Category Archives: Events

Alex Vans & The Hide Away

Courtesy of Anne-Marie Cannata from the Buttonwood Tree:Alex-Vans

Indie rock band Alex Vans & the Hide Away is coming to the Buttonwood Tree TONIGHT!

Alex Vans turns his keen pop culture observations into guitar laden indie rock with tight melodic hooks and sincere lyrical sensibility. His genre-bending music celebrates the musical diversity of artists like Bob Mould and Buffalo Tom, all tied together by Vans’ lyrical wit and cynicism.

Date: February 21st
Time: 8PM-10PM
Place: The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St.
Cost: $10

Second Stage Presents: Gruesome Playground Injuries

gruesome playground injuries

Second Stage always seems to know what you want to do with your weekend.  From Brett Keating ’15:

Come see Rajiv Joseph’s darkly comedic study of friendship and compassion in this love story written in the scars.

Tickets are available for free at the Wesleyan box office on the day of the performance. Shows are expected to sell out, so get them early.

Starring: Willa Beckman ’15, Reiss Clauson-Wolf ’13, Ali Goldberg ’15Sara Guernsey ’15, Philip Halin ’15, Mark Popinchalk ’13, Linsin Smith ’16, and Richie Starzec ’14.

Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Brett Keating ’15
Stage managed by Sam Melvin ’13

Please note: This production contains sensitive material relating to self-harm.

Date: Thursday, February 21st – Saturday, February 23rd
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: ’92 Theater
Cost: Free while supplies last!

“Post-Butler Post-Zionism”: SJP Meeting (Today!)

“You SJB? WeSJP!” chants Greg Shaheen ’13, from the front lines of a march through Bil’in:


 Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine (WeSJP) is a group of students and faculty committed to giving a voice to the Palestinian narrative.

Join us for the first WeSJP meeting of the semester.

This Thursday at 5pm Usdan couches—look for the kids in keffiyehs.

Date: Today, February 21st
Time: 5:00PM
Place: Usdan black couches
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Monopolizing Knowledge: Can Science Explain Everything?

Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 12.59.02 PMFrom Kumbi Kuti ’16:

Science is an incredibly powerful tool … can it make religious explanations obsolete? Is the Bible inconsistent with science? Are science and faith at war? Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, will be sharing his perspective at The Veritas Forum at Wesleyan University.

We are anticipating a full house for Ian Hutchinson’s presentation! The event is open to the public, but student ID holders will be given priority seating so that Wesleyan students have the first opportunity to see Ian Hutchinson.

Date: Today, Feb 21
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: Exley 150 (Tishler Hall)
Cost: FREE

Scientific Dissent Lecture by Kitcher


Check out this cool lecture by Professor Kitcher today. From Hilda Vargas ’15:

Professor Kitcher’s many published books in the philosophy of science include Science in a Democratic Society, Living with Darwin, In Mendel’s Mirror, Science, Truth and Democracy, and The Advancement of Science.

Date: Today, Feb 21
Time: 4:15-6 p.m.
Place: Russell House (350 High St)
Cost: Free

Film Series: The Five Houses of Lea Goldberg

2011. Israel. Dir: Yair Qedar. Documentary. 50 min.

“This is the story of the loves, poems, and fears of the woman who chose Hebrew and Hebrew chose her.” Five acts interweaving animation, interviews, photos, and original music tell the tale of the beloved and yet very much enigmatic life of renowned poet Lea Goldberg. Speaker: Sami Berdugo, Visiting Professor.
Tonight. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. Free.

Delicate Steve & Robert’s Don Concert


 From Yiyang Wang ’15:

D. Steve: Like a hydro-electric Mothra rising from the ashes of an African village burned to the ground by post-rock minotaurs, the music of Delicate Steve will literally make you the happiest person who has never lived.

Robert’s Don: They’ve been described as irish pirate rockabilly, but still don’t know what that means. Bandcamp link here.

Date: February 21

First meeting of Tai Chi and Kung Fu training

Sam Barth ’13 breaks the first and second rules of fight club:

Are you interested in improving yourself physically and mentally?  Becoming more centered? Have you seen too many kung fu movies and want to see what the real thing is? The Small Forest Temple holds weekly sessions for those interested in learning meditation and self-defense skills. All are welcome.

Both sessions are held every Thursday in Freeman.

-Tai Chi class meets from 6:30-7:30 in the multipurpose room
-Kung Fu meets from 7:30-9:00 in the wrestling room next door

For more information, please email Alex Hunt ’13 at ahunt(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Date: Thursdays
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Place: Freeman MPR and wrestling room
Cost: Roughly $50/semester

The Future of Peacekeeping: a Talk with Bill Flavin of the U.S. Army War College

Peacekeeping solutions

From Sarah Cassel ’13:

Peacekeeping missions, which originally responded to global and regional politics during the Cold War, have since evolved into
strategic tools to address diverse international conflicts. This talk will discuss the shape of peace operations today and what the future might hold.

Professor Bill Flavin is a professor at the U.S. Army War College and the Division Chief of the Doctrine, Concept, Education, and Training Division in the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.

This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Government Department and organized by students on the Government Majors’ Committee.

Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Place: PAC 002

Campus Fossil Fuel Divestment Meeting

Straight from Angus McLean ’16 and Rachel Lindy ’15:

Right now there are 256 campuses across the country that have started movements to get their administration to divest away from fossil fuels. Despite being renown for its student activism, Wes has so far failed to step up to the plate. So come on down to the UOC to help kick off Wesleyan’s very own divestment movement and make that number 257.

We can’t fight climate one pipeline or coal plant at a time, and some of us just don’t have the time or criminal record chain ourselves to a bulldozer. But it is possible to loosen the grip the fossil fuel companies have on our political and financial system by speaking to them in terms they understand- like their share price. This is a really exciting opportunity to join a movement that was worthy of the NY Times front page, so don’t pass it up!

Date: February 21st
Time: 8:30PM-9:30PM
Place: UOC