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Monthly Archive for September, 2008

The Center for the Study of Public Life, together with the Departments of Economics and Government, will offer a program on “The Financial Crisis and its Political Ramifications” on Monday, October 6, at 4:15 p.m. in PAC 002. Panelists will include Richard Grossman, Masami Imai, Marc Eisner, and Elvin Lim.

The 2008 election has been historic for many reasons. Both a female and an African American ran for the nomination of a major political party for the first time in history, there is an opportunity to elect the oldest president ever, and the Internet and blogs play a key role in the kinds of information that the electorate has access to.

On Friday, October 2, at 4:15 p.m. at the Center for Community Partnerships, 167 High Street, Assistant Professor of Government Melanye Price will lead an informal lecture about the role of race, gender, age and media in the current election.

First Friday is a series sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships and is dedicated to building community amongst those interested in service, activism and social change.

Rüdiger Löwe, a journalist and editor at Bavarian Television in Munich where he heads up the sections on international security affairs and “Books on Politics,” will discuss Germany’s Views of the Presidential Election on September 29, from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. in 404 Fisk Hall.

Löwe studied at Wesleyan from 1967-1968 as a Fulbright scholar. He is a longtime friend of Bill Clinton’s and just attended the annual meetings of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.

Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors.  This year’s Navaratri festival will feature traditional Indian music and dance while at the same time giving audiences a glimpse at the contemporary arts scene. The student group, Shakti, is hosting a series of pre-festival activities which extends Navaratri into nine (nava) nights of performances and events including concerts by some of India’s leading artists, a film screening, a dance workshop, a celebratory feast and an honoring of Navaratri’s religious traditions at a culminating worship service.

The Center for the Arts and the Music Department invite you to become acquainted with one of the most exciting cultural traditions at Wesleyan by offering you a complimentary ticket to the event of your choice (Bhojanam feast not included).  To obtain your free ticket, visit the University Box Office on the first floor of Usdan Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or present your student ID at the door. For more information, contact the Box Office at 860-685-3355.

A complete listing of Navaratri events is available on the CFA website.

A panel of law school representatives, including Mosah Fernandez-Goodman ’04, former varsity football player and DKE member, will be taking place this Sunday, September 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the COL Lounge in Butt C.

The speakers will cover many topics of interest, including how to choose a good fit and keep rankings in perspective; the realities of working in public interest law; financial aid and loan debt; joint degrees; what to do with low LSAT scores; wait list issues, and more.  Mosah will discuss his life as a student.

Lunch will be provided.  Sign up for the event on McCRC > MyCRC login > Calendar > Career Center Calendar > September 28 > Information Session: Law School Admissions > Sign Up Information.

Six study abroad information sessions will be held next week.

Monday, September 29

Tuesday, September 30

  • Queen Mary and SOAS, University of London information session.  12:00 noon-1:00 p.m., 302 Fisk Hall.
  • Internships in Francophone Europe information session.  4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Romance Languages & Literatures, 300 High Street.

Wednesday, October 1

Thursday, October 2

Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea is a series of biological and social science expedition projects  that operate in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed  with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind – from identifying areas needing  protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programs. For more information about this program, refer to http://www.opwall.com.

“Presentation & Information Session” and “Fundraising Advice Meeting” with Alanda Lennox, Director of US Sales & Marketing on Friday, September 26, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. in Shanklin 107.  For more information, please contact Valerie Marinelli, vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.3733.

  • Reading Strategies and Retention Workshop.  Tired of reading the same paragraph fifty times over? Confused about how you could forget what you just read? Come meet with a SARN peer advisor and learn some strategies to get the most out of your reading. Bring some course syllabi, paper and a writing instrument.  Sunday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. – 08:15 p.m., Usdan 136.
  • Exam Preparation Workshop.  Midterms are here or close at hand! How are you studying to optimize your recall of the course information? Come to an exam preparation workshop and craft a plan for studying for your exams. Bring your course syllabi and notes for a class with an upcoming test. A peer advisor will talk to you about exam prep strategies.  Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. – 08:15 p.m., Usdan 136.

Farewell to Dean Teraguchi

Danny Hiroyuki Teraguchi, Wesleyan’s first Dean for Diversity and Student Engagement, will be leaving Wesleyan next month for a position at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  During his two years at Wesleyan, Danny helped build our collective intercultural competence and fostered our ability to have meaningful conversations about difficult diversity issues. He has played a major role in supporting students and student-led initiatives focused on improving the campus climate.

A farewell reception for Danny was held in Beckham Hall yesterday.  Danny will be missed by his friends and colleagues in the Office of Student Affairs.  We thank him for the wonderful contributions he has made to the Wesleyan community and wish him the best at his new position.

The Student Run Grief Support Group is intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.  Feel free to come and leave when it’s convenient for you. If you have questions, contact: Margo at 917.691.7312.  The group meets Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. in Group Room #212 (2nd floor, Davison Health Center).

Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students.

You are invited to join Middletown community members and Wesleyan students of various faith backgrounds in fasting for the day. You are encouraged to donate the money you would have spent on food to Amazing Grace Food Pantry. In the evening, participants will gather for a Banquet with guest speakers to break their fasts together. Help end local hunger, and further interfaith collaboration and pluralism in Middletown!


  • Who: Anyone! Students, faculty, staff, Middletown residents of any/all/no religious affiliation
  • When: Thursday, September 25, from 5:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Where: All across campus and Middletown
  • Why: Because many people in Middletown go hungry every night, and because none of us, regardless of background, think that its okay. Donate the money you would have spent on food to Amazing Grace (donation details below).
  • RSVP: interfaith.fastathon@gmail.com

Ramadan Banquet

  • Who: Everyone!
  • When: Thursday, September 25, 5:45 p.m.
  • Where: Beckham Hall
  • Why: To eat delicious free Indian food from Haveli, meet new people, hear Michael Roth speak, learn about fasting across cultures, learn about Ramadan, and demonstrate solidarity in the face of local poverty. We expect that this event will be very full, so please RSVP and come early!


  • Checks should be made out to “Wesleyan University” with “Fast-a-Thon” in the subject line, and mailed to “Wesleyan Interfaith Justice League, c/o Center for Community Partnerships, 167 High St, First Floor, Middletown, CT 06459-0033.” Checks or cash can also be brought to the Banquet. 100% of donations go to Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and host of “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England” on WESU FM 88.1, will be interviewing Winona LaDuke, the internationally respected Native American and environmental activist on her show this evening from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  LaDuke, who serves as Program Director of the Honor the Earth Fund, works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups.  On September 3, she welcomed the Wesleyan community to campus with an address on “Indigenous Thinking about a Post Carbon, Post Empire Economy.”

Campus Blood Drive

Take the time to donate blood, and you can save three lives. Wesleyan will be hosting a campus-wide blood drive on October 6th and 7th from 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Beckham Hall. Just go http://www.givelife.org [sponsor code: wesleyanu] and sign up for the appointment slot that best fits your schedule. Feel free to email wesleyanblooddrive@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Your small act of donating blood (it only takes an hour) can make a difference in the lives of many. If you are not able to donate but would still like to help, you can! – be a volunteer at the drive; send an e-mail to the yahoo account to get connected.

Pre-Law Events this Week

The Career Resource Center and the Wesleyan Mock Trial Team are co-sponsoring three pre-law events this week:

  • Be a More Competitive Law School Applicant. At this presentation, admissions officers from Cornell, Duke, NYU, and Stanford will explain the Do’s & Don’ts of the law school application process.  Since these schools undoubtedly will be among your target schools, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about what turns them on or turns them off.  Tuesday, September 23, 12:00 noon, Usdan 108.
  • How to Get Into Yale Law School. Asha Rangappa, the Associate Dean of Admissions, will crack open the mystique of Yale Law School to explain what they’re looking for.  This is a must for anyone who thinks they’ll apply, or for anyone who simply wants to gain insight into Yale’s admission process.  Wednesday, September 24, 12:00 noon, Usdan 108.
  • Law School Admissions: Decoding the Process. This panel, sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law, the University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, and Washington University School of Law, will address a wide range of topics, such as the employment realities for Public Interest lawyers, financial aid and loan forgiveness, dual degrees, wait list issues, and what to do if your GPA or LSAT scores are “low.”  Sunday, September 28, 1:00 – 3:00pm, COL Lounge, Butt C. Free lunch.

Questions? Contact Jim Kubat, pre-law advisor at the CRC.

On Saturday, I went to Haddam Meadows to check out the Antique Engine Show, sponsored by the Tobacco Valley Flywheelers.  The parade of tractors was the highlight of the show.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if someone at a future antique engine show brought an ancient Hummer to life and used it to give hayrides to our grandchildren?

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