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Gabe Frankel ’15 writes in about the first ever Wesleyan Symposium!!

Symposium is an interdisciplinary critique, which:    11146386_10205170523320168_1040507202632299425_o
– Prompts the exchange of ideas & methods of inquiry between students & faculty across the curriculum,
– Stimulates creativity & innovation,
– Serves as a platform for juniors to develop senior research topics.

Why Risk?

Notions of vulnerability, security, and susceptibility are central to the ways we think and avenues of inquiry. “Risk” can apply to
issues of statistical probability, genetic citizenship and
responsibility, immigration and the precarity of citizenship, or
climate change. We are eager to engage in an interdisciplinary
conversation that honors these dimensions and complexities from many
different vantage points and on a variety of scales.

The idea is that participants will attend both sessions: lunch and
dinner (catered by Udupi!) If this is not possible for you, that is
fine, just let me know if you have not already.

Student speakers include Mary Chalino ’15, Hazem Fazhy ’17, Ben Zucker ’15, Kate Cullen ’16, Paulina Jones-Torregrosa ’15, and Jill Ji’en Tan ’15. Faculty speakers include Prof. Gloster Aaron, Prof. Brian Stewart, and Antonio Farias. Moderators include Nayan Ghosh ’15, Prof. Jennifer Tucker, and Prof. Stephen Angle. 

**** To register, email Gabe Frankel (gfrankel[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). *****

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: Session 1: 11 to 1 PM, Session 2: 5 to 8 PM
Place: Usdan 108, Downey House Lounge
Face: book

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

FGSS Symposium: “Women and the Politics of Gender: Election 2012”

Who will win the “War on Women“? Jennifer Enxuto, broadcasting live from the FGSS office, would love for you to come and find out!

Please join us on Friday, October 5, 1:30 pm – 4:30pm for the FGSS 2012 Annual Symposium “Women and the Politics of Gender: Election 2012,” to be held in Allbritton 311.

Panelists will include:

Maryann Barakso, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and President, Women and Politics Research Section, American Political Science Association and author of Governing NOW: Grassroots Activism in The National Organization For Women, as well as articles on health care reform, social movements, and civic engagement.

Academia and Activism Symposium

Professor Margot Weiss sends word of a symposium happening two weeks from now:

This symposium brings together interdisciplinary scholars for two open roundtable discussions on the possibilities and difficulties of bridging academic and activist work. We ask: How is activist labor intellectual and when is intellectual labor activist? How might we historicize dichotomies of theory and practice, “ivory tower” and “real world”?

Roundtable I: Intellectuals as Activists/Activists as Intellectuals (10am – noon) with Karen Brodkin, Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Matthew Garrett, Mara Kaufman and Scott Morgensen

Roundtable II: The Politics of the (Neoliberal) Academy (2 – 4pm) with Purnima Bose, Janet Jakobsen, Jeff Maskovsky and Dylan Rodríguez

Date: Feb. 11
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Place: Russell House
Cost: Free
More Information: Click!

Adorno and America: a Symposium

Many of the major works of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory were written in the USA during the Second World War. Critical Theory’s dislocation from its European origins is significant not only historically but also philosophically: the exiled intellectuals were convinced that an effective theory of culture and society could be realized only in America, where capitalism had reached its most advanced state. The symposium will reflect on how the American experience of the Frankfurt School’s most prominent representative, Theodor Adorno, informed the evolution of Critical Theory. Against the cliché of Adorno as a detached high-culture mandarin, the symposium will offer a more intellectually and factually accurate investigation of the American dimension of his thought.

2:15: Coffee and Cookies
3:00: Welcome and introduction (Ulrich Plass)
3:15: Adorno’s American Reception (Joshua Rayman, Savannah College of Art and Design)
3:45: No Man’s Lands: Refuse and Refuge in Adorno’s American Experience (Matt Waggoner, Albertus Magnus College)
4:15 Questions
4:30 Coffee Break
4:45 Devices of Shock: Adorno’s Aesthetics of Film and Fritz Lang’s Fury (Ryan Drake, Fairfield University)
5:15 Adorno Unplugged: The Ambivalence of the Machine Age (David Jenemann, University of Vermont)
5:45 Questions and final discussion

A symposium hosted by the Center for the Humanities and the Theory Initiative. Co-Sponsored by College of Letters, German Studies, Sociology, College of Social Studies, Philosophy, History, American Studies, and the Dean of Arts and Humanities

Date: Dec. 4
Time: 2:15pm – 6:00pm
Location: Russell House (corner of Washington and High Street)

Unity Brunch

treeIn conjunction with the anti-violence symposium that is happening this Friday, October 17th, there will be a student space for individuals and members of student organizations to come together to talk about violence and all the ways it manifests itself on this campus. Although the symposium is mostly a response to last May, we want to recognize and talk about the fact that violence, in many forms, happens on this campus everyday.

We’re hoping to leverage the energy around the symposium to create a space in which students on campus who have a stake in anti-violence and anti-oppression work can come together to communicate about the work we’re doing, recognize overlaps, and build coalitions and community.

Date: Saturday, October 18th
Time: 2 -4 pm
Where: Usdan 110
Why: discussion, coalition, Indian food

Day of Remembrance, Violence Prevention, and Healing: A Symposium

From Camara Awkward-Rich ’11:

On Friday October 16th, there will be an anti-violence symposium to address varying issues of violence in relation to the Wesleyan community. It will include workshops, speakers, and a reception that deal with practical responses to, and systemic conceptions of, violence and healing. Please come, and invite your friends!


1 pm – CONVOCATION (Beckham Hall)
Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University
Dr. Karen Singleton, Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program,
Columbia University

Dr. Suriya Baluch, Director, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, and
Education, Princeton University

2 – 3:15 pm – SESSION I
– Personal Safety Awareness (PAC 022)
Former Police Chief of Middletown Lynn Baldoni
– Stalking Awareness and Response (PAC 004)
Middletown Police Department & Wesleyan Public Safety
– Relationship Violence Awareness and Prevention (Usdan 108)
Karen Singleton and Suriya Baluch (see convocation info above)
– Hate Crimes (2:00) and Cultural Awareness (3:30) (PAC 001)
Azekah Jennings, U.S. Dept. of Justice
– Conflict Resolution (PAC 125)
Alex Fernandez, Women & Family Center
– Healing (PAC 107)
Pastor Joan Burnett
– Calling Men: Being an Ally (Usdan 110)
Emily Rothman ’94 and Marc Bergeron, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

3:30 – 4:45pm – SESSION II

All workshops will be repeated, with the exception of Hate Crimes (2:00) and
Cultural Awareness (3:30), both in PAC 001

5 – 6pm – “A Call to Action” Closing Reception (Daniel Family Commons)
Beth Ann Morhardt, Prevention & Training Coordinator, CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services