In an email this morning, President Roth ’76 announced this year’s Commencement Speaker will be Saidiya Hartman ’84 (above). Reverend Edwin C. Sanders II ’69 (left) and Former Wesleyan Professor Hazel V. Carby (right) will also receive honorary degrees at the University’s 187th Commencement.
This seems to be the first time in a while that Roth has actually read the room when selecting honorees for Commencement. It’s certainly gratifying to see a Black woman being honored for her achievements on the 50th anniversary of the Vanguard Class of ’96 and the founding of the African American studies program (which has finally been received department status this year).
Certainly, this year’s honorees are a welcome variation from last year’s Commencement Speaker controversy. As many of you recall, Daniel Handler ’92, who has a history of racist and sexist harassment, was chosen as the 2018 Commencement Speaker, while Dr. Anita Hill, known for advocating against those very abuses, was relegated to a lesser position of honorary degree recipient. Handler later withdrew as Commencement Speaker following a flurry of student and alumni demands to #CancelHandler18. Notably, President Roth and the administration did nothing in response to concerns and complaints from survivors, students and alumni of color, and other members of the Wesleyan community. Dr. Hill graciously agreed to give the Commencement address in Handler’s stead.
Hopefully this year’s Honorary Degree recipients can become emblematic of the excellence that Wesleyan chooses to honor at future Commencement Ceremonies, rather than continuing a pattern of choosing powerful (and often problematic) white men who don’t represent the community or values that Wesleyan claims to strive toward.
If you have thoughts or feelings about this year’s selection of honorees, we welcome write-ins and guest posts! Just shoot us an email at staff[at]wesleying[dot]edu.
The full text of Roth’s email can be read below:
it’s almost valentine’s day, and love is in the air <3
we bring this up not to torture all you single folk (we feel you on that front) or get all gushy, but because bwog (columbia’s version of wesleying) has been running a personals series in the weeks leading up to valentine’s day to help bring love to their readers, and today’s personal was… another blog: nyu local!!! while we’re a little insulted that we weren’t crushed on from afar (but we suppose that is more of a wescrushes thing), we were happy to see the budding romance between bwog and nyu local, and wanted to add our affection to the mix!
nyc might be 2+ hours away physically, but thanks to the ~magical powers of the internet~ we believe that this long-distance love can find a way <3
see below the email exchange that followed:
A lot of this is recycled text (thx wilk) from recycled text from two years ago (thx Maya) from recycled text from three years ago (thx Samira), but here are some tips and guidelines for submitting your events!
HEY WESLEYAN COMMUNITY!
Did you know that we post events? Wondering if you should submit your event? Well, you should! Wesleying gets anywhere from 500 to 1,200 views per day as of late. Submitting your event to be posted here is good for ~exposure~ and also a way to reach different audiences than those reached by Facebook’s weird algorithm.
We love posting your events, but we get a lot of them. If you want your meeting/audition/application deadline/concert/thing posted to Wesleying on time, please use this form here. This time of the year is especially busy which makes our inbox quickly burst at the seams, so it helps if you submit your event at least 4 or 5 days in advance.
Much of this is elaborated from our event submissions policy, but here are some things you can do to make life easier:
Stephanie Burke Lewis from ResLife writes in:
Fanatical for Farming? Smitten with Science? Longing for La Casa? Learn about Program Housing for Fall 2019! Come to the Program Housing Fair on Friday, February 15th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in Beckham Hall. Tour the houses and meet current house members on Sunday, February 17th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm during House Hopping Day! Check out the current Program Houses at https://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/program-housing.html
Date: Friday, February 15 (Fair) & Sunday, February 17 (House Hopping)
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (Fair) & 12:00-5:00 PM (House Hopping)
Place: Beckham Hall (Fair) & Program Houses (House Hopping)
The Theory Certificate writes in:
Robert Stolz (NYU) will speak on the Japanese Marxist philosopher Tosaka Jun. Tosaka was a major yet underappreciated figure in twentieth-century theory whose work encompassed philosophy of science, philosophy of history, and cultural critique. His writings are comparable to, and resonate powerfully with, those of Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Herbert Marcuse, and other luminaries in the historical-materialist tradition. Professor Stolz will discuss his translation of Tosaka’s major text, The Japanese Ideology (1935), an original philosophical critique of fascism that, as Stolz puts it, “continues to shed light on the most urgent and persistent problems in philosophy and politics, especially the deep relationships between capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, fascism, and everyday life.”
Date: Tuesday, February 6
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: Downey 113
While I’d like to assume that most of our readers visit this wonderful blog to read our #hip #content, it appears as if a lot of our web traffic is actually from people attempting to use the points calculator.
Maybe in my old age (and my all-points meal plan), I don’t have as much points-related anxiety as y’all, but I’ve never actually used the calculator. However, I acknowledge its utility, and some of you are extremely vigilant at reminding us when it’s not updated for the new semester.
Anyways, all of this to say:
Happy spring semester, and remember, there’s almost always a junior or senior who can spare some points to an underclassman in need, and the youngins who still get meal swipes can generally swipe you in with a guest swipe if you’re on all points!
The Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Ceremony seeks to honor the late Dean Edgar Beckham, whose dedication to social justice continues to positively impact the Wesleyan community. Dean Edgar Beckham was a national leader for efforts to increase racial and cultural diversity on college campuses. He was the first African-American Dean of the College at Wesleyan University.
He led the Ford Foundation’s Campus Diversity Initiative in the 1990’s and in 1998, he joined the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a senior fellow, consulting universities on matters of educational quality.
We aim to celebrate the students, faculty, staff, and members of the Middletown community whose efforts align with the ideals that guided his work. Our hope is that the recognition of these individuals will inspire other members of the community to commit to social justice work of their own.
We are looking for innovative individuals who have a passion for social justice and will have the time to commit to planning this event, which is held annually on the last Sunday of April.
Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 5 PM
We hope everyone made it through finals alright (if you still need a little boost, check out our Procrastination Destination)! In a continuation of this semester’s trend of less-common illnesses showing up at/near Wesleyan, we received another all-campus email from the health center last week, this time about Meningitis B.
One student at Central Connecticut State University contracted the rare bacterial strain, which prompted this press release from the Connecticut Department of Health. While the risk is low, Dr. Tom McLarney, Medical Director at Davison Health Center, recommends students contact their primary care physicians over winter break to discuss possibly getting vaccinated against this strain (the Meningitis B vaccine is not one of the required immunizations at Wesleyan or most college campuses).
Read on for the full email that Dr. McLarney sent earlier this week:
From the College Confidential forums and personal contacts, we have received notice that Wesleyan’s Early Decision 1 results were released on Saturday, December 8 (likely between 2:45 and 3:00 PM, based on the College Confidential posts)!
I was accepted ED1 to the class of 2019, so you bet I’m feeling old right now! I vividly remember getting free Krispy Kreme donuts with my friends after school on December 12, 2014 (there was some sort of promo that day) and getting the news (which I subsequently posted about because I’ve always been #ExtremelyOnline lol)
Welcome to the second installment of Procrastination Destination, where Wesleying provides you #content to get you through finals!
At least once a day, we get a Google Alerts email in the staff inbox letting us know when Wesleyan is mentioned around the web. Lately, I’ve been collecting some of the more interesting links, but no one has gotten around to actually writing a full post about any of them. Instead of just sitting on this collection, I figured, what do millennials love more than a good listicle? So here we are!
Read below the jump for a collection of recent-ish alumni, student, professor, and Middletown news!