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“Everyone Else” (2009)

Professor Katja Straub of the Film Department writes in:
Film Studies & German Studies will continue their annual film series with Maren Ade’s acutely observed relationship portrait Everyone Else (2009)
“… watching the film is to watch the emergence of a very particular and potentially galvanic cinematic talent.”  – Glenn Kennedy, The Los Angeles Times

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 7pm
Place: Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
Cost: Free

MINDS: Volunteer Experiences in India

Raghu Appasani ’12 writes:

On Friday,February 10th, 2012 at 5pm, The MINDS Foundation is hosting recent Wesleyan volunteers who have just returned from India.

Volunteers are: Raghu Appasani ’12, Shyam Desai ’15, Sam Douglas ’12, Emma Kingsberg ’12, Rehan Mehta ’14, Lauren Seo ’14, Rishi Shah ’12, Zach Valenti ’12

The Minds Foundation (TMF) ( is dedicated to providing support for – and eliminating the stigma of -mental illness in developing countries.

These volunteers are returned from India in late January, where the first critical Phase of the TMF India project has been completed.  The efficacy of the program is currently being analyzed through our relationships with Mount Sinai in mid-February, but the initial results are clear: 18 rural villages (~5400 citizens) have been educated about mental illness and will begin receiving treatment starting February 1st.   At this gathering, key findings will be presented, the CEO will offer a window into the future of this organization and provide an exclusive glimpse at a TMF documentary movie that is currently being filmed.

We would be delighted if you could join us – to learn more and to offer your thoughts…and to enjoy some Indian appetizers.

When: Friday, 2/10/12, at 5pm
Where: Allbritton 311

Meeting of the MINDS

Lauren Seo ’13 of the MINDS Foundation writes:
The MINDS Foundation is having its first meeting of the semester, and wants you to come learn how you can help make a difference for those afflicted with mental illness in developing countries. This meeting is for you if you are:
  • Interested in mental health, particularly in developing countries
  • Believe that no one should be cast aside because of their mental illness
  • Thinking of volunteering in Gujarat, India as a MINDS volunteer over the summer
  • Interested in developing professional skills such as grant writing, public relations, and program management
The MINDS Foundation has a persistent commitment to taking a grassroots approach to eliminating stigma and providing educational, financial, medical, and moral support for patients suffering from mental illness in developing countries. In the rural villages of Gujarat, India, there is less than one psychiatrist per 400,000 people. Cultural stigma further prevents people from being treated. We at the Foundation want to do something about this. There are plenty of leadership opportunities to apply for this semester, so if you are interested, come get involved!

DATE: Thursday, February 9
TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: Allbritton 304

MINDS @ Espwesso w/ Indian Coffee & Acoustic Performances

Raghu Appasani ’12 writes:

Come on in to Espwesso on Sunday Night for a hot cup of coffee straight from India.
There will be performances by Dan Light ’14 & Howe Pearson ’12.
MINDS will be selling their new T-shirts for $10 each.
If you ‘like’ them on Facebook or ‘follow’ them on Twitter you can get a free wristband on the spot or a $2 discount on T-shirts.
Bring your friends!

Date: Tomorrow

Time: 9 – 11

Place: Espwesso

Run Your MINDS Off 5K Fun Run/Walk & Talk

Raghu Appasani ’12 phones in:

Come on out Homecoming Weekend and Run for a Cause. All proceeds from the run will go towards growing The MINDS Foundation’s Program in rural Gujarat, India.

We have already directly educated over 2,000 rural citizens for $1000. That is less than 50 cents a person!
Help us raise enough funds to diagnose and treat these patients.

Why: The MINDS Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit that aims to eradicate stigma surrounding mental illness and neurological diseases in rural India via educational, financial, medical, and moral support.

Please visit:

When: Race will begin at 10am. On-site registration will start at 9am.

How: Register and run (or walk)! Online registration is available. Pre-race day registration will cost $10 and day of registration will be $20 (at 9am). All individuals who register will receive a MINDS tee-shirt for free. So register early!

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Date: Nov. 6
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Place: Wes Fuhrman ’05 Trails at Long Lane Farm-Wesleyan University
Cost: $10

“Psychiatry Unchained” Film Screening

Shout out from Raghu Appasani ’12:

Join The MINDS Foundation for a screening of the film Psychiatry Unchained, followed by a discussion  with Dr. Matthew Kurtz (Wesleyan) & Dr. Maya Prabhu (Yale) with free Haveli.

Date: Oct. 12

Time: 6:00PM

Place: JUDD Hall 116

Project Eye to Eye Info Session

Important message from Julie Platt ’12 from Project-Eye-To-Eye:

Do you want to be a part of Something New and Exciting at Wesleyan?

Do you want to do art and crafts where you get to be a SUPERHERO?

Do you want to Help Mentor KIDS who have Learning Disabilities or ADHD?

If the answer is YES, then we want you to become a mentor withProject Eye-To-Eye!

Come To An Info Session:

When: 6 to 7PM Wednesday, October 5th
Where: Usdan 110
Snacks PROVIDED Project Eye-To-Eye is the only national mentoring program pairing kids with LD/ADHD college students.  Using an art-based curriculum, we help children with LD/ADHD to value their own unique minds, build their self-esteem, and give them the skills to become self-advocates. All are welcome. Questions: email Wesleyanprojecteyetoeye(at)gmail(dot)com

Seed to Sprout: WILD SUCCESS

Join one of the alumni founders of WILD Wes (Miles Bukiet ’11) for a discussion about the creation of the fastest growing student group on campus and one of the most ambitious permaculture projects in the world. 

Watch the progression of leadership and learn how to build and sustain a powerful student movement with a panel Q&A featuring Bukiet’11 and the current leaders of WILD Wes.

What: Talk and Q&A
When: Thursday Sept. 22 @ 7:00 to 8:00 followed by a club meeting of WILD Wes from 8:00 to 9:00
Where: Shanklin 107

The MINDS Foundation General Information Meeting

Interested in psychology, neuroscience, mental health, global health?

Get involved with a grassroots nonprofit, started by Wesleyan students. Come hear from previous volunteers who traveled to India this summer. Bring your friends and come learn how you can transform the view of mental health in rural areas of developing countries. Visit for more information. There will be snacks!
Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 6 pm
Place: Allbritton 304

Project Eye-To-Eye Information Session

Important message from Julie Platt ’12 from Project-Eye-To-Eye:


Or have experience working with students with Learning Disabilities/ADHD?

If the answer is yes, then we want you to become a mentor with Project Eye-To-Eye!

Project Eye-To-Eye is the only national mentoring program pairing kids with LD/ADHD college students. Using an art-based curriculum, we help children with LD/ADHD to value their own unique minds, build their self-esteem, and give them the skills to become self-advocates! This is a one of a kind program that works to empower young students who, for far too long, have been told they are “different” than other student, and in a larger sense, redefine the perception of what it means today to be labeled as LD. We will only be selecting a limited number of mentors, so if you are interested, please do not wait to get in touch with us.