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Hugo Black lecture: Lawrence Lessig on Freedom of Expression

Come see the 19th annual Hugo Black Lecture Wednesday night:

Ethics leader and law professor Lawrence Lessig will speak on “Speech and Independence: The Wrongs of Corporate Speech,” during the 19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression.

Lessig is professor of law at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. As director, Lessig is leading a five-year project studying ??institutional corruption and? relationships which are legal, even ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution.

Prior to Harvard, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’??s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. For much of his career, Lessig has focused his work on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright.

Lessig has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’??s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific Americanâ??s Top 50 Visionaries.

Date: Wednesday, April 7
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

WANNABES Episode #3: “Best in Show”

Wesleyan arts mockumentary “Wannabes” premieres its 3rd episode, unprecedented for a Wesleyan web series.

James Carlson ’12 begins auditions for his magnum opus, “Summer Heights High: The Musical, ” and the previously separate storylines converge. Meanwhile, things fall apart with Charlotte Cummings ’11 and her dance troupe, and a faulty immune system drives Chloe Martin ’13 away from her hero, David Powers ’13, whose lusty hips begin to fail him.

How does it feel to be the most prolific at something? These people may never know:

Watch old episodes on Youtube.

“Sita Sings the Blues” screening at CFA Hall

Shakti presents a screening this Friday of the award-winning and critically acclaimed 2009 animated film “Sita Sings the Blues“, followed by a lecture and discussion led by its creator, cartoonist and free culture activist Nina Paley.

Also billed as the “greatest break-up story ever told,” the film is a post-modern retelling of a fundamental story from the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana, about the goddess Sita’s kidnapping and forced separation from her beloved husband (and Lord) Rama.

Presented with an innovative mix of eclectic visual styles and interspersed with musical interludes set to warbling 1920’s recordings by jazz singer Annette Hanshaw, a running commentary by irreverent Indian shadow puppets, and a Squigglevision account of the breakup of Paley’s own marriage, “Sita Sings the Blues” is a subversive, original, and often hilarious tragicomic story of “truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment.”

Nina Paley, called a “One Woman Pixar” by Wired Magazine, is a Brooklyn-based animator who has become a major proponent of the free culture movement. Much of her work, including “Sita Sings the Blues”, is available under a copyleft license which makes it accessible to the public free of charge.

FREE FOOD (samosas, what else) from Haveli after the screening! Facebook event here.

Not to be missed – you can watch it free on Youtube, but when are you ever gonna see this on a big screen, presented by the director herself, with free Indian food? Come for the fantastic film, stay to snack and listen to/chat with Nina Paley.

Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 8-10 pm, followed by reception
Place: CFA Hall
Cost: Free

Organized by Shakti, co-sponsored by Pangaea and Film Hall.

[EDIT 4/9] Nina Paley unfortunately had to cancel her appearance tonight. Still, awesome movie, free samosas!

AIDS Walk Bake Sale at Exley/Olin

Sweet eats at the libraries tonight:

This year ASHA is taking part in the New Haven AIDS walk, come support us this Monday night at our dual bakesales, being held in the Olin AND Exley lobbies!

Date: Monday, April 5
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Exley AND Olin Lobbies

Lecture: “Fascism and the Sacred” at Russell House

Professor Dominick LaCapra lectures at Russell House on Monday night:

“Fascism and the Sacred: Sites of Inquiry After (or Along With) Trauma”

Where does one go after the recent surge in trauma studies? Instead of rehearsing what has already been extensively discussed with respect to trauma, or applying trauma studies to another text, we may have reached a point where problems can be addressed without always ringing the trauma bell. In History and Its Limits: Human, Animal, Violence (2009), Professor LaCapra extensively discussed the relevance of trauma in a variety of areas, including the study of the Nazi genocide or the “final solution”. His Center lecture pursues that inquiry, touching especially on the way the potentially shattering experience of trauma may either be averted or transfigured through a form of sacralization or sublimation, specifically in the case of certain perpetrators. He will investigate, within the larger framework of the relations between fascism and the sacred, the role of Nazism as a civil or political religion, which takes the form of “redemptive anti-Semitism” in the work of Saul Friedländer. The lecture aims to elucidate further the problem of genocidal motivation and its relation to a redemptive, at times quasi-sacrificial, in some sense “postsecular” animus in at least certain Nazi perpetrators.

Dominick LaCapra is Bryce & Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University where he has taught since 1969. An intellectual historian with wide-ranging theory interests in postmodernism, critical theory, holocaust studies, aesthetics and psychoanalysis, Professor LaCapra is author of a dozen books including Rethinking Intellectual History: Texts, Contexts, Language (1983), History, Politics, and the Novel (1987), Representing the Holocaust: History, Theory, Trauma, History (1994) and Reading: Tocqueville, Foucault, French Studies (2000), History and Memory after Auschwitz (1998), History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory (2004), and History and its Limits: Human, Animal, Violence (2009). He received his BA from Cornell University and PhD from Harvard University.

Date: Monday, April 5
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Russell House

Relay for Life meeting at Usdan

From Ann Wheeler ’12:

Relay will be here in three short weeks! It is not too late to register! If you or some of your friends have yet to register please visit and sign up today!

Please join us on Monday at 7:30 pm in Usdan 108. EVERYONE is welcome to attend so bring your team members and friends. We will have luminaria bags available for you to purchase and decorate for $5. All bags will be at the event and will line the track. At night each bag will be lit in memory or honor or someone who had cancer. I will have some materials available but please bring any markers, pictures, or decorations you want to use.

**Don’t forget about the VIRTUAL SURVIVOR LAP***
If you know a cancer survivor who can’t make it to the Relay, you can walk in his/her honor. Please contact Ann Wheeler at awheeler@wes if you want to participate in the virtual survivor lap.

If you or someone you know want to donate some of your time to help during the event please contact Morgan at Morgan.Rae.Greenleaf(at) or 203-379-4782. We especially need help with registration. Any amount of time is greatly appreciated.

Date: Monday, April 5
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108

Santigold to perform at Wes during Reunion Weekend

Looks like Santigold (Santi White ’97) is this year’s Reunion & Commencement weekend performer, following the show put on at the Memorial Chapel last year by Dar Williams ’89.

There’s been no official announcement yet, but the R&C weekend schedule lists a WSA co-sponsored performance by Santigold on the night of Friday, May 21st, in the giant tent they set up every year on Andrus Field.

This will be the first show played by Santigold at Wesleyan, who was scheduled to perform at last year’s Spring Fling before it was canceled. Very fittingly, it will be held in memory of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 and Chase Parr ’10.

Looks like it’ll be a free show, with donations to the Memorial Clinic of Kibera in Kenya (scheduled to open this summer) highly encouraged. Good times if you’re sticking around for senior week.

Peep the R&C schedule and video invitation.

Date: Friday, May 21st
Time: 10 pm
Place: Andrus Field Tent
Cost: Free, I guess?

Beach Fossils, Ishmael at Music House

Another show 2nite. From Molly Foxworth ’12:

A two-hour, flippin’ A (for auditory!!!!!!) excursion into the wonderful world of hella dank and hippity happenin’ music. If you like the Jonas Brothers (affectionately, “The Jo Bros”), live for every time you hear Carrie Underwood diggin’ her key into the side of his pretty little souped-up four wheel drive, or voted for Clay Aiken over 30 times consecutively CAUSE YOU JUST LOVE CLAYMATION OMFGGGG — this is not the show for you!

But if you love Brooklyn indie pop band Beach Fossils and Wesleyan student opening band Ishmael this is the show for you.

Date: Saturday, April 3
Time: 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Place: WestCo Cafe Music House (316 Wash)

April Awareness Month!

Hey yall, it’s April. Do you like our new banner? Now Wesleying looks as fabulous as it feels.

In other news, it seems that there’s been a change in our commencement speaker.

From a campus-wide WSA email just now:

To the Student Body:

As your WSA leaders, it is our responsibility to, among other things,
provide information to students as we are made aware of it. We were very
recently informed that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ‘74, who was
invited to be our Commencement Speaker, has commitments and
lacks the flexibility in his new schedule to attend.

Fortunately, we were told that a new speaker will be coming in his place.
Our new 2010 Commencement Speaker was recently selected and is none
other than New York Times bestselling author and 2008 VP nominee Sarah Palin.
Like our friends in Alaska, we will now be able to enjoy the wit and candor of
Sarah. You betcha!

WSA Executive Committee
Mike Pernick, President
Becky Weiss, Vice President
Cordelia Blanchard, AAC Chair
Ben Firke, FiFaC Chair
David Goldman, SAC Chair
Charlie Kurose, Treasurer
Sylvie Stein, COCo Chair
Meherazade Sumariwalla, Coordinator

WTF I don’t agree with her politics!!!


PNK at DKE? WTF! Just roll with it.

9 punk bands, one night, round robin style festival, two stages, all happening at DKE. No breaks, Just destruction.

The Inclined Plane (Hartford, CT)
The Creeps (Wes)
The Mexican’ts (Wes)
Scroats (Wes)
Circle Side Out (Brown U)
Beat The Grave (Wes)
Sweatyboys (Wes)
Chinatown (Wes)
The Blue Collared Foxes (Wes)

FREE w/ WesID. Facebook event.

Date: Saturday, April 3
Time: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Place: Delta Kappa Epsilon
Cost: $0