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3 International Fulbright Scholars Studying at Wesleyan

Janette Suherli

Janette Suherli

Fulbright Fellow Janette Suherli could attend graduate school anywhere in the world, but the Indonesian resident decided to persue her master’s degree in astronomy here at Wesleyan.

“I learned about Wesleyan when I was in high school, and now I’m here because the Astronomy Department offers a great research program with well-known faculty members. The research and learning environment encourages me to be better everyday,” she said.

Suherli, who came to Wesleyan this fall, is one of three international Fulbright recipients who chose to complete their graduate studies at Wesleyan. Christine May Yong of Malaysia, plans to be at Wesleyan four to six years working on a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. And Cristohper Ramos Flores of Mexico started his graduate studies in 2012. He’s pursuing a master’s degree in music composition.

A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities.

Pliaskis ’14 a Campus Network Administrator, Founder of TedxWes

Edgar Pliaskis '14 is double majoring in economics and Italian.

Edgar Pliaskis ’14 is double majoring in economics and Italian.

In this issue of The Wesleyan Connection, we speak with Edgar Pliaskis from the Class of 2014.

Q: Where are you from and what attracted you to Wesleyan?

A: I was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and moved to the U.S. about 10 years ago. For me, Wesleyan was always a small school and away from a big city—a beautiful environment to earn a degree and make lifelong friends.

Q: What are you majoring in and why?

A: I am double majoring in economics and Italian. I picked Italian because I was always interested in languages—Italian is a very beautiful language that is related to art and history, but most importantly it is extremely different from all the other languages that I know already. I have to also admit that Professor Viale is another reason why I picked Italian—she was extremely friendly and kind during one of the events my freshman year. I picked economics because it has a beautiful balance between mathematics, culture, and history—all of the things that interest me. There is a lot to carry away from the major.

Q: What courses are you taking this semester? Any favorites?

A: Currently I am enrolled in “Environmental Resource Economics,” “The Courtier and the Courtesan,” and “Philosophy and the Movies.” Although I enjoy all of them, the latter is my favorite because it is outside of my major and the study of film always interested me. From all of the film classes that I took at Wesleyan, I always took away something that changed the way I watch movies and that is the most direct, most apparent change within me.

Q: Tell us about your student job working for Information Technology Services. Will you use this experience after Wesleyan?

A: Currently, I do all kinds of work for ITS. I am a campus network manager—I bring back Internet to the woodframe houses if it is not working properly. At the same time I aid students with the computer troubles while working at the ITS Helpdesk, and help administrators while working as a desktop support specialist assistant. This semester you can find me at the Helpdesk sometime between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, but if there is trouble, I am there more often. The ITS skills are always helpful anywhere and I am hopeful that I will be able to use them, if not all the time, then once in awhile.

Q: What do you like best about being a Wesleyan student?

A: I love the freedom that I have with different courses that I can take. This is extremely important for who I am—I like exploring things and dive into subjects that I have never heard before or know anything about. I take advantage of this every semester.

Q: Are you involved in any extra curricular activities?

A: I am a founder of TedxWes. Together with my friend, I organized the first TedxWes conference last semester. We are planning to make a bigger and more open to the public conference this coming semester with hopes that this, eventually, will turn into a campus tradition.

Q: What are your plans after graduating?

A: Currently everything is up in the air! I am applying to jobs, and graduate schools.

Wesleyan Launches New International Website

Learn about internationally-focused courses, student organizations, study abroad opportunities, cultural events and much more on Wesleyan's new International website.

Learn about internationally-focused courses, student organizations, study abroad opportunities, cultural events and much more on Wesleyan’s new International website.

No matter what field of study they pursue, Wesleyan students almost inevitably find that their education provides an introduction to cultures other than their own. Whether it’s the German film, West African dance, or Latin American politics class they take; a study abroad adventure; or a new friend or classmate from another part of the world, the Wesleyan experience reaches far outside central Connecticut.

To celebrate and share the global nature of a Wesleyan education—as well as the impact of Wesleyan students, faculty and alumni in countries around the world—a new International website has just been launched. The site serves as a resource for prospective students and families who are applying to Wesleyan from outside the U.S., or domestic prospective or current students who are seeking a global education. Alumni, parents and others will also find the site of interest.

The site features stories and videos of students who come to Wesleyan from abroad; profiles of faculty members whose research interests span the globe; and information on alumni making an impact in countries around the world. There is also information on internationally-focused student organizations, classes and academic centers and programs; helpful links and FAQs for prospective international students; and a photo and video gallery of cultural events held on campus. An interactive Google map feature allows visitors to the site to actively explore Wesleyan’s impact around the world.

“This site is a very important—and impressive—introduction to all the ways Wesleyan is international! In our global economy and with the wide range of international interests, this is sure to be a resource for all prospective students, wherever they live and go to school,” said Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid.

International Students: Why Wesleyan?

On Aug. 25, Wesleyan welcomed 92 international students to campus – 71 foreign nationals and 21 U.S. citizens living abroad, or about 13 percent of the entire Class of 2017. Why did they choose Wesleyan? Here are a few of their answers:

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Meyer Presents Paper at Vladimir Nabokov Museum

Rachel Trousdale and Priscilla Meyer stand on the landing of the Nabokov Museum at 47 Bol'shaya Morskaya Street in St. Petersburg.

Rachel Trousdale and Priscilla Meyer stand on the landing of the Nabokov Museum at 47 Bol’shaya Morskaya Street in St. Petersburg.

Chair of the Russian Language and Literature Department Priscilla Meyer and her daughter, Rachel Trousdale, an associate professor at Agnes Scott College, co-authored a paper. The paper, “Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf,” will appear in the coming issue of Comparative Literature Studies. A Penn State Press publication, Comparative Literature Studies “publishes comparative articles in literature and culture, critical theory, and cultural and literary relations within and beyond the Western tradition.”

Vladimir Nabokov was a Russian-born novelist, most known for his book, Lolita (1955). He also founded Wellesley College’s Russian Department and was a distinguished entomologist.

In July, Meyer and Trousdale presented two sections of the paper at the “Nabokov Readings,” a conference held annually in the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In addition, the Nabokov Society of Japan invited Meyer to speak at the Kyoto conference in November 2013. In Japan, scholars of Russian and English literature traditionally studied Nabokov’s works separately without the benefit of a common forum for discussion. The Nabokov Society of Japan organizes two scholarly conferences every year in order to allow scholars and fans of Nabokov to discuss their research and ideas.

Travel Writer, Radio Host Frommer ’88 Speaks about Wesleyan Education

In this video, travel writer, editor, and radio host Pauline Frommer ’88 talks about growing up in the travel industry, and reveals how her Wesleyan education changed her mind about her career. Frommer majored in intellectual history at Wesleyan. “I thought I was going to be a theater major, and then I started taking a lot of history and philosophy classes and they blew my mind.” Watch this video and many more on the Video @ Wesleyan website.

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Morgan ’14 Starting Thesis on Zombies in Haitian Literature, U.S. Movies

Anya Morgan '14 demonstrates one of her favorite yoga poses at Memorial Chapel. Morgan is majoring in English and French, and works as a writing tutor, yoga instructor, and a non-directive listening service on campus.

Anya Morgan ’14 demonstrates one of her favorite yoga poses at Memorial Chapel. Morgan is majoring in English and French, and works as a writing tutor, yoga instructor, and a non-directive listening service on campus.

Anya Morgan is a member of the Class of 2014.

Q: Anya, happy senior year to you! What are you majoring in, and why did you decide on these majors?

A: Thank you! I’m majoring in English and French. I think I always knew I was going to be an English major, since my mom is an English teacher and raised me on books – it’s in my blood. I’ve also got some serious French Canadian roots on both sides of my family, so I’m able to practice speaking French with my grandparents. I guess both majors were predetermined!

Q: Where are you from and what attracted you to Wesleyan?

A: I’m from Los Angeles, and I went to an all-girls high school called Archer. Archer is tiny, but for some reason it’s kind of a feeder school for Wesleyan – out of my graduating class of about 80 girls, five are now at Wes. So, I had heard of it because of that, but what really won me over was when I visited the campus. I was deciding between Wesleyan and Cornell, so my mom and I went and visited both of them, and I was struck by the difference in the students’ attitudes. When I came to Wes everyone looked so excited to be there, my tour guide was this hippy-dippy girl wearing birkenstocks, and someone actually chased after the tour yelling “Come to Wes!” So, it was an obvious choice. The vibe is just great here.

Q: What classes are you taking this fall? Which ones are you most looking forward to taking?

A: This fall I’m going to be starting work on my thesis, so I’ll be taking fewer classes than usual. As of now, I’m going to be taking “Literatures of Lying” (English/Psych), “Paris, 19th Century” (French), and “The Empire Writes Back” (English). I might slip a swimming for fitness class in there somewhere. I’m most excited for “Literatures of Lying” because I’ve heard both the professors are wonderful but I haven’t yet taken any classes with them – it’s co-taught by the beloved Jill Morawski and Lisa Cohen.

Q: What is the topic of your thesis?

A: My thesis, which I’m also really excited for, is going to be about representations of zombies in Haitian literature as compared to representations of zombies in American horror movies. I’ve been studying the francophone islands of the West Indies for two semesters and have always had a fascination with American zombies, so I decided to marry the two ideas.

92 International Students Welcomed to Wesleyan

On Aug. 25, Wesleyan welcomed 92 international students to campus. Of these, 71 are foreign nationals and 21 are U.S. citizens living abroad. International students represent about 13 percent of the entire Class of 2017.

Students come from more than 50 countries around the world including Portugal, Macedonia, Singapore, Jamaica, Bosnia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Argentina, Spain, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Nepal, Iran, Kuwait, Mongolia and others.

International Student Orientation began Aug. 25 when orientation leaders helped move the new students into their residence halls.

International students received a campus tour, a welcome dinner, shopping trips and multiple educational programs sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment and the value of a liberal arts education. Students also attended informational sessions about U.S. systems. ISO is held prior to new student orientation in order for international students to recover from travel, often from across the globe. This program prepares international students to successfully transition to New Student Orientation, which began on Aug. 28 for the entire Class of 2017.

Photos of the students are below:

International Student Orientation, Aug. 28, 2013. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wolfe ’68 Translates Ancient Greek Epitaphs

Michael Wolfe '68

Michael Wolfe ’68

In his new collection Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs (Johns Hopkins University Press), Michael Wolfe ’68 brings together his English translations of ancient Greek epitaphs, with a foreword by Richard Martin, a classics professor at Stanford University. Greek epitaphs, considered by some scholars to be the earliest artful writing in Western Europe, are short celebrations of the lives of a rich cross section of society that help form a vivid portrait of an ancient era.

Book by Michael Wolfe '68

Book by Michael Wolfe ’68

Wolfe divides his book into five chronological sections spanning 1,000 years, beginning with the Late Archaic and Classical periods and ending with Late Antiquity. The book also features contextual comments, notes, biographies of the poets, and a bibliography. General readers should find this well-researched scholarly endeavor accessible and entertaining, as it covers a wide variety of individuals and even some animals.

At Wesleyan, Wolfe studied classics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. While writing this book, Wolfe drew on several deep Wesleyan ties: Andy Gaus ’68, Wolfe’s classmate and friend of many years, helped review and improve many of the translations; poet Richard Wilbur, with whom Wolfe studied, wrote a comment included on the back cover of the book; and Kevin Whitfield, Wolfe’s professor of Greek, is thanked in the dedication.

Wolfe is a poet, author, and film producer who has taught writing and literature at Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of California, as well as other secondary schools and universities. An occasional speaker on Islamic issues, he and his works have received many awards.

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CFA Sponsors Steel Symphony, Gallim Dance Performances

Performances never cease, even during the summer, at Wesleyan's Center for the Arts. On July 2, students, staff, faculty and community members danced to the island rhythms of the Hartford Steel Symphony in Memorial Chapel.

Performances never cease, even during the summer, at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts. On July 2, students, staff, faculty and community members danced to the island rhythms of the Hartford Steel Symphony in Memorial Chapel.

Founded in 1989, this premier Connecticut steel pan group performed calypso, reggae, pop, classical, and jazz tunes.

Founded in 1989, this premier Connecticut steel pan group performed calypso, reggae, pop, classical, and jazz tunes.

On July 11 and 12, Gallim Dance returned to the CFA Theater to perform the New England premiere of Mama Call (2011), and Pupil Suite (2010).

On July 11 and 12, Gallim Dance returned to the CFA Theater to perform the New England premiere of Mama Call (2011), and Pupil Suite (2010).

Mama Call investigates how those who have been displaced rescue the idea of "home." Pupil Suite is reformed to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box, the dance is a joyous romp that plays with the madness of imagination and the ecstasy of movement.

Mama Call investigates how those who have been displaced rescue the idea of “home.” Pupil Suite is performed to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box, the dance is a joyous romp that plays with the madness of imagination and the ecstasy of movement.

To view up-and-coming CFA events visit this link. (Photos by Eki Ramadhan ’16)