Fan Van to Amherst for BBall Semi-Finals–Sat., 2/24! Go Wes! Deadline for sign-up — TODAY, Wed., 2/22

CHEER ON 2013 team members–Derick Beresford, Shasha Brown, Mike Callaghan, Matt Callori, Matt Hogan and Greg St. Jean!!!

Need a ride to witness the the Cardinals basketball team dominate in the NESCAC tournament this Saturday?

The men’s basketball team will be facing Middlebury at Amherst this Saturday at 7:30 PM. If you need a ride, there will be a fan van available.  However, you must email by Wednesday if you want a ride on the fan van!

Go Wes!
Grace M. Smith ’14, Finance and Facilities Committee (FiFaC), Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA),
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Hugo Black Lecture–3/8: Justice Antonin Scalia — tkts available 2/23 at 10 a.m.


Wesleyan Students are invited to the

21st Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression

“The Originalist Approach to the First Amendment”


Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the U.S.

Antonin Scalia

Thursday, March 8, 2012

8:00 p.m, Memorial Chapel

(The lecture is endowed by Leonard S. Halpert, Esq., ’44,

and named in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice)

Obtain a courtesy ticket in person from the

University Box Office, Usdan University Center, 1st floor

on Thursday, February 23 beginning at 10 a.m.

One ticket per student.  WESid required.

For additional information, contact

Gina Driscoll,, (860) 685-2549



Lecture on Brazil by Prof. Peter Kingstone– Today, 2/20 at 4:15 p.m.

THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT  invites you to a public lecture on

“Democracy, Development, and the Puzzling Success of Brazil”

 Peter Kingstone

Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Monday, February 20, 2012
4:15 p.m.    PAC 002 

 Brazil’s rising prominence is manifested not only in its dynamic export economy and in its resiliency in the face of the 2008 financial crisis; but also in its innovative social programs (which have contributed over the past fifteen years to a sharp decline of income poverty, income inequality, and infant mortality); in its election of a female president, Dilma Rousseff, in 2010; and in the selection of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. It was not always so: as late as the 1990s Brazil was dismissed as “feckless,” “ungovernable,” and “paralyzed.” Professor Kingstone will address the causes and dimensions of Brazil’s transformation from laggard to leader among middle-income countries, and will outline some implications of this phenomenon for our understanding of democracy, development, and political and economic institutions.

 Peter Kingstone (B.A., Swarthmore; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He is author of Crafting Coalitions for Reform: Business Preferences, Political Institutions and Neoliberal Reform in Brazil (Penn State, 1999) and of The Political Economy of Latin America: Reflections on Neoliberalism and Development (Routledge, 2010). He is co-editor (with Tim Power) of Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions and Processes (Pittsburgh, 2000) and of Democratic Brazil Revisited (Pittsburgh 2008), as well as co-editor (with Deborah Yashar) of the Handbook of Latin American Politics (Routledge, forthcoming).


Wesleyan Forum for International Development! — Sat., Feb. 18

The Wesleyan Forum for International Development

 Saturday, February 18, 2012    9:30 am – 5 pm

Check-in table at 41 Wyllys.

Attendance is free. No registration is required. Come and go as you please.

Free breakfast, Iguanas Ranas lunch and book for those who arrive by 10 am.

  Come engage in a dialogue about what works and what doesn’t in international development. Through lectures, panel discussions and workshops with student groups, you will hear from researchers, alumni and students about their successes and challenges in fields that include public health, education and technology.

For students who have interned, volunteered or worked internationally–or for those interested in doing so in the future–this Forum is a space for you to think critically about how to do so in a way that makes a positive impact. It will connect you to resources for getting involved, including opportunities for internships, fellowships and research. For the complete schedule with locations, click here. Speakers include:


– David Rice (Executive Director of the NYU Development Research Institute)

– Nafisa Halim (Assistant Professor at BU’s Center for Global Health & Development, researches women’s political empowerment, health and education)

– Rema Hanna (Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, researches how to improve the provision of services to the poor in developing countries)

– Jenny Ruducha (Research Scientist at BU’s Center for Global Health & Development, conducts impact evaluations of interventions in public health)


– Amir Hasson ’98 (Founder of United Villages, a social enterprise that empowers the rural poor in India by providing products, services and information)

– Nathanael Goldberg ’97 (Policy director at Innovations for Poverty Action, which pioneered the use of randomized control trials to test the effectiveness of interventions in development)

– Connor Brannen ’10 (Policy analyst at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT)

– Liana Woskie ’10 (Global Health Corps fellow at Partners in Health)


– Ali Chaudry ’12 (Founder of Possibilities Pakistan, which increases access to higher education by providing free college counseling to Pakistani secondary students)

– Tasmiha Khan ’12 (Founder of Brighter Dawns, which increases access to clean water and sanitation in Bangladesh)

– Kennedy Odede ’12, (Founder of Shining Hope for Communities, which combats gender inequality and extreme poverty by linking free schools for girls with social services in Kenya)

– Raghu Appasani ’12 (Founder of the MINDS Foundation, which raises awareness about mental illness and provides healthcare in India)

 For more information, visit the Forum’s Facebook page.

 This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, the Department of Government, the Office of Academic Affairs, Wesleyan World Wednesdays and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.


WSA Information Technology Committee — Apps due 2/18

Do you wish your professors knew how to use Moodle better?  Is the Wesleyan Mobile app just not good enough?  Does the Cisco sign-in system bother you?  The committee that helped get you faster Internet, upgraded computer kiosks in Usdan, and much more could use your help.  If you’re interested in innovation in everything from laundry to communications to academics, you should apply to join the WSA Information Technology Committee!

The Information Technology Committee (ITC) is a committee of students serving on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), but also meets frequently with Information Technology Services (ITS) administrators.  The committee works on several of its own projects in addition to advising ITS on various items affecting daily campus life.  We deal with issues like technology “in the classroom,” technology for student groups, and even the Internet connection you’re probably using to read this email.  To learn more, go to

There is no required level of technological prowess or knowledge for this position; all you need is an interest in improving the state of Wesleyan through these means.  Also, by serving as an ex-officio member, you will not serve on the WSA General Assembly, so you can keep your Sunday nights free!

To apply, send a one to two paragraph statement expressing your interest to by Saturday, February 18th at 5PM.  After submitting your statement, you will be contacted about interview times.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well.  Hope to hear from you soon!

Best, Syed Ali ’13, Information Technology Coordinator, Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA)

The Writing Workshop — Drop-in & Appointment Hours

Four eyes are better than two. Visit a tutor at Wesleyan’s Writing Workshop!

At the Writing Workshop, students can meet privately with a trained tutor who will help with any stage of the writing process. Come in to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, to structure your essay, or to edit a completed draft.

Our tutors are experienced fellow students who are here to serve as non-judgmental readers and helpful critics. They will listen, ask questions, and offer advice about your writing.

Whether you’re working on an essay, a research proposal, an honors thesis, a creative piece, or an internship application, the Writing Workshop can help! All services are free.

Drop-in Hours:

Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 PM                        Olin 106 (First Floor)

Appointment Hours:

Monday-Wednesday, 1-4 PM                     Shapiro 306 (Third Floor of Allbritton)


Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 PM                        Shapiro 306 (Third Floor of Allbritton)

                                                                         Science Library 77 (Basement) 

To make an appointment, click on “Writing Workshop” in the Academic Resources section of your E-Portfolio. 

For more information, visit:

We look forward to working with you!

Anya Backlund and Katherine Mechling, Ford Fellows in the Writing Programs, 103 and 104 Downey House, (860) 685-2440,

Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs, 207 Downey House, (860) 685-3604,

Davenport Study Grants 2012 — Apps due 3/9

Davenport Study Grants 2012
Limited funds are available to support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer. Most of the grants will be concentrated in the social science departments and the CSS, but applications will be accepted from majors in all areas of the University as long as the proposed projects are related to public affairs.  Only current sophomores and juniors are eligible. All Davenport Scholars will receive a minimum of $500, as stipulated by the terms of the Davenport Bequest, but additional amounts of up to $2,500 may be awarded, with total awards normally not exceeding $3,000. For detailed information about the application process, please consult the Davenport Grant website The deadline for all application materials is noon, Friday, March 9, 2012.  Announcement of grant awards will be made on or before April 2, 2012.

Musical Madness IV — Thurs., Feb. 16, 7 p.m.


 7 p.m.


Prizes for Best in Class, Best in Show & Judges’ Choice


The Apple Daughter

Gentlemen’s Touch

Jacob Masters


Inha Cho


Guys Next Door




Robert Don


Jack & Gwen


Ratched & the Lunatics


Austin Dong


Leah & Lauren


Henry Robertson


Double D


Julia Mark


Chris Sailor


Dr. Green & the Machine




Abaye Stienmetz-Silber

With Lou & the Blues