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Information Session: Wesleyan’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
March 31, 2015
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM (Mondo Pizza Served)
74 Wyllys Avenue
Did you know that Wesleyan offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies? Graduate Liberal Studies is an open enrollment program, running courses in summer, fall, and spring. Students can register for courses in any term, or apply as a degree candidate for the following semester. GLS faculty is comprised of Wesleyan’s outstanding professors as well as fantastic GLS-only visiting instructors, like NatureServe zoologist Geoff Hammerson and novelist (and WesAlum) Rachel Basch ’80. With a flexible schedule and the opportunity to pursue independent study, highly motivated students can earn their masters in two years or less. If you would like to learn more, but are unable to attend the information session, email masters@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-3345. Website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/masters/

Diversity Week

Hello Wesleyan! We are organizing a Diversity Week in conjunction with Middletown HighSchool on May 6 (Wednesday), 9-10am and are wondering if you will be interested to conduct a 45 minute session with high school students? The session can take any form you like, be it a presentation, discussion or activity. It would be great if you can share your experiences with high school students so that they can hear about different perspectives and learn to be open to diversity. Transportation will be provided to and from Wesleyan.

Please email me at yleung@wesleyan.edu if you are interested to participate in this event!

Thank you,
Michael Leung


Middletown High School has a long tradition of supporting diversity in our community. As part of that tradition, for the last several years MHS has hosted a Diversity Week devoted to raising awareness and encouraging acceptance of diversity. To that end, the school has sought to bring in speakers who can share personal experiences that are relatable to our students and provide insights regarding the issue of celebrating, rather than fearing, diversity. This year MHS is planning its biggest coordinated effort yet. The schoolhopes to bring in 50 different speakers, discussing a variety of different experiences from a multitude of different backgrounds, to share their stories and highlight the beauty of diversity. Every student in the building will have the opportunity to select and listen to a speaker/topic of individual interest. This ambitious event requires a great deal of coordination, and we need help attracting and lining up speakers. The details of the event are:

When: May 6th from 9-10am (Wednesday)

Where: Middletown High School (200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown 06457)

Format: One speaker for twenty five kids in a classroom setting with two faculty members to assist, for approximately 45 minutes of discussion.

Who: Anyone who has a story to share and inspire kids? Specific areas of diversity include race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic, physically handicapped, learning disabled, sexual orientation, gender, military service, political, or anything else that might relate to diversity or discrimination.

What is essential to this task is that we have the required number of speakers to be successful. If you know anyone who would be willing to participate in our event and volunteer their time to speak with kids for a worthy cause, please contact Michael Leung at yleung@wesleyan.edu and Ryan Mertel at mertelr@mpsct.org.

2015 GLASS Prize!

Announcing the 2015 GLASS Prize!

The GLASS (Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies) Prize is awarded for the best research and writing on a subject in queer, trans, LGBT, or sexuality studies.

The prize is open to Wesleyan undergraduate students in all classes; senior essays and theses are preferred. The award includes no cash benefit, but the winner’s name will be published in the 2015 Commencement booklet.

Entries must be submitted in hard copy by 4pm on Monday, April 13 to the Center for the Americas (look for the bin labeled “GLASS Prize” in the downstairs hallway).

If you have any questions, please contact the GLASS Prize chair, Margot Weiss (mdweiss@wesleyan.edu).


The Wesleyan Investments Office has an excellent paid summer internship opportunity for students interested in exploring investment analysis and management. We offer outstanding training, mentorship, networking support for post-grad jobs, and a fun bunch to work with – “We work hard; play hard!”

The Wesleyan University Investments Office offers guidance and makes recommendations in the ongoing management and growth of the University’s Endowment. Come be a part of this worthy process to sustain the mission of Wesleyan!

Competitive hourly rate, and a possibility to continue the position into the academic year.

Find the details and apply on CareerDrive > Search for Opportunities > Cardinal Internships > Wesleyan Investments Office. Note the two-step application process! Do not wait for the deadline; applications are being reviewed now. Deadline: March 31.

Questions? Contact Jim Kubat, Career Center, jkubat@wes

Cardinal Scholars

Click here to apply!

Cardinal Scholars is a service that connects tutors with elementary, middle school, high school, and college students seeking help. Tutoring sessions can take place at the student’s home, at a nearby library, on the tutor’s campus, or even via Skype.

New tutors can join our platform to be considered for local opportunities that match their subject skills and weekly availability.

Desired Skills and Experience: Teaching, Tutoring, Leadership, and Mentorship
Responsibilities: Tutor local students based on your subject preference and availability (work as much or as little as you’d like!)
Qualifications: Fantastic teachers who have experience teaching or mentoring others, are academically curious and intelligent, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Compensation: Online tutoring sessions start at $15/hour, and in-person tutoring ranges from $23/hour up to $50/hour.

We connect tutors all over the country with students in their area for in-person tutoring—as well as online sessions—so you can tutor in your hometown during breaks and in your college town during the school year! To learn more, please visit cardinalscholars.com/about and check out our FAQ’s for tutors.

Coming on board as a tutor does not guarantee immediate tutoring work but does offer the opportunity to be considered for an assignment if we receive a tutoring request in your area for in-person tutoring and/or around the country for online tutoring.




Optimize health through harmony.
Learn how to maintain balance, improve vitality, and resist disease through lifestyle & diet choices.
Wednesday April 1st
6 PM
Usdan 108
Featuring Marc Edwards, MD


Stress Relief Practicum

Connect with others who are seeking healthy ways to handle stress.

Learn new skills and tools to manage stress and take care of yourself.

Wednesdays beginning
March 25th –April 22nd from 5-6PM
Meetings will follow an exploratory workshop format and participants will learn and practice different stress relief techniques each week.

Contact Tanya Purdy, MPH MCHES Director of Health Education
for more information or to sign up.
Reference “Stress Relief Practicum” in the subject line.

Sign up by Friday, March 20th.
Space is limited and on a first reply basis.
Participants will be expected to attend all 5 sessions.

We Speak, We Stand

Dear ’15,

Please see information about this training here: we speak we stand bystander intervention training flyer_spring 2015




Africanizing Technology Conference Program

Thursday, March 5th
Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Room 311
222 Church Street, Middletown, CT

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
45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT

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 University
“‘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

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 (ltwagira@wesleyan.edu)

Africanizing Technology is supported by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, The Richard and May Scott Charitable Trust, the Department of History, and the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University.

All Student Workshop and Dinner: Contemplative Practice
February 19 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
with Professor Michelle Francl, Rabbi David Teva and Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska
Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street
RSVP: dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

All Faculty and Graduate Student Workshop on Contemplative Pedagogy
“Practically impractical: Contemplative practices in the classroom”
Thursday February 19 10-11:30 AM
Albritton Center, Room 311, 222 Church Street
Workshop Leader: Professor Michelle Francl
Academic Technology Roundtable (ATR) lunch after the workshop.
RSVP (workshop and/or lunch) CFCD@wesleyan.edu
Questions? Please contact Jan Naegele X3232


Pedagogy Workshop Description: In a world that is hyperconnected and hyperkinetic, how do we help our students, and ourselves, thread a path through an every growing body of information. What practices can we find that might enable us to bring a clear and sustained focus to our work in the classroom and the laboratory? This workshop considers how one might approach teaching from a contemplative perspective, in both the long and short term, as both an overarching stance and in a class here and there. We will experiment with the adaptation of several traditional contemplative practices to classroom situations including “stilling” (breath and body awareness), contemplative writing, “beholding.” and explore how these might be instantiated in a classroom, laboratory or personal practice.

Workshop leader Bio:
Michelle M. Francl is Professor of Chemistry on the Clowes Fund in Science and Public Policy at Bryn Mawr College, where she has been on the faculty since 1986. She is a quantum chemist who has published in areas ranging from the development of methods for computational chemistry to the structures of topologically intriguing molecules.

Michelle teaches writing and chemistry and takes a contemplative approach to both, introducing students to practices to help them find stillness and focus, including contemplative writing, beholding and lectio divina. She feels strongly that a pedagogical stance that recognizes the role contemplation plays in research and writing — scientific or otherwise — has the potential to deepen students engagement in their work.

Michelle is also a writer whose essays on science, culture and policy regularly appear in Nature Chemistry. Her column, Catholic Spirituality, can be found at the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s news site, CatholicPhilly.com, and her reflections on living a contemplative life in the midst of the everyday chaos appear in a number of print and online venues. She gives workshops on writing for scientists, the occasional retreat and blogs about science at The Culture of Chemistry and the rest of life at Quantum Theology.


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