Category Archives: Culture

College of Letters Open House

College of Letters lecture, Nov. 15, 2012.

Emily Furnival ’18 writes in: 

Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.

The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of European Literature, History, Philosophy & Foreign Language. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due March 27th, so come by with questions!

Date: Monday and Tuesday, February 27-28th
Time: 4:30pm
Where: College of Letters Library (41 Wyllys, 3rd Floor)

Second Stage Presents: DON’T LEAVE

Dont leaveSecond Stage here with this weekend’s show. For tickets, click here!

Description: A girl is abducted by the aliens she has been searching for her whole life. Unfortunately, her father has stowed away on the ship.

Come see the show to find out what happens next! For more information, click here.

A quick note about our eventbrite:

Each person is able to reserve up to two (2) tickets. If you try to reserve anymore than that, those tickets will be given to other people looking to see the show. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the show. Any later than 10 minutes before the show, and you are at risk of forfeiting your ticket to someone on the wait-list.

Dates: Thursday – Saturday, February 23-25th
Times: 8pm, 8pm, 2pm, and 8pm respectively
Runtime: 45 minutes
Place: ’92 Theater 
WARNING: Strobes, flashing lights, & loud sounds
House count limited, wait-list begins one hour before showtime. No late seating. 

WesMaps 2017-2018 Is Live (Kind Of) (For the Most Part)

I thought I was going to get work done tonight, but the pre-reg deities had other plans. Welcome to WesMaps 2017-2018, your new form of future-building, stress-inducing procrastination.

Truth be told, we don’t usually post about fall WesMaps until spring pre-reg, but since the new WesMaps link is already spreading like wildfire on social media, we thought we’d make an exception. Most of the courses aren’t even up yet, so we’ll hold off on our “best of” list, but here are some initial observations:

Artful Lunch Series—Sharifa Lookman ’17

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

VIDEO: Karmenife Paulino ’15 Delivers Powerful Comedy Set at Malcolm X House

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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:

Reading by Novelist Susan Choi

susan-choiFrom 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
Time: 8-10pm
Place (UPDATED): Russell House Memorial Chapel

Date Change for Eli Clare, Annual Disability Studies Lecture!

Eli ClareFrom Professor Margot Weiss:

RESCHEDULED FROM STORM: Please join us Monday, February 13th at 4:30pm in Russell House to hear writer, activist, and poet Eli Clare read from his just-out-yesterday book Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (Duke University Press 2017). Combining memoir, history, and cultural analysis, Brilliant Imperfection explores the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Taking neither an anti- nor pro-cure position, Clare weaves together race, disability, sexuality, class, gender, and environmental politics to uncover the value of body-mind difference.

Date: Monday, February 13th
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Russell House

Consent Blacklight Party

An invitation courtesy of Rémy Hatfield-Gardner ’17:

IT’S THE FIRST CONSENT BLACKLIGHT PARTY OF THE YEAR! Tonight is the night to get down WITH CONSENT.

Featuring DJs from these groups:
10:30-11: Rocky Horror Picture Show
11-11:30: RAW (Rap Assembly at Wesleyan)
12-12:30: Shakti
12:30-1:00: Esque

On Friday the 10th from 1 to 4, we will be selling glow sticks in Usdan. Proceeds will benefit Let’s Be Clear, an organization promoting consent education. Four glowsticks for $4.

REMINDER: Perpetrators are not welcome at this event. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable at any point during the party, please contact the hosts.

Date: Saturday, February 11th
Time: 10:00pm – 1:00am
Place: Alpha Delta Phi Grotto

Audition for Aporia!

The Gospel Truth

Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’19 writes in:

We’re back!
If you liked the staged-reading, you’ll love our fully-fledged production of this original student-written musical advised by none other than Lin Manuel Miranda 02’s writing partner, Professor Quiara Hudes.

Synopsis: In ancient Greece, The wise-talking Protaginus travels to Athens to trick wealthy patrons out of their money, only to fall for the wrong girl and become embroiled in an epic (rap) battle of rhetoric in the process. This wry, musical throwback explores competing theories of philosophy that we still debate in 2016, indulging in a kickline or two along the way.

What you should bring: 16 bars of your favorite song and a monologue (or joke, or just really funny story) to help us get to know you.

Callbacks will be Sunday, January 28th, same time, same place.

Written by: Zach Ezer ’17 and Eli Maskin ’17
Directed by: Miranda Hoyt-Disick
contact Miranda Hoyt-Disick at mhoytdisick[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions.

Date: Friday and Saturday, January 27-28
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Place: Alpha Delt (we’ll let you in–picking locks is not part of your audition. But if you can do that let us know cause that’s cool and useful)