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Judaism and Islam: Between History and Polemics

New professor alert! Elisha Russ-Fishbane will be joining Wesleyan’s Religion Department and Jewish and Israel Studies in July. If you can’t wait that long to hear about interactions between Judaism and Islam in medieval Egypt, check out this lecture tomorrow, details courtesy of Clare McGranahan ’13:

The talk will address Jewish approaches to Islam from a historical and modern perspective.

Elisha Russ-Fishbane received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2009. His dissertation, Between Politics and Piety: Abraham Maimonides and His Times, is a historical investigation into Egyptian Jewish society in the thirteenth century. It explores religious transformations of Egyptian Jewry, whose rituals and inner ideals reflect profound impact of contemporary Sufism, in the social and political context of contemporary transformations and upheavals in Egypt. Elisha Russ-Fishbane is now a Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University and will be joining Wesleyan’s Religion Department and Jewish and Israel Studies in July.

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: PAC 004
Cost: Free

New Single From WesBand Speedy Ortiz

A WesBand you haven’t heard (of)? At least, I haven’t. In support of musical diversification at Wes, Daniel Ferm ’12 writes in:

We’re Speedy Ortiz. We’re from Northampton and Connecticut. I, Daniel Ferm, am the only one in the band from Wesleyan. We play lots of shows in New England and New York, and we played a show here in March in a house. We just got signed by Exploding in Sound Records. We are Speedy. Take a listen to our latest single.

Last Call for Earth Zine Submissions!

From EON:

April 8th is the final deadline for Earth and Environmental related writing and art submissions to EON’s Earth Week zine. Submit prose, poetry, recipes, drawings, photography, etc. Please send in your submissions to Marjorie Hunt ’15 at mhunt(at)wesleyan(dot)edu as soon as possible!

Liberty in North Korea Film Screening: The People’s Crisis

Know what’s going on in North Korea post-Kim Jong-il? Me neither, but Michelle Kae ’12 has you covered:

The unexpected death of Kim Jong-il last December spurred much speculation regarding North Korea’s political relationships and human rights issues. Liberty in North Korea will be hosting a documentary screening of “The People’s Crisis” to facilitate awareness and discussion regarding the 24 million people living in North Korea today.

If you’d like to learn more about LiNK and how you can become involved, check out our op-ed published in the Argus last semester!

Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Place: PAC 002
Cost:Free. Bring $$ for awesome merchandise, though.

Earth + You + Words + Art = Awesome Zine

Earth Week is April 15-22.

You are a creative, awesome, environmentally conscious Wes student.

EON wants to put these two things together to create an Earth Week zine that will include student-created earth/environmental-related articles, essays, poetry, art, recipes, and whatever else you want to submit.

We over at EON want to include student submissions of anything you create that you think is Earth Week-relevant. Whether you have a specific submission in mind or want to add something to the zine but need some help coming up with ideas, contact Marjorie Hunt ’15 at mhunt(at)wesleyan(dot)edu to get more info or send in your submission! We’re also looking for help with layout and printing, so let me know if you’re interested! Deadline for submissions will be after spring break.

Casting Call! Free Lunch!

Stuck on campus over Thanksgiving with nothing to do? Have no fear, Robby Hardesty ’12 is here to keep your staycation exciting! And he’s going to record your adventures on youtube for posterity’s sake! From the gentleman himself:

Oh hey!  Do you want to be in a webisode with these two spankalicious doofs?

POSTPONED is looking to cast a dozen extras and a minor female role for a shoot that will be occurring the Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 26 and 27).  If you’re stuck on campus for the weekend and want to show your dear grandmother your shining face on the ol’ YouTubes, shoot an email to robhardesty[at]gmail[dot]com and ccorrea14[at]gmail[dot]com and we’ll send you details!  Lunch will be provided, so you won’t have to microwave more ramen!

The minor female role involves delivering a short monologue in a theater class.  Extras will be happily munching their free lunch in Summerfields while Robby and Chris act like baboons.

Socially Responsible Investment Coalition

A note from the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition:

Where is Wesleyan’s endowment money invested? At the last report, our endowment was invested in some scary companies, like Raytheon (weapons manufacturers?!?!), coal mining (destroying our beautiful earth?!??!!!), and more.

But at the present, there is no transparency about where our money could be invested. It could be anywhere.

If you want to know where Wesleyan’s money is invested – the first step in moving our endowment toward socially responsible investment – join the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition and sign our petition calling for endowment transparency here in support of the recently passed WSA Resolution on endowment transparency. Make your voice count – let our Board of Trustees know that Wesleyan cares where our money is invested.

Green Party Party

Green Party Party

Come party with the Green Party! Watch election night results (local results and from the dozens of Greens in races around the US on Tuesday), learn about the Green Party, enjoy our food, take a study break, have a good time hanging out.

  • What: Green Party Election Results Party
  • Where: Westco Lounge
  • When: Tuesday, November 8, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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Socially Responsible Investment Coalition: Put your money where your mouth is…

Do you know where Wesleyan invests its money?

Neither do we.

This Sunday, come out to engage with the discussion and witness the WSA vote on the endowment transparency resolution, submitted last week by the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition. If passed, this resolution will be a major sign of support for endowment change from the student body, and especially for unparalleled accountability in investment information. This is a long time coming, so witness history!

Having lots of supporters in the room will really help to show just how many people value this cause, so please! Bring your dinner, and your energy.

Date: Tonight, Sunday, October 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Usdan 108

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Check out our five demands for investment transparency after the jump.