Category Archives: Events

Tonight: Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star:” A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone


Mickey Capper ’13 reminded me to post about this. Here’s the blurb from the official Facebook page for this event:

Born and raised in San Francisco—the home of the Grateful Dead—Professor of Music Graeme M. Boone attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Universite de Paris, and Harvard University, where he taught before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Following an overview of the band’s early history and style, Dr. Boone’s talk includes the showing of a “mandala movie” which helps elucidate the Dead’s open-ended song “Dark Star,” conveying a holistic, organic analysis of the tune, and incorporating every salient element in the extended, psychedelically evocative improvisations of its first 150 recorded performances.

With lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia, “Dark Star” can cover a broad spectrum of moods and musical ideas—incorporating anything from R&B cover songs to outer-space apocalypse—but the attentive listener can also hear lines of force binding the jams together: structuring devices, strategies, and trajectories that direct each improvisation and also serve as fundamental guideposts. An animated movie with changing colors and annotations follows two specific performances of the song, recorded in London on 4/8/72 and 5/23/72 during the band’s European tour that spring (the original 16-track analog tapes of the entire Europe ’72 tour were remixed, mastered in HDCD format, and released by the band in 2011).

“Joyously Take to the Streets”: May Day in Middletown

May day flag

The Middletown May Day Committee writes in with your daily dose of revolutionary direct action:

The long chill of winter has lifted and spring is stirring in our hearts. Join us this May Day (Wednesday, May 1st), as we joyously take to the streets in a roving festival of resistance!

In a world where vacant land stands idle while countless go without food or shelter, we will reclaim space from private interests and cultivate it in service of our community. Come together at 10:30 AM on Washington and Pearl to help revitalize a community garden that is under threat from the proposed strip mall construction.

In a world where learning and knowledge is greedily hoarded behind the high walls of the ivory-tower academy, we will gather to learn democratically and accessibly. Join us at 2:30 at Middlesex Community College for a May Day Teach-in featuring speakers from the War Resisters League and the Middle East Crisis Committee. A group bike ride will be meeting outside 190 High St, the UOC, at 1:45 to bike to the Community College.  A van from the Wesleyan Office of Community Service will be available at Parking Lot C on Church St, leaving at 2:15 and returning at 3:50.

Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk @ Buho

From Dylan Awalt-Conley ’15:

Do you keep hearing the word “Zen” tossed around and are still not quite sure what it means?

Well, come over to Buddhist House this Thursday for a guided meditation and dharma talk by Zen Master Bon Haeng (a.k.a. “Mark”). He has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Antioch College, currently teaches at the Cambridge Zen Center in Massacheusetts, and is just generally a very enlightened / interesting dude.

There will also be free Thai food after the event and a chance to chat and hang with Master Bon Haeng (getit?). See you there!

Date: Thursday, May 2
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Buddhist House

Middletown History: What Should Wesleyan Students Know?


Adam Rashkoff ’13 wants to historicize you:

Join the Brothers of Psi Upsilon and our esteemed guests for an academic seminar about the rich history of Middletown, Connecticut.

The list of speakers and their talks includes:

Steven Kovach ’13 – Being a Middletown Student
Professor Ronald Schatz – The History of Middletown
Professor Sarah Croucher – Anthropology in Middletown’s Archaeology
Edward McKeon – A Middletown Perspective of Washington Street

Date: April 30, 2013
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Psi U
Cost: Free

The Future of Zero Waste: A Presentation and Panel Discussion

From Catherine Marquez ’16:

Connecticut burns more trash per person than any other state in the country, while its recycling rate has remained stagnant for over a decade. Last year, Wesleyan sent 669 tons of waste to the incinerator, while diverting 30% of its waste to recycling and compost. Zero Waste is a new perspective that holds that it is possible to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost enough that we no longer send anything to landfills and incinerators. Come to learn what Zero Waste means, if it’s really possible, and about current attempts to increase recycling and reduce waste on campus, in Middletown, and across the state.

Panelists include:
Abe Scarr – Director, ConnPIRG, leading statewide zero waste efforts
Kim O’Rourke – Recycling Coordinator, Town of Middletown
Jen Kleindienst – Sustainability Coordinator, Wesleyan & Students from WesCompost and Wesleyan Food Rescue

Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Cost: Free

CIR Hosts Open Forum on the Endowment


From the estimable Corey Guilmette ’13:

This Tuesday, April 30th, from 4:15-5:15 in 41 Wyllys 114 the Committee for Investor Responsibility (CIR) will be hosting conversation with Wesleyan’s Investment Office, University Relations, and CIR members about investing, social responsibility, and Wesleyan’s financial future.
There will be FOOD!!! Including, but not limited to: Pad Thai, Cookies, Cobbler. 

The Investment Office will give an overview of endowment strategy and performance.

University Relations will discuss the alumni giving process.

Student members of the Committee for Investor Responsibility will report on progress on community investment and shareholder engagement, and solicit input on ideas for future projects.

A Question and Answer session will follow.

Date: Tuesday April 30th
Time: 4:15PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114

Call for “Slice” Suggestions


From Izzy Rode ’14:

Hey everyone,

This year at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, Amy Bloom and the Center began holding events called “Slices.” These informal chats with writers — during which you can ask any question you like and enjoy delicious pizza — will continue next year and we would love your suggestions! We’re happy to invite writers from any discipline. Past writers have included Sarah Moon, Jane Stern, Donald Margulies, and Julia Wertz.

Writers should live on the East Coast. Please email suggestions to irode@wes.

Date: All this week
Place: Your headspace/email address

Two Sided Story Film Screening

From Sarah Cassel ’13:

In the film, Emmy award director, Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27
Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project
called “History through the Human Eye” led by Parents Circle-Families
Forum – bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and

The project’s goal is to acknowledge the narrative of the other.
Together they create the conflict mosaic. Among them include Bereaved
families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex soldiers
in the Israeli army, ex security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza
strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non
violent activists and more. Each and every one holds his own
historical truth, and carries with him his own emotional baggage.

The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with one
representative from each sponsoring group.

Co-sponsored by: Students for Justice in Palestine, J Street U, and
Wesleyan United with Israel

When: Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30 – 9pm
Where: PAC 001
Cost: $0

Stress and Well-Being Facilitation


Jessica Katzen ’16, Ally Ruchman ’16 and Alessandra Cervera ’16 shout:

Stressed Out about finals? Want to discuss healthy and unhealthy

Come join us at Well-Being House on Wednesday, May 1st from 7 to 8 for
a short facilitation about dealing with stress. There will be an
interesting discussion and some healthy snacks!

Hope to see you there.

Date: May 1, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Well-Being House, 250 Court Street
Cost: High blood pressure free