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Navaratri Festival Celebrates Indian Culture

B. Balasubrahmaniyan, adjunct instructor of music, sings music of South India during Wesleyan's 32nd annual Navaratri Festival Oct. 2 in Crowell Concert Hall. Navaratri, which is one of India's major festival celebrations, honors traditional music and dance while giving audiences a glimpse at the contemporary arts scene.

Professor Loans 14 Paintings to Libson Exhibit

Fourteen scrolls, painted by Naya women, are on display.

Fourteen scrolls, painted by Naya women, are on display.

Ákos Östör, professor of anthropology and professor of film studies, loaned 14 new paintings to an ongoing exhibition held at the National Museum of Etnologia in Lisbon. The paintings are created by women in the Naya Village in Bengal, India who have formed a scroll painters’ cooperative in an effort to keep this centuries old practice alive. Östör is the co-director of a film, “Singing Pictures,” which examines the ancient art of “singing-scroll making” in Bengali and features the Chitrakar women. The 14 new scrolls, part of the exhibit “Singing Pictures: Art and Performance of Naya Women,” will substitute those that have already been on exhibition.

The museum also purchased a whole batch of paintings from the Naya women for their collections.

In September, Östör and the Naya women donated dozens of rare Yanomamo, Sudanese and Eritrean artifacts/ethnographic objects.

Basinger Speaks on Paul Newman for NPR

Jeanine Basinger.

Jeanine Basinger.

Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, chair of the Film Studies Department, curator of Cinema Archives, discussed the life of actor Paul Newmanfor “On Point” Oct. 2  on National Public Radio.  The show can be heard online here.

Rosenbaum Keynote Speaker at Math Disabilities Conference

Robert Rosenbaum, the University Professor of Mathematics and the Sciences, emeritus, and chair of the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS), will present the keynote address at a workshop on preventing math learning difficulties Oct. 16.

Robert Rosenbaum.

In his talk, titled “The Vicious Versus,” Rosenbaum will deplore “the all-too-common dichotomy that pits ‘pure’ mathematics against ‘applied’ mathematics.” He will argue that “each type of mathematics enriches the other, thus illuminating the significance and beauty that give the subject its attractiveness.”

Schorr Displays Paintings in NYC Gallery

David Schorr, professor of art, has a solo art exhibit titled “Goods,” which runs from Oct. 16-Nov. 29 at the Mary Ryan Gallery in New York, N.Y.

The exhibit features Schorr’s new product paintings. An opening reception was held Oct. 16 at the gallery. Samples of his work are above.

Grossman Speaks On Health Care Practice Evolution

Richard Grossman, professor and chair of economics, chaired a session at the Economic History Association annual meetings in New Haven, Conn. on “The Evolution of Health Care Practices and Institutions.” The session was held in honor of Stan Lebergott, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Sciences, emeritus.

Student Interns with NY Magazine, Today Show

Jonna Humphries

Jonna Humphries

Two articles written by Jonna Humphries '10 appeared in New York Magazine recently. Humpries worked as an intern for the magazine as a member of their public relations department during the summer.

She wrote a story about  Christian Siriano, a fashion designer and Project Runway winner; and another featuring Nigel Barker, a fashion photographer and judge from America’s Next Top Model who hosted a photography exhibition on Canadian seal hunting.

NYT: Wesleyan Top Organic Food School

Wesleyan was cited in a New York Times Sept. 28 article titled “Whole Grains, Fresh Corn: School Menu on a Mission” for buying locally produced food. The article says Wesleyan is “at the head of that class.”

Wesleyan to Aid Nature Conservancy with Dam Removal Study

Wesleyan is mentioned in an Oct. 5 New London, Conn. The Day article titled “Nature Reclaims What Damn Had Taken.” According to the article, Wesleyan scientists are helping the Connecticut Nature Conservancy lead a long-term research project at the state’s East Branch of the Eightmile River Zemko dam site to monitor the changes that take place after dam removal. The research involves tracking the new plant life, collecting samples of the fish found in the river, examining the contents of fish stomachs to learn what they’re eating, and recording the river’s geomorphology – the changes in the course it follows. Read more at here.