Straight from Andrew Chatfield:
“A Body in Fukushima” is a haunting series of color photographs and videos presented in a groundbreaking exhibition across all three of Wesleyan’s galleries. Last year, dancer-choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer-historian William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks through desolate stations into eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima, Japan. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the explosions of the Daiichi nuclear plant made the area uninhabitable. Sometimes in vulnerable gestures and at other times in a fierce dance, Ms. Otake embodies grief, anger, and remorse. Mr. Johnston’s crystalline images capture her with the cries of the Fukushima landscapes. “By placing my body in these places,” she says, “I thought of the generations of people who used to live there. I danced so as not to forget.” A project of witness, remembrance, and empathy, “A Body in Fukushima” grapples with the reality of human failure. As Mr. Johnston writes, “By witnessing events and places, we actually change them and ourselves in ways that may not always be apparent but are important.”
William Johnston is Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan, and Eiko Otake is Visiting Artist in the Dance Department and the College of East Asian Studies.
South Gallery, Erza and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Tuesday, February 3 through Sunday, March 1, 2015
Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Tuesday, February 3 through Thursday, March 5, 2015
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343
Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Tuesday, February 3 through Sunday, May 24, 2015
Closed Friday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Date: February 3rd through May 24th
Place: Across all three of Wesleyan’s Galleries!
Mailed in via carrier pigeon from Molly Grund ’16:
Type Club is a student-run graphic design collective and we are looking for new designers! We work to create logos, posters and other branding work for student groups at Wesleyan and for organizations affiliated with the University (student-created businesses, apps, etc.) If you’d like to join or if you’re just interested in what we do, please come! It will be the most fun ever guaranteed.
P.S. If you can’t make it but would still like to apply, please email wesdesigned[at]gmail[dot]com
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 8PM – 9PM
Place: Digital Design Studio (In the DAC)
Straight from Charlie Martin ’16:
Hey one and all, Wesleyan’s oldest and only video sketch comedy group is holding auditions once again this week. We’re looking for actors, writers, and filmmakers with that comedic fire in their hearts. So if you’ve got the right kind of gumption then drop by and strut your stuff!
Auditions are Tuesday, Usdan Multipurpose Room, (7-9) and Saturday, Usdan 108, (1-3)
Check out our Facebook event, FB page & YouTube page to see what you’re getting yourself into.
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd & Saturday, February 7th
Time: 7PM – 9PM & 1PM – 3PM, respectively
Place: Usdan Multipurpose Room & Usdan 108, respectively
Cost: A smile
Straight from Evan Low ’14 of Grand Cousin:
Grand Cousin is playing its final Wesleyan show ever tonight at Earth House with spicy awesome opening acts ALL-CAPS LADD and FACEPLANT!!! This is your last chance to see us before we head to Iceland to start our tour of Norther Europe and SIBERIA!!!!!! SO let’s make this the best DANG show ever and pack as many people as humanly possible into a tiny, sweaty ROOM!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: TONIGHT, Friday May 2nd
Time: 9:30PM – 1:30PM
Place: Earth House
P.S. Grand Cousin just released a new single, “Oxygen”. Listen to it, right now!
Follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, and their website!
Live from Middletown, CT, it’s Anna Bisikalo ’17:
From the heavens above who brought you Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the most #blessed of mothers who birthed Mindy Kaling, Sarah Silverman,and Margaret Cho, and the genius that decided to give Chelsea Handler her own talk show comes THE event of the year…
~~A variety comedy show brought to you by the WoMeN of Wesleyan’s comedy groups!~~
Female-identified members of Lunchbox, Desperate Measures, WeSNL, Gag Reflex, Vocal Debauchery, Punchline!, and New Teen Force will titillate you with a mashup of sketches, long and short-form improv,stand-up, and more. We’re celebrating women in the comedy world, and we would love for you to join us!
Saturday, April 26th. 6:30 PM. 200 Church Lounge.
Come laugh with us.
Bring your diva cups.
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 6:30 – 7:30
Place: 200 Church Lounge
Cost: Free if you laugh!
Straight from Stephanie Blumenstock ’16:
On Sunday, April 27th, the Wesleyan Jewish Community will be organizing a commemoration for Holocaust Remembrance Day. We are organizing an exhibit of writings, artwork, and other creative pieces; the exhibit will consist of both pre-existing works and works by students. The exhibit will be accompanied by a poetry reading on Sunday afternoon.
We need volunteers both to submit original works and to read pieces:
Straight from the cast and crew over at WeSNL:
Are you a fan of funny? Well guess, what, we’ve got it and we’re ready to show you!
Wesleyan’s one and only video sketch comedy troupe is now LIVE on the interwebs! We’re so excited for you to see what we’ve been working on – and you can do it right from the comfort of your own home!
Check us out on YouTube and Facebook RIGHT NOW. Seriously, right now. Stop reading this. You should be there, not here. Go. Now. Go.
Peter Cornillie ’15
Jesse Brooks ’16
Peter Hazel ’16
Charlie Martin ’16
Adi Slepack ’16
Emma Hagemann ’17
Paola Maseda ’17
Alexandra Spirtes ’17
Sofia Taylor ’17
Jessica Wolinsky ’17
Date: Saturday, March 29th
Time: Now ’til forever!
Place: The Internet
“You’re having conversations about movies and about the work and about questions and disagreements… there’s so much that grows out of that so when someone graduates you’re not through talking to them yet about it all.”
Basinger is here pictured in the Goldsmith Family Cinema. This picture was taken from a New York Times Article featuring her book The Star Machine, about the height of the studio system in the 30s through 50s [Source].
As a newly admitted film major, one can imagine the anx-citement surrounding this interview. Jeanine Basinger, who is on record as “one of the most important film scholars alive today” and who built Wesleyan’s world renowned film program from the bottom up, is a name I have learned to revere since day one as a prospective film student. At the scheduled time, I dialed Professor Basinger’s office to be greeted with enthusiasm and an eagerness to get right to business. She expressed her hope that her husband would bring her a cup of coffee amidst her busy workday and we jumped right into the questions. She made the interview very easy for me, answering with depth and segue-ing effortlessly into questions I hadn’t even asked yet. We discussed the establishment of the College of Film and the Moving Image, which was announced just over a year ago, the liberal arts approach to cinema, and her relations with past film majors. By the end of the half hour, I was feeling reenergized, inspired, and more excited than ever to begin my journey as a Wesleyan University film major with Professor Basinger as a guide.
The following is the transcript of our interview, edited for clarity.
Could you tell me about the College of Film and the Moving Image – why the initiative was taken on and what differences it brings to the department?
The interesting thing is that all of the components that make up the college are things that we have in fact been doing for years. The designation of making it into the college is less of a change and more of a recognition of what we are and what we do.
The Local 217 Union stewards and negotiations committee wants the Wesleyan community to be aware of upcoming contract negotiations:
Monday, February 17th, Bon Appétit and Local 217, which is all the food service workers will be starting contract negotiations.
As food service workers we want to continue providing you with the quality of service and meet your expectations while you are here at Wesleyan. We are hoping for a positive outcome, and that the company will maintain and improve the benefits that we deserve.
If you’re interested in other faculty dealings, check out these articles:
Extra! Extra! Jason Brandner ’16 has got a message for ya:
Happy Valentine’s Day Wesleyan,
Are you looking for the perfect way to show your affection this Valentine’s Day? Want to share the love? You are in luck because the Germinal Fund team is available to hand delivery Valentine’s Day goody bags right to your special someone’s door!
These bags will be full of delicious candy & fruit as well as a personalized message (if you want) and will be delivered on Valentine’s Day for the low, low price of $5!
All the proceeds will go to benefit local small businesses!
We will have a table at Usdan from 11-1 Tuesday-Thursday where you can sign up!
We are also taking online orders here and you can pay (and get the reference/confirmation number for the form) here. Simply click donate, enter the amount $5, and put the confirmation/reference number in your google form.
Date: February 11th – February 14th
Time: 11PM – 1PM IRL or whenever online!
Place: Usdan or Online!