The College of Social Studies will be holding its annual R/C weekend receptions on Saturday, May 23rd in the CSS Lounge, PAC 406.

Grad and Family Reception 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alumni Reception 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Past Events

CSS Spring 2015 Inaugural Brian Schorr Banquet


Branko Milanovic
Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York
and senior fellow at Luxembourg Income Study

"Global income inequality: current trends and political implications".

The CSS Spring Banquet was held in Beckham Hall on Tuesday, April 14th.  This banquet was especially notable due to the generous contribution of financial support for the banquet by Brian Schorr, CSS ’79, for which we are extremely grateful.

Professor Milanovic obtained his Ph. D. in economics at the University of Belgrade with a dissertation on income inequality in Yugoslavia. He was lead economist in World Bank Research Department for almost 20 years and senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington (2003-2005). He held teaching appointments at University of Maryland (2007-2013) and School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (1997-2007). Milanovic’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally. He has published a number of articles on methodology and empirics of global income distribution and effects of globalization (Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Political Philosophy etc.). His most recent book The Haves and the Have-nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality, was published in 2011, translated in seven languages, and selected by The Globalist as 2011 Book of the Year.

Fall 2014 Banquet


                         Stephen Oleskey, CSS '64 

The Annual CSS Fall Banquet was held on Wednesday, October 15th at the Inn at Middletown with Stephen Oleskey as the guest speaker presenting his talk entitled, “Reflections on Ten Years of Guantanamo Bay Habeas Representation: 2004-2013.”

Stephen Oleskey graduated from Wesleyan in 1964, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He is a proud alumnus of the College of Social Studies. He participated in the first Wesleyan-Tuskegee Institute Exchange in 1963. After teaching school in Brazil for a year, he attended New York University Law School where he held the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholarship. During law school, he interned with the New York City Legal Aid Office of Mobilization for Youth and for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law in Batesville, Panola County Mississippi in the summer of 1966.

Steve practiced in Boston with the law firm of Hale & Dorr from 1968 to 2013. He is presently Of Counsel in the Boston Office of the New York State law firm, Hiscock & Barclay.

 In 1987-88 he was Massachusetts’ Deputy Attorney General and Chief of its Public Protection Bureau. During that period, among other responsibilities, he closely supervised and litigated the Commonwealth’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to prevent the licensing of the Seabrook (NH) nuclear reactor.

He has argued two cases before the US Supreme Court, the first being his first appellate argument when he was 28.  That appeal involved the Constitutionality of the then Massachusetts’ State Employees’ Loyalty Oath.

Steve has always had an active Pro Bono practice and in 2007 received the American Bar Association’s Lifetime Pro Bono Achievement Award. He served on the Board of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum) for eight years, where he was outside General Counsel, is past President of Greater Boston Legal Services, of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation and is the immediate past chair of the international sustainable development NGO, Pact, Inc. He was an alumni-elected Trustee on the Wesleyan Board from 2000 to 2003 and in 2014 received Wesleyan’s Outstanding Service Award.

From 2004 to 2013, he was co-lead partner in the landmark case of Boumediene v. Bush (2008), in which the Supreme Court held that men such as his six clients held as detainees in Guantanamo Bay Prison were entitled to pursue the Constitutional remedy of Habeas Corpus. Most recently, Steve has co-chaired the Campaign of Democrat Maura Healey for Massachusetts’ Attorney General. Healey won nomination for that post on September 9 with 63% of the vote. If elected in November, Healey will be the first openly gay Attorney General in the country.

Spring 2014 Banquet


Noah Pickus, CSS '83

“Think and Do: Adventures in Immigration Policy”

The Annual Spring Banquet for CSS was held at the Inn at Middletown on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Along with the talk given by Professor Pickus, the evening included CSS Co-chair and Tutor, J. Donald Moon as the faculty respondent and Ben Jacobs, CSS '14 as the student respondent.

Noah Pickus is Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and Associate Research Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University. He co-directs the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and is the author of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic NationalismBecoming American/America Becoming, and Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century. Prior to joining the Kenan Institute for Ethics, he was the founding director of the Institute for Emerging Issues and taught at Duke and at Middlebury College. He has held fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the H.B. Earhart Foundation. He earned a doctorate in politics from Princeton University and is currently working on immigration policy, academic integrity, and global ethical challenges.

Fall 2013 Banquet

                                                                                    Jan Svejnar
                                                      "The Impact of the Global Economy on Central-East Europe"

The CSS Fall Banquet for 2013 was held at the Inn at Middletown on Tuesday, October 15th.  The evening's guest speaker, Professor Jan Svejnar, is the James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Founding Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.  He received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Professor Svejnar’s research focuses on (a) the effects of foreign investment and government policies on firms and workers, (b) corporate, national and global governance and performance, and (c) entrepreneurship. He is the author of several books; he has published widely in academic and policy journals. He serves as an advisor to governments, non-profit organizations and firms.

Professor Svejnar is a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague, which is an American-style Ph.D. program in economics for students from Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States. In 2008, he was one of two candidates for the Presidency of the Czech Republic. In 2012, he received a Neuron Prize for lifelong achievement from the Karel Janeček Endowment.

Spring 2013 Banquet

Coleman Bazelon, CSS '86

The Spring 2013 Banquet for CSS was held at the Inn at Middletown on Wednesday, April 17th without the weather challenges faced in the fall of 2012.  The guest speaker was Coleman Bazelon presenting his talk entitled, “Ethics and Intellectual Entrepreneurship”.  The evening also featured CSS Co-chair and Tutor, J. Donald Moon as the faculty respondent and Jake Eichengreen, CSS'13, as the student respondent.

Dr. Bazelon is an expert in regulation and strategy in the wireless, wireline, and video sectors. He has consulted and testified on behalf of clients in numerous telecommunications matters, ranging from wireless license auctions, spectrum management, and competition policy, to patent infringement, wireless reselling, and broadband deployment. He has also frequently advised legislative and regulatory bodies. He holds a Diploma in Economics from LSE and earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Fall 2012 Banquet

                                                                          Jeff Burns, MD, MPH
                                                                  Jeff Burns, M.D., CSS '80

Despite Ari, the Nor'easter, the annual CSS Fall Banquet was held on Wednesday, November 7th at the Inn at Middletown. Dr. Jeff Burns, a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, was the guest speaker. He completed his internship in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hopsital where he is Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and is currently working on two research projects involving the improvement of care in the critically ill child.  Dr. Burns presented his talk entitled "The Online Education Revolution:  the future of CSS?  One view from Harvard Medical School".  

Spring 2012 Banquet

David Garrow

The 2012 Spring Banquet was held at the Inn at Middletown on April 17, 2012 with guest speaker David Garrow, CSS ’75, Research Professor of History and Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (HarperCollins, 1986), widely regarded as one of the best studies
of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. Garrow received his Wesleyan BA magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1975, and then went on to earn both an MA and PhD from Duke University. He has published four books, most recently Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (Macmillan 1994), co-authored or edited numerous other volumes, and written scores of scholarly articles and book chapters on such topics as abortion law, affirmative action, school desegregation, the civil rights movement, and Supreme Court history. He has also written many journalistic essays and reviews on similar topics that have enjoyed a wide national readership in such magazines and newspapers as Newsweek, The New York times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He was a senior advisor to the noted PBS series Eyes on the Prize and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, among them from the Ford Foundation and The Twentieth Century Fund and in 1995 he received Wesleyan's own Distinguished Alumnus Award. 

Fall 2011 Banquet

The annual CSS Fall Banquet was held on Tuesday, October 18th in the Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan University Center. 

The guest speaker was Professor William Howell, CSS '93, of the University of Chicago.  His talk was entitled “How the CSS Helped Me Write The Wartime President.” 

Professor Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics in the Harris School, co-director of the Program on Political Institutions, and a professor in the Department of Political Science and the College. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled The Wartime President, that examines the impact of war on the power that U.S. presidents wield at home. Howell is the co-author (with Jon Pevehouse) of While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers (Princeton University Press, 2007); author of Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (Princeton University Press, 2003); co-author (with Paul Peterson) of The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (Brookings Institution Press, 2002); and editor, among other publications, of The Oxford Handbook on the American Presidency (Oxford University Press, 2009). His research also has appeared in numerous professional journals and edited volumes. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Howell taught in the government department at Harvard University and the political science department at the University of Wisconsin. In 2000, he received a PhD in political science from Stanford University.  

Emma Rothschild


Spring 2011 Banquet

The 2011 CSS Spring Banquet speaker was Emma Rothschild, the Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University, and Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard and the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (2001), and has written extensively about the history of economic thought and economic history. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications. The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History will be published in 2011. Spring Banquet was held on April 13, 2011.

CSS 50th Celebrations - Homecoming Weekend, November 6th - 8th, 2009

Friday, November 6th  

On Friday evening, November 6th, at 8 p.m., a Public Lecture by John Goldberg (CSS 1983, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School) was held at the Center for the Arts Hall (Old Cinema).  His talk was entitled "John Locke on Tort Reform (Really!): A CSS Parable."  John Goldberg was introduced by Brian Fay, and Richie Adelstein gave a response following the lecture.

Almost Beer and Bull was held in the Daniel Family Commons, top floor of the Usdan Center, following the Public Lecture.

Saturday, November 7th 

On Saturday, November 7th, there were two Alum Speaker Panels, in PAC 002, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  The first Panel was on CSS Entrepreneurs and was chaired by Peter Kilby, and the panelists were Steve Torok (CSS 1973), Donald Zilkha (CSS 1973), Lincoln Frank (CSS 1979), and Jonathan Bush (CSS 1993).  The second Panel, from 10:45-12:00 noon, was on International Affairs.  Andrew Crawford (CSS 1997) chaired, and the panelists were Bob Hunter (CSS 1962), John Stremlau (CSS 1966), Carl Robichaud (CSS 1999), and Michael Brotchner (CSS 1995).

Following the Alum Panels, in PAC 002, at noon, there was a Champagne Book Party honoring Bill Barber and the latest publication of his book, A History of Economic Thought (1967, 2009).  Alan Gayer (CSS 1964) spoke at this event.  David Morgan was the MC for these morning/early afternoon sessions.

A CSS Alum Reception, took place in the CSS Lounge, PAC Fourth Floor, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. that afternoon.  There was well attended by CSS Alum as well as current and past CSS Tutors. 

A Joint Reception with COL was held in the Daniel Family Commons, top floor of the Usdan Center, at 5:30 p.m.  This event began with a Slideshow and Talk by Suzy Taraba (COL 1977), Head of Special Collections and University Archivist.  Her talk was entitled "The College Plan: The Early Years."

The CSS Banquet was held at the Inn at Middletown, 70 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457, at 7:30 p.m.  Drinks and Dinner, followed by a program arranged by CSS alums, tutors, and current students, from 1959-2012. 

Sunday, November 8th

A Coffee Meeting for Alums/Current CSS Students was held in the CSS Lounge from11:00 a.m.-noon. 


CSS Tutors

In addition to the past and present CSS tutors noted above, many attended the CSS 50th as well, including Don Moon, Peter Rutland, Joyce Jacobsen, Gil Skillman, and Erik Grimmer-Solem. 

Thank you to the many CSS'ers who helped with this Celebration!


Cecilia Miller
CSS Co-Chair (2008-2010)


Peter Kilby Retirement Events

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Symposium was held in honor of Professor Peter Kilby, who retired on June 30, 2009, after 44 years at Wesleyan, which included 17 years as Co-Chair of the CSS. 

The Symposium was entitled "Issues in Economic Development."

Five papers were presented on the role of culture, entrepreneurship, and political configuration in China, Korea, and Africa.  The Symposium was a celebration of Peter Kilby's research and teaching.

Program Speakers:   

Loren Brandt "77,  University of Toronto
"Explaining China's Growth Puzzle"
Respondent: John Bonin, Wesleyan University

Jung Ho Kim "85, Korea University
"The Role of IT in Korean Economic Growth"
Respondent: Masami Imai, Wesleyan University

Matthew Baker "93, Hunter College
"Human Capital and Hold-Up in Indigenous Societies"
Respondent: Richard A. Miller, Wesleyan University

Christopher Kilby, Villanova University
"Changing Foreign Aid Regimes: U. S. Foreign Aid from the Cold War to the War on Terror"
Respondent:Mark Eisner, Wesleyan University

Peter Kilby
"The Quiddity of Third World Entrepreneurship"
Respondent:Michael C. Lovell, Wesleyan University 

Moderator: Richard A. Miller
Organizers: Cecilia Miller and Mickie Dame, Wesleyan University

There was a banquet in Peter Kilby's honor at the Inn at Middletown that evening.  The Banquet was attended by many CSS alums some traveling from other countries as well as by many colleagues, friends, and family members.  The group represented Peter's time at Wesleyan since 1966.

Peter Kilby would be happy to hear from you.  You may e-mail him at, or write him at the CSS, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459.