Category Archives: Events

Campaign Finance, Political Communication, and the 2012 Elections

From Matt Motta ’13:

With the support of the Knight Foundation, CSPL, Baldwin University Lectures, and the Government Department, the Wesleyan Media Project will be bringing several prominent scholars and national media representatives to Wesleyan’s campus for an election conference on Nov 30 (details here).

Please RSVP to Laura Baum (lbaum(at)wesleyan(dot)edu).

If you can’t make it in person, the day’s events will be live webcast from 9am to 4:30pm (link will be available on the Project website). We will also be tweeting and you can send questions to us @wesmediaproject or through hashtag #WesElectionConf.

Date: Friday, November 30
Time: Panels throughout the day, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Place: Usdan 108

Wesleyan Contra Dance

Oriana Ott invites you to have ragtaggin’ root-toot-tooting good time

Come on out to Beckham Hall this Friday for our very own contra dance.  Contra dancing is basically socialization with movement. There will be a beginner’s lesson 7:30, but no experience or partner is needed.

The dance starts at 8:00.

Caller: Luke Donforth

Musicians: Corey Walters on flute and mandolin; Nora Smith on fiddle; Christopher Jacobs on guitar

Snacks and water will be provided!

Date: Tomorrow, November 30th
Time: 8:00pm until the cows come home 11pm
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: FREE

The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age

Be inspired to prevent the end of the world with Lia Monti ’13:

Film Screening and discussion with Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, its producer.

Fukushima and Nagasaki: Our film ties them together, as their links have become dangerously clearer.

Sakue Shimohira was ten years old and hiding in a Nagasaki shelter when the nuclear bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. She survived and has dedicated her life to making sure that what happened to her will never happen to anyone again.

Today she continues to speak out and inspire people everywhere.

Sakue’s story of survival and its aftermath is the core of this powerfully moving documentary. We follow her, in the company of students Fumi and Haruka, as they talk to high school and college students in London, New York and Nagasaki, and we see Sakue in a gripping encounter with a Holocaust survivor.

Kathleen Sullivan PhD. is a disarmament educator and activist who has been engaged in the nuclear issue for over 20 years. Currently, she is the program director for Hibakusha Stories, an arts based initiative that brings atomic bomb survivors into New York City High Schools to share their testimonies. Dr. Sullivan has been education consultant to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in New York, and has produced two films about survivors from Nagasaki: “The Last Atomic Bomb” (2005) and “The Ultimate Wish” (2010). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Date: Tomorrow, November 30th
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: PAC 002
Cost: FREE
Facebook Event: Link.

Open Discussion: Conflict in Gaza

Becca Casper-Johnson’15  cares about your feelings, sort of:

Come join Students for Justice in Palestine and J Street U for an open discussion on the conflict in Gaza. Come join us for an open discussion on the conflict in Gaza. Talk about your feelings (just about Gaza/Israel/Palestine though please), your personal experiences, talk about the news or give us your two cents on Israeli and Palestinian politics (I hear something kind of important is happening at the UN today), ask us what the Gaza strip is and what’s going on there.

This discussion is co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and J Street U, but everyone is welcome no matter your politics or involvement. This is not a debate, and we encourage you to come without a mindset of “sides” and blame. Let’s make the conversation at Wes about responsibility and moving forward.

Bring your lunch and your friends!

Unfortunately Hillary will not be able to attend…

Date: Friday, November 30
 12:00-1:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113
Faceboook Event

Chi Psi Tiki Dance Party in WestCo Cafe

From Alex “Vitruvian Man” Sakhno ’15:

The newly revived Alpha Alpha chapter of Chi Psi at Wesleyan would like to hold a party for the general campus as a way to bring more excitement to Friday nights at Wesleyan. It will be a simple dance-oriented party with a Hawaiian-themed feel. There will be some popular music that everyone can move around and dance and socialize to. It will be a way for our newly established fraternity to gain some attention on campus while meeting new people and having a good time, as well as giving back to the campus community. Come get out of the cold weather and take a trip with Chi Psi to the tropical islands of Hawaii, as we host our first rave of the semester. Wear something beachy. It’s a tiki party, and we’re all getting lei’d!

Date: Friday, November 30
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Place: WestCo Cafe
Cost: getting lei’d
FB event. 

Interreligious Ecological Justice Network (IREJN): Dinner and Discussion

From The Muslim Students Association ‘610 AD :

What do religion and ecological justice have in common? According to Teresa Eickel, Executive Director of the Interreligious Ecological Justice Network, the two go hand in hand. IREJN is a faith-based environmental organization that works to inspire and empower religious communities to be faithful stewards of the earth.

Come join us for a discussion on a popular topic at Wes, this time analyzed through a less common perspective. Food will be served.

Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 7:30  -8:30
Where: Usdan MultiPurpose
Dinner (?) : Yes. ($0.00)

Andy Ribner ’14 Presents: Technology in Education

Andy Ribner ’14 has had his own tag for a while now. So has “free food.” This event fulfills both categories:

Interested in the growing role of technology in education? Interested in free dinner? Come to PAC107 Thursday night at 7!

What is the power of curriculum and how can the use of computer tablets serve as a tool for enhancing students’ learning? Come experience a science instructional sequence that engages students in active learning, in which their investigations give rise to deep learning. Learn about how the current policy context in K-12 schools supports this approach to instruction and discuss the affordances of technology in creating opportunities for learner-centered curriculum.

Film Series: The Mirror

1975. USSR. Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky. With Margarita Terekhova. 102 min.

A dying man remembers his life, his youth, his mother, and… that’s all we really get in terms of plot for this deliciously baffling film poem. Tarkovsky builds stream of consciousness into a surreal, hypnotic Swiss clock, expertly constructed to be equal parts mesmerizing impenetrability and staggering beauty.

Tonight. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. Free.

Fletcher C. Johnson & Featherwood Bee @ WestCo Cafe

From the impeccably dressed Ethan Hill ’16:

After bringing you such groovin’ shows as Prince Rama and Mac Demarco, Aural Wes is excited to present yet another evening of sweet rock n’ roll goodness with Fletcher C. Johnson and his band. The Brooklyn pop virtuoso is bringing his catchy jamz to the WestCo Café this Thursday along with Featherwood Bee, who I’m sure you all know and love. Be prepared to get down and boogaloo to some of the prettiest twangy pop tunes you’ll ever know.

Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 10 pm – 1 am
Locale: WestCo Cafe
Cost: Your Soul
Facebook: Aye

Education Policy Speaker Series: Shamus Khan

Good ol’ Andy Ribner ’14 is making a break with routine, with an event slated for 4:30 this afternoon, if you’re looking to perhaps avoid or deconstruct “How Lawyers Write”:

Come hear Professor Shamus Khan of Columbia University speak on his book “Privilege”.

From Columbia’s website:
“Khan is currently researching the history of elites in New York City, the structure of fame, and deliberative decision-making in multiethnic groups.

With a primary focus on inequality, Khan’s first book, Privilege, explored the life of an elite boarding school. Rather than write on the poor, Khan emphasizes the importance of knowing more about the rich when making sense of contemporary inequality. Khan has also written on the development of gender theory and political decision-making. He is editing a book on research methodology, The Practice of Research (Oxford) and a monograph on the Elite New York, Exceptional: The Elites of New York and the Story of American Inequality.”

Date: Today, November 29th
Time: 4:30pm
Place: PAC001
Facebook Event: Link.