Arts & Culture

West African Drummers, Dancers Perform on CFA Green

Wesleyan’s West African Drumming and Dance performers.

Wesleyan’s annual West African Drumming and Dance concert, which took place on the Center for the Arts Green, was recently featured by the Middletown Patch.

The article, published on May 15, notes: “The exhilarating performance featured the work of Ghanian choreographer Iddi Saaka, Wesleyan world dance artist-in-residence; and master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, whose energetic and spirited students gave a sampling of what they’ve learned in West African dance courses this semester, accompanied by guest artists and drummers. ”

Read the article and see the video of the performance here.

An Evening with Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14

On April 12, Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14, producer and star of “VEEP,” sat down with President Michael Roth ’78 and nearly 300 Wesleyan students, alumni, and parents at The Times Center in New York City for a premiere screening and conversation about her new HBO show. A video of the event is below:

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Video Feature on Professor Ellen Nerenberg

Ellen Nerenberg, the Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and department chair, discusses her passion for Italian studies and her new book, Murder Made In Italy: Homicide, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture in this video:

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Shinohara Speaks about Contemporary Japanese Prints

In this video, Artist-in-Residence Keiji Shinohara introduces “A Late Christmas Gift: Contemporary Prints from Japan” at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies on Feb. 1. The 46 prints in this exhibition represent a wide range of contemporary Japanese printmakers, from established artists to graduate students and includes works in all print media. Shinohara is an internationally known woodblock printer who has been at Wesleyan for almost 20 years.

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Wesleyan Alumni Join Roth, Bays ’97, Thomas ’97 for Talk in L.A.

Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, co-creators of the television comedy, “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), sat down with President Michael Roth ’78 and nearly 200 Wesleyan alumni at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, Calif. on Jan. 12. What followed was all Wes!

In addition to the video below, you can view photos taken during the event in this online Wesleyan Flickr gallery.

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View 11 other videos featuring Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are in the links below:
Part 1  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl504Uh8HFc
Part 2  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdT0tXGBm-c
Part 3  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV4cP6l8JW0
Part 4  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7lRQdgQpaw
Part 5  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZDE5wh4Gh0
Part 6  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYuM6f8Xvv8
Part 7  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NKbOp7VsPU
Part 8  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRStEZRnGs
Part 9 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjyJtQW-JAA
Part 10 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qx_xlU1-IU
Part 11 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruClNDnST4E
Part 12 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI3tzxU2mi4

Wesleyan Co-Sponsors Inaugural New Years Eve Event in Middletown

The City of Middletown hosted its first Middnight On Main New Year’s Celebration on Dec. 31. The event, which was co-sponsored by Wesleyan, drew more than 10,000 midnight revelers of all ages from the Middletown community and surrounding region. Food, fun, live performance art, and fireworks created bright memories for all. The event also included a jazz piano performance by Wesleyan’s Jazz Ensemble coach Noah Baerman and a performance by SteveSongs’ Steve Roslonek ’93. Middnight on Main is featured in the video below:

Video Feature on Theater Major Sarah Wolfe ’12

Sarah Wolfe ’12 is a theater major with a concentration in acting. She aspires to teach middle and high school students about the potential of live theater to make a difference in the lives of others. Learn more about Sarah in the video below:

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Video Feature on Opraha Miles ’14

Opraha Miles ’14 is an intended neuroscience and behavior major from Jamaica who sings, dances in the ISIS women of color dance troupe, is a member of the West Indian Student Association (WISA), student manager at Usdan University Center and is a dedicated YouTube enthusiast. Learn more about Opraha in this video below:

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