Carib Week: Student Panel–Caribbean Identities in the Wes Community 3/31

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Student Panel:  Caribbean Identities in the Wesleyan Community

What does it mean to be Caribbean?  How do Caribbean students identify away from the space and on the mainland?  How and in what circumstances does one identify (or neglect to identify) as Caribbean?  Questions like these and more will be addressed in this informal panel discussion.

Usdan, MPR 7:30 p.m.

The Wesleyan Media Project: Post-Election Wrap-Up and Forum 12/3

The Wesleyan Media Project’s Post-Election Wrap-Up and Public Forum

Friday, December 3 at 1 p.m. in Usdan 108

Event is free and open to the public (though seating is limited)

 Welcome and Project Overview

 “Interest Groups & Citizens United – Professor Michael Franz, Bowdoin College and Wesleyan Media Project Co-Director

 “Advertising Trends in 2010” – Professor Travis Ridout, Washington State University and Wesleyan Media Project Co-Director

 “Implications for 2012” – Professor Elvin Lim, Wesleyan University, Department of Government

 Question and Answer Period

Careers for the Common Good Week: 11/1-5

Public Service Careers Week 2010
Monday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Nov. 5

The Careers for the Common Good (CCG) program presents Public Service Careers Week 2010.  The CCG informs, inspires, and supports Wesleyan students who desire to lead socially responsible lives and to pursue careers in public service-  

Mon., Nov. 1: Food Fight! The Case for Organic Farming and Community Food Organizing, 7-8 pm in Usdan 108
NOTE: 6:30pm Potluck Dinner! WesFRESH will be serving soup and bread –Bring something to contribute if you can! THINK GREEN: bring your own plate/bowl/utensils! Hear how these speakers are pushing the ongoing effort to improve and equally distribute our food supply, and how you can get involved.

 Tues., Nov. 2: Reports from the Field: A Talk w/Service Careers Fellows Alumni, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
Five alumni, all recipients of the Wes Service Careers Fellowship, will share their experiences, advice, victories, challenges, and frustrations as their lives in service unfold.

Wed., Nov. 3: All Are Welcome: Service Through Faith-based Organizations, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
Learn how you can engage with a faith-based organization to serve others with your talents and passions, no matter what your religious affiliation or spiritual orientation.

Thurs., Nov. 4: Going Global: Working for International Human Rights, 7-8 pm in Woodhead Lounge
You’re familiar with human rights abuses around the world. Hear how these panelists have joined the fight to help those suffering injustice.

Fri., Nov. 5: Giving to Get Back: Careers in Philanthropy, 12-1 pm in Usdan 108
If money is power, than giving money to others can be a powerful tool for service. Learn about the world of philanthropy and how you can launch your career in this important field.

The speakers include a mix of Wesleyan alumni and professionals from the field who will share useful information about their career paths and jobs, will shed light on how students can break into these areas, and provide insight into the rewards and frustrations of taking on the various missions that they have so passionately embraced.

For more information about each panel, please check the Career Resource Center calendar at or check out the MyCRC calendar. A complete list of speakers will be posted shortly.

A panel on working with students with disabilities–4:15 p.m., today

A panel on working with students with disabilities.

Wednesday, October 20 at 4:15 p.m. in Usdan 108.                                                      

You will have the chance to hear from undergraduate students from Wesleyan and recent graduates and world-class Paralympians from other institutions discuss their experience working with faculty.  All are welcome.

This event is sponsored by The Hartford Insurance Company, and Wesleyan University’s Human Resources, Disabilities Services and Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights. For more information, write to or call x2332.

Sophomores: Check out seniors’ panel on “From Study Abroad to Thesis” — Tonight!

Usdan Common Connections, in connection with the Deans’ Office, will present “Celebrating Seniors – From Study Abroad to Thesis” this evening at 7:00 p.m. in Daniel Family Commons.

The following panel will present on their experiences abroad, and how this shaped their senior research:

  • Margot Boyer-Dry (Morocco)
  • Max Perel-Slater (Tanzania)
  • Yannick LeJacq (Jordan)

Faculty members will be present to give their viewpoints on the research and provide feedback for students.

English Majors Comm. sponsors “Lessons American Lit Teaches…” — Thurs., 10/21

This Thursday–October 21–at 4:15 in DOWNEY 113, we will have our first English Panel, sponsored by the English Majors Committee: LESSONS AMERICAN LITERATURE TEACHES ABOUT HISTORY AND SOCIAL CHANGE.  It features Professor Sally Bachner, Professor Matthew Garrett, and Professor Amy Tang.  Professor Joel Pfister will introduce and moderate the panel, facilitate discussion with panelists and representatives from the English Majors Committee, and then open the Q&A session to all.  The aim is to have a provocative, useful, and fun English brainstorming session!  Sophomores are welcome!
A reception will follow:  You can mingle with the panelists and enjoy some great Italian cookies.  Hope to see you there!

Ethnic Studies Panel

“Why Ethnic Studies (Still) Matters”

Tuesday, October 5     4:15-6 p.m.     Russell House     Reception to follow

This session is a critical response to the passage of HR 2281 by the Arizona State legislature, which banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in public schools. Panelists will present scholarly work drawn from their current research, which speaks to Native American Studies, African American Studies, and Asian American Studies.  The event is part of a nation-wide effort, Ethnic Studies Week (October 1-7, 2010).


“Native History and 21st Century Politics: How Indian history reveals the potential of American democracy, Christian Gonzales, American Studies

“Spectacular Blackness: Reflections on Race, Representation, and the Rise of Color(ed) Television, Ann duCille, English

“Accents and the Avant-Garde: From Gertrude Stein to Li-Young Lee,” Amy Tang, English and American Studies

“From Activists to Curators: The Black Museum Movement Then and Now,” Robyn Autry, Sociology 

Moderator: J. Kehaulani Kauanui, American Studies and Anthropology 

This event is sponsored by the American Studies Program with support from the English Department.

Symposium: Green Energy and Biofuel Technology — May 7

The 35th Peter A. Leermakers’ Symposium will be held on May 7, 2010 at Wesleyan University.  This years’ symposium, entitled Green Energy and Biofuel Technology, will feature an outstanding program of talks from leaders in government, industry and academia.   For more information, refer to the symposium web page.

“The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence” 4/27 6 p.m.

Almost half of college students have experienced abuse in a relationship, according to a 2008 study. Abuse can range from cyber- stalking to beatings and rape.

On April 27, Wesleyan University, The Hartford Courant and FOX CT will present a Key Issues Forum titled “The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence” at 6 p.m. in Beckham Hall. The forum will feature experts who will discuss relationship violence on campuses, including how to recognize danger signs and where to get help.

The panelists are:
Claire Potter, professor of American studies, professor of history, whose research interest includes the study of violence against women.

Jaclyn Friedman ‘93, who is a performer and co-editor of “Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.”

Connie J. Kirkland, director of sexual assault services at George Mason University in Virginia and a national expert on campus stalking.

Janet Peckinpaugh, a 30-year broadcast journalist with her own media marketing firm who has been a victim of stalking and domestic violence.

Laurie Perez, reporter, FOX CT will moderate the event.

 “Violence  – stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual assault and hazing –among young people is a problem in the United States, and to that extent, we have to assume that it is a campus problem to some degree,” Potter says. “ In addition, according to the Department of Justice, women in particular are most likely to be the object of violence between the ages of 16 and 24; hence, you might even argue that we on college campuses are at the epicenter of something we could affect and intervene in.  What seems to me most relevant, however, is that administrators and faculty always want to be in the position of anticipating challenges proactively, rather than responding to incidents of violence on campus and assessing, after the fact, what we might have done to help someone who has already been harmed.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Courant and FOX CT, and presented in partnership with Wesleyan University. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register by e-mail at or by calling 860-241-3614.