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WWIB Student Forum!

wwib_nov10_adFrom WWIB:

Are you interested in Marketing? Investment Banking? Technology? Want to get involved in the industry but don’t know how? Come to WWIB’s Student Forum and learn from 4 women who know how! They’ll tell you about their respective industries, how they got involved, and how you can get an internship too. FREE FOOD WILL BE SERVED!!

Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 5:30-7 PM
Place: Boger 115

An Evening with Marie Howe

marie-howeFrom Hazem Fahmy ’17:

Join us at the Shapiro Center this Wednesday at 9 for an intimate poetry reading and Q&A with Marie Howe, the latest professor of the Masters Class series.

Named the State Poet of New York in 2012, Howe’s works have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Agni, and the Harvard Review. Her poetry collections include the Kingdom of Ordinary Time, What the Living Do, and the Good Thief.

Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 9 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter

book-coverFrom the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

Co-editors Jordan Camp and Christina Heatherton will trace the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy that was first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton and how it led to Black Lives Matter. There will be an open house of Special Collections & Archives materials related to the history of incarceration and policing both before and after the talk, from 4:00-4:30 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm in the Davison Rare Book Room, 1st floor Olin Library.

Jordan Camp is a postdoctoral fellow in Race and Ethnicity and International and Public Affairs at Brown, co-editor of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016), and author of Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State (University of California Press, 2016). Christina Heatherton is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, co-editor of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016), and author of the forthcoming book The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century (University of California Press, 2016).

Sponsored by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library. For more information, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library

Net Neutrality Panel

net-neutralityFrom Civic Engagement Fellow, Rebecca Jacobson:

The Allbritton Center is hosting a panel about Net Neutrality, featuring FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel ’93 as one of the three guest panelists.

Net neutrality is a central issue of freedom of speech and access on the Internet. If you’ve ever streamed movies, TV, or sports games on your computer, then net neutrality is something important to you!

In February 2015, the FCC voted to uphold Net Neutrality and forbade Internet providers from charging some users to access “fast lanes” while forcing others into “slow lanes.” This was the single-most important issue surrounding the Internet, and the most important decision made by the FCC about the Internet, of the past decade.

In addition to Jessica Rosenworcel, this panel will feature guests Brad Burnham (Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures) and Christiaan Hogendorn (Associate Professor of Economics Technology) with Professor Norm Danner as moderator.

Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 7 PM
Place: PAC 001

Teach-in about recent protests & the new Student Union

14962707_10209619121011652_2000510026249996663_nFrom the Wesleyan Student Union:

If you have questions or want to talk through any of the aspects of recent protests against administrative failures and neglect of student issues, do we have just the thing for you!!

In this teach-in, we’ll be focused on learning the institutional histories of different issues that currently exist, hearing from people who have been involved recently, and talking through questions/concerns. We’ll also have a lot of educational materials for people to pick up to read on their own.

Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 1 PM
Place: Usdan Couches

Behind the Curtain: Campaign Financing, Gerrymandering, and Barriers to Voting – Election 2016

unnamedFrom Civic Engagement Fellow, Rebecca Jacobsen:

This is the second of three panels in Allbritton’s Right Now! Series about the 2016 presidential election.

This panel, “Behind the Curtain: Campaign Financing, Gerrymandering, and Barriers to Voting,” will feature:

Dave Daley, CT Mirror, author of Ratf*cked
Nick Nyhart, Every Voice Center
Sheila Krumholz, Center for Responsive Politics
Moderator: Logan Dancey, Assistant Professor of Government

This event is free and open to the public!

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 7 PM
Place: Judd 116

Refugee Advocacy Night

14889832_1608964832741228_812612633321672275_oFrom the Wesleyan Refugee Project, Middle Eastern Perspectives, and the Muslim Students Association:

Join Wesleyan Refugee Project, Middle Eastern Perspectives, and the Muslim Students Association for a night of Refugee Advocacy! The first event will be a Middle Eastern dinner at Star & Crescent. During the meal, there will be the opportunity to donate (either with cash or via Venmo) to the Middletown Refugee Resettlement Coalition. Later in the evening, there will be a discussion (over FREE coffee!!) about Islamophobia and refugee resettlement in our local communities. At both events, literature highlighting refugee issues within this month’s election will be distributed.

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 5-6:45 PM and 8-9:00 PM
Place: Star & Crescent, Espwesso

Gender, Power Dynamics and the Supreme Court

250px-russellhousesmallerFrom Joli Holmes ’17:

Do men talk over women even in elite settings? Whether it is the corporate board room or the kitchen table, gender dynamics affect the way men and women talk to one another. One would hope women who hold public office do not face similar biases, but this study shows, even on the Supreme Court women are spoken too differently than men. Using R, Python and a high-performance computing cluster, we obtained the text and audio from over 500,000 utterances during oral arguments from 1982-2014. Ultimately, we show male Justices and attorneys display verbal and non-verbal dominance towards female Justices.

This study is part of a larger research agenda that emphasizes the importance of elite non-verbal behavior, such as changes in vocal pitch. Unlike other time series, vocal pitch is incredibly stable at short intervals, meaning it can be extracted using a windowed autocorrelation function. While there are a number of other variables one can use, vocal pitch has been shown to be associated with dominance, even in institutional settings, making it particular useful for this application, and one of the first to highlight “Panel effects” long noted by judicial scholars. We show vocal pitch is not only indicative of underlying gender dynamics, but it also influences voting behavior. With that said, there are a number of other ways audio can be used for research, ranging from speaker segmentation to supervised classification. Part of the presentation will lay an important foundation and provide some guidelines for those interested in using these techniques for future work.

BRYCE J. DIETRICH Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology University of Iowa

Sponsored by: Digital and computational knowledge Initiative ( )

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High Street)

Audition for a Winter Session Play- FRANK

14732150_10211209240330513_6142936126723360926_nFrom Ruby Lanet ’18:

[[[Rehearsals for FRANK will take place almost entirely during Winter Break (beginning January 8) to the show’s opening on February 2nd. This is NOT a fall semester commitment.]]

FRANK will be an adaptation of the ancient and modern story of Frankenstein/Prometheus. We will be using three main texts: the Living Theatre’s Frankenstein production, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankstein–or The Modern Prometheus– and the ancient greek myth of Prometheus. We want to know the what/why/where/who/how of what it means to fly to close to the sun.

We are looking for a team that is excited about creating, not just performing. Experience is not necessary! Nor is it necessary for you to consider yourself a typical performer! Because of the three-week process, this will be an extraordinarily intensive, collaborative project.

Performances will take place in the ’92, on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Auditions will be held in the Jones Room on Wed (11/2) 4:15- 6m and in the Nics Lounge on Fri (11/4) 4:15-6. You do not need to prepare anything, we will have sides: just come ready and willing to move.

Please try to sign up in advance here:
Drop-ins will also be welcome (just may be asked to wait a bit)!

Please don’t hesitate to hit up Natalie May at nmay[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions. We hope you come out!!

Facebook event page:

Date: Wednesday, November 2 and Friday, November 4
Time: 4:15-6 PM
Place: Jones Room, Nics Lounge

Second Stage Presents: Murder on the Beantown Express

beantown-banner-imageFrom Hugo Kessler ’19:

At 11:22 AM on Novembers the third, fourth, and fifth, a young and pretty crappy filmmaker, Jackie Parks, is murdered on an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Boston. No one knows why. No one knows how. All we do know is that her documentary about the election will remain unfinished for all eternity. What a shame. Luckily, there’s a clever(ish) detective who just happens to witness the murder. Unfortunately, the six other witnesses happen to be petulant, whiny adults. And thus begins the wild ride of Murder on the Beantown Express.

Written and directed by Hugo Kessler ’19

Thursday, November 3 at 8 PM
Friday, November 4 at 8 PM
Saturday, November 5 at 2 PM
Music House (200 High St.)

Tickets available here:

Runtime is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Date: Thursday, November 3, Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5
Time: 8 PM on Thursday and Friday, 2 PM on Saturday
Place: Music House (200 High Street)