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

Link: https://eaglet.wesleyan.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=88243

Anthropology Alumni Panel: Come Hear Four Wes Alumni Talk About Life after Wesleyan 3/29

If you’ve ever wondered “hmm what do I do with a degree in anthropology?” (or have no idea what anthropology does in the Real World™️) this is the event for you! Even if you’re not an anthropology major come hear four amazing alums talk about where they are now in their careers, how they got there, and how anthropology has informed them along the way.

Each panelist will present for 10-15 minutes, and there will be a Q&A after each speaker. (See poster attached for details on the four speakers)

Friday, March 29th, 2019
Allbritton 311 (Top floor of Allbritton)

The Career Center is providing Mondo following the panel!


FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/320525741997566/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1553626285047072
Anthro at Wes: https://www.wesleyan.edu/anthro/
Questions? Contact: Lola- lsounigo@wesleyan.edu, Rachel- ryanover@wesleyan.edu or Vanessa- vauritt@wesleyan.edu

Apply to Work Reunion and Commencement Weekend

Reunion and Commencement Weekend 2019 is fast approaching (May 23 – May 26), and we need student employees! Aside from getting paid, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to help out with one of Wesleyan’s biggest events, network and make lasting connections with alumni, and represent the student body to hundreds of visitors and guests. Potential jobs include working at the Registration site, being a Camp Cardinal Counselor, escorting guests around campus in shuttle vans, and much more!

To apply for a position, please fill out and submit the student employee application, available here. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, April 4th at 11:59 PM, and we will notify you of your employment status by Sunday, April 7th.

There will be a mandatory student employee meeting on Tuesday, May 21st in Exley Science Center 150, at 5:30 PM. If you are hired, you must attend this meeting to receive your work schedules, event staff T-shirt, and other important event information.

If you have any questions, please contact us at aprinterns@wesleyan.edu.

Thanks for your interest!

Sophia Law ’20, Ainsleigh Caldicott ’21, and Iiyannaa Graham-Siphanoum ’21
Reunion & Commencement 2019 Interns
Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
330 High Street

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!

Fulbright Grants: A Year Abroad After Graduation

Do you want to travel overseas after graduating from Wesleyan? Fulbright grants provide full funding for a year of research, graduate study, or English teaching in a foreign country.

With over 2,000 awards each year and no minimum GPA requirement, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest and most inclusive national fellowship program.

Come to learn more and hear about Study Abroad Advisor Michael Acosta’s recent Fulbright experience!

Tuesday, April 2, 12 noon
Fisk Commons
Lunch from Thai Gardens will be served!

Contact: Dr. Magdalena Zapędowska, Assistant Director of Fellowships, Fries Center for Global Studies

Senior Interviewer Application

The Office of Admission is pleased to announce that the application for the Senior Interviewer program is now available.  The Senior Interviewer program is a professional internship in the Office of Admission.  A more complete description of the job is included in the application, but basic duties include interviewing prospective students , co-leading information sessions with an admission dean or another Senior Interviewer, participating in various panels and workshops on-, and occasionally off-, campus, and generally representing Wesleyan to our visitors. Applications are due by noon on Wednesday, April 4 and can be found here:


Senior Interviewers play an integral role in the shaping of the first-year class, from representing Wesleyan through anecdotes and experiences to evaluating prospective students and, for a select number, the opportunity to read first-year applications.

SI’s are expected to work approximately 8 hours per week and every other Saturday morning during the fall semester, including Fall Break but not Thanksgiving.  Your hours are predicated on your academic schedule and availability, and the rate of pay is $12/hour.  There is an opportunity to work all or part of the summer on a full time schedule, and the pay for the summer months is $14/hour and fully subsidized housing on campus.

Informal information sessions about the program for those seeking to learn more are available 12:15-1:15pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 & 27 in the Office of Admission, and will include current SI’s to answer your questions.  You need not attend for the entire hour.

All members of the Class of 2020 are invited to apply, including those currently abroad.  In addition to the written application there is two-stage interview process.  Group interviews, including a short presentation from each candidate, will take place from Sunday, April 7 to Tuesday, April 9.  For those individuals selected, a second interview (about an hour, 30 minutes with an admission dean and 30 minutes with a current SI) will take place the week of Monday, April 15.  Both of these will be scheduled via a Google sign-up sheet.

If you don’t know much about the program you can learn more about our current SI’s and reach out with questions here:


I hope you will consider applying for this exciting and fulfilling opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the Wesleyan community by playing a role in Wesleyan’s future student body.

Please direct any questions to Chris Lanser at clanser@wesleyan.edu

Register for Summer Session

Registration for Summer Session opens tomorrow, March 6. Forms will be in the Courses/Summer Session bucket of your Portal Wednesday. Registrations are processed on a first-completed, first-registered basis; seats are not save by class year or major.

Please email summer@wesleyan.edu if you have questions or visit them at 74 Wyllys next door to Admission.