Two New COL/PHIL Courses for the Spring

Reason and its Limits
COL 292 / PHIL 291
MW 2:50-4:10

This course offers a close study of Immanuel Kant’s magnum opus, the Critique of Pure Reason, supplemented by related writings by Kant and some secondary literature. Kant observes that the history of philosophy is rife with disagreements, even though philosophers purport to traffic in necessary truths disclosed by reason alone. This scandalous fractiousness calls into question reason’s ability to offer substantive insights into necessary truths. Kant’s “critique” aims to vindicate reason by distinguishing, in a principled manner, the sorts of things we can know with certainty from those that lie beyond the limits of human understanding. His central thesis, “transcendental idealism,” holds that “reason has insight only into what it produces after its own plan” (Bxiii). In other words, we can indeed be certain of key structural features of reality such as its spatiotemporality and causal interconnectedness–but only because those features are, in some crucial sense, mind-dependent. This class will explore in detail the arguments for these claims as well as prominent interpretations of their philosophical upshot.

Modern Aesthetic Theory
COL 269/PHIL 269
MW  10:50AM-12:10PM

As a philosophical discipline, aesthetic theory initially coalesced around a cluster of related issues concerning the nature of beauty and the norms governing its production, appreciation, and authoritative assessment. Beginning in the nineteenth century, however, both art and aesthetics undergo a conspicuous yet enigmatic shift, signaled by (among other things) Hegel’s declaration that “art, in its highest vocation, is and remains for us a thing of the past.” Rather suddenly, classical accounts of beauty, genius, aesthetic experience, and critical taste are beset by anxieties about the autonomy and significance of aesthetic praxis in human life and, subsequently, by a series of challenges to the tenebility of traditional aesthetic categories–author, text, tradition, meaning and interpretation, disinterested pleasure, originality, etc. Our aim in this course is to track these conceptual shifts and to interrogate the rationale behind them. (This course complements, but does not presuppose COL 266: History and Limits of Aesthetic Theory.)

Winter Session Registration

Winter Session registration is open, and courses have started to fill. Please don’t wait to register; enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing and Dining requests for Winter Session, Winter on Wyllys, and Teacher Generation will close at noon on Thursday, November 30. Review the information published on the Winter Session website (http://www.wesleyan.edu/wintersession), particularly the deadlines for registration, withdrawal, housing, dining, and more, and register as soon as possible to secure your seat.

How to Register for Winter Session Courses:

  • Navigate to Portal.
  • Go to the “Courses” Bucket and click on “Winter Session.”
  • Download and print the registration form.
  • Complete the registration form and have your advisor sign it.
  • Bring the signed, completed form to 74 Wyllys Avenue with full payment for tuition.
    • Students should bring their tuition payment in the form of a check or pre-payment on their student account so that the credit on their account is $3260 when they come to the Winter Session Office. Students awarded aid should bring a print-out of their aid letter and the balance of the tuition.
    • The office will not accept incomplete forms or forms that are not accompanied by full payment.
  • Students who are not currently on campus due to study abroad or leave should use the “Registration Information – Students not on Campus” link in the Winter Session bucket.

 How to Request Housing:

  • Navigate to Portal.
  • Go to the “Courses” Bucket and click on “Winter Session.”
  • Click on the clink “Housing Request.”
  • Complete the online form.
  • Contact Residential Life (reslife@wesleyan.edu) with questions.

 How to Request Dining:

  • Navigate to Portal.
  • Go to the “Courses” Bucket and click on “Winter Session.”
  • Click on the clink “Meal Plan Request.”
  • Complete the online form.

 If you are interested in the Winter programs provided by the Career Center, please visit:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/careercenter/programs-and-events/winteronwyllys.html.

 If you have any questions about Winter Session, please contact the Winter Session office at winter@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2005.

Winter Outerwear Available

A Winter Wear drive is underway for winter outerwear and other warm clothing—coats, hats, scarves, mittens, boots, etc.  The collection will be available on Friday, November 17 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Usdan Café.  If you feel unprepared for the winter weather or are able to donate, please stop by! 

An Introduction to Study Abroad and Fellowships for First Years and Sophomores

Please join us for an event tomorrow celebrating International Education Week! This is part of a rich agenda of week-long activities.

An Introduction to Study Abroad and Fellowships for First Years and Sophomores

This event is specifically aimed at First Year and Sophomore students. Are you thinking about studying abroad during the 2018-2019 school year? Come along and find out what study abroad is all about! Study abroad staff will be happy to answer all your questions!

This event takes place on Wednesday, November 15th at 12:15 pm in the Fries Center for Global Studies Commons. Lunch will be provided

Hosted by Class Deans and Fries Center for Global Studies | Fries Center for Global Studies Commons

Apply for Winter Break Job Shadowing Opportunities (Deadline 11/10)

The Gordon Career Center’s WEShadow Externship Program provides students with opportunities to explore various careers by shadowing a Wesleyan alumna/us or parent at their place of work during the first two full-weeks of January. Shadow opportunities range from 1 day to 3 days and may include observing a professional or participating in a specific project within an organization or business.

Externship opportunities are available in a range of fields including stem, education, law, health professions, business, and entertainment and are open to students of all class years.

To see a full listing of WEShadow Externship opportunities, log-in to Handshake, click on “Jobs,” and do a keyword search for “WEShadow.” Use the filters in the column on the left to further narrow the results.

The application deadline for all WEShadow Externships is Friday, November 10th at 11:55pm. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to each individual WEShadow Externship posting you are interested in on Handshake. Your resume must be approved by the Gordon Career Center on Handshake in order to apply. 

  • See the GCC’s resume approval steps & checklist hereand resume writing guide here.
  • See the GCC’s cover letter writing guide here.

Resume & cover letter review drop-in appointments are available Monday – Friday to help you with your applications. Schedule drop-in appointments in advance online on Handshake (click on “Career Center” > “Appointments”) or same-day (first-come, first-served) via phone 860-865-2180 or in-person.

International Education Week

November 13-17 marks this year’s I, an initiative that is cosponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in order to highlight the importance of global learning on our university campuses. 

The Fries Center for Global Studies staff has put together a rich agenda of week-long activities in recognition of this initiative, activities that are intended to be informative, engaging and fun! Check out what’s available by clicking on the image below.  Most importantly, mark your calendars and come celebrate with us in Fisk 201 to meet the Wes in the World Photo Contestants!

Danza Organica: Marsha Parrilla Talk and Participatory Discussion 11/3

DANZA ORGÁNICA: Marsha Parrilla
TALK and PARTICIPATORY DISCUSSION

Friday, November 3, 1:40PM
Schonberg Studio, 247 Pine Street

Puerto Rico was hit by the worst hurricane in over a century. There is currently a humanitarian crisis. Hurricane María left the entire island without electricity, water, and has taken the homes of thousands of Puerto Ricans. The country is completely devastated. The ecological damage is tremendous, and there is a public health crisis.

Currently:

  • there is no electricity or tap water
  • water is contaminated in the entire island (there is a strong need for water filters)
  • there are outbreaks of: leptospirosis, conjunctivitis, and gastrointestinal disorders
  • around 7,000 additional people are living in shelters post Maria

Danza Orgánica (DO), directed by Marsha Parrilla, is a dance theater company that uses movement to generate awareness around social justice concerns. It’s newest work, MELAZA explores de colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States of America. It has also served as a platform to generate awareness around Hurricane Maria, and raise funds towards grassroots organizations.

Psyc Majors Meeting – Study Abroad & Community Service Opportunities 11/6

Monday, November 6
Judd Hall 116
12:20 PM – 1:10 PM

Interested in the Psychology Major?

Representatives from the Study Abroad Office and the Center for Community Partnerships as well as the department chair will be on hand to provide information about opportunities through semester study abroad (transfer credits?) or through participation in the community at home.

Office of Study Abroad – Zehra Abbas, Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Community Partnerships – Diana Martinez, Assistant Director
Psychology Department – Matt Kurtz, Chair (available to sign forms)
Peer Advisor – Julia LeJeune ’18 (drop in hours, Judd 103, Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm).

Psychology Majors Manual – there are specific requirements to get into the major:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/about/psychman_post2019.pdf
Major Declaration Request – Prospective student email received from Registrar’s Office after submitting request:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/declaring_mjr.pdf

Pizza will be provided.

SPAN 203: Spanish for Heritage Speaker

Hey! Hablas español hasta que te toca decir una palabra that you don’t know how to say in Spanish?  Do you wonder why some words in Spanish have accents and some don’t?  This is the class for you!

SPAN 203: Spanish for Heritage Speaker
Spring 2018; T-Th 1:30 – 2:45 pm

A course taught at Trinity College and offered to Wesleyan students by telepresence, with plenty of academic and technical support at the home campus, both during and outside of class.

This course is designed for heritage speakers–students who understand and speak Spanish, who grew up in a Spanish-speaking environment, but whose education was primarily in English, in the US. This course, offers many benefits, such as:

  • Study Spanish in an academic setting in the same way that native English-speakers study English
  • Polish both oral and written language skills in Spanish
  • Learn more about your language and your cultural heritage
  • Meet students with similar interests and experiences
  • Gain awareness and understanding of the Hispanic/Latin@ cultures: i.e., identity and communities inside and outside the US, language variation, geography, history, customs and traditions, current events, music, arts and food
  • Prepare for study abroad
  • Increase internship and career opportunities
  • Can count towards the HISP major

Interested? Please contact Profesora Pérez-Gironés: aperezgirone@wesleyan.edu  (127 Downey House; office hours: Monday 1:30-2:30, Wednesday 3-4, and by appointment.)

Sign Up for the Big Roll

Have you ever wanted to break a world record and get into the Guinness book but didn’t want to swallow all those live goldfish or sit in a tree for days?  Here’s your opportunity!!

The Wesleyan Math and Science Scholars program (WesMaSS) plans to break the Guinness world record for the largest number of people rolling down a hill within an hour.  Come join the fun and raise Cardinal spirit by having students, staff and the Middletown community work together to break a world record and get into the Guinness Book! COME for STICKERS, to WIN Cool Raffle Prizes, and a chance to throw your dorm a DESSERT PARTY

All we need is 600 people!  The event will take place this Saturday, November 4th from 10 am – noon on Foss Hill

Anyone can roll, just sign up here.