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Wesleyan Refugee Project Hosts Panel, Exhibit on Refugee Resettlement

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The Wesleyan Refugee Project is hosting an exhibit, “Stronger Shines the Light Inside” at the Center for the Arts Green. SSTLI traces processes of refugee resettlement though a series of photographs and interviews with the refugee community in Boise, Idaho.

On April 21, the Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) hosted a speaker panel in Memorial Chapel about refugee resettlement. WRP is a student-led group dedicated to volunteering, advocating, fundraising, and raising awareness of current refugee crises. The team works with a number of international and local nonprofit organizations, assisting in areas such as tutoring, legal aid, and refugee resettlement.

Angie Smith, a photographer based in Los Angeles, Calif. and the founder of Stronger Shines the Light Inside (SSTLI), delivered the keynote address. SSTLI traces processes of refugee resettlement though a series of photographs and interviews with the refugee community in Boise, Idaho. Smith spoke about the inception, development and execution of SSTLI, refugee resettlement in the U.S., using photography to tell impactful stories, and applying skills from a liberal arts college in the real world to create new initiatives promoting social justice and change. During her presentation she shared a series of photographs from the project that have been featured in numerous publications online and in print including National Geographic, WIRED, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine. She also read excerpts from interviews that accompanied the photographs.

In addition, brothers Maher Mahmood and Mahmood Mahmood spoke about their experiences with resettlement in Connecticut. Both described their journey from Iraq to Connecticut

PhD Candidate King Speaks about Nanomaterials at Graduate Speaker Series

Chemistry graduate student Melissa King presented a talk on “Synthesis of Shaped Nanoparticles with Bimetallic Surfaces via Iodide Facilitated Reduction of Palladium“ April 19 in Exley Science Center. Her talk concluded the 2016-17 Graduate Speaker Series.

Chemistry graduate student and PhD candidate Melissa King presented a talk on “Synthesis of Shaped Nanoparticles with Bimetallic Surfaces via Iodide Facilitated Reduction of Palladium “ April 19 in Exley Science Center. Her talk concluded the 2016-17 Graduate Speaker Series.

Bimetallic nanoparticles, King explained, may provide an exciting avenue toward the development of novel catalysts potentially useful in meeting the growing demand for energy.

Bimetallic nanoparticles, King explained, may provide an exciting avenue toward the development of novel catalysts potentially useful in meeting the growing demand for energy. (Photos by Will Barr ’18)

Stewart Leads Annual Earth Week Rant

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Brian Stewart, professor of physics, led his 10th annual Earth Week Rant on April 19 and 20.

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Brian Stewart, professor of physics, led his 10th annual Earth Week Rant on April 19 and 20. Stewart discussed energy and argued that a surprisingly simple, nature-oriented way of organizing public information can help us to make decisions as we navigate a murky future. (Photos by Will Barr ’18)

Wesleyan Celebrates Completion of Science Theses with Poster Session

Wesleyan’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division recently hosted a Celebration of Science Theses, a poster session featuring the work of Honors and MA students in the NSM fields. Organized by Manju Hingorani, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry; Barbara Juhasz, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and behavior; and Seth Redfield, associate professor of astronomy, the event took place in Exley Science Center on April 21, where students from a wide range of disciplines proudly presented their work, marking the culmination of their thesis.

Wesleyan’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division recently hosted a Celebration of Science Theses, a poster session featuring the work of Honors and MA students in the NSM fields. Organized by Manju Hingorani, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry; Barbara Juhasz, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and behavior; and Seth Redfield, associate professor of astronomy, the event took place in Exley Science Center on April 21, where students from a wide range of disciplines proudly presented their work, marking the culmination of their thesis.

QuestBridge/First Class Volunteers Read to Green Street TLC Students

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From left, Yuhsuan Liu ’20, Aysha Khan ’19, Jada Jenkins ’20 and Mya Valentin ’19 speak to Green Street Teaching and Learning students about being the first in their family to attend college.

Four Wesleyan students participated in a literacy program March 24 at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. The students, who are members of Wesleyan’s QuestBridge/First Class organization, read social justice-themed books to the Green Street students and spoke about being a first-generation college student. QuestBridge/First Class provides support to low-income and/or first-generation students on campus.

The student volunteers included Yuhsuan Liu ’20, Aysha Khan ’19, Jada Jenkins ’20, and Mya Valentin ’19. The literacy program was organized by Belen Rodriguez ’19 and Emma Llano ’19.

“We thought this would be a great way to interact with younger students in Middletown who may also be low-income,” Rodriguez said. “In general, increasing childhood literacy is an important goal to have and we hope to hold more events like this in the future.”

The students read and discussed

Students, Alumna, Staff Honored with Social Justice Awards

eve__socialjusticeawards_2017-0423160852During the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards ceremony on March 23, seven students, one alumna and one staff member were honored for their dedication to social justice.

The Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards honor the late Dean Edgar Beckham, whose dedication to social justice continues to positively impact the Wesleyan community. The student-led planning committee aims to celebrate the students, faculty, staff and Middletown community members whose efforts align with the ideals that guided his work.

The award recipients include:

Foot in the Door Award, Melisa Olgun ’20
Excellence in the Arts, Rachel Kaly ’17
Excellence in Environmental Justice, Belén Rodriguez ’19
Excellence in Community Partnership, Lydia Ottaviano ’17
Alumni Achievement Award, Sallomé Hralima ’02
Faculty/Staff of Excellence Award, Tracey Stanley, administrative assistant for the Registrar’s Office
Excellence in the Sciences, Kati Young ’19
Campus Inspiration Award, Sara Wallace-Lee ’18
Senior Legacy Award, Rebecca Hutman ’17

Photos of the dinner and awards ceremony are below: (Photos by Caroline Kravitz ’19)

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Greenhouse Delivers the Hugo L. Black Lecture on ‘Writing the Truth in the Age of Trump’

Linda Greenhouse, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, delivered the 26th annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression on April 20. Greenhouse, who covered the U.S. Supreme Court from 1978 to 2008 as a New York Times reporter, spoke about “Writing the Truth in the Age of Trump.”

On April 20, Linda Greenhouse, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, delivered the 26th annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression in Beckham Hall. Greenhouse, who covered the U.S. Supreme Court from 1978 to 2008 as a New York Times reporter, spoke about “Writing the Truth in the Age of Trump.”

Student Models, Artists Perform at SOC Fashion Show

The For Us By Us (FUBU): Student of Color Fashion Show 2017 on April 13 featured alumni artist, Sandflower Power, as well as student models, designers, artwork and performances. The event was held in conjunction with WesFest and took place in Beckham Hall. Three hundred students attended the show. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)

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Students Learn about Global Poverty at Hunger Banquet Fundraiser

On April 12, the Hunger and Homelessness student group in the Office of Community Service raised more than $500 at the Wesleyan Hunger Banquet, an interactive simulation of global poverty rates. The funds will be donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown.

More than 35 Wesleyan students and Class of 2021 admitted students and their parents, visiting for WesFest, attended the event. Participants were placed into an income bracket at random and then provided a seating arrangement and meal indicative of that income level.

Anthony Hatch, assistant professor of science in society, assistant professor of African American studies, assistant professor of sociology, served as master of ceremonies.

“By attending this semester’s hunger banquet, you have deepened your awareness of world hunger and poverty. The test is how you put this knowledge to use,” he said. “Together, we can change the world. Rise up. Join the fight.”

The high-income meal was donated by Haveli Indian Restaurant, while two of the coordinators, Fred Ayres ’17 and Abby Matlack ’20, provided the middle- and low-income meals. Ron Krom of St. Vincent de Paul also spoke at the event.

“The Wesleyan Hunger Banquet is a simulation of the magnitude of global poverty and hunger that allows attendees to visualize and grasp its severity,” said Ayres, who leads the Hunger and Homelessness group. “Through sharing a meal with others, attendees learned about the misperceptions and solutions that surround income inequality.”

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Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore Construction Is Underway

The new Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, located at 413 Main Street, is under construction and is due to open in May.

The new Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, located at 413 Main Street, is under construction and is due to open in May. Pictured is an illustration of the completed bookstore provided by Northeast Collaborative Architects of Middletown.

The new Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, located at 413 Main Street, is under construction and is due to open in May. The bookstore will be operated by R.J. Julia Booksellers, the nationally-known independent bookstore in Madison, Conn.

The bookstore will be operated by R.J. Julia Booksellers, the nationally-known independent bookstore in Madison, Conn.