Summer Study Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico — Apps due March 8

Other Worlds Are Possible: Life Against and Beyond Neoliberal Logics

Middletown, CT, United States; Oaxaca, Mexico

A Wesleyan faculty-led program with Professor Anu Sharma ( and Gustavo Esteva, Universidad de la Tierra ( This four-week intensive course examines radical challenges, in theory and on the ground, to mainstream neoliberal capitalism and development strategies promoted by international organizations such as World Bank and the IMF. After the 1980s, considered by many as “the lost decade” of development, some scholars and practitioners declared the development enterprise as fundamentally wrong: It was a misguided and violent neocolonial project that could never provide the answer to inequality and poverty. These radical critics argued for building a “post-development” era. In this course, we look at the conceptual history of the term “post-development” and also examine what post-development life looks like on the ground, among dispossessed communities. We will focus on lived and imagined challenges to neoliberal capitalism. We spend the first week at Wesleyan, brushing up on the critical ideas and movements that have emerged out of Mexico (and Latin America, broadly) over the past four decades in reaction to mainstream development discourse. We will then explore these ideas and lived alternatives in Oaxaca, Mexico. We will spend three weeks learning about and working with marginalized communities that are rejecting capitalist development and building and experimenting with living a “good life” (buen vivir) on their own terms.

Application and deposit due by March 8. Current sophomores and juniors may apply. Limited financial aid is available for this program.

PSYC Major and Careers in Mental Health — Feb. 11

Interested in the Psychology Major?–Careers in Mental Health 2/11

Prof. Chuck Sanislow, will discuss options for careers in mental health-related professions, including how best to prepare for clinical psychology and related programs. Guide to Applying to Graduate School. We welcome as our guests from the Gordon Career Center: Pamela Grande, Sharon Belden Castonguay, Jacob Gonzalez, and Ruthann Coyote. Pizza will be provided!

Mon., Feb. 11th (Mon.), 12:20 – 1:20 pm, Judd 116

Major Declaration Request – Prospective student email received from Registrar’s Office after submitting request:

Psychology Majors Manual – there are specific requirements to get into the major:

Right Now! Series: From Art to Action: A Different Response to Wartime Sexual Violence — 10/4 at 4:30 p.m.

RIGHT NOW! Series:
From Art to Action: A Different Response to Wartime Sexual Violence

Wednesday, October 4, 4:30 pm, Allbritton 311

On June 12, 2015, the art installation “Thinking of You” displayed 5,000 dresses in the football stadium of Pristina, Kosovo, to honor the thousands of survivors of wartime rape. The documentary The Making of #ThinkingOfYou, produced by Anna Di Lellio and Fitim Shala, is a story of art and women activism to change the culture of isolation, resignation and shame that surrounds sexual violence in war.  Professor Anna Di Lellio will be speaking.

Prof. Anna Di Lellio is a sociologist and policy analyst, whose research focuses on nationalism, security, transitional justice and state-building in the Balkans. She teaches at the Graduate Program in International Relations, The New School for Public Engagement, and at the International Relations Program of New York University. Prof. Di Lellio received her doctorate in Sociology from Columbia University and her Master’s in Public Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

She worked in Kosovo for some years, as political adviser to the Prime Minister; Media Commissioner under the aegis of the OSCE; and research analyst and advisor on the Kosovo Liberation Army program of reintegration for IOM and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. Among her publications is the book The Battle of Kosovo 1389. An Albanian Epic (I.B. Tauris, 2009), published also in Albanian and Serbian, and the edited collection of essays, The Case for Kosova. Passage to Independence (Anthem, 2006). She is the producer of Thinking of You, a documentary on the making on the art installation by Alketa Xhafa Mripa, dedicated to the survivors of Kosovo wartime sexual violence. Prof. Di Lellio is the cofounder and managing director of the Kosovo Oral History Initiative. In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merits by the President of the Republic of Kosovo.

For further information please contact Peter Rutland