Category Archives: History

Artist talk by Nancy Ottmann Albert – “Documents in Black and White”

hillcrest-orchardsNancy Ottmann Albert (MALS ’94) will speak about her photographic exhibition “Documents in Black and White,” currently on display in the Special Collections & Archives exhibit cases. The works are selected from the Nancy Ottmann Albert Collection, which she recently donated to Wesleyan, and span the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. In 1981, inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England. She returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance, shooting black and white film in a medium format camera. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These include mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contains images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture; barns and abandoned homesteads; filling stations; drive-in theaters. All of the work, which includes gelatin silver photographs, was printed by the artist. The exhibition will be open through Friday, December 16, 2016.

The talk and event are free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Special Collections & Archives, Wesleyan Library, and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library. For more information, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: 
Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Library

Anarchist Histories and Activism

From the American Studies Department:

Come hear Wesleyan students publicly present their research from the American Studies course, Anarchy in America: From Haymarket to Occupy Wall Street, taught by Professor of American Studies J. Kehaulani Kauanui. The course focused on anarchism as a political philosophy and practice—a little known aspect of American culture and society. Students examined select aspects of anarchist political thought and praxis in the United States and the ways that anarchism has been represented positively, vilified, or dismissed. The class included histories, philosophies and theories, and activism; it explored a range of diverse political traditions including individualist anarchism, socialist anarchism, anarcha-feminism, black anarchism, queer anarchism, indigenous influences and critiques, and other schools of thought. Professor Kauanui will moderate the following two panels.

10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Historical Genealogies & Radical Analysis

“Free Love, Motherhood, and Spiritism: Reading Anarchy Through the Writings of Luisa Capetillo,” Iryelis López ’17
“Love as Prefigurative Politics: A Critical Examination of the Revolutionary Potentials of Non-Monogamy,” Sarah Lurie ’17
“Black Feminist Resonances: The Overlaps and Intersections With Anarchist Principles,” Kaiyana Cervera ’19

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Community Resistance and Diverse Forms of Direct Action

“Encrypted But Not Cryptic: An Intro to Crypto Anarchy and Practical Resistance of the Modern Surveillance State,” Kate Pappas ’18
“Threads of Anarchism: A Look at Flint Community Action Amidst a State Crime,” Aura Ochoa ’17
“Power to the People! Energy Democracy and the Socialization of our Energy Infrastructure,” Joshua Nodiff ’19

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10AM-1PM
Place: Russell Library (NOT Russell House!), 123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 06457

“Are We Better Than Our Predecessors? Toward a New Era of Progress” — a Constitution Day talk by Middletown Mayor Dan Drew

From the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

In this talk, Mayor Drew will explore the erroneous assumptions that we are more advanced than preceding generations and what we can do to focus ourselves toward a future predicated on progressive social and economic advancement. A Q&A with the Mayor will follow.

Date: Friday, September 16
Time: 5:30-7 PM
PlaceSmith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library

Wesleyingiversary: The Origin Story

“Wesleyan is like History or God, it’s a vehicle people use to transmit ideas.”

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This is the first in our series of Wesleyingiversary interviews. You can find the rest here.

Approximately half-a-score ago, we arose from the womb of a 4am AIM conversation. At the time of its founding, Wesleying was at a Wesleyan where social media was only just beginning to make a mark on campus life. Twitter did not yet exist and it was still called “thefacebook.”

According to founders Holly Wood ’08 and Xue Sun ’08, Wes needed a vehicle to unite increasingly disparate segments of campus life, preserve Wes history, and inform the masses of party locations. And thus, Wesleying was born. A decade, lots of bloggers, and bushels of sarcasm later, you are reading this post.

You are reading this post because you want to know what happened when we caught up with Holly and Xue to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the 5 year anniversary of Wesleying and talk about butt plugs (yes, those again) and flossing. Well, here’s our attempt at crafting an origin story:

Ecofeminism, Eco-Grief, and Climate Justice: A Conversation With Heidi Hutner

ecoJosh Nodiff ’19 writes in:

Come join Dr. Heidi Hutner, Associate Dean and Director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University, in a conversation
about ecofeminism, eco-grief, and climate justice! A longtime environmental activist and writer, Dr. Hutner will be addressing the dangerous Algonquin Pipeline and Indian Point power plant, as well as nuclear issues, fracking, and climate justice at large. Dr. Hutner will also facilitate an interactive workshop in which students can discuss and further their own activism at Wesleyan, as well as collaborate to build an intercollegiate coalition for climate justice. The discussion and workshop are open to everybody on campus!

This event, which coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, is sponsored by Fossil Fuel Divest, Veg Out, and the United Student/Labor Action Coalition.

For more info, check out the Facebook event!

Date: Monday, April 26
Time: 4:15 – 6:30 PM
Place: PAC 004

400 Years of the Bard in Print: From the First Folio to Text Messages

Shakespeare-posterFrom SC&A and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives has an excellent collection of Shakespeare’s works, from 1623 to the present. Drop in to this open house to view rare, illustrated, and unusual editions of the Bard. There are two sessions: 12-1 pm, and 4-6 pm.

Date: Thursday, April 21 — today!~
Time: 4-6 PM
Place: Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives, 1st floor Olin Library

Weird Old Wesleyan: Olla Podrida, Captioned

"Got this dank shit from Colorado over break. It's pretty chill. Can I borrow your baseball mask though? I need to send my mom a selfie"

“Got this dank shit from Colorado over break. It’s pretty chill. Can I borrow your baseball mask though? I need to send my mom a selfie”

Incoming class of 2020, you are not worthy. Well into the cyborg age, we are all not worthy. We could never be cool enough to be photographed in sepia. Never. Wes used to be worthy. To see this, one only needs to journey up to the 3A stacks and check out Olla Podrida, Wesleyan’s old yearbook that was discontinued after 147 years in 2009 because I guess people stopped buying them during the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Basically, I was bored and did exactly this. And oh lordt was I rewarded. I was so inspired that I “couldn’t even.” What I could do though was add historically irrelevant captions to every single one of my fave photos from Olla Podrida and compile them into this post for a target audience of #millenial #weskids. Also, found a photo from the 1978 yearbook and we def think it’s Michael Roth ’78 so that’s cool. SEE THE GALLERY:

China’s Youth: Another Cultural Revolution

china's youth another cultural revolutionFrom the CFA:

Barbara Pollack moderates a panel discussion about issues facing the post-Mao generation in China. Eric Fish is the author of the book “China’s Millennials: The Want Generation,” and a writer at Asia Society New York focusing on Chinese youth, politics, education, and social issues. Stanley Rosen teaches political science at the University of Southern California, specializing in Chinese politics and society. Michelle Yun is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Asia Society Museum.

Date: Saturday, February 27th
Time: 1-2 PM
Place: CFA Hall

History Matters Series: Primary Lessons

primaryLast minute news of an event from Alexandra Ricks ’16:

Ron Schatz (History)
Sam Rosenfeld (Government)
Courtney Fullilove (History)

The first primary of the 2016 presidential election is today in New Hampshire. Professors Schatz and Rosenfeld will lead a discussion of the origin and purpose of primaries and caucuses, the two-party system, and the current state of the election. Professor Fullilove will moderate.
There will be snacks.

The History Matters series is sponsored by the History Department.
Event Contact: cfullilove[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Today! Tuesday February 9
Time: 4:15-6 PM
Place: PAC 107