Wesleyan Media Project Conference — Today!

With the support of the Knight Foundation, CSPL, the Baldwin University Lectures, and the Government Department, the Wesleyan Media Project is proud to be able to bring several prominent scholars and national media representatives to Wesleyan’s campus for a day-long conference on campaign finance, political communication and U.S. elections this Friday, Nov 30 from 9-4:30pm  in Usdan 108.  Full program details and the list of presenters is available at http://mediaproject.wesleyan.edu/events-4/.

The conference is free of charge and open to the public though seating is limited.  We welcome your attendance.  If you can’t make it in person, the event will also be webcast, and you can visit our website on Friday for a link to the live stream.  Hope to see many of you on Friday!

WSA–Important Surveys

A few things from your loving WSA…

First, a reminder about WSA winter elections: to run, you must hand in your petition with 25 signatures at or before the mandatory candidates meeting on Thursday at 8:30pm, in Usdan 110.  See email dated 11/28 for the petition. 

Also, the WSA has collaborated with students to produce surveys on important student issues, sexual health and food. These surveys will help determine areas for improvement in terms of both sexual health resources and food quality. Responses to both surveys are completely anonymous and confidential. 

Sexual Health: HERE

Wesleyan Food: HERE

Thanks, and good luck with the end of the semester!

Categories WSA

Projects for Peace — Info Sessions 11/30 & 12/10; App deadline: 1/28/13

Projects for Peace

Come find out how to apply for this $10,000 grant to support projects promoting peace during the summer of 2013.  All Wesleyan undergraduates are eligible to apply and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the info sessions. Applications are due Monday January 28, 2013.  

Info sessions:  Friday 11/30 at 4pm Allbritton Room 304 and Monday 12/10 1pm Allbritton Room 304 

All information is on our website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace/index.html  

Any questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz, clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Film/Lecture: “The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age” Fri., Nov. 30, 4-6 p.m.

Fukushima and Nagasaki: Our film ties them together, as their links have become dangerously clearer. 

Sakue Shimohira was ten years old and hiding in a Nagasaki shelter when the nuclear bomb dropped on August 9, 1945. She survived and has dedicated her life to making sure that what happened to her will never happen to anyone again.  Today she continues to speak out and inspire people everywhere.

Sakue’s story of survival and its aftermath is the core of this powerfully moving documentary. We follow her, in the company of students Fumi and Haruka, as they talk to high school and college students in London, New York and Nagasaki, and we see Sakue in a gripping encounter with a Holocaust survivor. 






Flu Shots Still Available…

Dear Students:

The Davison Health Center has a limited supply of influenza vaccine available for students.  Please call for an appointment at 860-685-2470.  Cost is $30 and can be billed to your student account.  The fee is covered if you are enrolled in the university-sponsored health insurance plan with Gallagher Koster.

Joyce L. Walter, Director, Davison Health Center

Lecture: “Impressionism and the Industrialization of Time — Prof. Andre Dombrowski, 11/28

The Art History Program, in conjunction with the Center for Humanities, the College of Letters, and Romance Studies, is pleased to announce a the following guest lecture and seminar:

“Impressionism and the Industrialization of Time”  

By André Dombrowski, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30p.m.

41 Wyllys Avenue, Room 112 

Dombrowski specializes in the art and material culture of France, Germany and Britain in the mid to late nineteenth century. His work focuses on cross-national developments in the histories of science, politics, psychology, and sexuality. He has published articles and essays on the art of Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Hans von Marées. His book Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life was published by the University of California Press in 2012.

For this lecture, Mr. Dombrowski considers the relationship between Post-Impressionism and the history of modern, industrial time-keeping, focusing in particular on the advent of universal time in 1884 and the serried order of Georges Seurat’s pointillist technique developed around the same time. This lecture further proposes new interpretative means for assessing some of the chronometric devices in impressionist criticism written by Jules Laforgue and Felix Feneon. 

A follow-up seminar will be held at the Center for Humanities on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:30pm

Faculty and students are warmly invited to attend.  We hope to see you there!   Katherine Kuenzli and Ethan Kleinberg

Bookstore Relocation Forum 11/27 at 4:30 p.m.


Dear students, 

Just a reminder that there is a bookstore relocation open forum tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27 at 4:30 pm.  We moved the forum’s location to PAC 001; Centerplan, the developers, will make a presentation.  Additional information regarding the possible bookstore relocation was posted last Tuesday on the blog at http://bookstorerelocation.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2012/11/09/book-store-relocation/.

Thanks, Andrew Wexler, Chair, Finance and Facilities Committee

CHUM Lecture Tonight at 6 p.m.



Monday, November 26
6 p.m.
Russell House


Tom Boellstorff

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

In this talk, I conduct a meta-analysis of my research in Indonesia and in virtual worlds, as well as the research of a number of other scholars, to address questions of temporality, repetition, and transformation. Drawing from a range of theoretical resources in queer studies, technology studies, linguistics, and other disciplines, I explore how the gap between the virtual and the actual provides a point of entry for considering how digital being—predicated on both constitutive discreteness and teleologies of locality, specificity, and difference—is powerfully shaping forms of everyday experience, community, and politics.

Last Minute Research Assistance!


Omigod the semester’s almost over and I haven’t even started on any of my papers!!! 
Okay, take a deep breath, don’t panic. I think I remember something about librarians being available to help me find resources for writing my papers and preparing my presentations. Now, what was it I heard about that? Oh yes, they offer something they call Personal Research Sessions. All I have to do is go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/services/personalresearch.html (or just look for it on the library’s home page at http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/ in the Help box). Then I fill out the form to tell them who I am, what I’m working on, and when I’m available to meet with a librarian. Then a subject specialist will contact me to set up a meeting, and show me lots of great resources for getting everything I need to write my papers, and even how to use interlibrary loan to get things the library doesn’t own. And if I have waited until too late in the semester to rely on interlibrary loan, they can help me find things already in the library that I might have overlooked. Ah, I can breathe again! 

– Kendall Hobbs, Library Instruction Coordinator (khobbs, x3962)