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History professor looks at year that rocked the world

Professor of History Alex BloomThe world changed in 1968. Professor of History Alex Bloom spent this past fall semester detailing what happened, what it meant at the time, and what it means for us today in his First-Year Seminar (FYS) “1968: The Year the World Exploded.” The course offered students the chance to dive into epochal moments in modern history and discover how events in the late 1960s have helped to shape the world today. An undergraduate himself at the time, Bloom, who has been teaching at Wheaton for 35 years, said the prospect of the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968 inspired him to craft the course as well as start a new book on the topic. The Quarterly editor sat down to talk with him about the course.

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Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Kirk Anderson, professor of French studies, published the article “Song ‘Adaptations’ and the Globalisation of French Pop, 1960–1970,” in the August 2015 issue of French Cultural Studies.

Delvyn Case, associate professor of music, had three compositions published by Keepe Publishing House, which specializes in contemporary music for saxophone: “Dayspring” (tenor saxophone and piano), “Gemini Variations” (two alto saxophones) and “Siciliana” (soprano saxophone and string trio).

Sam Coale, professor of English, presented the talk “Mysteries of Literature: An Insider’s Journey of Discovery” at the July 2015 annual meeting of the Brownell Library, in Little Compton, R.I. [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works: Alumnae/i

Kerin Stackpole ’84 was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of employment and labor law, and employment and labor litigation.

Martha Stone ’70, executive director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, Conn., received the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Pro Bono Award on June 18, 2015, for her decades of work as a legal advocate for children in Connecticut.

Finkelstein ’15 joins list of soccer pros

Luke Finkelstein ’15Former Wheaton two-time All-American Luke Finkelstein ’15 has signed a professional soccer contract to play for Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan FC of Israel. Ramat Gan FC plays in the Liga Alef South Division of the Israeli soccer league system.

“Dreams do not come true, you make them happen. I am excited and proud to say I have signed my first professional contract with Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan FC of Israel,” said Finkelstein, a Peabody, Mass., native. “This dream has become a reality through my work ethic, a positive attitude, and perseverance through many obstacles. I am extremely grateful to the club for allowing me the opportunity to start my professional career and continue to put all of my life, love and dedication into what I love to do.”

Wheaton head coach Matt Cushing, who is in his 22nd year of coaching at Wheaton, said that he is very proud of Finkelstein. “Luke has worked so hard on his game, and now to make a living from the game he loves is so rewarding for him.”

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