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Best of WesMaps: Spring 2016 Edition


This is an update of Gabe’s Best of Wesmaps: Spring 2015 edition, because it was so damn good. 

Spring 2016 Pre-registration is open, meaning it’s 2+ weeks of fretting—mostly for frosh, but it’s no treat for everyone else, either. WesMaps takes in your feelings, your worries, your hopes, your dreams, your prerequisites, and it spits them out into a nonsensical schedule as if to say, I am a roulette of chance and class hierarchy, and you shall bow to my authority.

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So to help everyone out in their quest, I’ve been going around looking for the weirdest/most liberal arts/funniest course names and descriptions on WesMaps. Just remember, just because it sounds stupid doesn’t mean it’s not the most awesome and fascinating class you might ever take.

Wesleyan Humanity Festival Info Session [Today]


In collaboration with Diversity University and Gibson Guitars, Raechel Rosen ’15 and JJ Mitchell ’15 invite you to plan The Wesleyan Humanity Festival:

Inspired by the intellectual musings of Professor Dar Williams, the Wesleyan Humanity Festival is a one-day musical celebration in solidarity against bigotry, racism, and social divisions.

The festival will take place this April and intends to bring all members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community together through music, art, and spoken word poetry. The festival will encourage dialogue about—and action against—the existing class, racial, and social rifts that exist within the community. The Wesleyan Humanity Festival will bring passionate, politically aware, and socially conscious artists who have united audiences in the face of difference. The festival will include both performance and direct dialogue. Through this day, we hope to inspire an open attitude and to continue the growing movement towards understanding how to create an inclusive community.

Music and Public Life Class Produces Video Supporting “Equal Access To Higher Education”

Remember when Antonin Scalia Ross Gormley ’13 asked you to send in pictures and videos that communicated your perspective of the Wesleyan campus? If you sent any in, you just might see them below.  The following video was produced as a final project for the class Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy, which you might know as Music and Public Life, or perhaps the class Dar Williams ’89 teaches when she’s not busy tearing up Wesleyan Thinks Big. Edit: Actually it’s for Music and Public Life, which is its own course and was taught by Mark Slobin. Sorry for the error.

Marissa Schnitman ’14 explains the video’s motivations:

For their final project, Wesleyan’s Music and Public Life class has produced a video to express their support of equal access to higher education. In response to the confusion, controversy, and divisiveness surrounding the shift in need blind policy on campus and in the media, the class created this video to remind alumni to preserve a commitment to support the Wesleyan community unconditionally. The video encourages us to set aside politics and perspectives about University decisions. This is about helping the Wesleyan community move forward. This is about our shared dedication to equal access to higher education. Help keep Wesleyan accessible to everyone. Help “Keep Wesleyan Weird.”

Music and Public Life Class Seeks Your Content

Ross Gormley ’13 writes in and insists that this image of Antonin Scalia accompany the post:

Want to share with the Wesleyan community how you see campus through pictures and video?  Submit pictures and videos of your unique/hip/fresh/new-fangled/avant-garde/feng shui/de riguer/never-before-seen perspective of Wesleyan. Need ideas? How about: your dorm room, foss hill, snowfall bacchanal (now would be a good time), Usdan hideouts, favorite buildings, or classes. The content will be featured in a music video that Wesleyan’s own “Music and Public Life” class is putting together for an end of the year class project. Submit before everyone you have ever loved forgets everything about you!

Submit video and picture content to Adrien DeFontaine ’13 at adefontaine@wes.

Think BIG, Wesleyan: Professor Speakers Announced

Hannah Vogel ’13 writes in to let y’all know about an opportunity to start thinkin’ big, especially if you haven’t started already doing so this year. Tell your Mom, tell your roommate, tell your friends:

No slides. No handouts. No Moodle. Just the most exciting professors at Wesleyan, talking about the ideas they can’t stop thinking about. You nominated your favorite professors earlier this semester. Now, five of those professors have been brought together to deliver nine-minute lectures on a topic that excites and inspires them for the second-ever Wesleyan Thinks Big! Tickets will go on “sale” at 12 p.m. on Wed., November 28th on their website, and will be available for pick-up at Usdan this coming Thursday, Friday, and Monday from 12 to 1 p.m.
GREG VOTH: “The Paradox of Modern Physics”
DAR WILLIAMS: “Positive Proximity: What I discovered by touring in and about 500 cool American towns from Rockland, Maine to Fairbanks, Alaska”
ELVIN LIM: “The Case Against Marriage”
GIL SKILLMAN: “Wesleyan 2050”
SCOTT HIGGINS: “Fighting Familiarity with Form, or Why We Should Look More Closely”

Place: Memorial Chapel (with reception to follow in Zelnick)
Date: Tuesday, December 4th (Jay-Z’s birthday)
Time: 8 pm
Tickets. Facebook. Livestream.

For last year’s Wesleyan Thinks Big, click here.

Photos: Peter Yarrow Singalong in Zelnick

Yesterday, legendary folk singer and political activist Peter Yarrow, along with professor and celebrated folk performer Dar Williams ’89, led a happening singalong in the Zelnick Pavilion.After a discussion with William’s “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy” class Yarrow and a group of about 60 students and guests headed to Zelnick for an afternoon of activist-themed songs.  Lyric sheets were passed around, and the singing began with the classic “This Little Light of Mine.”   Next came “Eyes on the Prize” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round.” Between selections, Yarrow shared stories of protesting in the 1960s and facing arrest for rallying against apartheid before everyone joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.”

Other songs included “If I Had a Hammer” and a beautiful finale of “Blowin’ in the Wind” (which wasn’t included in the lyric booklet, but people seemed to know all the words anyway).  Everyone in the room left with a big smile, if not tears of joy and inspiration.  

Photos and a couple of short videos are included after the jump. 

Right Now: Folk Icon Peter Yarrow On Campus, Will Lead Singalong in Zelnick

No, he didn’t sing “Puff the Magic Dragon.”

It looks like those seats finally filled up for “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy,” the CSPL course being taught by acclaimed folk singer Dar Williams ’89 this semester, and unsurprisingly, it has its perks—namely, more famous folk singers. Ben Doernberg ’13 has been excitedly tweeting at us that folk icon and political activist Peter Yarrow (that’s the “Peter” in Peter, Paul & Mary) visited the class today and led a singalong of “This Little Light of Mine.” Here’s a Soundcloud clip of the singalong:

But there’s more: tweeting frantically from class like the social media journalist madman that he is, Doernberg adds that there’s a community singalong with Yarrow at 3:30 pm (that’s in half an hour) today in the Zelnick Pavilion:

Why Are There Still Open Seats in Dar Williams’ Class?

I am sitting in a capitalist democracy, different from the one you are in now.

Acclaimed folk singer and generally exemplary alum Dar Williams ’89 is teaching a CSPL course this semester. Drop/Add started today. So why is WesMaps reporting 22 out of 25 seats available? Are you all too busy trying to get your NSM credits in? Waiting for Le1f to show up and teach a dance course?

Professor Rob Rosenthal, whose book appears prominently on the course syllabus, tipped us off to this mystery, describing the course as “the best-kept secret in Wesleyan history.” (Rosenthal has apparently never stayed awake at night wondering who broke the Clark elevator in 2009.) Rose Agger ’10, a slightly less famous alum, is equally baffled by the open slots. Agger sent us a pitch for Williams’ course, which is apparently endorsed by a Maryland State Senator:

Dar Williams ’89 to Teach CSPL Course in the Fall

If you’ve browsed through WesMaps recently, perhaps you noticed an exciting new addition to our illustrious faculty—folk singer and Wes alum Dar Williams ’89! She’s teaching a course for the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL) called Music Movements in a Capital Democracy.” The course, currently open to junior and senior non-majors (Wednesdays 1:10-4), is described as follows:  

Santigold to perform at Wes during Reunion Weekend

Looks like Santigold (Santi White ’97) is this year’s Reunion & Commencement weekend performer, following the show put on at the Memorial Chapel last year by Dar Williams ’89.

There’s been no official announcement yet, but the R&C weekend schedule lists a WSA co-sponsored performance by Santigold on the night of Friday, May 21st, in the giant tent they set up every year on Andrus Field.

This will be the first show played by Santigold at Wesleyan, who was scheduled to perform at last year’s Spring Fling before it was canceled. Very fittingly, it will be held in memory of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 and Chase Parr ’10.

Looks like it’ll be a free show, with donations to the Memorial Clinic of Kibera in Kenya (scheduled to open this summer) highly encouraged. Good times if you’re sticking around for senior week.

Peep the R&C schedule and video invitation.

Date: Friday, May 21st
Time: 10 pm
Place: Andrus Field Tent
Cost: Free, I guess?