Study Abroad Fair–Mon., Feb. 12 Noon-1 p.m.

Monday, February 12, 2018   (12pm-1pm)   Fisk Hall 201, 262 High Street 

Come along to this Study Abroad Fair to learn more about the three study abroad language and cultural immersion programs administered by Wesleyan in Italy, Spain, and France: 

** ECCO: Eastern College Consortium in Bologna (Italy)

** VWPM: Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Madrid (Spain)

** VWPP: Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris (France) 

These programs offer instruction in all disciplines, through enrollment in either regular university courses or courses taught for foreign students by local faculty. 

If you are a student aiming to gain proficiency in French, Italian or Spanish, and are interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities, we highly encourage you to attend! 

Office of Study Abroad      P.S.  Did we mention there’ll be free pizza?



CHUM Monday Night Lecture Series–“Neither Grand nor Modest: Critique as a form of historical analysis” with Joan Scott, Institute of Advanced Studies, 2/5/18, 6 p.m.

Neither Grand nor Modest: Critique as a form of historical analysis
Joan W. Scott • Institute for Advanced Studies
FEBRUARY 5 @ 6 P.M. | Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

This talk will argue that critical approaches to history need neither endorse grand narratives nor restrict themselves to small case studies. Using material from my new book, Sex and Secularism, I will try to formulate what I take to be a vision of theoretically informed critical histo.

Center for the Humanities · 95 Pearl Street , Middletown, CT 06459

Interfaith Trip during Spring Break — 3/19-23! Sign up ASAP!!

Interfaith Service Trip 2018!  

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is organizing a trip to New Jersey where we will do community service, learn about other religious traditions, and engage in rich dialogue and discussion from March 19-23.  All are welcome!!  The cost for five days (transportation, room, and board) is $450/person, but generous financial aid is available.  If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Tracy at, or register here:


PAC Speaker Series–“Freedom of Expression: A View from the Bench” with Hon. Katherine B. Forrest ’86 — Today, 2/1 at 4:30 p.m.

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Katherine B. Forrest (class of 86) will be speaking this afternoon on freedom of expression. She was appointed as a federal judge by President Obama (Southern District of New York) and has been involved with a number of high profile cases, including a challenge to indefinite military detention under the National Defense Authorization Act.

CSS Info Session — Feb. 6 at noon

An Invitation from the Tutors and Students in the College of Social Studies

The CSS Tutors and Students invite you to a CSS Info Session on Tuesday, February 6th, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., in the CSS Lounge, PAC 406.

Several of the CSS Tutors and many of the CSS Students will speak.  This Info Session will offer you an opportunity to ask questions about the CSS.  Pizza will be served.

Please note:

  • Applications for the CSS will be available online beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th, and are due by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13th.
  • Interviews with CSS Tutors and Students will be held before Spring Break.
  • Check here for more information about the CSS:

New Course: DANC378–Contemporary Dance from Global Perspectives

Repertory and Performance: Contemporary Dance from Global Perspectives (DANC 378, Sec 01).

Mon/Wed 2.50- 4.20pm at the Cross Street Studio.

This interdisciplinary course aims to understand contemporary dance and the moving body from global perspectives. It draws from a range of approaches to aesthetics and choreography, politics, and understandings of culture-at-large. Students will spend the majority of class time collaborating and learning various movement possibilities. In addition, they will also learn by viewing, discussing, and writing. There will be several guest classes with instructors representing the world of global contemporary dance today. The course is a combination of studio and lecture and will also include critical discussions of scholarly writing, watching and analyzing choreographic sequences on film, participating in guest master-classes, and attending on and off campus performances (including seeing performances in New York City).

This is a hybrid course focusing on studio and lecture components that relate to a range of subject areas and disciplines including (but not limited to) Dance, Film Studies, Anthropology, Eurasian Studies, African-American Studies, Theater, South Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, FGSS, History, and Music. Students will engage with multiple cultural practices, values, and traditions, and will learn to articulate a synthesized understanding of common aesthetic trends, structures, and ideologies.

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Call for Submissions of Art/Performance on Disruption/Disaster Due: Feb. 1

The College of the Environment Think Tank is inviting proposals for creative work on the theme of “Disaster” and the ways in which humans confront or survive disasters, to be shared with the public on Friday, March 2, 2018 in the Memorial Chapel as part of an event hosted by the COE Think Tank.

Below is the description of the themes we are working with.

Proposals can be submitted for the creation of new work, or for existing work.  We are able to offer $200 honoraria. In addition to sharing the work at the March 2 event, we will ask you to talk about your project in 8-10 minute presentation with time for audience to respond and ask questions.

Proposals are due by Thursday, February 1, midnight, to Katja Kolcio –

Selection will be determined by Tuesday, February 6.  Work must be completed by Monday, February 26 and the event will take place Friday, March 2, afternoon-evening.

Please include:

Your full name      Wesleyan University Email Address     Your Wesleyan University P.O Box # (for payment purposes only)     Your Wesleyan University ID # (for payment purposes only)     Your class year and major(s) if you have declared.     Are you an international student? (for payment purposes only)A 300 word (maximum) description of the work. A sample of the work or other relevant work if such exists.  A description of the format and technical requirements (Performance? Exhibit? Video? Music? Etc?)


Since its inception, the Earth has had a violent history of disruption and disasters.  Volcanic eruptions, transformations of the atmosphere, meteoritic collisions, mass extinctions, moving glaciers, plagues, disease, wars, politics and belief systems are but some of the perturbations, natural and otherwise, that disrupt the dynamic processes of the earth and all life that has lived on it. Natural and anthropogenic perturbations across a range of scales set the Earth, ecosystems and human communities onto different courses.  While disruptions and disasters have been an integral part of the history and evolution of the planet, the relationship between humans and their environment continues to evolve as perturbations shift in frequency, magnitude and type.  These perturbations arise from both non-anthropogenic  and anthropogenic  sources.  But there is also a growing human-environment interaction that leads to disruptions and disasters at a variety of scales.  While some of the anthropogenic factors depend upon technological advances (e.g., nuclear radiation) other factors are ancient (e.g., the use of fire to clear large areas for agricultural purposes, such as in Ukraine, Indonesia or South America).

Our current world offers a series of profound challenges to humanity.  We are pushing our world towards a tipping point of climate change by our changes to the carbon cycle and use of fossil fuels. The social-political-ethnic-religious theater of rivalries and conflict intensifies as the environmental stage rotates. The biochemical machinery of humans and the biological world is now constantly challenged by exposure to a bewildering array of microbes, chemical, and other disturbance agents—to which, humans and other Earth inhabitants must continually adapt. In all of this, the human-environment relationship is cyclical. Both parts of the relationship manifest change in the other setting up an ever changing dynamic.

The 2017-2018 College of the Environment Think Tank will focus upon how humanity will confront and take measure of the human-environment relationship from diverse perspectives of biochemistry, ecology, socio-political-religious, somatics, art, and embodiment.

Thank you, 2017-18 Think Tank Members

Katja Kolcio, Chair and Professor of Dance

Ishita Mukerji, Professor of Integrative Science and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Marguerite Nguyen, Assistant Professor of English and East Asian Studies

Eiko Otake, Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment

Helen Poulos, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environment Studies

New Course: ENGL223: African Novel after Achebe MW 2:50-4:10 p.m.

  • ENGL223: African Novel after Achebe with Professor Lily Saint (MW 2:50): 
    • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2003 novel, PURPLE HIBISCUS, summons Chinua Achebe, the “grandfather of African literature,” in its opening line: “Things started to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion.” While Achebe remains a formative influence on Adichie and on many other contemporary African writers, the central preoccupations of African literature have shifted considerably in recent years. This class will consider recent topics animating the field. These include debates about Afropolitanism, the role of publication houses and prize committees in the canonization and circulation of texts, queer African literature, African-language literature, and the position of African literature vis-à-vis world literature. Readings will be chosen from among the newest novels and short stories in publication.

See Wesmaps for more information.

New Course: ENVS303/CGST303–Ukraine and Its Environment Time: TBA

Ukraine and Its Environment (ENVS 303 CGST 303)

WesMaps link!wesmaps_page.html?stuid=&facid=NONE&crse=014802&term=1181

This course will include an intensive travel experience to Ukraine over Spring Break.

The cost of the course travel is covered by your tuition.

Please note, this year there are NO PREREQUISITES REQUIRED.

Space limited: POIs will be granted during Drop/Add period.

Contact Katja Kolcio and Barry Chernoff

Please note, this year there are NO PREREQUISITES REQUIRED. Space limited: POIs will be granted during Drop/Add period.


New Course: DANCE 251: Javanese Dance I T/Th 2:50-4:10 p.m.

New Course and Special Opportunity to study Javanese Dance with distinguished artist from Indonesia only this Spring 2018!

No previous dance experience required!

Javanese Dance I  

DANC 251.01 Spring 2018

T/Th 2:50-4:10 PM

World Music Hall

Credit: .5
Certificates: South Asia Studies!wesmaps_page.html?stuid=&facid=NONE&crse=003461&term=1181

Course Description Instruction in the classical dance of central Java will begin with the basic movement vocabulary and proceed to the study of dance repertoires. At the end of the semester, an informal recital will be arranged with the accompaniment of live gamelan music. No previous dance experience necessary.


Trained in both classical and contemporary Javanese theatrical and dance forms, Pamardi is a prominent dancer and choreographer from the renowned Institute of the Arts in Surakarta, Java, Indonesia; he is considered one of the preeminent performers of both refined and strong form of Javanese dance. Pamardi has extensive performance experience in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, China, India, Europe and the United States, and has taught dance in Indonesia, Japan, and the United States.