Category Archives: Wes Off-Campus

Tour of the “Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions” Exhibition and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master: The Smaller Plate, ca. 1653 (Hind) or ca. 1658 (Boon and White). Etching; 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907; 1925.136.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master: The Smaller Plate, ca. 1653 (Hind) or ca. 1658 (Boon and White). Etching; 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907; 1925.136.

This one from the CFA is pricey and not on campus but hey, it’s fucking Rembrandt:

Tour the Columbia University exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions with curator Robert Fucci ’92, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Ticket price includes lunch. Space limited. Transportation not included. Reservations required; call the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 12
Time: 11 AM
Place: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Cost: $65 general public; $55 for the Friends of the Davison Art Center

Here’s a link to the CFA page about the tour.


laugh trackFrom Margaret Curtis ’14:

Sarah Esocoff ’15 and Keelin Ryan ’14 wrote and produced their comedy “Laugh Track” at Wesleyan the spring of 2014. They are now pulling a Lin-Manuel Miranda and bringing the show to NYC! The show stars Beanie Feldstein ’15 and has many Wesleyan crew members (but not too many).

The comedy is playing a 5 show run at The New York International Fringe Festival. Tickets to the first performance include free admittance to the after party!

Buy tix HERE. More info @

Date: Saturday, August 15 – Thursday, August 27
Time: 6:15-10 PM
Place: The Lynn Redgrave Theater, NYC
Cost: $18

Procrastination Destination: That Sounds Fun!

Hubbard ParkWhy waste all your time procrastinating on the internet when there are so many lovely places in nearby central Connecticut ripe for exploration? Two Middletown experts, Manon Lefèvre ’14 and Piers Gelly ’13 write in with a pretty spectacular list of places one could visit while procrastinating or not procrastinating.

Does a goldfish really have an attention span of three seconds? Sometimes it feels like Wesleyan’s lasts just under four years. I’ve now lived in Middletown for six years, and my girlfriend, Manon Lefèvre ’14, has been a Nutmegger since she was nine. As such, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places in CT. It’s neither comprehensive nor conclusive, but maybe you’ll learn something from our experiences.
When it gets really hot out, you can tube down the Farmington River for a 2.5 mile scenic ride (and some mild rapids). It’s a little steep at $20, but totally worth it. Last time I went, there was one particularly scary bit of rapids and we were warned that if you went straight down the middle you would get stuck in what they call the “washing machine,” where you get sucked into a whirlpool and just spin around like a washing cycle. It happened to my friend Nicole, who panicked and had to get talked down by a lifeguard wearing nothing but a tiny speedo.—ML

Opening Reception – “Muslim Women’s Voices: A Photography Exhibition”

This invitation comes from Andrew Chatfield on behalf of the CFA:

The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America as part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.” This exhibition showcases photographs that challenge stereotypes of Muslim American women and explores the diversity and complexity of this community. There will be an artist talk at 5pm.

Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown

WESU & The Argus Present: Len Besthoff ’88


Rebecca Seidel ’15 writes in:

During his time at Wesleyan, Len Besthoff ’88 spent hours at WESU as a
news director, sports director, and DJ. After graduating, he went into
TV journalism. Len has covered major news stories on the East Coast
and New England for 25 years. Now, he is Chief Investigative Reporter
at NBC Connecticut, in addition to teaching newswriting part-time. He
will be speaking on Tuesday about how local investigative journalism
can make a difference.

This is the first of two evenings this week featuring Wesleyan alumni
now working in journalism! The second talk will take place on Friday
evening at 7PM and will feature Miriam Gottfried ’05 of The Wall
Street Journal and Nicholas Quah ’12 of BuzzFeed News (and of
Wesleying fame).

Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Drugs at the New York Times: A Reporter’s Challenge


What’s a young reporter to do when he’s assigned to investigate a newspaper drug scene after a series of overdoses? Try to blend in. astag_rocky realized recently that it’s harder than one might think.

Late last month, 10 New York Times writers were hospitalized for drug overdoses, and a few days later, five employees were arrested on drug-related charges.

As I’ve passed the New York Times building several times in a cab, and have known several people who have written for the Times, my editors decided I should go up to New York, New York to see what I could find out about the drug scene. Since I have an I.D. that says I’m 24, and can grow a beard long enough to plausibly pass for a current Times writer, my editors realized I was the perfect person to gauge reactions from various Times employees and random people passing by on the street.

2015-16 Volunteer Opportunities with the Center for Prison Education


From CPE Fellow Shannon Nelson ’14:

Are you passionate about social justice and access to higher education? Interested in volunteering with Wesleyan’s college in prison program? The Center for Prison Education is currently accepting applications for Writing Tutor and Research Intern positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Follow the links for the Peer Tutor and Research Intern descriptions, applications, and editing exercise.

Also: Check out this awesome short documentary about the program, directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12

The Peer Tutor application is due on Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 pm.  The Research Intern application is due on Friday, May 1st at 11:59 pm. If you have any questions, please email senelson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.