PSYC Open House — March 3 at noon

Overview of the Psychology Major for Prospective and New Majors March 3rd  (Tues.), 12-1pm, Judd 116

Andrea Patalano (Department Chair) will give a brief overview of the major including course requirements, cultural immersion and foreign language, and research experience and thesis writing. Much of the time will be devoted to answering individual student questions about major requirements so come with all your questions in hand.  At the beginning and end of the hour, Professor Patalano will also be available to sign forms (e.g., abroad forms, transfer of credit, etc.) and to look over your academic history (if you bring a copy) and to give advice about future directions.  Please taking advantage of this event for getting your questions answered about the major! Pizza will be provided!

We Speak We Stand: Bystander Intervention Training–Register by Feb. 20 for Feb. 23; also March session

wsws spring 2015 flyer


Become an active bystander!

Register for bystander intervention training!

Empowered bystanders make the campus community safer by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others.

Intervening with peers can be difficult for a number of reasons and training will provide you with the skills to move from inaction to action and intervene safely and effectively. The training features two distinct and separate tracks:

sexual violence prevention and alcohol use intervention.
Register by Friday, February 20th!    Contact CAPS or WesWell.
Dinner included!


Africanizing Technology Conference — March 5 & 6

This is an exciting conference on campus that will be of special interest to students who are exploring global studies, development, or science, technology, and medicine from a global perspective in their studies.  The keynote lecture is by Dr. Julie Livingston (Rutgers University), who is a recent MacArthur Genius Grant winner and author of Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (Duke UP, 2012).  Her talk and the conference panels are open to the public.

Africanizing Technology

Wesleyan University 

 Thursday, March 5th

Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Room 311


5:00pm            Keynote Lecture: Julie Livingston (Rutgers University)

“Pharmaceutical Technologies and the Nature of Efficacy in Botswana”


Friday, March 6th:  Conference Panels

Usdan University Center, Room 110

9:00am             Panel I: Technologies of Identity and Knowledge Production

Drew Thompson, Bard College–“Disputes over the Past: The biometric passport and studio photography in Mozambique, 1980-Recent Times”

Crystal Biruk, Oberlin College–“Standards and ‘gifts’: Soap as improvisational technology in Malawian survey research worlds”

Summer Wood, New York University–“Technologies of Identity in Tanzania”

Panel Chair: Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University

10:45am          Panel II:  Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development        

Susan P. Wyche, Michigan State–“‘If God Gives Me the Chance I will Design my Own Phone’: Rural Kenyan Repairers and Reimagining Mobile Phone Design”

Sean Jacobs, The New School and “Africa is a Country” Blog–“Shifting African Digital Landscapes”

Gloria Emeagwali, Connecticut State University– “Interconnections between female entrepreneurship and technological innovation in the Nigerian  Context”

Solen Feyissa, University of Minnesota–“Contextualizing Educational Uses of Information Communication Technologies inside and outside of Ethiopian Classrooms”

Panel Chair: Mike Nelson, Wesleyan University

1:45pm            Panel III:  Imagining New Technological Cultures

Laura Ann Twagira, Wesleyan University–Becoming Master’s of Nature: Women’s Transformation of a Colonial Irrigation Project in French  West Africa”

Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina–“Tinkering, Techne, and Cars: The Africanization of a Hindi-named European Technology”

Mahriana Rofheart, Georgia Gwinnett College–“Fictional Technologies of Collaboration”

Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University–“Of Mammy Trucks and Men: African Automobility and the Politics of Development in Colonial Ghana”

Panel Chair: Heidi Gengenbach, University of Massachusetts Boston

3:15pm            Coffee Break

3:30pm            Panel IV: Technological Cultures of Health and Healing

Anne Pollock, Georgia Tech–“Africanizing synthetic chemistry?: Hope in Drug Discovery ‘by and for’ Africa”

Donna Patterson, Wellesley College–“Pharmacy, Biomedicine, and Gender in Senegal”

Tara Dosumu Diener, University of Michigan–“Practice Makes Perfect: Signal, Noise, and Clinical Imagination in the Maternity Ward”

Sarah Hardin, St. Anselm College–“Modern Potions: The Social and Health Repercussions of Pesticides in Senegal and the Francophone World”

Panel Chair: Paul Erickson, Wesleyan University

5:30pm            Closing Discussion

For more information please see the conference website:

Or, contact the conference organizer Prof. Laura Ann Twagira (


Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Chinese Culture Club! Fri., Feb. 20

  The Lunar New Year for this year is this Thursday, Feb.19th!

Chinese Culture Club is holding Wesleyan’s FIRST Lunar New Year Carnival this Friday at 6pm, Feb, 20th in Beckham hall!

The theme for this year’s Carnival is FOOD + GAME = FUN EXPLODES!!!!!!

It’s a great opportunity to have New Year’s dinner with friends, which is called 年(nian)夜(ye)饭(fan) in Chinese and ensures your friendship in the coming year;

to experience Chinese kids’ favorite traditional games such as String Figures (翻花绳) and Chopstick Challenges;

and to have some dim sum while watching culture shows.


HOW DO I GET TICKETS???????  Come and get your ticket with a free lucky pocket (红包) in Usdan Lobby Wednesday through Friday 11-1pm.

Early-bird Tickets: $5 each in cash (Wednesday – Friday noon in Usdan Lobby).  Including:  One serving of self-chosen New Year’s Dinner (Vegan available);  A stamp-collecting sheet for game competition and rewards; A free lucky pocket; Entry for the raffle and opportunities to win special gifts.

Tickets at door: $6 each in cash (Feb. 20th Friday 6pm at Beckham Hall), only includes dinner and stamp sheet.  Tickets are limited by 60 due to food and space constraint, so be quick!

However! If you only want to enjoy the games, IT’S FOR FREE!  Drop by between 6pm and 9pm and experience some Chinese games and arts! You may also want to bring some cash to buy some delicious Chinese dim sum and drinks!

More detailed introductions:

1. Games!

Tired of old ways to learn Chinese Culture? We do GAMES!

Test your response speed by playing Musical Chairs, or your tacit understanding with best friend by Acting and Guessing Charade.  Or form a team and come for Chinese Knot Relay!  Or to find out who is best at using Chopsticks by picking up peanuts and beans!  Or… just to do some Calligraphy, Paper cutting and folding, and learn some tricky games with strings in String Figure!!!


2. Food!

All right all right! We know you all like Chinese food.  New Year’s Dinner will be served from 6-7pm. You can get your combo by presenting your ticket  to our chefs.  From 7-9pm, more games are coming but dim sum (desserts) and drinks will be sold.

3. Performance!

During food time as well as game time, we have performers to keep you entertained while you wait for your food and game. Come and see the show!

As promised, something different and exciting this year!  Check out our Facebook Page for all related updates!

”Chinese New Year Celebration: Game and food, fun explodes”

COME COME COME!  Looking forward to have a special New Year experience with every one of you!  Sincerely Welcomes, Chinese Culture Club


History Matters…Careers: Lunch and Talk with Pam Tatge ’84 — Thurs., Feb. 19


History Matters…Careers:


Pamela Tatge ’84 P’16

“From History Major to

Art Center Director”

 Pam Tatge


Come to hear Pamela Tatge, Wesleyan’s Director of the Center for the Arts, reflect on the role her history major and her Wesleyan education played in her personal and professional path. 


Thursday, February 19, 12-NOON

PAC 002. Lunch will be available.

Program House Hopping–TODAY noon-5 p.m.


Interested in Program Housing or CBLVs but want to see your options first?

Well, you’re in luck – Program Houses and CBLVs will be welcoming you to their open houses



12:00PM – 5:00PM


For more information on participating locations and for a Program Housing map and list, visit us on Facebook!



Religion, Faith and Queer Identity: Interfaith Panel Discussion — 2/7


Interfaith Panel Discussion

February 7, 2015

12 PM – 2:15 PM

Daniel Family Common

(updated location)

Panelists include students, alumni, and religious leaders from the community. Free lunch provided.

Hosted by the Queer Resource Center, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Presbyterian Promise

Please RSVP by emailing