International Photo Contest Finalist Selections in Zelnick Pavilion

The International Photo Contest finalist selections are now on display through April 30 in the Zelnick Pavilion.

Wesleyan students submitted nearly 600 photos for the contest, sponsored by the Office of International Studies and the Office of Student Activities.  Forty-nine finalists were selected in five categories:

People and Portraits        Landscapes       Structures & Cityscapes       Animals & Nature    Local Flavor & Traditions

First- and second-place photos were chosen in each category by a panel of judges, including Pam Tatge, Director of the Center for the Arts; Bill Burkhart, University Photographer ; and Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies.

A closing reception will be held at the Zelnick Pavilion on April 30 from 2-3 p.m.  We hope you will be able to join us at the reception and/or stop by to view the photos during the next two weeks.

Questions?  Contact Carolyn Sorkin, Director of International Studies, or Tim Shiner, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development

Earth Day Celebration! Keeping Our Feet to the Fire Thurs., 4/22–8 p.m., CFA Hall

It is our pleasure to invite you to this year’s Earth Day Celebration:  



 Thursday, April 22   8 p.m.  CFA Hall

The event will feature a world premier screening of Paul Horton’s film:  

There will also be a panel discussion asking the question:  Are art and science natural allies in communicating environmental issues to the public?  

Mmoderator Jeremy Isard ‘11, with panelists:
Godfrey Bourne, University Missouri St. Louis
Marda Kirn, EcoArts Connections, Colorado
Cassie Meador, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Washington, D.C.
Barry Chernoff, Wesleyan University
We will award the Schumann Prize for Distinguished Environmental Stewardship to a member of the class of 2010.
An open  reception will follow the event.  So, please join us for EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 2010
This event is Free and Open to the Public  

Symposium: Welcoming the Vanguard Class of 1969 — Sat., 4/24

On April 24, the Center for African American Studies will host a day-long symposium to mark the 40th anniversary of the Class of 1969. This was Wesleyan’s first fully integrated graduating class. The four years that these men were here helped to transform the institution into the multi-cultural university that it is today.  Six members of the class of 1969, as well as several former Wesleyan administrators, will participate in the panels.  All faculty and students are warmly invited to participate.   All sessions will be held in the CFA Hall.

10:30 a.m. :  “Taking Down Barriers; Changing the Institution”

The members of the class will discuss “What was Wesleyan then?  What was it like being 18/19 years old in the old Wesleyan?”

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.:   The Rare Books and Manuscripts collection at Olin Library

Exhibition of documents, photographs, and memorabilia from Wesleyan during the period 1965-1970.

 2 p.m.:   “How the Vanguard Class Challenged Wesleyan to Become a Better University”

Discussion with former administration members involved in helping Wesleyan to open itself to diversity.

Panelists:  Robert Rosenbaum, Jack Hoy, Bob Kirkpatrick, Ed Hayes (and other class members)          Moderator:  Karl Scheibe

4 p.m.:   “Different Decades, Different Experiences, Common Themes”

Meeting with members of intervening classes and current students to discuss shared and distinctive experiences from 40 years of diversity.

 5:30 p.m.:  Reception for class members and current students

Feet to the Fire Video: Remember the Common Moment?

We wanted to share a video with you that summarizes Feet to the Fire: Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art, our eighteen month campus-wide exploration of climate change using the arts as a catalyst. The project was developed by the Center for the Arts and the Environmental Studies Program in collaboration with faculty, students and community leaders. Feet to the Fire more than confirmed our initial perspectives that not only do the arts and sciences illuminate each other, but also that the arts deepen our experience and comprehension of topics of urgent societal concern.

We send it to you on the occasion of Earth Day 2010, and as a reminder of what is quintessentially Wesleyan: our students and faculty’s capacity to think and act beyond disciplinary boundaries to create original works of art that both educate and inspire.

For more information and to view the video, please click here.

Please come to Wesleyan’s 2010 Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. in the CFA Hall and see the world premiere of the full documentary, Connections Within a Fragile World, by Paul Horton. Click here for more information.

Barry Chernoff, Director, College of the Environment, and Pamela Tatge, Director, Center for the Arts

We Take Clean Water for Granted: Learn Why We Shouldn’t — Noon, 4/21

On Wednesday April 21, 12:00 p.m. in Downey House, Room 113, Wesleyan World Wednesdays, Environmental Studies and  African StudentS Association/Wes Friends of Africa  presents a discussion and short film on why we shouldn’t take clean water for granted. 

Learn about how Max Perel-Slater ’11 and Abby Horton ’11 worked with a community in rural Tanzania to build a rainwater catchment system to make clean water more accessible.  There will also be a screening of the film “The Water Project.”   A question and answer will follow, and lunch will be served.

Run for WSA! File by 4/23-4 p.m.

The WSA is looking for fresh faces. You think to yourself, “hey, mine’s pretty fresh. And I have lots of ideas about ways to make Wesleyan a better place for students.” Well that’s just super. Because frankly, it’s WSA elections season, and we need you.

There are five seats open for each class year (’11, ’12, ’13, that’s you). And you should run for one of them.

All candidates must fill out a petition and attend a mandatory candidates’ meeting on Friday, April 23 at 4:00 PM in Usdan 108. Petitions are available in the WSA Office or at and are due in the WSA Office by 4:00 PM on Friday.

Elections will begin on Monday, April 26th and will run through Friday, April 30th.

Becky Weiss, WSA VP, on behalf of the Elections Committee

African and African Diaspora Studies Workshop — Fri., April 23

I am pleased to invite you to attend the African and African Diaspora Studies Workshop on Friday, April 23rd, in Allbritton 311, beginning at 10 am. The theme this year is “Africa’s Global Past and Present: Rethinking Africa and the African Diaspora.” We hope that you can join us for this exciting interdisciplinary event.  Lunch will be provided for all those attending.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mike Nelson at We hope that you will join us!

History of Activism at Wes — 4/20 at 7 p.m.

From Methodists to Feminists: A History of Activism at Wesleyan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

7:00 p.m., Daniel Family Commons

Wesleyan has been known as a place that fosters active and engaged thinking and action.  Over the many years of Wesleyan’s history, many individuals and groups have embodied that spirit.  Suzy Taraba, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections, and Valerie Gillespie, Assistant University Archivist, will present a lecture and lead a discussion that traces Wesleyan’s activist roots through the history of the University.

Free and open to all, reception to follow.

Sponsored by Usdan Common Connections Committee

Film, Production Design and Visual Effects — 4/19, 8 p.m.

Tonight (Monday), the Center for Film Studies will host a discussion with

Visual Effects Artist Richard Edlund (Star Wars, and a founding member of ILM) and

Production Designer Jackson DeGovia (former president of the Art Directors Guild of America)

as part of our yearly Voss Visiting Scholar series.

Admission is free, and the discussion begins at 8:00 in the Goldsmith Family Cinema.

WSA Presidential Debate — Mon., April 19

It’s time for the WSA Presidential candidates to duke it out. Come hear what Micah Feiring, Bradley Spahn, and Lowell Wood have to say about the hot campus issues in this year’s WSA PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. Expect things to get heated.

 When:  Monday, April 19, 7 p.m.    Where:  The Usdan Courtyard

Becky Weiss, WSA VP

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