Reid Higginson ’09 returns to campus this Saturday to lead a workshop called Creativity, Consciousness and Environmental Activism:
At Wesleyan, people hate “the binary,” and the environmental movement has an elephant of a binary sitting in its closet—the dualism between natural and unnatural. What is natural anyway? What makes organic foods, all of which have been engineered by farmers and would never survive in the wild, more natural than GMOs? When you get down to it, the split between natural and unnatural doesn’t really hold.
At the same time, there is something very unique that most environmentalists have experienced outdoors—a sense of beauty, connectedness and value that’s so meaningful it’s inspired many become farmers, climbers and activists.
The goal of this workshop is to question how we think about environmentalism; to unpack unconscious assumptions that usually come hand-in-hand with being Green while staying true to the awe and inspiration that make one interested in the environment in the first place. And, I’ll share some of the ways I’ve started to think differently about environmental activism. (For example, I am pumped up about the potential of nuclear power and GMOs right now, so be warned!).
Date: Saturday, 4/24 Time: 5 pm Location: The Shapiro Creative Writing Center (in Albritton)
Interested in Sustainability at Wesleyan? No idea of what’s going on or want to get involved?
As part of Earth Day Week 2010,Come learn about Wesleyan’s Green House Gas Report and Climate Action Plan at a lunchtime discussion with Bill Nelligan, Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability and chair of SAGES (the Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship). Bill will detail what we’ve been up to and what’s in store for the future. Bring your lunch!
On Sunday, April 25, Wesleyan and Conn College will be taking a bus down to Washington D.C. to attend an Earth Day Rally at the National Mall to demand that Congress enact climate and clean energy legislation in 2010.
The Climate Rally is the capstone of the Earth Day Network’s nine-day event on The National Mall with speeches from environmental stewards Reverend Jesse Jackson, film director, James Cameron, AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, Olympic gold medalist, Billy Demong, producer, Trudie Styler and author, Margaret Atwood to bring the issue of climate change to an international stage.
The Climate Rally will also feature live music from:
We will be leaving campus around 5 am and returning around 11 pm. Best of all, its free!!! Please email weseon at gmail.com as soon as possible if you would like to attend or have any questions.
This Saturday, Dünya will be rounding out this year’s Crowell Concert Series. Dünya is a performance and educational group dedicated to preserving and interpreting Turkish musical traditions. Their two guiding principles are renk (color), which emphasizes the variety of Turkish music from popular to classical and secular to sacred, and sohbet (conversation), which emphasizes the value of presenting that music in conversation with other traditions. The group is particularly interested in exploring and rethinking relations with surrounding cultures with whom Turkey has traditionally been engaged in conflict, such as Greek and Armenian traditions.
Dünya features Robert Labaree, who earned his MA from Wesleyan in 1980 and his PhD in 1990, ceng (Middle Eastern harp) and voice; Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, voice, ney (end-blown flute), ud and saz (Middle Eastern short and long necked lutes); Cem Mutlu, percussion, voice; and Panayotis League, kemence (spike fiddle), voice.
Date: Saturday, March 27 Time: 8pm; Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Cem Duruöz
Location: Crowell Concert Hall $$: $22 General, $18 Seniors/Staff, $6 Wesleyan Students
Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Certificate Program.
The New Student Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2014. Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO).
Orientation Leaders are expected to return to campus on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. All Orientation staff must attend training sessions from August 26-27, participate fully during both ISO and NSO (August 28-September 5), and must assist with all assigned events.
Successful candidates must be reliable, enthusiastic, and compassionate with good verbal communication skills, a positive attitude about campus life, culturally sensitive and experience working with diverse student populations.
There will be a meeting tonight at 10 pm in Usdan to figure out how Wesleyan students can help and support Middletown residents affected by the power plant explosion. Come to figure out plans, logistics and future projects.