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Patrick Phillips reads at Russell House

From Quinn Frenzel ’16:author

On Wednesday at Russell House, the Wesleyan English Department will host a reading by poet and writer Patrick Phillips. Phillips’ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton in September of 2016. His third collection of poems, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Knopf, 2015), was a finalist for the National Book Award. A recent Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, Phillips has published in many venues, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Nation. He is translator of the Danish poet Henrik Nordbrandt’s, When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

For more information, contact Valda Ramdial at (860) 685-3613 or vramdial[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd
Time: 8pm
Place: Russell House

Wesleyan Hunger Banquet

screen_shot_2015-10-22_at_11-46-57_amFred Ayres ’17 writes in:

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m starving!” before going to eat dinner at Usdan? Is that what hunger really looks like? What about on a global scale?
Are you ready to find out?

Join us for a Hunger Banquet sponsored by the Hunger and Homelessness Program, and the Interfaith Council!

A Hunger Banquet is an interactive simulation of global inequality related to food, hunger, and income. Attendees will share a meal and participate in a discussion facilitated by fellow Wesleyan students.

Tickets or non-perishable items are required for admittance. Tickets will be available for a minimum $2 donation at Usdan during lunch on 10/27, 10/31, 11/1, and 11/2. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

Will you be one of the lucky ones? Or will you leave hungry?

Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Place: Albritton 311
Cost: $2+ donation or non-perishable items

Audition for a Theater Thesis: THROUGH EVERCHANGING TRACKS OF NEVERCHANGING SPACE

marc-chagall-coppia-di-amantiFrom May Treuhaft-Ali ’17:

Ulysses is a love story. It is a story about the love between a husband and wife, and between a parent and child. It is a story about three individuals searching for a sense of belonging in a community that marginalizes them. It is also a story about flowers, hot chocolate, farts, flirtations, shooting stars, and the myriad moments that can transform an ordinary day into an epic journey. Because Ulysses is the epic of everyday life, this piece will be site-specific and take place in locations throughout the Wesleyan campus, as a theatrical intervention in the public sphere.

Performance dates are April 13-15. All actors will receive 1.00 academic credit for working on this project.

For your audition, please compose a performance (2-4 minutes) about one of the following:
1. A love song
2. A time you embarked on a long journey home
3. A ritual that is meaningful to you
Your composition may take the form of a story, dance, song, scene, et cetera.

We recommend that you sign up for an audition time on our signup sheet (available on our Facebook event or at https://docs.google.com/a/wesleyan.edu/spreadsheets/d/1ozq2gxWuPDBWsZYYL39ORTul3Y54NiWFGAsufeZ08Jo/edit?usp=sharing), but you are still welcome to attend auditions if you don’t sign up in advance. If you can’t make the audition times but would still like to audition, or if you have questions, please contact May Treuhaft-Ali atmtreuhaftali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Sam Morreale at smorreale[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2
Time: Tuesday: 6-8 PM, Wednesday: 7-9 PM
Place: The Jones Room and the East Room in the Theater Studios

 

Film Series: Hamilton’s America

2016. USA. Dir: Alex Horwitz. Documentary. 84 min.



You’ve watched Lin-Manuel Miranda on SNL, sung along to the cast album a little too loudly at parties, and (if you’re lucky) seen the Broadway smash hit Hamilton itself. The alumnus-directed PBS Great Performances doc provides an unprecedented look into the behind-the-scenes creation of a pop culture phenomenon.

Q&A with Horwitz ’02 to follow.

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

Home Demolitions, Susya, and You

susyaAnna Fox ’19 writes in:

Susya is a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank that is currently under threat of demolition in order to expand the Israeli settlement next door. Join J Street U to learn how you can take action in your communities and stop the demolition of Susya!

This event will discuss the relationship between Israel, Palestine, and the settlement enterprise and their connection to Susya. This is a great opportunity to gain a nuanced insight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All voices, backgrounds, and perspectives are welcome and encouraged.

Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Place: Albritton 304

Film Series: Cat People

1942. USA. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. With Simone Simon, Kent Smith. 73 min.



In this twisted fable about the caging of female sexuality, a woman with a fascination for large felines meets a well-to-do fella, falls in love, and gets married. Yet as the two find trouble consummating their nuptials, hubby’s eyes wander and the new bride shows signs that she might actually be a mystical cat-human hybrid…on the prowl for blood.

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

Songwriting Workshop with Jess Best

jess-best-workshopExciting opportunity for all you aspiring musicians:

Join Wes Alum Jess Best at Alpha Delt for a Songwriting Workshop this Saturday 4pm-6pm. She will be there with her seven-piece band talking about the songwriting process and sharing the evolution of the songs off her recent EP Kid Again. Be sure to come with any songs you’re working on because there will be time built in to share your work with the group and then workshop your songs with her full band!

Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Place: Alpha Delt

Artist talk by Nancy Ottmann Albert – “Documents in Black and White”

hillcrest-orchardsNancy Ottmann Albert (MALS ’94) will speak about her photographic exhibition “Documents in Black and White,” currently on display in the Special Collections & Archives exhibit cases. The works are selected from the Nancy Ottmann Albert Collection, which she recently donated to Wesleyan, and span the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. In 1981, inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England. She returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance, shooting black and white film in a medium format camera. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These include mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contains images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture; barns and abandoned homesteads; filling stations; drive-in theaters. All of the work, which includes gelatin silver photographs, was printed by the artist. The exhibition will be open through Friday, December 16, 2016.

The talk and event are free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Special Collections & Archives, Wesleyan Library, and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library. For more information, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: 
Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Library

Ajùa Campos Presents: Convocation 2016

Lauren Salazar ’17 writes in:

Join Ajúa Campos as we jumpstart

Latinx Affirmation Month 2016
“Making Latinidad: Affirming Our Intersectionalities”

Come to our first event, Convocation, which will feature:
– Latinx Affirmation Month Events
– Senior & Freshman Speakers
– A keynote address from Trans Activist –
Jennicet Gutiérrez!

Jennicet Gutiérrez is a transgender activist and organizer from México. She currently resides in Los Angeles. She is best known for shedding light on the plight of transgender women in immigration detention centers through her organization FAMILIA: TQLM (Trans Queer Liberation Movement). She burst onto the national scene when she interrupted President Obama during his White House speech in honor of Pride month, calling attention to the struggles of Trans immigrant women.

Jennicet believes in the importance of uplifting and centering the voices of trans women of color in all racial justice work. Jennicet will continue to organize in order to end the deportation, incarceration and criminalization of immigrants and all people of color.

Presentado por Ajúa Campos!

Date: October 30, 2016
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons

 

Film Series: Hausu

1977. Japan. Dir: Nobuhiko Obayashi. With Kimiko Ikegami. 88 min. 35mm print



A schoolgirl named Gorgeous and her friends head out to Auntie’s creaky country home to be devoured one by one by a bloodthirsty piano, phantom mattresses, and other ghoulish traps. With a stream-of-consciousness plot and boldly experimental design, this absurdist ghost take comes to life as a candy-colored pop art hallucination.

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