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Hughes Discusses the Latest in Space Research

Assistant Professor of Astronomy Meredith Hughes participated in a discussion on WNPR’s “Where We Live” with other astronomers about all the latest exciting research on space.

“This big ultimate question that we’re all interested in is: What kinds of planets form around other stars, how frequently do planets form around other stars, and ultimately are there environments that are friendly to life and how common are those around the galaxy,” said Hughes.

She discussed her research looking at the regions where planets are forming, and the very youngest solar systems that are just starting to emerge from their birth cocoons of gas and dust.


Wesleyan Presents Muslim Women’s Voices

Pam Tatge, director of the Center of the Arts, was a guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live” to discuss a year-long program at Wesleyan looking at Muslim women’s voices through the lens of the arts.

“What we’re doing is really looking at the complexity of Muslim women today through the various performance modes that there are around the world. What that means is we are bringing artists in to be embedded in courses across the university–gender studies classes, Arabic classes, French classes, government classes–and then also do a performance,” said Tatge. “It’s the combination of the curricular integration and the performance that’s really going to allow us to have conversations with our community and our campus around some of the issues.”

Riffat Sultana, a Sufi fusion singer who will perform at Wesleyan on Nov. 7, was also a guest on the show.

Learn more about Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan here.

A New England Kind of Racism

Leah Wright, assistant professor of history, assistant professor of African American studies, participated in a discussion on WNPR’s “Where We Live” about racism in Connecticut and New England in light of a recent incident in which comedian Dave Chappelle was heckled at a performance in Hartford.

“Connecticut represents a paradox. We are one of the bluest states in the country, we are extremely progressive on a number of fronts, but on the other hand, we really have a problem when it comes to talking about race and dealing with race,” said Wright. “I think part of this has to do with the way in which Connecticut is set up. Hartford is one of the poorest cities in the state but it’s also surrounded by extreme wealth. It’s also highly segregated. So the city is predominantly black and Latino, whereas it’s surrounded by suburbs that are predominantly white. This creates very interesting dynamics. It also has a very interesting and important history, and all of that really played out in the Dave Chappelle incident, and how the media has been talking about the Dave Chappelle incident.”


What is Work Worth?

Joyce Jacobsen, Andrews Professor of Economics, was a guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” In the wake of widespread demonstrations by fast food employees demanding livable wages, as well as earlier “Occupy” protests pitting the “99 percent” against the “1 percent,” Jacobsen and the other guests explore how wages correlate, if at all, to the value workers bring to society.

“One of the first things we try to teach kids in Intro Econ is that what comes out of markets–in this case the wage–isn’t always related to people’s views of value,” said Jacobsen. “In fact, value is not what you necessarily get with pay. That’s very frustrating to many people, but there are reasons in the market why that doesn’t happen.”

Jacobsen is also dean of the social sciences and interdisciplinary programs, and a tutor in the College of Social Sciences.

Rutland Provides Insight on Chechnya

After the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were identified as being Chechen, Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, spoke on WNPR’s “Where We Live” to offer a deeper understanding of the recent history between Russia and Chechnya, and what it might tell us about the bombing suspects.

Rutland said: “After the second Chechen war, which took place in the year 2000, President Putin gave power to a local Islamist leader… Right now, Chechnya is part of the Russian Federation, it’s ruled by Chechens, it’s out of the direct control of Moscow, and the leaders there are fairly devout Muslims. The terrorism inside Chechnya has been shut down. What happened was that more extremist groups, some of them with ties to Al Qaeda, fled Chechnya and started terrorist actions in neighboring parts of the Russian Federation, and also set off bombs in Moscow in the period of 2009 to 2011. So there are some of these fringe Chechnyan groups that are out there on their own, while the mainstream Chechen nationalist and Islamist movement is now cooperating with Moscow and there’s not much terrorism inside Chechnya itself anymore.”

(Rutland starts speaking around 26 minutes).

Retiring Research Chimps

Lori Gruen, professor of philosophy, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, professor of environmental studies, was a guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” She discussed the history and ethics of conducting biomedical and behavior research on chimpanzees, and a recent announcement by the National Institutes of Health that most chimps in research labs in the U.S. would be retired to sanctuary.

Lucy Orta on Art, Food, Water, Life

Sculptor Lucy Orta appeared on WNPR’s “Where We Live” to discuss a new exhibit of work by her and her husband opening at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts. The exhibit, called FOOD-WATER-LIFE, explores major concerns that define the 21st century, including biodiversity, environmental conditions and climate change.

The show runs through Sunday, March 3. Gallery hours are 12-5, Tuesday through Sunday.

Rosenthal, Tatge on Where We Live

Rob Rosenthal, provost, vice president for academic affairs, and John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, appeared on the WNPR show “Where We Live” to discuss his new book, Pete Seeger: In His Own WordsHe was joined by his son, Sam Rosenthal, with whom he co-edited the book.

Pam Tatge, director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, also appeared on “Where We Live” to introduce MiddletownRemix, a collaborative soundscape project with the Middletown community going on this entire year.

Croucher Discusses Beman Triangle

In an episode of WNPR’s “Where We Live,” Sarah Croucher, assistant professor anthropology, assistant professor archeology, discusses the upcoming dig at Beman Triangle, a site in Middletown, Conn. that was the center of the city’s African American community in the 19th and early 20th century.