Snapshots

Redfield Speaks to Wesleyan Staff about Discovering Exoplanets

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On Oct. 31, Seth Redfield, associate professor of astronomy, spoke on “Blue Skies on Distant Worlds” during a special luncheon for staff in Daniel Family Commons. Redfield, whose research interests focus on exoplanets and their atmospheres, explained how astronomers can detect and measure planets outside of our solar system. In the same way Earth orbits around the sun, an exoplanet will circle around a star. For some planetary systems, from Earth, astronomers can view the the exoplanet passing directly in front of its host star once per orbit.

Wesleyan’s Navaratri Festival Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 40th annual festival, held Oct. 28-Oct. 30, celebrated traditional Indian music and dance.

The Navaratri Festival is presented by the Center for the Arts and the Music Department, with leadership support from the Madhu Reddy Endowed Fund for Indian Music and Dance at Wesleyan University, and additional support from the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Fund, the Raga Club of Connecticut, Haveli Indian Restaurant, and individual patrons.

Pictured is the Navaratri Festival: B. Balasubrahmaniyan performance, Oct. 28 at Crowell Concert Hall: (Photos by Sandy Aldieri)

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Neighborhood Preschoolers Trick-or-Treat on Wesleyan’s Campus

On Oct. 31, Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool participated in the annual NPS Halloween Parade. The children, accompanied by their families and care-takers, stopped at Olin Library, South College and North College to trick-or-treat, sing songs and show off their costumes. Many trick-or-treaters are the children of Wesleyan faculty and staff. Several staff from University Communications dressed up and offered candy to the parade participants. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Local Community Participates in 4th Annual Middletown Day

The fourth annual Middletown Day took place during Wesleyan’s Homecoming on Oct. 22. Middletown Day is an annual, family-friendly event that is open to the local community. Middletown residents are invited to come to campus and celebrate the various connections between Wesleyan and the Middletown area and cheer on the Cardinals in several athletic events. Guests were treated to popcorn, hotdogs, balloon creations and face paintings.

The event was sponsored by the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships and University Relations.

Photos of Middletown Day 2016 are below: (Photos by Gabi Hurlock ’20 and Olivia Drake)

On Oct. 22, alumni, students, families and the Middletown community enjoyed Homecoming and the 4th annual Middletown Day.

Sukkah Constructed to Celebrate Jewish Holiday

On Oct. 14, Wesleyan’s Jewish community constructed a sukkah near the Center for the Arts. The dwelling provides a shelter for students to celebrate the festival of Sukkot. For eight days, students study, socialize, mediate, eat, host events and occasionally sleep in the religious building.

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Students Celebrate the Season at Outhouse’s Fall Fest

The Wesleyan Program House Outhouse hosted its 10th Annual Fall Fest on Oct. 14 to celebrate the season. Outhouse residents provided fall-related foods such as apple crisps, apple cider, pumpkin pie, squash and corn, and activities such as apple bobbing, donuts on string, a homemade ball pit, a pumpkin walk, live music and more.

The event was funded by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development and the Wesleyan Green Fund.

Outhouse serves as a base for the Wesleyan Outing Club. It brings together people who share a strong interest in the outdoors, and allows them to share that enthusiasm with others. Members of the house contribute to the organization of weekly outings, wilderness outdoor orientation trips, extended trips over breaks, and equipment rental, all of which are open to the entire Wesleyan community.

(Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)

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Alumni Discuss Reproductive Rights with Students, Faculty

Dr. Blackstone earned her medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1983. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently is on the NARAL Pro-Choice America Board for Connecticut. She is a practicing OB/GYN in Bristol, Conn. Matt Lesser is a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from the 100th district. 

On Oct. 10, Amy Breakstone ’79 and Matthew Lesser ’10 returned to campus to discuss reproductive rights and abortion politics with the campus community. The event was sponsored by the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department and the Wesleyan Doula Project. Dr. Breakstone earned her medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1983. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently is on the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut board, an affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America. She is a practicing OB/GYN in Bristol, Conn. Matt Lesser is a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from the 100th district.

The event included a screening of the movie Trapped, which focuses on anti-abortion laws and regulations in certain states. The panelists, Wesleyan students and faculty discussed the role that NARAL plays in fighting for reproductive rights and various laws in Connecticut.

The event included a screening of the movie Trapped, which focuses on anti-abortion laws and regulations in certain states. The panelists, Wesleyan students and faculty discussed the role that NARAL plays in fighting for reproductive rights and various laws in Connecticut. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)

PhD Candidate Blejewski Speaks on Steel Pan and Festival Culture

Hallie Blejewski, a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, delivered a talk at the Graduate Speaker Series on Oct. 12. 

Hallie Blejewski, a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, delivered a talk at the Graduate Speaker Series on Oct. 12.

Blejewski spoke on "We Can Only Desire to Understand the Instrument: Steel Pan and Festival Culture in Trinidad, Nigeria and South Africa."

Blejewski spoke on “We Can Only Desire to Understand the Instrument: Steel Pan and Festival Culture in Trinidad, Nigeria and South Africa.”

Graduate Speaker Series lectures are open to the entire Wesleyan community and lunch is provided. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry '19)

Graduate Speaker Series lectures are open to the entire Wesleyan community and lunch is provided. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)