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The Veritas Forum at Wesleyan: The Trouble With Freedom

Michael Roth ’78 is going to talk about freedom of speech:

What: The Veritas Forum

Title: The Trouble with Freedom: A Dialogue on Balancing Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech from a Christian and a Secular Perspective

Time: Thursday 7PM, March 1st, 2018

Location: Daniel Family Commons (Usdan 3rd floor)

Speakers:
Michael Wear (Faith Outreach Director during Obama Administration)
Michael Roth (President of Wesleyan University)

Moderator:
Prof. Mary Alice Haddad (Professor of Government and Chair of the CEAS)

Description:
How can American society cohere and freedom be preserved? The current political climate and recent social incidents have led many to question and examine what freedom of speech, religious liberty, and freedom in general, mean in the 21st century of the United States. At this year’s Veritas Forum, we will discuss the political, social, and cultural implications of religious liberty.

Light refreshments included.

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 7-8:30PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons

Bully Pulpit Interactive Information Session

From the Career Center:

Join us for an information session with President & Founder, Andrew Bleeker ‘07 and Founding Partner, Ben Clark ’99 of Bully Pulpit Interactive, a digitally-based marketing and communications agency that specializes in public affairs, corporate reputation and social impact.

Since their founding in 2009, BPI has applied the lessons of politics to brands and supported over 400 clients across multiple continents. These include 8% of FORTUNE 100 companies, Presidents, Senators and Prime Ministers, as well as several of the top non-profits around the world.

Andrew & Ben will discuss working at Bully Pulpit Interactive and their current positions. They will also conduct a Q&A session on the state of political marketing and share how to get into the field. BPI is also hiring for full-time and summer internship positions.

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 12-1PM
Place: Career Center

Hilary Jacobs Hendel ’85, P’18, “It’s Not Always Depression”

A cool event happening at the bookstore:

Fascinating patient stories and dynamic exercises that help you connect to healing emotions, ease anxiety and depression, and discover your authentic self.

In It’s Not Always Depression, psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel presents readers with a unique and pragmatic tool she calls The Change Triangle. The Change Triangle is a map—a guide to carry you from a place of disconnection back to your true self. Working the Change Triangle is the step-by-step process at the heart of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a therapeutic method that teaches patients to identify the defenses and inhibitory emotions (shame, anxiety, and guilt) that prevent them from being in touch with their core emotions (joy, anger, sadness, fear, and excitement). In allowing ourselves to fully experience core emotions, we move toward an openhearted state where we are calm, curious, connected, compassionate, confident, courageous, and clear. Through moving, persuasive stories of working the Change Triangle with her own patients, Hendel teaches us how to apply these principles to our everyday lives.

Hilary Jacobs Hendel ’85, P’18 is a psychoanalyst and certified AEDP psychotherapist and supervisor practicing in New York City. She has written articles for the New York Times and professional journals. She was also the Mental Health Consultant on the television show MadMen. Hilary’s blog, the Change Triangle, is read worldwide. Hilary is a Wesleyan alumna who graduated with the Class of 1985, and she is also a proud Wesleyan parent with a child currently enrolled in the Class of 2018.

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 7-9PM
Place: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer

Ian Foster writes in:

Mary Gordon is the author of eight novels, including There Your Heart Lies (2017), Final Payments, and The Love of My Youth; six works of nonfiction, including the memoirs The Shadow Man and Circling My Mother; and four collections of short fiction, including The Stories of Mary Gordon, which won the Story Prize in 2006. Gordon has received many honors, including a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing at Barnard College.

Date: Wednesday, February 28
Time: 6PM
Place: Russell House

We Talked to the Director of the New Office of Survivor Advocacy and Community Education

Two weeks ago, Antonio Farias emailed out some updates to Wesleyan’s policies and support networks relating to issues of sexual assault on campus. In the email sent on February 1st, which can be read in full on the Equity & Inclusion blog, Farias announced the hiring of Johanna DeBari, M.A. as the director of the new Office of Survivor Advocacy and Community Education (or SACE, for short).

DeBari partially fills the role of Alysha Warren who, before she took a job at Williams beginning Fall 2017, was in charge of survivor advocacy, running the We Speak We Stand performance during New Student Orientation and bystander intervention training programs, and worked in CAPS as a licensed therapist specializing in trauma resulting from sexual violence.

After the email was sent out, I reached out to Johanna for a Wesleying feature on the new office, her goals for the position, and her past research on sexual violence on campus. We ended up doing an email interview. Here’s what we talked about:

LIVEBLOG: Facilities Forum (OR: What Are All the New Buildings Gonna Be?)

University Provost Joyce Jacobsen and President Roth emailed the entire campus earlier this semester about two “facilities forums.”

You: “Wesleying, wtf is that?? It sounds like a snoozefest!”

Wesleying: “It very well might be, but we do think it’s going to cover a lot of important issues and we wanted to liveblog so that other folks who can’t attend know what’s going on.”

According to the email, the folks in North College “are reaching out for broad input” on what improvements to make to different physical spaces around campus. The email mentioned a list of things being considered:

  • Moving the DAC collections into Olin Library
  • Expanding the current digital design studio into a larger digital design commons
  • Renovating the south gallery in Zilkha
  • Building the third phase of the Center for Film Studies
  • Renovating the PAC and building
  • A new science building to replace Hall-Atwater

Yeah, it seems important. So here we go:

Need to Figure Out Co-Op Shares? Use this Spreadsheet!

Most of this is just recycled text from ~last semester~

The deadline for filling out the Local Co-Op Survey is Saturday at 5PM. If you’re a first-timer, co-op can be really confusing. There are at least 9 different co-ops to choose from, and the distribution method for each one can be different. Things only get more complicated if you live in a program house, a low rise apartment, or a senior house and are trying to form a group of 4 or more people, bUT yOU AlL wANt DifFFeREnt ThINgs!!!!!

It’s actually a huge problem. You may not want a full share of anything yourself but, as per co-op rules, your group must buy in whole numbers of shares. And, it’s somewhat difficult to figure out all these ratios as you are filling out the survey. Only one person can fill out the survey, and so if you don’t already know everything you want, your entire group has to be in the same room looking at the survey together.

davíd made a google sheet last semester that addresses these issues. You and your group members can use the sheet to get a preliminary feel for how much each person wants to contribute to your weekly co-op cornucopia. More after the jump:

Desperate Measures Auditions

Oren Maximov ’18 writes in:

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If you fit any of the descriptions above, you should come to audition for Desperate Measures, Wesleyan’s only short-form improv comedy group!

Auditions will be Monday (2/5) and Tuesday (2/6) in the East Room (CFA Theater Studios building) at 5-6.
Callbacks will be Thursday (2/8) from 5-6.
We don’t need you to prepare anything ahead of time. Just come for the full hour, and most importantly, have fun!
Questions? Contact omaximov[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6
Time: 5-6PM
Place: East Room of the CFA Theater Studios Building

The Big Short Movie Brunch

Zenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Our monthly FREE movie + brunch event is happening on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD! Come one, come all for free carbolicious delicacies, coffee, and cinematic delight!

Date: Saturday, February 3
Time: 11:30AM-2:30PM
Place: Shapiro Center (116 Mt. Vernon)

Apply for a Writing Mentor

From Ford Fellow Emery Frick:

Apply for a Writing Mentor! A Writing Mentor will meet with you privately each week to help you with writing in all of your classes. Mentors are trained to help you at all stages of the writing process, whether it be brainstorming, structure, grammar, style, or time management. By having a mentor, you will be able to continuously improve your writing throughout the semester.

We work with students of all writing abilities and in all disciplines, and all services are, of course, free.

Please apply here, by Monday, February 5th at 9:00 AM. We will notify new mentees by the 7th.

We look forward to working with you!

Deadline: Monday, February 5 at 9AM