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The End of Hong Kong?~ A lecture and discussion with Alvin Cheung

hong kong talk comicNina Stender ’16 writes in:

“The End of Hong Kong?” — a lecture and discussion with barrister, lecturer and scholar Alvin Cheung on the future of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong

Alvin Y.H. Cheung’s research interests include the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong and Macau, China’s approach to international law, and the relationship between trade policy and intellectual property. Alvin holds degrees from NYU (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2014) and Cambridge (M.A. 2011), and has worked in Hong Kong as a barrister and as a lecturer in Law & Public Affairs at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Alvin has written and presented extensively about Hong Kong for academic, specialist, and lay audiences. His writing has appeared in publications such as ICONnect, ChinaFile, the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, Opinio Juris, World Policy Journal, and China Rights Forum (1, 2). He has also been quoted by Al-Jazeera, DPA, the Associated Press, and the Irish Times.

Supported by the Wesleyan International Relations Association, Hong Kong Students Association, and Wesleyan World Wednesdays

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM (but come early ‘to grab some munchies’)
Place: PAC 002

Taking the Place of Stalin: The Story of Late Communism

paulina brenWanna learn about communism?

In 1955, an enormous statue of Stalin was unveiled in Prague; in 1956, following Khrushchev’s “secret speech,” Stalin went from hero to villain; in 1961, Prague’s Stalin was obliterated with 1,600 pounds of explosives. Paulina Bren ’87 will discuss what came next: the story of the vast plinth that thereafter remained empty, and the uncharted territory of the 1970s and 1980s in the Eastern Bloc, a period of history known as late communism.

Bren is the author of the award-winning book, The Greengrocer and His
TV: The Culture of Communism after the Prague Spring, and a Wesleyan (Class of 1987) and College of Letters alumna.

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 4:15-5:15 PM
Place: PAC 001

Elif Batuman Reads at Russell House

_MG_9701.CR2Sophia Franchi ’15 writes in:

Award-winning author Elif Batuman is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. The New York Times Book Review described The Possessed as “hilarious, wide-ranging, erudite, and memorable…a sui generis feast for the mind and fancy.”

Her work has appeared in the 2014 Best American Travel Writing and the 2010 Best American Essays collections. She has received several awards, including a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, and the Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor. Recently writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or click here.

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

Sign Hour 2.0!

From Julia DeVarti ’17:

Come join Sign House for our open conversation hour. This is a great
chance to hone your ASL skills and practice with other people who

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Place: Sign House (64 Lawn)

Fresh Check Day!

fresh check day!!!

Fresh Check Day is a wellness fair with interactive booths, free food, and great prizes, including a flatscreen TV!

This is part of a national effort to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. It is a celebratory fair-like event that empowers students to recognize warning signs of depression or suicide, and de-stigmatizes asking for help.

Come through Usdan on February 25th from 11:30 to 2:30 to join in!

Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Place: Usdan

Awareness Series @CFILM

Awareness PosterFrom the College of Film and the Moving Image:

The first Awareness Series @CFILM Wesleyan runs from Tuesday, February 23 – Tuesday, April 12th and features films about social and environmental issues. Each film is accompanied by a discussion with the director or filmmaker. Admission is free and films start at 8!

Date: every Tuesday (including today!) until April 12
Time: 8 PM
Place: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

Click here for more info !

Shamanism: The Mother of All Religions and Healing Modalities

Come learn about shamanism and maybe combat your life of suffering:

We invite you to spend a truly fascinating evening with Gregory Besek who has spent over 40 years exploring and practicing the ancient arts of Shamanism from cultures around the world.

Gregory will be explaining the “spiritual calling” of the shaman, plus the many “healing formats” that they have been employing around the world for tens of thousands of years. He will also be expanding on the methods used by the shamans that gave them the “power to heal” themselves, the community and the world from “soul fragmentation;” the root cause of all pain and suffering experienced today.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the shamanic world that belongs inherently to us all!

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 7:15-8:45 PM
Place: Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (169 High St, upstairs)