From the Office of Graduate Student Services:
Hear from current students and the Director of Graduate Student Services about the ins and outs of the fifth year masters program. There will be current BA/MA students from departments across NSM (bio, chem, CS, E&ES, psych) discussing their experience with the program: how they decided to do it, what it’s like to apply, what it’s like to be a BA/MA student at Wes, how they worked out housing, and advice for future students. Please join us! People of all majors and genders are welcome!
Date: Tuesday, October 31
Place: Boger 114
From Marcelo Salas ’19:
Every year, Ajúa Campos, Wesleyan’s Latinx student collective, holds Latino/a/x Affirmation Month (LAM) in November to celebrate and draw attention to Latinidad as it exists on and off campus. This year, we are celebrating and recognizing Afro-Latinidad and all the experiences it encompasses. With this in mind, we would like to everyone to LAM Convocation 2017, which takes place this Sunday, October 29th at 6 p.m. in the Alpha Delt Greene Room. Convocation serves to commence Latinx Affirmation Month. The event will feature a catered dinner, student speakers, and a keynote address from Francisco-Luis White. Francisco, who identifies as gender non-binary (pronouns: they/them), is an Afro-Latinx poet, storyteller and advocate. I have included their bio below:
“Francisco-Luis White is an Afro-Latinx poet, storyteller, and advocate residing in the District of Columbia. White has presented at OutWrite (2016, 2017), Fire & Ink: Witness – a Conference for LGBTQ Writers of African Descent, the Carolina Conference on Queer Youth (2014, 2015), the United State Conference on AIDS (2014), the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (2017), and was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference held at Princeton. In 2013, they were endorsed by Jill Stein and the Massachusetts Green Party as a candidate for Boston City Council.
The poet has been featured at Pete’s Big Salmon Poetry Series (Brooklyn), Busboys & Poets (Wasington, D.C.), the You Can’t Kill a Poet Reading Series (Philadelphia), among other events and venues. They have a collection of poetry forthcoming from Brooklyn-based indie publisher Indolent Books, as well as work published or forthcoming with Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Vetch Journal, and Lambda Literary Review. They’ve also been featured in conversation with other gender non-conforming writers for Winter Tangerine. A fierce HIV and LGBT equity advocate, White contributes to TheBody.com and HIV Equal.”
We hope that everyone will join us for LAM Convocation 2017!
Date: Sunday, October 29
Place: Alpha Delt Greene Room
From the CFA:
“UP IN ARMS” presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by thirteen artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and the use of firearms, examining and representing the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies and pathologies, suicide and homicide rates, domestic violence, and mass media.
This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with Wesleyan’s annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, which will be focused on “Guns in American Society” on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/shasha. Exhibition on display through Sunday, December 10, 2017. No handguns or other firearms (even if all permits, licenses and registrations are up to date and available), explosives, or weapons of any kind are allowed on the Wesleyan campus at any time and for any reason whatsoever
Date: Friday, October 27th
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery
From Emily Furnival ’18:
Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.
The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of Literature, History, and Philosophy. You will read everything from the Koran to Frankenstein to Sappho, and more. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due after Spring Break for freshmen, so come by with questions!
Date: Wednesday, October 18
Place: COL Library (3rd floor of Boger Hall)
From the FGSS Department and the Office for Equity & Inclusion:
In an effort to explore diversity in Italian media and culture and to keep up with current debates in the country, the Italian section has invited Italian performance artist Primavera Contu and Dr. Julia Heim to discuss the theme of LGBTQIA+ activism in contemporary Italy. The event is titled “LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy”, and it is co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well as the Office for Equity and Inclusion.
Doctor Julia Heim will give a talk (in English) on queer sex, politics and art in contemporary Italy. Primavera Contu will then perform an interactive meditation on gender/sexuality/identity. The performance, titled “Don’t Panic, BI PAN. Bisessuale non è una parolaccia”, will explore and examine sexual labels, encouraging all participants to reflect, critically and ironically, on their own sexual identities.
Both events will be interactive and will give students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about these topics through practices of queer engagement.
A Q&A session and a reception will follow.
The event is free and open to the public.
Date: Wednesday, October 18
Place: Highwaymen Common Room RLL Building (300 High Street)
Professor Matthew Garrett writes in:
Freedom cannot be understood without its opposite, slavery. Political theory therefore must attend to the movement from slavery to freedom. Neil Roberts has developed a powerful account of this movement by examining marronage, the flight of enslaved Africans seeking escape from chattel slavery beyond the boundaries of the plantation. In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Place: Downey 113
Kati Young ’18 writes in:
Drop by for a night of hot chocolate, yummy cookie, and great company.
Hosted by Wesleyan Women in Science; all majors and genders welcome.
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Place: Van Vleck Observatory
From Zenzele Price ’18
The semester is in full swing, and it’s time for the return of Table Talk with Amy Bloom! Bring all your plans (drafts, outlines, concepts, you name it!) for all things prose, and get ready to workshop with Amy Bloom and the Wesleyan writing community.
Free snacks, great people, and valuable critique!
Don’t miss this chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing (or anyone else’s.)
Come to chat, come to snack, come to share!
Date: Monday, October 16th (today!)
Location: Shapiro Center (116 Mt. Vernon)
From the CFA:
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the thirteenth in a series of fifteen CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the first complete performance, in order, of the “Nine Nocturnes;” and two works that incorporate improvisation, “Les harpes imaginaires” and “Outdoor Scarlatti.”
Date: Sunday, October 15th
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
From the people who organized Foss Hill Jam:
Come down to Foss Hill for the annual Foss Hill Jam with food, bouncy houses, face painting, and more! Celebrate fall with your friends on Foss!
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Location: Foss Hill