Mid-Semester Procrastination Destination: Gendered Language

Spring break is in view, but here’s one last distraction as you make the final push to tomorrow. If you’ve been feeling frustrated about sexism lately (or just always), this website is probably just going to make you angry, but it’s very interesting. Professor Ben Schmidt of Northeastern recently made an interactive chart allowing you to look at words used to describe professors on RateMyProfessors broken down by gender and department. Read on for some examples, thoughts on methodology, and general fuel for your anti-patriarchal rage.

WILD Wes Interest Meeting

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From our friends at WILD Wes:

sprawling green lawns = excessive water + pesticides + fertilizers + fuel for mowers + labor costs + storm runoff + algae blooms + monoculture + monotony

permaculture = rain + helpful microbes + insect and animal habitats + fruits + vegetables + herbs + colorful flowers + perennial plants + shade (from trees, not people) + compost + resilience + natural “pest” control + bees + butterflies + water storage + low-maintenance

WILD Wes = Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan = permaculture + free produce + teamwork + exercise + learning + praxis + FUN

Stop by the brief interest meeting today to learn more about how we can make this campus (and the world) a more sustainable and beautiful place. Especially if you live in the butts or westco and are curious in what’s growing in your courtyard! There is also the potential for paid summer positions. If you can’t make it, email wildwesu@gmail.com.

Date: Thursday, March 5 (Today!)
Time: 7:15 PM
Place: Allbritton 318

DanceMasters Weekend – Master Classes

dancemasters_thumbFrom CFA staffer Andrew Chatfield:

Twelve Master Classes provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend, a rare two-day immersion in contemporary dance. A Weekend Pass, which includes five Master Classes, is $75 for the general public (plus a $6 class registration fee), or $55 for Wesleyan students. Individual classes are $19 per class for the general public, $13 per class for Wesleyan students.

Check the CFA website for time and location information.

Date: Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Place: Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio and Cross Street Dance Studio
Cost: $13 per class for Wesleyan students

Senior Recital – Ben Zucker: Poetics in Motion

BenZucker-304x304Join the CFA for a senior music recital by Ben Zucker ’15, “Poetics in Motion.”

I always have trouble explaining my thesis, but it contains this important quote:

“What writing music comes down to, in the end, is care. We create situations. We care about them and take care of them. And we care for the people involved.” (Michael Pisaro)

I care about you. I care about my music. Therefore, I care very deeply about situations where you and my music can coexist. So as part of the culmination of my Wesleyan education, I am beyond thrilled to present to you the premier of original compositions and then some (“then some” may include solo improvisations and John Cage).

Featuring the amazing playing of:

Siri Carr, Josh Davidoff, Vivian Deng, Ali Felman, Tobias Frohnhöfer, Dina Maccabee, Angus Macdonald, and Ron Shalom

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Submit to Loam Magazine

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PSA from Nicole Stanton ’15:

You may have seen our wee takeover of Method Magazine recently. We’re
getting our hands dirty, once again.

This semester’s edition is an exploration of place. How can we use art
to make sense of our interactions with nature? We’re imagining the
foraging human, the entanglement of roots and city concrete, spaces of
dwelling.

Share with us how, why, and where you inhabit place.

Submissions due to loammag[at]gmail[dot]com by March 27th. Please holler with
questions or comments.

Date: Monday, March 2nd- Friday, March 27th 

Vigilante Margarita/Bernd Klug/James Strong

11021455_734389261206_1614464370501490656_oA last minute request from Ben Zucker ’15:

EMG (experimental music group) presents
the first EMG show of the year! ?

Vigilante Margarita  The Buenos Aires based trio, Vigilante Margarita is landing in the US for the first time to do a tour in NY and surroundings. VM is: Cecilia Grammatico (drums, samplers), Guillermina Etkin (voice, piano) and Cecilia Lopez (voice, synthesizer). Vigilante Margarita is a Buenos Aires based trio of indie/experimental rock. www.vigilantemaergarita.com.ar www.vigilantemargarita.bandcamp.com 

Gary Lawson on the Decision of 1803

unnamedGary Lawson, a professor at the Boston University School of Law, will speak on whether the United States has gotten too big for its Constitution, whether this massive size contributes to political disfunction, and what might be done to remedy the problem if it is indeed a problem.

Contact radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for the accompanying paper, “One (?) Nation Over-Extended.”

An informal reception will follow. This is the second of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.

Date: Wednesday, March 4 (today!)
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 002

Africanizing Technology Conference

An invitation from Jasmine Mack ’16:

Africa has long been a space of technological innovation and adaptation despite popular Western media depictions to the contrary. In fact, Africa is at the center of global technology stories such as the history of nuclear proliferation. Recently scholars have documented novel uses of contemporary media technologies on the continent, as well as adaptations of older technologies such as studio photography or the automobile, all of which have had rich and complicated social impacts. Writers, artisans, and farmers have also created new technological cultures, while many African medical professionals have responded to technologically ‘poor’ environments by improvising basic solutions. Africanizing Technology aims to highlight and interrogate these and other technology stories on the continent from an interdisciplinary perspective.

More information after the jump:

Thoughts on Compassionate Discourse

This post is part of a series of reflections on the recent events on campus. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach out to us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.

The past few weeks have seen a lot of turmoil within our community, most notably the hospitalizations and arrests, and reactions to them, both within and beyond Wesleyan. I hope to speak to the ways that we have addressed these events, as well as other contentious issues, namely the DKE lawsuit and the recent WSA meetings concerning first generation students and institutional structure.

At times like these, it is important to talk to each other, in order to process, to heal, and to examine the needs of our communities. These are events that we should discuss, both as individuals and community members. All too frequently, however, the way we’ve been discussing them has led to more pain, frustration, and division within our community.

Rather than creating spaces to support each other while addressing problems, many of the discussions I’ve witnessed, both in person and in online forums, have allowed ideological and experiential differences to further divide us, leaving many students, myself included, feeling hurt, angry, or cynical. It’s important to note, though, that I have also heard many calls for kind and supportive dialogue. It is in that spirit that I share the following observations and requests.

Westco Open Mic

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Bryan Schiavone ’17 writes in:

Come to the last open mic before spring break! you can perform (come
at 8) or watch (come at 8:30) or neither (don’t come). It’ll be fun
and 100% not stressful.

Date: Wednesday, March 4th
Time: 8:30 PM-9:30 PM
Place: Westco Cafe
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