Category Archives: Politics

David Vine, “What Are We Getting Out of This?”: U.S. Empire and the Military Overseas under Trump

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

A Conversation with Chelsea Manning

Join Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, Wesleyan Students for Ending Mass Incarceration, Wesleyan American Civil Liberties Union, Ujamaa, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Student Labor Action Coalition, and Jewish Voice for Peace for a very special event with Chelsea Manning:

This talk will be a wide-ranging conversation between Chelsea Manning and moderator Professor Margot Weiss, Chair of the Anthropology Department. Ms. Manning and Professor Weiss will focus on the impact of current and emerging military, police, and national security tactics and technologies on Americans, the international community, and the environment. Additionally, they will focus on how Ms. Manning’s life and experiences have shaped her politics, and how queer and trans people are impacted by international systems of surveillance and militarism.

The talk will be ticketed to deal with crowding. Tickets will be free and available to pick up at the Wesleyan Box Office starting on Monday, November 6th. Security will be provided by Wesleyan Public Safety. Ticket checking will be provided by Usdan Event Staff.

This event is co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly Student Budget Committee, the Green Fund, the Adelphic Education Fund, the Sociology Department, the Anthropology Department, the American Studies Department, Friends of the Wesleyan Library, Center for the Americas, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Student Resource Center.

Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free! (Tickets will be free and available to pick up at the Wesleyan Box Office starting on Monday, November 5th)
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UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage

When I walked into Artspace in New Haven, the studio was relatively empty except for a few people and the art pieces. Each piece tells the story of a refugee, both for the eyes and the ears.

Mohamad Hafez, an architect and artist, takes these stories and creates suitcases, each reflecting the refugee experience. He recreates the rooms, homes, and lives of those who have suffered the damage from war. Ahmed Badr ‘20 records these stories, and curates them. When viewing the pieces, you can put on the headphones hung beside the pieces and listen to these refugees recount their stories.

I put on a pair of headphones, and listened. Each detail has made it onto the pieces. They help show the disaster, but also the innate beauty that these spaces occupied. The small details that compose the entirety of the piece–– dents in car license plates, toys that have accumulated dust from the rubble–– further emphasize the reality of these stories. Within those few minutes, I felt like I was in each of these places: Syria, Iraq, Congo, Sudan, all war-torn and never to be entirely the same as they were before.

I took off my headphones and the room swelled with a familiar sound: prayers being read in Arabic. It was strange to be in a public space in America and hear Arabic prayers so loud and clear. In that moment, I was home, with my grandfather, who lived right next door to the masjid. This juxtaposition of space and time took me by surprise, particularly because I wasn’t quite expecting it. The Arabic has its home at home, and here I am exposed to that via television shows, but not such an open space. Nevertheless, the ambient sounds made the entire experience that much more impactful. Here I was, hearing a language so familiar to me, for the most part associated with happiness, and having it transformed to this moment, to something not necessarily happy, but to that of strength, of courage, and of a new life.

The project was created to humanize the refugee narrative, that the refugee crisis is not simply numbers and statistics, but rather human beings, each who hold their own experiences and stories to share to us.

If you missed out on the gallery, fear not, dear Wesleyan’er! Mohamad and Ahmed will be holding a WESeminar on Friday, November 3rd at 5 PM in Fisk 208.

 

All-Campus Email about Charlottesville: A Dialogue with President Roth through Blog Posts

President Roth,

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.

Wes Students Support Yale Grad Student Union in “The Fast Against Slow”

UNITE HERE 217 and Wesleyan Students at Yale for the start of the occupation/strike

Wesleyan students from United Student/Labor Action Coalition and Wesleyan Democratic Socialists joined Yale graduate school employees from UNITE HERE Local 33 on Tuesday evening to kick off a hunger strike meant to pressure Yale administration into entering contract negotiations with the newly-formed union. Eight graduate school employees from Local 33 have committed to an indefinite hunger strike being called “The Fast Against Slow.”

Read more about the strike after the jump:

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 9): Triple Double Trouble

“Like, fuck academic excellence. Honestly.”

This afternoon we’ve got a triple double-feature for you: three great interviews, each with two great thesis-writers in their final stages of bewilderment, stress, and manic laughter! You can also read back on parts 1-8  here, here, hereherehereherehere, and here and you can find the entire archive here.

Enjoy the triple double-feature after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 8): The Dawn of the Last Full Day

“I’ve been telling people that my brain is somewhere splattered on some pavement that I’ve been trying to find.”

                                                  “anonymous preparedness”

It’s the last full day of thesis-ing for most of you (more on that later), and you can feel the stress gathering in the air–or is that the humidity that chose to accompany the lovely spring temperatures? Either way, we’ve got plenty of interviews left to distract you from last-minute edits, frantically writing acknowledgments, and all the other stuff you have to do before you hit print one last time. And if these aren’t enough, you can also read back on all seven parts of THESISCRAZY 2017  here, here, herehereherehere, and here, and you can find the entire archive here.

If you’re a thesis writer who’s feeling really wild, and you really want an interview before the pearly gates close at 4 PM tomorrow, you can email us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]edu with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet today, and there’s ~a chance~ (no promises) we’ll be able to make the magic happen before 4 PM tomorrow. But you should probably be working anyways.

Check out the interviews after the cut:

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 5): Let’s Talk About Sex

“I don’t know. I’m a mess! I don’t know what I’m doing!”

I spent the last 20 minutes looking up funny euphemisms for sex to make a title to this post. (I was unsuccessful.) If you’re looking for something equally procrastinate-y to do on this fine Sunday night, look no further. Today we bring to you four fine specimens of thesis writers. Remember, Wescam is just around the corner ;) If you want, check out the previous THESISCRAZY 2017 posts here, here, here, and here to start scheming for senior week, or our entire THESISCRAZY archive here.

If you’re looking to be immortalized in THESISCRAZY (and potentially Wescam) fame, email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.

More theses and craziness after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2017 (Part 4): Trapped in the Carrel

“I’m gonna turn in pages, there’ll be words on them. Whatever.”

The hours are ticking down (a fact that we’re sure all you thesis writer s are acutely aware of) and we have more interviews for you! A la R. Kelly a few of you have gotten trapped in the closet–er, carrel–but you haven’t let that stop you from working yourselves into a frenzy this last week before the deadline. You can catch up on the past three THESISCRAZY 2017 installments here, here, and here, and our entire archive here.

If you’re interested in being interviewed (we’ll be posting these right up until the last crazy second), email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.

Check out the interviews below the cut:

Bipartisan Discussion Series #3

Passionate about politics? Open to understanding how the other side thinks? Please join us for the third installment of our professor-led Bipartisan Discussion Series:

“Brexit, Nationalism, and Trump,”
Professor Peter Rutland
Wednesday April 12th, 12:15-1:15 PAC 422

*Co-hosted by Wesleyan Republicans & Wesleyan Democrats*

Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:15-1:15 PM
Place: PAC 422
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