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Monthly Archive for November, 2008

The Camera as Witness" presentation and panel Nov. 7.

Documentary photographer Wendy Ewald explained how photography relates to personal history during the "Eye of History: The Camera as Witness" presentation and panel Nov. 7.

“We can never really claim to have seen anything unless it has been photographed.” — Émile Zola, c. 1901, Minutes of the Camera Club of Paris

Documentary photographers, contemporary visual artists and historians grapple with issues of photographic meaning, evidence, and interpretation.

This fall, Wesleyan has hosted a series of exhibitions, talks and films that explore photography’s role in historiography, historical memory and public life. Organized by Associate Professor of History Jennifer Tucker, “Eye of History: The Camera as Witness” serves as a meeting point for people who share a common interest in photography, art and historical memory.

On Nov. 7, internationally-renowned documentary photographers Wendy Ewald, Eric Gottesman and Susan Meiselas joined acclaimed writer and critic David Levi Strauss in a panel discussion about photography’s role in the world today. (more…)

Hannah Sugarman '09 speaks on "Finding Intermediate Mass Black Holes in the Local Universe" during the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium Nov. 8.

Hannah Sugarman ’09 speaks on “Finding Intermediate Mass Black Holes in the Local Universe” during the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium Nov. 8.

Astronomers interested in black holes generally study small, low-mass types within our own galaxy, or super-massive black holes found in the center of other large galaxies. But during the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Nov. 7-8 at Wesleyan. astronomy major Hannah Sugarman ’09 explained the importance of finding intermediate mass black holes in the local universe.

“Small black holes are about 30 times the mass of the sun, and the big, super-massive black holes have a mass of about a million times the mass of the sun. Intermediate mass black holes are in between these mass limits,” Sugarman says. “They are important because if super-massive black holes are made by slightly smaller ones combining, we want to be able to observe the smaller ones to see how this works.” (more…)

Arion Blas '11 and Kaishi Lee '09 listen to a talk at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City on Oct. 27 during Wesleyan's Management and Leadership Conference.

Arion Blas '11 and Kaishi Lee '09 listen to a talk at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City on Oct. 27 during Wesleyan's Management and Leadership Conference.

Arion Blas ’11 learned about debt, derivatives, equity, money policy, banking and business management during Wesleyan’s first-ever
Management and Leadership Conference
Oct. 24-28.

Blas and 29 other Wesleyan students learned about management from experts and executives from top companies, organizations and institutions, while participating in skill-building through lectures, hands-on workshops, case studies, and one-on-one mentoring with top Wesleyan alumni and parents from a variety of career fields. (more…)

Eli Allen '09 is a member of the U.S. Youth Network for Sustainable Development delegation. (Photo by Intisar Abioto '09)

Eli Allen '09 is a member of the U.S. Youth Network for Sustainable Development delegation. (Photo by Intisar Abioto '09)

Eli Allen ’09 will join youth leaders from across the country to represent the United States at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 14th Conference of Parties. The event will be held Dec. 23 in Poznan, Poland.

“My generation will ultimately be responsible for the effects of the decisions made at the negotiations, so it is imperative that we be involved and have representation,” says Allen, a College of Social Studies major. “I hope to express the urgency of this moment in our history, where we must realize our common responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members of our world community from the potentially overwhelming burdens of climate change.” (more…)

Wesleyan students can submit videos for the "Minute with the President-Elect" contest. The grand prize is $100 cash.

Wesleyan students can submit videos for the "Minute with the President-Elect" contest. The grand prize is $100 cash.

If you had one minute to speak with newly-elected President Barack Obama, what would you say?

Wesleyan undergraduate, graduate and Graduate Liberal Studies Program students are invited to video-record a response to this question with a chance to win a $100 cash prize.

As part of Wesleyan’s “Minute with the President-Elect” challenge, students can create and upload a video to Wesleyan’s YouTube site. Site viewers can log in, view the videos and rate their favorite entry. (more…)

Writer and poet Michael Ondaatje, Wesleyan's Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer, led a question and answer discussion for students Nov. 6 in Downey House. Among his best-known works are the novel <i>The English Patient</i>, which was made into an award-winning feature film, and a novel set in Sri Lanka, <i>Anil's Ghost</i>, which received world-wide acclaim, winning France’s Prix Medicis, Canada's Governor-General's Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Writer and poet Michael Ondaatje, Wesleyan's Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer, led a question and answer discussion for students Nov. 6 in Downey House. Among his best-known works are the novel The English Patient, which was made into an award-winning feature film, and a novel set in Sri Lanka, Anil's Ghost, which received world-wide acclaim, winning France’s Prix Medicis, Canada's Governor-General's Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

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Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, was the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture

Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, was the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression held Oct. 22 in Memorial Chapel.

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Thirty-three members of the Wesleyan community were honored by President Michael Roth during a Service Recognition Lunch Oct. 22 in Beckham Hall. Honorees worked at Wesleyan 20 years or more.

Thirty-three members of the Wesleyan community were honored by President Michael Roth during a Service Recognition Lunch Oct. 22 in Beckham Hall. Honorees worked at Wesleyan 20 years or more.

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Six-month-old Sam Higgins, dressed as a lobster, celebrates Halloween on the Wesleyan campus with his mother, Sally Ross. Sam is the son of Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies. More than 50 children children enrolled in the Wesleyan Neighborhood Preschool walked in the annual Halloween Parade Oct. 31 on Wesleyan's campus.

Six-month-old Sam Higgins, dressed as a lobster, celebrates Halloween on the Wesleyan campus with his mother, Sally Ross. Sam's father is Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies. More than 50 children enrolled in the Wesleyan Neighborhood Preschool walked in the annual Halloween Parade Oct. 31 on Wesleyan's campus.

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The Davison Health Center and Department of Human Resources sponsored the annual Flu Clinic for students, faculty, staff and their dependents Nov. 1-4 in the Usdan University Center.

Joyce Walter, director of the Davison Health Center, assists Shelby Arnold '12 and Doug Allen, assistant to the facilities manager in the Chemistry Department, with their immunization administration and consent form. The forms were required to receive the vaccine.

Joyce Walter, director of the Davison Health Center, assists Shelby Arnold '12 and Doug Allen, assistant to the facilities manager in the Chemistry Department, with their immunization administration and consent form. The forms were required to receive the vaccine.

Registered Nurse Debbie Tyndale applies a bandage to Abraham Verdoes '09 after giving him the quick flu vaccine. Wesleyan students were charged $37 for their shot.

Registered Nurse Debbie Tyndale applies a bandage to Abraham Verdoes '09 after giving him the flu vaccine. Wesleyan students were charged $37 for their shot.

Licensed Practical Nurse Ida Blumberg inoculates Abigail Hornstein, assistant professor of economics. Hornstein didn't mind watching while getting her shot. The vaccine was free to all Wesleyan employees enrolled in the CIGNA health plan.

Licensed Practical Nurse Ida Blumberg inoculates Abigail Hornstein, assistant professor of economics. The vaccine was free to all Wesleyan employees eligible for the CIGNA health plan.

Steven Le '12 receives his shot from Blumberg. The MidState VNA & Hospice provided the clinical services and the Student Health Advisory Committee assisted with clerical duties. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Steven Le '12 receives his shot from Blumberg. Le was one of more than 500 Wesleyan affiliates to receive the flu vaccine this year. The MidState VNA & Hospice provided the clinical services and the Student Health Advisory Committee assisted with clerical duties. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

NAME speaks about her photograph titled "NAME" during the opening reception for the exhibit <i>Photographic Window on Causes of Climate Change</i> Nov. 5 in Van Vleck Observatory.

Erin Arai, a graduate student in astronomy, speaks about her photograph of a commuter rail station during the opening reception for the exhibit Photographic Window on Causes of Climate Change Nov. 5 in Van Vleck Observatory. All photographs in the show were taken by students enrolled in Astronomical Pedagogy Seminar, and exhibited waste and carbon use excesses.

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Dancing the Imagination," was performed at the Patricelli '92 Theater on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. "Dancing the Imagination" was an evening of conceptually, visually, and kinesthetically compelling dance performed and directed by Rachel Boggia, visiting assistant professor of dance.

Iddrisu Saaka, artist in residence, performs a dance titled "Jovian Suite" Oct. 30 in Patricelli '92 Theater. The dance was part of "Dancing the Imagination" - a conceptually, visually and kinesthetically compelling project directed by Rachel Boggia, visiting assistant professor of dance.

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