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Light of the East—The Beauty of Movement in Silence

PSA from the College of East Asian Studies:

Prominent Korean digital artists Youngho Kim and Jisong Lee examine
the “beauty of movement in silence” through photography and video in
their first exhibition outside Korea. Both artists build on their long
careers in fashion and commercial work to create works that examine
the core principals hiding behind what we see, and provide an opening
to re-explore, in a contemporary light, the topic of whether the world
that we are living in is a dream.

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd – Sunday, May 22nd
Time: 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery

Wes Buds Info Session

wesbuds thingFrom Eva Weintraub ’16:

Do you like meeting new people? Do you love eating lunch? Are you looking for new ways to get involved with the Middletown community?

Come to the info session for Wes Buds (the student group formerly known as Best Buddies)! This student group is a partnership with the Middlesex Transition Academy (MTA), a school for students 18-22 with intellectual or developmental disabilities that is located right down the street from Wesleyan. Wes Buds is a chance to meet some wonderful members of the Wesleyan community!

Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, room 112
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WesAGE Info Session

wesage playing scrabbleHere’s a thing:

Have a secret love of bingo? Want to hear cool stories, do arts & crafts, or enjoy a cappella? Join WesAGE, Wesleyan’s elderly social group!

For more information, come to our info session this Tuesday or email elderly[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 4:15-5 PM
Place: Exley 141

Apply for a Writing Mentor

Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal ’15 writes in:

Are you already overwhelmed by that 15-page paper at the end of your syllabus? Does drafting an English essay stress out your neuroscience-majoring soul? Does the thought of writing simply make you flop?

Apply now for a Writing Mentor, a personal tutor who will meet with you privately to help you with your writing. Mentors can help you at all stages of the writing process—generating ideas; structuring your essay; improving grammar, clarity, and style; or simply managing your time—and will meet with you weekly to address all of your writing worries and woes. If you participate, a specially trained sophomore, junior, or senior will meet with you throughout the semester.

We work with students of all writing abilities and in all disciplines, and all services are, of course, free.

Applications are available here. Please apply by midnight on Friday, February 5th. We will notify new mentees by the 10th, and hold a reception for new mentor-mentee pairs on Friday, February 12th, at 4:15 p.m. in Allbritton 311.

Application Deadline: midnight on Friday, February 5

Tracy K. Smith Reads at the Chapel

tracy k smithSophia Franchi ‘GRAD writes in:

Award-winning poet and memoirist Tracy K. Smith will read from her work on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 8:00 P.M. in Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High St, Middletown, CT.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction and was selected as a Notable Book by The New York Times and The Washington Post. She has also written three acclaimed books of poetry: Duende, The Body’s Question, and Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Her other honors include a Whiting Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the James Laughlin Award, and the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is currently the director of Princeton University’s creative writing program.

At times political, whimsical, and always meditative, Smith’s poems speak to the role of art and to the conception of what it means to be American. “In Life on Mars, Smith shows herself to be a poet of extraordinary range and ambition,” says The New York Times Book Review. “. . . As all the best poetry does, Life on Mars first sends us out into the magnificent chill of the imagination and then returns us to ourselves, both changed and consoled.”

Booklist calls Ordinary Light “a gracefully nuanced yet strikingly candid memoir about family, faith, race, and literature” and praises Smith for her ability to “hold our intellectual and emotional attention ever so tightly as she charts her evolving thoughts on the divides between races, generations, economic classes, religion and science.’” BBC’s Between the Lines says, “Ordinary Light is a lament, an homage, a discovery, a blessing.”

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Word Game Night

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From the folks at Shapiro:

Classes are up and running again, and luckily so is Word Game Night at the Shapiro Center! Every Monday at 7:00 pm, take a study break and come over to for free snacks, excellent company, and the chance to take down all your friends in Scrabble, Taboo, or whatever you choose!

Date: Monday, February 1
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)

Aural Wes First Meeting 2016

aural wes logoChris Gortmaker ’17 writes in:

Aural Wes’ first meeting of 2016 will be this Wednesday at 6:30 PM in Usdan 136. Many of us will have Usdan plates, as we will be experimenting with a groundbreaking new meeting/meal format. We may talk with our mouths full, but we will have good things to say!

So, if you’re passionate about Wesleyan’s music scene or feel like you might be (you probably will be soon enough), come and see what Aural Wes is all about. Experience in music journalism is by no means necessary.

We’re looking for writers, photographers, videographers, show-bookers, graphic designers, web designers, generally aural-oriented individuals and social media hype-machines. With Aural Wes, you’ll be on the beat of music happenings at Wes. From hanging out with touring groups that come through campus to covering the vibrant student music community, there are a ton of opportunities for awesome journalism waiting for you.

If you can’t make the meeting on Wednesday and still want to get involved, don’t hesitate to message us on Facebook or email teamauralwes[at]gmail[dot]com.

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 6:30-8 PM
Place: Usdan 136
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Volunteer with Food Rescue!

From Emily Murphy ’18:

Hate food waste? Looking to be involved in the Middletown community?

Food Rescue needs your help! Sign up for a once-a-week, 20 minute night time shift to drive food from the Wesleyan dining halls to a local homeless shelter.

*Volunteers with and without cars needed!!*

Please email wesfoodrescue[at]gmail[dot]com for any questions and further instructions before shifts start!

Sign-up Spreadsheet!

Date: From Sunday, February 7 to Sunday, May 8
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Audition for Calendar Year!

From Jonathan Tang ’18:

“Calendar Year” explores the domestic, romantic and quietly dramatic lives of a couple living together over the course of a year.

Jodie and Peter have been together a while. Through the series, we witness their intimate conversations, little revelations ancalendar yeard maybe gain some insight into what it means to be “together.”

Sides will be provided and everyone is welcome regardless of experience.

Location: Usdan 108
Monday, Feb 1st, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 7.00-9.00pm
Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 4.00-6.00pm

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Contact Us:
Benjamin Yap (director): byap[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Jonathan Tang (producer): jktang[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Joey Ellis (producer): jmellis[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Produced in Association with Cardinal Pictures

Date: Monday, February 1, Tuesday, February 2, and Wednesday, February 3
Time: 7:30-9:30 PM, 7:00-9:00 PM, and 4:00-6:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108

Film Series: Duck Soup

1933. USA. Dir: Leo McCarey. With the Marx Brothers. 68 min. 35mm print.


Groucho, Harpo, and company are up to their usual shenanigans, this time entangled in a farcical political battle for control of the bankrupt country of Freedonia. Widely regarded as the comedy troupe’s finest movie, Duck Soup is perhaps most memorable for its  iconic “mirror” bit, which inspired countless awkward talent show imitations to come.

Tonight / 8 p.m./ Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free