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The international system is increasingly characterized by neotrusteeship relations that link great powers to the periphery through formal and informal transfers of political authority and institutions. In contemporary Iraq, the United States has supplied a battery of “parallel institutions” that link American political authority and operational mandates to public goods provision in sectors such as security, infrastructure, and regulation. We know very little about the origins, efficiency, and implications of these institutions for state power. I argue that the US has employed parallel institutions in Iraq for the sake of short-term security and infrastructure, which would not be possible in the current political environment. However, parallel institutions are inefficient providers of public goods due to principal-agent problems , as well as their lack of accountability to local populations. Finally, parallel institutions will only weaken the Iraqi state after American withdrawal, as they provide disincentives for local political and administrative reforms that could undergird purely Iraqi public goods provision.

Friday, December 11
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Cafe on the top floor of the Allbritton Center

Want your photography to be the next to hang in the Usdan Center?  Submissions for the Usdan Photo Contest “Black, White & Color in Motion” are due Monday, December 7.

Guidelines:

  • Eligibility: Open to all students of Wesleyan University; all entries must be original work and created during the last two years.
  • Submit up to three photographs to tshiner@wesleyan.edu by December 7, 2009 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).
  • Up to ten photographs will be selected to display. Decisions will be made by December 15, 2009.
  • Selected photographs will be enlarged to 24″x36″ (or largest size allowed by resolution of the original) and hung in Usdan common areas for the beginning of the Spring Semester. Please submit the highest resolution you are able to send.
  • At the end of the show, artists will receive their enlarged print as a prize.
  • Copyright: Wesleyan University reserves the right to publish winning images in Usdan University Center printed materials related to the building.
  • 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

WesWars Congratulations

From AhDream Smith ’12

On behalf of the Cardinal Council I would just like to say CONGRATULATIONS on winning WesWars. I would like to give a special thanks to the members of the class that came out during the field day, participated throughout the week in the various games, and the team that showed up for the Scavenger Hunt and made our victory possible.

Initially we had scheduled a class photo after the Homecoming game, but due to various factors the picture was rescheduled. The new date is scheduled for Dec. (TBA) at 12:45pm in front of Usdan on the steps (if there is bad weather the photo will be taken at the bottom of the spiral staircase inside of Usdan). Following the class photo, the participants of WesWars will attend at dinner hosted by Dean Mike Whaley on behalf of the class. This photo will hang in Usdan along with the class key for the remainder of the school year.

Once again I would like to say congratulations and I look forward to seeing you all at Usdan for the class photo op.

Barred Shakespeare

Students from THEA 205 “Activism and Outreach Through Theater” sections 1 and 2 will be presenting pieces from their time spent at York Correctional Institute. The students work with women from York on Shakespearean plays, this year “The Tempest” and “The Merchant of Venice,” creating connections between the circumstances of the lives of the characters and their own. The pieces performed by Wesleyan students have all been written by women of York. Recently released women from York who have participated in this course in the past will be in attendance and will participate in both the performance and question and answer section of the event. No tickets required.

This is a service learning course taught by Professor Ron Jenkins.

Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. at the CFA Hall.

Usdan Common Connections presents a lecture by Dr. Peter Frenzel, Professor Emeritus: Bringing Dead Languages to Life: Spells, Curses, and Heroic Deaths in Old Teutonic Tongues.

After speaking briefly about the social context of the “dark ages,” Professor Frenzel will chant some spells and curses–no harm will come of it–and then recite some dramatic moments from Germanic heroic tales originating between the fifth and the tenth centuries CE. The languages will include Old English, Old Saxon, and Old High German, all forebears of our present-day English. It will be a feast for the ears of a barbarian, although translations will be at hand for the ears of the others.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Usdan Daniel Family Commons. Reception immediately following. Limited Seating! All Welcome

The eighth in a series of H1N1 flu clinics sponsored by Mass Dispensing Area 36 (MDA 36) is scheduled for Thursday, December 3, from noon – 6:00 PM in the Middletown City Hall Council Chamber at 245 deKoven Drive, Middletown. The clinic is open only to residents of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Middlefield, and Middletown.

The clinic is free but proof of age and residency will be required. Wesleyan Students should present their Wesleyan ID cards as proof of Middletown residency. The vaccine will be given out by appointment only.

Residents eligible to receive the nasal spray must be 2 – 24 years of age in good health, or healthy individuals who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, or certified emergency medical personnel (license required) who are in good health, or healthcare workers (including schools nurses) in good health who have direct patient contact (especially with children).

Only one dose of nasal spray is needed to protect adults against H1N1 flu. However, children under the age of 10 who receive the vaccine mist must receive a second dose in about 30 days (parents or guardians should check with their health care provider to determine if the vaccine is appropriate for their child). Children who have already received their first dose of nasal vaccine and due for another, may receive their second dose at this clinic (influenza vaccination card must be presented).

Pregnant women cannot receive the vaccine by nasal spray but can get the vaccine by intramuscular injection (shot). Individuals who live with or care for children less than 6 months of age, all children 6 months – 6 years old, children 7 – 64 years with high risk – medical conditions, certified medical emergency personnel (license required), or healthcare workers (including school nurses) with direct patient care (especially with children) can also get an injection.

People who have a severe allergy to eggs should not receive the H1N1 vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine is not effective against seasonal influenza.

Participants can pre-register for the December 3 flu clinic by to www.cityofmiddletown.com and clicking “H1N1 Clinic Pre-registration form.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call (860) 344-3474.

More H1N1 flu clinics are expected to be scheduled for other segments of the population. The clinics are sponsored by MDA 36: the City of Middletown and the towns of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam and Middlefield.

Kibera School for Girls is the first free school for girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.  Founded by Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09, the school opened its doors to its first students this semester.

More information about the Kibera School for Girls can be found at
http://www.hopetoshine.org/.

Chenoweth’s research program involves three general questions: why do
non-state groups use political violence, what are the alternatives to political violence, and how can states best combat non-state political violence? Currently, Chenoweth is investigating the conditions under which nonviolent resistance methods are more effective than violent methods in achieving strategic goals such as regime change, expelling foreign occupiers, or achieving self-determination. She is also working on a project that assesses the efficacy of counterterrorism in the Middle East since in1980, and in another she is looking at how the tactical evolutions of nonviolent and violent insurgencies have affected their strategic outcomes.

Friday, December 4
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Cafe on the top floor of the Allbritton Center

The Psychology Department is holding a Study Abroad Panel for prospective psychology majors. Psychology majors who have gone abroad share their experiences with students interested in majoring in psychology to learn about study abroad from the perspective of a psychology major. They will talk about what experiences/programs worked well in their opinion and why, as well as any advice they wish to pass along to others about study abroad.
The panel will be Wednesday, December 2, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m., in Judd Hall Rm. 116, and pizza will be served.

After consultation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we have received approval to extend the age range for faculty, staff and students with high-risk conditions to whom we can offer H1N1 vaccine. We are not able to vaccinate dependents at this time. Please read the criteria listed below carefully to determine if you qualify. Our stock comprises a limited supply of injectable vaccine (shot) form which is an inactivated virus vaccine. It is being provided by the federal government and will be administered at no cost. See Side Effects and Benefits below.

We continue to work closely with state and local public health officials and are doing everything we can to get H1N1 vaccine to as many segments of the Wesleyan community as quickly as possible. There is a nationwide shortage of vaccine. We will send updates as additional and expanded vaccination opportunities become available. Your patience is appreciated.

To qualify for the vaccine currently available at Wesleyan you must be:

  • A Wesleyan faculty, staff or student aged 17-64 years old

AND

  • Pregnant

OR

Diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease [such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Neurological disorders (such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, brain or spinal cord injuries, moderate to profound intellectual disability [mental retardation] or developmental delay)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
  • Weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV or AIDS or who are on medications that weaken the immune system)

When will the vaccine be administered?

The second WALK-IN clinic will be held at the Davison Health Center on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:00 to 2:00. Please expect a bit of wait time at the clinic. Other clinics will be held when vaccine supply is replenished. Questions? Please email Joyce Walter, Health Center Director at jwalter@wesleyan.edu.

Side Effects

CDC expects that any side effects following vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine would be rare. If side effects occur, they will likely be similar to those experienced following seasonal influenza vaccine. Mild problems that may be experienced include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fainting (mainly adolescents), headache, muscle aches, fever, and nausea. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare.

Benefits

Although the efficacy of vaccination against pandemic H1N1 influenza A has not been proven, a study that modeled the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of vaccination suggested that vaccinating 40 percent of the population of a large US city (population 8.3 million) with a vaccine that is 75 percent effective in November 2009 would avert 1468 deaths, gain 49,422 quality-adjusted life-years, and save $302 million.

Blogability

blogabilityYou don’t have to be a “writer” to be a blogger.

Join Katherine Bascom ’10 and Lily Mandlin ’10 for a workshop that will focus on how to be successful on-line contributors or blog-entrepreneurs.  Blogging is becoming an integral part of how we communicate.  The informal setting of this workshop will allow you to talk about topics that you might want to blog about, concerns you may have about getting started, and to figure out what kind of “blogger” you want to be.  Activities will be discussion based with a few selections of interesting blogs to get the conversation going.

Home-baked brownies will be in attendance and you should be too!

Monday, November 23rd, 8:00 p.m.,  Shapiro Center Lounge

Wesleyan will be offering an intensive Summer Session June 7-July 9, 2010  in which students can complete semester-long courses in five weeks.  Twenty-five courses, taught by Wesleyan faculty, will be offered during the 2010 Summer Session.  These courses include some highly popular courses that always have more interested students than space during the regular academic year, as well as some new and advanced courses, and some new thematic institutes.

More information at http://www.wesleyan.edu/summer/.

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, two of the members that founded Ajúa Campos 40 years ago will be returning to Wesleyan for the first time to discuss the beginnings of Ajúa Campos and current issues facing the Latino Community.

Friday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Woodhead Lounge

Light Refreshments will be served

Brief Bio’s on two of the Founders, Roberto Rivera and Lad Santiago.

Roberto Rivera

Was supposed to be a part of the class of 73 but left Wesleyan in 1972 and transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he attained a BS in Educational Psychology in 1974. He then attended Boalt Hall School of law at the University of California. For the past 30 years he has worked in various capacities with a focus on programs that ensure educational equity and access for first generation, low-income and students of color to the University of California. He currently works for the Puente Project, a program that assists first generation students in the transfer process from California community colleges to the 4 year university systems.

Lad Santiago

Lad Santiago is of Puerto Rican descent, born and raised in New York City. He received his B.A. degree in Molecular Biology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1974. He completed his premedical education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1979, he received his doctorate as a healthcare provider in South Carolina. Thereafter, he completed his postgraduate education in Preventive Medicine in Florida. He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the College of Clinical Nutrition. He served as a healthcare provider to a disenfranchised community in the City of Atlanta for many years.

In recent years as a result of his love for the arts and humanities, he underwent additional graduate education in the arts. He has been conferred an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, and another M.F.A. degree in Digital Cinema. Presently, he is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in Creative and Critical Writing, American Literature, Cinema Studies, and Cultural Studies at the University of Wales – Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom.

In years past, he served as a health manpower consultant to the Office of Health Manpower Opportunity at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also a key organizer of the first National Latino Health Manpower Conference held in Chicago, Illinois; a national conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He has also served as an executive director of a national Boricua health manpower advocacy organization known as the National Boricua Health Organization. He has been honored as an Outstanding Young Man of America, and has been noted in Oxford’s Who’s Who in America.

At the present time, he serves as president of the South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council, an organization serving the health, education, socio-economic, legal/legislative, artistic needs of the South Carolina Latino community statewide. He is presently serving a three year term as commissioner and chairman of the Human Relations Commission of the City of Spartanburg. Through this commission, he is addressing issues of injustice related to social, economic, health, and educational concerns in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Currently, he is a board member of the Community Advisory Council of the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg. In this organization, he addresses the issue of inclusion and participation of the minority community in artistic endeavors such as theater, dance, visual arts, music, as well as other artistic disciplines. Recently, he served as the keynote speaker for the South Carolina Statewide Hispanic Conference held by The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. He recently served on a health panel at the Statewide Native American Conference also held by The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. He is a member of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Pen American Center, and National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

The Writing Programs have just learned that they will be able to hire several more writing tutors and mentors to work in the spring semester. The new tutors will serve in either the Writing Workshop, the Writing Mentor program, or as tutors in courses across the curriculum. If you would like to improve your own writing while also helping out your peers, please apply immediately!

To apply, deliver a hard copy of your application to Professor Anne Greene’s office: Downey House, Rm. 207. Include an info sheet with your name, class year, phone number, major, any second languages you speak, and a brief explanation of why you’re interested in the position; an unofficial transcript, the academic history page from your e-portfolio; and a recent writing sample, preferably with the grade and your professor’s comments.

Writing Tutors in the Workshop:

As a writing tutor in the workshop you will work four hours a week, 7-11pm, at one of our offices: Olin, SciLi, or the Shapiro Center. You will also attend the one hour Ford Teaching Seminar (ENG 492) that meets on Tuesdays at noon. Compensation for this position includes one full credit in English and $400 stipend.

Writing Tutors in Academic Courses:

Tutors in courses work with students to generate paper topics, they revise drafts, host occasional discussion sessions, and help students review and incorporate professors’ comments on writing assignments. This position has the same compensation as above and tutors attend the Ford Teaching Seminar.

Writing Mentors:

Mentors work one-on-one with three to five students for an entire semester. They too attend the Ford Teaching Seminar and receive the same compensation.

These positions are filled every semester and students can work as many semesters as they wish; returning tutors enroll in the Veteran Ford Teaching Seminar.

For more info, please feel free to contact us at Writingworks@gmail.com or Professor Anne Greene at agreene@wesleyan.edu.

As you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember to lock all doors and windows whether you will be remaining on campus or leaving for the break! Also, please consider taking home your bikes and other belongings that you will not need through the winter. If you are staying on campus over the break period, remember to walk in well lit areas after dark, preferably in groups, and report suspicious people to Public Safety immediately at 860-685-3333 or x3333 from a campus phone line. Although the RIDE program will not be operating Thursday through Saturday, Public Safety will provide escorts for individuals upon request. Public Safety’s general phone number is 860-685-2345.

As you finalize your travel arrangements for the winter break, remember that the residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2009. All residential units, with the exception of the wood frame houses, will close at this time. Students can return to campus at 9:00 am on Sunday, January 17, 2010.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break. Students wishing to do so must request housing with Residential Life by December 2, 2009. Requests should be made through the Winter Break web site at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/winter_closing.html. Please note: Housing is not guaranteed during the winter break period, students who are granted permission to live in their units during the break will be notified by December 11, 2009.

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