Allbritton Visiting Professors

TAllbritton Building Logohe Allbritton Center for the Study of Public life is hosting five visiting professors to Wesleyan during the semester. We are welcoming Ric Grefé, Dar Williams, Jacob Werblow, Mary Hannah Henderson, and John Stoehr. 

Ric Grefé is teaching a course called Human Centered Design for Social Change. It will include presentations from invited designers who work around the world in the field. Students will learn the methods and theories behind human centered design and work on case studies in small groups. 

Singer/songwriter Dar Williams is teaching Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy. This course will focus on music movements that have used the presentation, expression, and production of music and music events to facilitate sociopolitico transitions.

Jacob Werblow is bringing us Topics in Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Transformative Practices in School Reform. This seminar provides students the opportunity to explore critical topics within the school reform movement from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, further investigate one of the course topics in-depth, and present their own conclusions and recommendations to an external audience

Mary Hannah Henderson is teaching Practicing Democracy, in which students will actively organize constituents around a common goal. Students focus on five key practices: turning values into motivated action through narrative; building relationships committed to common purpose; structuring leadership collaboratively; strategizing to turn resources into the power to achieve outcomes; and turning commitments into measurable action enabling learning, accountability, and adaption.

Co-sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Writing Program, Koeppel Fellow John Stoehr is teaching Topics in Journalism: Writing Op-Ed Pieces and Political Essays. This class may be of interest not only to writers, but also to students studying political science, history, economics, ethics, sociology, or an interdisciplinary field, such as American studies. Guest speakers will include journalists, essayists, and scholars working in their fields but with an authoritative presence in the public sphere.



Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.