Eli Allen '09 is a member of the U.S. Youth Network for Sustainable Development delegation. (Photo by Intisar Abioto '09)
Eli Allen ’09 will join youth leaders from across the country to represent the United States at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 14th Conference of Parties. The event will be held Dec. 23 in Poznan, Poland.
“My generation will ultimately be responsible for the effects of the decisions made at the negotiations, so it is imperative that we be involved and have representation,” says Allen, a College of Social Studies major. “I hope to express the urgency of this moment in our history, where we must realize our common responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members of our world community from the potentially overwhelming burdens of climate change.”
Writer and poet Michael Ondaatje, Wesleyan's Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer, led a question and answer discussion for students Nov. 6 in Downey House. Among his best-known works are the novel The English Patient, which was made into an award-winning feature film, and a novel set in Sri Lanka, Anil's Ghost, which received world-wide acclaim, winning France’s Prix Medicis, Canada's Governor-General's Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.
Erin Arai, a graduate student in astronomy, speaks about her photograph of a commuter rail station during the opening reception for the exhibit Photographic Window on Causes of Climate Change Nov. 5 in Van Vleck Observatory. All photographs in the show were taken by students enrolled in Astronomical Pedagogy Seminar, and exhibited waste and carbon use excesses.
According to the article, “after college, Dan plans to move to Philadelphia and continue expanding Sharp Shirter while perhaps working for a start-up company that’s further along so he can learn more about running a business. Ultimately, he wants to run Sharp Shirter online from South Africa, where his father was born and where Dan and his family visit regularly.”
Lachman was featured in a previous Wesleyan Connection online here.
State Representative-elect Matt Lesser '10 was featured on Eyewitness News Channel 3.
Matt Lesser ’10, who is on a leave of absence from Wesleyan this semester, was elected as a state representative for Connecticut’s 100th District during the 2008 election. He pulled off the victory against Republican Ray Kalinowski, a third-term incumbent for the 100th House District, which covers part of Middletown.
Lesser, 25, was previously elected to Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Lesser, a democrat, was featured on the Hartford, Conn.-based Eyewitness News Channel 3 Nov. 5 in a story titled “25-Year-Old Snatches State Seat From Rep.” The story and video are online here.
Dog-lover Laurenellen McCann '09 was an associate producer for a new TV series, Dogs 101, that debuted Oct. 11.
It’s a dog-gone good month for Laurenellen McCann ’09.
After spending her entire summer working for an independent television production company, the government major’s work was finally broadcast Oct. 11 on the network, Animal Planet.
As one of three associate producers for the new series Dogs 101, McCann was at the front line of creative thought for each episode. She was responsible for researching the information to be disseminated in every episode, including details about the dog breeds featured and the best stories to make them stand out.
Connolly also had the opportunity to attend press screenings for select films and have his reviews published the day a film is released.
“As film criticism is ultimately a field I want to pursue, its been a truly amazing experience,” he says. “I’ve even had the privilege of having my articles looked at by the editor Michael Koresky, who has offered wonderful advice on both writing and film.”
In addition, Connolly had the opportunity to intern with American Theatre Commuications Group this summer, where he wrote articles for American Theatre magazine on notable upcoming productions throughout the country for the September and October 2008 editions.
“Interning at American Theatre was a dream, and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in arts journalism,” he says. “The magazine allowed me to interview playwrights, actors, directors and even makeup artists.”
Maggie Drowica ’12, Ellie Dorsey ’12, Jessica Steinke ’10 and Anna Crystal ’11 rummage through garbage during an Introduction to Archaeology assignment titled “Understanding Garbage – Research and Analysis.” (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)
In Introduction to Archaeology, all students were trash-talking their first assignment.
Titled “Understanding Garbage – Research and Analysis,” the laboratory project helped students understand ways archeologists collect and analyze data by rummaging through rubbish and taking note of their findings.
Two articles written by Jonna Humphries '10 appeared in New York Magazine recently. Humpries worked as an intern for the magazine as a member of their public relations department during the summer.
She wrote a story about Christian Siriano, a fashion designer and Project Runway winner; and another featuring Nigel Barker, a fashion photographer and judge from America’s Next Top Model who hosted a photography exhibition on Canadian seal hunting.
Wesleyan students built a bird-viewing platform for the Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary in Portland, Conn. The architecture project, named SplitFrame, will be celebrated by a reception for the project at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the sanctuary.
Imagine this architectural challenge: create a site-appropriate structure for a former cranberry bog covered with 3 feet of water; use durable and sustainable materials and construction technologies as extensively as possible; work within a budget and; make it optimal for observing Redwing Blackbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, Hooded Mergansers, and the occasional Great Blue Heron.