2020 Power of Language Conference

The Power of Language Conference seeks to bring awareness to the many benefits of language learning and to promote the study of languages other than English across campus. It creates a forum to empower culturally sensitive citizens to thrive in the contemporary global environment. This year’s conference will highlight multilingual initiatives inside and outside the classroom. We invite students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community to join us in celebrating multilingualism on Wesleyan’s campus and beyond.

To learn more about what types of a proposals we’re looking for, please visit bit.ly/wespol2020 

The deadline for proposal submission is Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the members of the Conference Steering Committee.

Apply to Work for Homecoming Family Weekend 2019

Homecoming Family Weekend 2019 is fast approaching (November 1st – November 3rd), 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 parents, alumni, and represent the student body to hundreds of visitors and guests. Potential jobs include greeting guests at the registration site, assisting with activity and event preparation, 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 Friday, October 4th at 5:00 PM, and we will notify you of your employment status by Monday, October 7th.

There will be a mandatory student employee meeting on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:00 PM in the Woodhead Lounge in Exley Science Center. 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, Daniela Estrada ’20, and Irmina Benson ’21
Homecoming Family Weekend 2019 Interns

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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfaQ8OEGjLlgtYdZmzdAmPzCyMElwWU4fhTnv5aTcBQ-XEYNA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Senior Wisdom for Juniors Dinner 4/29

Monday, April 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Usdan 1o8

Advice from seniors to juniors on how to navigate one’s final year at Wesleyan.

Senior panelists include: Rachel Chung, Taylor Dillon, Alli Fam, Meghan Jain, Jackie Leete, Sarah Padgett.

Catered by Haveli

Chicken Tikka Masala
Saag Paneer
Vegetable Biriyani
Vegetarian Samosas

Please RSVP through this link

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  https://www.tobymacnutt.com 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  https://www.tobymacnutt.com

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

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

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.