Weseminar: Natural History Collections in the Liberal Arts Education 9/29

Weseminar: Natural History Collections in the Liberal Arts Education
Saturday, September 29th | ESC058

In the Methodist tradition, Wesleyan sought to put natural sciences on an equal footing to the classics in its early days. In 1871, the Wesleyan Museum opened in Judd Hall, with large and varied collections organized as the curiosity cabinets typical of the times. With the rising importance of laboratory sciences, interest in the museum declined and it was closed in 1957. Specimens were donated, loaned, or stored in tunnels under Foss Hill. By the 1970s, during evaluation for a move to Exley, collections were found to be severely vandalized. Numerous remaining specimens were secured but not curated, and largely forgotten. In 2017, we started to bring specimens out of storage to curate for exhibition and use in object-based learning. Our first efforts placed a life-sized model of Glyptodon (giant extinct armadillo) in the lobby of Exley. We aim to make these historical collections a focus of integrated student investigation, combining biology, paleontology, history of science, archaeology and the arts in campus wide exhibits.

Presenters:
Ellen Thomas is the Smith Curator of Paleontology of the Joe Webb Peoples Museum of Natural History, the Harold T Stearns Professor of Integrated Sciences, and Research Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Her research interests are focused on reconstructions of past oceanic environments and ecosystems.

Ann C. Burke is Professor and Chair of the Biology Department. Her research interests are in the development and evolution of vertebrates, and the developmental sources of morphological variation.

“Natural History in the Age of Humans” 3/1

Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and formerly first curator of the Wesleyan museum, will be speaking on “Natural History in the Age of Humans” in Shanklin 107 on March 1st from 7:30-8:30pm, followed by a catered reception at Woodhead Lounge (Exley 184).

“Natural history museums represent a fundamental tool to understand and preserve Earth’s natural and cultural heritage. The public perception of museums as educational experiences masks their deeper value to human society as the creators and keepers of our knowledge of the natural and cultural world. With a rapidly growing world population, food insecurity, infectious diseases, and invasive species are problems that may find their solution in the genomics of biodiversity housed in museum collections. Minerals, meteorites, and fossils are the physical evidence of the planet’s history, climate, biological evolution, and resource base. In an increasingly digital era, museums are one of the last bastions of the real thing. “

Panel Discussion on the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis 11/28

The Allbritton Center’s Right Now Series, the Fries Center for Global Studies, and Wesleyan World Wednesdays present:

Development Officer at Urban Refugees (NY) Jeffrey Stein ’10, and Tun Khin, Rohingya human rights activist and voice for Rohingya people around the world (London) discuss how we got here and what the crisis looks like on the ground.

Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at noon in the Fries Center for Global Studies (Fisk201).

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! 

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.

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.