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Announcing the 2017 GLASS Prize in queer/trans* studies!

From Margot Weiss:

The GLASS (Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies) Prize is awarded for the best research and writing on a subject in queer, trans*, LGBT, or sexuality studies.

The prize is open to Wesleyan undergraduate students in all classes; senior essays and theses are preferred. The award includes no cash benefit, but the winner’s name will be published in the 2017 Commencement booklet.

Entries must be submitted in hard copy by 4pm on Thursday, April 20 to the Center for the Americas (look for the bin labeled “GLASS Prize” in the downstairs hallway).

If you have any questions, please contact the GLASS Prize chair, Prof. Margot Weiss (mdweiss@wesleyan.edu). More info at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/queerstudies/glass.html

Date: Thursday, April 20
Time: 4pm
Place: Center for the Americas

420 Eco Stage Show featuring 3D Printed Vegan Snax

From Phoebe Bodkin ’17:

Scott Beibin’s eco stage show– a bicycle-powered show — is a cross between Bill Nye and Whose Line is it Anyway. It features a home-built 3D printer that prints vegan snacks for the audience. His hope is to expose students to the vanguard of independent science research communities and to encryption and cyber security. The show features wearable technologies, like a gauntlet with screen/keyboard that controls the projections. Perfect for your 420 celebrations!
Funded by the Green Fund and WSA :D

Date: Thursday, April 20
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Place: Lawn beside CFA if nice out, Crowell Hall if raining

Seasonal Music Across Four Centuries: A Lunchtime Concert

An exciting invitation to a performance by Wesleyan Music Department ensembles:

A lunchtime concert of music at Wesleyan University.
Memorial Chapel – April 19th – 1:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public – all are welcome.

Featuring Wesleyan’s own Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Daniel Esposito ’17 – all in one concert, for the first time ever – performing music with origins spanning across four centuries. Come make history with us!

The Wesleyan University Concert Choir, directed by Professor Nadya Potemkina, will present choral works by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) and Edward Elgar (1857-1934).

The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum, directed by Professor Jane Alden, will honor the 500th anniversary of the death of the Franco-Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517) with a performance of his six-voice Missa ‘virgo prudentissima,’ alongside other sacred and secular songs.

Guitarist Daniel Esposito, a fourth-year student in Music and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, will share solo pieces for classical guitar, including works by Luís de Milan (c.1500-c.1561) and Fernando Sor (1778-1839).

Date: Wednesday, April 19th
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel
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AWARENESS 2017: America Divided film screening

You’re invited to a film screening:

America Divided: Out of Reach and The Class Divide is a series of documentaries focusing on inequalities in the United States as presented by high profile correspondents. America Ferrera, the daughter of immigrants, explores the ways refugees and immigrants are treated in Texas. Jesse Williams examines effects of the school-to-prison pipeline on students and the community in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is the last film in the AWARENESS 2017 Film Series.

The film starts at 8, and admission is free!

Date: Tuesday, April 18th – tonight!
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies

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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All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are proud to present “All Your Reading Habits Belong To Us: Digital Privacy and our Government — Catching up with the Connecticut Four,” in honor of National Library Week. In 2005, the FBI, under the auspices of the USA PATRIOT ACT, tried to access patron information from Connecticut libraries and issued a gag order on four librarians, members of the executive committee of the CT Library Connection. Known in the press as the Connecticut Four, the librarians spent over a year fighting the order and were successful in getting the FBI to withdraw.

Now, over a decade later, the Connecticut Four are speaking out against new efforts to expand the FBI’s ability to require libraries to hand over private information in the absence of a judge’s order. Two members of the Connecticut Four, Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase, will join us for a discussion with Dan Cherubin, Wesleyan University Librarian, on the history of the case, what’s changed and, in regards to our newly elected government, what we need to watch.

The event will also feature the announcement of the winners of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research prize. The candidate projects were evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources, evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself, and the quality of writing and research.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email libfriends(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

We take the opportunity of National Library Week to celebrate all libraries’ continued fight for both access of material and the right to privacy. As the American Library Association Code of Ethics, adopted in 1939, declares: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

Date: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: Smith Reading Room (1st floor in Olin Library)

more info about Barbara Bailey and Peter Chase after the jump:

Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio: with Juana María Rodríguez

From Professor Laura Grappo:

There is an exciting upcoming talk, “Speaking, Seeing, Sensing Sexilio” by Queer Latinx scholar Juana Maria Rodriguez.

This presentation investigates how visual documentation transforms our affective encounters with Latina sexualized embodiment. Using the biographical archives of a San Francisco transgender activist, Adela Vazquez, it asks what does seeing tell us about the subjective experiences of the life stories we encounter textually? And how does the embodied presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography hover over captured visual depictions of their lives?

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press, 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014) which won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the Modern Language Association and was a Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist for LGBT Studies. Her work has been published in academic journals internationally and she has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, NBC.com, Canadian News Network, and Cosmopolitan for Latinas. She is currently working on a book on visual culture and Latina sexual labor.

If you have questions about the event, please feel free to contact lgrappo(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, April 13
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High St.)

Screening and Conversation About Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba (in Spanish)

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. The directors of the documentary will be available for a more general CONVERSATION IN SPANISH about documentary filmmaking in Cuba on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:20 to 2:40pm in the RL&L Common Room. Cuban desserts and light refreshments will be served.

Date of Screening: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 6 PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema

Date of Discussion: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 1:20 – 2:40 PM
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Department Common Room (300 High St.)

Severo Secreto Documentary Screening

image003From the Romance Languages Department:

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. This film gives an overview of Sarduy’s formative years in the central province of Camagüey, his early adulthood in Havana during the first years of the Cuban Revolution, and his extensive work in France, where he spent most of his adult life. Through interviews with important Cuban writers and artists inside and outside the island, as well as Latin American and European intellectuals, the film reveals Sarduy’s apparent political neutrality, his views on sexuality, and his experimental writings about Cuban identity, with particular focus on Afro-Cubans and Chinese Cubans. The directors of the film, Oneyda González and Gustavo Pérez, will be present for a Q&A session in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation.

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 6PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema

Molly Rocket & Soren Bryce @ Westco Cafe

mollyrocketMolly Rocket concert this weekend!

Molly Rocket is back! After almost 3 years away, and fresh off the release of their new single/video “Friction (Dat Booty Doh),” Wesleyan graduates Molly Balsam ’14 and Atticus Swartwood ’14 are returning to play their first show back on campus. The now-Nashvillian duo is ready to come share what they’ve been working on, and get their fix of that sweet, sweet Wes Love. Anyone that remembers their pop-soul party rock will know not to miss out on this one.

Along for the ride will be the intensely talented Soren Bryce. Based in NYC, Soren combines electro-R&B with emotional songwriting to produce some truly powerful music. Think the production of James Blake and the vocal feel of Lauren Hill or D’Angelo and you’d be headed in the right direction. Catch her now for free, before she takes over the world.

 Rumor has it the group is working with another Middletown favorite to really make this show a night to remember—The Whey Station! Stay tuned for night of cheesy-soulful-sexy good times.

Until then, check out their new video here!

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 9PM-1AM
Place: West College Dormitory Cafeteria