Category Archives: Events

WEStimonials: Student Experiences with Human Rights in the Middle East


Joe Ringoen ’14 of WesAmnesty writes in:

Five Wesleyan students from a variety of backgrounds will share first-hand experiences with human rights issues in the Middle East. The testimonial-style presentation will be followed by informal discussion over Middle Eastern food.

The presentation will end by 8pm, so if you’re planning to go to Wes Thinks Big, fear not!

Date: November 20th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Place: World Music Hall
Cost: Freezies

Affordable Care Act Outreach


From Marshal Lawler ’16:

Want to help sign people up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare?

Come to our information session Wednesday 11/20 at 5:30pm in PAC 001 to learn about the new healthcare law and what we’re doing to get Middletown residents insured. These are people who don’t have insurance and need to learn what their options are!

We’re having an insurance navigator from the Community Health Center on Main St. come to explain the nuances of the law. The more people we sign, up the better the markets will function, so it’s really important that we get this done.

This is a great way to get involved in either politics or public health, as the Community Health Center has lots of opportunities for
students who demonstrate a lot of interest.

Also, there will be pizza and drinks.

Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: PAC 001

The Hangman’s Lime Submissions Deadline is Approaching

Zach Sporn ’15 encourages you to plant some poet-trees:
The Hangman’s Lime, Wesleyan’s only all-poetry magazine, is still looking for a lot more submissions! If you or anyone you know loves to write poetry, please encourage them to submit by midnight this Thursday, November 21st. All submissions are reviewed anonymously, but if you’d also like your poetry to be published anonymously, you can include that in your submission email to hangmanslime(at)gmail(dot)com.
Deadline: Thursday, November 21st
Time: Midnight
Facebook: Yes.

Fred Moten Reads at Russell House

From Kim-Frank Fellow Sarah Chrystler:preview

Celebrated poet, Fred Moten, will read from his upcoming work on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s, Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Fred Moten works at the intersection of performance, poetry, and critical theory. His books of poetry include Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, and The Feel Trio. He is also the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney). He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading.

For more information, please contact Prof. Lisa Cohen at lcohen01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or visit here.

Date: Wednesday, Nov 20
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Russell House, 350 High Street

Cooking Contest at Full House


Laura Hess ’16 wants to see your cake (cake cake cake):

Does your cooking take the cake? Do you pay people in cookies? Do you have what it takes to be the best dessert chef on campus? Full House (202 Washington St) is hosting a cooking contest on Friday at 3:30. Bring your favorite dessert to meet other Wesleyan foodies and see if you can be named Top Dessert Chef at Wesleyan. Creativity is encouraged, no prior experience necessary.

Date: Friday, November 22nd
Time3:30 pm
Place: 202 Washington St.

Fast-a-thon 2013 is Here


From Sophie Breitbart ’16:

Do you ever go into Middletown or Hartford and wish you could do something to help those less fortunate than you? Would you like to help alleviate the stress and worry now being experienced by four hundred twenty thousand Connecticut residents because their food stamp benefits were cut as of November 1? Looking for an excuse to start celebrating the holidays? We’ve got you covered!

Come visit the Fast-a-thon table at Usdan to donate points to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. We’ll be tabling for a week starting this Wednesday. Stop by between noon-1 and 6-7 pm or you can give through this link starting Wednesday.If you’re low on points, just consider skipping your next latte run so that the boy you tutor can enjoy a meal (nearly one in fiveConnecticut children qualify as food insecure.)Holidays = giving = donating points = let the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Saturnalia/Festivus music begin!

Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Place: Usdan
Cost: 5-50 points

Cinema CFPA: Channeling Pinchot

Ad Image rgbIn other green news, Miranda Linsky ’14:

Brought to you by WesCFPA:

If you love Connecticut’s forests and trails, and have any curiosity as to why they are so abundant in our state, then join us for a free, one-hour film screening about one person who helped start the conservation movement and influenced the creation of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association!

One of the most important, yet least recognized and appreciated, giants in the early movement to save forests and protect open lands is Gifford Pinchot, “America’s First Forester.” Ironically, his family
made significant amounts of money clear-cutting forests, selling the timber, selling the land to farmers, and moving on. As the story goes, Gifford’s given mission at a young age was to repair the damage and
grow the forests. He became the first forester in the country, the first Chief of the Forest Service, and helped start the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His friends noted his influence when they started CFPA. He really did do what he was told!

Gifford’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Leila Pinchot (Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Tennessee), will introduce the film Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot and lead
a Q&A afterwards about one of the original philosophies driving the creation of the CFPA. The film establishes Pinchot’s vision of conservation to affect social justice as a force that shaped our nation. By exploring their efforts to find “environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially responsible” solutions to contemporary conservation challenges, Seeking the Greatest Good demonstrates how the Pinchot Institute for Conservation ( exemplifies Gifford Pinchot’s philosophy of “practical conservation.”

Meet at ALLBRITTON at 6:45 PM! Transportation is provided.

Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Time: 6:45pm–meet @ Allbritton, Talk @ 7pm
Place: CFPA Headquarters, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT (10-minute drive from Wesleyan)
Cost: FREE!

GIS Day Scavenger Hunt


The adventurous Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff ’14 presents:

Move aside Thanksgiving, International Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Day is coming this November 20th!!!! GIS is a mapping software package that allows users to overlay and analyze spatial
data. Want to learn how GIS is used in conservation, archeology, geomorphology, public health, and the occasional Marxist? Hold on to your safari hats, because you’re in for a wild ride!

At 2:45, the first clue to a GIS-themed scavenger hunt will be posted to the Facebook page. Go by yourself or with a team, making sure one of you has a smartphone to ping locations of clues to Google Maps along the way. If you successfully navigate our series of geography themed challenges, we’ll be waiting at the last location to check your waypoints and enter you into a raffle for a prize!

Go forth and geoprocess!

Co-Sponsored by Prof. Kim Diver’s Intro to GIS class and the Outhouse

Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Time: 2:45-4pm
Location: Many!
Cost: Free!

Apply for Free Tickets to the Social Entrepreneurship Institute

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 12.23.41 PMFrom Jelisa Adair ’13 and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship:

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is offering two free tickets to Unite for Sight’s day-long Social Entrepreneurship Institute on Friday, December 6, 2013 (the last day of fall semester classes). Priority will likely be given to undergraduate applicants, but alumni, faculty, and staff are also welcome to apply. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and travel expense reimbursement may be arranged.

According to the Unite for Sight website, “The Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development.  In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.”

Read after the jump to see topics, speakers, and how you can score free tickets!

CSS Info Session – Today at Noon


The College of Social Studies (CSS) is a multidisciplinary major that combines history, economics, government, and social theory into one program. CSS is characterized by small classes, weekly papers, and, apparently, vague event descriptions. But there will be an information session at noon today in the CSS Lounge on the fourth floor of PAC. The co-chairs and current CSS students will be present to talk to interested freshmen about the application process. There will also be pizza, which will just be there to be eaten.

Date: TODAY, Tuesday, November 19
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: CSS Lounge (fourth floor of PAC)
CSS Website?: Here