Tag Archives: interdisciplinary

“R. Luke Dubois—In Real Time” Exhibition

Andrew Chatfield writes in from the CFA to invite you to see a gallery exhibit by R. Luke Dubois:

Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois utilizes data to create maps, scores, and videos that explore subjects including the Iraq War and the census; and that raise questions of artistic agency, privacy, and fair use. Organized as a database of his projects and concerns, the exhibition “R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time” is the first major gallery presentation of his work, and will include recent and commissioned pieces that take as their basis real-time data flows, topical statistics, and contemporary media footage. Co-sponsored by Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, Department of Government, Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative, Information Technology Services, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Quantitative Analysis Center.
Closed: Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30, 2015

Date: Open until December 13th (But closed November 25th and November 30th)
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5pm
Read more about this exhibition on the Zilkha Gallery’s website.

Poetry reading, career-related talk by [Heather] Claudine Nash ’92 on psychology and writing

Headshot-211x300From Ali Goldberg ’15:

On Thursday, April 23rd from 12-1pm in Judd Hall room 113 Wesleyan alumna, Clinical Psychologist, and writer [Heather] Claudine Nash ’92 will join us for a reading of her recently published book, The Problem with Loving Ghosts, and to share the story of her career journey and the practice of combining the fields of psychology and writing.

[Heather] Claudine Nash ’92 was an English and Psychology double major at Wesleyan, and has since earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Psychology. She currently lives in New York, where she practices Clinical Psychology and writes poetry infused with images and concepts from science and psychology. Her most recent work, The Problem with Loving Ghosts, is a collection of poems about the consequences of clinging too tightly to the past.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about translating interdisciplinary studies into a post-college career, and to support the work of a successful Wesleyan alum.

The event is hosted by the student leaders of Psi Chi, Wesleyan’s chapter of the National Honor’s Society in Psychology. All Wesleyan students and faculty are welcome.

Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: Judd Hall, room 113

Nash’s poetry can be found here, on her website.

Wesleyan Creates New College of Integrative Sciences

On Wednesday, the Faculty voted overwhelmingly to approve a proposal for a new college, the College of Integrative Sciences (CIS), to join the College of Social Studies, College of Letters, College of the Environment, College of Film and the Moving Image, and the College of East Asian Studies. Students in CIS would have pursue a CIS Linked Major to complement an additional primary major in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM). According to the proposal, the new CIS aims to “offer Wesleyan students a curricular and research framework that enables new ways of thinking at the frontiers of science.” 

An Interview with Film Studies Department Head, Professor Jeanine Basinger

“You’re having conversations about movies and about the work and about questions and disagreements… there’s so much that grows out of that so when someone graduates you’re not through talking to them yet about it all.”

Basinger is here pictured in the Goldsmith Family Cinema. This picture was taken from New York Times Article featuring her book "The Star Machine," about the height of the studio system in the 30s through 50s

Basinger is here pictured in the Goldsmith Family Cinema. This picture was taken from a New York Times Article featuring her book The Star Machine, about the height of the studio system in the 30s through 50s [Source].

As a newly admitted film major, one can imagine the anx-citement surrounding this interview. Jeanine Basinger, who is on record as “one of the most important film scholars alive today” and who built Wesleyan’s world renowned film program from the bottom up, is a name I have learned to revere since day one as a prospective film student. At the scheduled time, I dialed Professor Basinger’s office to be greeted with enthusiasm and an eagerness to get right to business. She expressed her hope that her husband would bring her a cup of coffee amidst her busy workday and we jumped right into the questions. She made the interview very easy for me, answering with depth and segue-ing effortlessly into questions I hadn’t even asked yet. We discussed the establishment of the College of Film and the Moving Image, which was announced just over a year ago, the liberal arts approach to cinema, and her relations with past film majors. By the end of the half hour, I was feeling reenergized, inspired, and more excited than ever to begin my journey as a Wesleyan University film major with Professor Basinger as a guide.

The following is the transcript of our interview, edited for clarity.

Could you tell me about the College of Film and the Moving Image – why the initiative was taken on and what differences it brings to the department?

The interesting thing is that all of the components that make up the college are things that we have in fact been doing for years. The designation of making it into the college is less of a change and more of a recognition of what we are and what we do.

Medieval Studies Open House

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Straight from Ronnie Alvarado ’15:

Did you pretend that you were a knight when you were little? Do you love King Arthur or secretly listen to Gregorian chants? Think that the Crusades are really awesome? Then come to the Medieval Studies Open House this Thursday at noon!

Learn about the courses offered in this amazing interdisciplinary major and enjoy free pizza!

Date: October 31st
Time: 12PM – 1PM
Place: Downey House Lounge

American Studies Open House

From Hibiki Mizuno ’15:

You go to WesMaps American Studies and see a billion awesome courses…want to find out what the major’s all about? Come to the American Studies Open House! Thai food + apple cider + Italian cookies will be served!!

Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Place: Center for the Americas (Across from Fiske)

Romance Languages and Literatures Fall Open House

Scarlett Perry ’15 invites prospective majors to an RL&L Department Open House:

Would you like your undergraduate major to help you:

· Acquire familiarity with another culture on that culture’s terms?
· Acquire the kind of linguistic and cross-cultural proficiency required for 21st-c. life and careers?
· Put you into deep and meaningful contact with some of the most rewarding literary, cinematic, and visual texts ever created?
· Explore the past as it unfolds in France and the Francophone world, Italy, and Spain and the Hispanophone world, including Latin America?
· Incorporate study abroad as a key component of your studies at Wesleyan?

Pizza will be served. If you are contemplating a major in one of our programs but cannot attend the information session on October 28, please contact the appropriate major representative:

French Studies: Jeff Rider (jrider[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Italian Studies: Antonio González (agonzalez[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Hispanic Literature and Cultures: Octavio Flores (oflores[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Romance Studies: Michael Armstrong-Roche (marmstrong[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: 300 High Street

Latin American Studies Open House

From Chloe Rinehart ‘14:

Interested in Latin America? Interested in choosing an interdisciplinary major? Come to hear about the Latin American Studies major at our Open House! Iguanas Ranas Taco Bar will be served! En serio.

Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: Center for the Americas, 255 High Street

How to Lose Pre-Reg Priority and Alienate Professors: Maggie Feldman-Piltch ’14 on Being a University Major

After recently declaring a lucrative double major in Impractical Humanities Discipline and Apparently Useless Social Science According to Those Debates on the ACB, this intellectually curious blogger began to wonder what motivates students to pursue a field of study that requires actual work. Unlike my lazy ass, Theories of Ethics in Capitalism major Maggie Feldman-Piltch ’14 is one of ten current students who designed their own academic departments under Wesleyan’s University Major program.

Like many of its peer institutions, Wesleyan attracts prospective students with the opportunity to “work independently at integrating the core skills and background knowledge necessary to realize a coherent intellectual objective.” In other words, University majors do whateva they want.

If transcending the restrictive disciplinary boundaries imposed by academia’s arbitrary departmental segmentation appeals to you, you should probably read this interview. If you responded to the question “Are you Wesleyan?” with a resounding “I don’t know, maybe, this recruiting strategy is kind of cheesy,” you’re probably right. If you’re wondering why, I can assure you that #thisiswhy.

TL;DR: One out of 25 faculty members agree that inventing your own major is a good idea.

Submit to The Undergraduate Journal of Social Studies

Isabella Litke ’12 wants to publish you, but no more than 10,000 w0rds (they check these days—there’s technologies for that!):

The student-run Undergraduate Journal of Social Studies (UJSS) is accepting submissions for the fall issue. We accept papers written in any of the social sciences; interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged. Please submit papers between 1,500 and 10,000 words, written during your time at Wesleyan. The fall submission deadline is Thursday, November 22nd. Send papers as Word documents to ujsswesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com.

Again, due date is November 22. Read more about the UJSS, or check out its first 2011 volume, here.