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Odede ’12 on Slum Tourism in NY Times

Kennedy Odede ’12— Shining Hope Executive Director and overall source of inspiration— wrote an Op-Ed published in yesterday’s New York Times. In it, Odede speaks out against slum tourism, which he has experienced firsthand at home in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya:

I was 16 when I first saw a slum tour. I was outside my 100-square-foot house washing dishes, looking at the utensils with longing because I hadn’t eaten in two days. Suddenly a white woman was taking my picture. I felt like a tiger in a cage. Before I could say anything, she had moved on.

When I was 18, I founded an organization that provides education, health and economic services for Kibera residents. A documentary filmmaker from Greece was interviewing me about my work. As we made our way through the streets, we passed an old man defecating in public. The woman took out her video camera and said to her assistant, “Oh, look at that.”

For a moment I saw my home through her eyes: feces, rats, starvation, houses so close together that no one can breathe. I realized I didn’t want her to see it, didn’t want to give her the opportunity to judge my community for its poverty — a condition that few tourists, no matter how well intentioned, could ever understand.

New York Times: Slumdog Tourism

Isto, Stephanie Nilles, and Feral Foster Concert Tuesday Night!

Chris “Isto” White ’06 (co-founder of Lunchbox Sketch Comedy), Stephanie Nilles, and Feral Foster will be here to perform a one-night-only concert on Tuesday night.

Come see these talented people as they embark on their mini tour!

Isto recently released his album, “Let’s Get Friendly!”, now available for download on iTunes and listening on myspace.

Here’s one of the new songs, recorded (in HD!) in Yosemite National Park:

Date: Tuesday March 30th
Time: 9 pm
Place: WestCo Cafe
Cost: Free

Check out the Isto Youtube channel for more hiLARity, and all the past Wesleying posts gushing about him.

Lunchbox Show Tonight!

Dylan Marron ’10 reminds us all to come see Lunchbox, Wesleyan’s sketch comedy group, at their first show of the semester tonight.

Here are all the details:
What: Lunchbox Sketch Comedy
Where: Nic Lounge
When: Tonight! (Saturday) 9:30 – 10:30pm
Cost: Free

Ridgefield Middle School: Last Chance! (For now)

ridgefield pit poster

Jo Firestone ’09 and Dylan Marron ’10 will be wrapping up their fall tour of Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite, a play they wrote and performed here last spring. Unfortunately, they won’t be doing any more Wesleyan shows like they thought so this is your last chance to see them (for now).

Here are the details:
What: Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite
When: December 22 at 9:30pm & December 29 at 9:30pm
Where: the People’s Improv Theater at 154 W 29th Street
Cost: all seats are $8

If you haven’t seen this play and are going to be in NYC in the next few weeks, you really should check it out.  Well, only if you’re in the mood to laugh.   If you’d like to keep the gloom going from your 80 finals, you probably shouldn’t go. No but really— Dylan and Jo are wonderful, hilarious people AND performers, and they have created a show that is unsurprisingly, also wonderful and hilarious.  To learn more, check out this interview I did with the dynamic duo when they were last here in October.

Last Outdoor Farmers’ Market!

goatKatherine Bascom ’10 writes:

Come on out on WEDNESDAY for the last outdoor Farmers’ Market. Bon Appetit is serving up a meal so you can use your points. But bring your moneys, it’s well worth it. All your favorite local vendors are setting up shop from 11-2 PM in Usdan Courtyard. Beltane Farms, Meriano’s Bake Shop, Three Sisters Farm, Long Lane and many others will be there providing you with beautiful fresh produce, goat cheese, baked goods, pesto, eggs, honey, handmade jams, spices, yarn, coffee, cookies, soaps, bread and more!

Featured Vendor: Sweet Lydia’s Handcut Marshmellows and S’mores!

Date: Nov. 4 – Nov. 4
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Usdan Courtyard

Decadent Desserts at the Davison Art Center


Where is the Davison Art Center? What is the Davison Art Center?

Come find out this Thursday and enjoy free desserts from Fusion Café! The galleries will be open late. Check out the art or listen to live jazz in the courtyard!

Date: Thursday, Sept 24
Time: 5-7 pm.
Place: The Davison Art Center (the building in the CFA courtyard across from the health center)

Lunchbox Sketch Comedy Auditions!

Come out and audition for Wesleyan’s only sketch comedy group! We welcome all experience levels. Come with a writing sample, ideas, or nothing at all.


What: Lunchbox Sketch Comedy Auditions
Where: Nic Lounge
When: Wednesday & Thursday (9/9 and 9/10), 4:30 – 6:30

President Roth on NPR

President Michael Roth was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday.  Among the things he talked about: his own experience as a new Wes grad in 1978, current successful Wesleyan alums and the potential upside to entering the job market during a recession.

You can find the transcript or listen to Roth himself on NPR’s website.  If you then find yourself yearning for more pearls of wisdom from Roth, don’t forget that The Wesleyan Connection has you covered— you can read the full transcript of his commencement remarks there.

Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite – Senior Week Performance

What: An original play created and performed by Jo Firestone ’09 and Dylan Marron ’10. For people who liked middle school, but more for those who want to reclaim it.
When: Tuesday, May 19th. 7pm & 8:30pm
Where: ’92 Theater
This event is not ticketed, but seating is limited, so just show up a little early to get your seat.