Explore “this is why”

Michael Silber ’86

December 17, 2015

Favorite Professor:

John Paoletti

This is Why Story:

When I came to Wesleyan I had many different ideas about what I might want to do with my life. If you dug up a copy of the facebook from the fall of 1982, you’d see that my hobbies were tennis and sailing, and my interest was political science.That has become a bit of a joke for my Wesleyan friends:… more

Jim Johnson ’76

September 29, 2015

Favorite Professor:

Arthur Wensinger

This is Why Story:

If you’re in a box, you can only be as big as the box; when you’re outside the box, there are no constraints. At Wesleyan, you realize rather quickly that the box might have four sides but it doesn’t have a bottom—so you better learn to swim or fly. And it doesn’t have… more

Libby Spader ’76

September 1, 2015

This is Why Story:

In a highly caffeinated moment, waiting for my next flight at London City Airport, I responded to my class secretary’s request for news with this: “My Wesleyan theater degree has been very useful in my career as an international trainer in USAID’s legal regulations for foreign assistance.”As… more

Jeff Levine ’91

August 12, 2015

Thesis Title:

Working from Within: Farmer-Labor Parties in Power in the U.S. and Canada

Favorite Course:

Educational Policy

Favorite Professor:

Robert Wood

This is Why Story:

At Wesleyan I learned about important concepts like “paradigm shifts” through the Science in Society Program and took courses in creative writing with author Annie Dillard and in literary journalism with New Yorker journalist Lis Harris. I also discovered my passion not just for… more

Peter Pfeiffer ’69

July 28, 2015

Favorite Professor:

Hubert J. O'Gorman and Ralph Pendleton

This is Why Story:

Coming from a small town public school in central Maine, I was, if not exactly a “babe in the woods,” unprepared for the sophisticated, diverse, and challenging environment I found at Wesleyan when I entered in the fall of 1965. For instance, a colorful character named Bill Gilmore was my… more