Category Archives: Events

“TV for the Blind? An Improbable Legislative Story”: Lecture by Co-Founder of Descriptive Video Service

This Friday, a Wesleyan parent drops some TV history on us:

Laurie Everett P ’15, mother of Holly Everett ’15 and co-founder and director of Descriptive Video Service (DVS) from 1988-1998, will be coming this Friday to talk about how, in 1988, public television station WGBH set out to use new audio technology to make television accessible to blind viewers through a new national broadcast project known as DVS.

Hear first hand the technological, legislative, and funding history of a groundbreaking new service that has permanently changed the lives of blind people by providing access to television, movies and other visual media.

This event is sponsored by Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights and SALD.

Date: Friday, April 20
Time: 12 – 1 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114
Cost: Free

Second Stage presents: “The Ash and the Elder”

So we all know Adam and Eve. They chilled out at a garden, fucked up, and then got their asses thrown out. Classic cosmic origin story shtick.

Ever wonder if there were other, maybe better stories? Come watch “The Ash and the Elder” this weekend, a play written by Lila Becker ’12 that shows five creation myths from around the world. Folks interested in religion, anthropology, comparative culture, and crazy ass cosmology stuff should really considering checking this shit out.

It’s also showing on 4/20. And Imma tell you – there’s some pretty trippy shit goin’ on. Bring your grandma. (Btdubs, the show runs under an hour)

Date: Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21
Time: 8pm (Thursday, Friday), 2 & 7pm (Saturday)
Place: ’92 Theater
Cost: Free (pick up tix at box office on day of show)

Judaism and Islam: Between History and Polemics

New professor alert! Elisha Russ-Fishbane will be joining Wesleyan’s Religion Department and Jewish and Israel Studies in July. If you can’t wait that long to hear about interactions between Judaism and Islam in medieval Egypt, check out this lecture tomorrow, details courtesy of Clare McGranahan ’13:

The talk will address Jewish approaches to Islam from a historical and modern perspective.

Elisha Russ-Fishbane received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2009. His dissertation, Between Politics and Piety: Abraham Maimonides and His Times, is a historical investigation into Egyptian Jewish society in the thirteenth century. It explores religious transformations of Egyptian Jewry, whose rituals and inner ideals reflect profound impact of contemporary Sufism, in the social and political context of contemporary transformations and upheavals in Egypt. Elisha Russ-Fishbane is now a Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University and will be joining Wesleyan’s Religion Department and Jewish and Israel Studies in July.

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: PAC 004
Cost: Free

Yom HaShoah Memorial Name Reading

From Maggie Feldman-Piltch ’14:

Sundown tonight through sundown tomorrow evening is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. We are commemorating the loss of so many lives with a 24 hour name reading in the Olin lobby, with readings in pairs or as individuals in 30 minute time slots.

We still need readers! Please take the time to be part of this beautiful and meaningful tradition.

Sign up here.

We will also be saying Kaddish and lighting a memorial candle at 7 pm in the Olin lobby. Please stop by to join in this moment of memory.

Help remember over 12 million lives lost.

Time: 7 p.m. tonight through 8 p.m. tomorrow
Olin Library Lobby

Senior Class Open House

Trying to figure out what’s next after graduation?

Whether you’re still searching, just beginning your search or haven’t started, this event is for you! Counseling staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and give you their advice. Best of all, refreshments will be served!

Make the most of your senior spring, it’s time to celebrate YOU, Class of 2012!

A short program will start at 4:30, teaching you how to make the most of your senior spring, how to network as an alumni, and how to continue your search for post-grad life as you transition from Wesleyan to the “Real World”. We’re here to help, come on in!

Time: Today, 4-5:30 p.m.
Olson Commons, Career Center

Double Documentary Wednesday: What Would Jesus Buy?

Want to watch a documentary this Wednesday? Wesleying’s got your back! Want to watch two documentaries at overlapping times this Wednesday? Campus deity/professor Mary-Jane Rubenstein and acolyte Maxwell Hellmann ’13 have got half your back:

WEDNESDAY (April 18th) at 7PM in Judd 116, there will be a screening of What Would Jesus Buy, a documentary by Morgan Spurlock featuring Reverend Billy from the Church of Earthalujah/Church of Stop Shopping.  The film takes a critical look at the commercialization of Christmas and the role of sweatshops in American mass consumer culture.  Cost is free! (Check out the facebook event)

And this is just the beginning, folks – thanks to MJR, we can expect some ~~~live~~~ appearances from the Reverend this coming Monday, at 4:15 for a Q&A and then 7 for a sermon in Memorial Chapel. Check the facebook link below for more info, or wait a couple days for the next Wesleying post.

Date & Time: This Wednesd’y, 7:00 eveningwise
Place: Judd 116
Cost: *clever reference to the film goes here*
Firstbuck: Here it am

Double Documentary Wednesday: Inside Job

Want to watch a documentary this Wednesday? Wesleying’s got your back! Want to watch two documentaries at overlapping times this Wednesday? The Community Banking Working Group‘s got half your back:

As part of the ongoing campaign on campus for responsible, community banking, there will be a screening of the documentary film “Inside Job” on Wednesday at 6:30 PM in Usdan 110. We all know that the catastrophic (and ongoing) financial meltdown of 2008 left us fucked, but do we understand exactly how? This film lays it out, in easy, accessible terms, and explains how the big banks were deliberately complicit in bringing about this society-shattering crisis.
This is part of an effort for students on campus to MOVE OUR MONEY from the malicious and thieving institutions that sealed the fate of the American masses with their irresponsible practices (Bank of America, et al.) to member-controlled, not for profit, local credit unions. Credit unions will be on campus ready to help students transfer their accounts starting April 26.
Keep your eyes out for further developments in this exciting campaign to take responsibility for the way this campus stores and invests its money!

Date & Time: This Wednesd’y, 6:30 eveningwise
Place: Usdan 110
Cost: At last count, $16 trillion
Firstbuck: Here it am