It’s that blessed time of year where we at Wesleyan are given yet another chance to discuss themes of oppression, drink copious amounts of wine, and participate in vegan potlucks. It’s Passover: the festival that commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery.
Central to this lovely breadless festival is the seder, a ritual meal which reenacts and retells the story of said liberation. Growing up I attended the quintessential “liberal Jewish intellectual hippy Seder,” complete with articles about the oppression of migrant workers and “safe spaces” to talk about my own oppression. I also once participated in the two-minute seder, acted out the ten plagues, and told the Passover story in tweet form. I thought I had seen it all when it came to the weird things liberal people do at Seders, and then I came to Wes.
Those ever “quirky’ Wesleyan students (#thisiswhy) certainly make Passover their own. This year Jews and Non Jews a like gathered for official and unofficial Seders complete with solo cups, inclusive language, original songs, costumes, and of course extensive discussion of oppression. Here’s a round-up of a few of these fine ritual meals:
I had the privelege of attending a meaty but joyful seder led by WesJewCelebs Sydney Hausman-Cohen ’13, Ryan Katz ’13, Sarah Cassel ’13, Zach Steinman ’13, and Daphna Spivack ’13.
The Seder was open to all and guests came from all class years, with some Seder virgins.
Still trying to get us all to care about the world, Katherine Clifford ’14 announces:
Half the Sky-Wesleyan is hosting a screening of Part 2 of the PBS documentary: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
The documentary is based on the best-selling book by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Part 2 of the film features Kristof and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, and Olivia Wilde in India, Somalia/Somaliland, and Kibera, Kenya as they encounter stories of the shocking challenges facing women and girls. This section focuses on the issues of maternal morality, intergenerational prostitution, and economic hardship and on the hopeful stories of individuals working to empower women.
For those of you who saw part 1 last month, you won’t want to miss the second half. If you weren’t able to see the first half, it doesn’t matter! Come see this moving and inspirational film. We’re also doing a school supply drive for rural schools in Baja, Mexico, so bring donations to the screening if you’re able to!
Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 8 pm
Place: Exley 150
Cost: $0 but bring school supplies and closet junk!
Womanist House is sponsoring an informal talk and discussion with our advisor, Dr. Sonia Mañjon, on the basics of Womanist Theory. Food will be served!
Pictured above is professional badass Alice Walker, who coined the term “womanism.”
Co-sponsored by Hewitt.
- Date: Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 23
- Time: 6:00 pm
- Place: Nicolson Lounge
Another opportunity to save the world, this time from Emmy Levitas ’11:
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) turned 20 years old on November 16, 2010. This Act requires institutions to return Native American human remains and sacred objects to the tribes to whom they belong. Wesleyan has been in violation of NAGPRA for 16 years.
The university is finally taking the first step towards repatriation. On Thursday, NAGPRA consultant Jan Bernstein will give a presentation to students, faculty, and staff on Wesleyan’s holdings.
We need a strong student presence at this event– to show the administration that the student body is watching, and will hold them accountable.
Show up, Be seen. Your presence matters.
Date: Tomorrow, Jan. 27
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108