Category Archives: History

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

Birthday Party at the Van Vleck Observatory

Van Vlack Party

From Michaela Fisher ’17:

Interested in astronomy and/or the histories of astronomy and education? Want to party in the Van Vleck Observatory? As part of a series of events celebrating the observatory’s centennial, we are honoring the 143rd birthday of Frederick Slocum, Van Vleck’s first director, this Saturday, February 6th at 7 p.m..

Along with snacks and refreshments, Research Associate Professor of Astronomy Roy Kilgard and Professor of History Amrys Williams will be recreating a 1916-­era public astronomy lecture in period attire using original lantern slides and projector from the observatory’s collections. A Q&A session will follow the lecture, and if the conditions permit, the newly restored 20” refracting telescope will be open for observing!

Date: Saturday, February 6
Time: 7-9PM
Place: The Van-Vleck Observatory

Wesleyan Thinks BIG: Fall 2015

Wes thinks big

From Catherine Wulff ’18:

Wes Thinks BIG is a TED-talk style event where 6 of Wesleyan’s favorite professors are asked to lecture for about 10 minutes on literally whatever they want – an experience, a personal passion, an existential question, etc. It’s about getting the school together to contemplate some of life’s many questions and to THINK BIG! There will be a live stream of the event here.

Speakers and Topics:
Long Bui (American Studies)- “Ethnic Studies and the Next American Revolution”
Mike Robinson (Neuroscience)- “Unconscious Desires”
Priscilla Meyer (Russian Literature) – TBD
Victoria Pitts-Taylor (Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)- “Waiting: Hospital, Hospice, Asylum”
Tula Telfair (Art)- “Art Reveals Ourselves”
Yamil Velez (Government)- “How to Build a Wall: Immigration and Nativism in the 21st Century”

Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 8-10PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

In Depth: Bell & Scroll

Professor of German Studies, Emeritus, Peter Frenzel with two of the Wesleyan bells

Professor of German Studies, Emeritus, Peter Frenzel with two of the Wesleyan bells (Image from Wesleyan University website)

It’s 12 PM, which means if you are anywhere near South College, you can probably hear the ringing of the Wesleyan’s famous bells. On any given weekday, members of the mysterious Bell & Scroll society ascend the winding spiral staircase to reach the 24-bell Wesleyan Carillon for their daily serenade. As part of Wesleying‘s “In Depth” series, I sat down with Bell Ringer ’17 (a student member of Bell & Scroll who wished to remain anonymous) and Emeritus Professor of German and Medieval Studies Peter Frenzel to find out what Bell & Scroll is all about.