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Wesleyan Thinks Big Dec. 8

Wesleyan Thinks BigOn 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.”

6 Faculty Deliver Short Lectures at Wesleyan Thinks Big

During Wesleyan Thinks Big, six faculty delivered 10-minute inspirational lectures on topics they are personally passionate about. The student-run event took place Dec. 10 in Memorial Chapel.

During Wesleyan Thinks Big, six faculty delivered 10-minute inspirational lectures on topics they are personally passionate about. The student-run event took place Dec. 10 in Memorial Chapel.

Victoria Pitts-Taylor, professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, professor of science in society, professor of sociology, will spoke on “Waiting: Hospital, Hospice, Asylum.”

Victoria Pitts-Taylor, professor of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, professor of science in society, professor of sociology, spoke on “Waiting: Hospital, Hospice, Asylum.”

Yamil Velez, assistant professor of government, spoke on “How to Build a Wall: Immigration and Nativism in the 21st Century."

Yamil Velez, assistant professor of government, spoke on “How to Build a Wall: Immigration and Nativism in the 21st Century.”

Long Bui, visiting assistant professor of American studies, spoke on "Ethnic Studies and the Next American Revolution."

Long Bui, visiting assistant professor of American studies, spoke on “Ethnic Studies and the Next American Revolution.”

Tula Telfair, professor of art, spoke on “Art Reveals Ourselves."

At left, Tula Telfair, professor of art, spoke on “Art Reveals Ourselves.”

Mike Robinson, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, spoke on "Unconscious Desires."

Mike Robinson, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, spoke on “Unconscious Desires.”

At right, Priscilla Meyer, professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, spoke on "The Ripple Effect."

At right, Priscilla Meyer, professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, spoke on “The Ripple Effect.”

The Fall 2015 Wesleyan Thinks Big was funded by the Student Budget Committee and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, and was organized by Emma Koramshahi, Wayne Ng '16, Catherine Wulff '18 and Erica Yim '19. "As students at Wesleyan, we have the opportunity to engage with brilliant and passionate professors. It is really important that we are be able to bring Wesleyan Thinks Big back to campus," Koramshahi said.

The Fall 2015 Wesleyan Thinks Big was funded by the Student Budget Committee and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, and was organized by Emma Koramshahi, Wayne Ng ’16, Catherine Wulff ’18 and Erica Yim ’19. “As students at Wesleyan, we have the opportunity to engage with brilliant and passionate professors. It is really important that we are be able to bring Wesleyan Thinks Big back to campus,” Koramshahi said.

5 Faculty Deliver 9-Minute Lectures at Wesleyan Thinks Big (Video Series)

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.”

 

Faculty Deliver 9-Minute Lectures at Wesleyan Thinks Big

Five of the most exciting professors at Wesleyan gave talks on the ideas they can’t stop thinking about during Wesleyan Thinks Big on Thursday, 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.

Five of the most exciting professors at Wesleyan gave talks on the ideas they can’t stop thinking about during Wesleyan Thinks Big on Thursday, 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.

Faculty Deliver 9-Minute Presentations at Wesleyan Thinks Big

Five Wesleyan professors delivered nine-minute lectures during Wesleyan Thinks Big Dec. 4 in Memorial Chapel. Students nominated their favorite professors earlier this semester. Wesleyan Thinks Big is a new type of lecture series designed to give audiences presentations by popular faculty in a format similar to “TED” talks.

Elvin Lim, associate professor of government, spoke on “The Case Against Marriage.” Lim said, “If you think about it, marriage seems to do the exact opposite of what it sets out to do."

Elvin Lim, associate professor of government, spoke on “The Case Against Marriage.” Lim said, “If you think about it, marriage seems to do the exact opposite of what it sets out to do.”

Wesleyan Thinks Big Launches March 29

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.