Liberal Arts

The Guardian’s Front-Row Seat to History

In November 1995, the eyes of the world came to Wright State University’s backyard. U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and chief envoy Richard Holbrooke brought the leaders of Serbia (Slobodan Milosevic), Croatia (Franjo Tudjman), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Alija … Continue reading

From Wright State to Hollywood

Even though he’s collaborated with such Hollywood A-listers as Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, Erik Bork didn’t always dream of making movies. “When I was in high school, I started gravitating toward the creative arts of some … Continue reading

Collection Companions

Contributed by Timothy R. Gaffney, National Aviation Heritage Alliance Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough returned to Wright State University just as actor-filmmaker Tom Hanks was making his campus visit, joining him to examine artifacts that are part of the university’s Wright … Continue reading

Hanks for the Memories

Tom Hanks David Hopkins

Tom Hanks of Forrest Gump/Saving Private Ryan fame was on campus, and excitement was at a fever pitch. Nearly 2,000 students, faculty, and staff had amassed outside Wright State University’s Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures on April 19 to catch … Continue reading

Alumni News

Award-winning author Ann Weisgarber, ’76, received the 2016 Alumna of the Year Award. Weisgarber’s first novel, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, is set in the South Dakota Badlands. The book won the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and … Continue reading

Presidential Prestige

The national spotlight will shine brightly this fall on Wright State University, which will become the center of the universe in American politics when it hosts the first presidential debate. “The first one is special,” said Donna Schlagheck, retired head … Continue reading

Civic Duty

There’s one in Dayton and Beavercreek. Riverside and Vandalia have them too. In fact Enon, Oakwood, Brookville, and Bellbrook also make the list of cities and villages that have Wright State University graduates currently serving as mayor. “I’m so glad you … Continue reading

Vanishing Act

The shadows are growing long in Longtown, Ohio. Connor Keiser cracks open the blinds inside the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, sending weak shafts of light into the sanctuary. He then settles into a pew, opens a photo album, and brings the … Continue reading

Literature of Peace

Carol Loranger believes that books can transform the world. “I’m a true believer. I really do believe that books can change people’s lives,” said Loranger, chair and associate professor of English language and literatures. “The idea that words can change … Continue reading

Mayor Whaley

When she was 11, Nan Whaley shared a paper route with her 9-year-old brother, David, in her family’s Indianapolis suburban neighborhood. While her brother worked to save money to buy video games, Whaley would get excited about the newspaper delivery process … Continue reading