An invitation from Jasmine Mack ’16:
Africa has long been a space of technological innovation and adaptation despite popular Western media depictions to the contrary. In fact, Africa is at the center of global technology stories such as the history of nuclear proliferation. Recently scholars have documented novel uses of contemporary media technologies on the continent, as well as adaptations of older technologies such as studio photography or the automobile, all of which have had rich and complicated social impacts. Writers, artisans, and farmers have also created new technological cultures, while many African medical professionals have responded to technologically ‘poor’ environments by improvising basic solutions. Africanizing Technology aims to highlight and interrogate these and other technology stories on the continent from an interdisciplinary perspective.
More information after the jump:
THE Christian Hosam ’15 writes in:
Interested in questions of feminist solidarity? Cross- racial feminisms? Women of color in higher education? Beyonce?
This event is for you!
On Friday, the Student of Color Coalition in collaboration with a number of departments will be putting on Close Encounters of the Feminist Kind: Representations of Contemporary Feminism(s)
This day-long mini conference is designed to engage students and faculty in innovating and intriguing conversations about feminism, race, and nationalism.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
The directors of the Shasha Seminar for Basic Human Concerns this year invite you to their open events:
Saturday, April 5th:
10:00-11:30am: Interview of Michael Cunningham and Richard McCann by Faith Middleton of WNPR [Beckham Hall]
11:30-Noon: Reading by Richard McCann [Beckham Hall]
4:00-4:30pm: Reading by science fiction writer Sam Delany [Beckham Hall]
8pm: Michael Cunningham Reading and Talk [Memorial Chapel]
All open events are free. We hope to see you there!
The lovely Isabel Stern ’14:
Come join us at the…
Climate Justice Conference of Solutions
Wesleyan University, April 12th, 2014
WHY: Much of the conversation around climate change is dominated by the narrative of “doom-and-gloom.” We believe it is time to focus on solutions in order to move towards climate justice. The focus on the right kinds of solutions from a myriad of perspectives can help put us on the path towards a better future. Rather than continuing to talk about the forms of energy, societies, or policies we don’t want, this will be an opportunity to foster dialogues about the better future we envision.
Much more info after the jump!
The 28th conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, founded in 1984, will be held in New England for the first time since 1998. Throughout the three days, over a dozen concerts featuring new work from composers, performers, sound artists, improvisers, and scholars from around the country will be presented on the Wesleyan campus. Special events include performances involving Memorial Chapel’s computer-controlled organ, sound works for sound systems emanating from MiddleOak corporate headquarters off Main Street in Middletown, live-coding, and a recreation of David Tudor’s “Rainforest IV” in the Zelnick Pavilion. For more information as well as a detailed listing of events, please visit here.
Dates: March 27th-29th
Place: Center for the Arts
Cost: $160 general public conference registration; $80 student conference registration
Shapiro Creative Writing Center Director Amy Bloom ’76 wants your help:
Volunteers needed for the 2014 Shasha Conference for Basic Human Concerns on Saturday, April 5th.
We are in need of student volunteers to direct registrants and accompany speakers. Contact Senior Fellow Izzy Rode at irode[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information!
From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship:
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is offering two free tickets to Unite for Sight’s day-long Social Entrepreneurship Institute on Friday, December 6, 2013 (the last day of fall semester classes). Priority will likely be given to undergraduate applicants, but alumni, faculty, and staff are also welcome to apply. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and travel expense reimbursement may be arranged.
According to the Unite for Sight website, “The Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.”
Read after the jump to see topics, speakers, and how you can score free tickets!
In a world of pithy tweets and ephemeral snapchats, where six-second attention spans face a proliferation of media so vast it seems only to stimulate their hunger for information rather than satisfy it, what real chance does a story have at being heard? Last Thursday and Friday, a motley assortment of professors, health practitioners, and industry professionals descended upon the CFA for a conference entitled “Narrative in the Age of Distraction” to examine the value of narrative and explore its technologically imposed limits. Their input, by turns reassuring and unsettling, rearticulated that all-too-frustratingly-apparent paradox of our time: the story is dead, long live the story.
The conference, co-sponsored by The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice and Wesleyan’s College of Letters, Writing Programs, and Science in Society Program, was divided into two “tracks,” each focusing on the role of narrative in a different field. The first, “Healing Letters,” addressed the uses of narrative in medicine, followed by “Narrative in the Age of Twitter,” a series of discussions about the future of long-form storytelling in the cyber-free-for-all it must both complement and transcend. The premise of the conference was that narrative, whether functioning as art or healing, is a crucial determinant of how we perceive the world, and yet it is threatened by the very media that support it.
Get ready for some incredibly mediocre photos from a flip phone.
Today, I’m at “Marching On: A Conference on Gun Violence Prevention” in Exley Science Center, a conference hosted by CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV). The conference runs from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM, and consists of a Welcome, a session about gun violence in CT, two breakout sessions, and a keynote speech by Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut. Click past the jump for the liveblog.
From the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office (SALD):
Be a part of the 5th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference! We want your session proposals! This year’s conference theme is Building Bridges: Connecting Community Across Difference and will be held on Saturday, February 23rd. We encourage you to submit a session proposal and to be part of this amazing day! Session proposals are being accepted until Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4pm. Click the link to submit a proposal.
The mission of the Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.
A key part of the SJLC are the breakout sessions, where students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest, expertise, or passion. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change. To view past conference sessions click on the link. SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.
Deadline: February 4, 2013