-Edible knowledge

-In September, the campus farmers market added a “learning garden table,” providing visitors with information on food-related subjects. The first yummy lesson: Chef Rosa Galeno and members of the Wheaton Greenhouse Group demonstrated how to preserve basil and dry red peppers. Also, members of the Asian American Coalition presented a hands-on lesson in how to make a Korean favorite—kimbap. Delicious.

Words of advice

At the invitation of the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services, author Trish Clark Ryan ’91 visited Professor Deyonne Bryant’s “Creative Nonfiction Workshop” and held an evening workshop to encourage students to tell their personal stories. Ryan is the author of He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever After (Hachette, 2008) and A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances (Hachette, 2010). Her best advice: “Know where you want your story to end. Whether you are giving an interview answer, drafting a personal statement, or in a ‘getting to know you’ conversation at a cocktail party, have a point that you’re driving toward as you write or speak, and keep that ending in mind. Ideally, each piece of the story you share should move you closer to that ending. To do this, you’ll need some early drafts. It takes practice to connect the dots.” Read her blog at

Faith in art

Students painting an Interfaith mural in Balfour Hood-Israeli-American artist Diana Gilon was on campus for a week in November to help create a 7-foot-by-4-foot mural centered on interfaith coexistence, at the invitation of the Office of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility. The Wheaton community was invited to participate in painting the portable artwork, which has been displayed in the Balfour-Hood café.

Family in the Renaissance

-Art history professor Touba Ghadessi and history professor Yuen-Gen Liang co-organized the New England Renaissance Conference, which was hosted by Wheaton in November. With “Expanding Relations: Family in the Renaissance” as the theme, noted scholars from the New England region presented their scholarship and talked about all facets of family and its effects in a world of changing politics, societies, knowledge, art and self-awareness. The conference directly tied into the themes and pedagogies of several Wheaton classes. In conjunction with the event, the Beard and Weil Galleries hosted the exhibition “The Art of Intellectual Community: Early Modern Objects and Pedagogy,” highlighting Wheaton’s collection of Renaissance art. Liang and Ghadessi co-curated the exhibition.