WIRA: “Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations” — 9/30-10/1 — limited seating, get tickets now!


The Wesleyan International Relations Association invites you to its 2011 Conference,

“Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pakistan Relations”

organized in collaboration with

Wesleyan South Asian Studies Faculty and Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative.

The conference includes panel discussions, a key note talk,

 a sufi-rock concert by Junoon and a movie screening of Ramchand Pakistani. 

FREE TO ATTEND (Sept 30 – Oct 1). 

Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

To get more details or to register, visit our website at www.wirac.org

Limited seats available

The conference aims to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan from its culture to its politics, and US-Pak relations. The conference’s speakers are among the top commentators, officials and scholars on Pakistan and US-Pakistan relations, and the event will be open to the students, faculty and the larger public.

Panelists and guest speakers include:

– Shahid Javed Burki (Former Vice President of World Bank and Former Finance Minister of Pakistan) 

– Stanley Wolpert (Emeritus professor of History in University of California, LA, focuses on political and intellectual history of modern south asia)

– Najam Sethi (the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times and of Geo News in Pakistan. He is the only Asian journalist to receive three international press freedom awards in a decade).

– Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer (Former Ambassador of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh; spent 36 years of foreign service career focusing on US relations with South Asia)

– Asim Khwaja (the Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and the faculty chair of the MPA/ID program).       

– Humeira Iqtidar (Research fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies and at Cambridge University. She focuses on secularism, feminism and Islamism).

– Najeeb Ghauri (the founder, Chairman and CEO of NetSol Technologies, Inc, and Vice President of US-Pak Business Council)

Social Events:

– Junoon Concert by Salman Ahmed. Junoon is a sufi rock band from Pakistan and is considered one of Pakistan’s most successful band; the Q magazine regarded them as “One of the biggest bands in the world” and The New York Times called Junoon “the U2 of Pakistan.” Ahmed is the pioneer of Sufi rock, author of Rock n Roll Jihad and UN ambassador for peace (Sample Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQQLeB7efog)

– Ramchand Pakistani Screening and Q&A with director, Mehreen Jabbar. Ramchand Pakistani is a Pakistani film that tells a true story about a boy who inadvertently crosses the border between Pakistan and India and the following ordeal that his family has to go through. The film has won the Audience award at Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland. (Trailer: http://www.ramchandpakistani.com/Preview.htm

Seats are limited. So, please register through the Registration Form.

If you want to buy the tickets for the Concert, Lunch and/or Dinner with the speakers, please go through the Wesleyan Box Office, either in person at the Usdan Univeristy Center or online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=24317.  The tickets for the concert, lunch, and dinner are titled respectively, Junoon, Pakistani/Indian Lunch, and Dinner/Discussion With the Speakers.  Tickets are limited, so please make your purchase soon.

For the schedule, visit: http://wirac.org/schedule.phpProceeds from the conference will go to Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative. For more details, please contact our team at wira.conf@gmail.com.

Regards, Wesleyan International Relations Association

Decadent Desserts, Jazz and Exhibition — today 5-7 p.m.

Decadent Desserts
Student event organized by the Friends of the Davison Art  Center
Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:00-7:00 pm

Desserts by Fusion Bakery, jazz by student musicians in the Davison Art Center courtyard, and the opportunity to view the exhibition, Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu.

Two WSA Comms. — Join!! App Deadlines 9/23 and 9/26

Spring Fling is an all-campus outdoor concert that happens on Foss Hill every May. In the past, artists like The Dirty Projectors, Big Boi, and TV on the Radio have come to rock out Wesleyan’s student body. Social Committee works throughout the year to put together a multiple-act show that brings the most current and enjoyable bands to campus in an effort to please the entire student body.

If you would like to become a member of the Social Committee in the 2011-2012 school year, please answer the questions in the attached application (either in an email or an attached word document) and send them to mpiderit@wesleyan.edu by Friday, September 23rd. We will review the applications and contact applicants for interviews. The committee meets once a week according to member availability.

The Social Committee

The Green Fund Committee is now accepting committee member applications for the year. The Green Fund Committee is responsible for allocating the funds raised from the Green Fund Fee: an opt-out $15 fee charged to each undergraduate each semester. Any student, faculty, or staffperson can submit a proposal to the Green Fund to improve the Wesleyan Community’s environmental footprint. The fund is intended for projects that the University might not pursue on their own means. If you feel like you would be a good candidate for this committee, fill out the application at:

The application is due on Monday, September 26th at 5pm. For more info, visit: greenfund.WSA.Wesleyan.edu.  You can also contact: greenfund@wesleyan.edu with any questions or comments

– Evan Weber, Chair of the Green Fund Committee

Usdan Music Rehearsal Room

Welcome Back!
Attention musicians –  please note that in order to reserve the Usdan Music Rehearsal Room you must attend ONE of the following Information Sessions hosted by the Usdan Music Co-Op:

Sunday, September 4th 7pm
Wednesday, September 7th at 9pm
Friday, September 9th at noon
Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm
All will be held in the Multipurpose Room in the Basement of Usdan.

Be sure to check the Usdan website for updates and more information!  www.wesleyan.edu/usdan

Musicians and Usdan Rehearsal Space

Hello all Wesleyan Student Musicians!

Many of you may already know about a great space available in the Usdan Center for bands, musicians, etc to rehearse in located on the basement level.  New as of this Fall, in order to reserve this space you must attend an informational session hosted by the Usdan Music Co-Op.  The Usdan Music Co-Op is a student group made up of Wesleyan musicians that is responsible for the upkeep and organization of the Usdan Music Rehearsal Room.  At this informational session we will review the policies and procedures that are a part of this space as well as collect any of your ideas on how improvments can be made.

Our first information session will be on Sunday, September 4 at 7pm – Usdan Multipurpose Room – B 25 (Basement level)

If you cannot make this day and time here are the next few dates:

Wednesday, September 7 at 9pm
Friday, September 9 at noon
Wednesday, September 14 at 9pm
All will be held in the Mulipurpose Room in the Basement.

More dates as needed will be scheduled if you cannot make any of these sessions. Again, you will not be able to reserve this room in advance without attending an info session.  You can do a walk up reservation on the day of only at the Usdan Information Desk.  However, this space books fast!!! We can’t guarantee that the room will be available. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email usdan@wesleyan.edu

Semi-Formal this Friday — Open to all Class Years


Brought to you by the 2014 Class Council

100% of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation and SHOFCO

When: Friday, April 22nd 10pm-1am
Where: Beckham Hall

Featuring music from:
10pm-11pm DJ j666n ‘14
11pm-1am DJ Dubbstep ’14 & DJ Nephesh ’14

A photo booth will be open from 10:30pm-12am. Our own photographer, Andy Ribner ’14, will be taking photos for you and your friends. Photos will be available online after the Semi-Formal.

Tickets are available right now at the Box Office in Usdan.
Limited number of tickets is available, so get them while they’re hot!

Pre-sale tickets are $4 for one, $7 for two
At the door tickets are $5 for one

Earth Day & COE Students and Faculty! Panel and Performances, Fri., April 22

Come experience the College of the Environment’s inaugural think-tank on the topic: Vulnerability of Social, Economic and Natural Systems to Environmental Stress. Reports by Bryan Bannon (College of the Environment), Jeremy Isard (College of Social Studies), Helen Poulos (College of the Environment), Dana Royer (Earth And Environmental Sciences), Phoebe Stonebraker (Biology) and Gary Yohe (Economics) with an introduction by College of the Environment Director Barry Chernoff.

Featuring an excerpt of the CFA commissioned music performance Dear Mother Earth: An Environmental Oratorio by Glenn McClure and a multi-media performance Fascinating! Her Resilience by Gina Athena Ulysse (Anthropology) in collaboration with audio sculpturist Val-Inc.

Free admission with a reception at intermission.

Co-sponsored by the College of the Environment and Center for the Arts with suppport from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.