Asian and Asian-American Film Series: Short Series: An Unbounded Romance 2/24, 8 p.m.

The Asian and Asian American Film Series continues this Monday, February 24, at 8pm in Powell Cinema with: SHORT SERIES:  AN UNBOUNDED ROMANCE (2013, Czech Republic, USA, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, 79 mins) followed by a discussion moderated by Professors Ponsavady, Nakamura, Nguyen, and Tang.  Admission is free!

“These five quirky shorts explore couples in the form of puppets, travelers, or couch-bound potatoes as they come together and fall apart along their unexpected journeys(Asian Cinevision).

March 3: Harana

(directed by Benito BAUTISTA, 2012, Philippines/USA, 103 mins)

 All screenings will be held at Powell Cinema (8pm, free admission).  The event is sponsored by Wesleyan Academic Affairs, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Film Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund, Department of English, Department of American Studies, Wesleyan World Wednesdays, and the Asian American Student Collective.



Spring Break Schedule — Reserve a Seat Now!

thumbnailCALHSSI2Hi all,

If you would like to purchase a shuttle ticket for Spring Break, please stop by the Usdan Box Office to purchase one in before March 5th.

This year there will be shuttles running to and  from Bradley International Airport, New Haven, New York and Boston.

If you are interested, please consult the attached schedule.

Only 2 more weeks!


Re-orientation: Financing Study Abroad — 2/25, 4:15 p.m.

thumbnailCARKD1MAFinancing Study Abroad

February 25th | 4:15 PM | 41 Wyllys Room 115

Join Assistant Director of International Studies, Gail Winter, and Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Jacqueline Outlaw, for a discussion of the financial aspects of study abroad. Topics to be discussed will include financial aid, scholarships, and budgeting, as well as general information regarding study abroad. Come with questions!

COL Open Houses — March 3 & 4, 4:15 p.m.

TO:                  Members of the Class of 2017

FROM:            Professor Kari Weil, Director, College of Letters

The College of Letters cordially invites you to attend one of their Open House receptions, which will be held on Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 at 4:15 p.m. in the College of Letters Library, 41 Wyllys Ave.  I will speak briefly about the Program and a number of COL students and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.                          

The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary major in Western literature, philosophy, and history, with a required area of foreign language concentration, and a semester in residence abroad (usually in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, or Israel.)  To learn more about the COL, study abroad possibilities, and the application process please visit the COL website at:

Unlike most majors, COL begins in the fall of the sophomore year, which is why application for it must be made in the spring of your first year.

 This year the deadline for applications is Monday, March 24, the first day after  Spring vacation.  

I look forward to seeing you at the COL Open House.


WSA Rep Vacancy on StuAff Comm.: Apply by Fri., Feb. 21!

thumbnailCAAB4UEVIn case you missed this earlier…

Dear students,

A vacancy has opened on the Wesleyan Student Assembly for which we would like to offer you the opportunity to apply. This position includes full voting membership on the Assembly as well as membership on the Student Affairs Committee, a standing committee of the Assembly. Details are below.

One (1) position for membership on the Student Affairs Committee.
This position includes full voting membership on the WSA.

The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is composed of one chair and six members who together oversee and make recommendations on university student life issues. Members get to work on a range of issues and form relationships with key administrators and student leaders in residential life, judicial policy, fire safety, public safety, alcohol and other drugs, student health, and overall campus climate. One of the most versatile WSA committees including over seven subcommittees, SAC plays a key hands-on role in crafting administrative policy and advocating for student interests in major school decisions.


Please submit a 300 word statement of interest to Please be sure to include your name, class year, and the position for which you are applying. If you wish to apply for multiple positions, please submit separate statements. The deadline is Friday, February 21st.

Please also obtain a brief letter of recommendation from a Wesleyan student. The student should submit their letter of recommendation separately, and should be sure to include their own name and class year as well as that of the recommendee.

The best candidates will be contacted for an interview. All candidates will receive receipt of their application and a notice of their status by Sunday, February 23rd.

Please direct any questions to I look forward to your applications.

Thank you, Andrew Trexler, Vice President of the Student Body, Wesleyan Student Assembly

Categories WSA

Environmental Studies Internships — Apps due 2/24

College of the Environment Internships

The College of the Environment offers internships for students to undertake research under the guidance of a Wesleyan faculty or other mentor during the Summer or Fall, 2014. The projects must relate to any of the broad themes covered by Environmental Studies. These internships are available to students across the entire University regardless of major or class-year.

The internships may be undertaken at Wesleyan or off-campus.  The summer internship will run from May 28, 2014 – July 31, 2014. Fall 2014 internship would run the term of the semester but may also include Spring 2015.

The deadline for applications is due on or before Monday, February 24, 2014, allowing us to announce internship candidates by Friday, March 7th, prior to spring break. Student applications are to be delivered to Ms. Valerie Marinelli, Administrative Assistant, College of the Environment, 284 High Street.  The student application seeks two short letters of recommendation. In addition to recommending thestudent, the faculty mentor must briefly (1-2 paragraphs) explain the project, its importance and relevance to her/his research program. Letters of recommendation may either be sent to Ms. Marinelli through campus mail or by email (pdf preferred) to

The applications, including statements by faculty, will be judged by the oversight and awards committee.  You can access the applications at and click on Internships.

For further information, please contact Valerie Marinelli at (860) 685-3733.

AMST: Race and Citizenship in AMST– 2/10, 4:15 p.m.

Dear Frosh, 

I’m thrilled to announce a special RACE & CITIZENSHIP in AMST  faculty panel on Mon. Feb. 10, 4:15-6, Downey 113, featuring Professor J, Kehaulani Kauanui, Professor Amy Tang, Professor Laura Grappo, and me.  Amazing Almond Cookies From Lucibellos in New Haven and Fresh Apple Cider from Lyman’s Orchards in Middlefield will sweeten the food for thought. Please join us in this gathering of American Studies critical energy, especially if you’re considering looking into the critical power and scope of American Studies as a major.  AMST asks the big questions!

Best, Professor Pfister


Race and Citizenship in American Studies

 Joel Pfister, Amy Tang, Laura Grappo, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

(Also featuring Great Almond Cookies and Fresh Apple Cider) 

Monday, February 10th, 4:15-6pm, Downey 113

Come learn what American Studies can tell us about race and citizenship.  Panelists will explore this crucial field in both historical and contemporary terms and discuss new research directions. Topics include settler colonialism and the structural legacy of slavery, Native Studies, Latin@ Studies, Asian American Studies, and comparative work with African American Studies. 

Joel Pfister has published five books and two are on American Indians:  Individuality Incorporated: Indians and the Multicultural Modern (2004) and The Yale Indian:  The Education of Henry Roe Cloud (2009).  These books explore how government policies and programs to “citizenize” (a popular word in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) diverse people called “Indians” were linked to gender construction, heteronormative family life, emotional life, “individualizing,” class formation, and, very important, real estate acquisition and the shaping of workers.  He is Chair of American Studies and Olin Professor of English and American Studies.  

Amy Tang has been Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan since 2009. She teaches courses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, on race and representation, and on literary and cultural theory. She is completing a book, Repetition and Race: Asian American Literature and the Politics of Form, which explores the relationship between aesthetic form and politics in the era of liberal multiculturalism. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University (2009) and a B.A. from Harvard University (1994). 

Laura Grappo began teaching at Wesleyan in American Studies in Fall 2013.  She came from Dickinson College, where she was an assistant professor of American Studies.  Grappo earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan in 2001 and her Ph.D. from Yale in 2011.  She is currently working on a book titled, Home and Other Myths: A Lexicon of Queer Inhabitation.  Grappo teaches courses in Latina/o Studies, Queer Studies, and cultural theory.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008). She is one of six founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and is a current member of the American Studies Association National Council. Kauanui has also worked as producer and host of a public affairs radio program through WESU and widely syndicated, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond.” She also collaborated with a group of Wesleyan students on an anarchist politics radio show, “Horizontal Power Hour,” which is now re-launching with a new team as “Anarchy on Air” in February 2014.

Sponsored by the American Studies Department and the American Studies Majors Committee