Events: THIS IS WHY

A special series of events around the country in 2014-15 will bring President Roth together with prominent Wesleyan alumni for conversations about the value of liberal education—and current attacks on its premises and worth. Admission is free of charge, but advance registration is required.

President Roth's new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press) is generating lots of excitement – on the radio, on television and in the op-ed columns of the nation's most important papers. Audiences around the country are hearing about the value of liberal education and associating that with Wesleyan. And that's not the only contribution the book is making to our university. All author royalties (thank you Michael!) are going entirely to financial aid. Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters is a win-win for Wes!

How to Destroy Higher Education: A Conversation in Houston
October 8, 2014
Houston Racquet Club
Join us for a lively and provocative conversation about threats facing higher education, with Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth '78, author of Beyond the University, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Michelle Lyn '84 P'12, P'15 and Civil and Criminal Trial Attorney Rusty Hardin '64.
How to Destroy Higher Education: A Conversation in Dallas
October 9, 2014
The Place at Perry's
Join us for a lively and provocative conversation about threats facing higher education, with Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth '78, author of Beyond the University, and CEO & President, Alliance Data, Ed Heffernan '84.
How to Destroy Higher Education: A Conversation in Los Angeles
October 29, 2014
Join us for a lively and provocative conversation about threats facing higher education, with Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth '78, author of Beyond the University, Emmy Award-winning actress Dana Delany '78 and creator and executive producer of Mad Men Matthew Weiner '87, P'18.
How to Destroy Higher Education: A Conversation in Boston
November 12, 2014
Join us for a lively and provocative conversation about threats facing higher education, with Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth '78, author of Beyond the University. (Event details TBD.)
Past Event: Family Weekend: A Conversation with Carter Bays '97 and Craig Thomas '97
September 27, 2014
Memorial Chapel
Are you a fan of the long-running hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother? Suffering withdrawal since it wrapped up last spring? (Or have you been hibernating for the past nine years?) In either case, you're invited to join series creators and writer-producers Craig Thomas '97 and Carter Bays '97 for a conversation about their experiences at Wes, their experiences in television, and of course their experiences with HIMYM.
Past Event: How to Destroy Higher Education: A Conversation in Chicago
September 11, 2014
John Hancock Center
Join us for a lively and provocative conversation about threats facing higher education, with Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth '78, author of Beyond the University, NBC Correspondent John Yang '80 and author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz '77. Hosted by Jim '57 and Pat Lacrosse P'85.
Past Event: On Campus: Reunion & Commencement Weekend – Randy Newman in Concert
May 23, 2014
Crowell Concert Hall
The celebrated singer and composer Randy Newman P’14 will perform a selection of his captivating songs in a benefit for financial aid.
Past Event: Boston: Red, Black & Blue - A Special Performance
November 13, 2013
Charles Playhouse
The famous Blue Man Group will present their 2013 show—an interactive multimedia experience for audience members of all ages—followed by a talkback with Blue Man co-founder Chris Wink '83.
Past Event: On Campus: Homecoming & Family Weekend - Dar Williams in Concert
November 1, 2013
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan's beloved singer-songwriter Dar Williams '89 uses her beautiful soprano voice to weave stories personal, social, and political. Says Elmore magazine, "Dar aims for the brain and heart."
Past Event: San Francisco: Table Talk - A Forum for Foodies
October 22, 2013
The Box SF
Join the conversation as bestselling writer Michael Pollan P'15 (Food Rules, Cooked, The Omnivore’s Dilemma) is interviewed by leading activist against food waste Jonathan Bloom '99 (American Wasteland) about food as pleasure, necessity, and industry.
Past Event: Washington, DC
June 19, 2013

Conversation with Senator Michael Bennet '87 and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper '74, and Governor of Vermont Peter Shumlin '79

Past Event: On Campus During Reunion & Commencement Weekend
May 24, 2013

Concert and conversation with singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer '98 and bestselling author Neil Gaiman

Past Event: Los Angeles
May 1, 2013

Conversation with Emmy-award winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus P'14 and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper '74

Past Event: New York City
April 25, 2013
Event with Emmy-award winner and creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner ’87