Hugo Black Lecture–3/8: Justice Antonin Scalia — tkts available 2/23 at 10 a.m.


Wesleyan Students are invited to the

21st Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression

“The Originalist Approach to the First Amendment”


Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the U.S.

Antonin Scalia

Thursday, March 8, 2012

8:00 p.m, Memorial Chapel

(The lecture is endowed by Leonard S. Halpert, Esq., ’44,

and named in honor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice)

Obtain a courtesy ticket in person from the

University Box Office, Usdan University Center, 1st floor

on Thursday, February 23 beginning at 10 a.m.

One ticket per student.  WESid required.

For additional information, contact

Gina Driscoll,, (860) 685-2549



Wesleyan Forum for International Development! — Sat., Feb. 18

The Wesleyan Forum for International Development

 Saturday, February 18, 2012    9:30 am – 5 pm

Check-in table at 41 Wyllys.

Attendance is free. No registration is required. Come and go as you please.

Free breakfast, Iguanas Ranas lunch and book for those who arrive by 10 am.

  Come engage in a dialogue about what works and what doesn’t in international development. Through lectures, panel discussions and workshops with student groups, you will hear from researchers, alumni and students about their successes and challenges in fields that include public health, education and technology.

For students who have interned, volunteered or worked internationally–or for those interested in doing so in the future–this Forum is a space for you to think critically about how to do so in a way that makes a positive impact. It will connect you to resources for getting involved, including opportunities for internships, fellowships and research. For the complete schedule with locations, click here. Speakers include:


– David Rice (Executive Director of the NYU Development Research Institute)

– Nafisa Halim (Assistant Professor at BU’s Center for Global Health & Development, researches women’s political empowerment, health and education)

– Rema Hanna (Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, researches how to improve the provision of services to the poor in developing countries)

– Jenny Ruducha (Research Scientist at BU’s Center for Global Health & Development, conducts impact evaluations of interventions in public health)


– Amir Hasson ’98 (Founder of United Villages, a social enterprise that empowers the rural poor in India by providing products, services and information)

– Nathanael Goldberg ’97 (Policy director at Innovations for Poverty Action, which pioneered the use of randomized control trials to test the effectiveness of interventions in development)

– Connor Brannen ’10 (Policy analyst at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT)

– Liana Woskie ’10 (Global Health Corps fellow at Partners in Health)


– Ali Chaudry ’12 (Founder of Possibilities Pakistan, which increases access to higher education by providing free college counseling to Pakistani secondary students)

– Tasmiha Khan ’12 (Founder of Brighter Dawns, which increases access to clean water and sanitation in Bangladesh)

– Kennedy Odede ’12, (Founder of Shining Hope for Communities, which combats gender inequality and extreme poverty by linking free schools for girls with social services in Kenya)

– Raghu Appasani ’12 (Founder of the MINDS Foundation, which raises awareness about mental illness and provides healthcare in India)

 For more information, visit the Forum’s Facebook page.

 This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, the Department of Government, the Office of Academic Affairs, Wesleyan World Wednesdays and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.


Thinking About A Thesis? 12/1, 4:15 p.m.

                                               “THINKING ABOUT A THESIS” WORKSHOP 

with Professors Pinch (HIST), Pfister (ENGL/AMST) and Sultan (BIOL) 

and Honors Coordinator Susan Krajewski

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1     4:15 P. M. 

                                           ALLBRITTON 103

“Now That You’ve Declared” Dinner: ECON & Life post-Wes — Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

You are cordially invited to a

“Now That You’ve Declared” Dinner 

for any junior interested in ECON-type subjects 

with Professors Richie Adelstein and Damien Sheehan-Connor 

and CRC Associate Director Persephone Hall

Wednesday, November 30     6-7 p.m.

Limited to 20 juniors 

R.S.V.P. to Susan Kulesza at by Tues., Nov. 29

Sponsored by the Office of Residential Life and the Deans’ Office



Poster Session on 11/4 on Student Research Abroad — Application deadline 10/10

The Office of International Studies invites you to submit a proposal for a 

Poster Session on Student Research Abroad

The session will take place on

Friday, November 4, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wesleyan University’s Exley Science Center.

If you have carried out academic research in another country, this is a great opportunity to present your findings and gain public speaking experience, as well as to hear about other student research abroad and share your stories.

 Please forward a poster title and one-paragraph abstract by Monday, October 10 to:  Carolyn Sorkin, Director of International Studies,

Molecular Biophysics & Biological Chemistry Retreat — Thurs., 9/22

We invite you to the 12th Annual Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry Retreat to be held on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Wadsworth Mansion.  The retreat will feature four speakers from Wesleyan University, including two new faculty colleagues: Christina Othon (Physics) and Ruth Johnson (Biology). In addition, students in the Molecular Biophysics program will present posters on their research.

The keynote speaker for the retreat is Professor Vern L. Schramm from Albert Einstein College of Medicine;<>  Professor Schramm investigates enzymatic transition state structures to enable development of powerful drugs against cancer and other diseases.

Molecular Biophysics is an interdisciplinary program that has been supported by an NIH training grant for over 25 years. The retreat is made possible by support from the training grant, Chemistry and MB&B departments.

Contact Professors David Beveridge, Ishita Mukerji, Manju Hingorani, or Erika Taylor with any questions.

“Law & Lit: Who Owns It?” 4/1–4:30 p.m.

Eva Geulen (Bonn University), “Law and Literature: Who Owns It?”

Friday, April 1, 4:30 p.m., Russell House

Co-sponsored by German Studies, History, COL, Sociology, English, the Dean of the Social Sciences, and the Center for the Humanities.

Eva Geulen’s talk will examine the historically and conceptually fraught relationship between law and literature from four points of view: 1. The common history and shared heritage of law and literature; 2. law as literature; 3. literature vs. law; 4. literature in law.

Eva Geulen received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and has taught at the University of Rochester and at New York University.  Currently, she is professor of modern German literature at Bonn University. She has published widely in the areas of modern narrative prose, discourses of education, gender studies, and aesthetics. Her books include The End of Art: Readings in a Rumor after Hegel (Stanford UP 2006) and Giorgio Agamben zur Einführung [Introducing Giorgio Agamben] (Junius 2005; second, revised edition 2009).

Cambridge v. Wesleyan Debate 3/31 8 p.m.

The Cambridge Debates

Thursday, March 31, 2011   8 p.m.    Daniel Family Commons

The Cambridge Union Society from Cambridge, England is the oldest student union in the world. They join forces with Wesleyan’s Woodrow Wilson Debate Society to debate the rise of facebook. Don’t miss out on this wildly entertaining program!

 Free Admission.  For more information call x2460

Talk on Black Power from Wes Alum — Thurs., 2/24

The Center for African American Studies Presents:

 “The Cultural Politics of Black Power in Brooklyn and London”

 Dr. Joshua B. Guild ’96, Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies, Princeton University

 Thursday, February 24, 2011 — 4:15pm  CAAS Vanguard Lounge —  Reception to Follow

Co-Sponsored by The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program