Latino Labor Movement History and SEIU Internships — 11/17

Please join the Dominican Student Association at a lecture from SEIU, a labor union, concerning the history of Latino involvement in the labor movement.

This event will also promote opportunities for summer internships helping with labor union campaigns.

SEIU Informational
Wednesday November 17th
Usdan 108

Any questions?  Contact Odetty Tineo at

FGSS Symposium: “Feminist Disability Studies: Embattled Bodies” — 11/5

Mark your calendars for this year’s FGSS Annual Symposium on the topic of “Feminist Disability Studies: Embattled Bodies,” co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Public Life, to be held on Friday, November 5, from 3-5 p.m. in Russell House.  Our two speakers will be Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation, a foundational text in the field, and Nirmala Erevelles, Associate Professor of Social Foundations of Education and Instructional Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology and Policy Studies at the University of Alabama.

 We hope to see you at this exciting event!

Natasha Korda, Chair, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Talking writing with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel: Apply for Discussion Group

Apply to Join a Discussion with Prof. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate

Applications due Mon., Oct. 4th 5:00 P.M. at Anne Greene’s office, Downey House, Room 207.

On Tuesday, October 26th, Prof. Elie Wiesel is presenting a lecture to the Wesleyan community entitled “Building an Ethical Society: The Death Penalty and Human Dignity,” at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. Tickets will be available shortly.

Prof. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, is the author of more than forty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Night and other volumes of memoirs. For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Earlier on the day of his lecture, Prof. Wiesel will hold a discussion session with a small group of students, focusing specifically on writing about moral and ethical topics. This session is tentatively scheduled for 4-4:45 PM, October 26th, in the Shapiro event room, Allbritton 311.

We invite you to apply to join this discussion group.  Unfortunately we cannot include everyone who would like to attend.  Please submit a statement (from one paragraph to one page in length) indicating

– which works of Prof. Wiesel’s you have read,

– what writing question you would like him to discuss, and,

– any intellectual or personal interest you bring to the discussion.

At the top of your application, please include your – name, class year, major, email address, and telephone number.  If you are selected, we will contact you directly.

Thank you so much for your interest. Please contact Anne Greene, the Director of the Writing Programs, or Rabbi David Leipziger, if you have questions.

Lecture on Religion & Environmentalism

Sacrifice and Sacrality: Religion and Environmentalism in South India

Thursday, September 30   4:15 p.m.     Russell House

An exploration of how, with the deepening of India’s environmental crisis, activists have claimed “sacred groves” in new ways. NGOs have declared these small forests, previously dedicated to a deity, as an ancient indigenous ecological tradition, and have sponsored projects across India to restore degraded ones.

Eliza Kent is an Associate Professor of Religion at Colgate University whose research interests center on religion and ecology, the religiosity of low-caste communities in India, and the effects of religious pluralism.

Sponsored by the South Asian Studies Certificate and the Department of Religion.

Lecture: Social Media and the Constitution — 9/17

Constitution Day Talk: “Constitutional Decision Making at the Forefront of Technology: How  Courts Decide Cases Where There is Little Guidance”
Friday, September 17, 2010 — 4:30 p.m.
Science Library Reading Room (Exley Science Center 146)
The Honorable Mark R. Kravitz ‘72, P ’00, United States District Judge, will talk on student social networking, the First Amendment and the ability of schools (particularly high schools) to discipline student behavior that occurs on social networks. The conduct at issue can range from cyberbullying other students, to defamation of students or teachers, to overt threats against students or teachers, to disruptive speech directed at fellow students or teachers.  The Supreme Court has not yet addressed student speech occurring on social networks and outside of school grounds on the Internet.  That leaves lower courts (not to mention school officials) with the difficult task of assessing whether the Supreme Court’s prior precedents on First Amendment speech and student discipline provide much guidance when assessing whether student discipline for using this new technology violates the First Amendment.
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Lata Chawla: Keeping the Competitive Edge — 4/26, 7 p.m.

Lata Chawla: Keeping the Competitive Edge

Monday, 26 April 2010        Shanklin 107, 7pm
Asian/Asian-American House presents Lata Chawla: accomplished business leader, active philanthropist and local Connecticut resident. Ms. Chawla will share her insights on maintaining a competitive business edge in this era of rapid change and intense competition.


Ms. Chawla worked at ESPN, Inc. for 11 years, where she held a variety of leadership roles in the Human Resources Department. Currently, she is the Founder and Principal of Performance Edge, LLC, a consulting, training and multi-media solutions consulting company which serves the Broadcast, Cable and Telecommunications industry.

She is also active in community and philanthropic efforts, serving on the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of CT and non-profit Jazz’d 4 Life.


Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this dynamic business leader! Ms. Chawla will be talking about how everyone has their separate callings in life and its the connections we build/the self discovery that allows us to succeed. There will be a Q&A session following the lecture.

– Han Hsien
AAA House

History of Activism at Wes — 4/20 at 7 p.m.

From Methodists to Feminists: A History of Activism at Wesleyan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

7:00 p.m., Daniel Family Commons

Wesleyan has been known as a place that fosters active and engaged thinking and action.  Over the many years of Wesleyan’s history, many individuals and groups have embodied that spirit.  Suzy Taraba, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections, and Valerie Gillespie, Assistant University Archivist, will present a lecture and lead a discussion that traces Wesleyan’s activist roots through the history of the University.

Free and open to all, reception to follow.

Sponsored by Usdan Common Connections Committee

Hugo L. Black Lecture — April 7

19th Annual Hugo L. Black Lecture

 “Speech and Independence:  The Wrongs of Corporate Speech”


 Lawrence Lessig

 Professor of Law at Harvard Law School &

Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics

 Lawrence Lessig

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

8 p.m.

 Memorial Chapel

 Lawrence Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he was a professor at Stanford Law School,

where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago.  He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. For much of his career, Professor Lessig focused his work on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current  work addresses “institutional corruption” — relationships which are legal, even currently ethical, but which weaken public trust in an  institution. He has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

Critical Condition: Health Care Reform Panel Discussion w/faculty and physicians

Critical Condition: A panel discussion focused on health care reform in the United States

March 24, 2010 7pm

Daniel Family Commons, 3rd floor of the Usdan University Center

The Usdan Common Connections Committee is happy to invite you to a panel discussion focusing on the current efforts to reform the health care system in the United States.  Much of President Obama’s first year in Office and the thumbnailCA4LWJ8Ofirst year of the Democrat controlled Congress has been focused on drafting a comprehensive health care reform bill.  Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed their own bills, however both have come under intense scrutiny from many different stakeholders.  The state of Connecticut is also on the forefront of reform efforts at the state level and the panel will include policy experts and frontline personnel working to make Connecticut a model for the rest of the country to follow.

The panel will be comprised of Damien Sheehan-Connor, Wesleyan faculty in economics,  Jill Zorn, Program Officer at Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Dr. Michael Grey, Chief of Medicine at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, and Elizabeth Wiley, National Secretary, American Medical Student Association and Physicians for a National Health Program member and George Washington University School of Medicine student.

The panel will cover a broad range of topics and will debate approaches and outcomes in the development of the legislation currently being considered.  The panel will also take questions and will engage the audience throughout the evening.

There will be a complimentary pizza dinner at the start of the program.