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Film Series: Special Free Preview Screening – The Shape of Water

2017. United States. Dir: Guillermo del Toro. With Sally Hemmings, Vanessa Taylor. 123 min.

“Yes, Del Toro’s latest flight of fancy sets out to liberally pastiche the postwar monster movie…But it’s warmer and richer than the films that came before. Beneath that glossy, scaly surface is a beating heart.”
– Xan Brooks, The Guardian

“A ravishing, eccentric auteur’s imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore.”
-Guy Lodge, Variety

“The Shape of Water has a generosity of spirit, as if del Toro is extending a hand in comfort and understanding.”
-Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

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

BA/MA Panel

From the Office of Graduate Student Services:

Hear from current students and the Director of Graduate Student Services about the ins and outs of the fifth year masters program. There will be current BA/MA students from departments across NSM (bio, chem, CS, E&ES, psych) discussing their experience with the program: how they decided to do it, what it’s like to apply, what it’s like to be a BA/MA student at Wes, how they worked out housing, and advice for future students. Please join us! People of all majors and genders are welcome!

Date: Tuesday, October 31
Time: 12-1PM
Place: Boger 114

Film Series: Deep Red

1975. Italy. Dir: Dario Argento. With David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi. 127 min.

A British jazz musician stumbles on the grisly murder of a famous psychic – a harbinger of more deadly things to come. Massive meat cleavers, cherry-red ooze, and childhood trauma lurk around every corner in this sadistic, candy-colored stomach-turner that’s as terrifying as it is aesthetically striking.

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

Latinx Affirmation Month Convocation 2017

From Marcelo Salas ’19:

Every year, Ajúa Campos, Wesleyan’s Latinx student collective, holds Latino/a/x Affirmation Month (LAM) in November to celebrate and draw attention to Latinidad as it exists on and off campus. This year, we are celebrating and recognizing Afro-Latinidad and all the experiences it encompasses. With this in mind, we would like to everyone to LAM Convocation 2017, which takes place this Sunday, October 29th at 6 p.m. in the Alpha Delt Greene Room. Convocation serves to commence Latinx Affirmation Month. The event will feature a catered dinner, student speakers, and a keynote address from Francisco-Luis White. Francisco, who identifies as gender non-binary (pronouns: they/them), is an Afro-Latinx poet, storyteller and advocate. I have included their bio below:

“Francisco-Luis White is an Afro-Latinx poet, storyteller, and advocate residing in the District of Columbia. White has presented at OutWrite (2016, 2017), Fire & Ink: Witness – a Conference for LGBTQ Writers of African Descent, the Carolina Conference on Queer Youth (2014, 2015), the United State Conference on AIDS (2014), the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (2017), and was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference held at Princeton. In 2013, they were endorsed by Jill Stein and the Massachusetts Green Party as a candidate for Boston City Council.

The poet has been featured at Pete’s Big Salmon Poetry Series (Brooklyn), Busboys & Poets (Wasington, D.C.), the You Can’t Kill a Poet Reading Series (Philadelphia), among other events and venues. They have a collection of poetry forthcoming from Brooklyn-based indie publisher Indolent Books, as well as work published or forthcoming with Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Vetch Journal, and Lambda Literary Review. They’ve also been featured in conversation with other gender non-conforming writers for Winter Tangerine. A fierce HIV and LGBT equity advocate, White contributes to and HIV Equal.”

We hope that everyone will join us for LAM Convocation 2017!

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 6PM
Place: Alpha Delt Greene Room

Film Series: Silence of the Lambs

1991. USA. Dir: Jonathan Demme. With Jodie Foster. 118 min. 35mm print.

To thwart a serial killer who skins young women, a green FBI agent seeks help from infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins, chewing scenery and faces). Their uneasy relationship sews together the slimy threads of this nail-biting, Oscar-sweeping thriller.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Carrie

1976. USA. Dir: Brian De Palma. With Sissy Spacek, John Travolta. 98 min.

“If you’ve got a taste for terror…take Carrie to the prom.” Forget the typical high school movie schmaltz – De Palma depicts adolescent days as the true horror they really are. Sure, your personal coming-of-age may not have involved telekinesis and pig’s blood, but things were different in the 70s.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Opening Reception—“UP IN ARMS”

From the CFA:

“UP IN ARMS” presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by thirteen artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and the use of firearms, examining and representing the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies and pathologies, suicide and homicide rates, domestic violence, and mass media.
This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with Wesleyan’s annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, which will be focused on “Guns in American Society” on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. For more information, please visit Exhibition on display through Sunday, December 10, 2017. No handguns or other firearms (even if all permits, licenses and registrations are up to date and available), explosives, or weapons of any kind are allowed on the Wesleyan campus at any time and for any reason whatsoever

Date: Friday, October 27th
Time: 5-7PM
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery

Film Series: Special Free Preview Screening – Lady Bird

2017. USA. Dir: Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 93 min.

“I’ve tried – and failed – to think of another film that so sharply and humorously shows what it’s like to be a teenage girl.”
“Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out”

“The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“‘Lady Bird’ consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. It looks back on that moment less to relish memories of a bygone era than to commune with its impact on young adults today.”
-Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

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

College of Letters Open House

From Emily Furnival ’18:

Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.

The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of Literature, History, and Philosophy. You will read everything from the Koran to Frankenstein to Sappho, and more. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due after Spring Break for freshmen, so come by with questions!

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30-5:30PM
Place: COL Library (3rd floor of Boger Hall)

LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy

From the FGSS Department and the Office for Equity & Inclusion:

In an effort to explore diversity in Italian media and culture and to keep up with current debates in the country, the Italian section has invited Italian performance artist Primavera Contu and Dr. Julia Heim to discuss the theme of LGBTQIA+ activism in contemporary Italy. The event is titled “LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy”, and it is co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well as the Office for Equity and Inclusion.

Doctor Julia Heim will give a talk (in English) on queer sex, politics and art in contemporary Italy. Primavera Contu will then perform an interactive meditation on gender/sexuality/identity. The performance, titled “Don’t Panic, BI PAN. Bisessuale non è una parolaccia”, will explore and examine sexual labels, encouraging all participants to reflect, critically and ironically, on their own sexual identities.
Both events will be interactive and will give students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about these topics through practices of queer engagement.

A Q&A session and a reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Highwaymen Common Room RLL Building (300 High Street)