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Gabe Frankel ’15 writes in about the first ever Wesleyan Symposium!!

Symposium is an interdisciplinary critique, which:    11146386_10205170523320168_1040507202632299425_o
– Prompts the exchange of ideas & methods of inquiry between students & faculty across the curriculum,
– Stimulates creativity & innovation,
– Serves as a platform for juniors to develop senior research topics.

Why Risk?

Notions of vulnerability, security, and susceptibility are central to the ways we think and avenues of inquiry. “Risk” can apply to
issues of statistical probability, genetic citizenship and
responsibility, immigration and the precarity of citizenship, or
climate change. We are eager to engage in an interdisciplinary
conversation that honors these dimensions and complexities from many
different vantage points and on a variety of scales.

The idea is that participants will attend both sessions: lunch and
dinner (catered by Udupi!) If this is not possible for you, that is
fine, just let me know if you have not already.

Student speakers include Mary Chalino ’15, Hazem Fazhy ’17, Ben Zucker ’15, Kate Cullen ’16, Paulina Jones-Torregrosa ’15, and Jill Ji’en Tan ’15. Faculty speakers include Prof. Gloster Aaron, Prof. Brian Stewart, and Antonio Farias. Moderators include Nayan Ghosh ’15, Prof. Jennifer Tucker, and Prof. Stephen Angle. 

**** To register, email Gabe Frankel (gfrankel[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). *****

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: Session 1: 11 to 1 PM, Session 2: 5 to 8 PM
Place: Usdan 108, Downey House Lounge
Face: book

Cracking the Codex: Recreating Medieval Manuscripts

Trina “T-Pain” Parks ’15 is the queen of the book lab and wants to show you all of her secrets:

For her senior thesis, COL major and Archaeology minor Katherine Parks
has recreated nine eleventh and twelfth century manuscripts from
England, Byzantium, and North Africa in order to unravel the
relationship between the technology of bookbinding and medieval
manuscript culture.

Stop by the COL library from 2:30 to 5 for an exhibition of her work.
This open house will feature demonstrations of medieval bookbinding in
action and the opportunity try out some of the techniques for

Date: 4/29

Time: 2:30 – 5:00 PM, presentations at 2:45 and 4:15

Place: 41 Wyllys, COL library

Anna Haensch GRAD ’13: 17 Weird Facts About Science Writing That Will Blow You Away”

I don’t think I can describe this event better than this quote from the abstract: “This talk might not actually blow you away — but then again, maybe it will. There’s really only one way to find out.” Catherine Marquez ’16 writes in:

Anna Haensch is an assistant professor at 
Duquesne University. She received her Ph.D.
from Wesleyan University in May 2013. In
the summer after completing her degree,
she was the AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow
at NPR, where she wrote stories for the
radio and Her research is in
number theory, specializing in lattices, but
she loves to write, talk, and tweet about all
kinds of math and science.

Abstract: A group of scientists make a discovery. We can probably all
agree that the world deserves to hear about their work, and we can
probably also agree that the scientists deserve some recognition. But
how does that science make it from the lab bench to the Twitter feed?
And what is the likelihood that the information you eventually consume
will be intact, interesting, and accurate? As a mathematician with a
background in radio, blogging, social media, and podcasting, I will
attempt to answer these questions, and more. I will discuss the
evolution of a science story from beginning to end, and like much
click-bait, this talk might not actually blow you away — but then
again, maybe it will. There’s really only one way to find out.

Join the Math and Computer Science Department Thursday at 4:30!

Date: 4/30

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Woodhead Lounge (Exley 184)

Social Death & Survival Series: Jasbir Puar

If you’re interested in Gender Studies, American Studies, Queer Theory, or Israel/Palestine (or are a low-key Jasbir Puar fangirl), Gwen Rosen ’15 has the event for you:

The third and final event of the Social Death and Survival:
Race/Sex/Gender/Vulnerability Series.

Come continue the conversation on social death with Jasbir Puar’s
lecture, “The ‘Right’ to Maim: Inhumanist
Biopolitics and Palestine.” Puar is an Associate Professor of Women’s
and Gender Studies at Rutger’s University.

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the
Mellon University Lectures, and the Feminist,
Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Date: 4/30

Time: 4:15 PM

Place: Exley 150

VIBES Music Festival Call for Performers

unnamedThe very talented Monique Siaw ’16 wants YOU to perform at the VIBES Music Festival:

VIBES Music Festival, a musical experience aimed to promote sustainability, is on May 2nd. We are looking for artists of all kinds to contribute their art and help shape the aesthetic vibe of the festival. The flyer has all necessary information. Please fill out this form if you are interested.
Date: May 2
Location: Fountain Backyards
Sign up: NOW!!


Subversive Email Gets It Mostly Right

I would really love to know who’s behind the name “Wes Annoucement” that sent out an all-campus email this afternoon. In this message, they critique several problems with Wesleyan by mimicking the format of those lovely “you’re going to have to trek through the snow unless we text you at 6:45 AM” emails. I think a lot of the points are right on, but I’ve got to address my concerns with the last paragraph of the email. If you have any (non-sexist, non-racist, non-classist) thoughts on the content of the message, go ahead and sound off in the comments.

If your thoughts on receiving this email are “feminists suck,” then, well, bye Felicia.

Student Worker Meeting

Zacko Brint ’16 is a rebel with a cause:


We need Summerfields and Usdan workers to come to this meeting to talk
about WAGES as well as training.

Usdan and Summies start at $9 an hour.
Weshop and Pi start at $10
Catering starts at $12!

Raises need to be standardized, and we need your help improving our
working environment.

The Bon App management wants to hear us and work with us.

Please join us for this meeting. We need your input to discuss the
following topics:

Scheduled wage increases as well as bonuses
Better training
Forming a student leader panel
And your ideas!

If you do not come, your voice will not be heard. Be active. Work for
the future workers.

Date: Thursday, February 5

Time: 4:15 – 5 PM

Place: Usdan 108

Well-Being Movie Night!

Alice Le ’16 has an offer for some good clean fun:

Nothing to do on a Thursday night?
Want to discuss the relationships between the environment and the
human condition in highly-acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films?
Just want to watch a movie featuring a bus that is also a cat?

Come to Well-Being House’s Movie Night and hang out with us in our
lovely spacious living room where we will be projecting the movie on
the wall!
IT WILL BE HUGE (in size)!

(you can probably guess what it is from the picture)

Facebook event here

Date: Thursday, February 5

Time: 8 – 11 PM

Place: Wellbeing House, 250 Court Street

A Career in Public Health: Making a Difference

From Jamie Hall ’15:

Public health is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses 
epidemiology, public policy, prevention and outcomes research,
occupational health & safety, environmental health, community health,
patient safety & quality of care, health disparities research, and
many others. Arielle Selya, currently a professor at the University of
North Dakota (Master of Public Health program) is a former Wesleyan
postdoc and smoking researcher; she will discuss the many career
opportunities in public health. In particular, in an era of “big
data” from electronic medical records and from social media, even a
little quantitative training is especially desired by employers. The
advantages of getting a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, with a
specialization either in Population Health Analytics or Health
Management & Policy, will be discussed. Whether as a researcher, an
environmentalist, a health service provider, or a public policy
legislator, one truly has the ability to concretely impact people’s
health and wellness in a public health career.

Date: Thursday, February 5

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Place: Albritton 311

Mixolydians Auditions!

Stephanie Blumenstock 16’s announcement is short and sweet (like her):

The Mixolydians, Wesleyan’s only classical a cappella group, is looking for male singers! If you are all about that bass (or tenor) come on out to auditions! Prepare a short song and be ready to sight-read.

Date: TODAY, January 28
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Place: Albritton 311
Face: book