2011 Morgernstern-Clarren Social Justice Award for Sophomores & Juniors

 The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.   The committee will select the applicant who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. Sophomores and juniors in good standing are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit an essay that addresses the following: 

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you have played a leadership role that sought to make our local and/or global community more equitable. The work should directly affect the Wesleyan campus and/or an external community.
  • Explain your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns, etc., in the pursuit of social justice.
  • While local efforts central to the Wesleyan campus are weighted equally with external efforts at home, on a national, or international level, students who have managed to link their local activism with a larger community are especially encouraged to apply.  Please describe, in detail, how you have sought to synthesize local and external efforts.

 Additional materials:

  • Include a letter of support from a faculty member, administrator who was involved in your social justice effort or other person(s) (excluding family and close friends) with firsthand knowledge of your social justice activities
  • Submit evidence of the impact that the effort had on its target community by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved or who benefited (excluding family and close friends), printed programs/presentations/articles, non-print materials such as DVDs, and/or your work from courses.

Provide at least four copies of your application materials (print and non-print) to Dean Marina J Melendez (North College 215) by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2011. By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships to use it for assessment, archival, and promotional purposes.

The Next American Judaism — 12/6

On Monday, December 6 at 8 p.m. in 108 Usdan, 

J.J. Goldberg, the Jewish Forward’s senior columnist, will be speaking on

“The Next American Judaism: Israel, Intermarriage and the Seinfeld Effect.”

The lecture is sponsored by Jewish and Israel Studies and the History Department.
All members of the Wesleyan community are invited.

Studying abroad as a PSYC major… — 12/9

Prospective Psychology Majors – Thinking of Going Abroad?

A Study Abroad Panel of psychology majors who have gone abroad will share their experiences with students interested in majoring in psychology to learn about study abroad from the perspective of a psychology major. They will talk about what experiences and programs worked well in their opinion and why, as well as any advice they wish to pass along to others about study abroad. The panel discussion will be Thursday, December 9, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Judd Hall Rm. 116, and pizza will be served.

Any questions, please contact Cathy Race, crace@wesleyan.edu.

The Wesleyan Media Project: Post-Election Wrap-Up and Forum 12/3

The Wesleyan Media Project’s Post-Election Wrap-Up and Public Forum

Friday, December 3 at 1 p.m. in Usdan 108

Event is free and open to the public (though seating is limited)

 Welcome and Project Overview

 “Interest Groups & Citizens United – Professor Michael Franz, Bowdoin College and Wesleyan Media Project Co-Director

 “Advertising Trends in 2010” – Professor Travis Ridout, Washington State University and Wesleyan Media Project Co-Director

 “Implications for 2012” – Professor Elvin Lim, Wesleyan University, Department of Government

 Question and Answer Period

Poet Susan Howe and Musician David Grubbs — tonight

Please join us for a performance by poet Susan Howe and composer David Grubbs

Wednesday, December 1, 2010  8 P.M.   CFA Hall

Renowned poet Susan Howe is a major force in contemporary letters and author of over a dozen books of poetry and critical prose, including Singularities, The Non-Conformist’s Memorial,  Souls of the Labadie Tract, My Emily Dickinson, and the forthcoming That This. She has collaborated with David Grubbs on two CDs. Howe is the English Department’s Distinguished Visiting Writer for 2010-11.

David Grubbs has released 11 solo albums and is known for his collaborations with writers and visual artists. He directs the Blue Chopsticks record label and is completing the book Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording.

Both artists will be available for a Q & A the same day from 4:15-5:00 at the Shapiro Writing Center’s events room (3R in Allbritton).

These events are co-sponsored by the English Department, the Music Department, and Writing at Wesleyan.

 For more information contact ewillis@wesleyan.edu / x 3582 or visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WesleyanUniversity/85de9330df/TEST/62189d0651

Make Your Research Assignments Easier: Personal Research Sessions with a Librarian

Have you ever wondered how to get started writing a research paper or how you are supposed to find the right kind of resources that your instructor is expecting?  Does it seem to take entirely too long to find the materials you need, time you’d rather spend on all the other activities you’re involved in on campus? 

The best answer to all of these questions is to take advantage of the wide variety of library resources Wesleyan students have at their disposal.  Library resources include both the librarians who work in the library as well as the research materials themselves.  Librarians at Wesleyan are always glad to meet with students about their projects.  They are available to work with you in a variety of ways – through reference by appointment meetings called Personal Research Sessions, IM/Chat, phone, and face-to-face at the reference desk in Olin or the Science and Art branch libraries.

When you meet one-on-one with a librarian subject specialist for a Personal Research Session, for example, you will learn to find the best resources and the fastest way to get them here and elsewhere, including books and journal articles that cover the latest information about your topic.  Don’t want to leave your computer?  Rain storm outside?  Click on the Reference Live Help link on the library home page and IM a librarian.  Looking for ways just to get started?  Try the library’s subject and research guides.  All these resources are located in the red “Help” section of the library home page, http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr.  And as always, you can come to the reference desk on the main floor of Olin.   The reference desk in Olin is staffed more than 45 hours a week, including evenings.  Take advantage of it!