Category Archives: General

Film Series: The Kind Words

2015. Israel/Canada. Dir: Shemi Zarhin. With Rotem Zissman-Cohen. 118 min.


After the death of their mother, three siblings embark on an international road trip to try to uncover family secrets. Their trek from Israel to France becomes as much about the journey itself as the answers they seek; as the siblings reconnect they must confront what they thought they knew about each other and try to figure out who they really are.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

DDS Skillshare Workshop: Glitch Art

glitchbhsbfkaeelgeslCool thing going on at the Digital Design Studio:

Come to the inaugural DDS Skillshare Workshop, a series of open mini-lessons on various digital art and design skills taught by the DDS Monitors.

This first workshop will be on text-based glitch art, taught by the DDS Assistant Manager, Giorgia Peckman ’18.

No previous experience necessary and no specific technological needs. Bring yourself, an image (or pull one from the internet at the lesson), and a laptop if you have one available, but if not you can use a studio desktop computer.

Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 2:30-4PM
Place: Digital Design Studio

WRP Benefit Concert w/ Chef, Girltype Behaviors, the good lonely

chefffCasey Smith ’17 writes in:

This concert is a WRP fundraiser benefiting the International Refugee Assistance Project, an organization that provides legal services to refugees and displaced people worldwide and organizes lawsuits and policy advocacy related to the travel ban. Read about their work at refugeerights.org. $3 (or more!) donation at the door.

GIRLTYPE BEHAVIORS: Girltype Behaviors serves your daily dose of snack punk with a side of root vegetables.

CHEF: Wesleyan’s oldest 10 piece Hip-Hop-Funk-Soul-Rnb-Jazz fusion ensemble!! Cookin’ and servin up the hottest jams in the central Connecticut region since ’13.

THE GOOD LONELY: Three sophomores playing dance tunes. They are very excited about the new LCD Soundsystem album.

Doors at 9
Music at 9:30

Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 9PM-1AM
Place: Music House (200 High Street)

College of Letters Open House

College of Letters lecture, Nov. 15, 2012.

Emily Furnival ’18 writes in: 

Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.

The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of European Literature, History, Philosophy & Foreign Language. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due March 27th, so come by with questions!

Date: Monday and Tuesday, February 27-28th
Time: 4:30pm
Where: College of Letters Library (41 Wyllys, 3rd Floor)

Patricelli Seed Grant Finals

pcRebecca Jacobsen ’16 writes in:

Wesleyan University’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 PCSE Seed Grants. These $5,000 awards are intended to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture.

Each team will pitch their project or venture and engage in a Q&A with a panel of judges. The pitches and interviews are open to the public and will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the Engage at the Allbritton Center Facebook page — “like” the page to get a notification we go Live on Friday!

Read more about the finalists here!

Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 11AM-1PM
Place: Pitches broadcast on Facebook Live (held in Boger 112)

Apply to be an NSO & Academic Peer Advisor!

peeradvisorsFrom Michael Ortiz ’17:

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Academic Peer Advisors and NSO Peer Advisors for the 2017-2018 academic year. Academic Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation (NSO) and throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources, while NSO Peer Advisors work through New Student Orientation (NSO) towards the same goals. Academic Peer Advisors will receive training, give individualized peer advice and facilitate workshops for groups of students regarding metacognitive learning strategies, time management, public speaking, study, and exam preparation strategies. Link to the descriptions & applications for both positions can be found here.

Deadline: Apply by Monday, February 27

Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet

abrams_quintet_highlightFrom the CFA

Legendary pianist and 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams performs with his Quintet, featuring trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, drummer Reggie Nicholson, and bassist John Hebert. At the forefront of the contemporary music scene for over 50 years, Mr. Abrams co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in Chicago in 1965, and has performed with Max Roach, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Marty Erlich, Kronos Quartet, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, among many others.

Fee: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18.

Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 8PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students.

WesMaps 2017-2018 Is Live (Kind Of) (For the Most Part)

I thought I was going to get work done tonight, but the pre-reg deities had other plans. Welcome to WesMaps 2017-2018, your new form of future-building, stress-inducing procrastination.

Truth be told, we don’t usually post about fall WesMaps until spring pre-reg, but since the new WesMaps link is already spreading like wildfire on social media, we thought we’d make an exception. Most of the courses aren’t even up yet, so we’ll hold off on our “best of” list, but here are some initial observations:

In Depth: Wesleyan Refugee Project (Part 2)

Members of the Wesleyan Refugee Project

Libby Salzman-Fiske ’19, Caroline Kravitz ’19, and Sahar Shaikh ’17

Note: The information found in this feature was recorded in early to mid-February. Immigration and refugee policies in the United States are still in flux under the Trump administration, and the exact details regarding immigration laws and their enforcement may have changed since these interviews were conducted.

Since the Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) was founded in the Fall 2015, the volunteer organization has been hard at work in their contributions to resettlement programs, legal aid, tutoring services, and fundraising events. We spoke to one of the group’s founders, Casey Smith ’17, last September. Since then, it’s become even more difficult for refugees to enter the United States under Trump’s new immigration policies, and the future for refugee resettlement in the US is uncertain.

This semester, I spoke to several different members of the WRP, all in different leadership positions. I asked each of them how they got involved with WRP, what the group is focusing on this semester, and how other students can volunteer and participate. Read their stories after the jump:

Guest Post: What Happened to The Vagina Monologues?

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Last year’s directors of the Vagina Monologues, Jessica Perelman ’17 and Eileen Connor ’18 have taken some time to write about why the Monologues won’t be happening on our campus this year.

This post comes as a way to continue conversations about the main subject of the Vagina Monologues- womanhood. As there have been continuous discussions in recent years about whether the Monologues should persist, this post comes not as a defense to “why” or “why not,” but mostly just to inform the wider campus community.

I don’t think it is too difficult to find the problems with the Monologues portrayal of womanhood, as it equates being a woman to having a vagina, a notion which is widely understood to be false. If this idea comes as new to you…. ??¿?¿¿?¿ The discussion of the Dialogues on this campus have also culminated in the creation of a more accepting and accessible version of the Dialogues called the Shmagina Dialogues. But of course, the fight for equity is still ongoing.

In general, this is a conversation we can all continue to learn from, and use to understand gender and sexuality in larger social contexts.

Find the previous directors story below: