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About medusa

Medusa ("guardian, protectress") was a monster, generally described as having the face of a human woman with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone.

2016 Sturm Lecture

From Seth Redfield, Professor of Astronomy:

Mae Jemison is the 2016 Sturm Lecturer and will be giving a public
lecture next Tuesday, April 19th at 8pm in the Ring Family Performing
Arts Hall (formerly the CFA Hall). Her talk is entitled, “Exploring
the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential”. She is a former
astronaut, served in the Peace Corp, is a physician by training,
majored in engineering and African and Afro-American Studies at
Stanford, is a fierce advocate for STEM education, and is currently
leading the 100 Year Starship Project… and that is just some of the
things she has done.

Bring your friends, family, and classmates. There will be a reception
following the public lecture at the Observatory (and the telescopes
will be open if it is clear).

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 8PM-9:30PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Half-Naked Michael Roth Clones Materialize in Olin

“I like skin” – Overheard Prefrosh

undiesroth1The weather is warm, the prefrosh are touring, and everyone in Olin is half-naked. Or was half-naked, around noon on the final day of WesFest, because Undies in Olin is a beloved tradition. And we all like scaring prefrosh and their parents.

Just before the events began, people began seating themselves on the first floor and tried to contain their giggles. At 12:00pm on the dot, the stripping began, and soon the library was packed with people in bras and underwear. It was incredible. Wes, you are a gorgeous school.

Fighting Poverty with Data: Research at the Intersection of Machine Learning and Development Economics

From Joli Holmes ’17:

Next week the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative will host a
Friday lunch (April 15th) talk in Downey House 113 at noon, featuring
Wesleyan alumnus Joshua Blumenstock, a graduate of 2003 with a degree in
Computer Science and Physics. He was a Watson fellow.

Joshua Blumenstock is Assistant Professor in the Information School, with affiliations in Computer Science and Engineering, at the University of Washington. He is co-Director of the Data Science and Analytics Lab, where they work on methods to analyse large-scale behavioral data, keyed to trying to understand better poverty and economic development.

Fighting Poverty with Data: Research at the Intersection of Machine Learning and Development Economics.
He’ll show how he and his collaborators have worked in Afghanistan, Ghana, and Rwanda combining field-based experiments and interviews with terabyte-scale mobile phone data to gain insight into the distribution of poverty and wealth in order to improve policy decisions.

Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 12PM-1PM
Place: Downey House

3rd Annual Bocce Tournament


From Elijah Jimenez ’18:

Come and defend your Romance Languages!
No prior Bocce experience necessary. All levels of Romance Languages and Bocce skills welcome!

Bring your WesFest guest(s)!

Bocce is considered the oldest known sport in world history. From Egypt (as early as 5000 B.C.) to Greece (cir. 800 B.C.), the game was then adopted by the Romans and introduced throughout the empire. It is now the third most popular sport in the world next to soccer and Golf.

Date: Wednesday, April 13 – Friday, April 15
Time: 12PM-3PM
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Common Room/ 300 High Street


Awareness Series: EMPTYING THE SKIES

Emptying the Skies Poster

From Sarah Chrystler:

The final film in CFILM’s Awareness Series is EMPTYING THE SKIES, a powerful documentary about the secret struggle to save the songbirds. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Director Doug Kass (’96).
Admission is free! We hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesday, April 12
Time: 8PM-10PM
Place: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

EASY at Wes Info Session!

From Ilana Newman ’18:

Do you like to Eat Allergy Safe and Yummy?
Want ~ hot tips ~ for dining at Wes?
Want to cook allergen-free meals with us?
Want to learn more?
Come to EASY at Wes’ info session!
EASY at Wes is dedicated to supporting students with any type of
eating restriction.
We’re here to help!
Questions? Email us @ EASYatWes[@]gmail[.]com

Date: Wednesday, March 30
Time: 4:30PM-5:30PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 110

Women, Rice, and War: World War II and Anti-Colonial Politics in Abeokuta, Nigeria

From Alexandra Ricks ’16:

World War II was a global conflict with wide reaching political,
economic, and social impact. Professor Judith Byfield (Associate
Professor at Cornell University) will speak to the central role that
Africans played during World War II and the effect of those
experiences on anti-colonial politics. She will focus specifically on
agricultural production for the war effort in Nigeria, the role of
women in those mobilization efforts, and their political actions
emerging from the war.

Professor Byfield recently co-edited Africa and World War II (2015)
and is also the author of The Bluest Hands: A Social and Economic
History of Women Indigo Dyers in Western Nigeria (2002). She is a
former president of the African Studies Association. She currently
serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Women’s History and
is on the advisory board for the Journal of African History.

Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM
Place: PAC 002

Table Talk with Amy Bloom

10455358_998878580186733_8197039788477092274_nFrom Zenzele Price ’18:

The snow might be back, but so is Table Talk! Come to the Shapiro Center to discuss your ideas with a professional writer and your peers. Bring all your plans (drafts, outlines, concepts, you name it!) for all things prose to workshop them with Amy Bloom and the Wesleyan writing community. Come hungry.

Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 5:00PM-6:00PM
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)

There is a Field

12729165_10156646360145193_6730146677612036519_nFrom Elijah Jimenez ’18:

This documentary style play, written by Jen Marlowe, is about Aseel Asleh, a 17 year old Palestinian citizen of Israel killed by police in October 2000. Based on interviews and primary sources collected over 14 years, the play offers a uniquely personal lens for understanding inequality as the root of state violence and impunity. In its debut performance at SJC, it aims to create conversations with audiences across the United States to build solidarity across universal struggles for liberation and equality.

This production of the play is touring Universities and Colleges. It is done in partnership with donkeysaddle projects, Adalah, 50 Shades of Black, Students for Justice in Palestine, The US campaign to end the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink.


Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 8:00PM-10:00PM
Place: Malcolm X House Basement

WESU Concert: Tracy Grammer @ Earth House


From the incredible Ben Goldberg ’17:

Come to Earth House this Saturday night for a WESU-sponsored acoustic set from folk singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer! Start your night off listening to some amazing songs with great people in a great space (and maybe some tea too!)

Tracy Grammer is an acclaimed folk singer-songwriter who rose to acclaim as half of the folk duo Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, where they released three incredible albums and went on tour with Joan Baez. Now, after Dave Carter’s death in 2002, Tracy Grammer continues to perform his songs in addition to writing her own. As a masterful storyteller, she has become one of New England’s most beloved folk artists, singing songs that both pull on your heart strings and make you smile. Daniel Pope (’16), an acoustic singer-songwriter following his EP “What a Strange and Vulgar Thing” last spring, will be opening.

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Place: Earth House
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