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By Keren Alshanetsky ’17

[Laura Walker ’79] At a time when the radio industry had alarmingly few women hosting top podcasts, CEO of New York Public Radio Laura Walker ’79 committed herself to shifting the statistics. Three years later she is recognized in an article in Motto, an advice site from the editors of TIME, about the unprecedented numbers of women using podcasts to “assert their voices with new styles of storytelling, journalism and comedy.”

In the piece, WNYC host Manoush Zomorodi explores the feminism in current podcasts––from Sarah Koenig’s highly successful Serial to Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s new show, 2 Dope Queens. Zomorodi credits Walker with propelling this industry change and greatly influencing her own career in radio:

“The station’s visionary CEO, Laura Walker, urged me to grow [my weekly on-air segment at WNYC] from a local news report into a full-fledged podcast with national appeal.

This was in 2013, and many in the radio industry were passing around an alarming statistic: Only 11 of the Top 100 podcasts had female hosts . . . Laura was determined to change that ratio and tapped me, among a handful of others, to lead the charge.”

Women are hosting, editing, engineering and listening to podcasts more than ever before, revolutionizing the medium and the kinds of stories told on air. But as Zomorodi reminds us, the work done by women like Laura Walker and the hosts she has encouraged is far from over:

“We need more—more listeners, men and women alike, need to find podcasting and support women’s voices. The act of choosing, downloading these women’s groundbreaking shows can not only make you smarter or make you laugh, it can be a vote for changing public discourse.”

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PremediaTemplate - created from 9780819560209.tif dropped from Home Folder using Cover Workflow.app v5.9b26“You would hardly know, from this show, that Moholy-Nagy shared an era with Picasso and Matisse. Perhaps chalk it up to the First World War and the Russian Revolution and a fissure in Western culture between art that maintained conventional mediums and art that subsumed them in a romance with social change and new techniques. The former held firm in France; the latter flourished in Germany. Americans could thrill to both at once, as interchangeable symbols of the ‘modern.’ It was in America, while he was dying, that Moholy-Nagy seemed to realize and begin to remedy the imbalance, exposing the heart that had always pulsed within the technocratic genius. To be a student of his then must have been heaven,” writes The New Yorker’s art critic  in “The Future Looked Bright”, reviewing the Guggenheim’s current retrospective exhibit on Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy.

Few creative movements have been more influential than the Bauhaus, under the leadership of Walter Gropius. The art of the theater commanded special attention, and its greatest commanders were none other than Oskar Schlemmer, Laslo Moholy-Nagy, and Farkas Molnár. Theater of the Bauhaus (edited by Walter Gropius and Arthur S. Wensinger, translated by Arthur Wensinger) is a reissued classic on theater design and presentation. Originally published in 1924, Wesleyan’s edition was its debut in English. The text in this volume is a loose collection of essays by Schlemmer, Molnár, and of course Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, with an introduction by Bauhaus leader Walter Gropius. For scholars of Moholy-Nagy’s late work in America, and scholars of Bauhaus in general, it is a necessary read and a collector’s item. The book is an accurate reproduction, from the lay-out and illustrations down to the book’s typography, so that Schlemmer and Moholy-Nagley’s thoughts and ideas come through just as they are meant.

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present is organized by and will be presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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By Keren Alshanetsky ’17

[Pam Tatge ’84] Earlier this year Pam Tatge ’84, MALS ’10, P ’16 became the director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts. The summer festival, which runs from June 22 to August 28, presents innovative dance companies from across the United States and around the world to tens of thousands of visitors annually.

Prior to accepting this executive and artistic position, Tatge spent 16 years as the director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan. Now she helms a dance festival that she has attended and enjoyed countless times as an audience member. Her intention is to make sure the festival continues, as it always has, to push boundaries:

“Jacob’s Pillow has been the place I could see international work I just couldn’t see anywhere else,” she said . . . “I want to continue the dialogue in the field (of dance) and move the field forward.”

Tatge plans to accomplish this by seeking out cutting-edge choreographers and dance troupes, and by committing to bring together companies from the local Berkshire community and the international dance world. Already looking ahead towards next year, she is carving out the festival’s future:

“I want to work on a continued effort to engage artists and have the Pillow use all its resources to nurture choreography,” Tatge said. “I think Jacob’s Pillow commitment to presenting international artists is vital and relevant . . . There’s no other festival that has a soul as incredible as this. The presence of the past is alive and well and very focused on the future as well.”

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By Keren Alshanetsky ’17

[Pam Tatge ’84] Earlier this year Pam Tatge ’84, MALS ’10, P ’16 became the director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts. The summer festival, which runs from June 22 to August 28, presents innovative dance companies from across the United States and around the world to tens of thousands of visitors annually.

Prior to accepting this executive and artistic position, Tatge spent 16 years as the director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan. Now she helms a dance festival that she has attended and enjoyed countless times as an audience member. Her intention is to make sure the festival continues, as it always has, to push boundaries:

“Jacob’s Pillow has been the place I could see international work I just couldn’t see anywhere else,” she said . . . “I want to continue the dialogue in the field (of dance) and move the field forward.”

Tatge plans to accomplish this by seeking out cutting-edge choreographers and dance troupes, and by committing to bring together companies from the local Berkshire community and the international dance world. Already looking ahead towards next year, she is carving out the festival’s future:

“I want to work on a continued effort to engage artists and have the Pillow use all its resources to nurture choreography,” Tatge said. “I think Jacob’s Pillow commitment to presenting international artists is vital and relevant . . . There’s no other festival that has a soul as incredible as this. The presence of the past is alive and well and very focused on the future as well.”

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Image: Photo by Christopher Duggan c/o of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

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Summer at Wesleyan University, June 22. 

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Wesleyan reigned supreme at the 3rd annual Alumni of Color picnic in Fort Greene Park, NYC on June 18th when over 250 attendees from Amherst, Williams, and Wesleyan met for food, fun, and networking. Wesleyan, for the first time, won the “Little 3 Cup”, which is based on attendance and school trivia. 104 Wesleyan alumni from the New York area attended, including notable alumni such as Hailey Broughton-Jones ’16, Ural Grant ’13, Linda Shum ’09, Nyasha Foy ’06, Jenny Mero ’02, Ray Sanchez ’00, Kim King ’97, Rachel Rodriguez ’97, Majora Carter ’88, Charlotte Hunter ’85, Ricardo Granderson ’84, and Michael O’Neil ’78.

The alumni of color community also announced that they are fundraising for the Invisible Men scholarship in honor of Greg Bernard, Associate Director of Alumni-Parent Relations, who has worked closely with Regional Representatives and has helped expand the Alumni of Color community at Wesleyan.

The Alumni of Color committee is looking to expand the event to LA next year. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering and getting involved.

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Wesleyan reigned supreme at the 3rd annual Alumni of Color picnic in Fort Greene Park, NYC on June 18th when over 250 attendees from Amherst, Williams, and Wesleyan met for food, fun, and networking. Wesleyan, for the first time, won the “Little 3 Cup”, which is based on attendance and school trivia. 104 Wesleyan alumni from the New York area attended, including notable alumni such as Hailey Broughton-Jones ’16, Ural Grant ’13, Linda Shum ’09, Nyasha Foy ’06, Jenny Mero ’02, Ray Sanchez ’00, Kim King ’97, Rachel Rodriguez ’97, Majora Carter ’88, Charlotte Hunter ’85, Ricardo Granderson ’84, and Michael O’Neil ’78.

The alumni of color community also announced that they are fundraising for the Invisible Men scholarship in honor of Greg Bernard, Associate Director of Alumni-Parent Relations, who has worked closely with Regional Representatives and has helped expand the Alumni of Color community at Wesleyan.

The Alumni of Color committee is looking to expand the event to LA next year. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering and getting involved.

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By Keren Alshanetsky ’17

[Sascha Paladino ’98] Sascha Paladino ’98 is the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Miles from Tomorrowland, an animated series for children about life in outer space.

The show, which integrates scientific facts about the galaxy and solar system into the story of adventurer Miles Callisto and his family’s space missions, will be launching its second season on June 20th. The new installment continues to follow the family as they work together for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority––only this time, Miles gains access to a new Galatech power mode that enhances “the Callistos’ vehicles, gadgets and space suits, allowing Miles to take on more daring missions.”

Recurring guest stars from the first season, which include Adrian Grenier, George Takei and Bill Nye, will be joined by a group of new famous cast members in the follow-up:

“Celebrity guest stars for season two include Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton — who plays Galactic School teacher Dr. Consilium — and Jonathan Frakes as Miles’ paternal grandfather. Whoopi Goldberg voices creative tech genius The GameMaster, and Good Morning America chief meteorologist and Dancing with the Stars finalist Ginger Zee voices Dr. Zephyr Skye, Tomorrowland’s top meteorologist.”

Miles from Tomorrowland consults with members of NASA, Google and the Space Tourism Society to produce a show that inspires children to pursue interests in STEM. Incorporating “unique space and science facts into each storyline encourages kids’ curiosity about space, science, and technology,” making for a series that strives to make a difference.

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By Keren Alshanetsky ’17

[Sascha Paladino ’98] Sascha Paladino ’98 is the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Miles from Tomorrowland, an animated series for children about life in outer space.

The show, which integrates scientific facts about the galaxy and solar system into the story of adventurer Miles Callisto and his family’s space missions, will be launching its second season on June 20th. The new installment continues to follow the family as they work together for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority––only this time, Miles gains access to a new Galatech power mode that enhances “the Callistos’ vehicles, gadgets and space suits, allowing Miles to take on more daring missions.”

Recurring guest stars from the first season, which include Adrian Grenier, George Takei and Bill Nye, will be joined by a group of new famous cast members in the follow-up:

“Celebrity guest stars for season two include Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton — who plays Galactic School teacher Dr. Consilium — and Jonathan Frakes as Miles’ paternal grandfather. Whoopi Goldberg voices creative tech genius The GameMaster, and Good Morning America chief meteorologist and Dancing with the Stars finalist Ginger Zee voices Dr. Zephyr Skye, Tomorrowland’s top meteorologist.”

Miles from Tomorrowland consults with members of NASA, Google and the Space Tourism Society to produce a show that inspires children to pursue interests in STEM. Incorporating “unique space and science facts into each storyline encourages kids’ curiosity about space, science, and technology,” making for a series that strives to make a difference.

Read more…

Image: c/o Disney Junior

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of New York City poet Ted Greenwald (December 19, 1942–June 17, 2016).

Ted Greenwald’s poems sing the commons and dance with a homely grace American poetry has rarely seen.

WHIFF

An evening
Spent talking
Spent thinking
About what my life would be
If I’d stayed
With a particular girl or woman
I went with
What would be
If I’d’ve been accepted to and gone
Where I applied
To a different school
Than the one I did
Where I’d learned
Different social graces
Then the ones I have
Where some of the material
Values of the American dream
Had rubbed off
Enough to make me
Live it out
In the good-works sense
If I’d settled down
And settled
For the foundation
On a house
For future generations
Instead of assuming
Immediately past generations
My foundation to mine
If I’d been
A little quicker to learn
What was expected of me
And wanting to please pleased
Going on that way
Through all eternity
I’ve probably been saved
From mere routines
By a streak of stubbornness
By a slow mind
And tendency to drift
By an emotional development
That requires
My personal understanding
Before happening
Feeling out the implications
An emotion has in
Form of expectation
Before trying out and
After awareness
I sense a willingness
To tell someone
I know and like
And sense the same from
Anything they’d like to know
About me
And, at the same time, have
A vast sense of privacy
Which means
There’s no way
I’ll wear out my personality
And its sense of continuity
Although sometimes
I feel empty
But talking to
Someone I like
And trust
And sense the same from
I feel way up
And after a long evening
Of talk about this and that
Feel wide awake
And feel the world
Wide and awake around me
And have a visual intensity
In memory
That, in near memory, dulls
And throbs
And grows vivid as hell
When I bring it to mind
Some time from then
What my life
Would’ve been like
Under different circumstances
Would’ve been different
With its own
Attendant ifs
And its own what-might’ve-been
But this way
I’ve elected to follow
And cast my vote
Each waking day in
I avoid
The possibility
Of taking the past too seriously
Or feeling any bitterness
Or sadness
This way
When my ship comes in
I’ll’ve passed out of mind
Beyond the sight of land
And won’t hesitate
For a second
To look back on all this
With fondness or remiss
The air’ll be clear
The moon’ll be there
And you, whoever
You are and hope to be,
Will be here with my love

[from Common Sense]

“Is it cynical or is it innocent? He has an almost machinic way. But is it utopian? The most progressive of Ted Greenwald’s poems are just that. No, they all are: forward thinking, Sagittarian, and wildly Americanly kind.”    –Eileen Myles

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Common Sense

First published in 1978, Common Sense evinces a spare street-wise style rooted in the vernacular of the city. Now something of a cult classic, the book is recognized as an understated masterpiece, pushing at the edges of spoken word. This is the language of everyday, brought onto the page in such a way that we never lose the flow of speech and at the same time we become attuned to its many registers—musical, emotional, ironic. Ted Greenwald’s work has been associated with several major veins of American poetry, including the Language movement and the New York School, but it remains unclassifiable.

The Age of Reasons: Uncollected Poems, 1969–1982

A New York-based poet with close ties to the New York School and the Language poets, Ted Greenwald has written daily since the early 1960s. The Age of Reasons includes the best of Greenwald’s uncollected poetry. While some of these poems appeared in literary journals or magazines in the 1970s, none were included in any of his previously published books. These distinct works were written in advance of or alongside the extended explorations of a mutated triolet form that increasingly occupied him from the late 1970s on. Alongside Common Sense (1978), The Age of Reasons evinces Greenwald’s ability to think with his ear, to hear what’s said as it arrives as a fresh sound or shape in his head. This work is singular in its pattern-making, its music-making, and its ability to simultaneously follow multiple paths.

“No poet has taken the idea that poetry should be at least as good as overheard conversation as seriously as Ted Greenwald.”  –Publishers Weekly

“Ted Greenwald knows what real American talk sounds like, understands the rhythm and pulse of the language, and knows how to write poems that are built around that knowledge. He is one of America’s most ambitious and provocative poets.”  –Terence Winch, Jacket 19

“Ted Greenwald’s poems ‘give voice’ to a variety of New York idioms, and with that, a distinct attitude toward both language and experience. His ultimate strength as a poet is his basic humanity, something that can be claimed for very few.”  –Bill Berkson

“I have called Greenwald an ‘urban primitive’ because his work seems to spring from the base materiality of New York streets, the immediacy of enunciation, abrupt demand, tough neighborhoods, shifting milieus, grit and exhaust, flux and flurry. I see him as a genuine original whose method is a unique exploration of common language, utterly without academic pretense.”  –Curtis Faville, publisher, L Publications

 

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