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Jacques Steinberg Talk

JS Talk

From WSA Prez Zachary Malter ’13:

Interested in issues of education, college access and affordability, Wesleyan’s admissions, or journalism?

On Tuesday, April 9th, at 7:30 pm in the Memorial Chapel, the WSA will be hosting a talk by author and journalist Jacques Steinberg, titled “Beyond the Gatekeepers: The State of College Access and Affordability in America.” All student are encouraged to attend. Jacques Steinberg is the author of “The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College,” a New York Times-best seller about the Wesleyan admissions process. Jacques was a journalist at The New York Times for nearly 25 years, most recently as its senior editor for education initiatives. Jacques left The Times in 2013 to join the senior leadership team at Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization based in New York City that provides an array of services to families in low-income districts – all with the goal of raising high-school and college graduation rates.The talk is a part of the WSA’s New York Times Readership Program. A book signing in Zelnick Pavilion will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase there.

Date: Today, April 9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free
RSVP to the Facebook event

Time Stands Still: Notation in Musical Practice (Conference-Festival)

Time Stands Still

From Monica Tinyo ’13:

Notation is a rich, mutable, and complex area of musical practice, in which composition, theorization, writing, and performance overlap and converge.

Time Stands Still combines talks, workshops, discussions, and performances to explore innovative notation in the 21st century. Featured composers in attendance: Mark Applebaum, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Parsons, Christian Wolff and Wesleyan composers Anthony Braxton, Ronald Kuivila, and Paula Matthusen. The Vocal Constructivists, a London-based choral group directed by Jane Alden, is the ensemble-in-residence. Other featured composers: Caroline Lucas, Juraj Kojs, Ross Feller, Will Redman, Chris Reba, Marc Miller, Liz Meredith, Andrew Greenwald, Adam Tinkle, Jacob Barton, Brian Robison, and An Exciting Event.

Taste of WesBAM! Event

WesBAM

From WesBAM! Co-Manager Renee Dunn ’14:

Have you been contemplating taking a WesBAM! class, but have been hesitant or unsure of which class was for you? Whether this is has been holding you back – or if you just want an opportunity to have a sweaty, fun time for free – Taste of WesBAM! might just be the solution to your woes.

This collaborative class will integrate yoga, kickboxing, and Zumba through the teaching practices of five phenomenal WesBAM! instructors: Renee Dunn ’14, Shira Engel ’14, Emily Hunt ’13, Anya Morgan ’14, and Leigh Stewart ’13. Each instructor will teach a 10-12 minute segment of their class, ensuring an exciting and unique fitness experience.

All levels welcome and accommodated. Come one, come all and mix it up with us for this awesome sampler class!

Check it out.

Wesleyan Thinks Big

Wes Thinks Big

Don’t forget to pick up your tickets for the Wes Thinks Big event today (3/27) and tomorrow (3/28) at Usdan during lunch 11AM-1PM or dinner 6PM-8PM..

From Hannah Vogel ’13:

WESLEYAN THINKS BIG IS UPON US! Five of Wesleyan’s most exciting professors can’t wait to blow your minds with their favorite topics. Each professor gives a ten-minute lecture on an idea that keeps them up at night, inspiring us to think bigger and better than ever before. Reserved tickets will be available for pick-up at Usdan Wednesday lunch and dinner and Thursday at lunch and at the event. If you didn’t get a chance to get a ticket, please come to Memorial Chapel at 7:30PM; we’ve never had an issue with people getting in since MemChap seats 500. This event is open to the Middletown, alumni, and parent communities, so tell your moms/dads/friends/etc. to come along! ITS is helping us do a real, functional livestream so check out website for the embedded video during the event… fingers crossed.
Official lineup:
Paula Matthusen: “Sounds in Remembered Spaces”
Jeff Rider: “The Importance of Old Stories”
Balu Balasubrahmaniyan: “‘Periyar’: E.V.Ramasamy and Social Activism in India”
Jacob Bricca: “Cinema Verité and the Reality Infection”
Vera Schwarz: “A Jewish Wanderer Listening for the Unsayable in China”
With emcee Gil Skillman on the ones and twos

A Slice with Jane Stern

From Izzy Rode ’14:

Jane Stern is an award-winning food writer and co-founder of Roadfood.
She is also a fourth-generation tarot card reader and recently
published Confessions of a Tarot Reader: Practical Advice from this
Realm and Beyond. Come for an informal chat; ask her about writing,
tarot, or anything in between. Pizza will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing and
Amy Bloom, Wesleyan’s Kim-Frank writer-in-residence.

See you Thursday!

Anaphylactic Shock Concert

From Henry Robertson ’13:

Come see us, Anaphylactic Shock, in concert. We are a group of 4 musicians that formed for my music thesis project. An infectious blend of rock, jazz, funk, grunge, bluegrass, folk and a bunch of trippy shit, we wanna make you dance your ass off and rock out with us and have an ethereal, profound experience. We want to expand your consciousness and melt your face. Also come check out the asskicking band Robert’s Dawn perform at 10 before we go on.

Leaves of Green / O Presidente / Blackbird & the Cherry Tree @ Earth House

From Our Dear Leader Zach Schonfeld ’13:

Describing themselves as “a band with a penchant for falsetto,” Leaves of Green is a quartet of NYU students (two of whom hail from the bustling metropolis that is Chappaqua, NY). “Caving In” is a pretty solid indicator of their sonic depth, which ranges from ethereal post-rock to driving indie-rock to a thick, dramatic climax. And yes, there’s a falsetto. According to NYU Local (motto: “The Wesleying of NYU”) (not really), they’re great live, too.

O Presidente is a noo-wop / bro-fi / tropicália band based out of San Francisco and Wesleyan University. Last month, they released their debut full length album, Clube de Futebol, which tastemakers have called “an entertaining, rocking, and even sometimes crooning record” and “very, very good.” Check out their jock jamz at this link. According to esteemed musicologist Alexia Nazarian ’13, “O Presidente makes me want to get in a kiddie pool and splash around.” [Gabe recently wrote a review of O Presidente’s music, check it out at this link.]

Blackbird and the Cherry Tree is a collaboration between Jess Best ’14 and Mel Hsu ’13. With a cello holding down the bass and the keys building a bluesy core, the duo’s razor-sharp harmonies pull you into a place as sweet as it is wild. Sam Friedman ’13 and Mark Bennett ’13 often join them on stage to fill out the sound with dirty harmonica and hard-hitting drums. Although this band is all about groove, don’t expect to get too comfortable because the storm is never far off.

Economie Dance

From Kerry Nix ’15:

Wondering why students on campus are turning to stone? Concerned about
their use of umbrellas under clear skies? Confused about what could
possibly motivate these presumably sane individuals to stop in their
tracks?

Behold Economie, Wesleyan’s newest and most kick-ass-est social
justice-focused dance group. These freeze-mobs are just the beginning.
If you’re into promoting racial equality and inclusiveness on campus,
dancing, having fun with umbrellas, and generally doing something
awesome – join us! To find out more, come to our meeting this Sunday
at 7pm in 41 Wyllys room 114 and/or sign up at our table at the
Student Activities Fair in Beckham Hall on Friday!

When: February 10th (Sunday), 7 – 8pm
Where: 41 Wyllys Room 114
Cost: FREE!

Pan-Romance Carnival Celebration [CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER]

Carnival

Spring is coming… but also that hard time of the year, full of assignments, tests, and exams. Before this Lent of the college life (except that it’s for more than 40 days) join us for the Fat Sunday, the expression of the Carnival Celebration for all the Romance Languages. You’ll have music, food, costumes, prizes, and fun. Open to all current students of Italian, French, Spanish & Portuguese. Costume required. [Update: “We have cancelled the carnival due to the weather conditions. We’ll reschedule it.”]

When: February 10th, 4pm – 6pm
Where: RLL Lounge – 300, High Street
Cost: Costume up!

Comparing and Contrasting South African Apartheid & Israeli Government Policy

sjp

From JJ Mitchell ’15:

Come hear Darryl Li compare and contrast South African Apartheid and Israeli Government Policy.

Darryl Li is an anthropologist and attorney whose research is broadly concerned with the relationship between law, empire, and war in the context of encounters between people from different (non-western) regions and cultures. He has been exploring these themes through research on Arab Muslim travelers and immigrants in non-Arab Muslim societies experiencing armed conflict.

Related to his work on transnational Islamist movements is a concern with understanding evolving forms of the transnational use of violence and coercion by the U.S. national security states. He focuses on various forms of proxy detention and rendition targeting transnational Muslim populations, as well as legal rationales conflating categories of external and internal warfare under a broader logic of global civil war.

Darryl’s research has appeared most recently in Arab Studies Journal and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He is on the editorial committee of the Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP). He will be giving a lecture comparing and contrasting South African Apartheid and Israeli government policy.

There will be time at the end for a few questions.
There will be snacks