Services for New Week and Beyond 3/20

Dear Students,

As we all struggle to get used to Wesleyan in a distance-learning mode, we in Student Affairs wanted to provide you with an online resource guide detailing services and supports that will still be available regardless of whether you are near or far in the coming weeks.

Wishing you safe travels, good health and successful transitions.  As always, let us know how we can help.  Go Wes!

Warmly,

Dean Mike

 

Become A Wesleyan Study Abroad Ambassador! – Info Session 3/3

Introducing the Wesleyan Study Abroad Ambassador Program! This brand new program gives study abroad returnees an opportunity to share their international experiences and support their fellow students in a meaningful way.

Study Abroad Ambassadors will work closely with the Office of Study Abroad to support Wesleyan students as they navigate each phase of their study abroad experience. Ambassadors will promote international experiences and intercultural learning opportunities, offer guidance to applicants and outgoing students, and support students once they return to campus.

Because this is a new program and we want study abroad returnees to help shape it, we are holding an information / brainstorming session on Tuesday, March 3. We hope to see you there!

Study Abroad Ambassador Info Session

Tuesday, March 3 from 12-1pm

Fisk 201

Lunch will be provided – Please RSVP here

The Proof is in the Pudding: Putin’s Pivot to Asia with Dr. David Abramson ’87 — Today, 4:30 p.m.

The Proof is in the Pudding: Putin’s Pivot to Asia

Monday March 26, 4.30 pm, PAC 001

Dr. David Abramson, Senior Analyst in the Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of State. will discuss the drivers of Russia’s outreach in Asia and its prospects for success.

Putin initiated his pivot to Asia policy even before the West began imposing sanctions on Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014.  Putin’s reaction to the U.S. and European-led condemnation was to double down and demonstrate that Russia had partners other than the West and would not remain isolated.  Consequently, Moscow has been reaching out actively to both familiar and nontraditional partners in Asia, but has a long way to go in building trust and following through on its commitments beyond the optics of trying to reestablish itself as a global power.

Dr. David Abramson (Wesleyan Class of 1987, Russian Language and Literature) is senior analyst covering Russia’s relations with Asia for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia.  He previously worked for many years as a Central Asia analyst, focusing primarily on Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Islamic trends in Eurasia.

During 2001-2005, Dr. Abramson spent four years in the Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, monitoring and promoting religious freedom in the Middle East as an element of U.S. foreign policy, advising on outreach to the Muslim world, and engaging with Muslim-American communities.

Dr. Abramson also teaches courses on Central Asia at Georgetown University and has published on Islam, national identity, and foreign assistance in Central Asia, and on anthropologists working on national security.  He received his doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University where he specialized in community and conflict in post-Soviet Uzbekistan.

 

REES Lecture: “Derelict Futures: Soviet Industrial Space in Contemporary Russian Culture” by Daria Exerova — 12/5, 11:50 a.m.

Please join us for a lecture by Daria Ezerova,

“Derelict Futures: Soviet Industrial Space in Contemporary Russian Culture.”

Tuesday Dec. 5, 11:50-1:00, 112 Boger Hall

Daria Ezerova is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. Her dissertation is titled “Derelict Futures: The Spaces of Socialism in Contemporary Russian Literature and Film.” Her research focuses on contemporary Russian culture and the extent to which it demonstrates the continuity of Soviet models of representation. She considers examples from literature, drama, and film from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s and compares them with the landmarks of Soviet culture. The primary focus of her dissertation is the representation of space. Through exploring the interrelationship between space and time in the periods of radical political transition, she argues that after the fall of the USSR capitalism substituted itself for Soviet Marxism as the tutelary spirit that invested space with a sense of the future, and Russian culture briefly renewed its belief in progress. But this optimism proved to be short-lived: in the Putin era, a new sense of space emerged in the literary and cinematic counter-culture that that was marked by the acute absence of any scenario suggesting temporal progress.