From the lovely Louisa Winchell ’18:
Interested in reproductive health and rights? Want to learn more about
international abortion laws?
Join the Wesleyan Doula Project and Womanist House for a screening and
discussion of Vessel at the Film Series!
Vessel is a documentary about Women on Waves, an organization “founded
in 2000 with the aim to prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe
abortions by providing sexual health services, including early medical
abortions, on board a Dutch ship, outside the territorial waters of
countries where abortion is illegal.” For more information, view the
If you have any discussion questions you would like to add, please
email them to lwinchell[@]wesleyan[.]edu.
Date: Tuesday, November 17
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema
An invitation from the Shapiro Writing Center:
Bummed that you missed the first Table Talk of the year? Have more writing-related woes? Just haven’t had enough of those delicious Shapiro Center animal crackers in your life lately? You’re in luck! Amy Bloom is coming back for another discussion of all things prose!
Join Professor Bloom for snacks, prizes, and talk of stories, papers, and screenplays. Praise, pity, and parse your writing, or anyone else’s!
Date: Thursday, October 23rd
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street
From Talia Baurer ’15:
Come to the Bayit Friday night for a group reflection activity to start off the year! You may have done a version of this activity before, but this time it will fulfill your wildest dreams… of reflecting. A leader will read out statements and people stand on one side of the room if the statement applies to them, the other if it doesn’t, or stand in the middle if they are unsure, don’t want to answer, or anything else that isn’t yes or no. It is a serious (and hopefully meaningful) activity, and there will be a brief discussion afterwards for those who want to participate.
You DO NOT have to be Jewish, observing the holiday [Yom Kippur], or fasting to participate.
Date: Friday, October 3rd
Time: 9:00 pm
Place: The Bayit (157 Church Street)
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Romil Sharma ’16 invites you to a discussion:
A panel discussion on education and social mobility in India and other developing countries.
William Pinch, Professor of History
Indira Karamcheti, Associate Professor of American Studies
Anthony Keats, Assistant Professor of Economics
Samosas, Pakoras, and Mango Lassi will be served.
Sponsored by IIMPACT
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: PAC, rm. 002
A message from USLAC:
Have a voice and want to use it?
Join us in thoughtful, open discussion regarding labor at Wesleyan. Members of the custodial, dining, and maintenance staff as well as administrators and students will be sharing their experiences and expressing their concerns about working conditions on campus. There will also be an open-mic for audience members to share their thoughts and ask questions.
This is a unique opportunity for the whole Wesleyan community to come together in conversation, reflection and solidarity- we hope to see you there!
Date: Wednesday, April 9
Time: 7pm – 9 pm
Place: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan
In recent months, colleges around the nation have started challenging Hillel International over their policy surrounding Israel discourse. The movement first started at Harvard, where the local Hillel was barred by the national organization from co-sponsoring a discussion with a Palestinian student group.
Swarthmore became the first “Open Hillel” in early December, declaring that they will no longer abide by the guidelines presented by Hillel national. In their official statement, Swarthmore’s Hillel declared that, “All are welcome to walk through our doors and speak with our name and under our roof, be they Zionist, anti-Zionist, post-Zionist, or non-Zionist.”
Hillel’s official guidelines specify that groups or speakers that deny the right of Israel to exist, support the BDS (boycott, divest and sanction) movement or, “delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel” will not be hosted by the organization.
The movement has been met with backlash, especially from the national Hillel organization. As quoted in the New York Times, Eric Fingerhut, the president and chief executive of Hillel, responded to the movement by stating that, “ ‘anti-Zionists’ will not be permitted to speak using the Hillel name or under the Hillel roof, under any circumstances.”
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
Feminist, artist, musician, and citizen of humanity Ally Bernstein ’13 is continuing the discussion:
How can we foster an inclusive and exciting music and arts scene at Wesleyan?
Recently, I wrote an opinion piece about the lack of female performers in Spring Fling (since then, Girl#$wag has been added to the line-up; shout out Emma Daniels ’13). Members of the band Whore Paint (hailing from Providence, RI) will be on campus at 4:00 PM to discuss their experiences and answer questions. All are welcome to come share and discuss strategies for fostering an empowering scene at Wesleyan.
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 4:oo PM
Place: Room 113, 41 Wyllys
Read on for Ally’s rundown of Whore Paint’s members.
From Joe Ringoen ’14:
Arab Spring in Focus: The “Peaceful” Revolution in Tunisia
Interested in the Arab Spring? Not sure what to do with your WesFest prefrosh? Come out to WesAmnesty’s main spring event on Thursday night!
The event will include a brief video presentation, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A led by students and faculty. They will contribute diverse perspectives on the unique revolution occurring in Tunisia, from personal accounts to academic knowledge of the social movement. Mahmoud Ghedira ’16, a Tunisian native, inspired the event after creating a viral YouTube video of Tunisian students in America expressing their solidarity with the Tunisian people.
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 8-9 pm
Samantha Sikder ’14 writes in with the next installment of the Palestinian Justice Film Series:
The Palestinian Justice Film Series continues this week with Salt of this Sea
. Join us a for a viewing, snacks and discussion.
“Annemarie Jacir’s politically charged feature debut is the story of Soraya (Suheir Hammad), a Brooklyn-born woman who travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather’s savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile. Struggling to feel at home in the land of her ancestors — and rebuffed by the country’s financial institutions — she meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they devise a plan to reclaim what is theirs — whatever the consequences may be.”
Date: Today, April 17