New Gaming and TV Lounge at Usdan

Some of you may have already noticed the two new flat-screen TV’s located on the 1st floor behind the main stairwell.  Anytime after 5 p.m. you are welcome to play video games in Usdan–xbox  (with Kinect), Wii or Playstation 3.  All you need is your Wes ID!  Everything is FREE!!  Just ask at the Information Desk. You may also ask here for equipment to play pool or

Also new this year is advertising on the 3 large TV screens near the elevators.  Cut down on flyers and post your event here!  Go to the Usdan website and click on the Quicklink on the right – “Digital Display Screen Submissions”

Hope to see you all in Usdan!!

Rennie Harris: Rage, Resistance and Reclaimation–9/29 & Hip Hop Dance Performance–9/30 and 10/1

What: Rage, Resistance and Reclaimation: a conversation with Dr. Rennie Harris
Facilitated by Nicole Stanton, Associate Professor of Dance
Lecture is followed by a reception

Thursday Sept 29, 7:00p.m.

Where: the Russell House.  

In addition, the Department of Dance and the Center for the Arts are sponsoring the following events:

Rennie Harris Puremovement


“Philadelphia’s greatest cultural export.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

What: A hip hop dance performance by Rennie Harris Puremovement set to music by the Headhunters, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Parliament Funkadelic, Groove Collective, and others.  

When: Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 8pm. Pre-performance talk with dance scholar Debra Cash on Friday at 7:15pm in CFA Hall.  

Where:  CFA Theater, located in the Center for the Arts at 283 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, Connecticut. 

And: Free dance workshop for ticket holders on Saturday October 1 at 11am in the Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, located at 247 Pine Street. 

Choreographer and international ambassador of hip hop dance Rennie Harris founded Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1992, after working with Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow. Mr. Harris is a trailblazer who has deconstructed popular perceptions of hip hop dance for nearly twenty years – the first person to take urban street forms to concert stages around the world. Performances at Wesleyan will include repertory works such as “God Made Me Funky”, “Something To Do With Love”, “Continuum”, “P-Funk”, “March of the Antmen”, and “Students of the Asphalt Jungle”. A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Admission: $23 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Celebrating Students ’13: Genevieve Aniello

I spent my summer interning at the New York University Infant Cognition and Communication Laboratory (NICCL).  The first two weeks I was terrified of making a single typing error as I was warned any incorrect data would completely ruin any scientific findings and all the work the lab had done so far.  As the weeks went on, I realized that this was not exactly the case.  However, I did begin to understand the urgency of being unbelievable mindful of every move.  In our weekly meetings, during which we often discussed the reasoning behind the studies, I realized that the foundational research done with infants at NICCL is necessary in understanding any cognitive abnormalities that are diagnosed later in development, such as Autism.

The other four interns and I spent each day preparing the schedule of the infants coming in to be run in the studies, the study rooms, and paperwork, such as parental permission and general information.  We were also able to act in studies using the “violation of expectation” method, which examines the subject’s ability to understand cause and effect.  For example, a scene would be acted out in which the obvious outcome would not occur, and the subject’s reaction is recorded.  We also transferred and processed video, coded data, and scheduled infants to come into the lab for the following weeks.  Interning at NICCL was extremely hands-on and an eye-opening experience into the way that every published study we read in our psychology courses comes to fruition.  As I continue to explore the psychology major at Wesleyan, the two months I spent at NICCL are already proving to be an invaluable experience.

Study Abroad: Apps due for Wes-sponsored programs — 10/3; Wes-administered programs — 10/17


This is a reminder that applications for SPRING 2012 for the Wesleyan-administered programs in Paris, Madrid, and Bologna are usually due on OCTOBER 1. That date falls on a weekend this year so the deadline has been moved to MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 BY 5:00 P.M. This is a firm deadline and late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be turned in to the Office of International Studies, Fisk Hall 105. A complete application includes the following four items:

  • Application personal information sheets
  • 250-word essay in the appropriate language, explaining why you wish to participate on the program
  • Language evaluation form (to be completed by your current or most recent language professor)
  • Letter of recommendation from a non-language professor (may be sent through campus mail, delivered to our office, or sent as an e-mail attachment or as the text of an email to

The applications can be downloaded from our website at


Applicants to Wesleyan-administered programs must also complete the general Permission to Study Abroad Application. This application is usually due on October 15 but that date also falls on a weekend this year so the deadline has been moved to MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011 BY 5:00 p.m. Completed general applications must be turned in to the Office of International Studies, Fisk Hall 105.

Gail Winter, Assistant Director, International Studies, ph: 860 685-3006, email:, url:

Reading by Jim Shepard — Russell House, 9/28


September 28 — 8 p.m. — Russell House

Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and four collections of short stories.  His novel, Project X, won the 2005 Libary of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award, and his 2010 collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award.  He has been a columnist on film for The Believer and is the recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.  He teaches at Williams College.

Writing at Wesleyan presents this reading as part of The Russell House Series/Prose, Poetry, and Music.  Support for this series is provided by Writing at Wesleyan, the English Department, the Center for the Arts, and the Wesleyan University Press.  Thanks also goes to the Sonnenblick, Jakobson, and Kim-Frank families, Gerard Koeppel, and supporters of the Jacob Julien and Millett writing events.