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College of Letters Open House

From Emily Furnival ’18:

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 Literature, History, and Philosophy. You will read everything from the Koran to Frankenstein to Sappho, and more. 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 after Spring Break for freshmen, so come by with questions!

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30-5:30PM
Place: COL Library (3rd floor of Boger Hall)

LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy

From the FGSS Department and the Office for Equity & Inclusion:

In an effort to explore diversity in Italian media and culture and to keep up with current debates in the country, the Italian section has invited Italian performance artist Primavera Contu and Dr. Julia Heim to discuss the theme of LGBTQIA+ activism in contemporary Italy. The event is titled “LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy”, and it is co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well as the Office for Equity and Inclusion.

Doctor Julia Heim will give a talk (in English) on queer sex, politics and art in contemporary Italy. Primavera Contu will then perform an interactive meditation on gender/sexuality/identity. The performance, titled “Don’t Panic, BI PAN. Bisessuale non è una parolaccia”, will explore and examine sexual labels, encouraging all participants to reflect, critically and ironically, on their own sexual identities.
Both events will be interactive and will give students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about these topics through practices of queer engagement.

A Q&A session and a reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Highwaymen Common Room RLL Building (300 High Street)

Theory Certificate presents Freedom and Flight

Professor Matthew Garrett writes in:

Freedom cannot be understood without its opposite, slavery. Political theory therefore must attend to the movement from slavery to freedom. Neil Roberts has developed a powerful account of this movement by examining marronage, the flight of enslaved Africans seeking escape from chattel slavery beyond the boundaries of the plantation. In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Downey 113

Hot Chocolate & Stargazing

Kati Young ’18 writes in:

Drop by for a night of hot chocolate, yummy cookie, and great company.

Hosted by Wesleyan Women in Science; all majors and genders welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 9-11PM
Place: Van Vleck Observatory

Go Get a FREE Cupcake at Swings for Karen’s Birthday

Hey! Did you know that today is Karen Kaffen-Polascik‘s 50th birthday?? You might recognize Karen as a familiar face at WesWings or the Red & Black Cafe, where she is the co-owner along with Ed Thorndike ’89.

Yesterday, Ed tipped us off to a surprise cupcake food truck that would be coming to Swings during lunch hours today just for the occasion. The cupcakes are courtesy of WesWings, so stop by before the truck leaves and wish Karen (and her twin sister) a happy 50th!!!! Read past the jump for some quality pics of Karen:

Middletown’s Christopher Columbus Statue Tagged on Columbus Day

Today, I received an anonymous tip with only a single image attached (see above). It appears as though someone spray painted “murder” on the statue of Columbus that sits at Harbor Park, alongside the Connecticut River and in the vicinity of Wesleyan’s boat house.

The tagging is especially meaningful given that today the federal government, the state of Connecticut, and the City of Middletown recognize Columbus Day.

Statues of Columbus in Bridgeport, New Haven, and Norwalk were also tagged in coincidence with the holiday. The Middletown Press reports:

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion —“Dearest Home”

From the CFA:

Abraham.In.Motion returns to Wesleyan for the Connecticut premiere of “Dearest Home” (2017), Kyle Abraham’s newest work. Comprised primarily of solos and duets, “Dearest Home” focuses on love, longing, and loss while showcasing six dancers’ most vulnerable and intimate states of movement. Presented in the round, the audience has the choice to watch the performance with the soundscape playing through headphones, or in silence. The company previously performed the sold-out Connecticut premiere of “Pavement” at Wesleyan in November 2013. There will be a pre-performance discussion on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:15pm facilitated by DanceLink Fellow Katie Lowen ’19.
The presentation of “Dearest Home” is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Date: Thursday, October 6 and Friday October 7
Time: 8PM (Thursday); 2PM and 8PM (Friday)
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

The Sloth: Caught Red Handed

From Misha Iakovenko ’18:

The Sloth is back for our first show this semester! The theme: caught red handed.

The Sloth is a storytelling collective that puts on 1-2 story slams each semester. At these story slams, each storyteller gets 5 minutes to tell a story related to a chosen theme. It’s non-competitive and always fun.

We want to hear about a time you did something you weren’t supposed to do, a time you caught someone in a lie, a time you just got really messy with some paint (or blood or ______)!

Send a 2-3ish sentence story pitch to wesloth[at]gmail[dot]com by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st.

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 8-9:30PM
Place: Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High St

Overland Summers @ Wes!!!(w/ PIZZA)

A cool thing happening:

Overland Dinner & Info Session | Wednesday, October 4th 7:00-8:00pm in Usdan 110

This summer join the dynamic, accomplished and charismatic group of Overland leaders who help kids see the world and all of its beauty and promise. Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Our staff of over 200 leaders and support staff spend ten days training and six weeks leading or supporting programs throughout the summer. Small groups, carefully crafted programs and inspiring leadership have been at the heart of what we do for the past 33 years. Come learn about hiking, biking, service, writing, language and field studies programs with Overland. Leaders describe Overland as the most challenging and satisfying leadership and work experience they have ever had.

Apply online here!

Leader Application Deadline: Monday, November 13th

Join us for an info session at 7:00 PM to learn more about how this could be a great leadership opportunity for you this summer. Stick around afterwards for PIZZA and a chance to talk with past leaders on campus. If you are interested in setting up a preliminary interview or plan to attend the info session, please email Dan Morris dan[at]overlandsummers[dot]com. We would love you meet you!

Date: Wednesday, October 4
Time: 7-8PM
Place: Usdan 110

Homecoming/Family Weekend Work Application!

From Amanda Yeoh ’19:

Apply now to be a part of Homecoming/Family Weekend (November 3rd-5th), put on annually by the University for students, family, alumni and friends of Wesleyan! Student workers play an integral role in the weekend by greeting guests at the registration site, assisting with activities and event preparation, escorting guests around campus in shuttle vans, and much more!

IMPORTANT DATES:
Application deadline: October 6th at 12:00 PM
Hiring notification: October 11th
Mandatory student worker meeting: November 1st at 5:00 PM

Please note: Students working under catering for Bon Appetit during the Weekend cannot apply for a position. However, regular Bon Appetit workers with weekly shifts are permitted to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Yeoh ’19, Maxine Gibb ’19 and Jejomar-Erln Ysit ’19 at aprinterns[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Deadline: Apply by 12PM on Thursday, October 6