Wesfest: Thursday

Okay, event posting is going to be a little whack this week because of Wesfest. A few notes:

  1. We are not posting events that we deem to be only of interest to prefrosh, such as registration, parent panels, tours, etc. That information is available on the Wesfest website. If there’s something you think we really really should’ve posted, let us know in the comments.
  2. If you want to send in a submission, please Ctrl+F and see if we’ve posted it already!
  3. That said, there will probably be some accidental double-posts. We’ll try to catch them in time, but if we don’t, it is because we are tired.
  4. Finally, events reoccurring over multiple days will get their own posts later. This means exhibitions, art theses, etc etc. Hold yer horses.
Thursday, 4/19

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Dr. Leroy Hood, “Systems Biology and Medicine: Towards Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory Medicine”
Dr. Hood is a faculty member of The Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, WA
Location: 107 Shanklin

12:00 PM
Microfinance Panel
The student group, IMPACT will be having a panel on microfinance. The panel will consist of academics and professionals who will talk about their experiences and thoughts on the future of microfinance as a tool for poverty alleviation and answer the audience’s questions.
Location: TBD

1:00PM and 4:00PM
Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center Tours
Get a sneak peek at the new university center! Alan Rubacha, University Center project manager, will take you on an exclusive tour of the new center, set to open Fall 2007. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Office of Admission.
Location: Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Stand Back! I’m Going to Try Science
The Free Radicals (the chemistry majors’ group) will perform some of their favorite chemical demonstrations. Those seated in the first three rows should bring proof of insurance. Enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream with the survivors afterwards.
Location: Exley Science Center – ESC 150

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
“Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes”
Including interviews with famous rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, and Jadakiss and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and voices ranging from industry executives to hip-hop fans, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes” is a documentary that discusses issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture. The film also covers issues including women and violence in rap music, representations of manhood in hip-hop culture, and the presence of homoeroticism in hip-hop. This film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, the Melbourne International Film Festival, July 26-August 13, 2006, the Roxbury Film Festival in Boston in July, 2006 and many more prestigious film festivals.
Location: Judd 116

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Arabian Tent
Come join the Arabic Language students and professors on campus at the Arabian tent on Foss Hill for Sheesha, Arabian Coffee, Tea, and desserts.
Location: Foss Hill

4:15PM
A Student Perspective on Wesleyan’s Drug Policies
Hear it from the horse’s mouth: members of Wesleyan’s NORML chapter (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)will present all of the information you need to know about drug policies and their enforcement at Wesleyan. Connecticut’s drug laws and the role of the Middletown Police on Wesleyan’s campus will also be discussed. Following the presentation, a panel of Wesleyan students who have actually faced penalties from Wesleyan for drug policy violations will share their stories and answer any questions the audience might have.
Location: PAC – PAC 001

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
From Domestic Duty to Spiritual Authority: Women Zen Masters in Chinese History: Beata Grant, Washington University-Saint Louis
In traditional China, it was not unusual to find pious laywomen devoted to Buddhism. Some of these women, however, went beyond traditional expectations of domesticity to become fully-recognized Zen masters. These women not only assumed the mantle of religious authority as teachers, but also left behind official collections of sermons, poems, letters and other types of writings. This talk will introduce some these women Zen masters who have, until very recently, been largely ignored or forgotten.
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Physics Colloquium
Dr. Stefan Rotter, Yale University, “Quantum-to-Classical Crossover of Mesoscopic Transport”. Refreshments at 4:10 p.m.
Location: SC58

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
International Food Fair
Join several International student organizations while enjoying multicultural cuisine! Composed of several ethnic backgrounds, the Wesleyan community represents an eclectic variety of experiences and cultures. This is a great opportunity to engage with current students while enjoying (free!) international dining.
Location: Psi Upsilon

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cafe You Gotta Be There!
Do you like yummy food? Socializing? We do too! Wanna meet some Christians and hear about their experiences at Wes? Stop by our cafe for some entertainment, encouragement, food, and fun. ALL ARE WELCOME regardless of faith.
Location: Hewitt – Hewitt Lounge

7:00 PM
New Teen Force
Come and see some fun improv comedy! New Teen Force is a 4-person free-form long-form improv group. Think of a suggestion, and we’ll make something up for you.
Location: West College – Wesco Cafe

7:00 PM
Daniel Morito Katz
Known as “New York City’s best (and only?) gay/Japanese/Jewish singer-songwriter”, Danny Katz entertains audiences with quirky original folk/pop material that covers topics as varied as the bizzare folks he’s met through Internet dating, the fact that he lived in a former brothel house, and the challenges that both create in his finding and keeping true love in the city that never sleeps.
Location: Alpha Delta Phi

7:00 PM
Beginner Swing Workshop
Cheek to Cheek, Wesleyan’s swing dance club, is holding a beginner swing workshop.
Location: WestLounge

7:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Concert Sponsored by WESU 88.1 fm
Grizzly Bear, The Robot Ate Me, Wesleyan Alum Laura Goldhamer, and Wesleyan bands Boy Crisis and For the Illustrated People.
Location: Eclectic
Admission: $5

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Booksigning/Talk -Connecticut River Guide
On Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 7:00PM, Broad Street Books welcomes John and Wendy Sinton, authors of “The Connecticut River Boating Guide”. This newly revised edition is the authoritative guide for boaters, canoeists, and kayakers on the Connecticut River. It covers the entire waterway and includes practical information on boating facilities, ramps, mileages, and portages. Filled with GPS compatible maps and sidebars on history, flora, and fauna, this book is truly a classic and a must for all boaters. Come hear the authors on April 19th at 7:00PM.
Location: Broad Street Books

7:00 PM
Kenneth Bacon, President of Refugees International
Kenneth Bacon has served more than six years as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon spokeman. His exposure with refugee issues while dealing with Bosnia and Kosovo led him to his present refugee work. He worked on the Wall Street Journal for 25 years as a reporter, editor, and columnist. He will address the current refugee sitaution in Darfur, the actions of the U.S. and the international community, and the future goals of the movement to end the genocide in Darfur.
Location: Shanklin 107

7:30 PM
AFTER INNOCENCE: Film Screening and Q&A with Director/Writer/Producer
Join us for our special Film Studies WesFest event. Director/Writer/Producer Jessica Sanders ’99 will present AFTER INNOCENCE and hold a Q&A session after. AFTER INNOCENCE tells the compelling story of innocent men wrongfully convicted and cleared by DNA evidence and their dramatic struggle to reenter society after spending decades in prison. The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. This event will include a screening of Jessica’s student thesis film LOS ANGELS.
Location: Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

8:00 PM
Amnesty International: Broadening Mission or Losing Focus?
Sit in on our weekly general meeting and join an open discussion of the future of the organization.
Location: Davenport Campus Center, Top Floor

9:00 PM
Fashion Show
Featuring styles from international regions, punk rock and the Caribbean, the annual fashion show showcases a variety of attire designed by current students. Don’t miss this live performance featuring student models.
Location: Freeman Athletic Center Hockey Rink
Admission: $4

10:30 PM
Schmooze with the Jews Ice Cream Party
Come and hang out and meet the Jewish Community at Wesleyan. All are welcome.
Location: Bayit

11:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Fashion Show After Party
The party continues…
Location: Psi Upsilon