Around 4 PM today, President Roth sent out an email update notifying campus that Daniel Handler ’92 has stepped down from delivering the Commencement Speech for the Class of 2018. Dr. Anita Hill will instead be delivering the address at the event.
This decision follows Sarah Chen Small ’18‘s write-in as well as the her leading a student response which involved #CancelHandler posters put around campus earlier this week. This is a great example of how student activism can pressure the administration to check their actions. Honestly, this is amazing.
Read past the jump for the full text of the email:
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:
From the CFA:
Featuring choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka joined by his students, guest artists, and drummers, this invigorating performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms.
Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18; $8 all others
From the Anthropology Department:
Join us for this interactive, conversational event with political anthropologist (and Wes alum!) David Vine ’97. Prof. Vine will discuss his ethnographic research on US military bases, the state of the US Empire, and the role of public anthropology. With a response by Prof. J. Kehaulani Kauanui.
David Vine is Associate Professor of Anthropology at American University. His books include Base Nation: How US Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. His other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, and Mother Jones among others.
Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Place: Downey 113
An oldie-but-goodie of MRoth ’78 and Obama
In honor of Michael Roth ’78‘s 10th year as president, we here at Wesleying have collected all of the Roth memes that we could get our hands on. Many of these memes have been collected from Soggy We$ Memes, but Roth memes can be found all over the internet.
The Mash at Wesleyan University, Sept. 9. (Photo by Caroline Kravitz)
As you probably know by now, there is a fun event coming up this weekend called The MASH. The MASH is a performance event that happens every year during the first week of classes. It provides spaces and resources for different bands, singers, and artists to share their talent. Shoutout to Harrison Nir ’19, the student intern who has done a ton of work to make this event happen this year, and also Hanna Orovec, the staff member in the CFA that oversees the event. Give Josh‘s post a read if you want to know more about how this all came together. All of the groups that perform are Wesleyan affiliated, whether it be alumni bands like the one Michael Roth ’78 is in, faculty artists, or new ensembles like Good Morning Connecticut (GMCT). Below are some short interviews of student bands, including the aforementioned group GMCT, and another called Bonanza. We’ve also got some words from bassist Johnnie Gilmore ’18.
Wesleyan’s own Professor Richard Winslow ‘40 passed away on the 24th of July, aged 99. He is remembered for his contributions to Wesleyan’s music program and own talents. Winslow was educated at Wesleyan and Juilliard before returning to Wesleyan as a professor in 1949. Once a professor, he was responsible for the creation of Wesleyan’s world music program and was an instrumental (no pun intended) part of the musical community, owing to his belief in the importance of music education on college campuses. Due to a generous gift gift from Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, the Richard K. Winslow Chair in Music was established in Winslow’s honor.
You have worked, implicitly and explicitly, directly and indirectly, to make Wesleyan a hostile environment for people of color, students with disabilities, trans students, survivors of sexual assault and pretty much any student who does not fit into your image of the “conservative oppressed by the liberal arts.” What’s more, you have repeatedly refused to engage with students in any meaningful way about the ways in which you’ve created this hostile environment. So I have resorted to engaging with you on your own terms: in a blog post.
Professor Emeritus David Beveridge who, until last Spring, was a full time faculty member in the Chemistry Department and the Molecular Biophysics certificate program, was arrested on Tuesday after his dog died in a hot car.
According to reports by NBC Connecticut and the Hartford Courant, Professor Beveridge intended to take his 3-year-old labradoodle Jennie to a doggie day care before he went into work. Instead, he went straight to work, forgetting to drop Jennie off first, and remembered 2.5 hours later. After remembering that he had forgotten to drop her off, he found the dog had passed in the intervening time.
Randi Plake writes in:
“Shake” is a rambunctious and tender duet born out of a nine-year friendship between Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and Bates College Associate Professor of Dance Rachel Boggia. The world premiere of their first choreographed work features their shared love of vibratory movement, smooth breath, and cheesy humor; and influences including Ghanaian dance forms, American postmodern dance, fake tap dance, bad jokes, and life experiences.
Date: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th
Time: 8 PM
Place: CFA Theater