First-Year Focus: Applying to a Program House — Today!

FYF-Program House



TIME:  6:30-7:30 PM


Thinking about applying to a Program House?  Questions about choosing your housing next year?  Want to know the process?

Area Coordinators, Dawn Brown & Alex Cabal, along with Asst. Director of ResLife,  Melissa Powers, will do a short presentation and then be available to answer YOUR questions!


Sponsored by The Deans’ Office & The Office of Residential Life

Note from Dean Brown: Important Deadlines and Events

Hello to the Class of 2013,

A.  Wed., Feb. 3:  Drop/Add Deadline, Academic Skills Workshop, and First-Year Focus

deadline_clock1.  Yes, the 3rd is the last day to drop or add classes, so review your course schedule for accuracy and make sure you have selected the correct grading mode option.  After the 3rd, you may withdraw from courses with a “W” through April 15, but you may not change your grading mode.

2.  “How to Be a Star Student II”—Check it out at Usdan 114 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and then move onto….

3.  The First-Year Focus program is offering an info session on “Applying for Program Housing” at 6:30 p.m. with ResLife Staff in Usdan 108.  Snacks provided.

B.  Wed., Feb. 3- Sat., Feb. 6

There are tons of events going on campus already!  Some of these are a reading by Hilton Als, our distinguished visiting writer, a performance piece by Prof. Gina Ulysse, First-Year Plays at the ’92 Theater, Black History Month’s student and faculty of color mixer, and a panel discussion about the U.N. Human Development Report on internal and international migration.  Check the class blog at for more info on each.

C.  Wed., Feb. 10:  Dodgeball Tournament Entry Deadline

thumbnailCA83Z62OHave fun and fundraise at the same time!  Get a six-person team together for the “Have a Heart for Haiti” Dodgeball Tournament and fundraiser on Sun., Feb. 14 at the Bacon Field House.  Enter at by Feb. 10.  Sponsored by the 2013 Class Council and open to all classes.  Valentine Prize for the Most Creative Team Attire.  The winning team splits the proceeds 1/3 to 2/3  with Partners in Health Haiti Relief. 

D. Thurs., Feb. 11:  Musical Madness:  Competition Between the Classes Entry Deadline

Show which class really rocks!  From opera to rock, from blues to rap, from folk to ska, perform your piece on CrowellthumbnailCAI5NB36 stage on Thurs., Feb. 18!  Prizes for Best in Class and Best in Show awarded by a distinguished panel of faculty.  So grab a couple of classmates or go on your own and enter Musical Madness by Feb. 11 at .   Hey, if I can do it, you all can do it! 

E.  CHECK THE CLASS BLOG DAILY.   Make it easy and get it as favorite on your portfolio.  There is a variety of information posted, but you are responsible for knowing the academic and administrative info.

I hope you’re getting settled into the semester and enjoying your classes.  Please drop-in (hours below) to say hi or get your questions answered or give Susan a call to make an appointment.

Best, Dean Brown

202 North College  860-685-2758 (office)  Drop-in Hours:  M–2-3 p.m.   T–3-4 p.m.   W–5-7 p.m.   Th–11 a.m.-noon   F–2-4 p.m.

Hilton Als: Wes’s Distinguished Visiting Writer — Reading Feb. 3


Hilton Als, the author of The Women and a staff writer at The New Yorker, will read at Wesleyan on February 3 at 8 p.m. at the Russell House.

HIlton AlsAls has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996, writing on books, fashion, contemporary art, film, and more; he is currently the theatre critic for the magazine. His book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, combines memoir, literary criticism, and biographical writing. A recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, among other awards, Als has also edited and contributed to numerous museum catalogues. His new work, Richard Pryor: A Novel, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hilton Als is  the English Department’s Distinguished Visiting Writer for 2009-2010, teaching “James Baldwin: In Black and White.”

Please join us for this event.  A reception and book signing will follow.

Professor Lisa Cohen, Department of English, Wesleyan University

U.N.’s Human Development Report–Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development — Fri., Feb. 5

Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development
Friday, February 5th, 2010

Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel

4:30 p.m.

The United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2009 breaks new ground in applying thumbnailCAGYNY4Ba human development approach to the study of movement, covering both internal and international migration. It discusses who moves, where and why. It looks at the multiple impacts of migration for all who are affected by it —not just those who move, but also those who stay, and links these to policies. The report lays out a major policy agenda designed to promote the human development outcomes of migration. 

Dr. Francisco Rodríguez, Head of Research at the Human Development Report, will be presenting a summary of key findings, and Susan Gzech and Michael T. Klare will be adding to the discussion before we open the floor to Q&A from the public. The discussion will be followed by an open reception with all of our speakers at the Daniel Family Commons.

Francisco Rodríguez is the Head of the Research Team for the Human Development Report. He has extensive academic and teaching experience in the field of political economy and economic growth. Prior to joining UNDP and Wesleyan University, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, University of Maryland, and Harvard University. He has also served as Chief Economist for the Economic and Financial Advisory Office to the National Assembly of Venezuela and as Economic Affairs Officer for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations. 

Susan Gzesh is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the Center for International Studies and the College. Her research interests include the inter-relationship between human rights and migration policy, the history of U.S. immigration policy, and Mexico-U.S. relations.

Michael T. Klare, Nation defense foreign policy correspondent, is Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. His latest book is Rising Power, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.

Second Stage: First-Year Plays at ’92 Theater

Second Stage presents:

thumbnailCAQANW51Frosh Project: Two Nights of Short Plays
Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6, 8PM
’92 Theater (on College Row)

All-frosh casts and tech teams. Come support your classmates!

Shows are free and non-ticketed, just show up!

RA and CA positions ’10-’11: Feb. 4 application deadline

Attention Students: The Office of Residential Life is now hiring for Community Advisors (CAs) and Resident Advisors (RAs).  Please consider applying for one or both of these exciting leadership opportunities!

thumbnailCAAB4UEVThe Office of Residential Life is now accepting applications for both Community Advisors (CAs) and Resident Advisors (RAs) for the 2010-11 academic year.   Being a CA or RA is one of the most rewarding student leadership opportunities on campus.  You will develop invaluable life skills while serving your community; CAs and RAs play an integral role in establishing a community environment conducive to maximum academic, personal, and social development; maintaining healthy and safe living conditions; and providing overall support of the mission of Residential Life.  For more information about the positions and the application processes, check out our website at .  Applications are due Thursday, February 4, 2010.

Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and The World — A Performance by Prof. Gina Ulysse

 Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and The World

A performance by Gina Athena Ulysse


How did Haiti–the enfant terrible of the Americas become the bete noire of the region? This dramatic monologue considers how the past occupies the present. Ulysse weaves spokenword and Vodou chants to reflect on childhood memories, social (in)justice, spirituality, and the dehumanization of Haitians. Ultimately, she offers critical musings on geopolitics from the perspective of a Haitian- American woman who is bent on loving Haiti, loving Vodou and herself despite the odds.

Followed by a faculty panel discussion with:

 Alex Dupuy, Sociology

Liza McAlister, Religion, American Studies, African American Studies

Gina Ulysse, African American Studies, Anthropology, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Thursday, February 4 6:30-8:30 p.m.

CFA Hall