The instructors for our courses will be drawn primarily from the body of retired Wesleyan faculty members who live in the Middletown area--over 80 in number. In addition, there are authors, artists, scientists, and scholars in our community who have no formal affiliation with Wesleyan but who will be called upon from time to time to offer courses in our program.State Epidemiologist
MATTHEW CARTTER, MD, WESLEYAN ’76, is the state epidemiologist for the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and an associate clinical professor of epidemiology and public health at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he teaches a course for master of public health students on acute disease outbreak investigations. Dr. Cartter is a past president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. His research interests include the history of epidemics.Executive Chef at Wesleyan University
BRIAN DAGNALL, executive chef at Wesleyan, trained at Johnson and Wales University and the Culinary Institute of America. After studying under master chef Paul Amaral as a teenager, Dagnall traveled the United States, working as executive chef at numerous restaurants. Upon returning to New England, he joined Bon Appétit Management Company and has served as executive chef at four universities in the northeast. He shares Bon Appétit’s commitment to socially responsible practices and support of local farmers and vendors.Former Dean of Faculty at Trinity College
ANDREW DE ROCCO was dean of the faculty at Trinity College, president of Denison University, and Connecticut’s commissioner of higher education. Previously the Institute Professor of Molecular Physics at the University of Maryland, he earned graduate degrees from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. A long-standing interest in the mystery genre was sparked by a childhood encounter with the relentless logic of Sherlock Holmes.Practicing Primary Care Internist
MICHAEL R. GREY, MD, MPH, is a practicing primary care internist, occupational medicine specialist, and medical historian. Currently, he is the executive medical director for primary care at the Western Connecticut Medical Group. For 15 years, he served on the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he achieved the rank of professor of medicine. He has authored many articles and two books, New Deal Medicine and The Bioterrorism Sourcebook. Dr. Grey received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.Adjunct Professor at the University of Hartford
RHEA PADIS HIGGINS is an adjunct professor in the art history department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hartford. She taught at Wesleyan in Graduate Liberal Studies from 1986 to 2002. Her area of expertise is 19th-century European painting, with an emphasis on post-Impressionist artists.Former Director Middlesex County Historical Society
DIONE LONGLEY, WESLEYAN ’82 worked in the curatorial department of the Connecticut Historical Society and for two decades was the Middlesex County Historical Society director. She annotated The Old Leather Man (Wesleyan University Press) with Peter Zaidel and is writing a book on Connecticut in the Civil War.Woodhouse/Sysco Professor or Economics, emeritus
RICHARD A. MILLER is Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, emeritus. He taught at Wesleyan from 1960 until 2006, and his courses included introductory, microtheory, industrial economics, antitrust, business ethics, accounting, and corporate finance. His research interests include structure-performance in U.S. manufacturing, mergers, gender discrimination, cost curves, cost of capital, and how algebra helps to understand the mortgage crisis.Curator of the Davison Art Center
CLARE ROGAN is curator of the Davison Art Center and an adjunct assistant professor in the art history program at Wesleyan. She teaches courses on the history of prints, history of photography, and museum studies. Her publications include articles on early lithography and German art of the early 20th century. Writer
SARI ROSENBLATT has won the PEN New England New Discovery Award in Fiction, the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award, and the New Millennium Prize in Instructor of Immigrant Literature
Fiction. Her stories have appeared in many literary journals. She has taught at the University of Iowa, where she earned an MFA from the Writers Workshop. In recent years, she has taught at the Green Street Arts Center and the Continuing Studies Program at Wesleyan. She teaches currently at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven.
HILA YANAI has taught courses on immigrant literature in Graduate Liberal Studies at Wesleyan and at the University of Connecticut/Hartford Campus. These courses explored the theme of bi-cultural Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science Emeritus
identity in contemporary fiction, short stories, and memoirs by immigrants to the United States and their children. As an immigrant herself (from Israel), Yanai has a strong personal as well as academic interest in cross-cultural issues. She holds a PhD in American studies from Yale University. In addition to teaching, she has worked as an intercultural trainer, providing individual and group coaching on cultural self-awareness and an understanding of cultural differences.
JELLE ZEILINGA DE BOER is Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, emeritus. He was raised in Indonesia, studied in the Netherlands, and taught earth science at Wesleyan from 1965 to 2005.
Lately, he has focused on the role geologic phenomena played in Greek mythology, specifically at the Oracle site at Delphi and Apollo temples in southern Anatolia. He has published Volcanoes in Human History and Earthquakes in Human History (both with Donald Sanders ’52). His most recent books, Stories in Stone and New Haven’s Sentinels, explore the influence geology has had on Connecticut’s history.