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 JOHN FRISWELL
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Richard John Friswell has a Master in Education from Boston University and a Master of 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.
Andrew DeRocco, 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.
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).
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.
Suzy Taraba, Director of Special Collections & Archives at Wesleyan, holds B.A. and M.A.L.S. degrees from Wesleyan and the M.L.S. from Columbia University. She has taught literally hundreds of class sessions featuring the holdings of Special Collections & Archives.
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 (Middletown, CT) 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.
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).
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.
HERBERT A. ARNOLD
Herbert A. Arnold is professor of German Studies and Letters, Emeritus. After more than forty 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 and his publications range in time and subject matter from late 15th century manuscripts to contemporary popular culture.
Phil Pomper received his BA (1959), MA (1961), and PhD (1965) from the University of Chicago. While writing his dissertation in 1964 he joined the Wesleyan faculty as an Instructor. He taught at Wesleyan for 46 years and retired in 2010. Aside from teaching courses in Russian history, psychohistory, historical theory, and world history, he took advantage of Wesleyan's generous sabbatical and leave program. It allowed him to research and write and edit books and articles mainly on Russian history, psychohistory, world history, and the theory of history.
Erik Grimmer-Solem received his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1999 and joined Wesleyan’s History Department in 2002. Prior to this he held appointments at the University of Chicago and Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of The Rise of Historical Economics and Social Reform in Germany, 1864-1894, published in 2003. His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, German History, the Journal of World History, History and Theory, the Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift and numerous edited volumes. His work uncovering the war crimes of a Wehrmacht general honored in postwar Germany was discussed by the German newsmagazine DER SPIEGEL and prompted a debate in the Bundestag, which led to the renaming of a German Luftwaffe base in 2015. He has received awards and fellowships from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Chicago and has won both Wesleyan’s Carol A. Baker and Binswanger Prizes for excellence in teaching. A new book, Empire of Minds: Economists, Globalization and the Making of German World Policy, 1880-1914, will be published in 2017.