You go to WesMaps American Studies and see a billion awesome courses…want to find out what the major’s all about? Come to the American Studies Open House! Thai food + apple cider + Italian cookies will be served!!
Date: Tuesday, October 29 Time: 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM Place: Center for the Americas (Across from Fiske)
Christian Hosam ’15 writes in with a great film that you should see tonight:
The Dream is Now is a new 30-minute documentary that’s being made in real time, as this debate is unfolding, by Academy Award-winning director, Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for ‘Superman’, An Inconvenient Truth). Dream gives voice to and puts a human face on the undocumented children of immigrants who are desperate to earn their citizenship and give back to the only country they’ve ever called “home.” The film also goes beyond the personal. It places these stories in a larger context and explores the consequences of continuing our current policies and maintaining the status quo – consequences not just for these young people today, but for our country’s future.
Both moving and thought-provoking, The Dream is Now brings this pressing issue to America’s attention, where we can all debate, discuss, and decide for ourselves what is right, what is fair, and what is best for our nation.
“I grew up around guns. I like guns. But I was there. And something’s got to change.”
The CFA Hall was packed on Wednesday as faculty, students, and Middletown-area residents gathered to hear what three of the nation’s leading experts in gun violence had to say about the United States’ gun violence epidemic. The panel was chaired by Wesleyan’s very own Leah Wright and consisted of professors Saul Cornell, Kristin A. Goss, and Matthew Miller from Fordham, Duke, and Harvard, respectively (you can read up on the participants here). Each professor gave a ten minute lecture on their particular field followed by a Q & A led by NPR’s John Dankosky. I’ll give a summary of each lecture, then some of the important points from the Q & A, and end with a summary of my thoughts on the whole event. Let’s get started.
Professor Cornell: Professor Cornell gave an abbreviated history of the Second Amendment and Second Amendment interpretation. He detailed the current state of affairs, where many people have a “Second Amendment Tourette’s Syndrom.” He explained that our society talks about the amendment like it’s “monolithic and its meaning has never changed,” when in fact it’s been reinterpreted just as much as any other section of the Constitution. Professor Cornell also described the “three myths” of gun control:
Here’s a fun one from my dude Jacky Coyne ’13, along with Chris Lee ’13and Kieran Coyne’16. Annoyed by the inflated Weshop price of Jack and Chris’ beloved Frosted Flakes, the boys hop over to Price Chopper to see if they can do better with an assortment of groceries. The results may or may not surprise you.
Check out the sweet video above, featuring the instrumental from Clique and a guest text message from El Presidente Roth. Exciting stuff.
The American Food System: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where Are We Going
Come join us in the Daniel Family Commons tomorrow (Tues.) night at 7 p.m. to listen to Helene York discuss the current dilemmas of the food system and offer a glimpse into the future of food management. Helene York is the Director of Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, a foundation that serves to educate chefs and consumers alike about how their food choices affect the global environment and to effect supply chain improvements. This event is an incredible opportunity to hear an amazing woman lecture about something that is near and dear to all of our hearts: the intersection of food, sustainability, and America.
This presentation adds to York’s already impressive resume after giving presentations at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum of the United States and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. York also developed Bon Appetite’s Low Carbon Diet Program and maintains a position as a regular contributor to the Atlantic Monthly’s online Food Channel.
In short, she’s kind of a big deal. Did I mention that she holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Master’s in Public and Private Management from our neighbor down the road (read: Yale)?