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Bipartisan Discussion Series #3

Passionate about politics? Open to understanding how the other side thinks? Please join us for the third installment of our professor-led Bipartisan Discussion Series:

“Brexit, Nationalism, and Trump,”
Professor Peter Rutland
Wednesday April 12th, 12:15-1:15 PAC 422

*Co-hosted by Wesleyan Republicans & Wesleyan Democrats*

Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:15-1:15 PM
Place: PAC 422
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All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are proud to present “All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four,” in honor of National Library Week. In 2005, the FBI, under the auspices of the USA PATRIOT ACT, tried to access patron information from Connecticut libraries and issued a gag order on four librarians, members of the executive committee of the CT Library Connection. Known in the press as the Connecticut Four, the librarians spent over a year fighting the order and were successful in getting the FBI to withdraw.

Now, over a decade later, the Connecticut Four are speaking out against new efforts to expand the FBI’s ability to require libraries to hand over private information in the absence of a judge’s order. Two members of the Connecticut Four, Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase, will join us for a discussion with Dan Cherubin, Wesleyan University Librarian, on the history of the case, what’s changed and, in regards to our newly elected government, what we need to watch.

The event will also feature the announcement of the winners of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research prize. The candidate projects were evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources, evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself, and the quality of writing and research.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email libfriends(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

We take the opportunity of National Library Week to celebrate all libraries’ continued fight for both access of material and the right to privacy. As the American Library Association Code of Ethics, adopted in 1939, declares: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

Date: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: Smith Reading Room (1st floor in Olin Library)

more info about Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase after the jump:

Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio: with Juana María Rodríguez

From Professor Laura Grappo:

There is an exciting upcoming talk, “Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio” by Queer Latinx scholar Juana Maria Rodriguez.

This presentation investigates how visual documentation transforms our affective encounters with Latina sexualized embodiment. Using the biographical archives of a San Francisco transgender activist, Adela Vazquez, it asks what does seeing tell us about the subjective experiences of the life stories we encounter textually? And how does the embodied presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography hover over captured visual depictions of their lives?

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press, 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014) which won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the Modern Language Association and was a Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist for LGBT Studies. Her work has been published in academic journals internationally and she has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, NBC.com, Canadian News Network, and Cosmopolitan for Latinas. She is currently working on a book on visual culture and Latina sexual labor.

If you have questions about the event, please feel free to contact lgrappo(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, April 13
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High St.)

Screening and Conversation About Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba (in Spanish)

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. The directors of the documentary will be available for a more general CONVERSATION IN SPANISH about documentary filmmaking in Cuba on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:20 to 2:40pm in the RL&L Common Room. Cuban desserts and light refreshments will be served.

Date of Screening: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 6 PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema

Date of Discussion: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 1:20 – 2:40 PM
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Department Common Room (300 High St.)