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Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8

Women at Wesleyan are hosting an International Women’s Day cocktail hour and panel discussion from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 8 in the Smith Reading Room. Wesleyan’s faculty and staff will discuss “Being Bold for Change.” All faculty and staff are invited.

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Dakota Access Pipeline, Global Healing to be Discussed at Oct. 7 Talks

Wesleyan will host two discussions related to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project on Oct. 7.

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a 1,172-mile pipeline that will connect the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline would run through federal land less than half a mile away from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation and the tribe’s opposition has inspired protests across the country. Although the pipeline construction has already begun, the project was halted in September after a federal intervention.

At 2 p.m. in Usdan 108, Wesleyan faculty will hold a rapid teach-in addressing key issues about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), its environmental costs, the indigenous sovereignty and other legal issues,

Government, Legal Reform Leader Howard to Speak at Wesleyan Feb. 4

Phillip K. Howard will speak at Wesleyan on Feb. 4.

Phillip K. Howard will speak at Wesleyan on Feb. 4.

Phillip K. Howard, a leader of government and legal reform in America and author of The Rule of Nobody and The Death of Common Sense, will speak at Wesleyan on Feb. 4. His talk, titled, “Can American Government Be Fixed?” will be at 4:30 p.m. in PAC002.

Howard will argue that looking for new leaders is a fool’s errand until we restore their ability to lead. Modern government is structurally paralyzed by the accretion of dense bureaucracy. From the school house to the White House, people with responsibility find themselves mired in legal quicksand. An aging democracy is part of the problem — obsolete programs are defended by armies of special interests.

Howard's book, "The Rule of Nobody."

Howard’s book, The Rule of Nobody.

The main cause of paralysis, Howard will argue, is a public philosophy that law should not only set goals, but instruct people how to do things properly. The granularity of modern bureaucracy prevents everyone — officials and citizens alike–from taking responsibility. Public paralysis is one effect. An increasingly amoral culture is another. Instead of asking “What’s the right thing to do?” Americans are trained to ask “What does the rule require? ”

Howard’s 2010 TED Talk can be viewed here, and an appearance on The Daily Show in June 2014 can be viewed here. A complete bio is available here.

The talk is sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

 

Faculty, NPR Reporter Speak at Berlin Wall Commemoration

berlinwallIn 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic began constructing a 96-mile-long dividing wall in attempt to prevent Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state. The Berlin Wall, made of concrete and barbed wire, prevented emigration and more than 170 people were killed trying to cross or get around the wall. On Nov. 9, 1989, the head of the East German Communist party opened the checkpoint, allowing thousands of East and West Berlin residents to pass through. Elated residents, later known as “wallpeckers” used hammers and picks to break apart the wall.

In 1990, East and West Germany reunified into a single German state. To date, the wall serves as a symbolic boundary between democracy and Communism during the Cold War.

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Studies Department is hosting a series of lectures.

At noon, Sept. 24, Eric Grimmer-Solem will speak on

Wesleyan, Local Community Celebrate “Freedom Summer” with Commemoration, Concerts

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Wesleyan students, faculty, staff and community members participated in a “Freedom Summer” commemoration Sept. 12-13 on campus.

The summer of 1964 saw thousands of young people — many from colleges and universities in the North – mobilize to register voters, educate citizens, and support other civil rights work in the Jim Crow South. What came to be known as “Freedom Summer” is credited with ending the isolation of states where racial repression and discrimination was largely ignored by news media and politicians, despite the  the landmark Civil Rights Act passed that July.

The summer of 1964 saw thousands of young people — many from colleges and universities in the North – mobilize to register voters, educate citizens, and support other civil rights work in the Jim Crow South. What came to be known as “Freedom Summer” is credited with ending the isolation of states where racial repression and discrimination was largely ignored by news media and politicians, despite the the landmark Civil Rights Act passed that July.

Lerner: Events, Scheduling Staff Processes 23,000 Bookings Annually

Nate Lerner is an assistant director of university events and scheduling. He helps Wesleyan faculty, staff and students reserve everything from small conference and meeting rooms to large venues like Memorial Chapel and Beckham Hall. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Nate Lerner is an assistant director of university events and scheduling. He helps Wesleyan faculty, staff and students reserve everything from small conference and meeting rooms to large venues like Memorial Chapel and Beckham Hall. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Q: Nate, when did you come to Wesleyan to work as the assistant director of university events and scheduling? What attracted you to the position?

A: I started here this past July. Most of my career has been spent at large, state universities and I was excited at the prospect of working at a smaller, highly selective liberal arts school. The fact that it happens to be my wife’s alma mater (Rachel Lerner ’06) made Wesleyan all the more compelling for me – I’ve been hearing stories about this campus ever since we met!

Q: Where did you attend college, and what did you major in? Where were you working before Wesleyan (if you want to say

A: I studied composition at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, a very traditional European-style conservatory in Cambridge, Mass. that was established by members of the Boston Symphony and modeled after the Paris Conservatoire. Before coming to Wesleyan, I managed the events and operations departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s student union.

Q: When a Wesleyan faculty, staff member or student needs a space,

Campus Violence Topic of Key Issues Forum April 27

Almost half of college students have experienced abuse in a relationship, according to a 2008 study. Abuse can range from cyber- stalking to beatings and rape.

On April 27, Wesleyan University, The Hartford Courant and FOX CT will present a Key Issues Forum titled “The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence” at 6 p.m. in Beckham Hall. The forum will feature experts who will discuss relationship violence on campuses, including how to recognize danger signs and where to get help.

The panelists are:
Claire Potter, professor of American studies, professor of history, whose research interest includes the study of violence against women.

Jaclyn Friedman ’93, who is a performer and co-editor of “Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.”

Connie J. Kirkland, director of sexual assault services at George Mason University in Virginia and a national expert on campus stalking.

Janet Peckinpaugh, a 30-year broadcast journalist with her own media marketing firm who has been a victim of stalking and domestic violence.

Laurie Perez, reporter, FOX CT will moderate the event.

“Violence  — stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual assault and hazing –among young people is a problem in the United States, and to that extent, we have to assume that it is a campus problem to some degree,” Potter says. ” In addition, according to the Department of Justice, women in particular are most likely to be the object of violence between the ages of 16 and 24; hence, you might even argue that we on college campuses are at the epicenter of something we could affect and intervene in.  What seems to me most relevant, however, is that administrators and faculty always want to be in the position of anticipating challenges proactively, rather than responding to incidents of violence on campus and assessing, after the fact, what we might have done to help someone who has already been harmed.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Courant and FOX CT, and presented in partnership with Wesleyan University. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register by e-mail at corpaffairs@courant.com or by calling 860-241-3614.

Irizarry Leads Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Jason G. Irizarry led the keynote address at Wesleyan's Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 26 in Memorial Chapel. Irizarry's talk was titled "Living the Dream: Youth Activism and a New Vision for Urban Public Education." Irizarry is assistant professor of multicultural education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Jason G. Irizarry led the keynote address at Wesleyan's Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 26 in Memorial Chapel. Irizarry's talk was titled "Living the Dream: Youth Activism and a New Vision for Urban Public Education." Irizarry is assistant professor of multicultural education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth welcomed the audience to the MLK Day Celebration following an excerpt of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.'s Baccalaureate Address June 7, 1964.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth welcomed the audience to the MLK Day Celebration following an excerpt of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.'s Baccalaureate Address June 7, 1964.

Wesleyan's Roadside Girls (pictured) and Ebony Singers performed at the celebration. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships and Maya Odim '10 led reflections at the event.

Wesleyan's Roadside Girls (pictured) and Ebony Singers performed at the celebration. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships and Maya Odim '10 led reflections at the event.

Cheryl-Ann Hagner, director of university events and scheduling, sings along with the Roadside Girls.  (Photos by Lauren Valentino '10)

Cheryl-Ann Hagner, director of university events and scheduling, sings along with the Roadside Girls. (Photos by Lauren Valentino '10)

Izzary met with students during a luncheon in Usdan University Center prior to his evening talk. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)

Irizarry met with students during a luncheon in Usdan University Center prior to his evening talk. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)