Category Archives: Events

Film Series: Special Free Preview Screening – Lady Bird

2017. USA. Dir: Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 93 min.


“I’ve tried – and failed – to think of another film that so sharply and humorously shows what it’s like to be a teenage girl.”
“Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out”

“The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“‘Lady Bird’ consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. It looks back on that moment less to relish memories of a bygone era than to commune with its impact on young adults today.”
-Eric Kohn, Indie Wire

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

College of Letters Open House

From Emily Furnival ’18:

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 Literature, History, and Philosophy. You will read everything from the Koran to Frankenstein to Sappho, and more. 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 after Spring Break for freshmen, so come by with questions!

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30-5:30PM
Place: COL Library (3rd floor of Boger Hall)

LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy

From the FGSS Department and the Office for Equity & Inclusion:

In an effort to explore diversity in Italian media and culture and to keep up with current debates in the country, the Italian section has invited Italian performance artist Primavera Contu and Dr. Julia Heim to discuss the theme of LGBTQIA+ activism in contemporary Italy. The event is titled “LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy”, and it is co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well as the Office for Equity and Inclusion.

Doctor Julia Heim will give a talk (in English) on queer sex, politics and art in contemporary Italy. Primavera Contu will then perform an interactive meditation on gender/sexuality/identity. The performance, titled “Don’t Panic, BI PAN. Bisessuale non è una parolaccia”, will explore and examine sexual labels, encouraging all participants to reflect, critically and ironically, on their own sexual identities.
Both events will be interactive and will give students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about these topics through practices of queer engagement.

A Q&A session and a reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Highwaymen Common Room RLL Building (300 High Street)

Theory Certificate presents Freedom and Flight

Professor Matthew Garrett writes in:

Freedom cannot be understood without its opposite, slavery. Political theory therefore must attend to the movement from slavery to freedom. Neil Roberts has developed a powerful account of this movement by examining marronage, the flight of enslaved Africans seeking escape from chattel slavery beyond the boundaries of the plantation. In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Downey 113

Hot Chocolate & Stargazing

Kati Young ’18 writes in:

Drop by for a night of hot chocolate, yummy cookie, and great company.

Hosted by Wesleyan Women in Science; all majors and genders welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 9-11PM
Place: Van Vleck Observatory

Table Talk with Amy Bloom

From Zenzele Price ’18

The semester is in full swing, and it’s time for the return of Table Talk with Amy Bloom! Bring all your plans (drafts, outlines, concepts, you name it!) for all things prose, and get ready to workshop with Amy Bloom and the Wesleyan writing community.

Free snacks, great people, and valuable critique!
Don’t miss this chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing (or anyone else’s.)

Come to chat, come to snack, come to share!

Date: Monday, October 16th (today!)
Time: 5-6PM
Location: Shapiro Center (116 Mt. Vernon)

Film Series: Funeral Parade of Roses

1969. Japan. Dir: Toshio Matsumoto. With Shinnosuke Ikehata. 105 min.


A cross-dressing performer at an underground gay club contemplates his defining childhood loss and his present love affair with his manager. Not quite doc nor fiction, this radically nebulous experience unveiled Japanese subculture and reportedly influenced A Clockwork Orange.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

“This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce—Part XIII

From the CFA:

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the thirteenth in a series of fifteen CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the first complete performance, in order, of the “Nine Nocturnes;” and two works that incorporate improvisation, “Les harpes imaginaires” and “Outdoor Scarlatti.”

Date: Sunday, October 15th
Time: 3PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall

Foss Hill Jam!

From the people who organized Foss Hill Jam:

Come down to Foss Hill for the annual Foss Hill Jam with food, bouncy houses, face painting, and more! Celebrate fall with your friends on Foss!

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 3:30-6PM
Location: Foss Hill

Graduate School Fair

From the Office of Graduate Liberal Studies:

On Saturday, October 14, from 9am-noon, more than 20 graduate programs will have representatives at the Connecticut Teachers Graduate School Fair – a free event being held at Wesleyan University in Beckham Hall. Admissions and faculty representatives from CCSU, UConn, Southern, UNH, Quinnipiac, and more will be on hand to discuss the many graduate school options for educators and education professionals in Connecticut. Programs represented include M.A. Elementary Education; Ed.D.; Leadership 6th Year; SYC in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts; numerous subject-specific masters; MAT; interdisciplinary studies and more.

Information about Wesleyan’s partnership with ARC, the Alternate Route to Certification to gain initial certification to teach in Connecticut public schools, will also be available.

This event is free to attend, but we advance registration is encouraged! More information, and the RSVP form, can be found on the Teachers Graduate Fair website. Please be in touch with the Graduate Liberal Studies office, masters@wesleyan.edu, if you would like additional information about this event!

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 9AM-Noon
Location: Beckham Hall