Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8

Women at Wesleyan are hosting an International Women’s Day cocktail hour and panel discussion from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 8 in the Smith Reading Room. Wesleyan’s faculty and staff will discuss “Being Bold for Change.” All faculty and staff are invited.


Bipartisan Political Series Encourages Dialogue on Campus

bipThe Wesleyan Republicans and Wesleyan Democrats student groups are hosting Bipartisan Political Series discussions to encourage open political dialogue on campus.

“Following the recent election, we recognized the necessity for dialogue and communication as being more important than ever,” said Catherine Cervone ’19, a member of the Wesleyan Republicans. “We are really looking forward to this discussion series as we see it benefiting not only the members of our own club, but the campus community as a whole.”

On Feb. 23, Professor Marc Eisner, will speak on the impact of polarization on contemporary politics. After his talk, he will facilitate a discussion where voices from both sides will be able to talk about their views on the issue. Eiser is the dean of the Social Sciences, the Henry Merritt Wriston Chair in Public Policy, professor of government and professor of environmental studies. His talk takes place in Public Affairs Center Room 422 at noon.

On March 2, Doug Foyle, associate professor of government, will speak about Trump’s foreign policy. His talk will take place in Public Affairs Center Room 104 at noon.

Theory Certificate Hosts Lecture Series on Contours of the Present Crisis

This semester, the Certificate in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory is hosting a lecture series titled “Contours of the Present Crisis.”

This series will respond the heightened social and political conflicts of the current moment. Talks will be held on March 7, March 30 and May 4.

“Our aim is to emphasize at every turn the relationship between what we call ‘theory’ and the rest of our lives,” says Matthew Garrett, associate professor of English, associate professor of American studies and the director of the Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. “Intellectual work certainly deserves a privileged place; at the same time, as somebody once said, the world won’t get better on its own, and our work in the Certificate needs to keep alive the relationship between rigorous critical thought and open, radical activity in the world.”

Suleiman Mourad, professor of religion at Smith College,

Wesleyan Celebrates Black History Month

This February, in honor of Black History Month, Wesleyan is hosting a series of events including a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; discussions on current black issues and diaspora blackness around the world; a Black History Month formal celebration; a unconventional poetry performance; a black radical protest with a former Black Panther activist; a student of color art show and live performances; and much more.

Ujamma, Wesleyan’s black student union, is coordinating all events. (Click graphic below to enlarge).

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J-Hoon Musical Ensemble Presents the Music and Dance of the Ancient People of Kermanshah

From 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in the World Music Hall, engage in a panel discussion on the diaspora of the Kurdish people, the largest ethnic group in the world without a country that they can call their own. The program focuses on the integration of the Kurdish people into Western societies as refugees, their trials and tribulations during their assimilation, as well as the current and the future position of the Kurds in the geopolitical landscape and the stability of the Middle East and the fight against terror.

This program will be followed by a musical and dance performance by the J-Hoon Ensemble, a NYC-based ensemble focused on the folkloric music and dances of Kurdistan.

Tickets are available at the Wesleyan Box Office.

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“Writing the Truth in the Age of Trump” Topic of Hugo Black Lecture April 20

Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse

Note: This event has been rescheduled for April 20.

Linda Greenhouse, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, will present a talk titled “Writing the Truth in the Age of Trump” during the 26th annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression.

The talk begins at 8 p.m., April 20 in Memorial Chapel.

Linda Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly op-ed column on law as a contributing columnist. She received several major journalism awards during her 40-year career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2004). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” Her books include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun; Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling; The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right; and The U.S. Supreme Court, A Very Short Introduction. 

Greenhouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she serves on the council, and is one of two non-lawyer honorary members elected to the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. She is a vice president of the Council of the American Philosophical Society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities and jurisprudence. She has been awarded 11 honorary degrees. Greenhouse is a 1968 graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and she currently serves on the Phi Beta Kappa national senate. She earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School (1978), which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.

The lecture is named in honor of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. The series is designed to bring to the Wesleyan campus distinguished public figures and scholars with experience and expertise in matters related to the First Amendment and freedom of expression. This lecture, which is endowed by Leonard S. Halpert ’44, is offered annually.

For more information on the lecture, visit this website.

Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 3

Theodore Shaw ’76

Theodore Shaw ’76, Hon. ’14

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration planning committee invites all members of the Wesleyan community to take part in a MLK Commemoration from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 3 in Memorial Chapel. A reception will follow in Zelnick Pavilion.

Theodore Shaw ‘76, Hon. ’14 will deliver the keynote address titled “Freedom is a Constant Struggle.” Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. Professor Shaw was the fifth Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., for which he worked in various capacities over the span of 26 years.

He received a BA with Honors from Wesleyan in 1976 and was awarded an honorary degree from Wesleyan in 2014. He earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1979, where he was a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow.

Listen to an interview with Shaw in this Careers by Design podcast.


Wesleyan Thinks Big Dec. 8

Wesleyan Thinks BigOn Dec. 8, Wesleyan will hold Wesleyan Thinks Big, a biannual TED-talk style event featuring Wesleyan faculty and administrators giving 10-minute speeches on an experience, a personal passion, an existential question or another topic of their choosing. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

This year’s event is being coordinated by Catherine Wulff ’18, with help from Rachel Godfrey ’19 and Kaiyana Cervera ’19.

“Wesleyan Thinks Big is a way to bring the community together outside of the classroom, by shedding light on the strength of personal testimony and human connection,” said Wulff. “Our main goal is for the audience to leave energized and hopeful.”

Wesleyan Thinks Big will feature:

  • Iris Bork-Goldfield, adjunct professor of German studies and chair of the German Studies Department: “Thank you for Smoking. The Unintended Consequences of Lucky Strikes;”
  • Danielle Vogel, visiting assistant professor of creative writing in English: “Narrative & Nest;”
  • Renee Johnson-Thornton, dean for the Class of 2018: “How to Excel in College by Cultivating Membership in a Community of Practice;” and
  • Khalil Johnson, assistant professor of African American studies: “Settler Colonial Blues: Musings from the Margins of Black and Indigenous History.”

Astronomy Department Hosts Kids Night Nov. 18

The Department of Astronomy welcomes local children to “Kids Night” on Nov. 18 at the Van Vleck Observatory.

From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., graduate and undergraduate students will lead kid-friendly, space-related activities including an observation of the night sky.

The event is free and open to the public.

Net Neutrality to be Discussed Nov. 10

“The Historic Decision on Net Neutrality, and What it Means for the Future” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001 Public Affairs Center).

Panelists include Jessica Rosenworcel ’93, FCC Commissioner; Brad Burnham ‘77, managing partner at Union Square Ventures; and Christiaan Hogendorn, associate professor of economics.

Norm Danner, associate professor of computer science, will moderate the event.


Benefit Dinner to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell

Wesleyan, in conjunction with the New England Sickle Cell Institute and the Citizens for Quality Sickle Cell Care (CQSCC) will host a benefit dinner for Sickle Cell awareness and research on Nov. 10. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Daniel Family Commons. The event is organized by Praise Owoyemi ’18 and Shardonay Pagett ’18.

“Our goal is to bring more awareness and provide up to date information about this illness, as well as raise money to go towards Sickle Cell research,” Owoyemi said.

Guest speakers will share their experiences on the ways Sickle Cell has impacted their lives, and staff from various organizations will speak about their cause.

On Nov. 9, Owoyemi and Pagett will be tabling in Usdan University Center and providing informational pamphlets and items about the disease.

The benefit dinner is open to the entire Wesleyan community free of charge, but donations will be accepted. RSVP online here.

Schorr’s Flying Carpets Paintings on Display Oct. 27-Dec. 11

David Schorr, Red Roadsters, 22 x 22 inches, gouache and silverpoint on linen.

David Schorr, Red Roadsters, 22 x 22 inches, gouache and silverpoint on linen.

Flying Carpets: New Paintings by David Schorr, a solo exhibition and site-specific installation by Professor of Art and Chair of the Art and Art History Department David Schorr, will be on view in the Main Gallery at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from Oct. 27 through Dec. 11. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is free.

In this latest body of work, Schorr revisits childhood days spent playing on his grandmother’s Persian rugs. Vibrantly colored taxis and race cars drive over paisley designs, while model planes soar midst coffee cans and mailing labels. In his practiced technique of combining gouache with silverpoint drawing on linen, he recreates the richly colored world of his young imagination.

In each of the paintings, the artist contrasts familiar toys from the mid 20th century with images that hint at the exotic and expansive world beyond his Chicago home. Trains and dump trucks traverse floating prayer rugs next to the turbaned man from a coffee company’s logo. The steel models recall an era before plastic, during an earlier day of commercial travel when the possibilities of exploration and discovery felt infinite and even exotic.

The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, with a gallery talk by David Schorr at 5 p.m.

Schorr also will speak during a preview of his exhibit from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in the gallery. This talk is held in conjunction with Family Weekend.

The works in this exhibition are courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery in New York. Schorr is represented by the gallery, who will present Flying Carpets in January 2017. For more information see the Center for the Arts website.