Sign Up to Participate in the MASH

The MASH, to be held this year on Saturday September 7, welcomes all genres of music, everything from indie-rock to cover bands to rap groups and student DJs, with performance times ranging from 10-40 minutes (to accommodate any group regardless of experience and repertoire).

If you would like to participate, sign up here:

Be The Change Venture Pitch Competition

Join Be the Change Venture 509(a)(2) and Kai Wes on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. for a pitch competition at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore. This opportunity is open to high school students and college undergraduates. A $500 -college and $200- high school seed grant will be given to the best pitch competitors. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.Submit an application and or register here.

Toby McNutt: Relational Dance

Relational Dance
Open Class. No experience necessary, all are welcome!

Friday April5, 1:20-4:10PM, Schonberg Dance Building, 247 Pine Street

Working as a group requires consensus, a shared understanding of goals, boundaries, and trust. To negotiate this consensus, each group member needs to be able to communicate their needs, and that requires understanding them. We’ll practice locating our own physical and emotional boundaries, and blending them safely into duos and groups. We’ll also explore some specific tools for leaderless thinking as a group, and creating, strengthening, and straining relationships with choreography.

This lecture/demonstration is sponsored by the Dance Department and Disability Studies Course Cluster, the Division II Dean’s Office and the Center for Pedagogical Innovation.

BIO Toby MacNutt is a queer, nonbinary trans, and disabled dancer/choreographer, author, and teacher living in Burlington, VT. They make dance work for crutches, wheels, ground, and aerial. In June 2018 Toby premiered ENTER THE VOID, a performance installation in the darkness of space, accompanied by a sci-fi poetry guidebook. Toby has been creating performance work since 2014 and has also performed with Heidi Latsky’s GIMP Project, Tiffany Rhynard/Big APE, Nicole Dagesse/Murmurations Dance, and Lida Winfield, among others.

Beyond Assimilation: Seeking a Disabled Aesthetic 4/4

Beyond Assimilation: Seeking a Disabled Aesthetic
Lecture/Demonstration with Toby MacNutt

Thursday, April 4, 4:30-6PM, Schonberg Dance Building, 247 Pine St

As disability in dance becomes more visible and mainstream, there is pressure to assimilate to mainstream dance aesthetics. But disability presents an enormous range and variation of potential in movement, perception, and thinking, by its very nature, which can expand upon and challenge the existing field. What does it mean to embrace a disabled aesthetic? How does it change dance practices and performance? Toby MacNutt will discuss these questions, show some sample work, and speculate on the future of disability in dance and why it matters.

This lecture/demonstration is sponsored by the Dance Department and Disability Studies Course Cluster, the Division II Dean’s Office and the Center for Pedagogical Innovation.

A Conversation About China’s Unending Quest for Freedom and Democracy–One Hundred Years after May Fourth, Thirty Years after Tiananmen

A Conversation About China’s Unending Quest for Freedom and Democracy–One Hundred Years after May Fourth, Thirty Years after Tiananmen

April 3rd 4:30 PM; Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace

An inter-disciplinary forum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement and 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Student Movement featuring:

  • Stephen C. Angle, Director, Fries Center for Global Studies, Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, and Professor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University
  • Rowena He, Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University; Author of Tiananmen Exiles
  • Fengsuo Zhou, Tiananmen Student Leader in 1989, President of Humanitarian China
  • Kerry Ratigan, Fellow for China-Latin America-U.S. Affairs, Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Amherst College

On May 4, 1919, students gathered at Tiananmen gate to protest China’s treatment at the Paris Peace Conference and inspired a movement for cultural and political awakening. Intellectuals looked towards “Mr. Science” and “Mr. Democracy” to emancipate the Chinese people from a culture of self-oppression. Seventy years later in 1989, students occupied the same location to call for democracy, accountability, and freedom of the press. The People’s Liberation Army destroyed the statue of “Goddess of Democracy,” as they moved into Tiananmen Square to brutally suppress the protests.

The twin anniversaries offer us an opportunity to reflect on China’s “bitter revolution: How do intellectuals redefine their responsibilities after the May Fourth Movement and Tiananmen? What do these two events tell us about the future of “democracy” in China?

Sponsored by Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Fries Center for Global Studies, College of East Asian Studies, Department of History

Contact information: 

Ying Jia Tan
Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of East Asian Studies


MINDS Day: Inaugural Event 3/30

MINDS Day: Inaugural Event
Saturday, March 30th
10:00 AM to 2 PM
Daniel Family Commons

Indian food will be provided for lunch!


Alpert Powers, MD, PhD, from Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jennifer T. D’Andrea, PhD, from Counseling and Psychological Services
Tamann Rahman, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Counseling and Psychological Services
Rabbi David, from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will lead a session on mindfulness practice

This coming Saturday, the Wesleyan Chapter of the MINDS Foundation, a student-run mental health activism group, will be hosting their first-ever campus wide event, MINDS Day. We will have a wide variety of speakers who will speak on topics related to mental health.  Come support!

Conceptual Models of Creativity and Potential Applied Benefits 2/25

Conceptual Models of Creativity and Potential Applied Benefits
Monday, February 25 in Judd 116

One of the worldwide leaders in creativity research is coming to Wesleyan–come hear about his captivating research experiences!

James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 45 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Ed, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (2nd Ed, 2019). He has published 300+ papers, including the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect” and three well-known theories of creativity, including (with Ron Beghetto) the Four-C Model of Creativity. He is a past president of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.

Professor Kaufman will discuss a few models of creativity, such as the Four C’s and the Propulsion model, which offer broader conceptions of the construct. He will then talk about positive outcomes from creativity, a generally understudied area, and highlight some promising areas for more empirical investigation.

Evolution of Infectious Consumers and the Integrated Control of Schistosomiasis 12/3

Human schistosomiasis affects about 200-300 million people worldwide, with chronic morbidity and substantial mortality. Join evolutionary biologist Dr. Armand Kuris as he discusses the breakdown of coevolution and thresholds of transmission controls of public health mitigation of such diseases and shares his work in Kenya and Senegal, where his team has shown that transmission control through predation on the snail intermediate hosts may be necessary to achieve elimination of human schistosomiasis in Africa.

Dr. Kuris is the Charles Storke II Chair in Ecology and Professor of Zoology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Junior Class Dinner with Professor Richard Adelstein

The Dean’s Office will be hosting a Typhoon-catered dinner for members of the Class of 2020 with Professor Richard Adelstein (Economics and the College of Social Studies) on Thursday, November 8, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Daniel Family Commons.  As Professor Adelstein writes in his faculty bio:

My teaching and scholarly interests lie at the intersection of economics, law, history and philosophy. More particularly, I’m interested in the historical development of social institutions like markets, firms and common law and the problem of how social order is created and maintained in various environments and changes as those environments change.

I was not a successful undergraduate, and left MIT in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in history and engineering. I earned a master’s degree in teaching and, in 1970-71, taught junior-high level history at two Massachusetts state prisons. This drew me to a career in corrections, and I set out to become a lawyer, so I could become a prison warden. But upon entering law school, I was given a chance to get a PhD in economics as well, and began study of both these subjects for the first time. So I was an interdisciplinarian from the start, and received both a JD and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. A one-year job at Wesleyan was the only offer I received, and I’ve been here ever since. Teaching only very talented and critically minded undergraduates, I’ve been able to develop these interdisciplinary interests across a range of fields and in pursuit of a more or less constant fascination with the evolution of similar or cognate social institutions across different environments, time and cultures.

If you would like to attend this dinner with Professor Adelstein, please RSVP through this link.  Seating is limited to the first 30 students who RSVP.  You will be notified if there will not be enough room for you to attend.