The Rise of the African Novel: A Scholar-Writer Perspective

From Rebecca Njeri ’16:

Mukoma wa Ngugi is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. Professor wa Ngugi is a crime novelist and political commentator, and has written Nairobi Heat and Black Star. All are invited to wa Ngugi’s talk at the Center for African-American Studies on the rise of the African Novel!

Date: Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Time: 4:30PM
Place: CAAS, Vanguard Lounge

Thank a Cardinal Day

Thank_A_Cardinal_Banner_page_001From Brian H Lee ’13:
Swing by the first floor of Usdan TODAY and join the Wesleyan Fund Office in thanking the alums, parents, and other donors who have made Wesleyan their cause this year. Sign a card to thank a donor, and enjoy some free candy while you’re at it!
Time: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Place: Usdan

SexQuest is Back

alg-pile-o-condoms-jpgFrom WesWell:

The annual quest for sexual health knowledge and prizes is back THIS THURSDAY in Usdan during lunch!

Different groups will have tables set up with sexy activities and free swag!

Take sexy photos, learn about consent from ASHA, play a matching game with WesKink, learn about the senses of sex with the PHAs, learn intervention strategies from WE Speak WE Stand, and more.

Visit all of the stations to be entered to win a FREE HIGH END SEX TOY!

Come join us, sexy folks!

Date: Thurs, April 24
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Place: Usdan

How to Get a Google Internship, Tips from Evan Carmi ’13

ecarmigoogleEvan Carmi ’13, also known on Wesleying as ehc, wrote an e-book called “How to Get a Google Internship,” which has tips for how to get software engineering internships at companies like Google, the New York Times, and start-ups. He currently works for the start-up Brewster, and has worked on the New York Times London Olympics website, (collects data about NYC schools), and a bunch of other cool stuff. He also did this impressive thing:

Served as Chief Technology Mastermind for, a popular blog about student life at Wesleyan University. While an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, I moved the WordPress site to a dedicated Linode VPS and optimized the server to handle increased traffic. I also completed a major redesign of the site in January 2013.

“Mouth as Muse: Drawings by Julia Randall”—Artist Talk by Julia Randall

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From strange hybrid “Lovebirds” to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Assistant Professor of Art Julia Randall’s drawings seduce the viewer. The exhibition “Oral Fixations” is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Ms. Randall. As the artist explains, she sees the mouth as “the threshold of the id,” and her works are ”simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive.” The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud’s theory of oral-stage fixation, but Ms. Randall’s often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor.

Date: Wednesday, April 23rd
Time: 5pm-6pm
Place: CFA Hall

Mathematica in Education and Research

image001During this seminar, we will explore Mathematica’s use for a wide variety of practical and theoretical applications across a variety of disciplines – from exploring random walks to social network analysis. Attendees will not only see new features in Mathematica 9, but will also receive examples of this functionality to begin using immediately. No Mathematica experience is required, and students are encouraged to attend and bring questions that they would like us to address.

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (including Q&A, refreshments at 4:15 PM)
Place: Allbritton 311

Moregasm: Babeland’s Guide to Mind-Blowing Sex

10268627_10201725044912803_2340864302425206720_nFrom Willa Beckman ’15:

This new and exciting workshop hosted by the Peer Health Advocates focuses on trying new things and getting more of what you want from sex. Sophia and Laura from Babeland will go over pleasure-based anatomy for all bodies, hot communication tips (like dirty talk!), and expanding your sexual repertoire with our range of tips and techniques covering oral sex, anal sex, the G-spot, squirting, and sex toys.

There will be an assortment of vibrators, other sex toys, and lube available after the workshop and students get a 10% discount so bring some cash or a credit card!

Date: Wed, April 23
Time: 6:30- 8 p.m.
Place: Shanklin 107

Online Story Submissions for Take Back the Night

From Caillin Puente ’15:

In preparation for this year’s Take Back the Night, the Students for Consent and Communication (SFCC) are collecting anonymous stories for the event.

Take Back the Night is the global movement to end sexual violence and allow survivors a safe space to share their stories. In addition to our two speak out circles where every member of the community is able to share their experiences, we are adding these anonymous submissions so anyone who is uncomfortable sharing their stories in person can have them read by an SFCC member during the event.

If you are interested in sharing in this way you can submit stories here, or drop a story off during lunch and dinner in Usdan where we will be tabling for the next week. Again, all submissions are anonymous and we will accept them up until the day of the event next week!

Lastly, this year’s event will also have a new showcase of performances including songs, poems, raps and displays of visual art. If you are interested in performing please contact Caillin Puente (cpuente[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Nina Gurak ’16 (ngurak[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). If you have any comments, concerns or questions about the event please feel free to contact us as well.

Take Back the Night will take place Thursday April 24th at 7pm- look out for the Facebook and Wesleying event soon for more details!

Doppelgangers at Wes

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Michael Roth ’78 and Anthony Wiener

A few months ago, Wesleying decided to do a post on Doppelgangers at Wesleyan. Doppelgangers are those pairs of folks you get confused due to their incredible likeness. You may have seen a terrifying Doctor Who episode playing with the subject. After the jump are our featured doppelgangers and a full list. I wish I could have pictured all of the submitted pairs but consent is most important. SEE YOU AFTER THE JUMP!

Write Better Together: A Talk by Molly Barton ’00

image005-1From Library Assistant Jennifer Hadley:

Write Better Together: an inside look at a new generation of social networks and websites that empower writers

A talk by Molly Barton ’00

Ms. Barton is teaching the senior seminar for Wesleyan’s Writing Certificate this spring.  Formerly the Global Digital Director at Penguin Random House, she founded a start-up inside Penguin called Book Country, “the most supportive writing and publishing community on the web” – where writers can get feedback on their manuscripts, and if they desire, publish them as e-books. Barton left Penguin in February to work more closely with the NYC tech and start-up community. She is working on a number of undisclosed digital initiatives with major media companies, and serving as strategic advisor to publishing related start-ups in New York City and Silicon Valley.

For more information and to rsvp if you would like to attend, contact libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Pizza and light supper refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Develin Room (2nd floor Olin Library, Rm 204)