Prof. Elvin Lim: Tea Party Talk – 4/10, 5 p.m.

The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (CAAS) is presenting a talk today at 5:00 pm in Usdan University Center, Room 108:

Why the Tea Party of 1773 Achieved More Than the Tea Party of 2012, by Elvin Lim, Associate Professor of Government
The talk is free to all.

The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1799 and is one of the oldest learned societies in the United States.  The Academy sponsors several lectures a year, including an annual lecture at Wesleyan.

WSA News Available

Dear Students,

Want to keep up with the WSA but don’t have much time? Starting today, the WSA will publish a weekly one-page newsletter to let you know the highlights of what we’ve worked on for the week and what we’ll discuss at our Sunday meeting.  It is embedded below and also attached as a PDF.  Not to worry, the extensive committee reports listing our full activities will still be available online.

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Work for Admissions this Summer — Apps due 4/13

Have you thought about sharing your love for Wesleyan with prospective students?

Want to get involved with the Admission Office but didn’t have time to during the semester?

Do you see tours around campus and wish that you were the one leading them?

 The Office of Admission is hiring students to work in our office over the summer. The position entails a number of responsibilities, including interacting with prospective students visiting the office and over the phone, some clerical work, and leading campus tours. Do you remember your visit to the Admission Office and the impact the students working here had on you? Often, you are the first, and sometimes only, student families meet on campus and are critical in forming their impressions of campus and Wesleyan students.

 We are extending the application deadline until Friday, April 13 by 5pm. If you are interested in learning more about the position, visit the summer employment site at Or, you can contact Laura McQueeney ( expressing your interest and to ask any questions you may have.

 We look forward to reading your application!

Celebrating Students ’13: Davenport Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all those 2013’ers who are the recipients of the Davenport Grant, which funds summer research in public affairs, and primarily in the social sociences. These funds are made available through a gift to Wesleyan from the Surdna Foundation in honor of Frenderick Morgan Davenport, Class of 1889, and Edith Jefferson Davenport, Class of 1897. 

Grant recipients for the Summer of 2012 are Zain Alam, Dahlia Azran, Katya Botwinick, Emma Caccamo, Sarah Cassel, Sarah Chrystler, Aria Danaparamita, Marjorie Dodson, Catherine Doren, Jacob Eichengreen, Alexandra Ellerbeck, Alexandra Galef, Maxwell Hellman, Charlotte Heyrman, Stephanie Huezo, Kim Ingebritsen, Leah Koenig, Ka-Ya Lee, Kathryn McConnell, Joseph O’Donnell, Agueda Ortega, Gavin Swee, McNeil Taylor, Nandita Vijayaraghavan, Elizabeth Waugh, Elizabeth Williams, Bingxin Wu, and  Catherine Zhou. 

Again, congratulations!

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3rd Annual Dodgeball Tournament for SHOFCO — 4/15; Enter by4/11!







 Sunday, April 15  —  2 p.m.

Entry deadline:  Wednesday, April 11



Prize for most creative team attire….

 Entry form on to the right on the class blog.

Lecture: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt — Prof. S. Hamdy, 4/10, 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday April 10 at 4:30pm in PAC 002, Prof. Sherine Hamdy, a current member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology of Brown University, will be giving a talk entitled: “Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt”.  Prof Hamdy’s talk is being funded by the Middle East Studies Program and the Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. 

Brief description of the talk:
This talk will analyze the national debate over organ transplantation in Egypt as it has unfolded during a time of major social and political transformation—including mounting dissent against a brutal regime, the privatization of health care, advances in science, the growing gap between rich and poor, and the Islamization of public space.

Brief bio:
Sherine Hamdy is an assistant professor of anthropology and social sciences at Brown University who focuses on cross-cultural approaches to medicine, health, and authoritative knowledge about the body. She is currently a member at the School of Social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, where she is working on a new project about reproductive health and gender in Egypt.

Social Justice Conference — April 21! Register now to participate or present a session!

Social Justice Leadership Conference:  

The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change.  SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

Register Here

Celebrating Students 2013: Corey Guilmette


Congratulations to Corey Guilmette ’13, this year’s recipient of the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Award.  Corey is being recognized for his work as chair of the Wesleyan Committee for Investor Responsibility. 

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan.  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.

South Indian Film Festival — April 5-28

The series is called:  “Phoolan Devi and the Roots of Indian Rage”

Films, Dates, Locations:

Thursday, April 5—8pm at the Goldsmith Cinema, “The Bandit Queen”
1995. India. Dir: Shekhar Kapur. Biopic about Phoolan Devi, bandit leader in North India, 1980s. 119 min.

Saturday, April 7—2pm at the Powell Family Cinema, “Sholay”
1975. India. Dir: Ramesh Sippy. With Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra. 204 min.

Saturday, April 21—2pm at the Powell Family Cinema, “Pather Panchali”
1955. India. Dir: Satyajit Ray. Music by Ravi Shankar. 115 min.

Saturday, April 28—2pm at the Powell Family Cinema, “Eyes of Stone”
1989. India. Dir: Nilita Vachani. Documentary about demonic possession and goddess temples. 90 min. 

Phoolan Devi (a.k.a. the “Bandit Queen”) rose to fame as an outlaw in the rugged landscape of Bundelkhand in central/north India in the 1970s.  She surrendered to the authorities in 1983, was released from prison in 1994, elected to parliament in 1996, reelected in 1999, and was assassinated in 2001.  The film series is part of a wider “Phoolan Devi Opera Project,” a collaborative undertaking by the pianist-composer Gayathri Khemadasa (Fulbright professional scholar in residence at Wesleyan this year) and writer-producer-choreographer Jeff Hush (Wesleyan class of 1984).

Each film will be followed by a panel-led discussion.  Prof. William Pinch will be on the first panel, after “The Bandit Queen” screening.

Admission is free!