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Theory Certificate presents “The Illusion of Equality”

From Professor Matthew Garrett:

The Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory presents:
“The Illusion of Equality in Kantian Cosmopolitanism”

Jameliah Bournahou (Georgia College and College of the Holy Cross)

This talk is co-sponsored by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Some scholars argue that Kant is universally egalitarian because in the essay “Toward Perpetual Peace” (1795), Kant offers new provisions that displace the racist views that he previously held in the essays on race of the 1780s. This argument presumes that Kant’s cosmopolitan philosophy is synonymous with universal egalitarianism because it is understood to be opposed to inequality. Professor Bournahou argues that Kant’s cosmopolitan philosophy is not universally egalitarian and in fact allows for inequality. Bournahou refers to a lesser recognized discussion Kant has in “Toward Perpetual Peace” where he argues that the cosmopolitan goal is to unify the nations and not the moral improvement of the species which would presumably establish universal egalitarianism.

Date: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
PlaceDowney 113

Data, Computing and Journalism

An invitation to an exciting presentation, courtesy of Joli Holmes ’17:

Increasingly, journalists are turning to tools that were once solely the domain of data analysts and computer scientists to create compelling visualizations and enhance their storytelling. Newsrooms are using accessible technology to process big and open data to assist in investigations, keep citizens informed, and help make institutions accountable— and they’re often following the tenets of data science, like making their work transparent and reproducible. It’s important, now more than ever, that data not be hidden by government agencies from the public so that it instead might be used to illuminate the truth.

Andrew, currently a Koeppel Journalism Fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Life (co-teaching QAC 250) is the senior data editor of Trend CT (http://trendct.org/about/ a CT Mirror affiliate). He was a founding producer of The Boston Globe’s Data Desk where he used a variety of methods to visualize or tell stories with data. He also was an online producer at The Virginian-Pilot and a staff writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s a Metpro Fellow, a Chips Quinn Scholar, and a graduate of the University of Texas.

Date: Monday, February 13th
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Allbritton 103

Film Series: Hamilton’s America

2016. USA. Dir: Alex Horwitz. Documentary. 84 min.



You’ve watched Lin-Manuel Miranda on SNL, sung along to the cast album a little too loudly at parties, and (if you’re lucky) seen the Broadway smash hit Hamilton itself. The alumnus-directed PBS Great Performances doc provides an unprecedented look into the behind-the-scenes creation of a pop culture phenomenon.

Q&A with Horwitz ’02 to follow.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Living the Dream Making it as a Performer Overseas: An Interactive Talk by Clara McBride

Elijah Jimenez ’18 writes in:

After working as a theatre performer and director in Europe for 17 years, Clara McBride is back in Canada, her native land, ready to help young performers interested in trying their chances abroad. This interactive talk will focus on the challenges of integrating the arts scene in Europe, and on using performance to shine through any challenge.

Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Place: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages & Literatures building (300 High Street)

Lanterns and Special Effects in 17th Century China

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Via Amy Zhang ’15:

Don’t miss this talk tomorrow afternoon at the Center for East Asian Studies! Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale University, Tina Lu, will be speaking on ‘Lanterns and Special Effects in 17th Century China’.

Date: Tomorrow, September 23rd
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Center for East Asian Studies Seminar Room

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!

Tonight: Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star:” A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone

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Mickey Capper ’13 reminded me to post about this. Here’s the blurb from the official Facebook page for this event:

Born and raised in San Francisco—the home of the Grateful Dead—Professor of Music Graeme M. Boone attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Universite de Paris, and Harvard University, where he taught before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Following an overview of the band’s early history and style, Dr. Boone’s talk includes the showing of a “mandala movie” which helps elucidate the Dead’s open-ended song “Dark Star,” conveying a holistic, organic analysis of the tune, and incorporating every salient element in the extended, psychedelically evocative improvisations of its first 150 recorded performances.

With lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia, “Dark Star” can cover a broad spectrum of moods and musical ideas—incorporating anything from R&B cover songs to outer-space apocalypse—but the attentive listener can also hear lines of force binding the jams together: structuring devices, strategies, and trajectories that direct each improvisation and also serve as fundamental guideposts. An animated movie with changing colors and annotations follows two specific performances of the song, recorded in London on 4/8/72 and 5/23/72 during the band’s European tour that spring (the original 16-track analog tapes of the entire Europe ’72 tour were remixed, mastered in HDCD format, and released by the band in 2011).

Leadership Luncheon with Elisa Cardona

On Thursday, The Artist Formerly Known as Elisa Del Valle will take the stand in Usdan 110. From Winston Soh ’14:

Come listen to Elisa Cardona, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development, lead a session on “How Our Socialization and Experiences Shape Us As Leaders.”

Lunch from Thai Gardens will be provided.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110
Cost: Free

Tasmiha Khan ’12 Presents “Beyond the Bubble: Social Ventures Post-Wesleyan”

From Kerry Nix ’15:

Join Brighter Dawns founder Tasmiha Khan ’12 for this fascinating look into post-grad service work and how to sustain a Wesleyan-based nonprofit after graduation. Khan is returning to Wesleyan after an eventful summer that included a trip to the White House to represent Brighter Dawns. Come for a great discussion – and a tasty lassi!

Strawberry lassi will be served!

Date: Tomorrow, November 15
Time: 4pm
Place: PAC 001
Cost: Free