Tag Archives: politics

Chris Murphy in Middletown

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From Marshal Lawler ’16:

Interested in politics? Want to hear from one of your representatives in the Senate? Come meet US Senator Chris Murphy at the Democratic Headquarters in Middletown this Sunday at 4:30! He’ll be taking questions and discussing the upcoming elections.

Rides are available on request, and there will be food and beverages!

For more info contact Marshal Lawler: plawler[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Sunday, September 14th
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Place: 386 Main Street

Meet Grant Tanenbaum ’15, The Only Person Running for WSA President

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Every year on Wesleying, we typically have a very sassy interview with the WSA presidential and vice presidential candidates (a tip of the hat to the venerable frostedmoose and the awesome Roxie for their extra sass-tastic features, which you can see here and here). It’s a shame that we don’t have any other candidates like last year’s dark horse favorite Keith Conway ’16 or the frostedmoose-proclaimed “Vanilla” Zach Malter ’13, but we’re making due.

Read after the jump to meet Grant Tanenbaum ’15, the only person running for WSA President this year (minus a hilarious April Fools’ “opponent”, a prank orchestrated by Kate Cullen ’16 that nearly gave Grant an ulcer). This is the first post of two parts on the prez, so stay tuned.

Wesleyan Spring Lobby Weekend in DC

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From Caroline Monahan ’16:

Looking for something to do over break? Live in DC or willing to travel? Passionate about politics? Want to make some connections on Capitol Hill?

Join us on the Wesleyan trip to Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Spring Lobby Weekend in DC!

Tweetskrieg: The Crisis in the Crimea Viewed through Social Media

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A roundtable discussion and Q&A about the current events in Ukraine, featuring:

Kevin Rothrock, expert in social media and politics in Russia and project editor of RuNet Echo at Global Voices Online

Magda Teter, Professor of History and Director of Jewish and Israel Studies Program, Wesleyan University

Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, Assistant Professor of History and Russian and East European Studies, Wesleyan University

Date: Wednesday, March 5th
Time: 4:15 PM
Location: PAC 002

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, History Department, and Russian and East European Studies Program

Symposium: Archaeology and Politics

From Ali Rosenberg ’15:

Come to the Archaeology and Politics Symposium featuring:

  • Epistemology and Ethics of an Activist Science at the African Burial Ground (Michael Blakey, College of William and Mary)
  • The Role of Archaeology and Community: The Shared Past of Israelis and Palestinians in the Present (Ann E. Killebrew, Pennsylvania State University)
  • The Politics of Naming and Knowing: Repatriation and Indigenous Identity (Dorothy Lippert, Smithsonian Museum)
  • The Politics of Protection (and Destruction) of Archaeological Sites in Contemporary India (Carla M. Sinopoli, University of Michigan)

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Archaeology Program, the Government Department, and Jewish and Israel Studies.

Date: Friday, November 8
Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: Allbritton, Room 311

Leadership Luncheon: Political Community Organizing

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From SALD Leadership Intern Jordan Gaynes ’14:

This week’s talk will feature a discussion about modern community organizing based on political campaigns and the field experience of one former Obama campaign organizer. While the tactics may seem 21st century, the strategy dates back to Cesar Chavez and can be used in helping all leadership-based organizations.

As usual, lunch is provided!

Date: Tomorrow, October 18th
Time: 12pm-1pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Ave Room 114
Cost: Freezles

CT General Assembly Legislative Internship Program Info Session

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From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:

This is an information session about this spring 2014 for-credit internship in Hartford and about careers affecting state-level policy change for students who might consider applying for the internship by the November 1 deadline or those generally interested in learning more about our legislative system.

Lunch provided for those who pre-register by October 9.

The Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Internship Program provides an educational opportunity outside the traditional academic setting, bringing on college students as legislative aids to acquaint them with both the formal and informal aspects of the legislative process. Interns do bill analysis and tracking, spot and in-depth research, drafting of news releases and speeches, liaison work, constituent casework, and more. Applications for Spring 2014 are dueNovember 1.

Mary Cyriac ’02 is a Policy Analyst in the Senate Democrats’ Office of the Connecticut General Assembly. At Wesleyan, she majored in History, and went on to attend law school. Mary has work at various non-profit organizations, providing free legal services as well as advocating for policy change. Jackson Ulrich ’14 was a Legislative Intern in Spring 2013. He will talk about his experience in the program.

Date: Thursday, October 10th
Time: 12pm-1pm
Place: Allbritton 022
Cost: Free
Link: Register here by October 9th to get free lunch!

Photos: Students March on TD Bank, Rally Against Keystone XL

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This Saturday, a crowd of over 60 (including roughly 25 Wesleyan students) rallied in Middletown against the Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline. The pipeline, which would carry an especially nasty and energy intensive type of oil from indigenous lands in Alberta across the American prairie to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, has been derided by climate scientists as an extraction project that would spell “game over for the planet”.

The energetic march rallied on High Street before marching 1.5 miles up Washington to target TD Bank, one of the primary financiers of the pipeline project. The protesters held signs and banners, formed a picket outside the bank, chanted slogans, and distributed fliers to customers urging them to divest from TD Bank and join local credit unions, which are not-for-profit and member-run. The rally drew participants from all over the state including a number of Middletown locals.

Liveblog: WSA Presidential Debate

Greetings from Usdan. The esteemed BZOD and I are awaiting the start of the annual WSA Presidential Debate, featuring presidential candidates Mari Jarris ’14, Nicole Updegrove ’14, and Keith Conway ’16 (each of whom you’ll get to know more when we publish a group interview with the candidates in a few days). As I write this, BZOD is shamelessly fraternizing with the candidates, who are all smiling in a most political manner. We’re hoping to continue a tradition started by the great frostedmoose several years ago, though we can’t expect to match his poetic fervor or unparalleled wit. We can only hope he’s following along somewhere shaking his head furiously and deliriously throwing cat memes at a wall.

Apparently this debate is livestreaming somewhere, but I don’t have time to find the link because it’s about to start. If you care enough to livestream it, you’re probably here in Usdan anyway.

Liveblog entries appear after the jump.

Immigration, Open Borders, and a Free Society

A chance to talk about real world issues with students who care about them, from Charlie Smith ’15:

Political dialogue on immigration policy can best be characterized as broken or nonexistent. This is particularly disappointing considering that by some estimates a policy of open borders would double world GDP. However, what are the costs, dangers, and challenges associated with a policy of open borders? And do the benefits outweigh the costs?

Come discuss immigration policy and the potential for open borders with Wesleyan Students for a Free Society

Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 111
Cost: 2x World GDP