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It has been twenty years since the fall of the Berlin wall. This talk investigates the legacy of the incorporation of East Germany. The influence of the former East Germany is manifested in two ways in the elections of 2009. First, the continued presence of a new party representing eastern interests is making coalition building more complicated. Second, the incumbent Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is originally from East Germany. Her identity as a female candidate interacts with her identity as an eastern candidate in ways that both help and hinder her ability to win election.

Friday, November 13
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Cafe on the top floor of the Allbritton Center

Asian/Asian American (AAA) House presents an evening with forensic expert Dr Henry Lee, who has worked on numerous high-profile crime cases including the JonBenet Ramsey murder, the O.J. Simpson case and the reinvestigation of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Dr Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan, where he served in the police force. In 1965 he migrated to the US, furthering his studies and launching his career in forensic science. Today, he has helped to solve more than 6000 cases.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the personal and professional experiences of this renowned forensic science expert! Bring your questions, bring your friends.

Date: Nov. 16
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Tishler Hall (Exley 150)

For more information about Dr. Henry Lee, please visit his personal website at http://www.drhenrylee.com

dungdotThe Vietnamese Students’ Association at Wesleyan University proudly presents a film screening of “Don’t Burn It” followed by a discussion with director Mr. Dang Nhat Minh.

The film “Don’t Burn it” is the story of a female military doctor, Dang Thuy Tram, and her war diary. The diary, rediscovered 35 years after the Vietnam War, was recently published and translated into English, with the title Last Night I Dreamed of Peace.

“When the Tenth Month Comes” (Bao gio cho den thang muoi) by director Dang Nhat Minh was selected the best Asian film of all time on CNN.

“Vietnam’s finest filmmaker” (The Los Angeles Times).

“The shuttle diplomacy of Vietnamese Cinema” (International Herald Tribune).

Four weeks before the nations meet in Copenhagen to try to avert global catastrophe, Mr. Blakemore will identify many often surprising psychological factors at play as people in all walks of life deal with the latest “hard news” on climate.

He’ll explore new definitions of sanity that may pertain, and give examples displaying different “psychologies”, as well as manmade global warming’s place in the long history of narcissistic insults to humanity itself.

Two new time-line graphs of rapid and dangerous climate change will give fresh global context to the psychological challenges and experiences he has observed in the five years since he began focusing on global warming for ABC News.

Computer modelers trying to project the speed and severity of global warming’s advance often say that “the biggest unknown” in their equations is not data about ice or atmosphere, carbon or clouds, but “what the humans will do.” This talk probes that field and many states of mind already engaged.

Tuesday, November 3 in the Chapel at 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Wasch Center, Department of Psychology, and the Robert Schumann Lecture Series in the Environmental Studies Program.  Follow-up discussion on Wed., Nov. 4 at 4:15 p.m. in the Wasch Center.

As a follow-up to his “Ripple of Change” presentation, Dr. Berkowitz will conduct a skill building workshop to provide an opportunity for members of the community to gain valuable skills for fostering health and social justice.  The workshop will provide a safe space where ideas for change can be shared and explored, and skills can be learned and practiced.

The workshop will teach strategies for responding to unwelcome remarks and health-risk behaviors.  Often we find ourselves in situations where someone else?s language or behavior makes us feel uncomfortable, yet we do not do anything to change it.  Most people are uncomfortable with prejudicial language about other groups, yet often we are silent.  Similarly, when someone we know is engaging in harmful behavior, we often want to say something but don’t.  Why don’t we act on our core values and ideals in these situations?  Are there specific challenges for Wes students who want to be “social justice allies”? This workshop will provide a critical analysis of bystander behavior and offer some skills for intervening in difficult situations.

Friday, March 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Usdan B25.

Light refreshments will be served.

How can we transform Wesleyan into a healthy and respectful community in which all individuals feel supported and appreciated?  In what ways may we unintentionally contribute to a lack of inclusiveness on campus?  And, is it difficult or easy to address social justice issues at Wes?  Understanding what it means to be a social justice ally can help answer these questions.

The Student Affairs Speaker series, in partnership with Student Activities and Leadership Development and WesWell, will be hosting Dr. Alan Berkowitz who will present recent research and theory on this topic with an emphasis on examining individuals who are passive bystanders and how those people can be encouraged to take an active leadership role in solving campus problems and intervening on behalf of other groups.  The discussion will include an overview of challenges facing Wes students who want to be active on this issue.

Dr. Berkowitz has over twenty years of experience in higher education as a trainer, psychologist, faculty member, and Counseling Center Director. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges he developed one of the first rape prevention programs for men, was co-director of the college’s highly regarded Men and Masculinity Program and chaired the Prejudice Reduction Task Force. More recently, he has been a central figure in the development of Social Norms Theory and is a leader in research and implementation of the model. His lecture and workshop topics include: changing campus culture, effective drug and sexual assault prevention strategies, reducing prejudice on campus, racial identity theory, multicultural issues in the classroom, alcohol and sexual assault, men’s responsibility for preventing sexual assault, developing alliances across differences, and understanding today’s students. His workshops are designed to increase the personal and professional effectiveness of faculty, staff, student leaders, athletes and coaches, health professionals, and community members.  For more information on Dr. Berkowitz, go to his website: http://www.alanberkowitz.com

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m., Daniel Family Commons.

Dr. Berkowitz’s talk will follow a buffet dinner served in the Daniel Family Commons at 6:30 p.m.  RSVPs are required to Karen Karpa at kkarpa@wesleyan.edu or x2775.

Nicaraguan Sign Language is a relatively new language that emerged a little over 30 years ago. The dramatic story of the birth of this language includes disease, revolution, and the simple desire of children to communicate with each other. Professor Anna Shusterman will talk about the birth of NSL and the rapid change that has taken place in the language over the last few years. Professor Shusterman will also discuss some current research to illustrate what NSL is teaching us about the nature of language, thought, and human communication. Friday, February 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Partnerships, 167 High Street.

David W. Blight, Director of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), and recipient of the Bancroft Prize and many other prizes and honors in American history, will be speaking Wednesday evening, November 19, at 8:00 p.m. in Russell House, about his latest work, A Slave No More: Two Recently Discovered Slave Narratives and the Memory of Emancipation.

The lecture is sponsored by the History Department, African-American Studies, American Studies, and the Middlesex County Historical Society. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.

Laurence Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, will speak on “Life Unedited” on Wednesday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

The visible text of the First Amendment protects such specific freedoms as “speech,” “press,” “assembly,” and “religion.” Its invisible but no less fundamental subtext and structure, however, protect much more. In this lecture, Laurence Tribe will argue that, at its core, the First Amendment shields each of us from government efforts to rewrite – to revise, reshape, or edit – the stories we tell ourselves and one another through the ways we decide to script our lives and the narratives we define by our intimate personal choices involving birth, education, occupation, sex, and death.

Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University, has taught there since 1968 and was voted best professor by the class of 2000. “University Professor” is Harvard’s highest title, awarded to only 49 professors in the 20th century and eight in the 21st and now held by just 19 of the 1,432 tenured professors on Harvard’s nine faculties. Born in China of Russian Jewish parents, Tribe entered Harvard at 16; graduated summa cum laude in mathematics (1962) and magna cum laude in law (1966); clerked for the California and U.S. Supreme Courts (1966-68); was voted a tenured profes-sorship at 29; helped write constitutions for South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Marshall Islands; has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases, most of them pro bono, that he has argued (including 34 in the U.S. Supreme Court); and has written 115 books and articles, including American Constitutional Law, cited more often than any other legal text since 1950.

The Hugo L. Black Lecture on Freedom of Expression, endowed by a gift from Leonard S. Halpert, Esq., Class of 1944, is named in honor of the late U. S. Supreme Court Justice.

“Where On Earth Are We Going?” is the title of the 4th Annual Robert Schumann Environmental Studies Symposium, a series of three seminars dedicated to global climate change issues which will be taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Tischler 150 in the Exley Science Center.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Climate Policy: A Progress Report.  More than 160 countries, including the United States, have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Learn about how the latest results from the 2007 assessments have re-framed debates about climate policy at home and around the world. Presented by Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics and a senior member and coordinating lead author on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 10:15 a.m. – The Many Psychologies of Global Warming Given the Hard Realities We Face.  The unprecedented nature, scale and gravity of the accelerating climate crisis is producing a wide range of psychological responses. Emerging psychology paradigms such as regulation theory help elucidate them, and there are signs of adaptive mastery of “future traumas” that suggest realistic hope as our species gears up to deal with global warming. Presented by William Blakemore ’65, former Wesleyan trustee, and television correspondent for ABC News for 38 years.
  • 11:30 A.M. – Global Climate Change – The Role of the Carbon Cycle in Global Warming.  The emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use and land use (deforestation) are contributing to global warming. Alternative sources of energy and alternative land uses have the potential, however, to reduce emissions or even enhance carbon sinks. Join us for an update on the net effect of our carbon management initiatives. Presented by Dr. Richard A. Houghton, deputy director and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts, an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, policy, and education.

These seminars are sponsored by The Environmental Studies Program and the Feet to the Fire campus-wide initiative.  For more details contact Valerie Marinelli (860)685-3733 or vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

When Atoms and Molecules Collide

Professor Brian Stewart of the Wesleyan Physics Department will be presenting a lecture on the topic of “When Atoms and Molecules Collide” as part of the McNair Program Research Talks series on Tuesday, October 7, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. in Exley Science Center Room 121. Free pizza luncheon will be provided.

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.

In celebration of Constitution Day, Professor Richard Adelstein of the Economics Department and Professor John Finn of the Government Department will debate the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution on Wednesday, September 17, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Olin Library Smith Reading Room.

“Congress shall have power to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”  (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3.)

Some years ago, the students of Professor Adelstein and Finn noted their disagreement about the Commerce Clause and arranged for a lively debate. It was so popular that this encore performance has been arranged.

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