Snapshots

Jewish Community Makes Hamantaschen Cookies to Celebrate Purim Holiday

About 30 students gathered in Usdan 110 on March 2 to celebrate the coming of Purim by making hamantaschen. The triangular cookies are filled with a sweet filling, usually made of poppy seeds, and are traditionally eaten during the Purim holiday, which begins on the evening of March 4. Matt Renetzky ’18 and Rabbi Levi Schectman organized the event through Chabad at Wesleyan along with help from Elli Scharlin '18 and Aaron Josephs '18.

About 30 students gathered in Usdan 110 on March 2 to celebrate the coming of Purim by making hamantaschen. The triangular cookies are filled with a sweet filling, usually made of poppy seeds, and are traditionally eaten during the Purim holiday, which begins on the evening of March 4. Matt Renetzky ’18 and Rabbi Levi Schectman (pictured) organized the event through Chabad at Wesleyan along with help from Elli Scharlin ’18 and Aaron Josephs ’18.

Wesleyan Orchestra Performs for Local Children

On. Feb. 28, the Wesleyan University Orchestra performed "CATcerto and Musical Beasts" for area children.

On. Feb. 28, the Wesleyan University Orchestra performed “CATcerto and Musical Beasts” for area children.

Indonesian Dancers Perform, Lead Workshop with Green Street TLC Students

Tari Aceh! performers worked with students at the Green Street Arts Center Feb. 25.

Tari Aceh! performers worked with students at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center Feb. 25.

On Feb. 5, the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center hosted dancers from the Connecticut premier of Tari Aceh! (Dance Aceh!). The performance features a group of nine female performers from Aceh, Indonesia on their first-ever tour of the United States. Their dances, inherited from their ancestors, are stunning in their synchronicity and include rhythmic body percussion and the singing of both Islamic liturgical and folk texts, accompanied by percussion. The dancers are between the ages of 14 and 24, and study at Syiah Kuala University, located in Banda Aceh, the capital of the Aceh province on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Green Street held a workshop with the Acehnese dancers for its AfterSchool students. The workshop exposed them to a similar dance from another culture. Afterwards, the Green Street TLC Hip Hop students taught the Indonesian dancers their own dance routine.

A supporter of Green Street TLC, the Center for the Arts regularly includes visiting artists in programming for the AfterSchool program.

A video and photos of the program are below: (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

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President Roth Fields Questions from WesMaSS Scholars

Wesleyan President Michael Roth met with WesMaSS (Wesleyan Physical Sciences and Mathematics Scholars Program) students Feb. 20 in Exley Science Center. WesMaSS is a two-year program that begins the summer immediately prior to a student’s first year at Wesleyan.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth met with WesMaSS (Wesleyan Physical Sciences and Mathematics Scholars Program) students Feb. 20 in Exley Science Center. WesMaSS is a two-year program that begins the summer immediately prior to a student’s first year at Wesleyan.

CFCD Hosts Contemplative Pedagogy Workshop

About 20 faculty, staff and graduate students participated in a contemplative pedagogy workshop and discussion Feb. 19 in the Allbritton Center. The workshop, titled “Practically impractical: Contemplative practices in the classroom – A Faculty and Graduate Student Teaching Workshop” was taught by Michelle Francl, professor of chemistry on the Clowes Fund for Science and Public Safety at Bryn Mawr College.

Read more about the workshop here.

Photos of the workshops are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake and Aviva Hirsch ’16)

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Post Delivers 24th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression

Robert Post, dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, delivered the 24th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression Feb. 19 in Memorial Chapel.

Robert Post, dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, delivered the 24th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression Feb. 19 in Memorial Chapel. His talk was titled “The First Amendment, Knowledge, and Academic Freedom.”

The lecture is named in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice and endowed by Leonard S. Halpert, Esq., ’44.

The lecture is named in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice and endowed by Leonard S. Halpert, Esq., ’44.

Women in Science Gather for Tea Reception, Female Scientists Discussion

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About 30 Wesleyan students and faculty gathered for a Wesleyan Women in Science (WesWIS) Tea Reception Feb. 19 at the Wasch Center. Women in Science is a student group composed of undergraduates, post-docs, staff and faculty dedicated to issues affecting women in science. The group is open to all majors and genders.

During the gathering, guest speaker Michelle Francl, professor of chemistry on the Clowes Fund for Science and Public Policy at Bryn Mawr College, spoke to the group about physicist and chemist Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Francl handed out copies of her commentary titled “Sex and the Citadel of Science,” which was published in the August 2011 edition of Nature Chemistry, and included a copy of the journal’s cover — a portrait of Marie Curie’s face created from photographs of 200 women scientists (including Francl’s). “I’m actually in here twice. There’s another picture in here of my mother, who also was a chemist, holding me as an infant,” she said.

“I love how energized the room felt at the WesWIS tea,” said Meredith Hughes, assistant professor of astronomy. “It was exciting to have Dr. Francl there, and also to get so many energetic Wesleyan women scientists all in one place!”

WesWIS Steering Committee members Alex Irace ’15 and and Maya Lopez-Ichikawa ’18 spoke about the group and introduced Professor Francl. Francl also delivered two workshops on contemplative pedagogy during her time at Wesleyan.

Photos of the event are below:

Wesleyan Women in Science Tea Reception, Feb. 19, 2015.

Screenwriters Lounge Supports Student Filmmaking on Campus

Members of the Wesleyan Film Project’s Screenwriters Lounge gathered at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center’s library Feb. 16 to discuss current projects. The Wesleyan Film Project is a student-run group that formed during the fall semester 2014 and supports filmmaking on campus. During Screenwriter’s Lounge sessions the students meet with each other, writers, directors and producers to review student-submitted scripts in order to prepare them for production.

For more information on the group, visit the Wesleyan Film Project on Facebook.

Photos of the Screenwriters Lounge gathering are below: (Photos by John Van Vlack)

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Information Technology Services Hosts Information Session

Information Technology Services held an open information session Feb. 5 in Daniel Family Commons. ITS employees staffed information booths and spoke with Wesleyan staff from other departments about their services. 

Information Technology Services held an open information session Feb. 5 in Daniel Family Commons. ITS employees staffed information booths and spoke with Wesleyan staff from other departments about their services.

Alumni Return to Wesleyan to Share Their Experiences in Finance

On Feb. 6, recent Wesleyan graduates returned to campus and shared their experiences in finance. The conference, titled “Finance — Theory and Applications: A Conversation with Alumni,” covered mergers and acquisitions, value investing, trading and case study analysis. Attendees also had an opportunity to ask questions.

Anand Gopalan ’09, James Hounsell ’11 and Eugene Wong ’09, all of whom have relevant experience in the field of finance, spoke at the event. Joyce Jacobsen, professor of economics, also gave remarks at the conference. The event was hosted by Abigail Hornstein, associate professor of economics, with support from the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Wesleyan Investment Group.

“What I enjoyed most was the opportunity to hear how interested the financial industry is in hiring liberal arts-educated students,” said attendee Michael Smith ’18. “With a strong liberal arts background, at a competitive financial firm, within six to 12 months the liberal art graduate is on par with a [top undergraduate business school] graduate.”

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

Abigail Hornstein, associate professor of economics and James Hounsell '09 listen to Mattison Asher '17, at right,  who is one of the current leaders of the Wesleyan Investment Group (WIG).

Abigail Hornstein, associate professor of economics and James Hounsell ’11 listen to Mattison Asher ’17, at right, who is one of the current leaders of the Wesleyan Investment Group (WIG).

Video: Wesleyan Student Assembly Hosts Student Activities Fair

On Feb. 5, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) Community Committee (CoCo) hosted a Student Activities Fair in Beckham Hall. This video documents the diverse range of clubs at Wesleyan, including activism, interests, identities, politics, publications, sports and more. The purpose of this fair was to create a centralized location where clubs could promote themselves to students who may not be aware of what this diverse campus has to offer.

CoCo is chaired by Elizabeth Shackney ’17, who is featured in the video that can be seen below:

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Bright and Blustery Morning at Wesleyan

Winter Storm Juno created light blizzard conditions on Feb. 5. Wind gusts reached 29 mph. (Photos by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

Winter at Wesleyan, Feb. 5, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)

Winter at Wesleyan, Feb. 5, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)