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In Depth: Middletown Potluck

This is another installment in our series of interviews with student groups at Wesleyan.

I sat down last week with Ari Ebstein ’16 and Yael Horowitz ’17 to talk about the Middletown Potluck group. With a big fundraiser underway and an upcoming potluck (today from 6-8pm!) we had much to talk about with regards to social justice, sharing food, and funding a homeless lockers campaign.

Middletown potluck is a group dedicated to building a community between Middletown residents and Wesleyan students.  Based strongly out of 200 church, the group began spring semester of 2013. Since its inception the group has already hosted six potlucks, each with a certain theme. Ari explained choosing the themes, “In the beginning we didn’t really have any community connections so the first ideas we had were ours. But since then we have really tried to get the Middletown community involved in deciding.  It’s about being able to facilitate dinners and themes that emerge from the community.”

Us and Them: a Discussion on Middletown and Wesleyan Relations

From Janika Oza ’15:

Have you ever wondered about the relationship between Wesleyan and the Middletown community? Are you involved in Middletown through community service or work? Are you concerned about the ways in which Wesleyan does (or doesn’t) facilitate interaction with the community?
Come to an open workshop and discussion, hosted by the WesDEFs, to examine our relationship with the Middletown community and to explore positive ways to engage with our neighbours and break down the barriers between us.

Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112