Category Archives: Events

Professor Anthony Hatch Presents “Black Phoenix Rising: Death and Resurrection of Black Lives”

From the Center for the Humanities:

Associate Professor of Science in Society, African American Studies, and Sociology Anthony Hatch presents the first Monday night CHUM lecture of the semester. This semester’s theme is “Rethinking Necropolitics.”

“In the face of violent anti-black forms of institutionalized racism, black people are forced to find new ways to refuse being killed. Yet, in the wake of successful racist killings, the deaths of black people take on new meanings that give life and hope to those who survive. The deaths of black people become sources of collective and symbolic power for the living. Positioning the Black Lives Matter Movement in the context of necropolitics helps renew our collective need to theorize the value and meaning of black lives within a deluge of death and disappearance in black communities. This movement is part of a broader intellectual tradition in black radical praxis that aims to transform scholarly, activist, and public discourse and public policies concerning anti-black racisms and the prospects for antiracist futures. By drawing on this broader tradition, this lecture envisions a black radical praxis that simultaneously recognizes how black people resist death and transform symbolic meanings of death in ways that push back against anti-black racisms.”

Date: TODAY, September 25
Time: 6PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons (3rd floor of Usdan)

WPU Debate: The West Should Not Promote Liberal Democratic Values to Other Nations

Tess Vartanian ’20 writes in:

The debate topic for our very first debate will be “The West Should Not Promote Liberal Democratic Value to Other Nations.”

Whether you’ve written dissertations on this issue, or just want to learn about it for the first time, WPU is the place for you! The debate features 2 speakers arguing the affirmative and 2 speakers arguing the negative. After the speakers, anyone in attendance has a chance to speak from the floor if they like.

If you would like to be a speaker please contact Tess Vartanian (tvartanian[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).

Business attire is preferred.

Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 8-10PM
Place: Allbritton 311

Annual Dance Showcase 2017

Lacey Miller ’18 writes in:

Come check out a wide variety of Wesleyan’s incredible dance groups on the most spectacular night of dance this campus has ever seen!

EXLEY PATIO outside SciLi facing Olin
10:00pm Party
10:30pm Show

Along with information about auditions and group meetings, the Annual DanceShowcase brings hip hop, contemporary, modern, ballet, contemporary African, Caribbean, Indian, ballroom, tap, majorette, and much more onto one stage for one exciting night.

Performers include: (ft. DJ audio.nymous)

Precision Troupe
Precision Ensemble
X-tacy Dance Collective
Fusion Dance Crew
Terp Core
Collective Motion
Wesleyan Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team
Mahogany Sugars

The Annual Dance Showcase is hosted by Precision Dance Company and made possible with the help of graphic designer Melissa Joskow, Shelissa in SALD, the WSA, and the Sound Co-Op.

Date: Friday, September 22
Time: 10PM party; 10:30PM show
Place: Outside Exley on Church St. (facing Olin)

Opening and Gallery Talk “Jiaqi Maria Ma—(BEIJING)”

From the CFA:

The painting process of Jiaqi Maria Ma ’17 is similar to the never-ending development of a city. Buildings and passages are created and erased, changed and layered, compositions and neighborhoods shift and mature. Similarly, her feelings for and memories of her hometown of Beijing have evolved as she distances herself geographically and chronologically. Her exhibition “(BEIJING)” consists of a series of five paintings based on her experiences of the the capital city of China. The opening and gallery talk celebrates the start of the 30th anniversary season of the College of East Asian Studies. There will be a gallery talk with Professor of Art Tula Telfair, and a luncheon buffet will be served. On display through Friday, December 8, 2017.

Date: Wednesday, September 20
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

Three in 30—“Black Pulp!”

From the CFA:

Three in 30 gallery tour brings together three Wesleyan faculty members—Professor of History Demetrius L. Eudell, Associate Professor of English and American Studies Amy Cynthia Tang, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Courtney Patterson-Faye—into Zilkha Gallery to discuss a selected work from the “Black Pulp!” exhibition with Guest Curator William Villalongo for ten minutes each.

Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time: 4:30-5:30PM
Place: Zilkha Gallery

Local Co-Op Fall 2017 Info Session

Thomas Reid ’18 writes in:

Interested about joining local co-op this semester but unsure how to? Want to know more about how the co-op process works?
Come to Usdan 108 on Monday, September 18 to have all of your questions answered!

Attending this meeting is not required to join co-op!
The co-op is open to all students (including grad students), faculty, and staff

ALSO! After this meeting we will be releasing the co-op survey :) (we know you’ve been waiting!)

Date: Monday, September 18
Time: 8-8:45PM
Place: Usdan 108

MTV Jams MoveHo Aux Party!

We now have an official abbreviation for Movement House (MoveHo, not MoHo):

You are invited to come celebrate the inauguration of Movement House with our very first dance party! Get inspired by your favorite 90s music video, dress up, and come get down to your fave songs!

Date: Friday, September 15
Time: 10PM-2AM
Place: MoveHo (200 High St) [The Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known as Eclectic]

Fall 2017 Student Groups Fair

The WSA does this thing every year:

Come check out Wesleyan’s coolest and most engaging student groups and organizations! There will be free gifts, arts and crafts as well as great music as supplied by The Wesleyan Student Assembly!

Students who are interested in attaining a table for the fair are able to register through Orgsync. To access the registration form through Orgsync, please go to Please note that space is limited, so sign your student group up as soon as you can! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the WSA Office at wsaoffice[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with “Student Groups Fair” included in your subject line.

The registration deadline is Tues, Sept. 12 so register asap!

Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, September 15
Time: 2-5PM
Place: Huss Courtyard (outside Fayerweather/Usdan)

Trash Dance Screening

Gretchen LaMotte ’18 writes in:

Ever seen garbage trucks dance?

Come to a free screening of “Trash Dance” this Wednesday at 5pm and learn about the work of an artist at the forefront of using creative practice to increase civic engagement!

Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. In the documentary “Trash Dance,” Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle.

Allison will be there to answer questions after the film. And there will be FOOD!

Date: TODAY, September 13
Time: 5-7PM
Place: Usdan 108