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Monthly Archive for October, 2008

Numerous religious and spiritual services are offered each week on the Wesleyan campus. If you have questions about religious and spiritual communities at Wesleyan, please contact Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.2278.

Service Day and Time Location Contact
Buddhist Meditation Weekdays 7:00 a.m.
Tu., Th., 6:30 p.m.
Weekends 10:00 a.m.
Buddhist House
356 Washington
Nathan Ratner ’10
Catholic Mass Su., 9:00 p.m. Memorial Chapel Father Hal Weidner
Hindu Satsang Fr., 5:00-6:30 p.m. Chaplain’s Lounge
169 High St: second floor
Anand Venkatachalam,

Kumar Sarkar

Meditation Tu., Th., 7:30 a.m. Freeman Center for East Asian Studies – 343 Washington Terrace Professor Bill Johnston
Muslim Jumma Prayers Fr., 1:00 p.m. Muslim Prayer Room – 169 High Street Marwa Aly
All Campus Worship Su., 2:00 p.m. Memorial Chapel Pastor Joan Burnett
Shabbat Services and Dinner Fr., 6:15 p.m. Bayit
157 Church St
Rabbi David
(contemplative gathering with simple ritual, followed by vegetarian dinner)
Wed., 5:30 p.m. 169 High Street, second floor Greg Besek
Wesleyan Christian Fellowship
Fr., 7:30 p.m. Usdan 108 Vivian Lew

Take a break from your studies. Pick up a snack and a handout on exam taking, time management, learning strategies or exam prep. You can also consult with a peer advisor on how you can get more from your readings and how to reorganize your notes. Sunday, November 2, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. in the Olin Library.

What is your motivation to get through the rest of the semester successfully? Come meet with a SARN peer advisor and explore ways to prevent procrastination. Sunday, November 2 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. and Monday, November 3 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in Usdan 136.

Julissa Peña and Stephanie Aracena ’12, Harold Flores ‘09 and an alumni speaker will kick off Latino Awareness Month discussing life as a Latino at Wesleyan University and their expectations and hopes for the Latino community. La Casa, 240 Washington St., 7:00 p.m.

Wesleyan World Wednesdays presents Gloria Alba Andino Lopez, who will speak on how free trade agreements hurt the environment, workers, and you on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. in Usdan 108.  Ms. Lopez is from El Regadio, Esteli, Nicaragua, and for over twenty years has represented organized resistance against unjust economic policies that damage small farming communities.

On Wednesday, October 29, at 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel, actress Fabiana Meyuhas, winner of the best actress prize at Akko Fringe Festival, 1998, will present a one woman show entitled “Why Didn’t You Come Before the War?” based on a book by the same title and written by Lizzie Doron. Ms. Doron won the Jeanette Schocken Prize for literature in Germany and in 2003 she was awarded the Buchman Prize by Yad Vashem. The show deals with the change of heart in Israeli society towards those who survived the Holocaust: from incomprehension and rejection to empathy and acceptance. Fabiana plays Elizabeth and engages the audience in her struggle with the memories, the feelings and events of her childhood as she looks back, with courage and a touch of humor, upon her relationship with her mother. The play got extremely enthusiastic reviews from the Israeli press such as” “A poignantly expressive performance that covers a lifetime mired in horror yet often relieved by outbursts of uninhibited humor. A deeply moving and finely wrought performance.” (Jerusalem Post, Naomi Doudai.)  After the show, Fabiana will take questions from the audience. The event will conclude with a reception at the Zelnick Pavilon.

The Freshmen 15 Research Group is seeking volunteers:

Freshmen!!! Please come participate in our focus groups for our research project!! We are a group of students studying opinions and facts about the freshmen 15.  We would love for you to participate in a non-invasive discussion about your feelings on the freshmen 15 and how the freshmen 15 has influenced, if at all, your college experience.
Here is a list of our focus groups schedule.

Freshmen Girls: Thursday, October 23rd from 5-6 pm.
Freshmen Girls: Thursday, October 30th from 5-6 pm.

Freshmen Boys: Sunday, November 2nd from 1:30-2:30 pm
Freshmen Boys: Wednesday, November 5th from 5-6 pm.

Please come participate! Our focus groups will be held in the Psychology lounge of Judd Hall.  Baked goods will be provided!!! Please contact Katie Grogan at kgrogan@wesleyan.edu if you’re interested.  Thanks!!

Laurence Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, will speak on “Life Unedited” on Wednesday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

The visible text of the First Amendment protects such specific freedoms as “speech,” “press,” “assembly,” and “religion.” Its invisible but no less fundamental subtext and structure, however, protect much more. In this lecture, Laurence Tribe will argue that, at its core, the First Amendment shields each of us from government efforts to rewrite – to revise, reshape, or edit – the stories we tell ourselves and one another through the ways we decide to script our lives and the narratives we define by our intimate personal choices involving birth, education, occupation, sex, and death.

Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University, has taught there since 1968 and was voted best professor by the class of 2000. “University Professor” is Harvard’s highest title, awarded to only 49 professors in the 20th century and eight in the 21st and now held by just 19 of the 1,432 tenured professors on Harvard’s nine faculties. Born in China of Russian Jewish parents, Tribe entered Harvard at 16; graduated summa cum laude in mathematics (1962) and magna cum laude in law (1966); clerked for the California and U.S. Supreme Courts (1966-68); was voted a tenured profes-sorship at 29; helped write constitutions for South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Marshall Islands; has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases, most of them pro bono, that he has argued (including 34 in the U.S. Supreme Court); and has written 115 books and articles, including American Constitutional Law, cited more often than any other legal text since 1950.

The Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression, endowed by a gift from Leonard S. Halpert, Esq., Class of 1944, is named in honor of the late U. S. Supreme Court Justice.

Psychological studies suggest that you will recall more information if you take 5-15 minute breaks from studying periodically. Stop by Olin Library Lobby this Sunday evening from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. for a quick snack and conversation about what and how you are studying, how you will plan the rest of the semester, how to run a study group or just to find out what peer advisors do.

Sick Around the World explores how five other capitalist democracies — the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland — deliver health care, and considers what the United States can learn from their successes and failures including delivery and maintenance of medical treatment,government standardization, mandatory insurance coverage for all citizens, and program sustainability.

The screening will be followed with a panel discussion featuring Dr. Davis Smith, Medical Director of Davison Health Center; Professor Damien Sheehan-Connor, MD, Ph.D. from the Department of Economics; Adam Eldahan ’09, a recent participant in an international public health study abroad program, and Scott Selig, Director of Clinical Quality, Community Health Centers Association of Connecticut.

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m., Daniel Family Commons.

A full dinner will be served prior to the screening. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required to Karen Karpa (kkarpa@wesleyan.edu, x2775).

Sponsored by the Student Affairs Speaker Series and Wes World Wednesdays.

Careers in Policy/Lives in Service is a program sponsored by the Career Resource Center that brings Wesleyan alumni with deep and varied experience in public service to campus to share their career stories, knowledge, and general advice with Wesleyan students who plan to lead lives of service, or who are curious to find out what it’s all about.

  • Careers in the U.S. Foreign Service featuring Robert Dry, M.A., J.D., Diplomat-in-Residence, U.S. Department of State, City College of New York.  Mr. Dry has held several diplomatic assignments with the USFS in China, France, Indonesia, Iraq, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Yemen.  Tuesday, October 21, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. in the COL Lounge, Butt C.
  • A Career in Policy featuring Elysa Gordon ’89, M.S.W., J.D., Assistant Child Advocate, Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate.  Ms. Gordon is currently doing policy work around girls — the child welfare to prison pipeline and the conditions of confinement for adolescent girls in Connecticut’s adult prison, as well as legislative and policy initiatives related to children with special health and mental health needs.  Thursday, October 23, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Usdan 110.

Bring your lunch or dinner!

This exhibition explores the shifting uses and interpretations of photographs from the announcements in 1839 about the competing inventions by Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Selected from the collection of the Davison Art Center, the show highlights works by Thomas Annan, Julia Margaret Cameron, Jacob Riis, Alfred Stieglitz, Carleton Watkins and many more. Photographers documented distant monuments, the American West, the Civil War and urban poverty. Yet photographers also created narratives and promoted the aesthetic opportunities of the new media. Document or art? In the 19th century, photographs could be either, or both.

Opening reception Thursday, October 16, with talk at 5:30 p.m. in the Davison Art Center.  Speakers are Jennifer Tucker, Associate Professor of History, and Clare Rogan, Curator. This exhibition is on view through Thursday, December 7.

Celebrate Rocktoberfest on Thursday, October 16th, 2008.  Wesleyan Dining is proudly featuring music from Busted Roses:  Louise Brown (Dean, Class ’09), Barry Chernoff (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Marc Goldstein, Rob Rosenthal (Sociology). Gil Skillman (Economics) and musical guest Michael Roth.

Wesleyan Dining will be serving German-style food including: Best of the Wurst Sausages, Spätzle, House Made Sauerkraut (from Wesleyan Dining’s own chef Jeff Hill), Blaukraut (Braised Red Cabbage), German Style Potato Salad, Artisan Rye & Pumpernickel Bread. Kegs of Root Beer on Tap.  Dinner from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; music from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“Where On Earth Are We Going?” is the title of the 4th Annual Robert Schumann Environmental Studies Symposium, a series of three seminars dedicated to global climate change issues which will be taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Tischler 150 in the Exley Science Center.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Climate Policy: A Progress Report.  More than 160 countries, including the United States, have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Learn about how the latest results from the 2007 assessments have re-framed debates about climate policy at home and around the world. Presented by Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics and a senior member and coordinating lead author on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 10:15 a.m. – The Many Psychologies of Global Warming Given the Hard Realities We Face.  The unprecedented nature, scale and gravity of the accelerating climate crisis is producing a wide range of psychological responses. Emerging psychology paradigms such as regulation theory help elucidate them, and there are signs of adaptive mastery of “future traumas” that suggest realistic hope as our species gears up to deal with global warming. Presented by William Blakemore ’65, former Wesleyan trustee, and television correspondent for ABC News for 38 years.
  • 11:30 A.M. – Global Climate Change – The Role of the Carbon Cycle in Global Warming.  The emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use and land use (deforestation) are contributing to global warming. Alternative sources of energy and alternative land uses have the potential, however, to reduce emissions or even enhance carbon sinks. Join us for an update on the net effect of our carbon management initiatives. Presented by Dr. Richard A. Houghton, deputy director and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts, an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, policy, and education.

These seminars are sponsored by The Environmental Studies Program and the Feet to the Fire campus-wide initiative.  For more details contact Valerie Marinelli (860)685-3733 or vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

Mark your calendar for Homecoming/Family Weekend, October 17-19.  You and your family are invited to participate in the exciting activities happening throughout the weekend.  Highlights include:

  • 20 WESeminars featuring alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students
  • Football, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, and Field Hockey vs. Amherst
  • Men’s and Women’s Rugby matches
  • 8th Annual Taste of Middlesex County Lunch
  • 16th Annual Dwight L. Greene ’70 Symposium featuring NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams
  • Benefit Concert for the Green Street Arts Center featuring Wesleyan A Cappella groups
  • and much, much more!

If you would like to attend any of the meals offered throughout the weekend, just stop by the ticket table at the event and show your Wesleyan ID card. For the complete schedule of events go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/hcfw.

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