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Procrastination Destination: Tree-Climbing Octopi

An internet hoax used to check students’ digital literacy, the tree-climbing octopus is a species of cephalopod that can live on both land and water. The Octopus paxarbolis (from Latin pax, the root of Pacific, and arbor, “tree”) climbs trees to seek its prey, avoids its predators, and indulges its sense of curiosity about the world around it. The Pacific Northwest tree octopus is native to Olympic National Forest and nearby rivers, and tends to lay its eggs in water. Its major predator is said to be the Sasquatch.

Textbook Buyback at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Finished studying? Bring your textbooks to Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore Dec. 9-17 and exchange them for COLD HARD CASH. It doesn’t matter where you bought them, all you need is your Wesleyan ID– we’ll buy them back! Return rental textbooks to the bookstore by December 17.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 9th – Sunday, Dec. 17th
Time: 9am – 6pm
Place: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Notable “Wesleyan” Alumni

This article was a collaboration with smello.

According to the university’s website, “Wesleyan graduates are successful in every profession imaginable, including law, science, medicine, business, politics, and the creative arts. They are often leaders and innovators in their fields”. With all the recent focus on Lin-Manuel Miranda, we thought we’d shed some light on the other people who made the name “Wesleyan” famous.

Transforming our Understanding of Violence: Restorative Justice, Music Therapy, & Beyond

3-4 PM: PANEL

panel facilitated by Circles & Ciphers featuring community organizers from North End Action Team, Boys & Girls Club, and Middletown Juvenile Detention Center. This event will engage with community-based alternatives to the prison industrial complex and will focus on how students can get involved locally.

4:30-5:30PM: OPEN RECEPTION

open reception following the panel event where students and the Wesleyan community can connect with local organizations to figure out how to engage with Middletown’s efforts for prison abolition and community-based healing.

Circles & Ciphers is a Chicago based restorative justice organization led by young people of color who are prison-, court-, gang-, and DCFS- involved. Using Hip-Hop infused peacemaking circles, they empower participants to transform legacies of violence, incarceration, patriarchal masculinity, and disengagement.

 

Date: Saturday, November 4th
Time: 3 – 5:30 PM
Place: Boger 114

Freestyle Circle at PsiU with Circles & Ciphers

improvisation and police abolition. This space will feature live instrumentation, and will invite all of campus to freestyle rap/sing, drum, key, horn, and bass, alongside some of Chicago’s leading artists and activists!

you’re invited to bring any live instruments, beats, bars, or dope movements you want to share!

Circles & Ciphers is a Chicago based restorative justice organization led by young people of color who are prison-, court-, gang-, and DCFS- involved. Using Hip-Hop infused peacemaking circles, they empower participants to transform legacies of violence, incarceration, patriarchal masculinity, and disengagement.

 

Date: Friday, November 3rd
Time: 9- 11 PM
Place: PsiU

48 Hour Phone Film Festival, hosted by Cardinal Pictures

From Chris Jackson:

Do you have a phone?
Does it record video?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you’re ready to take part in Cardinal Pictures’ 4th Annual 48 Hour Phone Film Festival!

It begins at 5 pm on Friday, November 3rd and ends at 5 pm on Sunday, November 5th.
You can submit your films anytime between then!

We are also doing a 7 Second Film Challenge as part of the festival, where all the films are limited to 7 seconds (same rules apply, except the runtime is limited to 7 seconds).

Sign up using this form linked here anytime before 1 pm on Friday the 3rd!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbQgKd1t0_oZwDUnmblf3wxoHnLXCKFWFlIA-sDTXFwYhjCA/viewform?usp=sf_link

The films will be screened on Sunday at a time and location TBA. There will be yummy food and great company.

Date: Friday, November 3rd – Sunday, November 5th
Time: 5 pm on Friday to 5 pm on Sunday

Continue reading to see the guidelines:

Joseph Perna Talk

From the Romance Languages Department:

Joseph Perna teaches Italian and Film at Sewane: The University of the South. His research explores vernacular modernism in Italy, with a special emphasis on cinema, photography, and magazines in the years surrounding the Second World War. His essays have appeared in The Italianist and World Film Location: Florence, and he’s currently at work on a book about passionate viewing in modern Italy. His favorite canto is Inferno-5.

Date: Thursday, November 2nd (Today!)
Time: 5 PM
Place: Highwaymen Common Room, RLL Building (300 High Street)

The Politics of Knowledge: FGSS 2017 Fall Symposium

Please join the FGSS faculty and students in celebrating 40 years of gender studies at Wesleyan with a special panel of alumni on Homecoming Weekend. Alumni will share their insights about how the study of women, gender, sexuality and feminism has influenced them, how they have put their learning into practice, and why gender studies matters in the world in and outside academia.

Date: Friday, November 3rd
Time: 3:30-5:00 PM with a reception immediately after
Location: PAC 001 (Symposium) / PAC 229 (Reception)

Aviva and Lucas//Washboard Slim & The Bluelights

From Maggie Rothberg ’20:

Get off campus this Saturday night and come hear WASHBOARD SLIM & THE BLUELIGHTS at The Buttonwood Tree on Main Street! The Bluelights have been performing their blues, jugband, early jazz and rockabilly mix throughout the United States for over twenty five years.

Wesleyan’s own AVIVA AND LUCAS, a bass and guitar duo whose music blends indie, pop, and Brazilian melodies, will open the show.

The Buttonwood Tree is a nonprofit community arts organization/music venue/art gallery/used bookstore/all-around gem of Middletown– if you haven’t been there yet, this show is your chance to check it out.

Admission is $10 with your WesID!

Date: Saturday, November 4th
Time: 8 PM
Location: The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 605 Main St, Middletown, CT, 06457