Symposium on Academia and Activism — Feb. 11

Save the date for the upcoming symposium on Academia and Activism at Wesleyan on February 11. The symposium brings together interdisciplinary scholars for two roundtable discussions on bridging academic and activist work. All events will be held at Russell House.

Roundtable I: Intellectuals as Activists/Activists as Intellectuals (10am – noon in Russell House) with Karen Brodkin, Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Matthew Garrett, Mara Kaufman and Scott Morgensen

Roundtable II: The Politics of the (Neoliberal) Academy (2 – 4pm in Russell House) with Purnima Bose, Janet Jakobsen, Jeff Maskovsky and Dylan Rodríguez

We hope that you can join us. More information is available at our website:

The symposium is sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, and co-sponsored by the Ethics in Society Project, the American Studies Program, and the Department of Anthropology. For more information, please contact Margot Weiss ( or Naomi Greyser (

Usdan Updates


Please note that due to the weather, the first floor mail window and Print Shop will be closed today.  Package pickup is still open from the lower level window.  Fed Ex and the purchase of stamps are available in Cardinal Technologies Store. 

Thank you for your continued patience.  – Usdan Administration

Dell Social Innovation Competition: Cast a Vote for Possibilities Pakistan!

Possibilities Pakistan, a project founded by three Wesleyan students, is requesting your vote in order to win $50,000 at the Dell Social Innovation Awards. Possibilities Pakistan was founded by Wesleyan students Ali Chaudhry’12, Kenny Feder’12 and Kumail Akbar’12 in April 2009.

Possibilities Pakistan ( is a non-profit organization, the first of its kind, that extends free college counseling to all Pakistani students who aspire to attend international universities. Our goal is to guide Pakistani students through the complicated application process so that they may ultimately find and be accepted to suitable top-notch foreign universities. Our project includes a free online guidance service and a one-hundred-and-fifty page e-magazine that lays bare the details of applying to college. The guidance service is run by a network of over 200 Pakistani and American students currently studying at renowned universities all over the world. When current Pakistani high school students have questions about applying to college, they simply e-mail our organization, and their queries are forwarded to appropriate members of our team who have faced similar problems before. Our magazine is a detailed walk-through of the college application process, with articles explaining the details of everything you need to know about getting into a foreign university. To date we have guided over 200 students and over 2500 students have viewed our magazine. You can help us grow further, by voting for us at:

Thank you!

And Classes Begin…


                    ENJOY THE START OF CLASSES &

                    THE NEW SPRING SEMESTER!

Note from Dean Brown: Withdrawal and Pre-reg Deadlines; WesFest

Class of 2013:

Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for two important procedures—course withdrawal and pre-registration! 

1.  Withdrawal from full semester and fourth quarter courses :  You need to discuss withdrawing from a class with your instructor and faculty advisor as well as get their signatures on a withdrawal form, available from my office or the Registrar’s.  My signature is the last one you need before submitting the form to the Registrar’s Office.  I would be happy to talk with you as well if you’re deciding what to do.   

2. Pre-registration for the Fall 2010:  You need to meet with your faculty advisor—MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO ALREADY—to review your course selection and finalize your schedule.  Check out the websites of majors you might be interested in and know what gateway courses you need in order to keep the doors open as you better identify your interests.  Those wanting to do pre-med and/or study abroad also need to keep an eye on course scheduling over the next few semesters.

3. WesFest:   Can you believe that last year at this time, it was YOU coming to WesFest?  Now YOU are in the position to welcome these newly-admitted students to the Wes community.  Check out the schedule at and bring on the Wes spirit!     

As always, don’t hesitate to come to drop-in, if you have questions or concerns. 

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.

Welcome Back!




Mon. 2-3 p.m., Tues. 3-4 p.m., Wed. 5-7 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.-noon, Fri. 2-4 p.m.

Dean Brown, 202 North College