Info Meeting about Summer Session in Oaxaca, Mexico — Nov. 17

This program is open to students in any year!

Information Session: Summer 2016 in Oaxaca, Mexico

With Professor of Anthropology, Anu Sharma and Associate Director of Study Abroad, Emily Gorlewski

Tuesday, November 17, 2015      South College B2/B3

12-1 p.m.   Pizza will be served   RSVP to study


Course Information    Credits: 2

Dates: May 25-Jun 3: Wesleyan Campus/Jun 5-Jun 24: Oaxaca, Mexico

Description: This course will focus on how indigenous communities are challenging the mainstream growth-oriented development logic promoted by international organizations, and articulating and living radical alternatives to development.


Emily Gorlewski / Associate Director, Study Abroad Office of Study Abroad / Center for Global StudiesWesleyan University  +1 (860) 685-3007  105 Fisk Hall, 262 High St. Middletown, CT 06457 

Meet the New Pre-Health Advisor ! Nov. 12

Welcome Reception for Mildred Rodriguez

Thursday, November 12, 4 – 5:30 PM, Career Center

Please stop in at the Career Center on Thursday, November 12, between 4 and 5:30 PM to have some punch and cookies and introduce yourself to Mildred Rodriguez who has just joined our counseling staff as the university’s health professions advisor.   You may also make an appointment to meet with Mildred by calling our main desk 860/685-2180. 


Spring Intensive Course Program

A new opportunity for you this SPRING!

The Wesleyan Spring Intensive is a new opportunity that will allow you to plunge into a new course every three weeks and to intensively focus on project or topic 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. Check out the menu of courses here  (and more details on Wesmaps and below)

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 ( or any of the faculty teaching through the intensive program, during planning period (Nov 3 through 16). Admitted students will then seek final course selection approval from their advisors.

Period 1

NS&B/BIO 250, Lab in cellular and behavioral neurobiology, Jan Naegele, Jan 22-Feb 11 (1:10 to 4:00)

PSYC261, Cultural Psychology, Bob Steele, Jan 22-Feb 11, 1:10 to 4:00

DANC/THEA/MUSC231, Performing Arts Videography, Lauren Petty, Jan 22-Feb 11, (9:00 to 11:50)

Period 2

PSYC/NS&B 316, Schizophrenia and its treatment, Matt  Kurtz, Feb 15-March 4, 1:10 to 4:00

PSYC381, Project-based programming for research, Lisa Dierker, Feb 15-March 4, 9:00 to 11:50

Period 3

MUSC222, Music and interactive media, Ron Kuivila, March 21 – April 8, (9:00 to 11:50)

SOC313, Time, Masks and Mirrors: Aging in America, Peggy Carey-Best, March 21 – April 8, 9:00 to 11:50

PSYC294, Developmental Tasks in Adolescence, Andrea Barthwell, March 28 – April 1, 9:00 to 4:00,

Period 4

CSPL202, Power of Insights: Design Thinking, Celena Aponte and Danielle Razo, April 13 – May 3, 9:00 to 11:50

PSYC204, Methods of interpretation, Bob Steel, April 13 – May 3, 1:10 – 4:00,

COL264, Animals and the Future, Carmelita Tropicana, April 13 – May 3, 9:00 to 11:50

DANC240, Deeper Ecology, Jill Sigman, April 13 – May 3, 1:10 to 4:00,


Celebrating Students 2017: Hannah Brigham

Hannah BrighamHalfway through sophomore year, while my friends were excitedly thinking about different study abroad options, I slowly came to the realization that I wanted the sort of experience that a study-abroad program would not offer. In place of a traditional study abroad semester I choose instead to take a semester off from Wesleyan and spend four months volunteering in rural Cambodia.

Why Cambodia? I chose Cambodia because, located exactly half way around the world, it is about as physically and culturally distant from my life as an American university student as one can get. I wanted to have an abroad experience that would challenge the way I think. And it certainly has.

In late August, I arrived in Cambodia to begin four months of volunteer work for an organization called Sustainable Cambodia (SC). SC is an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), created with funding and support from US Rotary Clubs, that works to empower Cambodians through improved education, increased access to clean water, financial support in the form of micro-loans, introduction of more sustainable farming methods and a variety of other projects. In all of these projects SC aims to have a “sustainable” impact, in other words when SC is gone, the villagers will have the skills and knowledge to continue to maintain the projects SC put in place.

Since arriving in Pursat, a small town four hours north of Phnom Penh, I have become involved in many different facets of the organization. One of the projects that I am initiating is a waste management program. Trash is a problem everywhere, but Cambodia, a developing country, has a much different “trash problem” than the US. The trash problem” in the US stems from excessive consumption and waste. In Cambodia, even though people produce significantly less trash than in the US, it is the lack of knowledge and resources to deal with trash that is the challenge. Cambodia lacks any sort of garbage collection service outside of the cities and the garbage services that they do have dump the trash in big piles outside the city, not in properly run landfills. This leaves rural Cambodians with only one choice of what to do with their rubbish, to burn it.

I was perplexed when I first saw piles of smoldering rubbish along the roadside. I have since come to understand that people here have no other alternative, so I am working on providing them another option. My approach has been to implement the classic “reduce, reuse, and recycle” program that we are very familiar with in the US. Through workshops that teach children how to turn their trash into toys like jump ropes and cars, implementing a recycling and composting system in the schools, and helping villagers set up their own compost systems I am hoping to encourage the ideology that trash is a resource, in other words trash does not need to be burned, it can be used again. Hopefully, someday the rural villages will have a safe and effective landfill, trash collection system, and recycling system, but in the meantime getting people to realize the value of their waste is my goal.

Another program I have spent a lot of time working on is the Tuk Tuk Theater. A tuk tuk is a two-wheeled carriage pulled behind a motorcycle, a very popular form of transportation in Cambodia. The Tuk Tuk Theater is a tuk tuk with a flat screen television mounted on the back. Other SC volunteers and I drive the tuk tuk out to the rural villages were we play with the children and provide them healthy snacks. We have also been introducing hygiene lessons to the children before we show them short films on the television that is powered by the tuk tuk battery. For many of the children this is a new experience. Most of them do not have electricity in their homes, let alone a television. It is incredible to be able to give them this experience.

While my experience in Cambodia is far from over, I have already learned so much from the wonderfully kind and generous Khmer people and I hope they have learned something from me. This has, without a doubt, been the most challenging two months I have experienced in my life, but at the same time it has been the two of the best.