It’s Sunday night, and I’m sitting on the ground of the Long Lane Farm parking lot with the members of the Wesleyan band Girltype Behaviors: lead vocalist and keyboardist May Klug ‘19, vocalist and drummer Shea Fitzpatrick ‘18, guitarist Sallie Fullerton ‘18, and bassist Gemma Shay ‘18. An orange light pours down on us from a nearby streetlamp, and what could generously be called a bonfire sits in the center of our circle. The light and fire give the setting a post-apocalyptic vibe that the packets of Capri Sun Roarin-Waters being passed around soften with their sweetness and nostalgia.
From Rachel Sobelsohn ’17:
Audition to be part of a staged reading of The Laundry Room, playwright Rachel Sobelsohn’s Senior Honors Playwriting Thesis, directed by Sam Morreale ’19!
The Laundry Room subverts the girl-meets-boy character convention to be a queer love story between two women with disabilities. This thesis aims to normalize disability onstage. It is a comedy, and the entire play takes place in a college laundry room.
To audition, we ask that you be a female-identifying actor. We are especially excited about working with actors who identify as having a disability, being that the goal is to normalize disability onstage. Disability can include, but is not limited to, mental illness, physical impairments, and even dietary restrictions like food allergies or celiac disease.
We are also looking for actors of color because disability is conventionally figured as white, and we wish to push against this stereotype through visible representation onstage. Even if you don’t identify as having a disability (or you do, and identify as white), we would still love to see you at auditions! We want to further a conversation about disability, and if you’re excited about that, then we’re excited about you!
The two-character play will only run about an hour. We will rehearse for two to three hours for the first two weeks, and four to five hours the second two weeks. We will present the staged reading on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 8pm!
No need to prepare anything as we will provide sides to read. We welcome both new and experienced actors.
Please sign up to audition here. Walk ins are more than welcome! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sam (smorreale[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Rachel (rsobelsohn[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).
Place: Theater Studios, East Room
From 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.
From Randi Plake:
Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble premieres new works for live-electronics and laptop ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 8 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Quinn Frenzel ’16 writes in:
The Wesleyan University Writing Programs is hosting a reading by Jacob Julien visiting writer Pankaj Mishra. Pankaj Mishra is the author of a novel, The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Time’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and several works of nonfiction. He is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. In 2014, he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in Nonfiction. His most recent books include From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and Age of Anger: A History of The Present.
Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Place: Russell House
From the CFA:
Urban Bush Women returns to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of “Walking with ‘Trane” (2015), an ethereal investigation conjuring the essence of John Coltrane. Inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of the famed jazz saxophonist, the work is choreographed by founder and Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Associate Artistic Director Samantha Speis, and Dramaturg Talvin Wilks in collaboration with the company, and set to live music by composers George Caldwell and Philip White, inspired by Mr. Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” and other works.
There will be a pre-performance discussion at 7:15pm facilitated by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellowship recipient Luisa Donovan ’18.
Date: Friday, March 3rd
Place: CFA Theater
Randi Plake writes in:
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Rhea Higgins, Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.
Date: Thursday, March 2nd
Place: Alsop House Dining Room in the Davison Art Center
A message from Randi Plake in the Office of University Communications:
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Sharifa Lookman ’17 about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 23rd
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Place: Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room, 301 High Street
Content warning: the following post and video discuss sexual violence and assault.
[Updated 2/16/17, 11:53AM] Check the bottom of the post for photos of the performance from Jejomar Erln Ysit ’19
If you were on campus at any point from Fall 2014 – Fall 2015, you might remember Karmenife Paulino ’15 as being something of a legend. Here are a few ways you may be familiar with her:
- She became a very public activist against sexual violence, openly talking about her assault at Psi U her freshman year.
- She also spoke out against members of Eclectic (which she was also a member of) for allowing her rapist into their home and perpetuating rape culture. Along with controversy surrounding a racial slur on a membership application, this contributed to Eclectic losing their house for the 2016-2017 school year.
- She, along with Tess Altman ’17, created a photo project titled Reclamation during the Fall 2015 semester. We covered the project in a 12,000-word interview with Karmenife, and then the photos went viral. Even Margaret Cho took notice.
Since graduating, Karmenife has gotten involved with numerous projects and collaborations. She created a portrait series of black icons and turned OKCupid harassment (and her comebacks) into art. She’s written and spoken extensively on how white feminism perpetuates rape culture. She’s a very active presence on social media. And, to top it all off, Karmenife has started to perform as a comedian.
She returned to campus last Friday for a one-hour stand-up routine, “Make Your Own Reparations 101,” and delivered a rousing set to the packed basement of Malcolm X House. Her jokes covered everything from the Wes administration, to casual racism at her workplace, to scamming white men on Tinder. Watch the video of her performance after the jump:
From Quinn Frenzel ’16:
On Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 pm, at Russell House, the Wesleyan University English Department will host a reading by Millet writing fellow Susan Choi. Susan Choi studied literature at Yale and writing at Cornell, and worked for several years as a fact-checker for The New Yorker. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Date: Wednesday, February 15th
Russell House Memorial Chapel