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MARTIN F. MANALANSAN IV, “Enmeshment: Queer Togetherness and Caring”

The Global Queer Studies Lecture Series presents:

Join us for a lecture on Martin Manalansan‘s book in progress, “Queer Dwellings.” Deploying his framing of “queer as mess,” Manalansan argues for a capacious yet recalcitrant notion of queer caring and togetherness that goes beyond scripted ideals of solidarity, empathy and concern. Manalansan is associate professor of American Studies at University of Minnesota. His books include Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora; Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader; and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Russell House

Espwesso is Hiring!

From our pals over at Espwesso:

Espwesso is currently hiring members of the classes of 2021 and 2022 to work as baristas in our student-run, community-oriented specialty coffee shop. All applicants must be on work-study. While experience is great, it is not required—we encourage anyone who is excited about coffee and interested in contributing to this independent student space to apply.
Complete the following Google Form by April 10 at 4pm:
Date: Wednesday, April 10
Time: 4 PM
Application

WESU Spring Record Fair

The WESU Spring Record Fair is here!!!!

WESU’s biannual record fair is back. The Spring Record Fair will take place on April 6th from 11am-4pm with early entry available for $5 at 10am. Come by to grab tons of music memorabilia from t-shirts and stickers to vinyl and cds. Local vendors will be in Beckham hall selling swag all day. WESU DJs will be spinning records to keep the vibes going. All are welcome and admission is free.

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Place: Beckham Hall

Writing the War on Terror: A Conversation with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin

Check out this event from Professor William Pinch!

Discuss writing fiction, non-fiction, and criticism with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin at the Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mount Vernon Street.

Ackerman is a novelist and long-form journalist who has published three novels and numerous essays. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. His next book, Places and Names, reflects on the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. It is due out in July. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C. You can learn more about Elliot Ackerman and his work at http://elliotackerman.com.

Molin is a former Army officer who served in infantry units at Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and in Korea. In 2008-2009, he was an advisor to Afghan National Army forces in Khost and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan. He also holds a PhD in American Literature from Indiana University and for many years taught literature and writing at the US Military Academy at West Point. He retired from active duty in 2015 and now enjoys teaching in the Rutgers University Writing Program. He is an avid reader and prolific critic of all manner of war literature. You can read some of his work at https://acolytesofwar.com

Please join us for a lively discussion with two impressive prose stylists!

(Cookies and beverages will be available too, to sweeten the conversation.)

Made possible with the generous support of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Department of History, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Shapiro Writing Center.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 5 – 6:15 PM
Place: Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mt Vernon St.

Talking about the Weather: Environmental Journalism & the Challenge of Communicating Complexity

Check out this event from Wesleyan’s College of the Environment!

Join us for a discussion about environmental journalism, led by Meaghan Parker, the executive director of the Society for Environmental Journalists. Lunch will be served; RSVPs requested, but not required.

Meaghan Parker is the Executive Director of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Previously, she was the Senior Writer/Editor and Partnerships Director for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program of the Wilson Center, a nonpartisan policy forum in Washington, DC., where she worked for 15 years. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning New Security Beat, a daily blog covering environment, health and security. She was the supervising producer of the award-winning documentary trilogy, “Healthy People, Healthy Environment,”three short films filmed in Tanzania, Nepal and Ethiopia. She was the lead editor of “A New Climate for Peace,” an online platform and independent study commissioned by the G7 Foreign Ministers. A frequent speaker and moderator on panels about media, she served two terms as the associate board member for SEJ. Before joining the Center, she was Manager of Research and Internal Communications at the Fortune 500 energy company PPL Global, where she researched international investments and renewable energy policy.

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 12:10 – 1:20 PM
Place: Albritton 311

Theory Certificate presents: Social Movement Power

Check out this event from Professor Matthew Garrett as part of the Theory Certificate!

Please join us for the second Theory Certificate lecture of the semester:

“Leverage of the Weak in a Time of Disinformation”
Hwa-Jen Liu (National Taiwan University)

Hwa-Jen Liu has developed a powerful framework for understanding the conditions of social movements, anchored in the divergent sources of power in labor and environmental struggles. Focused on East Asia, Professor Liu’s richly historical and rigorously structural account has broad applicability across time and geography. Her work has been called “required reading for anyone interested in the political possibilities and challenges of social movements in today’s global political economy.”

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: Downey 113

“The Past and Future of Human Rights” with Yale Professor Samuel Moyn and launch of University Network for Human Rights at Wesleyan

Check out this event from the University Network for Human Rights!

The event will begin with a brief talk and an audience-driven Q&A with Prof. Samuel Moyn of Yale Law School on ‘The Past and Future of Human Rights’. Professor Moyn is a leading expert and critic of the human rights movement. His book The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2012, Harvard University Press) assesses the growth of the human rights movement in the 1970s. Prof. Moyn’s book Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018, Harvard University Press) critiques the movement’s neutrality to the harmful consequences of the dominant neoliberal economic policies of the last several decades and its resultant failure to prioritize economic and social rights.

After the discussion, the University Network for Human Rights will launch on the campus of Wesleyan University. The University Network trains undergraduates in the practice of human rights through engagement in concrete human rights fact-finding, documentation, and advocacy. This past week, the University Network issued a major report on the role of US weapons in Saudi/UAE-led Coalition attacks on civilians in Yemen. The report received coverage in The Washington Post, Democracy Now!, Newsweek, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.

Currently, the University Network is working closely with local community partners on issues of environmental racism in Louisiana, forced eviction of indigenous communities by a major dam project in India, and forced disappearances in Mexico. After Prof.
Moyn’s talk and Q&A, the University Network’s Executive Director Ruhan Nagra, President Prof. James Cavallaro of Stanford Law School, and student coordinator Hannah Smith will discuss how Wesleyan students can get involved in concrete human rights practice. Prof. Cavallaro will visit Wesleyan in the fall and teach a seminar on human rights advocacy.

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: PAC 002

CAAS Distinguished Lecture: Saidiya Hartman

An exciting event happening this week!

CAAS Distinguished Lecture
Saidiya Hartman ’84
Commencement Speaker for the class of 2019

Saidiya Hartman ‘84, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is a scholar with interests in African American and American literature, cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies. She is the author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (2019), Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (2007), and Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America (1997).

Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall

Take Action for North End Youth: Meeting TONIGHT, Email, & Petition

Important event and action happening TONIGHT at 5:30 PM:

ATTENTION WESLEYAN STUDENTS AND GREATER PUBLIC: YOUR ACTIONS ARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE YOUTH OF THE NORTH END & MIDDLETOWN

*IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND THIS MEETING, THERE ARE OTHER IMPORTANT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE (see: Email Banking & Petition instructions in the Facebook Event)*

MEETING: On February 27th, there will be a community meeting during which the proposed resolution will be considered by Finance & Government Operations Commission about which organization that will be given access to the building formerly occupied by the Green Street Arts Center will be announced. Currently it is between the Middletown Green Community Center (MGCC) and St. Vincent de Paul. We are urging that the building go to MGCC for the reasons listed in the email banking script. This City decision is crucial for ensuring the well-being of the youth of the North End and Middletown!!! Attend this community meeting to show your support for MGCC.

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Middletown City Hall (245 Dekoven Dr, Middletown, Connecticut 06457)
PETITION
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