Spring Intensive Open House — Mon., May 9 noon-2 p.m.

Spring Intensive Open House

This semester 35 students and 7 faculty took part in the spring intensive pilot program where they enrolled in/taught one course at a time within four 3-week periods. Come view student projects and interact with students and faculty participating in the spring intensive at our end of semester open house.  

When: Monday, May 9, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Exley 189 (24/7 study room)

Made-to-order smoothies will be catered by Middletown’s own Raw Youniverse.


Wesleyan Summer Session! Register Now!

Summer Session courses are an opportunity to catch up, get ahead, or fulfill GenEd expectations with an immersive study option. The small course format of Summer Session supports close interaction with faculty and fellow students. Courses include biology, chemistry, and numerous writing courses. The full list of Summer Session courses is available online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/summer/curriculum/index.html.

Registration for Summer Session is currently open; visit the Summer Session bucket in your e-portfolio to download the registration form. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your registration form and tuition payment to the Summer Session office at 74 Wyllys Avenue to be enrolled.

If you are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident currently receiving Wesleyan Scholarship support, you may be eligible for Summer Session financial aid.  The form is available in your portfolio and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, March 28. You will need to have your award finalized before you register for Summer Session if you plan to use aid. Please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/summer/wesleyan-students/tuition.html for a complete list of deadlines and other important dates related to Summer Session financial aid.   If you have any questions about Summer Session financial aid, please contact Mary Kelly at mgkelly@wesleyan.edu. For more information about Summer Session in general, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/summer or contact summer@wesleyan.edu.



Student Forum Course–SISP420: Super Science (and the evolution of the superhero genre)

If you’re interested in learning more about pop culture in America during the 20th century, you should consider taking SISP420: Super Science! (MW 1:10-2:30). The class examines the evolution of the superhero genre and the influence of historical, social and scientific events on some of your favorite heroes. Of particular note is WWII and the effects it had on comic book creators who were primarily first or second generation Jewish immigrants. We will be looking at issues of race, gender, disability, sexuality, and power through the development of superheroes and super villains over time.

Please email jfragen@wesleyan.edu for more information.

Spring ’16 Student Forums

For information about student forums that are being offered this semester, check out: https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/departments/Reg/StudentForums/Public/ApprovedStudentForums.pdf.

Interested students should reach out to the student leader(s) to attend the class and sign the Student Forum Registration Roster. The student leader(s) must submit the completed roster to the Registrar’s Office by 5pm on the last day of Drop/Add.

There is a 15 student course limit, and the student leader(s) have already been enrolled in the course.

New Course: ANTH309–The Anthropology of Digital Media

Here is a  new course we just added to our Spring roster. Anth 309/AMST 311, The Anthropology of Digital Media, taught by Jordan Kraemer, will meet on Tuesdays from 1:10-4 pm in Anthropology, Room 6.

Anthropology of Digital Media

Networked media technologies, from the Internet to mobile phones, are reshaping many aspects of daily life, selfhood, and society. While digital and electronic media seem to make the world smaller, ostensibly facilitating global flows of capital, people, goods, and ideas, this course examines how these technologies co-constitute particular kinds of subjects, accommodating some uses and modes of living more than others. Digital platforms and services, for example, are often designed with elite, technically savvy users in mind, yet are taken up transnationally in diverse and unexpected ways. Media, like other technologies, never exist separately from social life as independent agents of change, but instead emerge through contingent histories, material realities, constellations of discourse, and unequal distributions of power. This course introduces students to the anthropology of digital media and culture, drawing on empirical, ethnographic accounts from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including feminist technology studies, actor-network theory, queer theory critiques, new materialisms, postcolonial studies, and social informatics. Topics include space and place online, media publics, new transnationalisms, design anthropology, big data, social networks, virtuality and embodiment, the social construction of users, mobility and disability, and telecommunication infrastructures.

We will consider emerging media practices in cross-cultural and transnational settings, to examine the situated contexts of design and use, while asking broadly what consequences these technologies have for our social worlds. This course requires intensive reading and writing, including a final project that can be undertaken in a variety of ways, such as an original ethnographic or creative project exploring an emerging media practice.


New Course: “Zionism: A Political Theology”

This is a new course taught by Yotam Hotam who is visiting from the University of Haifa.

Zionism: A Political Theology

CHUM 319 Spring 2016 M 1:10-4:00 CFH 106

This seminar examines the political theology of Zionism by focusing on the intersections of secular aspirations and theological notions embedded in the ideology and practice of the national Jewish mission. To this end, the seminar is designed to explore the modern concept of political theology. In analyzing a range of selected primary and secondary sources, it will also bring this concept to bear on an understanding of the Zionist secular adaptations of theological concepts, such as heresy, faith, inner-experience, and redemption. Finally, the seminar will focus on how this type of political-theology informed the national Jewish language, symbolism, literature, social institutions, and social and political imagination.


New Course: COL264–Schwanze-Beast Performance Composition–Animals and the Future

Professor Carmelita Tropicana is going to be on campus on January 27 from 12-7pm to meet with students who are interested in learning more about the course described below.  Her office is in Davison Art Center/Alsop House, Room 211. Students can schedule meetings with her at ctropicana@wesleyan.edu or drop by her office.

Spring 2016 COL264: Schwanze-Beast Performance Composition-Animals and the Future

This interdisciplinary course led by writer and performance artist Carmelita Tropicana explores the meaning and role of animals in our lives and problematizes neat categories and distinctions between humans and other animals. The course also examines the use of sci-fi as a genre for social and political critique. The studio course will provide students the opportunity to share in the collaborative process and create content based on Schwanze-Beast, a sci-fi project in development by Tropicana. This hands on practical course aims to strengthen creative writing for interdisciplinary work. Students will also work as research assistants for Tropicana.



Wes Out Loud: Theater Production for SP’16–Submit Your Story!

Wes Out-Loud

Stories of Place: A Site-Specific Auditory Journey

Theater Department Faculty Production for Spring 2016

 Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place is a site-specific auditory performance piece that is conceived and created for the Wesleyan campus through collaboration between theater students and Professor Marcela Oteíza. Wes Out-Loud invites you to experience Wesleyan as a scenographic space by inserting new narratives into everyday sites. Through the juxtaposition of place and stories, we hope to bring forward the richness and diversity of the students of our campus, to promote inclusiveness, and to give space to voices that are usually not heard.

This production is an invitation to re-think and re-engage with our campus: Considering the institution and its physical context; location and architecture; its history; institutional and individual narratives; and how they affect our daily lives and our social interactions.

We will be creating a journey through specific places of our campus, into which we will intervene new narratives (students stories). Through which, we will be able to bring to light the richness of the students of this campus and, thereby, promote inclusiveness and provide space to voices that are not usually heard.

The process for this piece will be through collaboration between a group of nine to twelve students (who will register for a full credit of THEA: Performance Practice) and the project director (Prof. Marcela Oteíza). The students participating in the course will decide upon specific places and modes of interventions through group discussions, rehearsals, and aesthetic approach. The students will perform and/or create each intervention.

If you would like to participate in Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place, as a collaborator, please submit your story as the mode of audition (see attached form). If selected, you will add THEA Performance Practice under Prof. Oteíza during Drop/add in the spring.

There are also other ways to participate, such as Production Assistant, running crew, ASM, and so forth. If you are interested  please contact Rebecca Foster, Theater Department technical director at rfoster01@wesleyan.edu.

If you have further questions, please email Professor Oteíza at moteiza@wesleyan.edu, Ali Jamali (Assistant Director) at ajamali@wesleyan.edu or Eva Lou (Stage Manager) ylou@wesleyan.edu




Nine New Courses Added

Below are nine new courses that have been added to Wesmaps since pre-registration that have spaces available and can be added to schedules during adjustment: