Category Archives: Events

ENG 420: Practicum in Digital Journalism

methodSophia Jennings ’16 writes in:

Come hear about student forum ENG420: DIGITAL JOURNALISM, a semester-long course where we will focus on producing online content and developing our portfolio. This writing-intensive seminar will introduce students to a variety of forms, from the interview, to the profile, to data-based storytelling. We will be skyping with numerous alumni in the industry, and your work will have the opportunity to be published online via Method Magazine. Multi-media projects will be highly encouraged.

Sophia Jennings ’16 and Ben Romero ’16 will be leading the student forum.

Date: Monday, January 25
Time: 7-8PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113

Priming Obesity: Automatic Effects of Food Marketing on Poor Diet – A talk with Dr. Jennifer Harris

television2From Professor Mike Robinson:

Dr. Jennifer Harris is a faculty member at the University of Connecticut and the Director of Marketing Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Her research focuses on marketing and public health, with an emphasis on the unconscious effects of food marketing on behaviors, attitudes and motivation in children and adults. Come hear her talk about how junk food advertising negatively affects diet in children.

Date: Monday, November 30
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Place: Judd 113

Film Series: The King and the Mockingbird (Le roi et l’oiseau)

1980. France. Dir: Paul Grimault. Animated. 87 min.

A pompous king falls in love with a girl in a painting; when she runs off with a chap in a nearby canvas, a kingdom-wide pursuit begins. Over its 32-year production this subversive hand-drawn marvel became a repository for the wildest imaginings of its creators and a profound influence on acolytes like Studio Ghibli.

Presented as part of The Tournées Festival. Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

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

Understanding the ISIS Global Attacks: Policy Options Moving Forward- A Talk with Professor Emy Matesan

isis-flagCaroline Monahan ’16 writes in:

This is a critical moment in our world. Join Wes for Peace for a discussion with Professor Emy Matesan of the Government department on the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, and the Sinai and alternative policy responses.

Professor Matesan will address questions of how the attacks fit in to ISIS’ larger strategy, the feasibility of military intervention, and the debate surrounding Syrian refugees.

Bring your ideas and questions to discuss with Professor Matesan and other students. Email Cyrus Nury (cnury(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) or Caroline Monahan (cmonahan(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) with any questions or concerns.

Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: PAC 002
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WESU Fall Pledge Drive!

wesu donate canFrom the inimitable Ben Goldberg ’17:

WESU’s Fall Pledge Drive is back again, just in time for the cold weather to set in! Listener contributions enable WESU to continue offering incredible programming like The Moondog Matinee which has been playing “oldies” every Saturday morning for nearly forty years. This pledge drive also supports locally produced public affairs shows like Think Twice Radio, a CT “watchdog” media show, and incredible new music shows, like Black Music Matters. To keep this type of unique community programming alive, WESU needs your support.

Following last spring’s successful pledge drive, WESU began implementing upgrades that will improve the service the 6000 watt station provides. Local listeners can now read “WESU 88.1FM – Alternative Radio Since 1939” displayed on their car stereos when tuned in. With your continued support, WESU can continue daily operations and move forward with planned upgrades, which include an exciting revamping of the the station’s studio spaces. During this pledge drive, WESU is also very excited to offer a new brand new limited edition T-shirt design as a gift for donors.

Thanks to the supporters who have already contributed to this effort, WESU is making progress towards their goal. However, the station still needs to raise $12,000 in community support before the end of November to bring this drive to a successfully end. Donations from the people who benefit from the services WESU provides are vital for the station’s continued operation.

Please donate online at or by sending a check to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St, 2nd Fl, Middletown, CT 06457.

The pledge drive runs through the end of this month.

Film Series: Straight Outta Compton

2015. USA. Dir: F. Gary Gray. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr. 147 min.


The rise and fall of N.W.A. is chronicled through three founding members – Dr. Dre, Eazy E, and Ice Cube (Jackson, ably playing his own father) – as they rap their way to world renown. Taking a cue from its electrifying soundtrack, Compton captures the vibrant, tumultuous culture of the times and the enduring influence of some of its most defiant artists.

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

Individual Tutoring Program: Coordinator Info Session

tutoring_promoFrom Ali Feldman ’17:

Looking for a leadership position on campus next semester?? Wanna change the ~world~??? WANT FREE MONDO___
Apply to replace Ali as the Individual Tutoring
Coordinator next semester!! I’m looking for a highly awesome
individual to run the program next semester while I am away. Even if you’re not yet part of the program, I still encourage you to consider applying. It’s a great leadership opportunity!!
(email me if you can’t come afelman[@]wesleyan[.]edu)
*****FREE MONDO PIZZA********** (like I’m ordering 4 pizzas so come)

Date: Sunday, November 22
Time: 8PM-9PM
Place: Albritton 304

Apply to be an Eco Facilitator!

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Mira Klein ’17 and Rachael Metz ’16 write in:

The Wesleyan Sustainability Office is seeking frosh and sophomores to serve as Eco Facilitators for the 2016-2017 school year! Eco Facilitators (EFs) are peer-to-peer sustainability educators who promote sustainable lifestyles on campus within the context of global climate change and social inequality.

In Spring 2016, EFs will enroll in a semester-long student forum focused on theories and strategies for sustainable behavior change. Throughout the fall and spring of the 2016-2017 school year, EFs will be paid to implement these strategies, working with first-year students and Res Life to serve as a resource on how to adopt sustainable lifestyles. Working as an Eco Facilitator is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and take part in building a more sustainable campus community.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 5th. An information session will be held on Monday, November 30th at 12:15 PM in Usdan 108 . More information is available HERE, and you can apply HERE. Please email ecofacilitators(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions!

Info Session Date: Monday, November 30
Time: 12:15-1 PM
Place: Usdan 108

Application Deadline: Saturday, December 5

Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor

thesis bunnyFrom Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal ’15:

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting information, and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis. Really soon. As in this weekend. After brunch. But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor.

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting with you regularly to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out the application form by Monday, November 30, at 5 p.m. Please note that this is a very popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we will likely not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please direct them to Professor Anne Greene at agreene(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, or to Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal ’15 at writingworks(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Deadline: Monday, November 30 at 5 PM