On February 15th, President Roth emailed an announcement of this year’s commencement speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients. The 186th Commencement Address will be delivered by Daniel Handler ’92, also known under his pen name Lemony Snicket. Fellow degree recipients are Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University, and Joshua Boger ’73, scientist and chair emeritus of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees. Commencement will be Sunday, May 27, 2018.
The decision has sparked conversation among students, both in light of Handler’s past controversial remarks and the ongoing #MeToo movement, for which Anita Hill laid the foundation when, in 1991, she testified against Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court nomination on the basis of sexual harassment. Sarah Chen Small ’18 has written in with a response to the commencement decisions, which you view below along with President Roth’s original announcement email:
Keynote speaker Mustafa Nayyem, member of Ukrainian Parliament, Democratic Alliance, former investigative journalist, and catalytic force in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity will be in conversation with Ukrainian activist and founder of Lviv/Kramatorsk-based Building Ukraine Together Yurko Didula, and Professor Emeritus of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Visiting Professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy Dr. Daniel Hryhorczuk. The panel will discuss current events in Ukraine, social reform, non-violent resistance, civic engagement, and social-environmental health. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Olena Lennon from the University of New Haven.
The panel discussion will be followed by a ticketed concert at 8pm featuring the premiere performance of “This Side of the Curtain.” The multimedia work focuses on art of resistance in times of social-political uncertainty, and will be performed by over 40 musicians and dancers, directed by
Associate Professor of Dance, Environmental Studies, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Chair of the Dance Department Katja Kolcio in collaboration with with bandurist, composer, ethnomusicologist, and civic activist Julian Kytasty, and Hartford’s Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble conducted by Alexander Kuzma. The work will also include photo footage by Evgeny Maloletka edited by Waldemart Klyuzko, design by Assistant Professor of Theater Marcela Oteíza, and musical advisement by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Nadya Potemkina.
Date: Tuesday, February 20th Time: Panel: 6-7:30 PM; Concert: 8 PM Location: Memorial Chapel Price: Tickets for the performance are $8for the general public and$6for students and youth under 18
WesWIS is kicking off the spring semester with a student-faculty tea. We’ll start with a few announcements, and then set you loose to catch up with your peers and chat with the female STEM profs. We’re expecting faculty from astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, MB&B, math, physics, and psychology, so no matter what kind of science you like, there will be cookies and conversation right up your alley! Please RSVP to msnow@wes to let us know if you’ll be joining us so we can make sure to get enough tea. WesWIS events are always open to students of all genders and majors.
Date: Thursday, February 15th Time: 4:15pm Location: Observatory Library
Join us for this career conversation about working in audio journalism and podcasting. This event will feature Alison MacAdam ’99, Senior Editor Specialist at NPR and Mia Lobel ’97, Managing Producer at Panoply Media.
Learn about what it’s like to work in audio storytelling at NPR, get advice about how to break into podcasting, hear the realities of working as a freelance journalist and find out what skills are necessary to work in the growing world of audio journalism and podcasting.
This career talk is co-sponsored by the Gordon Career Center and WESU Middletown.
Hate food waste? Have a car on campus or know someone who does?
Food Rescue, Wesleyan’s volunteer food insecurity alleviation program, needs your help! Sign up here for a once-a-week, 30-minute nighttime shift to drive food from the Wesleyan dining halls to a Eddy Shelter, a local emergency shelter and halfway house.
Please email wesfoodrescue[at]gmail[dot]com for any questions and further instructions before shifts start!
*** Volunteers without cars [can you put “volunteers without cars” in bold? thank you!] needed as well! You don’t need to have a car to help.
Come join Wesleyan Posse Veterans Class of 2021 Tuesday evening at the Powell Family Cinemas for some FOOD, a screening of “The Age Of Consequences”, followed by a panel session!
The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.
Date: Tuesday, February 13th Time: 6:30-9 PM Location: Powell Family Cinemas
Looking for an opportunity to showcase your talent on Asian/Asian American culture? Sign up here to audition for Mabuhay, the annual Asian/Asian American show during WesFest! Spoken words, modern or traditional dances, musical performances, etc. are all welcomed, and every student is encouraged to audition.
Deadline to apply is Friday, February 16.
Please note that auditions are for the committee get a rough idea of what the show and each individual piece may look like. We neither require a complete piece nor require all participating members of the group to audition.
Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto at the age of five in Gifu, Japan, and continues to stretch the limits of the thirteen-stringed instrument. She moved to New York City in 1992, and taught koto at Wesleyan University. A musical dialogue between the east and west, this concert features traditional Japanese instruments alongside classical guitar, tap dancing, and percussion. “Koto 360°” includes contemporary compositions by Hikaru Sawai, John Neptune, and a New England premiere by Celil Refik Kaya.
Date: Friday, February 16th Time: 8 PM Place: Crowell Concert Hall Price: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 (reserved seating)
1953. USA. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. With Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse. 112 min. 35mm print.
A fading musical star seeks to remedy his career woes by putting on a show, and, boy, does he put on a show! Minnelli’s delightful, nostalgic showbiz film a? clef reveals MGM’s Freed production unit at the height of its art, resulting in some of the silver screen’s sheerest kinetic bliss. As the song goes: “that’s entertainment!”
2003. South Korea. Dir: Park Chan-wook. With Choi Min-sik. 120 min.
After a drunken night on the town, a businessman is kidnapped and locked in a room for fifteen years, watching his life fall apart on television and readying to charge after those responsible. This vicious thriller from the director of The Handmaiden combines an intriguing mystery, brutally realistic action scenes, and a critique of the revenge film’s cyclical violence.