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Category Archive for 'Usdan Common Connections'

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.

Usdan Common Connections, in connection with the Deans’ Office, will present “Celebrating Seniors – From Study Abroad to Thesis” this evening at 7:00 p.m. in Daniel Family Commons.

The following panel will present on their experiences abroad, and how this shaped their senior research:

  • Margot Boyer-Dry (Morocco)
  • Max Perel-Slater (Tanzania)
  • Yannick LeJacq (Jordan)

Faculty members will be present to give their viewpoints on the research and provide feedback for students.

March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Family Commons
3rd floor of the Usdan University Center

The Usdan Common Connections Committee is happy to invite you to a panel discussion focusing on the current efforts to reform the health care system in the United States.  Much of President Obama’s first year in Office and the first year of the Democrat controlled Congress has been focused on drafting a comprehensive health care reform bill.  Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed their own bills, however both have come under intense scrutiny from many different stakeholders.  The state of Connecticut is also on the forefront of reform efforts at the state level and the panel will include policy experts and frontline personnel working to make Connecticut a model for the rest of the country to follow.

The panel will be comprised of Damien Sheehan-Connor, Wesleyan faculty in economics,  Jill Zorn, Program Officer at Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Dr. Michael Grey, Chief of Medicine at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, and Elizabeth Wiley, National Secretary, American Medical Student Association and Physicians for a National Health Program member and George Washington University School of Medicine student.

The panel will cover a broad range of topics and will debate approaches and outcomes in the development of the legislation currently being considered.  The panel will also take questions and will engage the audience throughout the evening.

There will be a complimentary pizza dinner at the start of the program.

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