From Elizabeth Arslanoglou ’16:
Are you an international student? Are you facing difficulties in adapting to classes and social life at WES? Do you feel that your cultural norms are different from those in the US? Do you believe that there are many things you just don’t get here? Do you feel homesick? Do you want a group of people similar to you to talk to?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us in our New Mental Health Support Group, specifically focused on International Students. The group will be facilitated by trained students who will also be active participants in the discussion. We will be having weekly friendly conversations about issues that concern us, relative to our transition from other cultures into a US college campus. You are not the only one out there facing “culture shock” so come share your experiences and thoughts!
Date: February 23-May 11
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel Meditation Room
Zia Grossman-Vendrillo ’15 writes in:
TRAGIKINGDOM: A Medieval Skapopera (ska-pop-opera)
Set roughly within the 5th and 15th century, TRAGIKINGDOM weaves the tale of forbidden and feudal love between a queen and a revolutionary serf to the musical stylings of No Doubt’s 1995 album Tragic Kingdom.
We are looking for singers, dancers, actors, jesters, and fools of all
types and backgrounds to audition to be part of this concert
Auditions will be from 4:30-6 on Wed, Jan 28 in the East Room
& Thurs, Jan 29 in the Jones Room
Callbacks will be Sat, Jan 31
Date: January 28th-29th
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: East Room (Wednesday) and Jones Room (Thursday)
Mickey Capper ’13 reminded me to post about this. Here’s the blurb from the official Facebook page for this event:
Born and raised in San Francisco—the home of the Grateful Dead—Professor of Music Graeme M. Boone attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Universite de Paris, and Harvard University, where he taught before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Following an overview of the band’s early history and style, Dr. Boone’s talk includes the showing of a “mandala movie” which helps elucidate the Dead’s open-ended song “Dark Star,” conveying a holistic, organic analysis of the tune, and incorporating every salient element in the extended, psychedelically evocative improvisations of its first 150 recorded performances.
With lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia, “Dark Star” can cover a broad spectrum of moods and musical ideas—incorporating anything from R&B cover songs to outer-space apocalypse—but the attentive listener can also hear lines of force binding the jams together: structuring devices, strategies, and trajectories that direct each improvisation and also serve as fundamental guideposts. An animated movie with changing colors and annotations follows two specific performances of the song, recorded in London on 4/8/72 and 5/23/72 during the band’s European tour that spring (the original 16-track analog tapes of the entire Europe ’72 tour were remixed, mastered in HDCD format, and released by the band in 2011).
Adam Rashkoff ’13 wants to historicize you:
Join the Brothers of Psi Upsilon and our esteemed guests for an academic seminar about the rich history of Middletown, Connecticut.
The list of speakers and their talks includes:
Steven Kovach ’13 – Being a Middletown Student
Professor Ronald Schatz – The History of Middletown
Professor Sarah Croucher – Anthropology in Middletown’s Archaeology
Edward McKeon – A Middletown Perspective of Washington Street
Date: April 30, 2013
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Psi U
From Catherine Marquez ’16:
Connecticut burns more trash per person than any other state in the country, while its recycling rate has remained stagnant for over a decade. Last year, Wesleyan sent 669 tons of waste to the incinerator, while diverting 30% of its waste to recycling and compost. Zero Waste is a new perspective that holds that it is possible to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost enough that we no longer send anything to landfills and incinerators. Come to learn what Zero Waste means, if it’s really possible, and about current attempts to increase recycling and reduce waste on campus, in Middletown, and across the state.
Abe Scarr – Director, ConnPIRG, leading statewide zero waste efforts
Kim O’Rourke – Recycling Coordinator, Town of Middletown
Jen Kleindienst – Sustainability Coordinator, Wesleyan & Students from WesCompost and Wesleyan Food Rescue
Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
From the estimable Corey Guilmette ’13:
This Tuesday, April 30th, from 4:15-5:15 in 41 Wyllys 114 the Committee for Investor Responsibility (CIR) will be hosting conversation with Wesleyan’s Investment Office, University Relations, and CIR members about investing, social responsibility, and Wesleyan’s financial future.
There will be FOOD!!! Including, but not limited to: Pad Thai, Cookies, Cobbler.
The Investment Office will give an overview of endowment strategy and performance.
University Relations will discuss the alumni giving process.
Student members of the Committee for Investor Responsibility will report on progress on community investment and shareholder engagement, and solicit input on ideas for future projects.
A Question and Answer session will follow.
Date: Tuesday April 30th
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114
From Izzy Rode ’14:
This year at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, Amy Bloom and the Center began holding events called “Slices.” These informal chats with writers — during which you can ask any question you like and enjoy delicious pizza — will continue next year and we would love your suggestions! We’re happy to invite writers from any discipline. Past writers have included Sarah Moon, Jane Stern, Donald Margulies, and Julia Wertz.
Writers should live on the East Coast. Please email suggestions to irode@wes.
Date: All this week
Place: Your headspace/email address
From Sarah Cassel ’13:
In the film, Emmy award director, Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27
Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project
called “History through the Human Eye” led by Parents Circle-Families
Forum – bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and
The project’s goal is to acknowledge the narrative of the other.
Together they create the conflict mosaic. Among them include Bereaved
families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex soldiers
in the Israeli army, ex security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza
strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non
violent activists and more. Each and every one holds his own
historical truth, and carries with him his own emotional baggage.
The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with one
representative from each sponsoring group.
Co-sponsored by: Students for Justice in Palestine, J Street U, and
Wesleyan United with Israel
When: Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30 – 9pm
Where: PAC 001
Andrea Ballanti GRAD wins for most unconventionally conversational post:
Last italian movie of the semester, last of the year… this time not in Fisk but in ESC058.
Some comments from IMDb:
“Unconventional and deeply touching movie”
“Such a warm and sentimental film”
“You leave the theater with feelings of purity, warmth and love”
AIDS doctor Antonia’s husband is killed by a car. She gets depressed until she learns he had been cheating on her, she goes to see her husband’s lover… then?
Date: April 29, 2013
Time: 8 pm