Snapshots

Wesleyan Faculty, Staff Celebrate Holiday Season

Wesleyan President Michael Roth plays piano while Gina Driscoll, associate director of development events; Nancy Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid; Roth's wife Kari Weil, visiting professor of letters and faculty fellow; and Louise Brown, dean for academic advancement/dean for the Class of 2009, sing along. President Roth held a holiday party at his home for faculty and staff on Dec. 11.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth plays piano while Gina Driscoll, associate director of development events; Nancy Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid; guest Shanda Reynelli; Roth's wife Kari Weil, visiting professor of letters and faculty fellow; and Louise Brown, dean for academic advancement/dean for the Class of 2009, sing along. President Roth held a holiday party at his home for faculty and staff on Dec. 11.

Holiday Print Sale Benefits Davison Art Center

uffin O'Dench, former curator; Claire Rogan, title, and Jean Shaw, title, browse artwork for sale during the Friends of the Davison Art Center Holiday Print Sale Dec. 4.

Ellen D'Oench, curator emerita; Claire Rogan, curator of the Davison Art Center, and Jean Shaw P'79, browse artwork for sale during the Friends of the Davison Art Center Holiday Print Sale Dec. 4. A percentage of each sale helped fund acquisitions for the Davison Art Center collection.

Wesleyan, Community Design Festive Greens

The Center for Community Partnerships hosted a "Green Your Holiday" craft event Dec. 6 for the Wesleyan staff, faculty and students and the local community. Volunteer Shelia Gray Smith, at left, taught participants how to make festive centerpieces using fresh pine greens.

The Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) hosted a "Green Your Holiday" craft event Dec. 6 for the Wesleyan staff, faculty and students and the local community. Volunteer Sheila Graham Smith, at left, taught participants how to make festive centerpieces using fresh pine greens. Elisa Del Valle, assistant director of student activities and leadership development, is pictured at right.

Students Attend Prop. 8 Reading at Wellesley College

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Pictured, from left, Cherrie Moraga, poet/writer and Demian Pritchard, visiting assistant professor of Latina/o literature and culture in the English Department, pose for a photograph with Wesleyan students Emily Evnen '10, Alicia Garrison '09, Hope Steinman-Iacullo '09, Elizabeth Busch '10, Dan Heinrich Manuyag '10, Elissa Martel '10, and Christie Kontopidis '10.

A group of Wesleyan students, led by Demian Pritchard, visiting assistant professor of Latina/o literature and culture in the English Department, attended a reading by Cherríe Moraga at Wellesley College Nov. 20.

Moraga is an influential and prolific Chicana lesbian writer of poetry, drama and essays. She is known for mixing genre in her writing as she engages issues of sexuality, race, gender and class – alongside questions of nation and language.

Her reading was titled “Still Loving in the Still War Years,” a play on the title of one of her most widely read books: Loving in the War Years, and inspired by the recent California passage of Proposition 8 barring the right for gays and lesbians to marry in the state – a right won in California recently, and quickly lost.

Moraga read from an in-process essay about her relationships with her mother and her teenage son as a frame for her reading from another in- process essay on President-elect Obama. In her essay she called upon the nation to remember its responsibility to continue to participate in the process of “change” asked for by Obama – to transform the work gone into his election inspired by “the audacity of hope” to a long-term politics of continued participation, which she called “the tenacity of hope.”

(Photo and text contributed by Demian Pritchard)

Author, Researcher Speaks on Government Secrets

State Secrecy and the Limits of the Visible," Dec. 4 at the Eclectic Society. Paglen studies secret government programs from both a political and aesthetic perspective. His talk focused on the secret or "black world" of the military, which is composed of programs, people and places that are officially unacknowledged.

Trevor Paglen from the University of California Berkeley's Department of Geography, spoke on "Blank Spots on a Map: State Secrecy and the Limits of the Visible," Dec. 4 at the Eclectic Society. Paglen studies secret government programs from both a political and aesthetic perspective. His talk focused on the secret or "black world" of the military, which is composed of programs, people and places that are officially unacknowledged.

Choreography Workshop Students Perform in Winter Dance

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More than 70 Wesleyan students took part in the Winter Dance Concert Dec. 5 and 6 in the Center for the Arts Theater. The annual concert showcases the work of dance majors completing Choreography Workshop. Pictured are Sheryl Sinclair '09 and Collin Cutrone McMichael '09 performing a dance titled "unto i lovE: an anagram" by Yumin He '09.

Servers, Printing Labs Part of ITS Open House

Ganesan "Ravi" Ravishanker, associate vice president for Information Technology Services, introduces himself to Dena Matthews, publication production manager, during the Information Technology Services open house Nov. 12. Matthews was learning about ITS's New Media Lab from Melissa Datre, director of the New Media Lab, pictured at right.

Ganesan "Ravi" Ravishanker, associate vice president for Information Technology Services, welcomes Dena Matthews, publication production manager, to the "Backstage at Information Technology Services" open house Nov. 12. Matthews was learning about ITS's New Media Lab from Melissa Datre, director of the New Media Lab, pictured at right.