Allbritton Events!!!: “Legal Structures/Social Enterprise,” “Talking About Race,” “Solidarity Organizing on Campus,” “Civic Engagement Certificate Info” — Dec. 2-5

Ownership Matters: Legal Structures for Social Enterprise

On Wednesday, December 2nd, you will have the opportunity to hear from Jim Steiker ’81 in Usdan 108 from 4-5pm. Jim Steiker ’81 will speak about his experience in the financial and legal sector, specifically the options for legal structure and ownership of social ventures. Jim was a legal representative for Ben Cohen in the sale of Ben & Jerry’s where Ben tried to take the company private in a mission based transaction rather than sell to Unilever

​Talking about Race with Jelani Cobb 

On Wednesday, December 2nd at 7, we are welcoming Jelani Cobb, PhD, Director of the Africana Studies Institute at UConn and Staff Writer of the New Yorker to speak in CFA Hall. His book, the Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, was published in 2010 through Bloomsbury Publishing.  His post recent published pieces include:

What Divides Us?: An Interview with Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway 11/15/15

Race and the Free-Speech Diversion 11/05/15

Ben Carson’s Exonerating Racism 9/22/15

Allbritton Talks: Effective Solidarity Organizing on Campus

When student, frontline communities, and organizers call for solidarity actions, how can we respond most effectively? What tactics do students have at their disposal to raise awareness, change policies, communicate support, or raise funds? How can work done here at Wesleyan affect change elsewhere? How is solidarity organizing different? We welcome all viewpoints- no background knowledge required.

Thursday, December 3rd, 12-1pm.    Allbritton 311, lunch provided.

Civic Engagement Certificate Information Session

Students in the CEC program participate in a wide variety of formal and informal civic activities in Middletown and around the world. These include volunteer work, practica, activism, and service-learning courses. The certificate is designed for students interested in reflecting upon these activities and integrating their civic and academic efforts.

Friday, December 4th, 12-1pm

Lecture: “Unraveling Iraq” with Emma Sky — Wed., Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

Please join us this Wednesday for a talk and book signing event with Emma Sky, an international development expert and peace activist who was initially opposed to the war in Iraq, but later became a high profile advisor to the US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Unraveling Iraq”

Talk and Book Signing


Emma Sky

Wednesday, September 30th

7:00 pm, PAC 001

Emma Sky is Director of Yale World Fellow and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East Politics. Sky served as Governorate Coordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq between 2003 and 2004, and as an advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007 to 2010. She was also an advisor to the US Security Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005, and advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006. Sky is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.



Lecture: “Prisons, Religion, and the Cultural Logic of Mass Incarceration” — Mon., 11/24

On behalf of the Religion Department, I would like to invite you to a public lecture by Dr. Joshua Dubler ’97, Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, this coming Monday, Nov. 24, at 4:15 pm, in 001 PAC.

The lecture is entitled: “Prisons, Religion, and the Cultural Logic of Mass Incarceration.”

Here is a brief description of the lecture: Drawing on his recent book, Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), Dubler explores the role played by religious ideas and practices in nurturing the American prison boom. Special attention will be given to prisoners’ religion–how it is practiced, how it is regulated, and how it is popularly imagined.

The lecture is being co-sponsored by the African American Studies Program, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the American Studies Department, the Anthropology Department, the College of Letters, the Government Department, and the University Chaplains.

Ron Cameron, Professor of Religion

Lecture: “The Missing Piece in the Affordable Healthcare Act” — Prof. Joseph White, Thursday, April 3–4:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4:15 PM    Public Affairs Center 002

The Missing Piece in the Affordable Care Act

Sponsored by the Government Department

 Professor Joseph White 

Luxenburg Family Professor of Public Policy
Case Western Reserve University

Four years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act makes no credible promise to meet the goal that most voters most desired — which was not to expand coverage to the previously uninsured, but to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of paying for health insurance. Why did the Democrats pass legislation that was not explicitly designed to reduce health insurance costs? The answers involve interest group politics, regional divisions in the Democratic Party, and the politics of the health care policy community

GOVT Lecture: Fear & Loathing Across Party Lines–Thurs., 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

4:15 p.m.

Public Affairs Center 002

Sponsored by the Government Department

 Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: New Evidence on Group Polarization

Professor Shanto Iyengar

Department of Political Science, Stanford University

Professor Iyengar presents the results of three related studies showing that Americans today are divided even more strongly by party than by race.

Dr. Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University where he is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Laboratory. He is author or co-author of News That Matters (University of Chicago Press, 1987), Is Anyone Responsible? (University of Chicago Press, 1991), Explorations in Political Psychology (Duke University Press, 1995), Going Negative (Free Press, 1995), and Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide (Norton, 2011).

Wes Media Project–Short-term Job Opportunity

Short-Term Job Opportunity with the Wesleyan Media Project

Are you interested in the politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act? Want to know more about how it’s being covered in the media? Looking to get involved in faculty research at Wesleyan?

The Wesleyan Media Project and Professor Erika Franklin Fowler are seeking interested students for a short-term project related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The positions: We are looking to hire and train several students by Thursday, October 24. The positions will involve data collection and analysis of local television news coverage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

Qualifications: Applicants should be highly motivated, detail oriented, and organized.

Compensation & Hours: $9.00/hour. Hours are somewhat flexible and students can work from their personal computers. We expect students to work 10+ hours/week (30-80 hours total) through November 15, with the potential for additional work depending on the project’s needs.

Application instructions: Send an email describing position fit and prior experiences and current resume or CV to:

Laura Baum, Project Manager, Wesleyan Media Project

Background: The Wesleyan Media Project tracks and analyzes all broadcast advertisements aired by or on behalf of federal and state election candidates in every media market in the country. In 2012, our data on ad spending were cited in over 550 stories (many thousand placements) by over 300 news organizations, including the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNN.  Our primary goal is to enhance the ability of scholars, citizens, and journalists to hold government accountable by providing the only publicly available, real-time information on how special interests are attempting to influence American democracy, in general, and political campaigns, in particular.


Forum on Government Shutdown — Today! 4:30 p.m.

FORUM: Government Shutdown

Professor Logan Dancey, Department of Government
Professor Jennifer Smith, Department of Government

…will discuss the domestic and international implications of the recent Government shutdown

Thursday, October 10, 4:30 to 6:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 002

Free and open to the public


VOTE in WSA Elections! Ends on 9/20

Dear Students,

The Fall 2013 WSA Elections are now open at Voting will be open from now until 11:59pm on September 20th. We strongly encourage you to vote, and have your voice represented.

There are 10 spots available for representatives from the Class of 2017, and they may be voted on only by freshmen through the Frosh Election.

There are 7 spots available for members of the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016, and may be voted on by members of any of those classes through the At-Large Election.

You may vote for as many people as there are spots thumbnailavailable, but once you have submitted your vote, you cannot vote again.

Your feedback is very important for all of us students here at Wesleyan to make our university what we all want it to be. As always, direct any thoughts, complaints, comments, concerns, etc. to or to any representative to the assembly.

The WSA Elections Committee
Jacob Musinsky ’15, Andrew Trexler ’14, Nicki Softness ’14