Randi Plake writes in:
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Rhea Higgins, Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.
Date: Thursday, March 2nd
Place: Alsop House Dining Room in the Davison Art Center
Emily Furnival ’18 writes in:
Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.
The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of European Literature, History, Philosophy & Foreign Language. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due March 27th, so come by with questions!
Date: Monday and Tuesday, February 27-28th
Where: College of Letters Library (41 Wyllys, 3rd Floor)
Last year’s directors of the Vagina Monologues, Jessica Perelman ’17 and Eileen Connor ’18 have taken some time to write about why the Monologues won’t be happening on our campus this year.
This post comes as a way to continue conversations about the main subject of the Vagina Monologues- womanhood. As there have been continuous discussions in recent years about whether the Monologues should persist, this post comes not as a defense to “why” or “why not,” but mostly just to inform the wider campus community.
I don’t think it is too difficult to find the problems with the Monologues portrayal of womanhood, as it equates being a woman to having a vagina, a notion which is widely understood to be false. If this idea comes as new to you…. ??¿?¿¿?¿ The discussion of the Dialogues on this campus have also culminated in the creation of a more accepting and accessible version of the Dialogues called the Shmagina Dialogues. But of course, the fight for equity is still ongoing.
In general, this is a conversation we can all continue to learn from, and use to understand gender and sexuality in larger social contexts.
Find the previous directors story below:
From Quinn Frenzel ’16:
On Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 pm, at Russell House, the Wesleyan University English Department will host a reading by Millet writing fellow Susan Choi. Susan Choi studied literature at Yale and writing at Cornell, and worked for several years as a fact-checker for The New Yorker. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Date: Wednesday, February 15th
Russell House Memorial Chapel
Lex Spirtes ’17 writes in:
Restore mind, body, and spirit in this 9 week support group for female-identified survivors of sexual violence on Wednesdays beginning February 15th from 5:30-7:00 PM!! Topics include: self-compassion, sleep, hygiene, sex and sexuality, body image, creativity and play, mindfulness, and healthy relationships. Sessions will include art, movement, and other activities! Email Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator at awarren[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by 2/13 to sign up!!
Deadline: Monday, February 13th
From Professor Margot Weiss:
RESCHEDULED FROM STORM: Please join us Monday, February 13th at 4:30pm in Russell House to hear writer, activist, and poet Eli Clare read from his just-out-yesterday book Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (Duke University Press 2017). Combining memoir, history, and cultural analysis, Brilliant Imperfection explores the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Taking neither an anti- nor pro-cure position, Clare weaves together race, disability, sexuality, class, gender, and environmental politics to uncover the value of body-mind difference.
Date: Monday, February 13th
Place: Russell House
Some of you have probably seen on Facebook that there is something going wrong with the Theater Department, and might have further questions. Maia Nelles-Sager ’17 wrote a piece explaining the state of the Wesleyan Theater Department and submitted it to Wesleying. We are deciding to post it because we think it represents an all-too-often occurrence where departments are neglected and visiting professors are overworked.
As with many things at Wesleyan, there are inner workings of the administration to which students don’t have access. In the case of the post below, these things are having a direct impact on the formal education that we have come here to receive. As a prospective theater major, this post is something near and dear to me. I’ve seen a big cry for transparency in our community, and I hope you all will take time to see why many students are looking for it in the case of the Theater Department. Read past the jump for Maia’s post.
Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’19 writes in:
If you liked the staged-reading, you’ll love our fully-fledged production of this original student-written musical advised by none other than Lin Manuel Miranda 02’s writing partner, Professor Quiara Hudes.
Synopsis: In ancient Greece, The wise-talking Protaginus travels to Athens to trick wealthy patrons out of their money, only to fall for the wrong girl and become embroiled in an epic (rap) battle of rhetoric in the process. This wry, musical throwback explores competing theories of philosophy that we still debate in 2016, indulging in a kickline or two along the way.
What you should bring: 16 bars of your favorite song and a monologue (or joke, or just really funny story) to help us get to know you.
Callbacks will be Sunday, January 28th, same time, same place.
Written by: Zach Ezer ’17 and Eli Maskin ’17
Directed by: Miranda Hoyt-Disick
contact Miranda Hoyt-Disick at mhoytdisick[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions.
Date: Friday and Saturday, January 27-28
Place: Alpha Delt (we’ll let you in–picking locks is not part of your audition. But if you can do that let us know cause that’s cool and useful)
Maia Golden ’17 writes in:
Calling all singers, actors, drag queens, rocks stars, and musical queers! This is a 2 actor rock musical/concert, and we need your help to bring its gender-bending-glam-rock glory to life!
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2 person rock musical which takes place entirely at Hedwig’s (and her band, The Angry Inch’s) concert. It’s beautiful, sexy, fun, punk, glam, and everything in between. Written by a Wes alum :o Stephen Trask ’89 and John Cameron Mitchell, this little show has some big ideas about theatricality, gender, pop, punk, rock, and roll, and we want YOU to come audition for it!
WHAT WE’D LIKE FROM YOU:
-16-32 bars of a rock song of your choice!
-An optional 1-2 minute monologue of your choice (sides will be provided)
-A little familiarity with the show–literally just skim the wikipedia.
SIGN UP FOR A TIME:
Walk ins are welcome too, you may just have to wait a second longer. Sign up for a slot here.
***THIS SHOW IS GOING UP AS A WINTER INTENSIVE. WE WILL REHEARSE OVER WINTER BREAK (not all of it, don’t worry) AND PUT IT UP WHEN WE GET BACK TO SCHOOL NEXT SEMESTER***
If you have questions, comments, concerns, or jokes, please direct them to:
Maia Golden – mnellessager[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Cheyanne Williams ’17 – ctwilliams[at]wes
Chloe Briskin ’18 – cbriskin[at]wes
Simon Korn ’18 – skorn[at]wes
Nola Werlinich ’17 – nwerlinich[at]wes
Yours in aesthetic solidarity.
Date: Friday and Saturday, October 14-15
Time: 5-7PM and 4-6PM respectively
Where: Boger Hall Room 114
Facebook Event Here
Second Stage Workshop Queen Maya Herbsman ’17 writes in:
Welcome to Weekend of Workshops Round 2!! This time around we are teaching a WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCITING NEW THINGS!!!!
This weekend we have workshops for DIRECTORS, ACTORS, PLAYWRIGHTS, STAGE MANAGERS, DESIGNERS (Costume, Set, Lights, Sound, EVERYTHING!), DRAMATURGS AND MORE! As always, all workshops will take place in the ’92 Theater and will last around an hour unless otherwise specified. We’re doing some amazing stuff this weekend, come check us out and email Maya Herbsman (mherbsman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) with any questions!
Click through the jump for the schedule and descriptions of each workshop: