New Grief Support Group Meeting Time — SP ’13

NEW Grief Support Group meeting times for Spring ’13 !

STUDENT-RUN GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services) CAPS Meets: Weekly Wednesdays Time: 8:30pm Location: Solarium (Room 201) (2nd fl., Davison Health Center) Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Please feel free to come and leave when it is convenient for you. For more information please contact: Hannah Vogel Phone: 240.463.6929 Leah Koenig Phone: 443.739.7372

Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group

Heal in the company of others:

The Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group (SASS) will be held on Thursdays beginning February 14th –May 2nd from 12-1:15pm. SASS is open to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape. Meetings will follow an open support group format and participants determine group topics each week.  

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator, for more info at awarren(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Reference “Support Group” in the subject line.

The deadline to sign-up Tuesday, February 12th.


Bystander Intervention Training — 2/17; Register by 2/11

Registration for the WE Speak, We Stand, Bystander Intervention program is now open!

WE Speak, WE Stand aims to create a community that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault, relationship violence and advocates for the responsible use of alcohol. The goal of the program is to empower bystanders to intervene in high risk situations involving alcohol use, sexual assault and relationship violence. Empowered bystanders make the campus community safer by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others. Intervening with peers can be challenging for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively.

The training features two distinct and separate tracks: sexual assault prevention and alcohol use intervention. The sexual assault prevention track will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault, separate myths from facts and demonstrate and practice effective ways to intervene with friends, fellow students and community members.  The alcohol track will equip you with the tools you need to intervene in situations involving alcohol and empower you to use those tools.  Specifically, you will learn how alcohol affects your physiology and behavior and how to recognize an alcohol related medical emergency.  We will demonstrate and practice appropriate ways to intervene when a fellow community member has a problem with alcohol use. 

This year, a third track is being introduced on a separate date.  The relationship violence track will feature a discussion of cultural norms around violence and relationships, enable you to identify the warning signs of relationships that may become abusive and provide concrete skills to intervene safely and effectively. 

The training will be held on Sunday, February 17th  in Usdan B25 from 9:45am-3:15pm.  Participants must attend the full training.  Lunch will be provided. The deadline for registering is 2/11/13 by midnight.  You can register and find more information at



As we begin the last semester of our senior year, we are yet again amazed at how quickly our time at Wes is coming to an end.  Without a doubt, the last three and one-half years have been remarkable and we know this semester will be too!

If you would you like to share your Wesleyan experience at graduation as the 2013 Senior Commencement Speaker, simply submit a 200-250 word essay answering the following question:

What has your Wesleyan experience meant to you?

The essay should be roughly equivalent to the speech you wish to deliver at graduation. Completed essays should be emailed to Dean Brown ( by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 15.

All essays will be reviewed anonymously by the Senior Commencement Speaker Committee.  The committee will select several applicants from the essay submission pool as finalists for interviews, which will be conducted between Wednesday, February 27 through Friday, March 1.  The speaker will be announced before spring break.

Speaking at Commencement is a unique responsibility that should be taken seriously.  If you are interested in becoming the Senior Speaker for Commencement, please do not hesitate to submit an essay!

Good luck and all the best!

The Senior Commencement Speaker Committee
(David Shor, Adam Rashkoff, Laura Yim, Jiovani Robles, and Professor Michael McAlear)

CHUM Lecture — Feb. 4, 6 p.m.



Monday, February 4
6 p.m.
Russell House

 FRANK ANKERSMITUniversity of Groningen

In the past, three answers were regularly provided concerning the relationship between history and the sciences: 1) the scientist deals with the universal and the historian with the unique, 2) the scientist deals with nature and the historian with a culture that is permeated by ethical norms, and 3) the scientist “explains” the world whereas the historian relies on “empathic understanding.” In recent times, however, few philosophers of history have addressed this problem, which is to say the issue is simply no longer on the agenda.

I wish to approach this old question from a new perspective, namely that of logic. To put my argument in a nutshell, if one distinguishes between traditional Aristotelian logic and modern formal logic, room is left for what one might call “representationalist logic” sharing elements of both while not being reducible to either. It is my contention that historical representation obeys the rules of representationalist logic. This means the end of all attempts to rely on epistemology (logical-positivist, hermeneutical, or whatever) for an understanding of historical writing because the nature of the relationship between logic (or mathematics) and the world is a metaphysical and not an epistemological problem. The roots of this representationalist logic can be found in Leibniz’s metaphysics but further insights into its nature can be found in the controversies in the first decade of the previous century between philosophers such as Cohen, Natorp, and Cassirer, on the one hand, and Frege and Russell, on the other.