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.
William Arsenio is a professor of psychology in the Clinical Program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. He was a preschool teacher for nearly a decade before receiving his Ph.D. in Child Development from Stanford University. His research focuses on the relations between children’s social and emotional competence, and more recently on adolescents’ perceptions and moral evaluations of economic and societal inequalities. He and his students are also interested in how children and adults learn to regulate and control their mood states using empirically supported techniques from positive psychology (e.g., meditation, directed writing, and lifestyle modifications). Andrew De Rocco, former dean of the faculty at Trinity, was subsequently president of Denison University and then Connecticut's commissioner of higher education. Prior to his affiliation with Trinity he was on the faculty at the University of Michigan and Institute Professor of Molecular Physics at the University of Maryland, where in addition to physics he led, as part of the Honors Program, classes in contemporary American and European literature. The mystery novel caught his attention early and each successive author has added yet another friend to the roundtable of criminal investigation. Howard Einsohn received his B.A. in English from City College of CUNY, NYC, his M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut , his Master’s in Library Science from Rutgers University, and his C.A.S. in Liberal Studies, Wesleyan University. He has been employed at Middlesex Community College since 1974, in various capacities; retiring from full time service in 2003 as the director of library services; and since then has served the college as an adjunct instructor in English, teaching one class a semester, mostly writing and literature courses. He is a member of the International Shaw Society (ISS), and an occasional contributor to SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. Over the years, six of his articles have appeared in the SHAW Annual, the most recent appearing in the current issue, v. 34 (2014). He has also given presentations at three ISS co-sponsored events: in Florida, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and in Washington, D.C. CHOICE magazine has published roughly 200 book reviews by him. Richard Friswell has a Master in Education from Boston University and a Master in Philosophy in Liberal Arts from Wesleyan University (`14), where he was awarded the Rulewater Prize for interdisciplinary scholarship. He is publisher and managing editor of ARTES magazine, an international fine arts e-magazine; an elected member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, American Section, one of only 450 in the U.S.; an award-winning writer, with two national medals from FOLIO:Magazine for his editorial contributions in the field of art journalism; as well as numerous exhibition and print publications to his credit. Originally from a business background, he has dedicated the last two decades of his career to visual arts and cultural history, with a particular focus on Modernism. 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 the Graduate Liberal Studies Program from 1986 to 2002. Her area of expertise is 19th-century European painting, with an emphasis on post-Impressionist artists. Sari Rosenblatt has won the PEN New England New Discovery Award in Fiction, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, Glimmer Train Short Story Award, and the New Millennium Prize in Fiction. Her stories have appeared in many literary journals. She has taught at the University of Iowa where she holds 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. Currently she teaches at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. Yoshiko Yokochi Samuel is professor of Asian Languages and Literature, emerita, at Wesleyan. Originally from Japan, she grew up with waka/tank and haiku and now translates them into English and writes her own, also in English. She is particularly interested in recent works by little known poets marginalized in Japan for various reasons. She is delighted to be able to share with you the minimalist poetry and its aesthetic values. She also looks forward to trying our hands at creating, and sharing, our own poems.