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Apply for the Koeppel Journalism course, The Journalist as Citizen

Some information on the Joeppel Journalism course, The Journalist as Citizen, from Professor Anne Greene:

The Journalist as Citizen (WRCT 258) is offered this spring by the distinguished journalist Jane Eisner ’77, Wesleyan’s Koeppel Fellow. Students interested in registering are invited to send a one-page application to jeisner(at)wesleyan(dot)edu by January 17th. Late applications will also be considered. Attend the first class meeting on January 20th if you are interested in the course.

Jane Eisner ’77 has been a national and international reporter, columnist, and executive editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and a leader in national discussions of media and democracy. She is now editor of the Forward, the weekly Jewish newspaper of major influence nationally and internationally. She is the first woman to win Wesleyan?s McConaughy Award for her contributions to journalism and public life, and she is the first Koeppel Fellow in Journalism at Wesleyan.

First Book Club Meeting of the Paperback Posse

Alicia Fuhrman ’12 sends word of a new club:

If any of the following can be found on your current or imagined bookshelf:

  • The Books You Haven’t Read
  • The Books You Needn’t Read.
  • The Books Made For Purposes Other Than Reading
  • The Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong To The Category Of Books Read Before Being Written
  • The Books Made For Purposes Other Than Reading
  • The Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong To The Category Of Books Read Before Being Written
  • The Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Wold Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
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Russell House Series Begins With Douglas A. Martin, Clifford Chase, and Kit Reed

Head to Russell House this Wednesday to hear Wesleyan’s Clifford Chase, Douglas A. Martin and Kit Reed at the first of the semester’s Writing at Wesleyan events.

CLIFFORD CHASE is the author of Winkie, a novel, and The Hurry-Up Song, a memoir. He edited the anthology Queer 13: Lesbian & Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade, and his writing has appeared everywhere from Newsweek to McSweeney’s.
DOUGLAS A. MARTIN‘s books include Your Body Figured, In the Time of Assignments, and Once You Go Back: A Novel. His first book, Outline of My Lover, was selected as a TLS International Book of the Year.

KIT REED’s recent books include The Baby Merchant, J. Eden, Thinner Than Thou, and the gripping dystopian thriller Enclave. Her many collections of short stories include Thief of Lives, Dogs of Truth, and Wired Women. A Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of a grant from the Abraham Woursell Foundation, Reed is resident writer at Wesleyan.

Book signing and reception to follow reading!

Date: Wednesday, September 15th

Time: 8 PM

Place: Russell House, 350 High Street

Wesleyan ESL Interest Meetings

WesESL is looking for new tutors! WesESL developed out of the Justice for Janitors movement in 2001 and currently offers one-on-one English lessons for members of the Wesleyan custodial staff and of the greater Middletown community. Come check out one the meetings this week if you’re interested in becoming a tutor next Fall!

Meeting times are:

  • TUESDAY, April 13 9:00pm in Usdan 110
  • THURSDAY, April 15 at 4:15 in PAC 104

2009 English Department and Writing Programs Prizes and Awards Winners

Here is the lineup of this year’s awards winners. Congratulations!

Cole Prize Winner: Damiano Marchetti ’12
Honorable Mention: Bennett Taren ’12
Honorable Mention: Tess Crain ’12
Connelly Prize Winner: David Wolovsky ’10
Honorable Mention: Allison Quantz ’10
Horgan Prize Winner: Jake Abrahamson ’09
Honorable Mention: Emily Chew ’10
Honorable Mention: Daniel Gumbiner ’11
Murphy Prize Alex Holachek ’10
Olin Fellowship Winners:
Katherine Bascom ’10
Robert Hardesty ’10
Asa Horvitz ’10
Davy Preston Knittle ’11
Lily Mandlin ’10
Karina Maravelias ’10
Aine McCarthy ’10
Sylvia Ryerson ’10
Laura Scholten ’10
Nick Singer ’11
Sam Werbalowsky ’11
Reed Prize Co-Winners: Eric Weiskott ’09
Davy Preston Knittle ’11
Honorable Mention: Rachel Shopper ’10
Sonnenblick Writing Award: Karina Maravelias ’10
Wesleyan Fiction Award: Winner: Kristina Chiappetta ’11
Honorable Mention: Rebecca Turkewicz ’10
Winchester Fellowship: Eric Weiskott ’09
For a list of the prize and award descriptions click here.

Who cares who slept with Emily Dickinson?

Tim Devane ’09, a member of the English Majors Committee, wants to let everyone know about a lecture being hosted tonight:

Tonight at 8:00 pm at Russell House, The English Majors committee is proud to host Christopher Benfey, Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, who will give a lecture entitled: “WHO CARES WHO SLEPT WITH EMILY DICKINSON: Reflections on Literary Biography”

Benfey is an esteemed authority on modern and early 20th-century American Literature. His reviews have been published in the New York Time Sunday Book Review and The New Republic. He has also contributed criticism to the on-line magazine Slate and Travel + Leisure. His recent publications include A Summer of Hummingbirds (Penguin 2008) andThe Great Wave (Random House 2003).

When: Tonight, Tuesday, March 3 at 8 pm
Where: Russell House

Hilton Als to read at Russell House

Hilton Als, the English Department’s 2008 Millet Writing Fellow, will be performing a reading at the Russell House on Wednesday, brought to you by the Wesleyan Writing Program and the English Department. The event is free, and open to the public.

Says Joanna Tice ’07, Russell House Arts Fellow:

Hilton Als has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. Prior to that, he was a staff writer at The Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996. He collaborated on film scripts for Swoon and Looking for Langston, and has edited and contributed to numerous museum catalogues, including the catalogue for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art.” In 1997, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded Als first prize in both Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-03.

Date: Wednesday, April 2
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Russell House