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Net Neutrality to be Discussed Nov. 10

“The Historic Decision on Net Neutrality, and What it Means for the Future” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001 Public Affairs Center).

Panelists include Jessica Rosenworcel ’93, FCC Commissioner; Brad Burnham ‘77, managing partner at Union Square Ventures; and Christiaan Hogendorn, associate professor of economics.

Norm Danner, associate professor of computer science, will moderate the event.

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President Emeritus Campbell Discusses “Thoughts on Citizenship” at Olin Library

President Emeritus Colin G. Campbell spoke to a crowded Smith Reading Room in Olin Library April 13 about “Thoughts on Citizenship.” Campbell, who served as president from 1970 to 1988, had visited the Allbritton Center prior to his talk and said the citizen engagement promoted by the Center is one of the most exciting activities he has seen on any campus.

President Emeritus Colin G. Campbell spoke to a crowded Smith Reading Room in Olin Library April 13 about “Thoughts on Citizenship.”
Campbell, who served as president from 1970 to 1988, had visited the Allbritton Center prior to his talk and said the citizen engagement promoted by the Center is one of the most exciting activities he has seen on any campus.

He spoke at length about the ethical obligations of educated citizens in a participatory democracy, and he took questions after. After Wesleyan, Campbell served as president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He went on to serve as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, retiring in 2014 and now serving as chairman emeritus. His talk was sponsored by the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty.

He spoke at length about the ethical obligations of educated citizens in a participatory democracy, and he took questions after.
After Wesleyan, Campbell served as president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He went on to serve as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, retiring in 2014 and now serving as chairman emeritus. His talk was sponsored by the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty.(Photos by Ryan Heffernan ’16)

Resor Delivering 6 Lectures to Petroleum Geoscientists in Australia

Associate Professor Phil Resor is delivering six lectures in Australia this June.

Associate Professor Phil Resor is delivering six lectures in Australia this June. He is the 2014 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer.

Philip Resor, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is taking his knowledge of petroleum down under.

Between June 18-26, Resor, a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), is delivering six lectures in Australia. The talks are geared toward members of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) and a general petroleum industry audience.

Phil Resor at a talk in Melbourne.

Phil Resor at a talk in Melbourne.

While abroad, Resor will speak on “Syndepositional Faulting of Carbonate Platforms” and “Revisiting the Origin of Reverse Drag.”

He’ll be lecturing in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra.

A specialist in structural geology, Resor’s work integrates field mapping, remote sensing, and numerical modeling to better understand the mechanics of faulting. Recent projects have focused on the causes of syndepositional faulting in carbonate platforms, deformation around normal faults, folding on Venus, and the effects of fault zone geometry on earthquake slip.

Prior to joining the faculty at Wesleyan, Resor worked for several years as an exploration geologist in the oil and gas industry.

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Phil Resor in Sydney.

Louis Menand Delivers Annual Sonnenblick Lecture

Writer/journalist Louis Menand delivered the annual Annie Sonnenblick lecture Feb. 27 in Russell House. His talk was part of the Russell House Series on Prose and Poetry.

Writer/journalist Louis Menand delivered the annual Annie Sonnenblick Lecture Feb. 27 in Russell House. His talk was part of the Russell House Series on Prose and Poetry. Menand focused his talk on the links between French cinema and American movies, particularly the relationship of the French New Wave to American films including “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Rev. Billy Preaches on Anti-Consumerism

Reverend Billy (Bill Talen), anti-consumerism activist and performance artist, "preached" in Memorial Chapel on April 23. Mary-Jane Rubenstein, associate professor of religion, is teaching Talen’s work in her Introduction to the Study of Religion course, as part of a unit on capitalism and some of its counter-movements as late-modern religious expressions.

Jacob Julien Visiting Writer Mueenuddin Speaks at Russell House

Author Daniyal Mueenuddin, the 2012 Jacob Julien Visiting Writer, spoke in Russell House Feb. 15.

Mueenuddin’s first story collection, "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders," was 2010 winner of The Story Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and other periodicals and in Best American Short Stories 2008 (selected by Salman Rushdie) and PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010.

Millett Visiting Writer Edwidge Danticat to Speak Feb. 8

Edwidge Danticat is the 2012 Millett VIsiting Writer. (Photo courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation)

MacArthur Fellow and award-winning author Edwidge Danticat will deliver a reading at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in Memorial Chapel. Danticat, a Haitian-American writer, is the 2012 Fred B. Millett Visiting Writer.

Danticat, a 2011 recipient of the Langston Hughes medal, is the author of Breath, Eyes, Memory (an Oprah Book Club selection), the story collection Krik? Krak! (a National Book Award finalist), The Farming of Bones (an American Book Award winner), and the novel-in-stories, The Dew Breaker. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Create Dangerously, her most recent book, is a collection of essays.

She also is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and Haiti Noir.

Danticat received a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.F.A. from Brown University. She worked as a visiting professor of creative writing at New York University and the University of Miami.

“I am absolutely thrilled that we are finally able to bring Edwidge to Wesleyan especially in this particular manner as the Fred B. Millet visiting writer— given Millet’s defense of free speech,” says Gina Athena Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology, associate professor of African-American Studies, director of Center for African-American Studies. “Besides her numerous accomplishments and personal lost, she continues to work tirelessly exercising such graceful restraint in her work as she gives voice to experiences that are often erased. Since the 2010 earthquake, she remains a devoted soldier in Haiti’s non-ending battle for humanity.”

The Millett Visiting Writer event is held annually in honor of the late Fred Millett, professor of English, emeritus. Cynthia and George Willauer ’57 are two of the initial donors.

The English Department, African American Studies, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Office of Diversity, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Academic Affairs are co-sponsoring the event.

Danticat’s visit is part of the Spring 2012 Writing at Wesleyan Russell House Series on Prose and Poetry.  To view the upcoming speakers, see: http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/community/writing-events.html

Novelist Amos Oz Speaks on Israeli Literature, Meets with Students

Amos Oz, an internationally-lauded novelist and journalist, delivered his presentation “Israel Through Its Literature,” Nov. 3 in Memorial Chapel. Oz, Israel’s best known writer, is the author of novels, novellas, short stories, children’s books, literary and political essay collections, and the moving memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Histories of Race Topic of 9th Annual Shasha Seminar

The Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns will take place April 8-10, 2011.

“Histories of Race” is the topic of the 9th annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns to be held April 8-10, 2011.

During this weekend retreat, participants will examine the many histories of race, both past and present, with a group of internationally renowned scholars.

The Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, endowed by the generosity of James J. Shasha ’50, P’82, GP’14, is an annual forum for alumni, parents, students and friends that provides an opportunity to explore issues of human concern