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.
HERBERT A. ARNOLDShow More
Herbert Arnold is an emeritus professor of German Studies and Letters and associate director of the WILL program. After more than 40 years of teaching at Wesleyan, including the MAT and GLSP programs, 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. His publications range in time and subject matter from late 15th century manuscripts to contemporary popular culture.
ELIZABETH BOBRICKShow More
Elizabeth Bobrick is a visiting scholar in Wesleyan’s Department of Classical Studies, where she has taught ancient Greek language and literature. She is currently teaching Greek tragedy at Cheshire Correctional Facility as part of Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education. In addition, she has been a visiting writer in the Department of English, the College of Letters, and Graduate Liberal Studies. Her publications range from scholarly articles on Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Theophrastus to essays on an array of topics, from baseball to seasonal teaching anxiety. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University
HOWARD EINSOHNShow More
Howard Einsohn is an adjunct instructor in English at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut. He 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. He is also a graduate of Wesleyan University’s C.A.S. program and a published author.
RICHARD JOHN FRISWELLShow More
Richard Friswell is a cultural historian and associate director of the WILL program. He is publisher and managing editor of ARTES magazine, a fine arts publication. He is an elected member of the International Art Critics Association, and author of a collection of autobiographical short stories, Balancing Act: Postcards from the Edge of Risk and Reward . Friswell lectures and speaks widely on topics of modernism, its art, literature, and history. His MEd is from Boston University, and his MPhil is from Wesleyan University.
JOHN GIAMMATTEOShow More
John Giammatteo graduated from Wesleyan in 1981. Since graduation, he has worked as a freelance commercial photographer specializing in architecture and corporate communications. He was a visiting instructor in art at Wesleyan from 2003-2010, as well as teaching in the Graduate Liberal Studies program. During his sophomore year at Wesleyan, his love of early Connecticut architecture was born in George Creeger’s Connecticut House classroom.
BILL HERBSTShow More
Bill Herbst is the John Monroe Van Vleck professor of astronomy at Wesleyan University, where he has taught since 1978. He received degrees in astrophysics and astronomy from Princeton and the University of Toronto. He has been a researcher at the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Washington, D.C. and, for decades, has served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and NASA. His research interests are in the origins of the Earth and planetary systems and he has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles in scientific journals. He has also received a Binswanger award from the Wesleyan Alumni Association for excellence in teaching.
LEE JACOBUSShow More
Lee Jacobus, professor of English, emeritus, established the Irish Literature Program at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs. He is a past member of the American Committee on Irish Studies and a member of the International James Joyce Society. His publications include articles on Joyce and Irish literature as well as books on Shakespeare and Milton. His academic work includes A World of Ideas, The Bedford Introduction to Drama , and The Humanities through the Arts. His recent fiction includes Volcanic Jesus, Crown Island, and The Romantic Soul of Emma Now . His AB is from Brown, and his PhD is from Claremont Graduate University.
MARC LONGENECKERShow More
Marc Longenecker is a film studies instructor, as well as the programming and technical director of Wesleyan University’s College of Film & the Moving Image. He teaches classes on Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, and television aesthetics, among other topics and guest lectures. He advises the student programming committee for the Wesleyan Film Series, and he hosts the annual Summer Film Series held at Wesleyan.
DIONE LONGLEYShow More
Dione Longley graduated from Wesleyan in 1982. She worked in the curatorial department of the Connecticut Historical Society and for two decades was the Middlesex County Historical Society director. In 2015, she and co-author Buck Zaidel published Heroes for All Time, a book about the Civil War from the viewpoints of Connecticut soldiers who fought in the struggle. Previously, she annotated The Old Leather Man (Wesleyan University Press).
BILL RYCZEKShow More
Bill Ryczek has written seven books on sports history, including a trilogy on nineteenth century baseball covering the years from its beginnings through 1875. He has also written about New York baseball and professional football during the 1960s, and has won several awards, including twice receiving the Nelson Ross Award from the Professional Football Researchers Association for the year’s best book on the history of professional football. Bill previously taught a course on the history of baseball at Quinnipiac University. He is one of the founding partners of Colebrook Financial Company, located in Middletown, Connecticut.