Apply to be a Tour Guide!

Last year, the Office of Admission welcomed over 13,000 visitors to campus! Tour guides are often the first, and sometimes the only, interaction a family will have with a Wesleyan representative while here. Are you up for the challenge.

The Tour Guide position is an opportunity for students of all majors to support the recruitment efforts of the Office of Admission. We seek 15-20 new guides who are mature, dependable, energetic, articulate, positive, outgoing and eager to share their Wesleyan experience.

  • In addition to giving informed tours of Wesleyan University each week, you will be expected to:
  • Attend all 3 days of new Tour Guide training (Jan 21-23)
  • Act in a professional and respectful manner while in the office and on tour
  • Dress appropriately while on tour
  • Attend tour guide staff meetings once per month
  • Participate in Admission office events (Open House, WesFest etc…)

The position is open to students in the class of 2020, 2021 and 2022 who are in good academic standing. Compensation will be based on campus work study pay rates, although you do not need to be eligible for work study to apply.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Applications are due on Sunday, October 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Anyone offered an interview will be contacted by October 30.
  • Interviews will be conducted the last two weeks of October and the first week of November.
  • Those offered a position will be contacted before the Thanksgiving break.
  • New guides will be required to return from winter break early for paid training (Jan. 21-23).

To apply, go to https://goo.gl/forms/EeEset9XXUMszG1B2.  The deadline is Sunday, October 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

New Course: CHUM302–Black Speculative Fictions and the Anthropocene

Black Speculative Fictions and the Anthropocene

(Thurs., 1:20-4:10pm, CFH 106)

CHUM 302 (AFAM 312; E&ES 125; FGSS 301)

SR non-major: 8 JR non-major: 7 SO: 0 FR: X

The genre of black speculative fiction–in the form of literature, art, music, and theory–provides a generative framework through which to (re)think understandings of race, gender, sexuality, class, the body, disability, citizenship, and the human. Often couched as taking place in the “future,” black speculative fictions also engage the past and critique the present. This makes the genre a critical resource for addressing the Anthropocene. The term “Anthropocene” first emerged from the discipline of geology in 2000. Scientists proposed that Earth had entered a new epoch (following the Holocene) in which “humans” had become geological forces, impacting the planet itself. However, the term Anthropocene raises numerous questions. What does it mean to think about the human at the level of a “species”? What constitutes evidence of the Anthropocene and when did it begin? Who is responsible for the Anthropocene’s attendant catastrophes, which include earthquakes, altered ocean waters, and massive storms? Does the Anthropocene overemphasize the human and thus downplay other interspecies and human-nonhuman, animate-inanimate relations? Or does it demand a (potentially fruitful) reconceptualization of the human? Further, how does artificial intelligence complicate definitions of the human and, by extension, of the Anthropocene? Centering the work of black speculative thinkers and placing it in conversation with scientific studies ranging from marine biology and geology to cybernetics, this course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Anthropocene that endeavors to (re)conceptualize the human, ecological relations, and Earth itself. Texts engaged will include: novels, art, music, theory, and scientific studies.

Major Readings:

Select primary sources: Octavia Butler, DAWN; N. K. Jemisin, THE FIFTH SEASON; Samuel Delany, STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND; Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and Halley Wegryn Gross, WESTWORLD; Sun Ra, SPACE IS THE PLACE; Bina48; Wangechi Mutu; Ellen Gallagher; Janelle Monae; Grace Jones; Drexciya
Select secondary sources:
Joni Adamson et al., eds., KEYWORDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Alexander Weheliye, HABEAS VISCUS: RACIALIZING ASSEMBLAGES, BIOPOLITICS, AND BLACK FEMINIST THEORIES OF THE HUMAN
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, M ARCHIVE: AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD
Anna Tsing et al., eds., ARTS OF LIVING ON A DAMAGED PLANET

New Course: HIST291/FGSS296–Gender and History

A great new History course was added over the summer: “Gender and History: Women Working, the U.S. and Global Capitalism since 1900” (described below and in the attached flyer), which also satisfies the requirements for the FGSS gateway.

Because it was added to WesMaps during the summer after frosh had registered, many seats are available for frosh and sophomores.

The instructor, Aimee Loiselle, is a PhD student from the University of Connecticut’s History Dept. who is finishing a dissertation this year titled: “Creating Norma Rae: The Erasure of Puerto Rican Needleworkers & Southern Labor Activists in the Making of a Neoliberal Icon.” Aimee will be sharing her research with faculty and students this fall; more details will be forthcoming. Her email so you have it if you or your students have questions is: aloiselle@wesleyan.edu.

HIST 291/FGSS 269

Gender and History: Women Working, the U.S. and Global Capitalism since 1900

TuesThur 1:20-2:50, PAC 422

This seminar will introduce students to histories of gender and sexuality in the context of women’s paid work, the U.S., and global capitalism since 1900. In this perspective, “U.S.” does not denote only the geographic, bordered United States, but also a political, economic, and cultural hub for currents of transnational capital and labor. While women have always worked, ideas about “woman’s work” shift across race, class, region, and time. Feminist historians have examined the dynamics between gender, work, and labor activism, and the ways that women earning wages in turn change notions of gender, sexuality, and the body. Yet recent histories of capitalism too often ignore women’s history, gender analysis, and sexualities.

We will discuss influential theories in the field of gender and sexuality studies and how they apply to the writing of such history. All students interested in gender as a category of historical analysis for their scholarly work in any field, as well as prospective history and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies majors, will benefit from this course.

Important questions push beyond a simplistic gender binary division of work, labor, or class to ask: how do gender, race, and class impact sex work; how do notions of femininity obscure the significant role of women workers in U.S. imperialism; what happens to ideas of gender, sexuality, and race when women join currents of migrating workers; what are perceptions of the “right work” for women’s bodies and how do these change across other categories like race, class, and size; what has the “feminization” of paid work with the rise of service industries meant for men and masculinity in different regions? This course seeks to reinforce recent scholarly attention to the connections between workers, labor, and economic and social structures through the study of women, gender, and sexuality.