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Mayan Families School Supply Drive

When you’re at Broad Street this weekend, be sure to get an extra set of pencils! Siri “Ray of Sunshine” Carr ’15 has the details:

WesIntepreters is stepping out of our normal role in helping our   
local community to help our global one, too! Starting today
(Wednesday, 1/21) through Friday, February 13th we will be collecting
school supplies in a donation box at Broad Street Books to donate to
Mayan Families, a non-profit located in rural Guatemala that supports
the Maya people of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding areas. Check them
out here: https://www.mayanfamilies.org/page/sendsupplies.

Later this semester we will be screening a documentary called “Living
on One Dollar” about four college kids who go to Guatemala to learn
what it is like to live below the poverty line and who have now
partnered with Mayan Families, so keep your eyes open for that!

But for now, the donation box will be at Broad Street Books for the
beginning of the semester so you can buy an extra set of pencils (for
example) to donate as you stock up on your own books and supplies for
the semester!

Date: Now until February 13

Place: Broad Street Books

The Palestine Question info session

JJ Mitchell ’15  is running a student forum! Here’s the info session:

Come to an info meeting about a student forum called “The Palestine Question: Locating Palestine in the Historical and Contemporary Imaginary.” The forum is designed to provide an introduction to the Palestine/Israel conflict. There are three aims for the semester. The first is to understand the history of the region, the history of the ‘conflict,’ and the many versions of those histories that are told. The second aim is to understand what Palestine means at the level of every day life—not simply the problems facing policy makers. The third aim is to figure out how, as Wesleyan students, we can become more informed and engaged. Students with any and all perspectives on, and prior knowledge about the ‘conflict’ are welcome to enroll. However, students should be advised that this is designed as an introductory course, the material for which was chosen in an attempt to put forth the often-silenced Palestinian narrative. The course will work from an anti-colonial and anti-racist framework of historical analysis.

Date: Sunday, January 25
Time: 4:30-5:00 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114

Conscious Connections Interest Meeting

My favorite yogi Katie McLaughlin ’15 writes in:

This is an upcoming student forum led by Jaxie Friedman and Katie 
McLaughlin. Come check out our interest meeting at 7:00 pm in
Albritton 311 on Monday January 26th. We’ll have tea and go over the
syllabus and reading list. Depending on student interest, there might
be a short application that would be due Thursday the 29th. If you
can’t make it, shoot us an email and we’ll send you the info.

The class will meet twice a week, most likely Tuesday and Thursday
evenings. Here is a little bit about it:

The purpose of this class is to teach students how to develop
sustainable and personalized mindfulness practices. The class will
incorporate experiential work with meditation, yoga, tai chi and
mindful food consumption, as well as lectures and discussions on
historical, philosophical, and cultural work about different modes of
mindfulness practice. We will attempt to contextualize different
ancient and modern mindfulness forms into our everyday lives in order
to allow the students to develop tools to become more present mentally
and physically and to develop personalized mindfulness practices that
can be maintained far beyond the completion of the course. Ultimately,
the course aims for each student to learn how to develop conscious
connections with ourselves and the world around us.

Date: Monday, January 26
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: Albritton 311

An Open Letter to Mayor Drew

To Dan Drew, the Mayor of Middletown:

photo by Jacob Seltzer '17

photo by Jacob Seltzer ’17

It has now been a week since forty of my classmates organized the Wesleyan Black Lives Matter March. This weekend, we found out that you are asking Wesleyan to pay $7,492.81 to the City of Middletown. According to the Hartford Courant, this money is needed to pay forty-six additional officers, who were asked to work that day to protect the demonstrators.

I’m a little concerned, Mayor Drew. I’m afraid that no one ever told you exactly what these protests were about. Perhaps it’s because while you were at the protests, you stood alone, away from the crowd, among several Middletown Police Officers. Was it hard to hear 300 or more voices chanting “Black Life Matters?” from your spot? Were you having trouble making out the phrase “What do we want? Justice? When do we want it? Now!”

Wesleyan Spirits Fall Jam

1966883_10152387222685924_2977711907750915753_nJack Gorlin ’18 writes in:

Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, o come ye o come ye to
the Chapel for some fine tunez from your neighborhood Spirits! Let’s kick off the last day of classes with some merriment and cheer for ’tis the season to be jolly (fa lalalalalalalala). What a bright time, it’s the right time, to come to our last big concert of the semester. There’ll be laughter, some alumns, maybe a little dancing if Jacob is in the mood, and lots of trolling the ancient Yuletide carol. See you all there!

Date: Friday, December 5
Time: 8 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Now What? A Processing of Ferguson’s Grand Jury

From Dreisen Heath ’15: 

As we deal with the aftermath of Ferguson, we have mixed feelings as to what happened and why. What do we know 10420125_989282294431882_3805789890213122872_nabout the case? How do we deal with the verdict? How can we move forward?

Join us for a conversation about Ferguson and how we will proceed
individually and collectively with this case. This event will function
as a starting point for the Wesleyan community to openly address the worth of black lives and the pandemic of police misconduct. We encourage that each person keep the conversation going amongst friends, faculty, strangers and allies.

Thomas Sayers Ellis and Hirsh Sawhney Read at Russell House

From the Kim-Frank fellow Rachel Warner ’14: 

Writing at Wesleyan presents:
Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and Novelist Hirsh Sawhney 
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT
8 P.M.

Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of the collections Skin, Inc. and
The Maverick Room, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, as
well as the chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero. His poems and photographs
have also appeared in Callaloo, Grand Street, The Baffler, Jubilat,
Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation, among numerous other journals and
anthologies. A co-founder of The Dark Room Collective and a recipient
of a Whiting Writers’ Award, he is currently working on The Go-Go
Book: People in the Pocket in Washington, D.C. He is a Visiting
Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan this semester.

A Discussion on Saudi-U.S. Relations and a Career in Foreign Service

From Zachary Mintz ’15:

Wesleyan International Relation’s Association will be hosting Timothy
Lenderking this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in PAC 004 for a discussion of
U.S.-Saudi Relations and a career in Foreign Service.

Mr. Lenderking is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S.
Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a career member of the Senior
Foreign Service.

Prior to arriving in Riyadh, Mr. Lenderking served as the Director of
the Pakistan Office at the Department of State from 2010-2013.

Thank a Cardinal Day!

From Brian “he doesn’t even go here” Lee ’13:

Brian Lee ’13 from the Wesleyan Fund Office is once again organizing Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 11.35.53 PM
an event to send some Wes-love to the members of the greater Wesleyan
community who donated to the university last year. Swing by the first
floor of Usdan on Monday and write a short thank you note to an alum,
parent, or friend for their generosity!
Check out last year’s event here!
http://video.wesleyan.edu/videos/video/3544254115001

Date: Monday, November 24
Time: 10 AM – 10 PM
Place: Usdan Staircase