Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Biology major sails into academic adventure

Betsy Meyer ’14

Betsy Meyer ’14 in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Only a year ago, Elizabeth “Betsy” Meyer ’14 had never traveled far from the Boston suburb where she grew up, let alone flown on a plane or set out to sea for days on end.

What a difference a semester makes—particularly if the semester is spent enrolled in the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, which has been giving undergraduates a hands-on interdisciplinary experience learning about the sea since 1977.

Meyer, a 21-year-old biology major, spent last fall living in a historic house on the grounds of the seaport in Stonington, Conn., and studying in nontraditional classrooms like a sailing vessel along the coast of California. Quoting Woody Guthrie, Meyer said she “literally got to see America ‘from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters,’ accompanied by fantastically intelligent people who related everything I saw to our academic studies.”

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Anne-Imelda Radice ’69 named head of American Folk Art Museum

American Folk Art MuseumNew York City is home to many cultural institutions. But even in the crowded cultural landscape of the Big Apple, the American Folk Art Museum stands out, with its devotion to celebrating the creativity and individuality of self-taught artists.

Folk art, as its name suggests, is the art of the people. “There’s no really pat definition,” explained Anne-Imelda Radice ’69, who recently took over as the museum’s executive director. “It can be anything from a painting or a sculpture to an object of daily life that’s done by someone who’s not a trained artist, who didn’t go to school, who may be influenced by what he or she sees around them.”

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Grant funds global perspective on violence

Professors Kersti Yillo, M. Gabriela Torres

Professors Kersti Yllo (left) and M. Gabriela Torres enjoy collaborating on research projects.

Two Wheaton professors have won a prestigious grant to help them shed new light on a rarely discussed, frequently misunderstood form of intimate violence: marital rape.

Professor of Sociology Kersti Yllo and Assistant Professor of Anthropology M. Gabriela Torres will use the $18,760 grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, which funds anthropological research, to produce a three-day workshop at Wheaton in May 2013 called Global Perspectives on Sexual Violence in Marriage. Twenty scholars from around the world will meet to share their perspectives on the way different cultures view rape by a spouse. [Read more...]

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Alums' production company takes the lead behind the scenes

How’s this for a new reality show? Ten of the nation’s most elite soldiers, plucked from all branches of the United States military, competing to prove who is the toughest, most strategic fighter, shooting Glock pistols, AK-47s and even M249 light machine guns mounted on the back of Jeeps during a series of military-inspired challenges.

That’s “Maximum Warrior,” a Web-based series commissioned by Jeep and men’s magazine Maxim set to start filming in Arkansas in June. The New York City production company making the series is Grand Street Media, which traces its roots straight back to Wheaton, where a decade ago three friends met and began dreaming big.

On the set of “Maximum Warrior”: Jesse Guma rides in the follow vehicle as a warrior fires a M249 machine gun off the back of a Jeep at targets.

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