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Presentation Skills Workshop for Students

Thursday, April 6, 12-1pm      Gordon Career Center 

Are you interested in what it will take to get on the fast track in the new economy, and even to get a foot on the ladder out of school?  Kirt Mead ‘65, who has spent his career in small consulting and research firms, will discuss the skills that new age firms interviewing at Wes will be looking for.  We will address not only the “left brain” skills of developing and delivering a drop dead presentation, but also the “right brain skills associated with interviewing and unstructured conversations.    


Fulbright Information Session —  Tuesday April 25th @ 12PM | Usdan 110
All students are invited to attend an information session to learn about Fulbright grants – the many options, best practices in preparing your application and a timeline. Great opportunity for juniors and graduating seniors to learn about Fulbright and consider planning an application for the upcoming October 2017!

For more on the on campus application process: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cgs/fellowship/fulbright.html

Fellowship Writing Workshop (1) — Tuesday April 25th @ 6-7PM | Center for Global Studies (Fisk Hall)

Please join Kate, Associate Director of Fellowships, Internships & Exchanges to start your fellowship or scholarship application for fall. Understand the application process and what application materials are required. Bring a laptop for notes and to start working on your personal statement.

The workshop will be an hour and food will be provided. Students must register for this event online: https://goo.gl/forms/fm2B8bxKHElobuuu2 (you will need to be logged onto WesPortal to access this form!). Please note that there is a limited number of spaces. Registration operate on a rolling basis and capped at 20 participants.

Fellowship Writing Workshop (2) — Wednesday April 26th @ 12-1PM | Center for Global Studies (Fisk Hall)

Please join Kate, Associate Director of Fellowships, Internships & Exchanges to start your fellowship or scholarship application for fall. Understand the application process and what application materials are required. Bring a laptop for notes and to start working on your personal statement.

The workshop will be an hour and food will be provided. Students must register for this event online: https://goo.gl/forms/fm2B8bxKHElobuuu2 (you will need to be logged onto WesPortal to access this form!). Please note that there is a limited number of spaces. Registration operate on a rolling basis and capped at 10 participants.

If you are unable to attend any sessions, and have questions, please visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cgs/fellowship/nomination.html for more information on fellowships or to set-up an individual appointment. 


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Note from Dean Brown


Welcome back to the start of your last 6.5 weeks of classes!  Time really flies, doesn’t it?  Lots to both reflect upon and celebrate! 


It is more crucial than ever to make sure that you are on target to graduate with 32.00 credits with no oversubscription, 16.00 Wesleyan credits, the completion of at least one major, and a minimum G.P.A. of 74.00.  In addition, you need to have met your residency requirement (six semesters for first-year entrants, five for sophomore transfers, and four for second-semester sophomore or junior transfer).  Check your credit analysis and major cert form.  You must meet all degree requirements to be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. 

Now is the time to add credits if you are below 32.00 (due to a plain credit deficit or because of oversubscription) or below 16.00 Wesleyan credits.  Please add the necessary credit this Monday or Tuesday, although you do have five days from the first class to add or drop a 4th quarter course.  Make sure that this credit will not oversubscribe you. 

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course (May 3 deadline), make sure that you will not need it to complete your major or that it will not put you below 32.00 useable credits or 16.00 Wesleyan credits.  (Add some partial credit now if that would make a difference for your credit total if you withdrew.)   


April 5 at noon – Senior Speaker essay due to Dean Brown

April 19 at 4:30 p.m. – deadline to submit honors theses and essays

May 3 – last day to withdraw from classes

May 10 – last day of classes

May 11-15 – Reading Period

May 16-19 – Final Exams

May 25-28 – Reunion/Commencement activities, 185th Commencement on the 28th

May 29 at 4:30 p.m. – deadline to move out of housing 

Information about “Name Coach” (for name reading at graduation) and Caps & Gowns will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. 

In closing, best wishes to all those finishing up their senior thesis, essay, exhibit, performance, research or other capstone experience! 

If you have questions or concerns, or if I can be of help, please do not hesitate to contact me, come to drop-in hours (listed below), or give the office a call (x2758) to schedule an appointment. 

Best, Dean Brown



Cultivating Belonging:

The Haitian Revolution and Black Struggles Today!

An Interdisciplinary Dialogue 

Friday, April 7th 2017  4:30 p.m.

Russell House

This program will bring together a panel of three scholars from three fields of inquiry to engage in conversation about the Haitian Revolution, (the only successful slave revolution in the history of the West) to assess its complex formations, meanings and gendered representations, as well as its possible implications for Black struggles today. Professors Alex Dupuy (Sociology, Wesleyan), Jeremy M. Glick (English, Hunter College) and Kaiama L. Glover (Africana Studies and French, Barnard) will gather to discuss their specific works, which focus explicitly on the Revolution and its aftermath. The timeliness and timelessness of this conversation could not be more exigent as we contemplate how to best envision new futures with “maximalist” potential when detrimental echoes of the past reverberate in our present.


Alex Dupuy is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Wesleyan U. He is the author of Haiti in the World Economy: Class, Race, and Underdevelopment Since 1700 (1989); Haiti in the New World Order: The Limits of the Democratic Revolution (1997); The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti (2007); Haiti: From Revolutionary Slaves to Powerless Citizens. Essays on the Politics and Economics of Underdevelopment (2014), and more than three dozen articles in professional journals and anthologies. He is particularly interested in issues of Caribbean political economy and social change. He is a well-known commentator on Haitian affairs.

Jeremy M. Glick is Associate Professor of African Diaspora literature and modern drama at Hunter College, English Department. He is currently working on long-form essays on various topics including Frantz Fanon. His first book, The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution, is the 2017 recipient of the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. It was recently reviewed by Slavoj Zizek in the L.A. Review of Books.  His second book project is entitled Coriolanus Against Liberalism/Coriolanus & Pan-Africanist Loss. He is also the Hunter College Chapter Chair of the PSC-CUNY Union.

Kaiama L. Glover is Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon, first editor of Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine (Yale French Studies 2016), and translator of Frankétienne’s Ready to Burst (Archipelago Books 2014), Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano (Archipelago Books 2016), and René Dépestre’s Hadriana in All My Dreams (Akashic Books 2017). She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.

Announcing the 2017 GLASS Prize!

The GLASS (Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies) Prize is awarded for the best research and writing on a subject in queer, trans*, LGBT, or sexuality studies. The prize is open to Wesleyan undergraduate students in all classes; senior essays and theses are preferred. The award includes no cash benefit, but the winner’s name will be published in the 2017 Commencement booklet.

Entries must be submitted in hard copy by 4pm on Thursday, April 20 to the Center for the Americas (look for the bin labeled “GLASS Prize” in the downstairs hallway).

If you have any questions, please contact the GLASS Prize chair, Prof. Margot Weiss (mdweiss@wesleyan.edu).  More info at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/queerstudies/glass.html

To International Students in the Class of 2017:

In anticipation of the bad weather predicted for Friday and the possibility that Ms. Watson may not make it to campus, she will be on campus tonight until 6pm to endorse I-20s and provide travel letters. 

 Please send Ms. Watson an email at jwatson@wesleyan.edu to request your letter.

Janice D. Watson, Coordinator, International Student Services/PDSO





Would you like to share your Wesleyan experience at graduation?  If so, simply submit a 200-250 word essay answering the following question:

What has your Wesleyan experience meant to you?

The essay should be roughly equivalent of the speech you wish to deliver at graduation. Completed essays should be emailed to Dean Brown (lsbrown@wesleyan.edu) by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 5.

All essays will be reviewed anonymously by the Senior Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, which will select several finalists for interviews from the pool.  Interviews will be conducted in mid-April, after which the speaker will be announced.

Speaking at Commencement is a unique responsibility that should be taken seriously.  If you are interested in becoming the senior speaker for Commencement, please do not hesitate to submit an essay!

Good luck and all the best!

If you are a senior who has engaged with foreign-language study while at Wesleyan, the rationale below will help you explain to prospective employers the skills you have gained through such a course of study.

Why Foreign-Language Study is a Good Idea for Every Student  

We assume if you have reasons to learn a particular language (to study, work, travel, or live abroad or for resources not fully available in English translation), you already know why it is important. Here are reasons to study any language besides English or whatever you regard as your native language:

  1. Many employers, professional schools, and graduate schools see serious study of a second language (potentially, a double-major) as evidence that you can (a) put yourself more easily in others’ (colleagues’, clients’) shoes and (b) communicate more effectively even in English.
  2. You will never know your own language and culture more deeply than by studying another–by looking at it from the outside. Learning to thrive with the unfamiliar is often linked to creativity in many intellectual and professional contexts.
  3. Language learning teaches you to think more clearly and sharpens your brain’s ability to make sense of the world.
  4. Deep study of another culture through its language brings home how much of value will never be made available in English.
  5. Puzzling out another language and culture will help you understand (and empathize with) the difficulties of non-anglophone immigrants, colleagues, clients, and travelers in the U.S., even if you never leave American shores.
  6. Learning another language well makes it easier to learn any language in the future. Even if you never need this, the experience–especially if you study abroad–will make you far more confident in your ability to face any intellectual or professional challenge.  
  7. Foreign-language courses fit easily into study plans: offered on highly varied schedules, they provide a stimulating (and fun!) break from problem-set driven, heavy-reading or arts courses.

Wesleyan offers:

Arabic language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/aaissa/profile.html

American Sign Language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/courses.html

Classics (Greek and Latin): http://wesleyan.edu/classics/

East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean): http://wesleyan.edu/ceas/

German studies: http://wesleyan.edu/german/

Hebrew language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/dkatz01/profile.html

Romance Languages & Literatures (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish): http://wesleyan.edu/romance/

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program: http://wesleyan.edu/russian/

Any other language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/silp.html

Do not hesitate to contact any faculty teaching these above language(s).


The Gordon Career Center Launches a New Funding Initiative for Students 

The Gordon Career Center has announced their launch of a new student funding initiative called the Career Development Grant. This serves as an expansion (and replacement) of the old SuitUp fund. Students can still ask for funding to cover interview attire, but they may now also request funds for things like graduate exam fees, career-related travel expenses, and professional conferences. Students may request up to $500 over their time at Wesleyan. In general, students must be on need-based aid to qualify, though exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You can read more here. Interested students are asked to contact Jacquie Fought (jfought01@wesleyan.edu) for an application or Anne Santaniello (asantaniello@wesleyan.edu) for questions about the fund itself.

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are happy to announce the launch of an undergraduate research prize. The research project, widely conceived, can be from any undergraduate course taken in Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017 from currently enrolled Wesleyan students. Honors theses are not eligible.

Projects will be evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources as well as on the quality of writing and research. We are particularly interested in receiving applications that show evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself.

There will be two cash awards: a 1st-place prize worth $500 and a 2nd-place prize worth $250.

Instructors and librarians are encouraged to nominate students’ work; students may also self-nominate. Please send nominations to: libfriends@wesleyan.edu. 

All materials must be submitted electronically, preferably as PDF files. Applications will include:

  1. Application form: https://tinyurl.com/WesLibFriendsPrize
  2. Statement on the use of the Wesleyan libraries (maximum 600 words)
  3. Paper/Project
  4. Bibliography

The jury will be comprised of members of the Friends of Wesleyan Library board, Wesleyan librarians, and Wesleyan faculty from Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

Deadline: 5pm, March 10, 2017.  Awards will be announced in April 2017.

For inquiries, contact the Friends of Wesleyan Library, at libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

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