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The Long War in Afghanistan: A perspective

From Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

In August of this year, the U.S. announced another policy and strategy for Afghanistan. October 7th marks 16 years of war in Afghanistan, the longest American war of this century. Where are we in our aims to dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda and to help stabilize and secure Afghanistan well enough to prevent the return of the Taliban? Why is there still a strategic stalemate after 16 years? The talk covers the origins and evolution of the war in Afghanistan. The discussion will provide candid insights about the opportunities and risks associated with the current policy and the future prospects for breaking the strategic stalemate.

Colonel Bob Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army (retired), has served four tours in Afghanistan, returning from his most recent tour in March 2017. Cassidy has served as a special assistant to three senior generals, a special operations director of assessments, a special mission task force planner, a battalion commander, and a brigade operations officer. He earned his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. His scholarly work has generally explored strategy, irregular war, and military culture. Bob Cassidy is the inaugural Retired Military Officer Teaching Fellow at Wesleyan University for the academic year 2017-2018.

Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 7-9PM
Location: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library

Concert: Young Jesus // Pope // Saint Something

From Earth House:

come thru earth house for this absolutely DIVINE lineup

“beans, carrot, house trash, small dog name Tim”
LA-based earnest indie rock, celebrating the release of their new album S/T

NOLA noise + grunge pop

wes’s newest patron saints of alt pop
get ready for some stigmata

Date: Friday, October 6th
Time: 9:30PM
Location: Earth House

Book Talk with Vanessa Grigoriadis ’95

From Russell House:

New York Times Magazine editor Vanessa Grigoriadis ’95 will present her new book Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, in conversation with Professor Anne F. Greene. Signing will follow. Grigoriadis conducted research for this book at Wesleyan.  More info

Vanessa Grigoriadis ‘95 is a contributing editor at the New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, specializing in pop culture, youth movements, and crime reporting. She is a National Magazine Award winner and has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Dateline, and Investigation/Discovery shows.

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd
Time: 7PM
Location: RJ Julia Bookstore

Wesleyan Doula Project Information Sessions

From Natalie May ’18 :

Passionate about reproductive health? Interested in working as a patient advocate in local abortion clinics? Want to be involved in one of the only college-based doula projects in the country?

Apply to be trained as an abortion doula with the Wesleyan Doula Project!

For security reasons, people who get abortions aren’t allowed to bring anyone with them for support during or after their procedures. Our project trains Wes students to offer that missing support – as doulas, we volunteer weekly at local abortion clinics to provide patients with emotional and physical support and advocacy during their procedures and recovery.

We will be holding our annual training on November 11-12! If you are interested in applying, you must attend ONE of our two info sessions and complete an application and interview process. More details (and snacks!) at the info sessions.

Questions? Contact

Date: Info Session 1: Tuesday, October 3rd / Info Session 2: Thursday, October 5th
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Location: Allbritton 103

Things I Ate: Summies Salmon Burger

I was undoubtedly excited when I walked into Summies for the first time in my life.  It was a world of options, each one better than the next. But for me there was one that stuck out above all else: the Salmon Burger.

I personally love a good filet of salmon; the way each bite melts in your mouth, the superior flavor of this magical fish, and the feeling you get when this maritime candy leaves the fork and falls onto your tongue is coupled with little else in the world.

This might explain why the salmon burger looked so appealing. What could be better than mixing Poseidon’s wet dream with the gastronomic embodiment of the American dream?  My mouth watered as I handed my WesCard to the cashier.

“Meals please.”  My last words before I thought my world would be changed forever.

Open House for New & Prospective Psychology Majors

From the Psychology Department:

Come learn about the Psychology major!
Prof. Matthew Kurtz, department chair, will provide an overview of the major to prospective majors and to review requirements with junior majors. Prof. Kurtz will be available before and after the meeting to sign forms (e.g., study abroad, transfer credits). Meet our peer advisor, Julia Lejeune ’18. Pizza will be provided!

Psychology majors Manual:
Prospective student email after submitting request:

Date: Monday, October 2nd
Time: 12:10PM-1:10PM
Location: Judd Hall, Room 116

Lalgudi Duo

From the CFA:

Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and his sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi perform as a violin duo, blending tradition and innovation, and mesmerize the audience, bringing each raga—a pattern of notes used as a basis for improvisation in Indian music—to life. The siblings share an extraordinary coordination and almost telepathic understanding.

Date: Today! Saturday, September 30th
Time: 8PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Price: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Amazon Locker Appears Outside Bennet

A grey block of Amazon lockers appeared unexpectedly last night outside Bennet, and in an exciting turn of events WesStation lines got a little shorter.

The lockers don’t show up on Amazon as a shipping address yet and there isn’t much info about them. I was able to find out its name though: Helix. So that’s exciting.

If you’re curious about what Amazon lockers are they’re a place where you can pick up anything (of a reasonable size) you buy off Amazon. Sadly, Amazon does not offer any deals on shipping if you use it, so Helix’s only real usefulness will be the convenience of not having to walk to Usdan to pick up a package and not having to wait in the sometimes excessively long line at WesStation.

Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)

From the CFA

This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts, and other items for blessing.

Date: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 5PM
Location: World Music Hall

Darpana—“Nataraja Vandanam: Love Songs to Shiva”

From the CFA

Mallika Sarabhai and three dancers from India’s Darpana Academy of Performing Arts perform “Nataraja Vandanam: Love Songs to Shiva,” choreographed by Ms. Sarabhai and her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai. In the work, the nayikas (heroines) journey through a wide range of emotions in their joyous, rhythmic celebration of Shiva, one of the principal Hindu deities.

Date: Today! Friday, September 29th
Time: 8PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18