Faculty/Sophomore Supper Series with Profs. Pitts-Taylor and Kaye–RSVP deadline today


Defining Your Interests and Making Informed Choices


Reminder to RSVP today!  Only a few spaces left.


Guests of Honor:

Professor Victoria Pitts-Taylor, FGSS


Assistant Professor Kerwin Kaye, Sociology


Come and enjoy a three-course meal while you talk with Professors Pitts-Taylor and Kaye

in an informal setting about their experience as undergrads, their path to the academy,

their research and teaching, and why they love what they do.


Wednesday, October 29 at 6 p.m.,  Limited Seating

RSVP required by Tuesday, October 28 at noon to skulesza@wesleyan.edu


Co-hosted by Dean Brown, Deans’ Office/Student Affairs,

and Liliana Carrasquilla-Vasquez, Residential Life/Student Affairs, and

joined by Persephone Hall, Wesleyan Career Center

McNair & Mellon Mays Program Info Session — 11/4, 6:30 p.m.

McNair & Mellon Mays Program Information Session, Tues, 11/4 @ 6:30

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to assist students from underrepresented groups, including students who are first-generation to attend college and low-income, to prepare for and successfully enroll in post-graduate programs, especially Ph.Ds.  Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Wesleyan’s program focuses on students majoring in the sciences.  McNair Fellows are eligible for summer research stipends to conduct research with a faculty member at Wesleyan and to receive a stipend during the academic year to continue their research.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to increase the number of faculty of color at U.S. colleges and universities and to overcome the effects of persistent underrepresentation of certain groups in the academy. Students from those groups, and others who have demonstrated a commitment to overcoming disparities in higher education that result from that underrepresentation, are eligible for the Fellowship. Mellon Fellows are selected in the spring of their sophomore year, participate in an intensive summer session, and work during their junior and senior years on individual research projects, guided by faculty mentors. Fellows receive academic-year fellowships, support for attendance at conferences and for research, and funding during their two summers in the program. Through the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation provides additional support for Fellows while they are in graduate school and during the earlier stages of their academic careers. Upon receipt of the Ph.D. in fields stipulated by the Mellon Foundation, Fellows have a portion of their undergraduate loans repaid. Mellon Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Learn more about the two programs and meet with current McNair and Mellon students at an informational session on Tuesday, November 4, from 6:30-7:30 in Usdan 108.

Lecture & Concert: “To Not Forget Crimea: Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars” — Friday evening, Oct. 24

“To Not Forget Crimea: 

Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wesleyan University

Panel Discussion (6PM-Beckham Hall, free)

and Concert (8PM Memorial Chapel, $8)


 The event will be live-streamed. More information and live-stream link available at: https://www.facebook.com/crimeaproject

 This project is co-sponsored by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, Dance Department, Government Department, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, and the Ukrainian Selfreliance New England Credit Union. Made possible in part by a grant from Wesleyan University’s Creative Campus Initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This event is also part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.





Note from Dean Brown: Open Houses–Wed./Thurs., “Choosing Your Major” Workshop–Wed., 2nd Qtr. Courses

Dear 2017’ers,


This is a reminder that many departments and programs have scheduled OPEN HOUSES between Wed.,  Oct. 22 and Fri., Nov. 14. Click on Open House to view the schedule and any changes.  


On board this week are:

Wed. – FGSS and NS&B

 Thurs. — ENGL and SOC

Lunch or refreshments are provided.

Check schedule for their times and locations.


CHOOSING YOUR MAJOR WORKSHOP is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22 at 6 p.m. in Usdan 108.  Dean Brown and Persephone Hall from the Wesleyan Career Center will be there to suggest ways to approach or decide on your major and answer any questions you may have.  Grab your dinner and join us! 


Also, check out the Major Declaration Website for information about choosing and declaring a major during the sophomore year.  Check out “The Guide” for major exploration exercises and links to campus resources.   Department and program’s home websites and faculty members are great sources of information.  Questions about how the major fits into study abroad plans or possible careers should be directed to the Office of International Studies and Wesleyan Career Center, respectively.


SECOND-QUARTER COURSES:  If you have some time and want some more credit, take a look at these courses.  They begin this week. You have 5 business days to register for the courses by submitting an add/drop form (found in Dean’s Office or the Registrar’s).  Get the instructor’s and your faculty advisor’s approval and signature and then bring the form to me for final processing.  Check my email for a list of courses.

Hope you had a great fall break and are refreshed and energized for the rest of the semester!  Any questions?  Please see me.  Note that Wednesday evening office hours will be from only 5-6 p.m. due to the Choosing Your Major workshop.  Best, Dean Brown

Open Houses for Prospective Sophomore Majors — Oct. & Nov.

directionClick on the schedule below for Open Houses offered by departments and programs this fall semester.  Check out any major in which you think you might be interested so that you can get your questions answered!

There will be a “Choosing Your Major” workshop with Dean Brown and Persephone Hall of the Wesleyan Career Center on Wed., Oct. 22 from 6-7 p.m. in Usdan 108.  Grab your dinner and come join us to talk about academic direction and majors.


Open House Schedule Fall 2014

Center for the Humanities Talk–Tonight!

Jordan Kraemer

In what sense are mobile phones, and related devices, mobile? Mobile phones, and mobile computing generally, facilitate particular kinds of mobility—especially elite, cosmopolitan, voluntary forms of movement and circulation—due in no small part to their user interface design. But what counts as movement, culturally speaking? How are mobile devices mobile in relation to the body? When are they characterized instead by locatability, for example, in relation to location-based services? This talk takes up these questions to consider how circles of friends in Berlin interact with the interface design of mobile technologies, especially smartphones, which expect a singular, indivisible subject as the user. Everyday mobile phone practices often challenge implicit norms built in to mobile devices, with implications for sociality, mobility, and experiences of urban space.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014 | 6 P.M.