A Book About Wesleyan

So there’s actually A History of Hogwarts Wesleyan out there that you can actually buy from Amazon. I didn’t think this would be out on paperback for some reason considering the relatively limited audience of interest but there is!

Incidentally, I’ve actually known about this book’s existence for some time but have never actually gotten around to, you know, reading it. But from what I’ve been told by people who have apparently it explains a lot of things. Things, for example, that as tour guides we tell perspective families but are never really sure why. Like why the football field is in the middle of campus and can never be moved. Or the origins of the secret societies and frats, etc.

New England Quarterly, William G. McLoughlin
“In this adroit blend of institutional and cultural history, David B. Potts provides an exemplary analysis of the first eighty years of Wesleyan University. He not only describes how the college changed its president, faculty, students, and curriculum (which one expects in institutional history), but he also deftly explains its identity shifts in terms of the broad context of higher education in the United States…. Potts has given us both a thorough documentation of the early trials and successes of this small but prestigious New England college … and a clear portrait of the rapidly changing nature of higher education from 1831 to 1910.”

Evidently, according to one reviewer on Amazon, a second volume is in the works following Wesleyan’s institutional history between 1910 and 1969.

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

16 thoughts on “A Book About Wesleyan

  1. Holly

    Not that it’s available for purchase, no that’d be silly. But that it’s available on paperback and for under $10. That’s surprising.

  2. Holly

    Not that it’s available for purchase, no that’d be silly. But that it’s available on paperback and for under $10. That’s surprising.

  3. Anonymous

    Academic books usually get publishers, so I don’t know why you’re surprised it’s available for purchase. There’s always a “limited” audience for such books. This shouldn’t strike you as odd, especially as an aspiring academic…

  4. Anonymous

    Academic books usually get publishers, so I don’t know why you’re surprised it’s available for purchase. There’s always a “limited” audience for such books. This shouldn’t strike you as odd, especially as an aspiring academic…

  5. Anonymous

    The fact that he’s writing a 2nd volume is correct. He has an office that he uses (when he’s actually here and not in CA) in the basement of Olin.

  6. Anonymous

    The fact that he’s writing a 2nd volume is correct. He has an office that he uses (when he’s actually here and not in CA) in the basement of Olin.

  7. Anonymous

    The fact that he’s writing a 2nd volume is correct. He has an office that he uses (when he’s actually here and not in CA) in the basement of Olin.

  8. Anonymous

    The fact that he’s writing a 2nd volume is correct. He has an office that he uses (when he’s actually here and not in CA) in the basement of Olin.

  9. Anonymous

    The fact that he’s writing a 2nd volume is correct. He has an office that he uses (when he’s actually here and not in CA) in the basement of Olin.

  10. Anonymous

    David Potts gave a WESeminar here discussing exactly this book. It wasn’t very well attended, but it was quite informative.

  11. Anonymous

    David Potts gave a WESeminar here discussing exactly this book. It wasn’t very well attended, but it was quite informative.

  12. Anonymous

    David Potts gave a WESeminar here discussing exactly this book. It wasn’t very well attended, but it was quite informative.

  13. Anonymous

    David Potts gave a WESeminar here discussing exactly this book. It wasn’t very well attended, but it was quite informative.

  14. Anonymous

    David Potts gave a WESeminar here discussing exactly this book. It wasn’t very well attended, but it was quite informative.

Comments are closed.