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Intellectually dynamic Wesleyan faculty, students, alumni, staff and parents frequently serve as expert sources for the national media. Others are known for their recent achievements and accolades.

Due to the recent Russian-Ukrainian crisis, this media roundup will mention related content first:

In Medouza, Victoria Smolkin, an associate professor of history, discusses Putin’s historical claims in his speech before invading Ukraine. “Fantasy is not history, and it is not politics. One can deplore – as Putin does – that Soviet politics was not “cleansed” of the “odious” and “utopian” fantasies “inspired by the revolution”, which, in part, made possible the existence of the contemporary Ukraine. (February 24)

Yulia (Julia) Kulchytska ’24 talks to WTNH Channel 8 about Russian attacks on his home country Ukraine. “When I go to class, I can’t even concentrate because the mere fact that there is a war in my country is stuck in my head,” she said. (February 25)

Peter RutlandColin and Nancy Campbell, Professor of Global Issues and Democratic Thought, discuss signs of unrest in the Russian military in PONARS. “The Russian President’s ultimatum to the United States in December caused the greatest international crisis in Europe since the dissolution of the Soviet Union,” writes Rutland. “A decision to launch new military action against Ukraine would have a huge impact on Russia’s relations with the West and on Russian society.” (February 14th)

Katja Kolcioassociate professor of dance and director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, wonders if Vladimir Putin is a “strong man” in Mother Jones. “I don’t think ‘strongman’ is accurate when it comes to referring to Putin. His bossy and aggressive actions are an attack on his fears. And what he fears, more than NATO, is Ukrainian civic vitality and perseverance. Strength is manifested in honesty, patience, perseverance. It’s no surprise that political leaders in Ukraine since the 1800s, through Soviet times and independence and now, have been poets, artists and those who insist on being themselves. It is strength.” (February 27)

Kolcio also speaks to WTNH News 8 about the potential for Russia to invade Ukraine. “So we are very worried both for our immediate friends and family, but also for the future of people living in Ukraine,” Kolcio said. “There is a deep commitment to sustaining life and not letting Putin shut down the economy. Prevent life from progressing. (February 15)

In Pangyre, Kolcio shares an editorial titled “The Sounding Board: Why Ukrainian Americans are Committed to Preserving Ukrainian Culture – and National Sovereignty”.

Other media successes include:

In the News from the American Economic AssociationEconomics professor Richard Grossman interviews recent Bell Prize winner Joyce Jacobson, Andrews Professor of Economics, Emeritus. “Professor Jacobsen is an award-winning teacher, a generous citizen of the profession, an exceptional advisor and mentor, and a respected and capable academic leader,” Grossman writes. (February 17)

In National geographic, Jennifer Raynor, an assistant professor of economics, discusses the changing legality of wolf conservation. “No one wins when federal wards go head-to-head, including wolves,” she says. “Good management requires a long and predictable planning horizon, which is not possible when the regulatory landscape is constantly changing.” (February 15)

Forbes announces that Leslie Warren, a guest instructor in American Sign Language, is on her list of “Women Over 50 Leading the Way in Impact.” (February 22)

In American Scientisteditor-in-chief Clara Moskowitz ’05 writes that space tourism becomes “just another playground for the 0.0000001%”. (March 2022 issue)

Wesleyan All Time Humanities Initiative is featured in The Middletown Press. The initiative is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will use an interdisciplinary lens to examine the history of race, industrialization, and politics in Connecticut. (the 21st of February)

Lindsay Dolanassistant professor of government, shares an op-ed in The Washington Post, saying partisan opinions — not the added costs of U.S. tariffs — shaped how companies reacted to a trade war with China. “The trade war is having negative impacts on American businesses and has contributed to supply chain issues that have affected almost every aspect of the American economy. Despite growing concerns that tariffs are contributing to soaring inflation, the Biden administration has yet to back down from Trump’s stance on trade. So why has the trade war lasted? (February 16)

Houses belonging to Wesleyan University on Vine Street in Middletown, numbers 7, 9, 11 and 21, are part of the Beman’s triangle, one of the first African-American free neighborhoods formed two centuries ago. According to Time, Beman’s triangle could receive a historical designation. (February 11th)

In Time, Lin Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 is listed as one of six Connecticut ties to this year’s Oscar nominees. Before working on Broadway hits like “Hamilton,” “In the Heights,” and films like “Encanto,” Miranda graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown with a degree in theater. The University created the “Hamilton Prize for Creativity” to reward its most creative students in his honor. (February 14th)

Daily Science mentions that a team of Wesleyan University participates in a study on a white dwarf star. A ring of planetary debris dotted with moon-sized structures has been observed orbiting near a white dwarf star, hinting at a nearby planet in the “habitable zone” where water and life could exist. (February 11th)

Peter RutlandProfessor Colin and Nancy Campbell in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, explains “why tearing up the INF Treaty was a really bad idea” in Responsible mindset. (February 15)

Jesse Nasta ’08assistant professor of African-American studies, addresses Time on Middletown’s historic Beman Triangle. Nasta has been studying the area since he was a student at Wesleyan over ten years ago. “This area remained the African-American hub of Middletown for decades,” Nasta said. (February 27)

In Idaho Mountain Express, Todd Keats ’11, who played hockey at Wesleyan for four years, tells the story of the St. Nicks, one of America’s oldest hockey teams. (February 16)