Red Cross Blood Drive — Feb. 7 & 8

It’s that time of the semester: Wesleyan’s Red Cross Blood Drive Committee is hosting this semester’s annual blood drive on Tuesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 8th from 11:45-5:45 in Beckham Hall.

To schedule an appointment, go to the Red Cross website or email

Fun Facts about blood donation:

  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • One pint of blood (one donation) can save up to three lives.
  • About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
  • More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.
  • If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.

With all the tragedies that are occurring everyday in the US, blood is constantly in need to save lives. It would be great if you could help out!

Common Moment for an Uncommon Time — Today, 4 p.m.


Connecting body, spirit and well being.

DAC COURTYARD in the CFA, 4pm Friday.

As our diverse campus community in a multitude of ways processes the election results, we wanted to offer students, faculty and staff an opportunity to come together for contemplation and healing. We intend to share embodied and mindful practices from the worlds of dance, movement, and music. All are welcome.

ANTH & #BlackLivesMatter — Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m.

Anthropology & #BlackLivesMatter

A Discussion of research, activism in relation to the Decolonizing Anthropology Project

Panel featuring:  Dawn Elissa Fischer (SFSU), Bianca Williams (UofC-Boulder) and Gina Athena Ulysse (Wes U)

Tuesday, November 1st, 4:30-6:00pm, Beckham Hall

About the speakers:

Dawn-Elissa Fischer (Africana Studies, San Francisco State University) is completing two manuscripts entitled Blackness, Race and Gender Politics in Japanese Hiphop and Methods to Floss, Theories to Flow: Hiphop Research, Aesthetics and Activism (an introductory textbook).  Her work has been published in Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Centurythe Journal of Popular Music Studies, Transforming Anthropology, FIRE!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies and The Western Journal of Black Studies. Dr. Fischer has co-produced a short film, Nihon Style, with Bianca White, which documents an annual Hiphop festival and its related organizations in Japan. She co-directs the BAHHRS (the Bay Area Hip Hop Research and Scholarship) project with Dave “Davey D” Cook, which was awarded the Cesar Chavez Institute’s Community-University Empowerment Grant.  Dr. Fischer is a founding staff member of Dr. Marcyliena Morgan’s Hiphop Archive as well as a co-founder of the National Hip Hop Political Convention.

Bianca C. Williams’s (Ethnic Studies and Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder) research centers on theories of race and gender within African diasporic communities, particularly the emotional aspects of being “Black” and a “woman” in the U.S. and Jamaica. She is at work finishing an ethnography, The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism (under contract with Duke University Press) and an edited volume titled, “’Do You Feel Me?’: Exploring Black American Gender and Sexuality through Feeling and Emotion,” co-authored with Jennifer A. Woodruff. Essays in Transforming Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology explore questions of race and gender in ethnographic research and pedagogical practices. She has also edited two collections of essays on #BlackLivesMatter, one for Cultural Anthropology and one for Savage Minds. She is a member of Black Lives Matter 5280 and the AAA Working Group on Racialized Police Brutality and Extrajudicial Violence.

Gina Athena Ulysse is Professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University.  A feminist artist-academic-activist and self-described Post-Zora Interventionist, she is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (UChicago Press, 2008), Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle (WesPress, 2015) and Because When God is too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD, a collection of poetry, performance texts and photographs (WesPress, 2017). She is Guest Editor of Caribbean Rasanblaj (2015), a double issue of e-misférica— NYU’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics journal. Her performance works include: I Am Storm: Songs & Poems for Haiti,  VooDooDoll What if Haiti Were A Woman: On Ti Travay Sou 21 Pwen Or An Alter(ed)native in Something Other Than Fiction and Contemplating Absences & Distances.  A committed public intellectual, when the mood strikes, she blogs for AfricaIsaCountry, Huffington Post, MsBlog and Tikkun Daily.

Long Lane Farm Pumpkin Fest! Oct. 8 — Noon-4 p.m.

The College of the Environment in partnership with Long Lane Farms,

hosts the annual Pumpkin Festival on the farm

(located at Wadsworth St and Long Lane Farm) 

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from NOON to 4pm

(raindate will be on Sunday; same time)

 The event is free for all to attend.

There will be tours of the farm, live music, activities and crafts

(ie: face painting, tie dying, letterboxing, paper making, creating fringy scarves from upcycled t-shirts) and much more. 

Local vendors like The Board Room, Cinder + Salt and The Yarn Store will be there.

Pumpkins, apples and bake goods will be for sale.

Free veggie burgers and hot apple cider will be provided.

Grab a friend or two and join us!

The annual event is hosted by the College of the Environment, Long Lane Farms, and Bon Appetit

Hope to see you there!




Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards: Committee Volunteers and Recipient Nominations

The Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards: Our Mission

The annual Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards ceremony seeks to honor the late Dean Edgar Beckham, whose dedication to social justice continues to positively impact the Wesleyan community. We aim to celebrate the students, faculty, staff, and members of the Middletown community whose efforts align with the ideals that guided his work. Our hope is that the recognition of these individuals will inspire other members of the community to commit to social justice work of their own.

To ensure that the ceremony is as successful as possible, the current members of the Edgar Beckham Planning Committee need full community participation. Here is how you can take part:

Join the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Planning Committee!

The Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Planning Committee is currently expanding. We are looking for motivated volunteers (particularly current freshmen and juniors) to help make our annual banquet ceremony a success.

If you:

~Care about social justice,

~Want to make sure that members of the community are recognized for good work they are doing, as they deserve to be, or

~Have any interest in event planning,

Please fill out the Committee Application form so that we can get to work!

Nominate Recipients for the 2016 Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards!

If you are aware of anyone who you think deserves recognition for their social justice work, please use the Nomination Form to nominate them for an award! Award recipients are selected by a blind, unbiased panel that is separate from the Edgar Beckham planning committee, so be sure to provide thorough reasoning for your nomination.

The nomination deadline is flexible, but please try to aim to have nominations in by March 28th.

Circulate this email and spread the word!

We need as many people to get excited and participate to make the event the most inclusive and rewarding it can be. As we move closer to the date of the event, stay tuned for posters, save-the-dates, and ticketing information.

Best, The Edgar Beckham Awards Committee

Jenna Shapiro ’17 & Clara Leonard ’16 awarded 2nd annual Let’s Get Ready Chairman’s Award

Congratulations to Jenna Shapiro ’17 and Clara Leonard ’16 for receiving the 2nd annual Let’s Get Ready Chairman’s Award.  For those of you who don’t know about Let’s Get Ready, it strives to provide  “low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college.  Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors.”

Recipients of the Award are selected by former Chairs of Let’s Get Ready’s Board of Directors and exemplify the power of students helping students. Jenna and Clara will be honored and presented their awards at Let’s Get Ready’s Annual Gala on April 13th at Chelsea Piers in NYC where approximately 500 attendees will gather in support and celebration of LGR and its members.

Please thank Clara and Jenna for their commitment to serving others and congratulate them for being recognized for their outstanding impact in their community!

Be a Senior Interviewer!! — Info Session 2/17; App due 2/29

The Office of Admission is beginning the hiring process for the 2016-2017 Senior Interviewer position.  As many of you are aware, this position would allow you to leave your legacy at Wesleyan and help shape the Class of 2021. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Interviewing prospective students in the summer and/or fall
  • Co-leading information sessions with Admission Deans to prospective students and families
  • Representing the Office of Admission and Wesleyan at various on-campus events
  • Other office tasks as needed such as data entry and answering phone calls/emails

We are also pleased to announce a new opportunity to join us in the summer of 2016 as a Senior Admission Intern. This position will offer the opportunity for rising seniors to engage not only in the regular functions of the senior interviewer position, but also to spend the summer learning about specific admission programs, such as campus events, international admission, athletics, communications, transfer students, tour guides, senior interviewers, and others, and the admission profession and higher education as a whole. You must commit to the summer internship AND the fall position if you are interested in the summer.

We will have two open information sessions on Wednesday, February 17, from 12-1pm and 4pm-5pm, where we will go over details of the position and answer questions. Current Senior Interviewers will speak about their own experiences and be there to answer your questions.  Both meetings will be held at the Office of Admission. These information sessions are not required and you do not have to attend the entire session, but if you are unable to attend and have any questions, please ask any current Senior Interviewer ( or contact Tara Lindros, Associate Dean of Admission, at Please RSVP for these sessions if you think you might attend at — these sessions may be subject to change and we need to be able to contact you. The application for the Senior Interviewer position can be accessed here:

Please note that the application deadlines for students on campus and for those studying abroad in the spring is Monday, February 29, 2016. Those on-campus candidates we would like to invite to participate in the first round of group interviews, during the lunch hours of the week of March 28 – April 1, will be notified by email by Friday, March 3. Candidates currently studying abroad will be invited for virtual interviews beginning Monday, March 7.