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Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pakistan Relations

September 30th – October 1st, 2011
Wesleyan University – Middletown, CT

Free Entry

The Wesleyan International Relations Association would like to invite you to its 2011 Conference, “Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pakistan Relations,” organized in collaboration with the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative and Wesleyan South Asian Studies Faculty.

The conference aims to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan from its culture to its politics. The conference will also focus on US-Pakistan relations, which have both strained and strengthened after 9/11. The conference’s speakers are among the top commentators, officials and scholars on Pakistan and US-Pakistan relations, and the event will be open to the students, faculty and the larger public.

Panelists and guest speakers include:

  • Shahid Javed Burki is a professional economist who has served as Finance Minister of Pakistan and as a Vice President of the World Bank. He has written extensively on economic development and on the political history of Pakistan.
  • Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer is a retired American Foreign Service officer who spent much of his 36-year career dealing with U.S. relations with South Asia.
  • Asim Khwaja is the Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and the faculty chair of the MPA/ID program.
  • Najam Sethi is the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times, a Lahore based political weekly, and the Editor-in-Chief of Geo News. He is the only journalist from Asia to receive three international press freedom awards in a decade.
  • Humeira Iqtidar is currently a research fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies and at King’s College, Cambridge University. Her research is concerned with secularisation, secularism, feminism and Islamism.
  • Stanley Wolpert is an American historian, biographer and novelist and also an emeritus professor of History in University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Najeeb Ghauri is the founder, Chairman and CEO of NetSol Technologies, Inc. Mr. Ghauri is heavily involved in political and non-governmental organizations committed to US-Pakistan relations, particularly the US-Pakistan Business Council (vice president) and the Pakistan Human Development Fund (founding board member).
  • Mehreen Jabbar is a noted Pakistani film-maker and television director/producer. She directed the Pakistani film “Ramchand Pakistani”, which won the Audience Award of the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland.
  • Imran Aziz Mian, a highly popular Qawwal from Pakistan, transfers the passion of his Qawwalis to his audience in live performances.

The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 30th:

4-6:30pm: Screening of Ramchand Pakistan followed by a discussion with the film’s Director Mehreen Jabbar. Free Entry

8-10pm: Imran Aziz Mian Qawwali Concert. General Public Price: $20. Student and Wesleyan Faculty Price: $15. Wesleyan Student Price: $5

Saturday, October 1st:

9:30am-12pm: Panel discussion on Pakistan’s internal dynamics. Free Entry

12pm-1:30pm: Lunch catered by Roti Boti, Indian/Pakistani cuisine. General Public Price: $15. Student and Wesleyan Faculty Price: $15. Wesleyan Student Price: $10

1:30pm-4pm: Panel discussion on US-Pakistani relations. Free Entry

5pm-7pm: Keynote Speaker Shahid Javed Burki. Free Entry

7pm-9pm: Dinner with Keynote Speaker and Panel Speakers. General Public Price: $20. Student and Wesleyan Faculty Price: $20. Wesleyan Student Price: $15

Proceeds from the conference will go to Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative.

To register, refer to the Registration Form. Please be aware that seats are limited.

For more details, please contact our team at wira.conf@gmail.com. If you are looking for lodging please us know, so we can provide you with information on nearby lodging facilities.

We would like to invite you to a Wine and Cheese Reception
to welcome back to campus the awesome class of 2012!

This will be an opportunity for you to meet and greet your
fellow classmates and members of the administration. 

Monday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m
Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Center

We hope that you can find time in your schedule to join us.

Free Class of 2012 T-Shirt for those who attend!

Hope to see you there!

Dean Mike Whaley and Dean David Phillips

Please RSVP to Lorna Scott at lscott@wesleyan.edu (x2772)

9/11 Prayer Vigil

Please join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Wesleyan Religious Program Houses, Interfaith Community, and other Wesleyan Greek Organizations for the

9/11 Prayer Vigil

commemorating the tenth anniversary, to be held on Friday, September 9, from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm, in Memorial Chapel.  September 11, 2001, was a time of great tragedy which has continued to shape our lives, faith and world. Please mark your calendar to join the Wesleyan Community as we celebrate life, remember the fallen and call for peace.

A reception is to follow in Zelnick Pavilion.

For more information, please contact Pastor Joan Burnett, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life or Matthew Hadge ’13.



The Queer Resource Center brings you Queer Prom: Queer Planet! Saturday May 7th at 10:30 p.m. at Beckham Hall.  Due to available funds, Queer Prom will be free this year.

The Wesleyan International Relations Association (WIRA) would like to announce its plans for its prospective inaugural International Relations conference. WIRA plans to hosts International Relations Conferences annually, focused on a different region of the world each year, to give Wesleyan students, faculty, administration and community a chance to hear from specialists on the specific region. This year, WIRA, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative and South Asian Studies Certificate Faculty have decided to organize the conference on “Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pak Relations.” As part of this conference, we will invite academics, diplomats and journalists from all over the world to come to Wesleyan University and address the topic from their specific lens of expertise. Given the scale of the conference, we will require considerable planning for it. Thus, we would like to invite the Wesleyan student body to join the Organizing Team for the conference

Topic – “Deciphering Pakistan and US-Pak Relations” Conference”

Despite being an important strategic player in South Asia, Pakistan is a mystery for many people around the world. Thus, the aim of this conference is to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan, its problems and contributions. In league with this, the conference will also focus on US-Pak relations which have simultaneously strained and strengthened substantially after 9/11. Our speakers will analyze Pakistan’s geopolitical and social situation, and US-Pakistan relations in a global context.

What is the format of the Conference?

The event is scheduled for 1st October 2011 at Wesleyan University. This will be a day-long conference which will conclude in the evening with a concert and cultural event. We will have 2-key note speakers, 2 panel discussions and lunch. The conference will be free to attend for all. However, we will charge a nominal fee for the cultural event and lunch. All proceeds will go to the Pakistan Flood Relief efforts.

Confirmed Speakers include Ahmed Rashid, Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer, Asim Ijaz Khawaja, Stephen Cohen, Hassan Abbas, Stanley Wolpert, Adil Najam, Shuja Nawaz and Mehreen Jabbar.

Recruitment of Organizing Team:

This will be the first International Relations Conference at Wesleyan University. We hope Wesleyan students will join the organizing team to help us start the tradition of IR Conferences at Wesleyan University. Not only will this be a great opportunity for students interested in International Relations to network with like-minded students, academics and diplomats but this will also give students great experience in organizing large conferences. We are looking for students for the following positions:

Registration Coordinator, Panel/Speaker Coordinator, Information and Communication Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Funding Coordinator, PR and Media Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Social Events Coordinator, Publication Coordinator, Web-Designer/Webmaster, Graphic Designer or Other (Please describe):

If you are interested in any of the aforementioned positions, please send an e-mail to achaudhry@wesleyan.edu with your name, the position (if applicable) that you are interested in and your relevant background (just a few sentences should suffice).

10:30 a.m. Registration at Usdan University Center
Wesleyan University, Saturday, April 16

$10 flat registration fee, or get sponsored!

Register online @ brighterdawns.org/5k

Cosponsored by Interfaith Justice League
Followed by a brunch in Albritton 311

On April 23, 2011 at 7 p.m., Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts will present the world premiere of Dear Mother Earth: An Environmental Oratorio by composer Glenn McClure. The free premiere will be performed by the Wesleyan University Orchestra conducted by music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez while joined by the Wesleyan Ensemble Singers, the Middletown All-City Grade 4 and 5 Chorus, singers from Middletown High School, and Ghanaian, Korean, Japanese Taiko, and Caribbean steel drummers from Wesleyan. The event will take place at Crowell Concert Hall located at 50 Wyllys Avenue, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT.

“Dear Mother Earth: An Environmental Oratorio” was commissioned by Center for the Arts for the inaugural year of Wesleyan’s College of the Environment as part of the Feet to the Fire initiative and was made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Feet to the Fire program is dedicated to the proposition that a multidisciplinary examination that includes art will provide a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of these global issues.

The musical content of Mr. McClure’s 40-minute oratorio is driven by environmental data related to insect diversity in local rivers collected by Wesleyan University students. The composer worked in collaboration with mathematics scholars to create a translation equation that transforms scientific data into melodic and harmonic content – a musical model of the bio-mathematics concept of “emerging complexity”.

The lyrics are drawn from letters written by children from around the world, including Middletown’s Macdonough Elementary. These letters were addressed to “Mother Earth” and share each child’s view of both the unique beauty and the challenges of their part of the world. While some movements are based solely on one child’s letter, other movements bring themes from multiple letters together, stretching from Ghana and Nicaragua to the classrooms of Middletown. Images of student letters and artwork will be projected during the performance of the oratorio. “While each letter is unique, they all share the central themes of celebrating beauty, thankfulness, compassion and a call to action,” said McClure. “Just as a flock of individual birds turn together in the wind without any discernable leader, these children have expressed these themes in their letters and illustrations.” Along with the premiere, a project website will be launched that will continue to gather letters from children around the world and their musical responses as well as provide educators with teaching lessons and musical scores. This information can be found at http://letterstomotherearth.com.

For more information about either events, please visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or call (860) 685-3355.

Earth Day Celebration 4/22

Friday, April 22, 2011, at 8 p.m., in Crowell Concert Hall, The College of the Environment and the Center for the Arts will celebrate Wesleyan’s Annual Earth Day Celebration. The free celebration will feature students and faculty participating in the College of the Environment’s inaugural think-tank, on the topic “Vulnerability of Social, Economic and Natural Systems to Environmental Stress”. College of the Environment Director Barry Chernoff will introduce reports by Bryan Bannon (Environmental Studies), Jeremy Isard, ‘11 (College of Social Studies), Helen Poulos (Environmental Studies), Dana Royer (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Phoebe Stonebraker, ‘11 (Biology) and Gary Yohe (Economics). The event will also include a performance by Gina Athena Ulysse (Anthropology, AFAM, FGSS) in collaboration with composer/turntablist Val-Inc entitled Fascinating! Her Resilience about the significance of the word “resilience” in relation to the different narratives about Haiti in the post-earthquake cultural environment. An excerpt of “Dear Mother Earth: An Environmental Oratorio” will be performed.

Last April, Wesleyan hosted the first annual Relay For Life, joining together over 200 students, faculty, and staff raising $27,000 in the fight against cancer. This year we hope to double our efforts and make Relay a campus wide event!

At Relay, teams take the track to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against this disease! Each Relay is different but full of entertainment, activities, food, fun and games for all ages to enjoy. There are also moving ceremonies throughout the event to honor all those who have been touched by cancer.

Sign up your Relay team today! Go to www.relayforlife.org/wesleyanct
Learn more about upcoming meetings, fundraising tips, and how you can join the fight!

Friday, January 21st at 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Address by Geoffrey Canada at the Memorial Chapel

Saturday, January 22nd at 9:30 a.m.

Check-in and walk in registration opens at the Usdan University Center
Go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/sjlc to register.

Workshops include:

  • Radical Accessibility
  • Building a Green and Equitable Economy
  • Local Social Justice: Elementary School Education in the Middletown Microcosm
  • Immigrants and National Values
  • How to Win: Building Power for Effective Social Change
  • Pell Grant Ineligibility and Incarcerated Students: Good Politics, Bad Policy?
  • Educators for Education Reform – The Reform we Have, the Reform we Need
  • The Liberal Arts in Prison: Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education
  • Leading the Food Fight: Local Agriculture and Food Politics at Long Lane Farm
  • When and How Faith Does Justice
  • The Intersection of Interfaith and Social Justice
  • Food Inequality in Hartford
  • Affirmative Reaction: Mapping Affirmative Action’s Legacy and Current Position in Higher Education
  • The Truth About Public Education Reform
  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education as a Social Justice Issue

Brighter Dawns’ and Bon Appétit Management Company are collaborating to have a Gingerbread House Making Match.  All the proceeds will go to providing access to clean, safe water in Bangladesh!  Brighter Dawns’ first mission is to provide access to clean and safe water to the slum inhabitants of Khalishpur, Khulna. Currently, more than 100,000 children die each year in Bangladesh alone due to lack of water!

The gingerbread match will take place this Saturday, December 4th from 12-3 pm.  It’s only $4/person if you pre-register, or $5 at the event.  Participants will receive all the supplies to make their own house.  Winners will get a gingerbread trophy.

Finished gingerbread houses will then be donated to Amazing Grace or local churches in the Middletown Community as an early holiday treat and that way we’ll benefit people not only within our vicinity, but also benefit those abroad– AND have some bonding going on among students through the support of a great cause!

For inquires and to register please Email brighterdawns@gmail.com

Come enjoy a night of South Asian song, music, dance and cultural celebration!!

When: Friday, Nov. 19th 8-10pm
Where: Crowell Concert Hall

Tickets on  sale at the Box Office! $5 for Wesleyan Students
All proceeds go to support the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative to help re-build the lives of millions of displaced flood victims in Pakistan.

Presented by Shakti.

Come enjoy a night of South Asian song, music, dance and cultural celebration!!

When: Friday, Nov. 19th 8-10pm
Where: Crowell Concert Hall

TICKETS ON SALE AT THE BOX OFFICE!! $5 for Wesleyan Students

All proceeds go to support the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative to help re-build the lives of millions of displaced flood victims in Pakistan!!

Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees will visit campus later this week, and will host an informal open meeting with students.  The meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 19 from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Zelnick Pavilion.  This is a great opportunity for students to interact with trustees and to discuss issues of mutual interest.  All students are welcome.


Micah Feiring ‘11, President of the Wesleyan Student Assembly
Dean Mike Whaley, Vice President for Student Affairs

Do you know what’s going on in Usdan this month? There’s something for everyone!

  • Wednesday, November 10th
    Goodnight Blue Moon
    – 7pm, Daniel Family Commons.

    Goodnight Blue Moon is an orchestral-acoustic-folk that cites influences ranging from Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel to Matt Pond PA and The Averett Brothers. But, thanks to their diverse musical backgrounds, the members of this 7-piece combo come together to deliver a sound that is uniquely their own. Goodnight Blue Moon is made up of some of Wesleyan’s own. Come out and support them! Free!

  • Wednesday, November 17th
    The Physics of Salsa
    – 7pm, Daniel Family Commons.

    Join us and Rey Bermudez, founder of trysalsa.com for a workshop on the science of dance and Salsa to get you moving and dancing!

  • Tuesday, November 30th
    Lunchbox Serenata
    – Noon, Beckham Hall

    Tired of eating in the Usdan? Get your lunch to go and bring it to Beckham Hall for 45 minutes of great, classical music. Lunchbox Serenata is a new Student & Faculty Recital Series!

    The American Food System:  Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where Are We Going — 7pm, Daniel Family Commons

    Helene York, Director of Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation informs us about the current dilemmas of the food system and a peek into the future of food management.

A list of events held in Usdan is available at www.wesleyan.edu/usdan and on our facebook page.

This Thursday, November 4th, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott will give a talk in the Memorial Chapel at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000. Previously, Mr. Scott was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books and many other publications.

The event is sponsored by the New York Times, the Wesleyan Student Assembly, and the Wesleyan Film Department. We hope to see you at the Chapel this Thursday.

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