Remembering the Vietnam War/Peace Symposium – April 9-10

Vietnam symposium

A commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s reunification, reflecting on the meanings of the war, the peace process, and its aftermath from the perspective of the Southeast Asian diaspora.

Tuesday, April 7 4:30-6 P.M. Exhibit: The Vietnam War and Student Activism at Wesleyan Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library, Wesleyan University

Thursday, April 9 4:15 P.M. Panel: “Aftermaths of the Vietnam War: Diasporic Art, Activism, and Research” Panelists: Lam Lê (director of Công Binh), Nancy Nguyen (Boat People SOS), Quan Tran (Yale University), Ma Vang (UC Merced) Moderator: Tri Phuong, Yale University Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

7:30 P.M. Film Screening: Công BinhThe Lost Fighters of Vietnam, dir. Lam Lê (France, 2012) Powell Cinema, Wesleyan University

Friday, April 10 4:15 P.M. Keynote Lecture: “The Vietnam War and the Vietnam Peace” Lien-Hang Nguyen, University of Kentucky Respondent: Catherine Fung, Bentley University Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

Saturday, April 11 2:45 P.M. Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam, dir. Rory Kennedy (USA, 2014), followed by panelist and audience discussion. Luce Hall Auditorium, Yale University

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Baldwin Lecture Fund, College of East Asian Studies, Center for the Americas, Division I, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, WesWorldWednesdays, Olin Library and Special Collections, and the French Mission for Culture and Higher Education at the French Embassy.

Contacts: Amy Tang, Stéphanie Ponsavady

SCCT Certificate Lecture: “UTOPIA” by Prof. Eirene Visvardi — Today, April 8

Please join us for the fifth and last of this year’s lectures on Fundamental Concepts in Theory, sponsored by the Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. Eirene Visvardi (Classical Studies) will bear us to the threshold of UTOPIA at 4:30 on Wednesday, April 8, in Downey 113.

The full schedule of lectures is available here: Videos of the semester’s lectures are available here:

Spring Intensive Semester Info Session — April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

A new opportunity available to Wesleyan students next spring!
Information session:
• Tuesday, 4/7 at 7:30 p.m. in Usdan 110
The Wesleyan “Spring Intensive” will allow students to plunge into a new course every three weeks and to intensively focus on one course at a time rather than balancing several. The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to build cohesiveness across their courses, collaborate with faculty, engage in project-based learning and sample from some never previously offered courses from prominent visitors. Each three week course will carry a full credit covering the same amount of material as 14 week courses.
Who can participate? Up to 50 students interested in building their spring schedule with intensive courses and other for-credit experiences.
Can I take other courses? Though most admitted students will take their courses exclusively in the intensive format, students may enroll in one or more semester-long credits for a senior thesis, independent or group tutorial, student forum, or internship. Students can also take quarter-credit courses outside the intensive format, schedule permitting.
When will intensive courses meet? Classes will meet Monday through Friday for 2 hours and 50 minutes for three weeks.
How will students be admitted? The Intensive program is POI. Interested students may apply for admission by meeting with Professor Lisa Dierker (ldierker@wes) or any of the faculty teaching through the intensive program, before or during planning period this fall. Admitted students will then seek final course selection approval from their advisors.
A bonus! Students admitted to the Intensive semester will not need to participate in pre-registration for spring 2016.
How do I learn more? Check out the emerging menu of courses that will be offered through the intensive, attend the information session on campus (4/7 at 7:30 in Usdan 110) or contact Lisa Dierker (ldierker@wes).

Lecture: “From Restraints to Recognition: Thriving with Mental Illness” — Melody Moezzi ’01 — April 7

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is joining with the Muslim Student Association and Active Minds to bring Melody Moezzi for a talk today, Tuesday, April 7th. Melody is a 2001 Wesleyan grad, who does a lot of speaking and activism around stigma reduction.  She wrote a book called War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims and her new memoir is called Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life.  She is excited to come to Wes to speak about living with mental illness, cultural barriers to help-seeking, and living with stigma.

The talk will take place at 7 PM on Tuesday April 7th in the Daniel Family Commons. Copies of her new book will be available, and light refreshments will be served.


Panels on “Drugs, Harm and the Campus”: First panel today at 4:30 p.m.

To the Wesleyan Community:
The Allbritton Center For The Study Of Public Life is presenting three linked panels in its Right Now! Series titled “Drugs, Harm, and the Campus.” Please join us and contribute to these important discussions.


Drug Use @ Wes

Tuesday, April 7, 4:30 p.m., PAC 002

What are we doing about drugs at Wes and why? A panel discussion on education, support and policies at Wes

Tanya Purdy, Director of Health Education (WesWELL)

Beth DeRicco, Higher Education Outreach, Caron Treatment Centers

Ashley Fine ’15

moderator: Mike Whaley, Vice President for Student Affairs


The Physiology of Drugs

Wednesday, April 15, 8 p.m., Memorial Chapel

What is actually happening inside your body?

Mike Robinson, Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience & Behavior

Stefanie Jones, Drug Policy Alliance

Mark Neavyn, M.D., Director, Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital

moderator: Ishita Mukerji, Dean of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Drug Policy, Regional and National

Tuesday, April 28, 8 p.m., Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

The policy debate: What is to be done?

Ethan Nadelmann, Founder and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Susan O’Connor, Program Director, Phoenix House

Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning in the State Office of Policy and Management

moderator: Rob Rosenthal, Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

Work for Reunion/Commencement! App deadline 4/10

Reunion and Commencement Weekend 2015 is fast approaching (May 21st-May 24th), 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, make lasting connections with alumni, and represent the student body to hundreds of visitors and guests. Potential jobs include working at the Registration site, being a Camp Cardinal Counselor, 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, April 10th at 5:00 PM, and we will notify you of your employment status no later than Wednesday April 14th.

There will be a mandatory student employee meeting on Tuesday, May 19th in Exley Science Center 150, at 5:00 PM. 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 or 860-685-2802. Thanks for your interest!

Best, Interns

Aarit Ahuja ’16, Melissa Leung ’16, Catherine Marquez ’16, and Nisha Grewal ’17 Reunion and Commencement 2015 Interns Office of Alumni and Parent Relations 330 High Street (860) 685-2802