Category Archives: Events

Antonin Scalia Tickets Available Tomorrow Morning

Lecture planned for March 8; Supreme Court bounce workshop indefinitely postponed.

As we’ve previously reported round these parts, Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is giving the university’s Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression, which will take place at 8:00 pm in the Memorial Chapel on Thursday, March 8. The event promises to be one of the most anticipated lectures of the academic year (I suppose you could cast your memory back to Elie Wiesel’s impassioned 2010 lecture for a rough comparison), but it has also prompted some healthy speculation as to how Scalia’s noted conservatism will mesh with our dear little college. One alumnus commenter likened the event to “Daniel appearing at a lion’s convention”; President Roth was a bit more measured in his commentary:

“I think it’s really important for Wesleyan to bring speakers to campus who don’t just preach to the choir, who don’t necessarily fit into what people think Wesleyan students think,” Roth said. “Bringing a Supreme Court justice to campus is a good thing because the justices are in positions to see the world and act on their perspectives in ways that are crucial to the country, whether we agree with them or not.”

It’ll be an interesting Q&A, for sure—for those who can actually make it. Tickets are going on “sale” (they’re free) tomorrow at 10:00 am at the Usdan Box Office, but good luck on the mission: there are 500 seats in Chapel, of which only 175 are reserved for students. Set an alarm for this one, and set it earlier than 9:55. (As the Argus reported this week, “The lecture will also be broadcast live in the Goldsmith Family Cinema, the Center for the Arts [CFA] Hall, and in the Public Affairs Center [PAC] rooms 001 and 002. Tickets for the 200 student seats in the Goldsmith Cinema will be available at the box office on Thursday.”)

To my knowledge, Scalia is the only Supreme Court Justice of any political persuasion to appear on campus in at least 15 years or so. The late Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who famously authored Roe v. Wade, spoke in Crowell Concert Hall in early 1993, just a week into the Clinton administration and a year before Blackmun’s retirement from the court.

The Veritas Forum: True for You… But not for Me—Is there Wisdom in Relativism?

Why choose between ellipses, em dashes, and question marks when you can include all three in your lecture title? Ging-Ji Nathan Wang ’13 dares to ask:

The Veritas Forum at Wesleyan presents . . .

A conversation offering both Pragmatist and Christian perspectives.
Moderated by Wesleyan Professor of History Richard Elphick.


  • Elise Springer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University
  • Greg Ganssle, Lecturer in Philosophy, Rivendell Institute at Yale University

Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Exley Science Center Tishler Hall
Cost: Free

Public Speaking Workshop TONIGHT!

Do you ever stumble over your words when speaking in class? Maybe you have an oral presentation coming up later in the semester? Then you should come to the Public Speaking Workshop tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm in Fauver Lounge! Peer Advisors Gabi Bruney ’14 and Adam Rashkoff ’13 will be there with some helpful tips and handouts, so don’t miss out!

  • What: Public Speaking Workshop
  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 – 8PM
  • Where: Fauver Lounge
  • Who’s hosting: the Peer Advisors

Film Series: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

2010. Canada. Dir: Eli Craig. With Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine. 88 min.

Take your average backwoods slasher flick – ever consider the villain’s point of view? What if it was all a hilarious misunderstanding? In this clever, comedic bit of revisionist genre fare, two innocent and sensitive good ol’ boys on vacation must contend with a pack of aggressively accident-prone co-eds convinced that our heroes are sadistic psychopaths.

Tonight. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. $5.

Process Advisor Training! Last one of the year (probably)!

In case you missed it last semester, there will be one more opportunity TOMORROW to be trained as a process advisor for the student judicial process. Process advisors serve as a resource to guide students through interactions with the Student Judicial Board. Come get trained to serve your fellow students and ensure a fair process!

Email Andrew Trexler ’14 at atrexler(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions you might have.

Date: Feb. 23
Time: 4:15PM
Place: Usdan 108

Apply to Attend a Master Class with Colum McCann, 2012 Annie Sonnenblick Lecturer

Colum McCann, the 2012 Annie Sonnenblick Lecturer and winner of the National Book Award, will hold a master class on Thursday, March 1st.   

Colum McCann will speak about his own work and the process of writing. He will also talk about several student pieces.

Because seating is limited, we ask you to apply for a place.

Please send a short statement explaining why you’d like to come.

Add two questions you’d like to ask Colum McCann.

Send your statement to russellhouse(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by Monday, February 27th at 5 p.m. 

We encourage students from any major to apply for this special opportunity!

Date: Thursday, March 1st
Time: 9 AM
Place: The Shapiro Creative Writing Center Event Room

Write to russellhouse(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions.

The Gospel According to Josh


Join us for a unorthodox, dare I call it, “indie” musical theater experience…

Come to a special performance by Josh Rivedal, actor, producer and ordained minister;

“A 30-character, 12 song one-man show about a boy’s journey through religion, reality TV, and his Father’s suicide”.

For more info check out Josh’s website: and the Facebook Event

Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 8:00-9:00 PM
Place: Shanklin 107

Sponsored by CAPS and Active Minds

Hear what those off the beaten track,indie critics have to say after the jump