Category Archives: Events

The Long War in Afghanistan: A perspective

From Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

In August of this year, the U.S. announced another policy and strategy for Afghanistan. October 7th marks 16 years of war in Afghanistan, the longest American war of this century. Where are we in our aims to dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda and to help stabilize and secure Afghanistan well enough to prevent the return of the Taliban? Why is there still a strategic stalemate after 16 years? The talk covers the origins and evolution of the war in Afghanistan. The discussion will provide candid insights about the opportunities and risks associated with the current policy and the future prospects for breaking the strategic stalemate.

Colonel Bob Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army (retired), has served four tours in Afghanistan, returning from his most recent tour in March 2017. Cassidy has served as a special assistant to three senior generals, a special operations director of assessments, a special mission task force planner, a battalion commander, and a brigade operations officer. He earned his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. His scholarly work has generally explored strategy, irregular war, and military culture. Bob Cassidy is the inaugural Retired Military Officer Teaching Fellow at Wesleyan University for the academic year 2017-2018.

Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 7-9PM
Location: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion —“Dearest Home”

From the CFA:

Abraham.In.Motion returns to Wesleyan for the Connecticut premiere of “Dearest Home” (2017), Kyle Abraham’s newest work. Comprised primarily of solos and duets, “Dearest Home” focuses on love, longing, and loss while showcasing six dancers’ most vulnerable and intimate states of movement. Presented in the round, the audience has the choice to watch the performance with the soundscape playing through headphones, or in silence. The company previously performed the sold-out Connecticut premiere of “Pavement” at Wesleyan in November 2013. There will be a pre-performance discussion on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:15pm facilitated by DanceLink Fellow Katie Lowen ’19.
The presentation of “Dearest Home” is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Date: Thursday, October 6 and Friday October 7
Time: 8PM (Thursday); 2PM and 8PM (Friday)
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Concert: Young Jesus // Pope // Saint Something

From Earth House:

come thru earth house for this absolutely DIVINE lineup

YOUNG JESUS
“beans, carrot, house trash, small dog name Tim”
LA-based earnest indie rock, celebrating the release of their new album S/T
https://youngjesus.bandcamp.com/

POPE
NOLA noise + grunge pop
https://popeband.bandcamp.com/

SAINT SOMETHING
wes’s newest patron saints of alt pop
get ready for some stigmata

Date: Friday, October 6th
Time: 9:30PM
Location: Earth House

WESU Fall Record Fair

WESU, our friendly community radio station, writes in:

WESU’s (Wesleyan’s college radio station) will be hosting our annual fall record sale on October 8th in Beckham Hall. There will be record vendors from all over the Northeast selling everything from vinyls to concert memorabilia. Live DJs will be spinning vinyl all day!

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 11 AM-4 PM
Place: Beckham Hall

The Sloth: Caught Red Handed

From Misha Iakovenko ’18:

The Sloth is back for our first show this semester! The theme: caught red handed.

The Sloth is a storytelling collective that puts on 1-2 story slams each semester. At these story slams, each storyteller gets 5 minutes to tell a story related to a chosen theme. It’s non-competitive and always fun.

We want to hear about a time you did something you weren’t supposed to do, a time you caught someone in a lie, a time you just got really messy with some paint (or blood or ______)!

Send a 2-3ish sentence story pitch to wesloth[at]gmail[dot]com by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st.

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 8-9:30PM
Place: Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High St

Overland Summers @ Wes!!!(w/ PIZZA)

A cool thing happening:

Overland Dinner & Info Session | Wednesday, October 4th 7:00-8:00pm in Usdan 110

This summer join the dynamic, accomplished and charismatic group of Overland leaders who help kids see the world and all of its beauty and promise. Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Our staff of over 200 leaders and support staff spend ten days training and six weeks leading or supporting programs throughout the summer. Small groups, carefully crafted programs and inspiring leadership have been at the heart of what we do for the past 33 years. Come learn about hiking, biking, service, writing, language and field studies programs with Overland. Leaders describe Overland as the most challenging and satisfying leadership and work experience they have ever had.

Apply online here!

Leader Application Deadline: Monday, November 13th

Join us for an info session at 7:00 PM to learn more about how this could be a great leadership opportunity for you this summer. Stick around afterwards for PIZZA and a chance to talk with past leaders on campus. If you are interested in setting up a preliminary interview or plan to attend the info session, please email Dan Morris dan[at]overlandsummers[dot]com. We would love you meet you!

Date: Wednesday, October 4
Time: 7-8PM
Place: Usdan 110

The Tropical Seductress: Colonial Desire and the Poetics of Eroticism

From Cristina LoGiudice ’21:

Professor Couti is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies/Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her talk will focus on the erotic mythology and poetics created around the sexuality of Creole women (black or white) in nineteenth-century literature and culture.

Date: Wednesday, October 4
Time: 4:30-6PM
Place: Romance Languages, 300 High Street

Kyle Abraham Pre-Performance Workshop

From Katie Lowen ’19:

Do you identify as queer and want to talk about love? Come join the dancers of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion for a pre-performance arts workshop before the Connecticut premiere of ‘Dearest Home’, a piece about Love, Longing, and Loss. This workshop will involve visual and movement art exploration with members of the Wesleyan and Middletown community. Participants will also get the opportunity to purchase $6 tickets to see ‘Dearest Home’, and get to attend a free brunch with the company on the Sunday after the performance.
The workshop will be held October 5th in Usdan 108 from 5:30-7 PM.
Please fill out this form (workshop will be capped at 30) or email klowen[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information.

Here’s the link to the google form!

Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 5:30-7PM
Place: Usdan 108

The Business of Media: Career Talk with Anand Kini ’92, CFO, NBCUniversal

From the Career Center:

Join us for a career talk with Anand Kini ’92, CFO of NBCUniversal.
Anand Kini was named Chief Financial Officer for NBCUniversal in May 2015. In addition to his role as CFO, Kini will continue to help shape NBCUniversal’s long-term strategic direction, and lead consumer and business insights efforts. He is a member of the Executive Committee and reports to Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal. Kini will discuss his career path and share how he broke into the media industry.

Most recently, Kini served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Insights where he oversaw the company’s long-range strategic planning. Additionally, he managed the existing research infrastructure and worked to create new capabilities to best support the businesses’ needs, which included evaluating entertainment consumption, advertising monetization and the emergence of new viewership platforms to better inform NBCUniversal decision making.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal in July 2011, Kini was Senior Vice President, Financial Planning, and Analysis for Comcast Cable Communications, LLC. In that role, he managed Comcast Cable’s forecasting, annual budget, and three-year planning process, and served as a key analytical resource to help the cable businesses identify emerging market trends, evaluate competitive positioning and determine attractive growth strategies to drive strong financial returns.

He joined Comcast in 2007 from Activision Blizzard, a video game publisher in Southern Calif., where he was Vice President of Financial Planning. Prior to that, he was Director of Financial Planning for Disney’s Parks and Resorts division, where he split his time between California and Florida.

As an undergraduate at Wesleyan, Kini majored in economics and he went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 6PM
Place: Gordon Career Center

Wesleyan Doula Project Information Sessions

From Natalie May ’18 :

Passionate about reproductive health? Interested in working as a patient advocate in local abortion clinics? Want to be involved in one of the only college-based doula projects in the country?

Apply to be trained as an abortion doula with the Wesleyan Doula Project!

For security reasons, people who get abortions aren’t allowed to bring anyone with them for support during or after their procedures. Our project trains Wes students to offer that missing support – as doulas, we volunteer weekly at local abortion clinics to provide patients with emotional and physical support and advocacy during their procedures and recovery.

We will be holding our annual training on November 11-12! If you are interested in applying, you must attend ONE of our two info sessions and complete an application and interview process. More details (and snacks!) at the info sessions.

Questions? Contact nmay@wesleyan.edu.

Date: Info Session 1: Tuesday, October 3rd / Info Session 2: Thursday, October 5th
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Location: Allbritton 103