Category Archives: Events

Ariel Levy ’96 Reads at Russell House If you like Edie Windsor, the New Yorker, the idea of Thanksgiving in Mongolia, reading, writing, or calling yourself an interesting person, you should probably go see Ariel Levy ’96 read at Russell House this Wednesday at 8 PMRachel Warner GRAD writes in with all of the nitty gritty details:

2014 Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer Ariel Levy ’96 will read from her new work on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Bulgarian Voices Trio Concert

7581_887371794641358_6200726672908027632_nFrom the awesomeness that is Nadja Shannon-Dabek ’15: 

Do you adore Bulgarian music wholeheartedly? Do you enjoy listening to songs with crazy rhythms and incredible harmonies? Then we’ve got a treat for you!

“Vlada Tomova, known for her “phenomenal acrobatic vocalizations” (Boston Globe) joins with the dynamic vocalists Valentina Kvasova and Shelley Thomas to weave together traditional Bulgarian village styles with artfully arranged a cappella songs and reveal the disarming power and intimacy of the unaccompanied voice. Their reinterpretations of ancient songs tell old time tales of sweet or forbidden love, horses and wild mountains, potent wine, pepper planting, the moon holding secrets, and the sun falling in love with a beautiful girl and her song. Joyous, mysterious, mournful, exuberant, mesmerizing melodies; rich, unusual harmonies; and peculiar, odd rhythms come together to shimmer, intrigue, and delight the ear.

Preceding the show will be a workshop from 4-6 which will be geared towards Slavei, but anyone who is interested is welcome to join!You can also check these videos of their performances Live at Lincoln Center, and live at Fridman Gallery.

When: Workshop 4-6pm, Concert 7-8pm

WhereThe World Music Hall

How Much: Free

Medieval Studies Program Open House


From Catherine Chase ’15:

Do you like Game of Thrones? Are you secretly Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons?

Then come to the Medieval Studies Open House for prospective and current majors/minors!

There will be free lunch!

Date: Tuesday, Nov 4
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: 200 Downey House Lounge

What is Critical University Studies and What Can It Do?

michaelroth2From Sophie Massey ’15:

Join us for a discussion that will begin with a brief presentation by UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies faculty Abigail Boggs ’02 and students in the Critical University Studies student forum.

Critical University Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that focuses on applying an analytical, “critical” lens to the university–its politics, histories, and economies. Some focuses of the discipline include: increasing student debt loads, the precarious conditions of academic labor, perpetuation of inequality, student movements, the corporatization of the university, questions of how knowledge is (or should be) created, and institutional branding.

This event is sponsored by the Anthropology, Sociology, American Studies, and Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies Departments and SALD.

Date: Tuesday, November 4
Time: 4:15-5:45 PM
Place: Usdan 110

“History Track / Career Track / Railroad Track”

Screenshot 2014-11-02 11.27.25Join the History Department for this lunch talk, part of their “History Matters: Careers” series:

Glenn Lunden graduated from Wesleyan in 1983 with a B.A. in History, concentrating on American History. A 1981 Truman Scholar, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

A railroad enthusiast since childhood, Glenn often focused on transportation issues in many of his history, and economics classes at Wesleyan. He held a series of internships in public transportation, including at the Middletown (Ct.) Transit District, and the London Underground. After a brief stint at New Jersey Transit, he went to work for New York City Transit in 1986 and has been there ever since.

At NYCT, Glenn has served in an array of planning and policy positions for the subway system, including service planning, fare policy, business planning, infrastructure and fleet planning, and operations analysis. Since 2013, he has been the Senior Director of Subways Schedules, responsible for managing the staff, who prepare the train timetables and crew assignments needed for 8,091 train trips a day and who analyze rail operations to develop strategies for improvement. Glenn lives with his life partner, Frank Meola, in Brooklyn, NY, and commutes (of course) by subway.

Date: Tuesday, November 4
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: PAC 001
Cost: Free. Includes lunch.

Writing for Television Info Session

From Amanda Distler ’15:

Interested in Amy Bloom‘s famous Writing for Television class, held this spring? You know you are!

Professor Bloom is now accepting applications at amy[at]amybloom[dot]com. A description is available on WesMaps and all apps are due by November 10th!

Come to Shapiro on Monday night to get the insider scoop on the application process and the class itself. Past syllabi will be available and I’ll be answering questions about POI requests and expectations!

Date: Tonight
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street

Archaeology Open House


From Catherine Chase ’15:

Get down and dirty with…Archaeology! Join prospective and current majors for FREE LUNCH and finding out about courses, digs, internships, and fulfilling your dreams of becoming Indiana Jones!

Date: Today
Time: Noon
Place: 200 Downey House Lounge