Sonneblick Evening with film critic Molly Haskell — Tonight!

Announcing the Writing Programs’

with film critic MOLLY HASKELL
Introductions by Michael Roth and Jeanine Basinger

Molly Haskell

Wednesday, March 24
8 PM
Memorial Chapel

Molly Haskell has served as film critic for The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and Vogue, and written for many
publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, The Nation, The New York Observer and The New York Review of Books.

Her books include From Reverence to Rape: the Treatment of Women in the Movies; a memoir, Love and Other Infectious Diseases; and a collection of essays and interviews, Holding My Own in No Man’s Land: Women and Men and Films and Feminists.

Her newest book, part of the Yale University Press’s American Icon series, is Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited.

Write What You (Don’t) Know: David Henry Hwang — Wed., Mar. 3

David Henry Hwang


 Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Memorial Chapel

Free Admission

David Henry Hwang 

On behalf of the Theater Department and the CFA, I invite you to David Henry Hwang’s talk, which is co-sponsored by the Albritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Baldwin Fellows Fund, The Little Fund, Wesleyan Writing Program, English Department and the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang, hailed as “the first U.S. playwright to become an international phenomenon in a generation” by Time Magazine, discusses his extraordinary and groundbreaking body of work. Hwang is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, a controversial twist on Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, which ran for two years on Broadway, won the 1988 Tony and Drama Desk Awards, and was a 1989 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

His Broadway musicals include the book for the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, which earned him a third Tony nomination in 2003 for Best Book of a Musical, and Disney’s international musical hit Aida, winner of four Tony Awards in 2000. His recent Yellow Face was a Pulitzer Finalist.  As an opera librettist, he has written numerous works, including three with renowned composer Philip Glass.

Throughout his extensive career, Hwang has explored the complexities of forging Eastern and Western cultures in a contemporary America. His work challenges political and social discourses that reduce complex human identities into stereotypes, and encourages the exploration, in his own words, “not so much of blurring distinctions or subsuming cultures as of different cultures coming to live together side by side.”

Pamela Tatge,  Director, Center for the Arts

Musical Madness — TONIGHT 7 p.m. Crowell


Competition Between the Classes

Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
Crowell Concert Hall

Prizes for Best in Class & Best in Show & Judges’ Choice

And the Performers…in No Particular Order

Waltrus Hunters
Henry Keily
Genelle Faulkner
Men with Bad Manners
Emma Daniels
Clark 3 Jam
Lu Yang
Bones Complex
DJ Swanrape
Alex Hunt
The Little Boys
Thelonius Funk
The Senior Moments
Max Baum
Anastasios Germanidis

With Lou & The Blues


Friday & Saturday Night

Second Stage presents:

thumbnailCAQANW51Frosh Project: Two Nights of Short Plays
Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6, 8PM
‘92 Theater (on College Row)

All-frosh casts and tech teams. Come support your classmates!

Shows are free and non-ticketed, just show up!


Note from Dean Brown: Important Deadlines and Events

Hello to the Class of 2013,

A.  Wed., Feb. 3:  Drop/Add Deadline, Academic Skills Workshop, and First-Year Focus

deadline_clock1.  Yes, the 3rd is the last day to drop or add classes, so review your course schedule for accuracy and make sure you have selected the correct grading mode option.  After the 3rd, you may withdraw from courses with a “W” through April 15, but you may not change your grading mode.

2.  “How to Be a Star Student II”—Check it out at Usdan 114 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and then move onto….

3.  The First-Year Focus program is offering an info session on “Applying for Program Housing” at 6:30 p.m. with ResLife Staff in Usdan 108.  Snacks provided.

B.  Wed., Feb. 3- Sat., Feb. 6

There are tons of events going on campus already!  Some of these are a reading by Hilton Als, our distinguished visiting writer, a performance piece by Prof. Gina Ulysse, First-Year Plays at the ’92 Theater, Black History Month’s student and faculty of color mixer, and a panel discussion about the U.N. Human Development Report on internal and international migration.  Check the class blog at for more info on each.

C.  Wed., Feb. 10:  Dodgeball Tournament Entry Deadline

thumbnailCA83Z62OHave fun and fundraise at the same time!  Get a six-person team together for the “Have a Heart for Haiti” Dodgeball Tournament and fundraiser on Sun., Feb. 14 at the Bacon Field House.  Enter at by Feb. 10.  Sponsored by the 2013 Class Council and open to all classes.  Valentine Prize for the Most Creative Team Attire.  The winning team splits the proceeds 1/3 to 2/3  with Partners in Health Haiti Relief. 

D. Thurs., Feb. 11:  Musical Madness:  Competition Between the Classes Entry Deadline

Show which class really rocks!  From opera to rock, from blues to rap, from folk to ska, perform your piece on CrowellthumbnailCAI5NB36 stage on Thurs., Feb. 18!  Prizes for Best in Class and Best in Show awarded by a distinguished panel of faculty.  So grab a couple of classmates or go on your own and enter Musical Madness by Feb. 11 at .   Hey, if I can do it, you all can do it! 

E.  CHECK THE CLASS BLOG DAILY.   Make it easy and get it as favorite on your portfolio.  There is a variety of information posted, but you are responsible for knowing the academic and administrative info.

I hope you’re getting settled into the semester and enjoying your classes.  Please drop-in (hours below) to say hi or get your questions answered or give Susan a call to make an appointment.

Best, Dean Brown

202 North College  860-685-2758 (office)  Drop-in Hours:  M–2-3 p.m.   T–3-4 p.m.   W–5-7 p.m.   Th–11 a.m.-noon   F–2-4 p.m.

Second Stage: First-Year Plays at ’92 Theater

Second Stage presents:

thumbnailCAQANW51Frosh Project: Two Nights of Short Plays
Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6, 8PM
’92 Theater (on College Row)

All-frosh casts and tech teams. Come support your classmates!

Shows are free and non-ticketed, just show up!

Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and The World — A Performance by Prof. Gina Ulysse

 Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and The World

A performance by Gina Athena Ulysse


How did Haiti–the enfant terrible of the Americas become the bete noire of the region? This dramatic monologue considers how the past occupies the present. Ulysse weaves spokenword and Vodou chants to reflect on childhood memories, social (in)justice, spirituality, and the dehumanization of Haitians. Ultimately, she offers critical musings on geopolitics from the perspective of a Haitian- American woman who is bent on loving Haiti, loving Vodou and herself despite the odds.

Followed by a faculty panel discussion with:

 Alex Dupuy, Sociology

Liza McAlister, Religion, American Studies, African American Studies

Gina Ulysse, African American Studies, Anthropology, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Thursday, February 4 6:30-8:30 p.m.

CFA Hall

Reminder: Usdan Photo Contest II: International Photo Contest

thumbnailCA3X3JOKWant your photography to be the next to hang in the Usdan Center? In partnership with the Office of International Studies, the Usdan Art Committee is sponsoring a second photo contest for study abroaders, international students, and others who have spent substantive time abroad. As with the international photo contest of the past, photos will be displayed in Zelnick Pavilion around the middle of the spring semester. Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of Wesleyan experts in art, communication, and international affairs. The top ten photos will also be enlarged to 24″ x 36″ (or largest size allowed by the resolution of the original) and hung in Usdan common areas after Spring Break. At the end of the show, winners will receive their enlarged print as a prize.

  • Eligibility: Open to all students of Wesleyan University; all entries must be original work.
  • Submit up to ten photographs to by February 1, 2010 or by dropping them off on CD-Rom at 124 Usdan.
  • Include your name, class year, a title and a description of the photo(s) of no more than 100 words. The description should include information on where and when the photo  was taken, as well as the significance of the subject matter in local  context and in the context of your experience studying abroad. By submitting photos, you are agreeing to permit them to be shown in Usdan, Zelnick, and/or Fisk Hall, as well as on the OIS web site.
  • Photographs will be selected to display in Zelnick Pavilion by mid-February. Of those selected, a panel of judges will choose ten winners to be enlarged and displayed in the Usdan Center.
  • Copyright: Wesleyan University reserves the right to publish winning images in Usdan University Center/Office of International Studies printed materials or websites. Photo credit will be provided, of course (that doesn¹t mean academic  redit for a photography class ­ just your name somewhere in the vicinity of the photograph).
  • Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person or submit images that involve the willful harassment of individuals, wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer.

Musical Madness

Calling all musicians and singers…


A Musical Competition Between the Classes


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Crowell Concert Hall

7 p.m.

Prizes for Best in Class and Best in Show

acoustic, electric or a capella

original or cover

ensemble* or solo


Stay tuned for more info…

*all performers must be in the same class year for ensemble entries