Category Archives: Events

Donnie Collins on Greek Life (Finally)

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From Katy Thompson ’15:

Donnie Collins is a Phi Alpha Tau brother at Emerson College who will be coming to Wesleyan with his fraternity brother John Lewis, to share his story about positive fraternity experiences as a transgender student.

After his insurance claim for top surgery was denied (this decision has since been revoked), the brothers of Phi Alpha Tau joined together and raised more than twice the amount of money needed to pay for their pledge’s top surgery. Donnie (now also a Tau brother) could not have been more grateful. In a society that frequently shames greek life for not being accepting, particularly of the queer community, it is refreshing to see an example of the positive impacts that greek life can have.

Tonight: Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star:” A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone

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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).

Middletown History: What Should Wesleyan Students Know?

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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
Cost: Free

The Future of Zero Waste: A Presentation and Panel Discussion

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.

Panelists include:
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
Cost: Free

CIR Hosts Open Forum on the Endowment

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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
Time: 4:15PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114

Call for “Slice” Suggestions

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From Izzy Rode ’14:

Hey everyone,

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

Two Sided Story Film Screening

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
Reconciliation.

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
Cost: $0

Italian Movie Screening: Le Fate Ignoranti

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
Location: 
ESC058
Cost: Free

Free Delicious Movement Workshop with Eiko Otake

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The CFA hopes you will join Eiko Otake, a Wesleyan Creative Campus Fellow and MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient, for a free movement workshop open to all Wesleyan students, faculty and staff. Delicious Movement is a quiet, slow-paced, creative practice that anyone can join – you only need to bring your body and a willingness to move it. Eiko has recently performed with her partner Koma at MoMA, the Walker Art Center and the Joyce Theater. Join us for this unique movement experience!

What: Delicious Movement Workshop with Eiko Otake
When: Monday, April 29th, 4:15-5:45PM
Where: Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Cost: free