Civic Engagement Certificate Info Session 10/28

On Friday, October 28, Professor Juhasz is hosting an information session about the Civic Engagement Certificate

Come to learn about the Certificate’s requirements, the many ways to fulfill them, and ask any questions. The Certificate is a great way to integrate questions related to civic life with your academic plans. 

Pizza will be provided! 

Friday (10/28), 12-1 pm, Allbritton 103

Anthropology and #Blacklivesmatter 11/1

You are invited to the Anthropology department’s panel discussion on Anthropology and #BlackLivesMatter on Tuesday, 11/1! It will be a fantastic event, featuring Black feminist anthropologists Dawn-Elissa Fischer, Bianca Williams, and Wesleyan’s very own Gina Athena Ulysse in a wide-ranging conversation about research, #blacklivesmatter, activism, and decolonizing anthropology.

Tuesday, November 1
4:30-6:00pm, reception to follow
Beckham Hall
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Bianca C. Williams (Ethnic Studies and Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder) researches theories of race and gender within African diasporic communities, particularly the emotional aspects of being “Black” and a “woman” in the U.S. and Jamaica. She is at work finishing an ethnography, The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism (under contract with Duke University Press) and an edited volume titled, “’Do You Feel Me?’: Exploring Black American Gender and Sexuality through Feeling and Emotion,” co-authored with Jennifer A. Woodruff. Essays in Transforming Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology explore questions of race and gender in ethnographic research and pedagogical practices. She has also edited two collections of essays on #BlackLivesMatter, one for Cultural Anthropology and one for Savage Minds. She is a member of Black Lives Matter 5280 and the AAA Working Group on Racialized Police Brutality and Extrajudicial Violence.

Dawn-Elissa Fischer  (Africana Studies, San Francisco State University), also known as the “DEF Professor,” is completing two manuscripts: Blackness, Race and Gender Politics in Japanese Hiphop and Methods to Floss, Theories to Flow: Hiphop Research, Aesthetics and Activism. Her work has been published in Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Transforming Anthropology, FIRE!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies and The Western Journal of Black Studies. Dr. Fischer has co-produced a short film, Nihon Style, with Bianca White, which documents an annual Hiphop festival and its related organizations in Japan.  Dr. Fischer has participated with numerous international social justice creative arts endeavors, including, but not limited to Hiphop as a transnational social movement. She co-directs the BAHHRS (the Bay Area Hip Hop Research and Scholarship) project with Dave “Davey D” Cook and she is a founding staff member of Dr. Marcyliena Morgan’s Hiphop Archive as well as a co-founder of the National Hip Hop Political Convention.

Gina Athena Ulysse (Anthropology, Wesleyan University). In 2015, Prof. U received Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Haitian Studies Association award for Excellence in Scholarship.  A public anthropologist and performance artist, Ulysse’s research integrates her interests in Black diasporic conditions, ethnography, pedadogy, performance and representation. More specifically, her interdisciplinary work explores the continuous impact of history on agency and possibilities of social justice in the present. Her publications include Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post Quake Chronicle (2015) and Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importing, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (2007), and Because When God is too Busy:Haiti, me & THE WORLD (2016) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her performance projects include VooDooDoll, What if Haiti Were a Woman? and Contemplating Absences and Distances. Ulysse guest edited “Caribbean Rasanblaj” (2015) a double issue of e-misférica journal and “Pawol Fanm sou Douz Janvye” (2011) in Meridians journal. An intermittent blogger, she often muses on AfricaIsACountry, Huffington Post, Ms Blog and Tikkun Daily.

Apply to be an Admissions Tour Guide

The Tour Guide position in an opportunity for students to support the recruitment efforts of the Office of Admission. The office seeks diligent workers who are mature, dependable, energetic, and eager to share their Wesleyan experience. The position is open to students in the class of 2018, 2019 and 2020 who are in good academic standing. Tour guide responsibilities include leading campus tours and attending meetings/trainings periodically throughout the year. This position starts in January 2017. Compensation will be based on campus work study pay rates, although you do not need to be eligible for work study to apply.

The application is due on Tuesday, November 8th at 11:59p.m. EST. Anyone who is offered an interview will be contacted no later than December 2. For additional information or questions, please contact Jordan Nyberg at

Apply for the 2020 Class Council

The mission of the 2020 Class Council is to develop academic and co-curricular programming for the benefit of all members of the Class of 2020.  If you would like to apply to join the Class Council, please submit this form by 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 20, to propose a program and provide a rationale for how your program would benefit the class.

Winter Session 2017 Financial Aid Application Deadline 10/20

The application for Winter Session 2017 Financial Aid is now available in student portfolios in the Winter Session bucket. You must complete the application before October 20 in order to be eligible for aid. Students who are currently receiving Wesleyan grant funds and are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S. may apply for aid, and may gauge their award eligibility using the chart available on the application. Applying for financial aid does not obligate you to take a course; if you’re considering Winter Session but are not sure, please apply for aid anyway.

Financial Aid process:

  1. Apply for Wesleyan grant aid by October 20, using the form in your EPortfolio.
  2. You will receive an award letter Thursday, October 27.
  3. Enroll in your course beginning Friday, October 28; bring your paper enrollment form, award letter, and payment for the difference between tuition and your award to the Continuing Studies office.
  4. If you plan to use student loans to pay for your course, please consult with your financial aid advisor to make sure you have enough loan availability to cover both Winter Session and the spring term – you do not need to submit any additional forms to borrow student loans for Winter Session.
  5. Applications for grant aid will not be accepted after Thursday, October 20. Need-based grant funds are limited and will not meet full need, as Winter Session is an optional term.

More information about Winter Session, including the course list, is available at Winter Session takes place January 9-24. Course registration, housing requests, and dining requests will open on Thursday, October 28. Housing and Dining requests will only be accepted until Tuesday, December 6 at noon.

Please direct all questions to

The Historic Decision on Net Neutrality, and What it Means for the Future 11/10

Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is a central issue of freedom of speech and access on the Internet. If you’ve ever streamed movies, TV, or sports games on your computer, then net neutrality is something important to you!

In February 2015, the FCC voted to uphold Net Neutrality and forbade Internet providers from charging some users to access “fast lanes” while forcing others into “slow lanes.” This was the single-most important issue surrounding the Internet, and the most important decision made by the FCC about the Internet, of the past decade.

Learn more about what net neutrality means in this Q&A with Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web), and by attending this panel with some fascinating guest speakers:

Right Now! Election 2016 Panel Discussion Series

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The Role(s) of Religion

October 27, 7 pm, PAC 001

 Behind the Curtain: Campaign Financing, Gerrymandering, and Barriers to Voting
November 3, 7 pm, PAC 001

The Future of Foreign Policy
December 5, 7 pm, PAC 001 

Gordon Career Center Open House for the Class of 2020 10/14

The Gordon Career Center (41 Wyllys Avenue) is hosting a special “open-house” event for first-year students on Friday, October 14, at 12:15 pm. Learn about the Center’s resources and services available to you from the start of your first year at Wesleyan. We will provide a brief overview about resume writing, internships, opportunities over winter break,  our career management platform Handshake, and how to get involved on-campus to gain experiences and skills that will help you to land summer internships and jobs.

Meet the staff and the Peer Career Advisors and let us partner with you as you begin to explore your interests and possible career paths. This event is a perfect first step to working with the Gordon Career Center.

For more information, please contact:

Rachel M. Munafo
Assistant Director of PR & Communication
Gordon Career Center

Join Unity–GLBTQ and Christian Group Tonite at 8pm

Are you queer/trans and Christian? Join Unity, a new student group on campus, for our first meeting this Thursday, October 6th, at 8pm in Usdan 136! We are a group of questioning and curious queer/trans Christians that gather over dessert to build community and share about the joys, questions, and difficulties we live as queer/trans Christians. Our first meeting will be an information session, so feel free to drop by if you want to get a sense of what the group will be like. Membership in this group will be confidential and is specifically for students who identify as LGBTQ or questioning.  If you are interested and can’t make it to this first gathering, please reach out to Jenny to learn more about when/where future meetings will take place at

COL Open House Reception and Information Session 10/13

The College of Letters cordially invites members of the Class of 2020 to attend an Open House reception and information session, which will be held on Thursday, October 13th at 4:30 p.m. in the COL Library, 41 Wyllys Ave..  Professor Kari Weil will speak briefly about the Program and a number of COL students and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.

The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary major in literature, philosophy, and history, with a required area of foreign language concentration, and a semester in residence abroad (usually in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, or Israel.)  To learn more about the COL, study abroad possibilities, and the application process, please visit the COL website at:

Unlike most majors, the COL begins in the fall of the sophomore year, which is why application for it must be made in the spring of your first year.

This year the deadline for applications is Monday, March 27, the first day after Spring vacation.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Kari Weil
Director, College of Letters

Pumpkin Festival at Long Lane Farm 10/8

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The College of the Environment in partnership with Long Lane Farms
hosts the annual Pumpkin Festival on the farm (located at Wadsworth St and Long Lane Farm).

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from NOON to 4pm
(raindate will be on Sunday; same time)

The event is free for all to attend.
There will be tours of the farm, live music, activities and crafts
(ie: face painting, tie dying, letterboxing, paper making, creating fringy scarves from upcycled t-shirts) and much more.

Local vendors like The Board Room, Cinder + Salt and The Yarn Store will be there.
Pumpkins, apples and bake goods will be for sale.
Free veggie burgers and hot apple cider will be provided.
Grab a friend or two and join us!

The annual event is hosted by the College of the Environment, Long Lane Farms, and Bon Appetit

Hope to see you there!