Category Archives: Events

Think BIG, Wesleyan: Professor Speakers Announced

Hannah Vogel ’13 writes in to let y’all know about an opportunity to start thinkin’ big, especially if you haven’t started already doing so this year. Tell your Mom, tell your roommate, tell your friends:

No slides. No handouts. No Moodle. Just the most exciting professors at Wesleyan, talking about the ideas they can’t stop thinking about. You nominated your favorite professors earlier this semester. Now, five of those professors have been brought together to deliver nine-minute lectures on a topic that excites and inspires them for the second-ever Wesleyan Thinks Big! Tickets will go on “sale” at 12 p.m. on Wed., November 28th on their website, and will be available for pick-up at Usdan this coming Thursday, Friday, and Monday from 12 to 1 p.m.
GREG VOTH: “The Paradox of Modern Physics”
DAR WILLIAMS: “Positive Proximity: What I discovered by touring in and about 500 cool American towns from Rockland, Maine to Fairbanks, Alaska”
ELVIN LIM: “The Case Against Marriage”
GIL SKILLMAN: “Wesleyan 2050”
SCOTT HIGGINS: “Fighting Familiarity with Form, or Why We Should Look More Closely”

Place: Memorial Chapel (with reception to follow in Zelnick)
Date: Tuesday, December 4th (Jay-Z’s birthday)
Time: 8 pm
Tickets. Facebook. Livestream.

For last year’s Wesleyan Thinks Big, click here.

WestCo Open Mic

From Willie Zabar ’16:

Come to the WestCo Cafe to see Wesleyan’s undiscovered talent at the biggest open mic of the year OF ALL TIME.

Music, comedy, poetry, and other cool things will happen.

Show off your talents and support your friends (but stay for the other acts too because that’s what a good person does).

Date: Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 28);
Time:  signups at 9:00 pm, show at 9:30 pm
Place: WestCo Café

Italian Movie Screening: Benvenuti al Sud

Andrea Ballanti invites you to a free screening of Benvenuti al Sud, a formidable Italian comedy.
Haven’t mastered Italian? No worries–there will be English subtitles:

Alberto Colombo (Claudio Bisio), a civil servant of the Italian Postal Service, has been passed up for promotion to a coveted position in Milan. Following a comical yet ill-fated attempt to secure another such opening, he is assigned to two years postal purgatory in Italy’s southern region. Alberto’s wife Silvia chooses to remain in the civilized north while Alberto is subjected to his penance.

“When a stranger comes to the South he cries twice: when he arrives and when he leaves.”

Date: Wednesday, November 28th
Time: 8pm – 9:45pm
Place: Fisk 210
Cost: FREE!

Screening: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Part Two

Still trying to get us all to care about the world, Katherine Clifford ’14 announces:

Half the Sky-Wesleyan is hosting a screening of Part 2 of the PBS documentary: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The documentary is based on the best-selling book by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Part 2 of the film features Kristof and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, and Olivia Wilde in India, Somalia/Somaliland, and Kibera, Kenya as they encounter stories of the shocking challenges facing women and girls. This section focuses on the issues of maternal morality, intergenerational prostitution, and economic hardship and on the hopeful stories of individuals working to empower women.

For those of you who saw part 1 last month, you won’t want to miss the second half. If you weren’t able to see the first half, it doesn’t matter! Come see this moving and inspirational film. We’re also doing a school supply drive for rural schools in Baja, Mexico, so bring donations to the screening if you’re able to!

Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 8 pm
Place: Exley 150
Cost: $0 but bring school supplies and closet junk!

A Discussion on Non-Interventionism and America’s Foreign Policy

Charlie Smith ’15 wants you to talk about important things.

Sick of America being the P-Safe of the world?

Come discuss non-interventionism and American foreign policy from nation building to foreign aid with Wes Students for a Free Society.

Date: Tuesday, November 27th
Time: 8 – 9:20 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113 (Klingher Classroom)
Cost: Less than the war in Afghanistan

Education Policy Speaker Series: Beth Bye

Andy Ribner ’14 believes that you may be interested in politics, education, and other important topics. If so:

From Wikipedia:

“Bye is a long-time resident of West Hartford and was first elected to the school board in 2001. She is the former director of Trinity
College Community Child Care and the School for Young Children at Saint Joseph College. Beth has been involved with the development of 3 preschool facilities since 2000: The School for Young Children in West Hartford, The Charter School for Young Children in Hartford and The Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School in Bloomfield.

FROYOLO at Froyo World for Brighter Dawns

Eat gourmet frozen yogurt and support a non-profit riddled with Wes-alums? Kerry Nix ’15 has got the scoop (er… pile? Whatever you call that shape froyo takes outside the machine?):

Hankering for an excuse to indulge in a fruity and/or chocolatey and/or pumpkiny and/or “tart” heap of deliciousness? Come to Froyo World frozen yogurt lounge on Thursday between 7 and 10pm, and your purchase will support Brighter Dawns, a Wesleyan-born nonprofit! Brighter Dawns’ mission is to minimize health disparities and improve health and sanitation in the slums of Khalishpur, Bangladesh by building wells and latrines, and providing health education. Wow – to eat something delicious and feel GREAT about it. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Thursday evening.  Plus, First Lady of Wes and beloved professor Kari Weil will be
joining us at Froyo World. Come on down!

Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 7-10pm
Place: Froyo World, in Main Street Market
Cost: by the ounce!
Visit: Brighter Dawns online