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420 Eco Stage Show featuring 3D Printed Vegan Snax

From Phoebe Bodkin ’17:

Scott Beibin’s eco stage show– a bicycle-powered show — is a cross between Bill Nye and Whose Line is it Anyway. It features a home-built 3D printer that prints vegan snacks for the audience. His hope is to expose students to the vanguard of independent science research communities and to encryption and cyber security. The show features wearable technologies, like a gauntlet with screen/keyboard that controls the projections. Perfect for your 420 celebrations!
Funded by the Green Fund and WSA :D

Date: Thursday, April 20
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Place: Lawn beside CFA if nice out, Crowell Hall if raining

Seasonal Music Across Four Centuries: A Lunchtime Concert

An exciting invitation to a performance by Wesleyan Music Department ensembles:

A lunchtime concert of music at Wesleyan University.
Memorial Chapel – April 19th – 1:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public – all are welcome.

Featuring Wesleyan’s own Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Daniel Esposito ’17 – all in one concert, for the first time ever – performing music with origins spanning across four centuries. Come make history with us!

The Wesleyan University Concert Choir, directed by Professor Nadya Potemkina, will present choral works by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) and Edward Elgar (1857-1934).

The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum, directed by Professor Jane Alden, will honor the 500th anniversary of the death of the Franco-Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517) with a performance of his six-voice Missa ‘virgo prudentissima,’ alongside other sacred and secular songs.

Guitarist Daniel Esposito, a fourth-year student in Music and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, will share solo pieces for classical guitar, including works by Luís de Milan (c.1500-c.1561) and Fernando Sor (1778-1839).

Date: Wednesday, April 19th
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel
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AWARENESS 2017: America Divided film screening

You’re invited to a film screening:

America Divided: Out of Reach and The Class Divide is a series of documentaries focusing on inequalities in the United States as presented by high profile correspondents. America Ferrera, the daughter of immigrants, explores the ways refugees and immigrants are treated in Texas. Jesse Williams examines effects of the school-to-prison pipeline on students and the community in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is the last film in the AWARENESS 2017 Film Series.

The film starts at 8, and admission is free!

Date: Tuesday, April 18th – tonight!
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies

Film Series: Central Station

1998. Brazil/France. Dir: Walter Salles. With Fernanda Montenegro, Vini?cius de Oliveira. 113 min. 35mm print.


A stalwart orphan and a jaded former schoolteacher set out in search of the boy’s lost father – and discover untellable Brazilian splendor along the way. Shooting both urban sprawl and bucolic meadowland with abiding warmth, Salles weaves dense characterization and spiritual depth into a unique road movie.

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

Film Series: Inglorious Basterds

2009. USA. Dir: Quentin Tarantino. With Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent. 153 min.


Forget just punching Nazis! Tarantino’s ultra-violent WWII adventure is the perfect catharsis for today’s political climate. Come cheer as Lieutenant Raine’s band of “basterds” and a vengeful refugee terrorize the Third Reich. No fascist is safe.

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

Film Series: For Heaven’s Sake

1926. USA. Dir: Sam Taylor. With Har- old Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston. Approx. 80 min, including shorts. 35mm print.


When a dorky millionaire tries to pay damages on a push cart he knocked over, he somehow finds himself sponsoring a downtown mission. Shenanigans only escalate from there, climaxing with a harrying ride atop a hurtling bus. Lloyd’s masterful gag construction made this among the most popular films of the silent era.

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

Bipartisan Discussion Series #3

Passionate about politics? Open to understanding how the other side thinks? Please join us for the third installment of our professor-led Bipartisan Discussion Series:

“Brexit, Nationalism, and Trump,”
Professor Peter Rutland
Wednesday April 12th, 12:15-1:15 PAC 422

*Co-hosted by Wesleyan Republicans & Wesleyan Democrats*

Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:15-1:15 PM
Place: PAC 422
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All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are proud to present “All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four,” in honor of National Library Week. In 2005, the FBI, under the auspices of the USA PATRIOT ACT, tried to access patron information from Connecticut libraries and issued a gag order on four librarians, members of the executive committee of the CT Library Connection. Known in the press as the Connecticut Four, the librarians spent over a year fighting the order and were successful in getting the FBI to withdraw.

Now, over a decade later, the Connecticut Four are speaking out against new efforts to expand the FBI’s ability to require libraries to hand over private information in the absence of a judge’s order. Two members of the Connecticut Four, Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase, will join us for a discussion with Dan Cherubin, Wesleyan University Librarian, on the history of the case, what’s changed and, in regards to our newly elected government, what we need to watch.

The event will also feature the announcement of the winners of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research prize. The candidate projects were evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources, evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself, and the quality of writing and research.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email libfriends(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

We take the opportunity of National Library Week to celebrate all libraries’ continued fight for both access of material and the right to privacy. As the American Library Association Code of Ethics, adopted in 1939, declares: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

Date: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: Smith Reading Room (1st floor in Olin Library)

more info about Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase after the jump:

Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio: with Juana María Rodríguez

From Professor Laura Grappo:

There is an exciting upcoming talk, “Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio” by Queer Latinx scholar Juana Maria Rodriguez.

This presentation investigates how visual documentation transforms our affective encounters with Latina sexualized embodiment. Using the biographical archives of a San Francisco transgender activist, Adela Vazquez, it asks what does seeing tell us about the subjective experiences of the life stories we encounter textually? And how does the embodied presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography hover over captured visual depictions of their lives?

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press, 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014) which won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the Modern Language Association and was a Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist for LGBT Studies. Her work has been published in academic journals internationally and she has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, NBC.com, Canadian News Network, and Cosmopolitan for Latinas. She is currently working on a book on visual culture and Latina sexual labor.

If you have questions about the event, please feel free to contact lgrappo(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, April 13
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High St.)

Screening and Conversation About Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba (in Spanish)

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. The directors of the documentary will be available for a more general CONVERSATION IN SPANISH about documentary filmmaking in Cuba on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:20 to 2:40pm in the RL&L Common Room. Cuban desserts and light refreshments will be served.

Date of Screening: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 6 PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema

Date of Discussion: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 1:20 – 2:40 PM
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Department Common Room (300 High St.)