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Apply for a Masters Class with Saïd Sayrafiezadeh


From Sofi Goode ’17:

Apply for the Spring 2016 Masters Class with memoirist and essayist Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. While not for credit, this class is an opportunity to work closely with a tremendously talented writer. Sayrafiezadeh’s short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Best American Nonrequired Reading and New American Stories, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Cinema CFPA: Channeling Pinchot

Ad Image rgbIn other green news, Miranda Linsky ’14:

Brought to you by WesCFPA:

If you love Connecticut’s forests and trails, and have any curiosity as to why they are so abundant in our state, then join us for a free, one-hour film screening about one person who helped start the conservation movement and influenced the creation of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association!

One of the most important, yet least recognized and appreciated, giants in the early movement to save forests and protect open lands is Gifford Pinchot, “America’s First Forester.” Ironically, his family
made significant amounts of money clear-cutting forests, selling the timber, selling the land to farmers, and moving on. As the story goes, Gifford’s given mission at a young age was to repair the damage and
grow the forests. He became the first forester in the country, the first Chief of the Forest Service, and helped start the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His friends noted his influence when they started CFPA. He really did do what he was told!

Gifford’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Leila Pinchot (Ph.D. Natural Resources, University of Tennessee), will introduce the film Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot and lead
a Q&A afterwards about one of the original philosophies driving the creation of the CFPA. The film establishes Pinchot’s vision of conservation to affect social justice as a force that shaped our nation. By exploring their efforts to find “environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially responsible” solutions to contemporary conservation challenges, Seeking the Greatest Good demonstrates how the Pinchot Institute for Conservation (http://www.pinchot.org) exemplifies Gifford Pinchot’s philosophy of “practical conservation.”

Meet at ALLBRITTON at 6:45 PM! Transportation is provided.

Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Time: 6:45pm–meet @ Allbritton, Talk @ 7pm
Place: CFPA Headquarters, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT (10-minute drive from Wesleyan)
Cost: FREE!

Issues in Deaf Education Speaker Series: Dr. Anna Shusterman

Last-minute transmission from Sam Melvin ’13:

Join us on Tuesday to hear Dr. Anna Shusterman, Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan, talk about her research on the Oral Deaf Project, as well as broader issues of language and math development in deaf children with cochlear implants.

Date: Today, February 26
Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Place: PAC 002
Cost: Free

Whedon ’87 Declared Commencement Speaker; Fans Collapse in Panting Heap of Euphoria

“Joss Whedon is our commencement speaker! Was so excited when I got the email that I had to stop using the elliptical for a few minutes.”

In a move strategically maneuvered to collapse Wesleyan’s entire Whedonite community in a salivating heap of shock, joy, and euphoric paralysis, President Roth has announced that screenwriter, filmmaker, Buffy creator, Avengers director, ironic Romney supporter, and Wesleyan alumnus Joss Whedon ’87 will deliver the commencement address for the Class of 2013. The news has delighted everyone from Argus Executive Editor Max Brivic ’13, who tweeted that he was “so excited when I got the email that I had to stop using the elliptical for a few minutes,” to Assistant Director of ResLife Stacey Phelps, who expressed something closely resembling excitement on Twitter and fittingly utilized used the hashtag “#yay.” Other reactions in the digital sphere ranged from “I’m going to die” to “#forgetobama” to my personal favorite, “Whatever, still pulling for Bill Nye.” Even members of the dearly departed Class of 2012 are seething with jealousy.

I’ve only been at Wesleyan since 2009, but I think it’s fair to call this the most unanimously excitement-inducing commencement speaker since Barack Obama was tapped to replace Ted Kennedy at Commencement 2008. (Then again, I’m not sure 69,498,516 popular votes can really compare with what I’ve seen of the salivating Cult of Whedonites.) According to President Roth’s email, honorary degrees will be additionally presented to environmental and social justice activist leader Majora Carter ’88 and former Chair of the Board of Trustees Jim Dresser ’63 (yes, the guy that the diamond was named after). You will likely be too busy squealing to hear this take place.

Lecture and Discussion with Food Justice Activist and Author Mark Winne: The Myth of Food Democracy

Caitlin Aylward ’13 writes in about the food justice:

Food justice activist and author Mark Winne is returning to Wesleyan this Thursday to give a talk entitled “The Myth of Food Democracy: Ethics, Choice and the Tyranny of the Marketplace.”

The event will take place in the Woodhead Lounge (Exley) on Thursday October 11th from 4:15-5:30 PM with a reception to follow featuring Udupi’s Indian food.

In light of the upcoming general election, Mark Winne will address the links between food justice and the national election, as well as the market barriers that impede genuine democracy. Learn more about the societal consequences of recent food-related actions, votes, and policies, and discuss effective food policy strategies from cities across the world.