On Dec. 8, Wesleyan will hold Wesleyan Thinks Big, a biannual TED-talk style event featuring Wesleyan faculty and administrators giving 10-minute speeches on an experience, a personal passion, an existential question or another topic of their choosing. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.
This year’s event is being coordinated by Catherine Wulff ’18, with help from Rachel Godfrey ’19 and Kaiyana Cervera ’19.
“Wesleyan Thinks Big is a way to bring the community together outside of the classroom, by shedding light on the strength of personal testimony and human connection,” said Wulff. “Our main goal is for the audience to leave energized and hopeful.”
Wesleyan Thinks Big will feature:
- Iris Bork-Goldfield, adjunct professor of German studies and chair of the German Studies Department: “Thank you for Smoking. The Unintended Consequences of Lucky Strikes;”
- Danielle Vogel, visiting assistant professor of creative writing in English: “Narrative & Nest;”
- Renee Johnson-Thornton, dean for the Class of 2018: “How to Excel in College by Cultivating Membership in a Community of Practice;” and
- Khalil Johnson, assistant professor of African American studies: “Settler Colonial Blues: Musings from the Margins of Black and Indigenous History.”
Faculty presented talks during Wesleyan Thinks Big April 21 in Memorial Chapel. During the TED-talk style event, Wesleyan professors lectured for 10 minutes on an experience, a personal passion or an existential question.
Assistant Professor of Science in Society Anthony Ryan Hatch spoke “On Serving Others: Labor and Justice in the New Gilded Age.”
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Five Wesleyan faculty participated in Wesleyan Thinks Big May 2 in Memorial Chapel. Students nominated their favorite professors earlier in the semester to give nine-minute lectures, without slides, handouts, or Moodle, on a topic of their choice.
Edward Moran, associate professor of astronomy, spoke on “Black Holes and Matter.”
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Watch five exciting professors at Wesleyan give talks on the ideas they can’t stop thinking about during Wesleyan Thinks Big, March 28 in Memorial Chapel. Students nominated their favorite professors earlier in the semester to give nine-minute lectures, without slides, handouts, or Moodle, on a topic of their choice. Wesleyan Thinks Big was inspired by TED Talks and encourages professors to talk about things they aren’t able to fit into class but are excited and inspired by. The videos are online here. View photos of the event here.
The faculty and their topics are:
Paula Matthusen, assistant professor of music, spoke on “Sounds in Remembered Spaces.”
Jeff Rider, professor of romance languages and literatures, spoke about “The Importance of Old Stories.”
Balu Balasubrahmaniyan, adjunct assistant professor of music, spoke on “Periyar’: E.V.Ramasamy and Social Activism in India.”
Vera Schwarcz, Mansfield Freeman professor of East Asian studies, gave a talk titled “A Jewish Wanderer Listening for the Unsayable in China.”
Jacob Bricca ’93, adjunct assistant professor of film, spoke on “Cinema Verite and the Reality of Infection.”
Wesleyan Thinks Big will feature fun and exciting faculty presentations.
What would you get if you took the feel of the famous “TED” talks but gave them a distinctly Wesleyan flavor?
Wesleyan Thinks Big.
Wesleyan Thinks Big is a new type of lecture series designed to give audiences presentations by popular faculty in a never-before seen format. According to the event’s website, Wesleyan Thinks Big will feature fun and exciting faculty presentations with no slides, no handouts, and no Moodle. It will be an evening of “six faculty members, nominated by students, delivering nine-minute lectures on topics that excites and inspires the professors, even if it’s not something they talk about in class.”
The event takes place on Thursday, March 29 in Memorial Chapel. It is a free but ticketed event. The inaugural program includes:
“Asceticosmologies: Modern Science as Religious Practice” by Mary-Jane Rubenstein
“Nature vs. Nurture: the Example of Psychosis” by Matthew Kurtz
“States Without Romance” by Richard Adelstein
“The Death of Affirmative Action: Rethinking the Debate” by Leah Wright
“Poor Joshua: Private Space & the Constitution” by John Finn
“An As-of-Yet Untitled Film Talk” by Jeanine Basinger
The event will be moderated by Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth. Tickets are available at the Usdan Box Office beginning March 26.