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Film Series: Moonlight

2016. USA. Dir: Barry Jenkins. With Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp. 110 min.



““Moonlight” is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.” – A. O. Scott

“Dramatic film has long been fascinated with issues of identity, but they’ve rarely been explored with the degree of eloquence and heartbreaking beauty as in Barry Jenkins’ masterful “Moonlight,” one of the essential American films of 2016.” – Brian Tallerico

“…a beautifully intimate character study that argues in no uncertain terms that the African-American identity is far too complex to be reduced to the flimsy stereotypes so often presented on-screen.” – Peter Debruge

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

Refugee Advocacy Night

14889832_1608964832741228_812612633321672275_oFrom the Wesleyan Refugee Project, Middle Eastern Perspectives, and the Muslim Students Association:

Join Wesleyan Refugee Project, Middle Eastern Perspectives, and the Muslim Students Association for a night of Refugee Advocacy! The first event will be a Middle Eastern dinner at Star & Crescent. During the meal, there will be the opportunity to donate (either with cash or via Venmo) to the Middletown Refugee Resettlement Coalition. Later in the evening, there will be a discussion (over FREE coffee!!) about Islamophobia and refugee resettlement in our local communities. At both events, literature highlighting refugee issues within this month’s election will be distributed.

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 5-6:45 PM and 8-9:00 PM
Place: Star & Crescent, Espwesso

Gender, Power Dynamics and the Supreme Court

250px-russellhousesmallerFrom Joli Holmes ’17:

Do men talk over women even in elite settings? Whether it is the corporate board room or the kitchen table, gender dynamics affect the way men and women talk to one another. One would hope women who hold public office do not face similar biases, but this study shows, even on the Supreme Court women are spoken too differently than men. Using R, Python and a high-performance computing cluster, we obtained the text and audio from over 500,000 utterances during oral arguments from 1982-2014. Ultimately, we show male Justices and attorneys display verbal and non-verbal dominance towards female Justices.

This study is part of a larger research agenda that emphasizes the importance of elite non-verbal behavior, such as changes in vocal pitch. Unlike other time series, vocal pitch is incredibly stable at short intervals, meaning it can be extracted using a windowed autocorrelation function. While there are a number of other variables one can use, vocal pitch has been shown to be associated with dominance, even in institutional settings, making it particular useful for this application, and one of the first to highlight “Panel effects” long noted by judicial scholars. We show vocal pitch is not only indicative of underlying gender dynamics, but it also influences voting behavior. With that said, there are a number of other ways audio can be used for research, ranging from speaker segmentation to supervised classification. Part of the presentation will lay an important foundation and provide some guidelines for those interested in using these techniques for future work.

BRYCE J. DIETRICH Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology University of Iowa

Sponsored by: Digital and computational knowledge Initiative (http://dacki.blogs.wesleyan.edu )

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High Street)

Audition for a Winter Session Play- FRANK

14732150_10211209240330513_6142936126723360926_nFrom Ruby Lanet ’18:

[[[Rehearsals for FRANK will take place almost entirely during Winter Break (beginning January 8) to the show’s opening on February 2nd. This is NOT a fall semester commitment.]]

FRANK will be an adaptation of the ancient and modern story of Frankenstein/Prometheus. We will be using three main texts: the Living Theatre’s Frankenstein production, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankstein–or The Modern Prometheus– and the ancient greek myth of Prometheus. We want to know the what/why/where/who/how of what it means to fly to close to the sun.

We are looking for a team that is excited about creating, not just performing. Experience is not necessary! Nor is it necessary for you to consider yourself a typical performer! Because of the three-week process, this will be an extraordinarily intensive, collaborative project.

Performances will take place in the ’92, on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Auditions will be held in the Jones Room on Wed (11/2) 4:15- 6m and in the Nics Lounge on Fri (11/4) 4:15-6. You do not need to prepare anything, we will have sides: just come ready and willing to move.

Please try to sign up in advance here: https://docs.google.com/a/wesleyan.edu/spreadsheets/d/11wPbg4zUKZnqyar3X1YUFRwlshl2h-47MkMxJy9n8bc/edit?usp=sharing
Drop-ins will also be welcome (just may be asked to wait a bit)!

Please don’t hesitate to hit up Natalie May at nmay[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions. We hope you come out!!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1028379563927202/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1477631852823905

Date: Wednesday, November 2 and Friday, November 4
Time: 4:15-6 PM
Place: Jones Room, Nics Lounge

Second Stage Presents: Murder on the Beantown Express

beantown-banner-imageFrom Hugo Kessler ’19:

At 11:22 AM on Novembers the third, fourth, and fifth, a young and pretty crappy filmmaker, Jackie Parks, is murdered on an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Boston. No one knows why. No one knows how. All we do know is that her documentary about the election will remain unfinished for all eternity. What a shame. Luckily, there’s a clever(ish) detective who just happens to witness the murder. Unfortunately, the six other witnesses happen to be petulant, whiny adults. And thus begins the wild ride of Murder on the Beantown Express.

Written and directed by Hugo Kessler ’19

Thursday, November 3 at 8 PM
Friday, November 4 at 8 PM
Saturday, November 5 at 2 PM
Music House (200 High St.)

Tickets available here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/murder-on-the-beantown-express-tickets-28944545916

Runtime is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Date: Thursday, November 3, Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5
Time: 8 PM on Thursday and Friday, 2 PM on Saturday
Place: Music House (200 High Street)

48 Hour Phone Film Festival

14589679_1239481172780896_3220730435488791782_oFrom Emily Feher ’17:

Cardinal Pictures is hosting our third 48 Hour Phone Film Festival starting Friday, November 4th! Shoot, edit, and submit your films any time between 4:30pm on Friday, November 4th and 4:30pm on Sunday, November 6th!

We will be in downstairs USDAN on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd from 11am to 1pm. You must sign up (either in person at Usdan or using the form below) by Friday, November 4th at 1pm:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KM6EVFZtXCojDb5rOmCpJVvOQ8dtmbgo8tk68uctI1c/edit

(Clicking attending for this Facebook event doesn’t mean you have signed up.)

You CAN NOT begin your films before Friday at 4:30pm. (However, brainstorming is welcome!)

To make sure you have filmed within the time constraints, we will be emailing out a specific theme you must include in your film to be considered for the festival on that Friday.

Winners will receive Wesfame©. Screening will be on Sunday, November 6th, time and location TBA. There will be yummy food and great company!

Read more about the rules at the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/359233071134645/

Date: Wednesday, November 2-Thursday, November 3
Time: 11 AM-1 PM
Place: Usdan

Wes Needs CAPS Photo Campaign

14670616_10210863822495791_2403978094994953371_nHave you heard about the #WesNeedsCAPS Campaign? Do you want to know more?:

Tell us about why you need greater accessibility to CAPS by taking part in the #WesNeedsCAPS photo campaign October 31st through November 4th @Usdan, 11am-3pm.

You can also sign the petition here: https://goo.gl/forms/5DyjFJf9bVqliKZc2

Or, fill out the anonymous survey about your experience with mental health at Wesleyan here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdogPCzt8-w9PIsdk3EmZ6QenqApIEVOo9nUL30os1HJ0TZOQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

At Williams and Trinity, students from 2014-15 waited at most two days to get non-emergency mental health counseling.

At Amherst, they waited a day and a half.

At Bowdoin and Connecticut College, they had no wait.

At Wesleyan, they waited three weeks.

For three weeks, students who needed counseling and support marked down the days on their calendars as they missed classes, lost sleep, dropped commitments, and suffered.

Now, a year later, they still have to wait over a week and face a limit on the number of weekly appointments they can make per year.

If Wesleyan hopes that its students will grow into leaders and torchbearers, it, as an institution, should endeavor to do the same and commit to providing students care when they need—that means no wait—for as many times as the need—that means no cap on the number of weekly visits. Namely, the budget committee should approve the CAPS fiscal year 2017 budget request and:

1. Hire two new, full-time psychologists.
2. Raise our half-time therapist up to full-time.
3. Approve the hiring of a full-time Advanced Practicing Nurse Practitioner (APRN).
4. Increase the CAPS operating budget for the first time in six years.

Date: Monday October 31-Friday November 4
Time: 11 AM-3 PM
Place: Usdan