Info Session: Urban Education Semester — Oct. 12

Urban Education Info Session, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m, Allbritton 103.  Pizza and drinks will be served. 

Through the Urban Education Semester (UES), students spend a semester in New York City, engaged in a combination of supervised fieldwork (primarily teaching but there may be some urban policy placements) and coursework offered by Bank Street College of Education. This interdisciplinary, academic immersion program earns Wesleyan academic credit and introduces students from all academic backgrounds to the complexity of issues facing urban public education. Ideal  program for students interested in urban environments, community development, teaching and learning, and systemic reform. For more information, visit     Applications for the Spring 2011 program are due to Vicky Zwelling in the CRC on Wed. , Nov. 3.

Study Abroad Applications Due for SP’11 — 10/15


This is a reminder that the General Wesleyan Permission to Study Abroad Application is due on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 for all students planning to study abroad for the SPRING 2011 SEMESTER. This is the “permission to study abroad” application that ALL students must complete, regardless of program choice, including Wesleyan-administered programs (Bologna, Madrid, Paris). Applications must be turned in at the Office of International Studies, 105 Fisk Hall and may be turned in anytime on October 15.

A copy of the permission application may be picked up at the Office of International Studies or printed from our website at Click on “Applications” in the “Forms” bucket and print the “Permission to Study Abroad” PDF document.

A complete application includes the following 7 items:

  • Personal information sheet
  • Academic justification
  • Online Health Information Clearance form*
  • Pre-approval of courses form
  • Student Medical Release and Parental Statement form
  • Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver form
  • Standards of Conduct Pledge

*All applicants must complete our online Health Information Clearance form. If you have not already done so, you may still do it now. It is in your student e-Portfolio under “Tools and Links.” Be sure to do this by October 15, 2010.

If you have any questions about the “permission to study abroad application,” please feel free to stop by the office during drop-in hours (M-W-F 10-noon; T-TH 2-4 p.m.) or call us at 860 685 2550.

Please note that approved programs (not run by Wesleyan) have their own specific deadlines (many do “rolling admissions”) and can fill before stated deadlines so students should check directly with the programs to make certain that applications are filed in a timely manner.

Gail Winter, Assistant Director, International Studies, 860 685-3006,

Ethnic Studies Panel

“Why Ethnic Studies (Still) Matters”

Tuesday, October 5     4:15-6 p.m.     Russell House     Reception to follow

This session is a critical response to the passage of HR 2281 by the Arizona State legislature, which banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in public schools. Panelists will present scholarly work drawn from their current research, which speaks to Native American Studies, African American Studies, and Asian American Studies.  The event is part of a nation-wide effort, Ethnic Studies Week (October 1-7, 2010).


“Native History and 21st Century Politics: How Indian history reveals the potential of American democracy, Christian Gonzales, American Studies

“Spectacular Blackness: Reflections on Race, Representation, and the Rise of Color(ed) Television, Ann duCille, English

“Accents and the Avant-Garde: From Gertrude Stein to Li-Young Lee,” Amy Tang, English and American Studies

“From Activists to Curators: The Black Museum Movement Then and Now,” Robyn Autry, Sociology 

Moderator: J. Kehaulani Kauanui, American Studies and Anthropology 

This event is sponsored by the American Studies Program with support from the English Department.

Reminder: Study Abroad Fair — Monday!

Don’t miss Wesleyan’s 16th Annual Study Abroad Fair!

                                                                                         MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

BECKHAM HALL      11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore deciding on a major, or a junior planning to study abroad next semester, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet representatives from the over 140 programs available, receive literature about the programs and ask questions.

Find out all your options for study abroad!

Sponsored by the Office of International Studies

Symposium: Green Energy and Biofuel Technology — May 7

The 35th Peter A. Leermakers’ Symposium will be held on May 7, 2010 at Wesleyan University.  This years’ symposium, entitled Green Energy and Biofuel Technology, will feature an outstanding program of talks from leaders in government, industry and academia.   For more information, refer to the symposium web page.

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!

COL Open House for First-Years

TO:    Members of the Class of 2013

The College of Letters cordially invites you to attend one of our Open House receptions, which will be held this year on Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 3.  Both gatherings will start at 4:15 p.m. in the College of Letters Library (Butterfield C-413.)  I will speak briefly about the Program and a number of COL students and faculty will also be on hand to answer questions.

The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary major in Literature, Philosophy, and History, with a required area of foreign language concentration, and a semester in residence abroad (usually in France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia, or Spain). To learn more about the COL, study abroad possibilities, and the application process please visit the COL website at:

 The major begins, unlike most majors, in the fall of the sophomore year, which is why application for it must be made in the spring of your first year.

This year the deadline for applications is Monday, March 22, the first day after the Spring vacation.  We have only a limited number of places, and our admission process has to be completed before the university’s preregistration procedures, so it is important to apply on time.  If all available places are filled by timely applicants, late applicants will automatically be placed on a waiting list.

I look forward to seeing you at the COL Open House!!

 Ethan Kleinberg,  Director, College of Letters

CSS Open House Info Session — Feb. 23



Join current CSS students and tutors for an Information Session to be held on Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m., in the PAC 4th Floor Lounge.  Here’s your opportunity to ask questions to a panel of current CSS students and tutors, and to learn what CSS might have to offer you as a major.

Applications are currently available and can be found on the CSS Homepage at, or in the CSS Office, located on the 4th floor of the PAC.  Completed applications can be e-mailed to or brought to the CSS Office until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The deadline for applications is Friday, March 5, 2010, at 2:00 p.m.  Interviews will be conducted the week after Spring Break.

Pizza and beverage will be served at the CSS Information Session.

“Stem Cells on the Brain” Lecture — Wed., Feb. 10


The lecture by Laura Grabel on stem cell research, sponsored by the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences and the German Studies Department and scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 10), has been postponed until Thursday, February 25 because of the threat of dire weather.

Once again we invite you to the annual lecture at Wesleyan sponsored by the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences: and the Department of German Studies.  This is the 1402nd meeting of the Connecticut Academy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 5:15 p.m.

Wesleyan University, Usdan University Center, Room 108
Stem Cells on the Brain: from Politics to Therapies

A Lecture by Laura Grabel, Lauren Dachs Professor of Science in Society, Department of Biology

stem cellsStem cell research continues to be controversial and influenced by political constraints. Professor Grabel will consider its promise as well as recent scientific and public policy advances, including public funding in the Obama era.  She will also talk about the work in her laboratory focusing on understanding the conditions that promote embryonic stem cell differentiation into neurons, both in a culture dish and in the brains of mouse models of epilepsy.

A reception will follow the lecture.