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Uprisings Spread to China? Don’t Count on It

In an OpEd for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune, Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, professor of Russian and Eastern European studies, and Orion Lewis, research associate in the government department, discuss how an uprising, like those spreading across the Middle East, has little chance of taking hold in China despite recent attempts by some Chinese protesters.

Gamelan Ensemble Featured in Lou Harrison Tribute

An article in The Washington Post of a music review featuring the works of composer Lou Harrison includes the gamelan ensemble, which played a vital role in some of the performances. The three-day “min-festival” was in Washington, D.C., the ensemble was led by Sumarsam, adjunct professor of music. The gamelan ensemble also performed at the Indonesian Embassy during the trip.

Odede ’12 Uses Hope, Vision to Help Kenyan Women

Kennedy Odede ’12, co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities, is profiled in The Hartford Courant. The story traces Odede’s journey from the Kenyan slum of Kibera to Wesleyan and how he remained determined to help young women from his home find refuge against hunger, ignorance and oppression. In just over two years, Odede and his co-founder, Jessica Posner ’09, have built a school and health center in Kibera and are working on more.

Yohe, Monson ’11, Wei ’12 on Carbon Conference

A New York Times report discusses the recent Carbon Pricing Conference held at Wesleyan, citing Gary Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental studies, and interviewing to attendees, William Monson ’11 and David Wei ’12. They discusses some of the difficulties regarding addressing environmental issues in a fractured economy and a lack of an immediate sense of urgency in general for a problem that many people still see as distant, if not abstract.

Brown ’12 Discusses American Sign Language Classes

In a recent piece in The New York Times that reports on the rapid expansion of American Sign Language (ASL) classes in American universities and colleges, Emily Brown ’12 comments on her experience and enjoyment learning ASL. “I imagine myself painting pictures in the air,” Brown says. “It feels more poetic than other languages.”

Rethinking Insurgency Symposium Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Rethinking Insurgency will be held at Allbritton 311 at 9:30a.m., 9-17

“Rethinking Insurgency” a Terrorism and Insurgency Research 2010 Symposium will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Allbritton Center, Room 311.

The program features a presentation of original research by Wesleyan students who served as Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PITR) Summer Interns:

Lo-Ching Chow ‘13
A. J. Hinds ‘12
Yvonne Lin ‘13
Evan Schnoll ‘11
Dan Tofan ‘11
Lydia Tomkiw ‘11

There will also be discussions by experts on terrorism and insurgencies and their impact regionally and globally. They include:

Matthew Furhmann, University of South Carolina
Jeff Goodwin, New York University
Jason Lyall, Yale University
Adria Lawrence, Yale University
Michael Nelson, Wesleyan University

The event is free and open to the public, and a coffee service is available.

“Rethinking Insurgency” is sponsored by the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research and the Center for the Study of Public Life.

Arrival Day, 2010, Brings the Class of 2014 to Campus

Nearly 800 new students moved to campus and joined the Wesleyan Community during the last few days.

International Student Orientation: The events began with International Student Orientation on August 29.

Frosh Arrival Day 2010: Enjoy a series of videos and still photos of the September 1 Arrival Day. There’s also a Wesleyan Connection story detailing some of the activity on arrival day.

Check back with this link as more will be added soon!

Simmons ’13 Opines on the Perils of the News Cycle

Writing for New Jersey.com, home of The New Jersey Star Ledger, Amanda Simmons ’13 discusses how the news cycle model embraced by virtually all of the mainstream media will quickly jettison hard news to cover anything salacious or involving celebrity. Simmons’ view is from the inside of the news business as she interned during the summer at The Star Ledger and NewJersy.com

Odede ’12: Slum Tourism, a Personal View

Writing for The New York Times OpEd page, Kennedy Odede ’12, a resident Kibera, Kenya, the worst slum in Nairobi, discusses the phenomenon of people from developed countries treating slums as curious tourists destinations. Odede says that while some arrive hoping to better understand the conditions through first hand experience, for most it’s just a curiosity bordering on a bizarre form of entertainment, and then they move on.

Odede and Jessica Posner ’09 have co-founded Shining Hope for Communities, an organization that has built a school and health care center in Kibera over the last two years. They have been supported by a start-up grant from the Davis Projects for Peace, as well a grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, a Dell Innovation grant, and a 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship. Posner also was the winner of the 2010 VH-1 “Do Something” award.