The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America

bandura_2016_eventCome see this performance:

The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America features 20 musicians who perform traditional Ukrainian songs and accompany themselves on the bandura, a 55-string instrument whose tone is often described as a blend of the piano and the harp.

Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 6PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

The Straights Are At It Again: Conservative Pundit Targets Open House, Self-Owns on Twitter

Bigmouth strikes again.

Where to begin.

It’s been all of ten days since Trump was elected president, and if you’ve made the mistake of being glued to social media like I have, you’ve seen the dozens upon dozens of thinkpieces trying to explain just why an Internet troll was chosen as the most powerful man in the world.

We’re not going to talk about that. We’re going to talk about Sohrab Ahmari, Open House, and how one tweet intended as a brutal takedown of PC culture became the best source of schadenfreude all year. (Well, the second best.) Read on, kids:

The Trustees Are Coming!!!

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Guess who’s coming to the good-ol’ M-Town right before Thanksgiving break? If you guessed your hallmate’s mom (because like, let’s be real, your hallmate needs an intervention), then you are very close. This weekend, there is a rather eclectic (lol) bunch of folks arriving to campus via sky dive (I wish).

The Board of Trustees is having the first of their three meetings this year! They will be on campus November 18-19, and then again March 3-4 and May 25-26. If you ever forget, just think about the weekend before Wesleyan goes on break, and the Board of Trustees are likely meeting.

Well, as it has been a particularly active semester, I thought it would be appropriate that we reminded everyone who the Board of Trustees are, what their job titles are, and how you might be able to contact them. Turns out, their names and jobs are publicly available on the Wesleyan website, and their emails are too (on Wesconnect, via the ‘Networking’ tab). Thanks Zach for doing this first when students were frustrated about need blind being axed a couple years ago.

Program House Proposal Presentations

202 washington full houseWeigh in on the future of Wesleyan program houses!

Anyone who submitted a program house proposal will be presenting their proposal this Friday, November 18th, 2-4 pm in Judd 116. We’ll be collecting feedback from URLC (Undergraduate Residential Life Committee) members and community members who attend, and we will use this feedback, as well as an electronic survey to be sent out to all students, to make our decisions about houses.

Date: Friday, November 18th
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Judd 116

The Allbritton Center Made a Huge Calendar of Post-Election Events

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Some great folks over at the Allbritton Center have compiled a calendar of post-election events both at Wes and in the greater Hartford-New Haven area. We’ve cross-posted the calendar here, but definitely keep checking the calendar on the ENGAGE blog, because they’re likely to more frequently update the calendar.

If you know of any events that are not on this calendar and you want them to be, email staff[at]wesleying[dot]org with the event info, mention Wesleying on Twitter or Facebook, or message Wesleying on Facebook. Here is the calendar:

Film Series: Blood Simple

1985. USA. Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen. With Frances McDormand. 99 min.


The Coens’ magnetic debut feature begins in Texas, where a single thought sparks a flood of violence. When a loutish bar owner hires an unsavory private eye to murder his wife and her lover, double-crosses and death cause matters to spiral. Set in a haunting, lurid world lit by neon signs and jukeboxes, this heart-pounding thriller defines neo-noir.

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

UPDATED: Students Call Upon Administration to Make Wesleyan a Sanctuary Campus

Courtesy of Ginger Hollander '20

Courtesy of Ginger Hollander ’20

[Update: Thursday, 11/17/16, 11:19AM]

The petition demanding that Wes become a Sanctuary Campus now has over 1100 signatures!!

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If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter at some point in the last week, you’ve probably seen a few postings about “sanctuary campuses” popping up here and there. After Donald J. Trump’s presidential win on a campaign platform that heavily targeted immigrants, especially those that are undocumented, there is a significant amount of unease in immigrant communities all over America. Currently, undocumented students have temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that President Obama H’08 put into place. However, Trump is expected to repeal this executive order. What will President-elect Donald Trump’s first move be? Given how often he has changed his mind on policy issues, just how much danger are immigrants really in? How will his policies affect undocumented students? What are sanctuary campuses, and why do they matter here at Wes? Read on after the jump to find out.

Why Collaborate?—Why Fukushima? Dance, Photography, History

A cool presentation happening tomorrow:

In this presentation, Visiting Artist in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies Eiko Otake and Professor of History, East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston will show images from their third visit to Fukushima in August 2016, five years after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. They will discuss how they have collaborated in the conceptualization, execution, curation, and presentation of the resulting images as installations that include both prints and videos. The images at the core of this generative process act not only in capturing the residue of the performances but also as part of the generative process that informs subsequent dimensions of this ongoing project.

The exhibition “A Body in Fukushima” was on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from February through May 2015.

Date: Thursday, November 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
MORE INFO HERE

Post-Election Climate Dialogue

hriixqmThis really cool event is happening TODAY:

In the wake of the recent election, Climate Ambassadors and the Outhouse are hosting an open forum to discuss future directions in a political situation where federal climate legislation is likely to become stagnant. This forum is a platform to discuss potential initiatives and collaborations to develop a network of individuals interested in encouraging environmentally responsible behavior despite changes in leadership in the federal government.

We welcome any contributions and insights that folks may have on environmental activism, whether it be from personal experience, academic study or other means. This forum is open to all members of the Wesleyan and Middletown community. Here is the Facebook event.

Date: TODAY
Time: 6:30-8PM
Place: Exley 150 (Tischler Hall)

Guest Post: “Why We Decided to Write ‘Amerikkka’ On an Upside Down Flag”

“Burning and defacing the flag is a critique of what American patriotism and the American flag represent.”

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On Friday, hundreds of Wesleyan students took part in a multi-stage demonstration that featured testimonies and chants from perspectives ranging from staunchly anti-State to “final stands” of full blown Trump supporters.

The second stage of the demonstration saw students gathered outside of Olin library and several among the crowd ascending the steps to communicate their response to the election results. During this part of the demonstration, we posted a live Facebook video of Yael Horowitz ’17 and Abby Cunniff ’17 spray painting “Amerikkka” on an upside down American flag. The video now has over 22,000 views and 142 shares. Many comments on the video declare their hatred for Wesleyan students, and several have been explicitly threatening and violent. We are posting the following guest submission so that they protesters can explain their motivations. The following views are the writers’ own.