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.
RICHARD ADELSTEIN is Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics and a member of the Connecticut Bar. He has taught at Wesleyan since 1975, and twice received the University’s annual Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His scholarly and teaching interests lie at the intersection of economics, law, history, and philosophy, concerned primarily with how social order is created and maintained. He is happily married with two adult daughters and a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, all of which has given him a deep appreciation of the limits of reason and control.
HERBERT A. ARNOLD is professor of German studies and letters, emeritus at Wesleyan. After more than 40 years of teaching, he is revisiting some of his early research interests, including the European Baroque era, and continuing work on a biographical-historical investigation of Central European history in the 20th century. Most of his work in the past has centered on the intersection between history and literature in a pan-European context, and his publications range in time and subject matter from late 15th-century manuscripts to contemporary popular culture.
ROBERT BELL is president of the Valley Railroad Company and former owner and founder of New England Hobby Supply
DAVID BEVERIDGE is University Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics and a coordinator of the Molecular Biophysics Program at Wesleyan. His professional interests include theoretical physical chemistry, computational biophysics, structural biology and bioinformatics, quantum mechanics, statistical thermodynamics, and molecular dynamics computer simulation. In addition, he has a strong interest in the scientific method, the visual arts, science and modernism, and golf.
DAVE CONRAD, chief mechanical officer, Valley Railroad, is a renowned restorer of vintage railroad equipment
JOHN FINN is professor of government at Wesleyan. He received his BA in political science from Nasson College, a JD from Georgetown University, a PhD in political science from Princeton University, and a degree in culinary arts from the French Culinary Institute. He has taught at Wesleyan since 1986, where his research focuses on constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, the legal regulation of terrorism and political violence, and cuisine and popular culture. His published works include an entry on “Measurements,” in The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (edited by Darra Goldstein, forthcoming), an essay on Julia Child in Gastronomica, an essay on “Sacraments and Swedish Meatballs” in Wesleyan magazine, and scholarly articles on “The Perfect Recipe” and “The Kitchen Voice as Confessional” in Food, Culture and Society. Finn is also the author of three books on constitutional law
PETER FRENZEL is professor of German studies, emeritus at Wesleyan. For more than 40 years he taught courses in medieval studies as well as on opera and music of the 19th and 20th century. His compositions include incidental music to Gay Smith’s 1995 production of Macbeth at Wesleyan and many pieces for the Wesleyan carillon. His scholarly publications are in the field of medieval music and literature, focusing on the relationships between text and tune in 13th-century courtly singing. He has played various medieval musical instruments such as rebec, fiddle, and Gothic harp.
RICHARD JOHN FRISWELL has a EdM from Boston University and a MPhil from Wesleyan (’14), where he was awarded the Rulewater Prize for interdisciplinary scholarship. He is publisher and managing editor of ARTES, 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 United States; and an award-winning writer, with two national medals from Folio magazine for his editorial contributions in the field of art journalism; he also has 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.
VERA GRANT, who was born, raised, and educated in Germany, is adjunct professor of German studies, emerita, at Wesleyan. She taught German language, literature, and culture with an emphasis on foreign language acquisition while she explored radio plays, children’s literature, and fairy tales. Delving more deeply into the origins and hidden meanings of fairy tales as well as researching the rapidly increasing scholarship, she has shared her findings in seminars in English and German for many years.
JOYCE LOWRIE is professor of Romance languages and literatures, emerita, at Wesleyan. Her publications include The Violent Mystique, Sightings: Mirrors in Texts—Texts in Mirrors, and a translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations. She has also written articles and chapters of books on 19th- and 20th-century literature. While directing the Wesleyan Program in Paris, she sang in the Choeur de l’Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Her interests in the literary origins of opera led her on a continuing project exploring Bizet’s usage of Mérimée’s novella Carmen as one of the many points of departure for the composition of his opera.
WALTER MAYO is a retired attorney and a lover of music of all genres. He has sung with the Hartford Choral and a Hartford madrigal group, plays occasional jazz string bass, and is a ringer/alumnus of the Wesleyan Pep Band percussion section. He is a member of the board of the Musical Club of Hartford and a co-constructor of a 1970 Zuckerman harpsichord. He also plays with the State Street String Band.
MAX MILLER is the retired chief facilities manager of the Valley Railroad, an author, and railroad historian.
LEE OSBORNE is a Middletown architect and railroad historian
BILL ROBERTS Wesleyan ’63, was the minister of the First Church for 20 years. He left the parish ministry in 1989 and worked for KPMG and Prudential before beginning his own consulting firm. He has written two books: Initiation to Adulthood: An Ancient Rite of Passage in Contemporary Form and Crossing the Soul’s River: A Rite of Passage for Men (at Midlife).
RICHARD VOIGT , Wesleyan ’68, is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. He served in the Office of the Solicitor/U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. before entering private practice in Connecticut, where he has focused on labor, employment, and other issues of the workplace. He is a partner in the firm of McCarter & English, LLC. and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, among others. He has lectured on the history of the workplace and continues to follow the evolution of how work is performed in America.