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Wesleyan Thinks BIG: Fall 2016

wtb-black-2016Catherine Wulff ’18 writes in:

Wesleyan Thinks BIG is a TED-talk style event where Wesleyan’s beloved professors and administrators are asked to speak for about 10 minutes on an experience, a personal passion, an existential question, etc. It’s a way to bring the community together outside of the classroom and think BIG!

Our speakers for Fall 2016:

  • Iris Bork-GoldField (GRST): “Thank you for Smoking. The Unintended Consequences of Lucky Strikes”
  • Danielle Vogel (ENGL): “Narrative & Nest”
  • Renee Thornton-Johnson (Dean C/O 2018): “How to Excel in College By Cultivating Membership in A Community of Practice”
  • Khalil Johnson (AFAM): “Settler Colonial Blues: Musings from the Margins of Black and Indigenous History

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 5-7 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Wesleyan Thinks Big Spring ’14

unnamed-1From Emma Koramshahi ’16:

MEMORIAL CHAPEL.
FRIDAY, MAY 2nd.

Brian Harrison (Government)
Laurence Hooper (Italian Studies and Classics)
Edward Moran (Astronomy)
Yuri Kordonsky (Theater)
Antonio Gonzalez (Romance Languages)

Tickets:
FREE and GENERAL ADMISSION at the box office starting TUESDAY, APRIL 29 at 10 am.

About:
Wes Thinks Big is a TED-talk style event where 5 of Wesleyan’s favorite professors are asked to lecture for about 10 minutes on literally whatever they want – an experience, a personal passion, an existential question, etc. It’s about getting the school together to contemplate some of life’s many questions and THINK BIG!

Facebook event.

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The playlist from the fall.

Relive the Wesleyan Thinks Big Magic!

Hey Wesleyan,

For anyone of the sad souls who were unfortunate enough to have missed this spring’s Wesleyan Thinks Big event or thought that the liveblog (or lack there of – sorry, the chapel wifi was and still is super spotty) and the awesome Argus article was just not enough, here’s your chance to relive the WTB experience!

Wesleyan Thinks Big is basically a magical extravaganza of Ted Talks meets your favorite professors meets all the kittens, sloths, and babies in the world. The event happens every semester, so make sure you go next fall. Professor Gil Skillman (who spoke during the event last fall) returned to emcee this spring.

The videos from the event have recently been processed and uploaded onto Youtube by WesPregame (Thanks IMS, youdabest!). Here is the playlist to all five videos!

The individual videos and some information about each talk and the speaking professor will be located after the jump.

Wesleyan Thinks Big

Wes Thinks Big

Don’t forget to pick up your tickets for the Wes Thinks Big event today (3/27) and tomorrow (3/28) at Usdan during lunch 11AM-1PM or dinner 6PM-8PM..

From Hannah Vogel ’13:

WESLEYAN THINKS BIG IS UPON US! Five of Wesleyan’s most exciting professors can’t wait to blow your minds with their favorite topics. Each professor gives a ten-minute lecture on an idea that keeps them up at night, inspiring us to think bigger and better than ever before. Reserved tickets will be available for pick-up at Usdan Wednesday lunch and dinner and Thursday at lunch and at the event. If you didn’t get a chance to get a ticket, please come to Memorial Chapel at 7:30PM; we’ve never had an issue with people getting in since MemChap seats 500. This event is open to the Middletown, alumni, and parent communities, so tell your moms/dads/friends/etc. to come along! ITS is helping us do a real, functional livestream so check out website for the embedded video during the event… fingers crossed.
Official lineup:
Paula Matthusen: “Sounds in Remembered Spaces”
Jeff Rider: “The Importance of Old Stories”
Balu Balasubrahmaniyan: “‘Periyar’: E.V.Ramasamy and Social Activism in India”
Jacob Bricca: “Cinema Verité and the Reality Infection”
Vera Schwarz: “A Jewish Wanderer Listening for the Unsayable in China”
With emcee Gil Skillman on the ones and twos

Wesleyan Thinks Big Once More!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hannah “Talks on Talks on Talks” Vogel ’13 still knows what the kids like these days:

Happy Spring, Wes! We’re back with five of Wesleyan’s most exciting professors, who can’t wait to blow your minds with their favorite topics. Each professor will give a ten-minute lecture on an idea that keeps them up at night, inspiring us to think bigger and better than ever before. Tickets can be reserved on our website starting this Thursday, 3/7 at noon, and will be available for pick-up the week before the event. Any tickets that go unreserved will be offered at Usdan the week of as well. Tickets for this event have been reserved quickly in the past, so snap ’em up. This event is open to the Middletown, alumni, and parent communities– so tell your moms/dads/friends/etc. to come along!
(Videos from last fall’s event will be up over Spring Break. Sorry for the delay!)
SPEAKERS:
Jacob Bricca: “Cinema Verité and the Reality Infection”
Paula Matthusen: “Sounds in Remembered Spaces”
Jeff Rider: “The Importance of Old Stories”
Vera Schwarz: “A Jewish Wanderer Listening for the Unsayable in China”
Balu Balasubrahmaniyan: “‘Periyar’: E.V.Ramasamy and Social Activism in India”
With emcee Gil Skillman.
Where: Memorial Chapel (with post-game reception in Zelnick)
Date: Thursday, March 28th (the Thursday after we’re back from break)
Time: 8-9:30PM
Cost: Free hundred dollars.
Facebook: Professorbook

Wesleyan Thinks Big (and Stuff): A Liveblog

For you cool kids on campus who haven’t heard, Wesleyan Thinks Big, a Ted talk meets a magical bundle of hope and wonder, is happening tonight. If you can’t be at the actual event, fear not. There is a screening in PAC 001 at the same time (8pm) and you can even get the event livestream from the comfort of your own dorm room or first floor Usdan couch.

We, the trusty crazed internet fanatics bloggers of Wesleying, will also be liveblogging away in the chapel.

Read after the jump to hear our commentary on these professors’ commentary. 

Wes Thinks Big Screening

From the awesome Hannah Vogel ’13 who knows that some peeps didn’t get tickets to this event on time (and were very sad about it):

We’re all very excited for Wesleyan Thinks Big!

If you didn’t get a ticket, we’ll be screening the live stream in PAC001 at 8PM Tuesday! Seating is first come first serve. Pray to the internet buffer gods, please. Come get cheese in Zelnick after!

If you did get a ticket, we’re extending pick-up by one day. PLEASE come pick up your ticket at Usdan, 12-1PM! You can pick it up at the door if you must, but it will be slow and chaotic. Wouldn’t you like your WTB experience to be as relaxing as possible? If you haven’t picked it up by 7:50 on Tuesday, we’re giving away your seat to whoever shows up to be on the waitlist.

WOOHOO.

Date: TONIGHT, December 4
Time: 8pm
Place: PAC001
Cost: Free hundred dollars (I see what you did there, Vogel.)
Facebook: Woot woot

Think BIG, Wesleyan: Professor Speakers Announced

Hannah Vogel ’13 writes in to let y’all know about an opportunity to start thinkin’ big, especially if you haven’t started already doing so this year. Tell your Mom, tell your roommate, tell your friends:

No slides. No handouts. No Moodle. Just the most exciting professors at Wesleyan, talking about the ideas they can’t stop thinking about. You nominated your favorite professors earlier this semester. Now, five of those professors have been brought together to deliver nine-minute lectures on a topic that excites and inspires them for the second-ever Wesleyan Thinks Big! Tickets will go on “sale” at 12 p.m. on Wed., November 28th on their website, and will be available for pick-up at Usdan this coming Thursday, Friday, and Monday from 12 to 1 p.m.
SPEAKERS:
GREG VOTH: “The Paradox of Modern Physics”
DAR WILLIAMS: “Positive Proximity: What I discovered by touring in and about 500 cool American towns from Rockland, Maine to Fairbanks, Alaska”
ELVIN LIM: “The Case Against Marriage”
GIL SKILLMAN: “Wesleyan 2050”
SCOTT HIGGINS: “Fighting Familiarity with Form, or Why We Should Look More Closely”

Place: Memorial Chapel (with reception to follow in Zelnick)
Date: Tuesday, December 4th (Jay-Z’s birthday)
Time: 8 pm
Cost: FREE DOLLARS
Tickets. Facebook. Livestream.

For last year’s Wesleyan Thinks Big, click here.

Wesleyan Thinks BIG: A Call for Professor Suggestions

“No slides. No handouts. No Moodle.”

Unofficial Wes Celeb Hannah Vogel ’13 writes in anonymously (whoops) to let y’all know that Wesleyan is thinking BIG again. The group is trying to put on two events this year, and they’re currently taking requests for this fall’s edition. If you know a professor who would give a great nine-minute lecture on literally (not figuratively) anything they want, then please like their Facebook page and let the organizing group know. Here’s the group’s call for your favorite professors:

No slides. No handouts. No Moodle. Just the most exciting professors at Wesleyan, telling us about the ideas they can’t stop thinking about. CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR THIS SEMESTER’S WES THINKS BIG SPEAKERS: Post on our timeline and let us know who you’d like to see!

Keep on thinking big, y’all. And tell your friends. Here’s video coverage of last year’s Wesleyan Thinks BIG event, with Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s lecture after the jump.

Dar Williams ’89 to Teach CSPL Course in the Fall

If you’ve browsed through WesMaps recently, perhaps you noticed an exciting new addition to our illustrious faculty—folk singer and Wes alum Dar Williams ’89! She’s teaching a course for the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL) called Music Movements in a Capital Democracy.” The course, currently open to junior and senior non-majors (Wednesdays 1:10-4), is described as follows: