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Philosophy Social Justice Open House Luncheon

phil sj trackInterested in the philosophy major?

Come and learn about Philosophy as a major and about our new Social Justice track. The social justice track recognizes that philosophers since antiquity have not only asked questions about what social institutions are needed to achieve justice, but have also worked as social reformers to promote social justice.  Philosophical methods of conceptual and contextual analyses and careful argumentation provide important tools for grappling with real world injustices.  The social justice track allows students to develop their philosophical skills to address questions of human rights, equality, and social responsibility. More info available here.

Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 12 noon
Place: Russell House

Music at the Russell House: Stan Scott

cfa stan scottFrom the CFA:

Private lessons teacher Stan Scott will be joined by a group of extraordinary musicians in a program of driving reels, lilting jigs, stately waltzes, and old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, mystics, lovers, and laborers. Mr. Scott’s songs and instrumental compositions for guitar, mandolin, and banjo draw on rhythmic and melodic ideas he has gathered in four decades of travel and study in Europe, America, and South Asia.

Date: Sunday, February 21
Time: 3-4 PM
Place: Russell House

Social Justice Teach-In

Social Justice Teach-In FlyerFGSS has organized a teach-in happening tomorrow!

Panels include:

  • Race, Gender and Intersectionality in Social Movements
  • Words that Harm
  • The Complexities of Allyship

There will be refreshments!

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 12-5–come and go as you can!
Place: Russell House

Rick Barot Reads at Allbritton

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From Sophia Franchi, GRAD:

Award-winning poet Rick Barot will read from his work on Thursday, November 19th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Allbritton Center, 222 Church St, Middletown, CT.

Rick Barot attended Wesleyan and The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He has published three books of poetry, all with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002); Want (2008), winner of the Grub Street Book Prize and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; and Chord (2015). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review.

Gregg Bordowitz Reads at Russell House


From Sophia Franchi, GRAD:

Award-winning writer and artist Gregg Bordowitz will read from his work on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Gregg Bordowitz’s books include Volition (2009); General Idea: ImageVirus (2010), and The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003 (2004), winner of the 2006 Frank Jewett Mather Award. His videos and performances, including Fast Trip Long Drop (1993), A Cloud in Trousers (1995), and Habit (2001), have been seen at the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, and other venues. He has also written and directed The History of Sexuality Volume One By Michel Foucault: An Opera, which premiered at Tanzquartier Wien, Austria in 2010.

Joseph J Fins Speaks at Russell House

fins_josephjFrom Sophia Franchi ‘GRAD:

Distinguished doctor and medical researcher Joseph J. Fins, MD, will discuss his new work on Thursday, November 5th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Russell House.

A Wesleyan alumnus and former trustee, Joseph J. Fins is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College and Director of Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The author of over 250 publications, Fins is a co-author of a landmark 2007 Nature paper that described the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state. His most recent book, Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethic, and the Struggle for Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, August, 2015), places society’s obligations to patients with severe injury within the historical legacy of the civil and disability rights movements.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents.

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

Jaimy Gordon Reads at Russell House

portrait bei diethers grabSophia Franchi ‘GRAD writes in:

Award-winning author Jaimy Gordon will read from her work on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Gordon is the author of four novels, including Lord of Misrule, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction. She is a past fellow of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Bunting Institute at Harvard University. She has been awarded multiple Literature Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts and teaches in the Prague Summer Program for Writers. She grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Michigan.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents.

Date: Wednesday, November 4
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

More info about Gordon after the jump!

Writing Prize Winners Read at Russell House

Selected student winners of the Wesleyan writing awards will read from their work on Wednesday, May 6th in the Russell House.

The speakers will include:
Anna Strzempko 17, winner of the Boylan Award for an outstanding piece of journalistic work
Nora Canby 17 and Rebecca Michelson 15, co-winners of the Herbert Lee Connelly Prize for an outstanding piece of creative nonfiction
Madalena Henning 15 and Markeisha Hill 16, co-winners of the Sarah Hannah Prize for an outstanding poem
Rachel Kaly 17, winner of the Horgan Prize for an exceptional short story
Hea-Ream Lee 15, winner of the James L. McConaughy Prize for the best essay on a specialized subject, written for general readers
Amy Mattox 17 and Katherine Gibbel 15, co-winners of the Sophie Reed Prize for the best poem or group of poems
Quinn Frenzel 16, winner of the Wesleyan Fiction Award for an outstanding piece of fiction

This event is free an open to the public. Click here for more info or call 860-685-3448.

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Russell House

Apply to Work at Russell House

Professor Anne Greene and Kim-Frank Fellow Rachel Warner ’14 write in:

Love the writers and poets who come to speak at the Russell House? Want to get paid to watch them read? Come work for the Russell Series of Prose and Poetry!

At the Writing Programs we are hiring several students to join the staff of the Russell House for the fall semester. You will work closely with the Kim-Frank Writing Fellow, helping to run the visiting writers’ talks. Duties include greeting the campus audience and members of the public, managing the reception, setting up and breaking down each event, and helping to meet the speaker’s needs. Perks include meeting the authors (and having your books signed!) and sharing the reception food after the event, including desserts from the Green Room. Applicants should be well-organized, polite, and calm in the face of last-minute problems.
To apply, please send the following material to Rachel Warner at
russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 11:
1) A statement of interest that describes your work experience.
2) A resume, if you have one available.
3) Your spring class schedule and a list of any other time commitments you’ve already made.

Date and time: Applications due Monday, May 11th by 4:oopm
Send applications to: Rachel Warner, russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu