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Wesleyan Celebrates 179th Commencement

Wesleyan’s 179th Commencement Ceremonies were held on Andrus Field on Sunday, May 22. The full story with comments by commencement speaker Dr. Paul E. Farmer is here.

The text of President Michael S. Roth’s address to the Class of 2011 graduates can be found here.

The text of the senior class welcome by Margo Boyer-Dry ’11 can be found here.

A gallery of photos from Commencement will be refreshed all week and can be found here.

A speech by Mary Jane Rubenstein, assistant professor of religion, assistant professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies at the “Senior Voices” baccalaureate event on May 21 can be found here.

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.