Meet the Instructors

The instructors for our courses will be drawn primarily from among current and 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.

  • Herb Arnold

    Professor German and Letters, Emeritus

    HERBERT A. ARNOLD is Professor of German Studies and Letters, Emeritus. He is currently 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.

  • Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull

    Unitarian Universalist Minister, Retired

    REV. DR. JAN CARLSSON-BULL is a Unitarian Universalist minister, recently retired, or “rechanneled.” She has served congregations in Meriden, CT; Kingston, NY; Cohasset, MA; and New York City. Henry David Thoreau has been one of her favorite figures in American Unitarianism and the focus of congregational and community forums she has planned and led. Throughout her adult life, Jan has held leadership positions in professional associations and community organizations, with a passion for racial and immigrant justice, trauma response, and social justice overall. Before ordination, Jan worked in the private and non-profit sectors and was active in multiple community ventures. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado; an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, NYC; and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Yeshiva University, NYC.   Currently she is active in the immigrant rights movement, racial justice matters, and denominational affairs and is learning Spanish. Additionally, she is savoring free-range reading and writing, swimming, and generous time with family and friends. Jan resides in Middletown with her husband, Dr. Daniel Bull. Their blended family includes three daughters and three adorable grandkids.

  • Stephen Bank


    STEPHEN BANK - is a psychotherapist, a former Adjunct Professor of Psychology, co–author of The Sibling Bond, and author of Hamlet-The Sequel. The course Psychological Perspectives on Hamlet expresses Steve’s life-long interest in using psychology to help people understand their lives and their relationships.

  • Richard Friswell

    Director, Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning

    RICHARD FRISWELL is a cultural historian and associate director of Wesleyan University's Institute for Lifelong Learning.  He lectures widely on topics related to Modernism and the modern era in world history.  Underpinning a cultural-historical approach to art history is the notion that the art, literature and social history of nations are interrelated.  His recent publications include, Balancing Act: Postcards from the Edge of Risk and Reward (2017) and Hudson River Chronicles: In Search of the Splendid & Sublime on America's 'First' River (2019).  His next publication, Morpheus Dreams: China, Opium and My American Fortune (planned 2020), will deal with the experiences of the Middletown merchant Samuel Russell in Canton, China.

  • Giulio Gallarotti

    Professor of Government, Wesleyan

    GIULIO M. GALLAROTTI is a Professor of Government, tutor in the College of Social Studies, and member of the faculty of the College of the Environment at Wesleyan University. He has also been a visiting professor in the Department of Economic Theory at the University of Rome (1994) and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University (2018). He has published the following books: The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Emerging Powers in International Politics: The BRICS and Soft Power (with Mathilde Chatin–London: Routledge, 2017). In addition, he has published numerous articles in leading journals across five disciplines: economics, politics, law, history, and business. His biography has been published in Marquis Who’s Who in America 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018-present, as well as in Marquis Who’s Who in American Politics 2014. He is the recipient of Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

  • Rhea Higgins

    Professor of Art History, 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.

  • Bill Roberts

    WILLIAM O. ROBERTS, JR.  served as minister of the First Church in Middletown for 20 years.  He was a senior executive in Big Business (KPMG and Prudential Residential Services) and private consultant for 25 years.  He has been retired for 12 years and is a periodic leader of courses at the Wasch Center (Life's Great Transitions, Psyche and Science, the Book of Job.)
  • Karl Scheibe

    Professor of Psychology, Emeritus

    PROFESSOR SCHEIBE is a social psychologist whose current teaching and writing is about the psychology of self and identity and the relationships between psychology and theater. His current research interests also include problems of substance abuse and other excessive appetites.

  • Richard Voigt

    Richard Voigt ’68 graduated from the University of Virginia Law School. He served in the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, before entering private practice in Connecticut, focusing on labor, employment, and other workplace issues. He is a partner in the firm of McCarter & English, LLC, and has often been recognized for this work, including in Best Lawyers in America. He lectures on American history, with a particular emphasis on the American workplace.