From the History Department:
Abosede George, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Barnard College, will be speaking about female activism in Nigeria from a historical perspective and how to make sense of the recent kidnappings of girls by Boko Haram.
Her recent book Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development in Colonial Lagos (2014) was awarded the Aidoo-Snyder Prize from the African Studies Association. The book looks to girls as critical social actors in the city and in emerging global discourses of development. She also directs the Ekopolitan Project, a digital archive of family sources on migrant communities in nineteenth and twentieth century Lagos, Nigeria.
Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Place: Center for African American Studies lounge
Savannah Turner ’15 writes in:
Want to learn more about AFAM at Wes? Join us for the African-American Studies Prospective Majors Open House Thursday, February 26th at 12:15pm in CAAS Lounge (343 High Street).
Current majors will be present to discuss their experiences and highlight the disciplinary diversity of the program. AFAM is a program were students and faculty develop strong relationships with one another, allowing for open dialogue inside and outside of the classroom. We look forward to meeting you. Bring any and all questions.
Lunch will be catered by Sweet Harmony one of Middletown’s best! Sweet Harmony is a POC owned business located on Main Street. Join us in experiencing their inventive savory pastries, almost famous macaroons, and much more! Vegetarian and meat options will be served. Special prize for AFAM major who brings the most people and/or sponsors the most new signees.
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 12:15-1 PM
Place: the CAAS Lounge (343 High Street)
From Savannah Turner ’16:
Thinking of becoming an AFAM major? Join us for an open house and illuminating conversations with AFAM faculty and majors!
Check out more about the major here
Place: Center for African American Studies (CAAS)
Visitors to Olin Library might find themselves greeted with a pink slip this morning that has nothing to do with the firing of librarian Pat Tully. In four Onion-style news snippets, an anonymous satirical newsletter titled “Burdening the Beast” takes jabs at different university issues surrounding race.
In the summer of 1964, over 1,000 volunteers from across the United States – many of them college students – traveled to the Deep South as a part of Freedom Summer, or the Mississippi Summer Project, to assist local civil rights workers in getting black Mississippians to the voting polls. Despite intimidation and violence from the white population, police, local authorities, and the Ku Klux Klan – including the murder of at least three activists – Freedom Summer organizers increased voter registration among African Americans, called attention to disenfranchisement, and influenced the course of the Civil Rights movement.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, and Wesleyan welcomes the community to celebrate the occasion together with a weekend of music, panel discussions, reflections from alumni, and more. Details after the jump:
(Image: Catherine Avalone, The Middletown Press)
You’ve now arrived on campus, and we hope that you find your time here enriching and transformative. In that hope, we feel that it would be ill-advised to allow you to not have at least a foundational understanding of the things that have forced us as a community into dialogue, disagreement, and action.
This is not to scare you or to give you a negative impression of the University. However, we are certain that most if not all of you were told about the “passion” that Wesleyan students have and the issues that we care about on campus are at the forefront of those passions. While there is certainly no requirement to take an activist stance on any of these issues and it is in fact easy to sink beneath the radar on these issues and all the others not covered here, we would plead with you to be engaged in the community that you are now a part of.
Read this, ask questions, and reach out to students and faculty that have been here before you. We hope that as you begin your time here, you fully invest yourself as a community member committed to making Wesleyan as good as it can be for you and for those after you. Caring about Wesleyan does not foreclose critique on Wesleyan and as you read this, and other things like it, we hope you understand that too.
If you haven’t heard, there’s a meeting going on in PAC 001 with President Roth and Provost Ruth Striegel Weissman. This meeting was scheduled after a March on Wesleyan this afternoon to protest the administration’s lack of support for African American Studies. For those of you stuck in Olin right now, here’s a liveblog of what’s happening. Stay tuned for a longer post about the issue soon.
Beginning at noon today from the Science Library, students have been marching across campus in protest of the administration’s lack of support for African American Studies. This comes at the heels of a massive petition campaign, where other members of the Wesleyan community were encouraged to add their names to a resolution calling for the Provost to prioritize faculty hires in AFAM, to fill the empty lines that are in AFAM currently, as well as demanding a response from President Roth or Provost Ruth Striegel Weissman.
This resolution previously passed the Wesleyan Student Assembly on May 4th, when the WSA decided to suspend their bylaws (in which they are not allowed to vote on a resolution introduced that same day) to vote on the resolution the day of. The resolution passed unanimously and within a week’s time, has garnered over 850 additional signatures from the community.
The March today, entitled “March on Wesleyan,” moved from SciLi into Olin, then across Foss, through Admissions and Usdan, then through North College and ending at South College. Along the way, everyone chanted various phrases, as well as singing the following version of the fight song:
Some early procrastination fodder comes our way from Noah Korman ’15, whose video FISK TAKEOVER has now been released by Rebel Empire Productions on YouTube.
Fisk Takeover tells the story of February 21, 1969, when leaders of Wesleyan’s Black Student Union marched into Fisk Hall and barricaded the doors behind them, demanding that their concerns–specifically that classes be cancelled in honor of Malcolm X, who was assassinated four years earlier–be addressed by the administration. The takeover was a success, resulting in the creation of Malcolm X House, the Center for African American Studies, and Ujamaa.
Friends! Stop what you’re doing and go to PAC 001 right now to discuss the current and future state of the African American Studies Program. Already understaffed, the department is losing two professors at the end of this year. If you want to learn what you can do to help, or brainstorm new ideas, Christan Hosam ’15 writes in with more information:
Our African-American Studies Program is disintegrating. Only two professors, Ashraf Rushdy and Lois Brown will remain in the Department after this year. In addition to teaching their respective courses, they will also be handling the administrative side of the Dept. as well. As members of the Wesleyan community, we all pay to attend this University and achieve a full range of academics. With the current state that the AFAM Dept. is in, we are thoroughly being cheated out of our college education and it is time to make noise about it.