Category Archives: Alumni

Screening of “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”

making a killingFrom the Center for Film Studies:

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA examines how guns, and the billions of dollars made from them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It exposes the ways powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit. Producer Tara Vajra ’10 will host a Q&A after the screening.

Date: Tomorrow – Tuesday, March 7th
Time: 8pm
Place: The Center for Film Studies

Seniors – Apply to be the Ford Fellow!

sdadadasFrom Gabriel Borelli ’16:

Hey, seniors! Has the job panic set in yet? There’s an excellent opportunity right here at Wesleyan for any graduate interested in writing and invested in writers.

Do you have excellent editing and interpersonal skills? Are you interested in the fields of teaching or publishing/editing? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be a Ford Fellow in the Writing Programs for the 2017-2018 academic year!

In an administrative role, the Ford Fellow assists in running the university’s Writing Workshop and supporting the First Year Seminar program. The Fellow’s teaching responsibilities include helping to train the university’s student writing tutors, designing and leading the seminar for veteran tutors, developing workshops and tutoring services for first-year students and other campus communities, and serving as the university’s senior writing tutor. The Ford Fellow will be instrumental in designing and updating the web page of writing resources for the entire Wesleyan community.

The Fellowship also includes a generous stipend, and the Fellow has graduate student status and is eligible to take two courses.

Please email the following application materials to Professor Meg Weisberg, Interim Director of Academic Writing (mweisberg[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

  • A letter of interest explaining your academic experience and future plans
  • A transcript
  • A resume
  • Two academic papers, preferably with grades and the instructors’ comments
  • The names of two faculty members who can serve as references. Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist.

Applications are due MARCH 13, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. and interviews scheduled thereafter.

Deadline: Monday, March 13th at 4:30pm

More information here.

Queer Past, Queer Future

Alumni Jennifer Boylan ’80 and Alexander Chee ’89 read recent work, discuss queer lives and storytelling, and share their own experiences as LGBT writers at Wesleyan.

Jennifer Boylan, a professor at Barnard College, is the author of 15 books, including She’s Not There, the first bestselling work by a transgender American, and I’m Looking Through You, which contains a chapter on Wesleyan. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and currently serves as the national co-chair of GLAAD, the media advocacy nonprofit for LGBTQ people. Her new novel, Long Black Veil, is forthcoming in April 2017.

Alexander Chee teaches fiction writing and the essay at Dartmouth College. He is the author of the novels Edinburgh (Welcome Rain, 2001; Picador, 2002) and The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). Edinburgh, which partly takes place at Wesleyan, won the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s Michener Copernicus Prize in Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Editor’s Choice Prize, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Literary Award.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library with support from Academic Affairs.

Date: Friday, March 3rd
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library

What Can You Do with Anthropology? Alumni Panel + Open House

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From Professor Margot Weiss:

What can you do after graduation with a degree in Anthropology? Come hear four recent Wes Alumni talk about life after Wesleyan!

Friday, February 17, 2017
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Russell House
reception with snacks to follow — department faculty will also be on hand to answer questions about the major.

Featuring:
Mariama Eversley ’14, Embedded Historian Fellow for Blights Out in New Orleans
Promiti Islam ’08, National Training Specialist at the Posse Foundation in New York City
Michele Ko ’16, Government Relations Associate at Planned Parenthood of New York City
Katie McConnell ’13, Master of Environmental Science candidate at Yale’s School of Forestry

Contact Prof. Margot Weiss with any questions! Click here for more.

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Place: Russell House

Emma Starer Gross ’15 and Ananya Menon ’15 Change the Landscape of Children’s Entertainment with New Webseries

“Jeanine Basinger personally emailed to ask if we’d consider donating the series to Wesleyan’s archives.”

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Childhood can be a stressful time. On top of endless school days and social politics, children’s brains are often filled with pressing and relevant questions like “how will I make money after losing my job?” or “how do I know if I have an STI?”. Luckily, Emma Starer Gross ’15 and Ananya Menon ’15 are here to help these inquisitive young minds as hosts of their new webseries Kiddie Kiddie Bang Bang. In each episode Emma and Ananya break down a new topic with their wisdom and sage advice. Thankfully, they were able to take time out of doing their important work to answer some of our questions.

Students, Alumni React to Trump’s Muslim Ban

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Earlier today, thousands gathered at JFK International Airport to protest the detaining of 12 people from the list of seven majority-Muslim countries covered in Trump’s executive order from yesterday. This order has suspended all immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia for the next 90 days, regardless of visa and permanent resident status. The order also bans entry of all refugees for the next 120 days and the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Among those at JFK earlier today was Casey Smith ’17, who gives more information about what’s going on there:

At least a dozen refugees and immigrants from the now-banned Muslim-majority countries were detained by Customs and Border Patrol inside JFK and more–unclear how many–were detained at airports around the country. The protests were posted on Facebook by immigrants’ rights and human rights activists, including Linda Sarsour. Lawyers from the International Refugee Assistance Project and the ACLU were inside the airport, by the arrivals gate, working to get in touch with the detained refugees. At the time of writing one Iraqi refugee had been released but the others were still detained. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-7) was inside the airport and at the protests all day to advocate for CBP to release the refugees. Protestors shouted “no ban, no wall” and that immigrants/refugees/Muslims are welcome here.

Smith also said that it is important that those who are directly affected by the ban be centered in conversations about the policy. Read past the jump for reactions to the news:

Concert: Jess Best ’14

jess_best_eventFrom the CFA:

Singer-songwriter Jess Best ’14, now based in Manhattan, returns to Wesleyan to perform her original soul and jazz compositions influenced by Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell, and Esperanza Spalding. She will be accompanied by Connor Schultze on bass and Paul Bloom on piano.

Date: Sunday, January 29
Time: 3-4:30 PM
Place: Russell House

cfa link

You can listen to Jess Best’s latest album, Kid Again, here.

Mel Hsu ’13 releases new album, “i was a phoenix”

This past December, Wesleyan’s very own Mel Hsu ’13 released her third album, i was a phoenixIt features original jazz compositions and performances by Hsu, who studied music composition at Wes. Her previous record, 2014’s Call Home the Crow, is comprised of her senior music thesis and was recorded in Memorial Chapel.

Hsu dedicated i was a phoenix to Claire Randall ’12, who passed away just before its release. She describes Randall as “the fierce and transcendent force that taught us how to be our most courageous and vulnerable selves– an anchor and a rock of this ensemble who breathed magic into every nook and cranny of this album.”

i was a phoenix is available for CD, MP3, and streaming on Bandcamp.

Remembering Claire Randall ’12

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The past few days have been laden with sadness for many in the greater Wesleyan community. Over the weekend, news of the passing of Claire Randall ’12 came to us and the rest of the Wesleyan community. Claire lost her life in an act of gun violence last Thursday. Rather than repost details of her death, we wanted to include a few things to remember her by.

Claire grew up in Rhode Island where she attended Mt. Hope High School. She was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated from Wesleyan with a major in Music, focusing in ethnomusicology and jazz studies. At Wes, she was a member of New Group and she starred in a mockumentary web series called WANNABES. During her time at Wes, she was also part of a 14-piece band called Mad Wow. After graduation, she joined alumni artists Jess Best [’14] and Trot Fox as a vocalist. She also worked in New York City for Resonant Motion, a nonprofit that focused on facilitating the creation of music that “has a profound capacity to inspire people towards personal growth, strength and transformation and to and educate people about issues important to their world.”

Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of knowing Claire, but I truly wish I had. Here are a few things Claire gave to the world in her short time here:

UPDATED: Students Call Upon Administration to Make Wesleyan a Sanctuary Campus

Courtesy of Ginger Hollander '20

Courtesy of Ginger Hollander ’20

[Update: Thursday, 11/17/16, 11:19AM]

The petition demanding that Wes become a Sanctuary Campus now has over 1100 signatures!!

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If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter at some point in the last week, you’ve probably seen a few postings about “sanctuary campuses” popping up here and there. After Donald J. Trump’s presidential win on a campaign platform that heavily targeted immigrants, especially those that are undocumented, there is a significant amount of unease in immigrant communities all over America. Currently, undocumented students have temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that President Obama H’08 put into place. However, Trump is expected to repeal this executive order. What will President-elect Donald Trump’s first move be? Given how often he has changed his mind on policy issues, just how much danger are immigrants really in? How will his policies affect undocumented students? What are sanctuary campuses, and why do they matter here at Wes? Read on after the jump to find out.