by Green ’81 published

Collection of work by Green ’81 published

03/24/2015: Artist, writer, and filmmaker Renée Green ’81 recently released Other Planes of There, a collection of multimedia art spanning three decades.

Croteau ’93 leads youth out of gangs, toward success

Croteau ’93 leads youth out of gangs, toward success

03/24/2015: Gregg Croteau ’93 is helping the youth of Lowell, Massachusetts in turning away from gangs and toward success.

Novel by Lotke ’87 depicts living on a minimum wage

Novel by Lotke ’87 depicts living on a minimum wage

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.

Ibargüen ’66 receives Kiplinger award

Ibargüen ’66 receives Kiplinger award

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.

Abrams ’12: From warming to war

Abrams ’12: From warming to war

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.

Basch ’80 publishes new novel

Basch ’80 publishes new novel

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.

Timberg ’91 on the killing of the creative class

Timberg ’91 on the killing of the creative class

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.

An interview with LEGO’s Ethan Sack ’97

An interview with LEGO’s Ethan Sack ’97

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

Gold ’75 receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Gold ’75 receives Lifetime Achievement Award

03/10/2015: Dan Gold '75 has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his career as a camera operator in Hollywood.

Hicks PhD’05 speaks on campus

Hicks PhD’05 speaks on campus

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

Steinmetz ’82 on Baldwin Lee’s photography

Steinmetz ’82 on Baldwin Lee’s photography

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

Lazarus ’99 interviews Jon Stewart

Lazarus ’99 interviews Jon Stewart

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.

Young ’65 recounts activism in Selma

Young ’65 recounts activism in Selma

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. 

Gionfriddo ’75 writes memoir on health and education policy

Gionfriddo ’75 writes memoir on health and education policy

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

Burns ’89 is CCO of the Year

Burns ’89 is CCO of the Year

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

Silverstein ’98 introduces NYT Magazine redesign

Silverstein ’98 introduces NYT Magazine redesign

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.

Lewen ’86 receives leadership award

Lewen ’86 receives leadership award

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

Guild ’69 on increasing travel to Cuba

Guild ’69 on increasing travel to Cuba

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.

DinoTrucks by Wiser ’95: unearth dinos on your iPad

DinoTrucks by Wiser ’95: unearth dinos on your iPad

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.

Chanoff ’94 on The Moth: An impossible choice

Chanoff ’94 on The Moth: An impossible choice

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

Boylan ’80 on storytelling and “trans-firmative action”

Boylan ’80 on storytelling and “trans-firmative action”

02/16/2015: Jennifer Finney Boylan ’80, a writer, activist, and professor, served as a consultant on the Golden Globe-winning comedy Transparent.

Whitford ’81 to appear in Fox police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Whitford ’81 to appear in Fox police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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.

Mary Roach ’81 asks ‘Is knowing more always good?’

Mary Roach ’81 asks ‘Is knowing more always good?’

02/10/2015: Mary Roach ’81 deconstructs food, sex, and death in an episode of Foreword with fellow author Kelly Corrigan.

Sarah Gollust ’01 and Erika Fowler analyze measles and media

Sarah Gollust ’01 and Erika Fowler analyze measles and media

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

Shumlin ’79 and Hickenlooper ’74 MA’80 ranked in top 5 US governors

Shumlin ’79 and Hickenlooper ’74 MA’80 ranked in top 5 US governors

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.

Coach Whalen ’83 hands over the reins

Coach Whalen ’83 hands over the reins

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.

Alumni shine at Sundance

Alumni shine at Sundance

02/03/2015: Alumni shine at Sundance: read about the films from Shari Springer Berman '85, Paul Weitz '88 and Joel Viertel '97. #THISISWHY

Dove ’84 leads campaign for young black men

Dove ’84 leads campaign for young black men

02/03/2015: Shawn Dove ’84 will lead the new Campaign for Black Male Achievement. #THISISWHY

The musical, personal philosophy of Palmer ’98

The musical, personal philosophy of Palmer ’98

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.

Mehta ’14 talks pastries and psychology

Mehta ’14 talks pastries and psychology

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

North, Class of 1841, and his Wild West adventures

North, Class of 1841, and his Wild West adventures

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.

Sara Brenneis ’98 studies 20th-century Spanish history, fiction

Sara Brenneis ’98 studies 20th-century Spanish history, fiction

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.

Weiner ’87 and the surprising ending

Weiner ’87 and the surprising ending

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.

Almond ’88 and Cheryl Strayed listen to your problems

Almond ’88 and Cheryl Strayed listen to your problems

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.

David Lubell ’98: “An incredible honor from the President”

David Lubell ’98: “An incredible honor from the President”

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

Rotella ’86 speculates about the future of football

Rotella ’86 speculates about the future of football

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."

Toby Emmerich ’85: Life after The Hobbit

Toby Emmerich ’85: Life after The Hobbit

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.

Konerding MALS ’82 retires after 42 years at Olin

Konerding MALS ’82 retires after 42 years at Olin

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

Sundance 2015 premieres

Sundance 2015 premieres

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.

Three alumni authors featured

Three alumni authors featured

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).

Ravenal ’81 named director of sculpture park

Ravenal ’81 named director of sculpture park

01/05/2015: John Ravenal ’81 was recently named director of the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Access journals as an alumna/alumnus

Access journals as an alumna/alumnus

09/22/2014: University Relations has partnered with the Wesleyan Library to make limited JSTOR access available through Wesconnect to all alumni.