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Job Title: Student Project Assistant
College of the Environment/Center for the Arts

The College of the Environment seeks a student to assist with administrative and research tasks related to the summer 2011 course The Deepwater Horizon Tragedy: A Scientific and Artistic Inquiry. The course will use the recent Deepwater Horizion oil spill in the Gulf Coast to explore artistic and scientic perspectives. The course will be co-taught by Barry Chernoff, director of the College of the Environment and Leigh Fondakowski, head writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT. Learn more about the course at https://iasext.wesleyan.edu/regprod/!wesmaps_page.html?crse=013154&term=1116

The project assistant will support the faculty with various preparations for the course, attend all class sessions and travel with the class to the Gulf Coast for a 10-day trip. The course runs from May 31 to July 1, 2011. Travel, lodging and meals will be provided by the course for the trip to the Gulf Coast.

Candidate must have proven administrative skills, excellent writing and research skills and have an ability to work in a fast paced environment with a variety of people. Must be resourceful and detail-oriented. Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

Start Date: May 1, 2011
End Date:
July 7, 2011
Stipend: $3,900

Send resume and cover letter by email to Erinn Roos-Brown, program manager at the Center for the Arts at eroosbrown@welseyan.edu or call 860-685-5925.

To Apply for the Koeppel Journalism Course, The Journalist as Citizen, Spring 2011

Students interested in taking this spring’s Koeppel Journalism course, (WRCT 258) The Journalist as Citizen, offered by Jane Eisner, will be interested in the information below.

The application instructions posted last semester on WesMaps were incorrect.

To apply, students interested in the course should send Prof. Eisner a one-page statement of interest.  She expects to give preference to juniors and seniors.

Send the statement to jeisner@wesleyan.edu by Monday, January 17 if possible.

Since the application information was posted incorrectly at first, she may also consider applications after the 17th.  Interested students may attend the first class meeting on Thursday, January 20 and see if there is still room in the course.

The Psychology Department is adding a second section of the introductory psychology course, Psyc 105 Foundations of Contemporary Psychology. It will be held on MW 11:00-12:20, and will be taught by Visiting Prof. Stacy Fambro, who taught this course last year. You can enroll in this course during the Drop/Add period. Please attend the first class.

American Jewish History Course

History 210:  American Jewish History, 1492-2001  MW 2:40-4 p.m.

This course considers the successive waves of Jewish immigrants who have come to colonies in North America and the United States, how they and their descendants have fared, and their role in the larger society.  Among the issues we’ll look at are these: the reasons for migration; philo-Semitic and anti-Semitic of Gentiles; where Jews settled, why, and their role in the economy; the rise of Reform Judaism and the Orthodox response; cultural clashes between German and East European Jews;  participation in political movements, including socialism, Zionism, civil rights, feminism, and neo-conservatism; responses to Czarist Russia, the Balfour Declaration, Nazi Germany, and Israel; distinctive cultural contributions to genres ranging from music and novels to sports, comics, and film; and changing family and social practices.


Are you still looking for a fourth credit? There are still seats available in this new history seminar:

History 319: Crisis, Creativity and Modernity in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933

Time: F, 1:10-4:00 pm
Bldg/room: PAC 136
Instructor: Prof. E. Grimmer-Solem

Born in defeat and national bankruptcy, beset by disastrous inflation, unemployment and frequent changes of government, and nearly toppled by coup attempts, the Weimar Republic (1918-33) produced some of the most influential and enduring examples of modernism. Whether in music, theater, film, painting, photography, design, or architecture, the Weimar years marked an extraordinary explosion of creativity. New ideas about sexuality, the body and the role of women were introduced, and new approaches were taken in philosophy and the sciences. Nevertheless, Weimar modernism was controversial and generated a backlash that forces on the political right exploited to ultimately bring down the republic. This advanced seminar explores these developments and seeks to understand them within their political, social and economic contexts to allow for a deeper understanding of Weimar culture and its place within the longer-term historical trajectory of Germany and Europe. This perspective allows for an appreciation of the important links between Weimar modernism and Imperial Germany, as well as an awareness of some of the important continuities between the Weimar and Nazi years. A detailed and critical understanding of Weimar German culture and society also allows for a nuanced understanding of the critical role they have played in shaping the contours of modernity worldwide.


Kaes, Anton, Martin Jay, and Edward Dimendberg, eds. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1994. ISBN-13: 978-0520067752

Peukert, Detlev. The Weimar Republic, translated by Richard Deveson. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993. ISBN-13: 978-0809015566

Roth, Joseph. What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933, translated by Michael Hoffmann. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0393325829

Weitz, Eric D. Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0691140964

After a successful April registration period, we are pleased to confirm the courses below for the new Wesleyan Summer Session. Students may continue to register until May 31, although courses and housing may fill before then.

2010 Wesleyan Summer Session
June 7 – July 9, 2010
Final Course List

  • ARST 453 Digital Photography I // Sasha Rudensky
  • ECON 110 Introduction to Economic Theory // Richard Adelstein
  • ECON 300 Quantitative Methods in Economics // Joyce Jacobsen
  • ENGL 290 Place, Character and Design // Anne Greene
  • GOVT 155 International Politics // Giulio Gallarotti
  • GOVT 311 United States Foreign Policy // Douglas Foyle
  • LANG 190 American Sign Language I // Sheila Mullen
  • MATH 121 Calculus 1, part 1 // Daniel Bravo
  • MUSC 114 Chinese Music and Theater // Po-wei Weng
  • PHIL 214 Justice and Reason // Joseph Rouse
  • GOVT 201/NS&B 280/PSYC 280/QAC 201/SOC 257 Applied Data Analysis // Joyce Jacobsen
  • SOC 151 Introductory Sociology // Jonathan Cutler

Thematic Institute: Computer Programming and Computer Music

  • COMP 112 Introduction to Programming // James Lipton
  • MUSC 220 Composing, Performing, & Listening to Experimental Music // Ronald Kuivila

Thematic Institute: Pathologies of the Mind

  • PSYC 247 Neuroscience Perspectives on Psychopathologies // Matthew Kurtz
  • PSYC 274 Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders // Jill Morawski

Courses are available at roughly half the usual tuition rate and offer a low student/faculty ratio. Unlike other summer programs, you can apply the graded classes to your GPA (your dean can best advise you about taking courses pass/fail or for credit).

Courses meet 5 days a week. Course information is online here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/summer/courses.html

There is also a special Wesleyan Summer Session Wesmaps link in your EPortfolio. Current enrollments are not yet reflected in the “Seats Available” number in each course description. The registration form is available on the Summer Session website and in your EPortfolio. Please download the form, complete it, including all necessary approval signatures, and submit the form and tuition payment to the Summer Session office at 284 High Street. If you have any questions, please call our offices at (860) 685-2900 or send email to summer@wesleyan.edu.

How many classes have changed your life?  How many classes have let you change someone else’s?

“The class demonstrated the power and life of theater. Through visits to different community centers I witnessed the way in which theater goes from text to touching the lives of people- from the old to the young” – Joelle Minott, ’09

Prison Outreach Through Theater (THEA 205)
Taught by Professor of Theatre, Dr. Ron Jenkins
Offered in Fall 2010, Wednesdays from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m.
and Tuesdays from 1:10-4:00 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the writings of Shakespeare, Dante, and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music).

There are no prerequisites for this course, and non-Theatre majors are encouraged to join! Anyone with an interest in bettering the community, check out the class on a WesMaps near you!

Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the writings of Shakespeare, Dante, and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music)

eisnerOffered by the distinguished journalist Jane Eisner, Wesleyan’s first Koeppel Fellow in Journalism.

GOVT 190 meets Thursdays 7:00-9:50 in PAC 421.  Students may register online, the course is open to students from all four class years.

Course Description:
In this weekly writing seminar, we will explore how journalists exercise their roles as citizens, and, in turn, how journalism affects the functioning of our democracy. Using historic and contemporary examples, we will examine how, at its best, the media exposes inequity, investigates wrongdoing, gives voice to ordinary people, and encourages active citizenship.

Instructor Bio:
Jane Eisner, a pioneer in journalism, became editor of the Forward in June 2008, becoming the first woman to hold the position at the influential Jewish national weekly newspaper. Eisner held numerous executive editorial and news positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including stints as editorial page editor, syndicated columnist, City Hall bureau chief and foreign correspondent. In 2006, she joined the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where she served as vice president for national programs and initiatives, with responsibility for all adult programming, the Liberty Medal, and the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution. Since 2002, Eisner has been a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, as well as an adjunct professor in the school’s political science department. In 2006, she was one of three women chosen to be the first fellows of the new Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, where she led conferences and workshops and was the college’s 2007 commencement speaker. In 2009, Eisner was selected to be one of 20 fellows in the Punch Sulzberger Executive News Media Leadership Program at the Columbia School of Journalism. Her book, “Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy,” was published by Beacon Press in 2004. In addition to her Inquirer column “American Rhythms,” which was syndicated to 100 newspapers, Eisner has contributed articles to a number of Jewish publications, including The Reconstructionist, Ma’ayan and the Forward. She has also written for the Washington Post, Newsday, Brookings Review and Columbia Journalism Review, and served as a regular panelist on the WPVI television talk show “Inside Story.”

An active member of her local community, Eisner is a board member of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a past president of the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum, a former trustee and secretary of The Philadelphia Award, and a mentor with Philadelphia Futures. Nationally, she is a member of the Columbia School of Journalism Alumni Board, the National Conference on Citizenship’s advisory committee, and the Encore Leadership Network. Eisner received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and graduated from Wesleyan University cum laude in 1977, where she was the first female editor of the college newspaper and was a member of the board of trustees. She recently was the first woman to win Wesleyan’s McConaughy Award for contributions to journalism and public life.

Good news! If you missed the pre-registration deadline for the advanced creative writing workshops (ENGL 326, 337, and 342), please note that there is now a second deadline: January 18, 2010, the Monday before the semester begins.

To apply for these courses, please submit 5 pages of your writing (in prose or poetry, depending on the course to which you are applying) along with a cover page that includes the following information: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), some of your favorite writers and any other influences, and 2) a short biographical paragraph describing your history and/or interest in writing.

Please submit these materials electronically in a single attachment to the professor who is teaching the course (see below) by 10 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2010. Please use either Microsoft Word or rich-text-format for your attachment.

You may take one of these workshops along with either Hilton Als’s “James Baldwin in Black and White” or Paul La Farge’s “Space and Place in Fiction”; however, you may not take two courses designated as “advanced workshops” (ENG 326, 337, or 342) concurrently. If you are applying to more than one of these courses, please include the ranking of your request on your submission.

This information will also be available on the WesMaps pages for these courses.

qac201Students from Applied Data Analysis (QAC 201) will present their research in a poster session meant to stimulate informal conversation and interest.

Please join us!

Thursday, December 17, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

Psyc 280: Applied Data Analysis

There are still openings in the course Psyc 280 Applied Data Analysis.  It crosslists with Psyc, Soc, Govt, NS&B, and QAC. Below is the course description, and go to wesmaps for more information.

PSYC 280 Applied Data Analysis
Course – MW 11-12:20pm
section 3: Lab – W  7:00-8:20pm
section 4: Lab – R 4:10-5:30pm
section 5: Lab – F 4:10-5:30pm

This combination lecture and hands-on laboratory course provides experience in data management and applied statistics. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in several aspects of the research process including generating testable hypotheses based on extant data; conducting a literature review and evaluating the content of scientific literature; preparing data for analysis; selecting and conducting descriptive and inferential statistical analyses; and presenting research findings. By providing opportunities for training in one of the three major statistical analysis software (SAS, SPSS, and Stata), this course aims to empower students to manage and analyze large data sets. Each laboratory group will be organized around a specific software application.

New course offering for Fall ‘09

Chem 180: Writing about Science
Instructor: Prof. David L. Beveridge, Chemistry Department
Teaching Assistant: Ms. Oriana Korol ’09, Ford Fellow of the Wesleyan Writing Center
Class meets Tu Th 2:40 – 4 PM in NSM Conference Room ST

Course Description: A writing intensive course open to both science and non-science students interested in investigating and writing about the content, process and human elements of science and nature in the various genres found current newspapers, magazines, scientific journals, monographs and scientific biographies. The structures characteristic of each these forms will be critically considered, based on examples of each from the current literature. Both practical matters in learning the craft of science writing as well as a consideration of special topics chosen on the basis of general relevance to science literacy will be included. Students will undertake a series of six writing assignments of progressively increasing length, leading to a term paper in the form of a full article of the type found in Omni, Discover, or Natural History. Students will be expected to pitch their proposed writing projects, read from their work in progress and contribute short responses to class topics on a weekly basis to a class blog. The choice of topics for writing assignments will be tailored to individual student interests. The WAS class will function both as a source of original writing and as an editorial board for the production of a new issue of Synthesis, Wesleyan’s webzine of science and nature writing. This course fulfills an NSF expectation in General Education.

Textbooks: D. Blum, M. Knudson and R. Henig, eds., A Field Guide for Science Writers, 2d ed. Oxford University Press, New York (2006).Richard Dawkins, The Oxford Guide to Modern Science Writing, Oxford University Press, New York (2008).

Students who take this course must

  1. speak Spanish as language of heritage, but have a limited ability (and/or confidence) in their language skills in Spanish.
  2. have placed into SPAN112 or above.

Emphasis is placed on the following: development of linguistic strategies that advance students’ written and oral expression beyond the colloquial level; grammatical and orthographic norms of Spanish; critical reading (reading for understanding and analyzing what is read); and expansion of vocabulary. The linguistic work will be conducted through course materials that explore, through a variety of literary and nonliterary texts, the use of Spanish in the United States.

This is a POI course
Instructor: Ana Pérez-Gironés
Times: M.W.F. 11:00AM-11:50AM
Location: FISK 414

The deadline for submitting teaching evaluations has been extended to 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, May 11.  If you have submitted your evaluations – thank you! If not, there’s still time.

You can access the evaluation through your Electronic Portfolio by clicking http://quicklink.wesleyan.edu/TeachEvals or:

  • Go to your Portfolio and open My Student Portfolio
  • Then navigate to the Wesleyan Career list
  • Click on Teaching Evaluations

If you have any questions about the teaching evaluation process, please contact tevals@wesleyan.edu.

Tomorrow, May 1 @ 4:15 p.m. in PAC 002, students in the Community Research Seminar (SOC 316) will present the results of their research projects. These presentations are part of the Center for Community Partnership’s First Friday Series. Please join us.

  • Middletown Children’s Mental Health Planning Grant: “Exploring
    Differential Use of Mental Health Services”

    Lauren Barth, Phil Benjamin, Jena Gordon, Lexi Sturdy
    CP: Pam Higgins
  • Even Start Adult Literacy: “Measuring Parental Involvement in Education”
    Katie Hanna, Shayna Bauchner
    CP: Cindy Cappetta
  • Jonah Center for Earth and Art: “Middletown Green Business Initiative”
    Paolo Speirn, Tania Moss, Miller Nuttle
    CP: John Hall
  • Middlesex Coalition for Children: “The Impact of Transitions in the
    HUSKY Program”

    Ari Tolman, Roy Chung, Liana Woskie
    CP: Betsy Morgan

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