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Bipartisan Discussion Series #3

Passionate about politics? Open to understanding how the other side thinks? Please join us for the third installment of our professor-led Bipartisan Discussion Series:

“Brexit, Nationalism, and Trump,”
Professor Peter Rutland
Wednesday April 12th, 12:15-1:15 PAC 422

*Co-hosted by Wesleyan Republicans & Wesleyan Democrats*

Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:15-1:15 PM
Place: PAC 422
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All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are proud to present “All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four,” in honor of National Library Week. In 2005, the FBI, under the auspices of the USA PATRIOT ACT, tried to access patron information from Connecticut libraries and issued a gag order on four librarians, members of the executive committee of the CT Library Connection. Known in the press as the Connecticut Four, the librarians spent over a year fighting the order and were successful in getting the FBI to withdraw.

Now, over a decade later, the Connecticut Four are speaking out against new efforts to expand the FBI’s ability to require libraries to hand over private information in the absence of a judge’s order. Two members of the Connecticut Four, Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase, will join us for a discussion with Dan Cherubin, Wesleyan University Librarian, on the history of the case, what’s changed and, in regards to our newly elected government, what we need to watch.

The event will also feature the announcement of the winners of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research prize. The candidate projects were evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources, evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself, and the quality of writing and research.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email libfriends(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

We take the opportunity of National Library Week to celebrate all libraries’ continued fight for both access of material and the right to privacy. As the American Library Association Code of Ethics, adopted in 1939, declares: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

Date: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: Smith Reading Room (1st floor in Olin Library)

more info about Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase after the jump:

Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio: with Juana María Rodríguez

From Professor Laura Grappo:

There is an exciting upcoming talk, “Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio” by Queer Latinx scholar Juana Maria Rodriguez.

This presentation investigates how visual documentation transforms our affective encounters with Latina sexualized embodiment. Using the biographical archives of a San Francisco transgender activist, Adela Vazquez, it asks what does seeing tell us about the subjective experiences of the life stories we encounter textually? And how does the embodied presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography hover over captured visual depictions of their lives?

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press, 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014) which won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the Modern Language Association and was a Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist for LGBT Studies. Her work has been published in academic journals internationally and she has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, NBC.com, Canadian News Network, and Cosmopolitan for Latinas. She is currently working on a book on visual culture and Latina sexual labor.

If you have questions about the event, please feel free to contact lgrappo(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, April 13
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High St.)

Screening and Conversation About Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba (in Spanish)

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. The directors of the documentary will be available for a more general CONVERSATION IN SPANISH about documentary filmmaking in Cuba on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:20 to 2:40pm in the RL&L Common Room. Cuban desserts and light refreshments will be served.

Date of Screening: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 6 PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema

Date of Discussion: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 1:20 – 2:40 PM
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Department Common Room (300 High St.)

“Listening in Reverse” — two concerts

WESCFAFrom Randi Plake:

“Listening in Reverse” is a two-day conference focused on influences–forgotten, hidden, suppressed, or just not considered–and featuring concerts, talks, presentations, and other interventions. The premise that any sound, object, or behavior can reward close attention and, consequently, can act as source, material, or shaping influence for a piece of music is more or less foundational to musical experimentalism. Equally foundational is that the music made offers an experience independent from these influences. But listeners, whether they are composers or performers or audience members, are rarely innocent of a desire for meaning. And that meaning may be found inside the experience of a piece and outside in anything that shaped the piece, or in the interplay between the two.

Dates: Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5
Time: 8 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Toneburst Sampler

WESCFAFrom Randi Plake:

Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble premieres new works for live-electronics and laptop ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 8 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Mesa de Español

for mesa de españolCome practice your Spanish!!!

MESA DE ESPAÑOL PARA TODA LA COMUNIDAD DE WESLEYAN
Come and practice!
M-F 12-1
USDAN 2nd floor — Mink Dining hall (the quiet side)–the last table on right (against the far wall by the
window)
Look for the sign on the wall.

Date: every weekday
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: a table on the Quiet Side, near the back
Cost: one meal swipe

Theory Certificate Presents: Contours of the Present Crisis

theory certificate talksFrom Professor Matthew Garrett:

A lecture series on the long-term currents of our political situation, with focus on Islam, incarceration, and refugees.

Suleiman Mourad
on truths and fictions of Islam

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 • DOWNEY 113

Jordan Camp
on incarcerating the crisis

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 • BOGER 112

Marguerite Nguyen
on refuge and refugees

THURSDAY, MAY 4 • BOGER 112

All lectures begin at 4:30 PM.

For the full poster, click here. And for more about Theory Certificate events, click here.

Apply for the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize

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“Portrait of clever student with open book reading it in college library”

For all you avid researchers:

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are happy to announce the launch of an undergraduate research prize. The research project, widely conceived, can be from any undergraduate course taken in Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017 from currently enrolled Wesleyan students. Honors theses are not eligible.

Projects will be evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources as well as on the quality of writing and research. We are particularly interested in receiving applications that show evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself.

There will be two cash awards: a 1st-place prize worth $500 and a 2nd-place prize worth $250.

Instructors and librarians are encouraged to nominate students’ work; students may also self-nominate. Please send nominations to: libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

All materials must be submitted electronically, preferably as PDF files. Applications will include:

1)      Application form: https://tinyurl.com/WesLibFriendsPrize
2)      Statement on the use of the Wesleyan libraries (maximum 600 words)
3)      Paper/Project
4)      Bibliography

The jury will be comprised of members of the Friends of Wesleyan Library board, Wesleyan librarians, and Wesleyan faculty from Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

Awards will be announced in April 2017. For inquiries, contact the Friends of Wesleyan Library, at libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 10 at 5 PM

Check your meal plan progress with the Points Calculator!

spring 2017 points calc

Now that we’re 27 days into the spring semester, you’ve probably had enough time to set up an eating routine, whether that’s anywhere from 0-2 Usdan meals a day or always getting takeout from Weswings or ordering all your food bulk and never leaving your house. And with co-op swipe day coming up this Wednesday, it’s probably a good time to make sure you’re on track with your meal plan.

Wesleying’s Points Calculator is here to help! Just click on the meal plan you have, enter how many meals and/or points you have left, and it should tell you if you’re using more or less than a projected weekly value. (Spring break isn’t being counted, so if you’re going to be here, plan on leaving some extra points for those two weeks.) You can check how many meals and points you have left here.

As always, if this points calc isn’t working, email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org to let us know. Happy eating!