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Writing the War on Terror: A Conversation with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin

Check out this event from Professor William Pinch!

Discuss writing fiction, non-fiction, and criticism with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin at the Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mount Vernon Street.

Ackerman is a novelist and long-form journalist who has published three novels and numerous essays. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. His next book, Places and Names, reflects on the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. It is due out in July. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C. You can learn more about Elliot Ackerman and his work at

Molin is a former Army officer who served in infantry units at Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and in Korea. In 2008-2009, he was an advisor to Afghan National Army forces in Khost and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan. He also holds a PhD in American Literature from Indiana University and for many years taught literature and writing at the US Military Academy at West Point. He retired from active duty in 2015 and now enjoys teaching in the Rutgers University Writing Program. He is an avid reader and prolific critic of all manner of war literature. You can read some of his work at

Please join us for a lively discussion with two impressive prose stylists!

(Cookies and beverages will be available too, to sweeten the conversation.)

Made possible with the generous support of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Department of History, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Shapiro Writing Center.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 5 – 6:15 PM
Place: Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mt Vernon St.

Talking about the Weather: Environmental Journalism & the Challenge of Communicating Complexity

Check out this event from Wesleyan’s College of the Environment!

Join us for a discussion about environmental journalism, led by Meaghan Parker, the executive director of the Society for Environmental Journalists. Lunch will be served; RSVPs requested, but not required.

Meaghan Parker is the Executive Director of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Previously, she was the Senior Writer/Editor and Partnerships Director for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program of the Wilson Center, a nonpartisan policy forum in Washington, DC., where she worked for 15 years. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning New Security Beat, a daily blog covering environment, health and security. She was the supervising producer of the award-winning documentary trilogy, “Healthy People, Healthy Environment,”three short films filmed in Tanzania, Nepal and Ethiopia. She was the lead editor of “A New Climate for Peace,” an online platform and independent study commissioned by the G7 Foreign Ministers. A frequent speaker and moderator on panels about media, she served two terms as the associate board member for SEJ. Before joining the Center, she was Manager of Research and Internal Communications at the Fortune 500 energy company PPL Global, where she researched international investments and renewable energy policy.

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 12:10 – 1:20 PM
Place: Albritton 311

Theory Certificate presents: Social Movement Power

Check out this event from Professor Matthew Garrett as part of the Theory Certificate!

Please join us for the second Theory Certificate lecture of the semester:

“Leverage of the Weak in a Time of Disinformation”
Hwa-Jen Liu (National Taiwan University)

Hwa-Jen Liu has developed a powerful framework for understanding the conditions of social movements, anchored in the divergent sources of power in labor and environmental struggles. Focused on East Asia, Professor Liu’s richly historical and rigorously structural account has broad applicability across time and geography. Her work has been called “required reading for anyone interested in the political possibilities and challenges of social movements in today’s global political economy.”

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: Downey 113

An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams

Check out this event from the College of the Environment!

Please join us for a reading, book signing and reception with award-winning conservationist-activist-writer Terry Tempest Williams, author of the environmental literature classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, When Women Were Birds, The Hour of Land, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and more. Both the event and reception are FREE and open to the public.

Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Ms. Williams received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation. Williams also received the 2017 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing.

Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Alpha Delta Phi-re

Check out this event from Azher Jaweed ’19 at Alpha Delt!

Get ready for an exciting, titillating, and mesmerizing concert featuring bands right here from Wesleyan. Opening for Alpha Delta Phi-re is Toxic Holiday, a four-piece Indie-Soul band from New Haven. Following is the most soulful singer and guitarist on campus: Miranda Finn. Headlining for the show is His Royal Highness Sir Cicero Presley, whose new EP with Miranda has just released! Join us this Friday as we rekindle the music scene at Alpha Delta Phi-re. Roll thru to ADP (185 High Street) at 9:59:59pm – 2am and vibe with us !!

No perps allowed. ADP’s top priority is the safety of those that enter our house. If you feel at all unsafe or uncomfortable please contact Nick Ticali at 516-710-0820

Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 9:59:59 PM-2:00 AM
Place: Alpha Delt


Shash Jaa’ : Bears Ears

Check out this event from the College of the Environment!

Film screening of Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears and Q&A with award-winning Navajo & Hopi filmmaker Angelo Baca. Post-event reception @ Zilkha Gallery, featuring a Bears Ears photo exhibit by Fiona McLeod ’19.


Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Place: Ring Family Hall
Price: Free!

WesAlums, Democrats Victorious in 2018 Midterm Elections

Campus this Wednesday was beaming with happiness and sunlight. There was hardly a cloud in the sky and it was a balmy 64º outside, which, frankly, is hardly an anomaly for New England weather in November. For those of us who were on campus the day after the 2016 election, we know that this is the exact opposite of the weather that descended upon Foss Hill the day after President Trump was elected to office. I can’t be the only person thinking that the difference in the weather feels reflective of how different the outcomes of these two elections have been.