It’s Break Time….









CHUM Lecture: Prof. Lisa Cohen–Only Minerals Escape It: Mourning Time 11/2, 6 p.m.


Monday, November 12
6 p.m.
Russell House



Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan University

Lisa Cohen reads from work in progress, a multi-genre project about the temporalities of friendship, illness, grief, and activism in the context of the AIDS crisis. A book in three parts and three genres, it also dramatizes three different historical moments, their echoes and discontinuities.


Center for the Humanities · 95 Pearl Street , Middletown, CT 06459

Senior Thesis Writers: Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor!

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting data and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis. And when I say soon, I mean really soon. As in this weekend. (Seriously.)

But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor!

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting as regularly as you’d like to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out this form by Friday, November 16 at 5 PM. Please note that this is a very popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we will likely not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest that you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please direct them to Ford Fellow Emma Mohney at (860) 265-2440 or

Keynote Speaker for Latin@ Affirmation Month: Cherrie Moraga Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

Cherríe Moraga

November 7,  8pm

Woodhead Lounge (Exley Science Center)

Come listen to Cherríe Moraga, one of the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship, talk about her new book A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness!

Co-Sponsored by Ajúa Campos,  Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships,American Studies Department, Caribbean Student Association, Center for the Americas, English Department, Feminist Gender and Sexualities Program

La Casa, Latin American Studies Program, WesQuisqueya,

Women of Color Collective,

Romance Language and Literatures Department

Theory Lecture: Amy Hollywood, “Apophasis and Ecstasy, at the Limits of Gender” 11/8, 4:15 p.m.

Amy Hollywood, “Apophasis and Ecstasy, at the Limits of Gender”

Thursday, November 8, 4:15 p.m.   Downey House 113

Light refreshments will be served.   Sponsored by the certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

Christian women write, and they write about religion. This might seem unexceptional, yet the fact that women have written over the course of the history of Christianity is surprising given the restrictions on women’s education and religious authority that emerge as early as the 1st century and continue to play a role in Christianity today. As if to harness the possibilities engendered by women’s writing,  modern scholarship repeatedly describes women’s theological production as differing in significant ways from men’s. Why? What’s at stake in insisting on these differences? And how do texts by medieval women, particularly those of the thirteenth century Dutch-speaking beguine, Hadewijch, both exemplify and resist such categorizations?

“From Science to Writing” Lecture — 11/6, 4:15 p.m.

Evelyn Lamb:  “From Science to Writing”

              Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012     4:15pm       311 Allbritton

Evelyn Lamb is a freelance science writer with a Ph.D. in math.  Or maybe she’s a mathematician who does freelance writing on the side.  She talks about her start in writing and how to incorporate writing into your career as a scientist or mathematician.

Evelyn received her Ph.D. in Math from Rice University in 2012.  In 2012 she was awarded the American Math Society’s Mass Media Fellowship.  She spent her fellowship at Scientific American, where she continues to write, blog and podcast.




 POLLING HOURS:  6am-8pm

 POLLING PLACES:  Senior Center, 150 William Street (walkable from campus) and Macdonough School, 66 Spring Street

VAN TRANSPORTATION:  9am-8pm (departures every ten minutes from Usdan)

VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS:  Drivers’ license, WesID, utility bill, paycheck or other ID needed (Identification Requirements)

CHUM Lecture: Prof. Amy Tang 11/5 — 6 p.m.


Monday, November 5
6:00 p.m.
Russell House


Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, Wesleyan University

This talk explores the concept of trauma and the cultural work it performs in Asian American Studies. While trauma provides a powerful language for exploring how histories of colonialism, imperialism, and racism continue to impact contemporary racial subjects, the prevalence of this framework also threatens to privilege historical recovery over social transformation. To consider how trauma might function not only as a technology for recovering the past, but also as a way of reconfiguring the present, I turn to Susan Choi’s 1999 novel The Foreign Student, where trauma helps to excavate the history of the Korean War but also offers suggestive insights into one of the most pressing concerns in contemporary critical race studies: the question of how to think race in comparative terms. 


Center for the Humanities · 95 Pearl Street , Middletown, CT 06459