Category Archives: Events

Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor!

aww-kitten-on-a-computerFord Fellow Gabe Borelli writes in for all you senior thesis writers like me who are floundering about having to turn in 20 pages of something to my department next week:

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting information, and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis. Really soon. As in this weekend. After brunch. But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor.

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting with you regularly to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out the application form HERE by Monday, December 5th at 8:00 a.m. Please note that this is a popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we might not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please contact Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg at mweisberg[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Ford Fellow Gabe Borelli at writingworks[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 5 at 8 AM

Last Table Talk with Amy Bloom of the Semester!

amy-bloomFrom the Shapiro Writing Center:

Come to the Shapiro Center to celebrate writing in all shapes and forms. Drop by Table Talk to eat snacks, get feedback from Amy Bloom and praise, pity, and parse your writing and that of others. Bring a piece of writing, bring your brain, and bring your stomach. There will be snacks and cheese!

Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 5-7 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center

#JewishResistance: Action and Critical Dailogue

jewishresistancA really cool thing happening tomorrow:

We draw the line.

We draw the line against the appointment of Steve Bannon, Islamophobia, complacency of the American Jewish establishment in systems of oppression, anti-Semitism, the Occupation of the Palestinian territories, racism, xenophobia, transphobia, misogyny, homophobia, sexual assault, discrimination against people with disabilities, anti-native violence, police brutality…

We draw the line.

This Wednesday, Wesleyan Jewish students and the greater Wesleyan community join with over 20 communities of across the country in drawing the line as part of IfNotNow’s national day of action.* Come to Boger 114 at 12:15 to reflect before we take a stand. As a group, we will walk from Boger Hall across college row at 12:45, physically drawing the line against the appointment of Steve Bannon and the normalization of hate and violence. We have seen this before, and we will not allow our leaders to be complacent.

From IfNotNow*: “For too long, our Jewish institutions have spent the majority of their political capital on ensuring that the American government supports Israel unilaterally. Now, that stance threatens to make them complicit with newly-emboldened white nationalists that swept Trump to power on the back of anti-Semitic tropes.
Bannon, Trump and their ilk are relying on our silence as they quietly normalize the sort of hate that characterized the Trump Campaign.

The Jewish community must lead by forcefully and publicly condemning Bannon and white nationalism in the White House. History is turning on this moment.

So on Wednesday, we will once again lead our community from the streets during a Day of Jewish Resistance — demanding the Jewish community draw the line at Bannon.”

We demand accountability of Jewish communal leaders and American politicians. We invite all members of the Wesleyan community to draw the line this Wednesday.

*For more about IfNotNow, click this link to visit their website.

Date: Wednesday, November 30
Time: 12:15-1:10PM
Place: Boger Hall 114

Reading by Novelist Eugene Lim

eugene-limFrom Quinn Frenzel ’16:

On Wednesday, November 30, 8:00 pm, Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT, the Wesleyan University English Department will host a reading by novelist Eugene Lim. Lim is the author of the novels Fog & Car (Ellipsis Press, 2008), The Strangers (Black Square Editions, 2013) and Dear Cyborgs (forthcoming in 2017 from FSG Originals). His writings have appeared in Fence, Little Star, The Denver Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, Gigantic, Your Impossible Voice, The Coming Envelope, Everyday Genius and elsewhere. He runs Ellipsis Press, works as a librarian at a high school, and lives in Jackson Heights, NY. More info at his website.

Date: Wednesday, November 30
Time: 8-9:30PM
Place: Russell House

Theory Certificate Presents: Blackness and Apocalypse

Professor Matthew Garrett writes in:

“Blackness and the Politics of Apocalyptic Imaginaries,” a lecture by Axelle Karera (Philosophy, Wesleyan):

Though to deny the geological impact of human force on nature is now essentially quasi-criminal, many theorists (mostly in the humanities) remain, nonetheless, unimpressed with what this “new era” has afforded us in terms of critical potential. From accusations that what we now call the “Anthropocene” has merely established a hegemony of brute facts at the expense of critique, to concerns about the multiple ways in which the term continues to obscure socio-ecological relations of catastrophic nature, it is fair to say that the many scenes of the Anthropocene are still contested terrains. In this paper, Prof. Karera is concerned with what Srinivas Aravamudan deems “the escapist philosophy of various dimension of the hypothesis concerning the Anthropocene”. Following Erik Swyngedouw’s recent indictment of apocalyptic discourses’ vital role in displacing social antagonisms and nurturing capitalism, Prof. Karera argues that the new regime of Anthropocenean consciousness has been powerful in disavowing racial antagonisms. Prof. Karera discuss the ways in which it has foreclosed proper political framings while, simultaneously, it has continued to construct and maintain growing numbers of both new and old enemies along racial lines. Prof. Karera contends that the “political Anthropocene” (if there is or ought to be one) will remain an impossibility until it is able to wrestle with the problem of black suffering.

Date: Wednesday, November 30
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Downey 113

Aporia!

aporiawesleyingphotoFrom Sara Eismont ’18:

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.

Sunday, November 20 in the Alpha Delta Phi Greene Room
Show One: 2-4pm
Show Two: 5-7pm

Written by: Zachariah Ezer ’17 and Eli Maskin ’17
Directed by: Miranda Hoyt-Disick ’19
Stage Managed by: Sara Eismont ’18 and Andrew Logan ’18

Our talented cast has been working incredibly hard all semester to bring this original musical to life. We can’t wait to see you there!

Here is the Facebook event!

Date: Sunday, November 20
Time: 2-4PM and 5-7PM
Place: Alpha Delta Phi (185 High St)

On Resurrection: The Grand Poetry Slam ft. Paul Tran

paultranWeSlam writes in:

It’s that time of year…

Thanksgiving is almost upon us; we are dreading the imminent celebration of colonial genocide. We are pre-stressed about finals stress. On a more somber note, we are devastated as a community by the hatred shown by our fellow countrymen and the failure of our political system.

What an apt time for a poetry slam.

The 10 poets performing on the Grand Slam stage are but a small sliver of the fantastic artists we have had come and go from our spaces. The top 5 scoring poets from this night will form the traveling competitive team which will represent Wesleyan at national intercollegiate slams.

WeSlam is also honored to bring Paul Tran to our stage as our feature poet.

About Paul:
Paul Tran is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net-nominated poet and historian. They won “Best Poet,” “Pushing the Art Forward,” and “The Torchbearers Award” at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). In 2015, they became the first Asian American in almost 20 years to represent the Nuyorican Poets Cafe at the National Poetry Slam (NPS) and Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS), where they ranked Top 10. In 2016, they were the first Asian American to represent Brooklyn at NPS, where they ranked Top 5. Paul is working on their first book. The manuscript examines intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. empire after the Fall of Saigon in 1975.They live in New York City, where they are the Poet-in-Residence at Urban Word NYC and Poetry Editor at The Offing. Read more about Paul on their site.

We are also thrilled to have the support of the Asian American Student Collective, the English and American Studies Departments, and the College of East Asian Studies in bringing Paul to campus.

**Paul will also be teaching a writing workshop at 4PM the day of the slam in the Shapiro Creative Writing Center**

Find more information and updates on the FB event.

Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 7-9PM
Place: Music House (200 High St.)

The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America

bandura_2016_eventCome see this performance:

The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America features 20 musicians who perform traditional Ukrainian songs and accompany themselves on the bandura, a 55-string instrument whose tone is often described as a blend of the piano and the harp.

Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 6PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Program House Proposal Presentations

202 washington full houseWeigh in on the future of Wesleyan program houses!

Anyone who submitted a program house proposal will be presenting their proposal this Friday, November 18th, 2-4 pm in Judd 116. We’ll be collecting feedback from URLC (Undergraduate Residential Life Committee) members and community members who attend, and we will use this feedback, as well as an electronic survey to be sent out to all students, to make our decisions about houses.

Date: Friday, November 18th
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Judd 116

Film Series: Blood Simple

1985. USA. Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen. With Frances McDormand. 99 min.


The Coens’ magnetic debut feature begins in Texas, where a single thought sparks a flood of violence. When a loutish bar owner hires an unsavory private eye to murder his wife and her lover, double-crosses and death cause matters to spiral. Set in a haunting, lurid world lit by neon signs and jukeboxes, this heart-pounding thriller defines neo-noir.

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