Category Archives: Events

Open Discussion with Roth: Research at Wesleyan


I am writing to invite you to participate in a new form of student engagement with President Michael Roth and the Board of Trustees. Over the past several months, I have worked with the President’s Office to organize a face-to-face discussion with the President on an open question about Wesleyan’s future direction, shape, and character.  Board meetings (in which WSA representatives participate) usually address one such question, and this time around I am pleased to announce that the question is also being posed to the student body as a whole.
President Roth’s question:

We often talk about the scholar-teacher model as being at the heart of Wesleyan’s educational experience. I believe very strongly that much of the work that our faculty do to advance their own fields makes their teaching sharper and more vital. But not all research finds its way into the classroom, and at many universities there is a strong feeling that research serves some larger cultural good — not just the good of the students. This is much less true at most liberal arts colleges. Many professors at institutions that value research express that they want time “to do their own work,” and this often means work that serves their disciplines, not (necessarily) the university.

Buddy Wakefield Does Crowell


WeSlam, Wes Alliance, and Writer’s Bloc want to satiate your soul’s thirsty Thursday with the power of spoken word:

Buddy Wakefield is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and a former member of the Seattle Slam Team. He has performed his work on NPR, BBC, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. An author of Write Bloody Publishing, Wakefield is known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart. Buddy is a gentleman and a scholar, and he will undoubtedly make you feel and think things that you never have before.

Featuring new poetry from the Wesleyan Slam Team!!!! Hosted by Michael Rosen ’11. Sponsored by WeSLAM, Wes Alliance, and Writers’ Bloc. Note: The event is free, but WeSLAM will be asking for donations to help the Wesleyan Slam Team get to nationals in April!

What: Buddy Wakefield
When: Thursday, Feb. 28
Time? 8 PM
Where: Crowell Concert Hall
Free? Free as Facebook.

The Amazing Race: Wesleyan Edition


Jacob Musinsky ’14 and the WSA Spirit and Events Committee want you to get cray this weekend:

Think you and your friends can outrun, outsmart, and outdo the rest in various activities? Think you know a lot about Wesleyan’s history and campus? Are you particularly good at particularly weird challenges? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you are a perfect candidate for the Spirit and Events Committee’s THE AMAZING RACE: WESLEYAN EDITION.

The race works like this: each team gets a clue, follows it to a location, and completes a challenge. Once that challenge is completed, the team will get a clue leading them to a new location, and this continues for 7 stops. The clues test your knowledge of Wesleyan. The challenges test your knowledge of Wesleyan as well, but also test your ability to do stupid shit. The race will be both a good time and an intense battle.

Prizes (cash?) will be awarded, but only to the best of the best. THINK YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES? Emailjmusinsky[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with your team members and team name– team costumes are encouraged but not required. Submit your team by Friday, March 1st at 3pm.

Contact: jmusinsky(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
 Friday, March 1

Louis Menand @ Russell House

Happening in approximately 80 minutes is yet another event that’s making tonight a clusterfuck of awesome on campus:

Louis Menand has maintained distinguished careers in academia and journalism. A staffwriter at The New Yorker since 2001, he is well known for his articles about literature, the arts, intellectual history, language, and American culture. He is the author and editor of several books including The Metaphysical Club, awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize. He teaches at Harvard University, where he is Bass Professor of English and American Language and Literature.

Date: Tonight, February 27th
Time: 8pm
Place: Russell House

Desperate Measures 24 hour show promo

Mark Popinchalk ’13 and the rest of his fellow DM’ers have got your back, and they made a video to prove it: 

DM’s annual 24 hour long show is coming up. Friday at 9PM to Saturday at 9PM in The WestCo Lounge. Which hour will you be there for?

Date: Friday, March 1- Saturday, March 2
Time: 9 p.m.
Place: WestCo Lounge
Cost: nothing. well, caffeine if you want them to be funny in hour 23.

Degrees of Incarceration: Documentary Screening and Q&A


From Carina Kurban ’14:

The documentary will be followed by a question and answer with the directors (Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq). Come early for some delicious HUMMUS and BABAGHANOUJ from my dad’s Lebanese restaurant!!!

Degrees of Incarceration documents the effects political imprisonment has on a community of Palestinians in the West Bank. As of August 2012, some 4,380 Palestinians were in Israeli prisons for political reasons, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. This included 30 children under the age of 16 and 164 between the ages of 16 and 18. Over 200 Palestinians were being held without charge, in administrative detention. Since 1967, over 600,000 Palestinians have passed through Israeli prisons. Yet this issue rarely receives the attention many Palestinians believe it deserves. The film introduces viewers to Palestinian mothers, teenagers, children, and community leaders as they strive to support each other through crises of arrest and detention.

Date: Thursday, Feb 28
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Place: Shanklin 107
FB event.

Leaving Your Leadership Legacy Luncheon


Join Gretchen Streiff, Assistant Director of SALD, to learn how mentoring and transitioning are important parts of the process in leaving a lasting legacy in your student groups.

Lunch will be provided.

Date: Thursday, Feb 28
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110
Cost: Free

First Friday 3/1: Greening Middletown

Not to be confused with the Brooklyn Museum’s “First Saturdays” series, Dana Pellegrino ’12 sends word of a talk that is not sponsored by Target:

CCP’s First Friday is a talk series open to all members of the greater Middletown community that takes place on the first Friday of every month. This Friday’s talk concerns environmental policies and actions around Middletown. As always…refreshments will be served!

Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Place: Allbritton 304
Cost: Free

Chinese Conversation Hour

*Adorable Chinese children not included.

Come practice speaking Chinese and meet others interested in Chinese culture and language:

Every Thursday from 12 – 1, bring your lunch over to 41 Wyllys Room 113. All levels are welcome!

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113
Facebook: Link

Film Series: Holy Motors

2012. France. Dir. Leos Carax. With Denis Lavant. 115 min.

After more than a decade away, cult hero Carax returns with an innovative, funny, and free-associative romp through nocturnal Paris and the collective pop unconscious. Accompanying a reflective quick-change artist as he fulfills a number of mysterious “missions,” the film weaves a touching rumination on technology, identity, and art.

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