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Middletown Potluck Meeting

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Ari Ebstein ’16 makes a decent argument about doing away with locked doors in communal spaces. Now he invites you to partake in community projects:

Middletown Potluck is a student group that partners with community organizations to host potluck dinners around social justice issues. This semester, based on the relations we’ve formed with various community groups in the past year, we’re trying to expand what we do outside of potlucks to assist in more community projects. To do this we need MOAR PPL, so if the prospect of helping achieve social justice in Middletown–in as minimally paternalistic a way as possible–appeals to you, then come to our meeting tonight @ 9pm, 200 Church. :)

Date: Today, February 10
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 PM
Place: 200 Church
Cost: your heart

We Speak We Stand Bystander Intervention Training

From WesWell:

WE Speak, WE Stand aims to create a community that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault, relationship violence and
advocates for the responsible use of alcohol. The goal of the program is to empower bystanders to intervene in high risk situations involving alcohol use, sexual assault and relationship violence.

Empowered bystanders make the campus community safer by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be challenging for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively.

The first training, February 9th, 10am-2pm, features two distinct and separate tracks: sexual assault prevention and alcohol use intervention.

For more information and to register online click here.

Register by 12 noon on February 6th.

We All Have Hopes, Dreams & Aspirations: Goals for the Semester

A photograph taken from the author’s freshman dorm. The nostalgia hits hard.

Well we’ve done it, we’ve made it through one week of classes for the semester. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like ages since getting back to Wes. That has a lot to do with me being abroad last semester, so everything feels strange and new and overwhelming. But being away, and now back again, has made me think a lot about my time here at Wes and what I’m doing with it. I figure now is a good a time as any to think about my goals, and the goals of others, for the semester. So without further ado, some thoughts from the Wesleyan community:

Symposium: Archaeology and Politics

From Ali Rosenberg ’15:

Come to the Archaeology and Politics Symposium featuring:

  • Epistemology and Ethics of an Activist Science at the African Burial Ground (Michael Blakey, College of William and Mary)
  • The Role of Archaeology and Community: The Shared Past of Israelis and Palestinians in the Present (Ann E. Killebrew, Pennsylvania State University)
  • The Politics of Naming and Knowing: Repatriation and Indigenous Identity (Dorothy Lippert, Smithsonian Museum)
  • The Politics of Protection (and Destruction) of Archaeological Sites in Contemporary India (Carla M. Sinopoli, University of Michigan)

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Archaeology Program, the Government Department, and Jewish and Israel Studies.

Date: Friday, November 8
Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: Allbritton, Room 311

Us and Them: a Discussion on Middletown and Wesleyan Relations

From Janika Oza ’15:

Have you ever wondered about the relationship between Wesleyan and the Middletown community? Are you involved in Middletown through community service or work? Are you concerned about the ways in which Wesleyan does (or doesn’t) facilitate interaction with the community?
Come to an open workshop and discussion, hosted by the WesDEFs, to examine our relationship with the Middletown community and to explore positive ways to engage with our neighbours and break down the barriers between us.

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112

“Art: Campus and Community” First Friday

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From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:

Learn about the current art scene both on campus and in the local community, including the Middletown North End Gallery Walk and the docent program at the Davison! We will discuss what current connections exist and explore opportunities for future collaborations. After the talk, don’t forget to take part in October’s Middletown North End Gallery Walk!

Panelists:
Stephan Allison, City of Middletown Office of the Arts
D’Mitri D’Allessandro, Middletown Framing and Middletown Art Academy
Clare Rogan, Davison Art Center
Pam Tatge, Center for the Arts

Date: Friday, October 4th
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free

Queer Community Meeting Tonight

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The wonderful Marissa Castrigno ’15 wants you to know:

Wesleyan’s queer community and its allies are invited to discuss this week’s topic (probably queer bodies but don’t set your heart on it yet), share their personal experiences, raise questions/concerns, chat, bond, hang out, shmooze, juggle flaming tennis balls (not really), and generally have fun. We will also be running through events upcoming in October (Pride Month) to continue the process of planning and organizing. See you there!

Date: TODAY, Tuesday, October 1
When: 7:30-8:30pm
Where: Usdan 110

Germinal Fund: Informational Meeting

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Here’s a message from my good friend, Jason… wait for it…. Brandner ’16:

If you are interested in community service, consulting, or microfinance come to Allbritton 022 this Tuesday at 8pm for an informational meeting of the Germinal Fund. We are a new student run not for profit offering low interest microloans and probono consulting services to entrepreneurs in the Middletown community! No experience is required, we will be holding training sessions for our members. Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, you can contact me at jbrandner(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Date: September 17th
Time: 8PM
Place: Albritton 022

200 Church Karaoke Night

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Victor Goh,  Arian Dehnow, Mike Glasser, and Liz Weinstein ’16 invite you to sing your heart out:

If you want to mingle with the community, sing some songs or just grabsome Lays, we’ve got you covered. And that includes you too, the bathroom singer!! Come join us for a night of awesome Karaoke at 200Church this Thursday!

The Karaoke is open, so invite your friends and belt out songs from the likes of Beyonce and Usher! If you are shy, you can sing along without the microphones or just dance to the beats of the music.

Let’s make this the biggest Karaoke in Wesleyan so join us this Thursday 8pm for some food, music, laughter, and community!

Date: 05/02/2013
Time: 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Place: 200 Church
Cost: nun
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Reflections on “Diversity University” Forum, Round Two

Image c/o Shannon Welch ’14 and the Wesleyan Argus.

On Wednesday night, students, faculty, and staff gathered in Tischler Hall of the Exley Science Center for the second Diversity University forum of the year. This program, entitled “Diversity University: In the Classroom and Beyond,” was a follow-up to last semester’s forum, “In Theory and In Practice.”

From the very start, it was clear that the atmosphere of this forum was very different from the first one. Not only were there fewer people in attendance, the emotional level, though high, was distinctly more subdued. Clearly this time of year is particularly busy for Wesleyan students, and I can only imagine that that was a major factor in keeping the numbers down. But there was also not the same feeling of urgency, the immediate need for such a gathering—which, all in all, is probably a good thing.

Last fall’s forum was organized in the wake of a series of upsetting incidents of attacks on students, and subsequent issues of racism, targeting, and exclusion that arose from conversations, Public Safety reports, and WesACB threads. In Wednesday’s forum, while there was an expression of similar concerns and issues of diversity, but there was not the same shocking outpouring of powerful emotion.