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DIVERSITY WEEK!

BIGGEST DIVERSITY WEEK YET!

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 school hopes 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 (Tuesday)

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 Trevor Charles at charlest@mpsct.org.

Please join the College of the Environment
as we host
FILMMAKER ABBY HORTON ’11
in VICTORIA MAMAS
Short film screening and discussion
On Wednesday, April 30 – NOON
Downey House Room 113

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP by April 28th
to VMARINELLI@WESLEYAN.EDU

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Dear Seniors,

Come see the amazing founder of the Wesleyan American Studies Department–Richard Slotkin–in action, THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 4:15, POWELL FAMILY CINEMA, fabulous Italian cookies to follow (see the poster below). Professor Slotkin was a member of the English Department, began the American Studies Department (when he was in his mid-twenties), and helped establish the Film Department, and was one of Wesleyan’s most popular and beloved teachers (the first professor to win Wesleyan’s Binswanger Teaching Award twice). He has not only written history, he has made it. Since his early thirties he has been internationally acclaimed as one of the greatest American Studies scholars and he played a foundational role in developing the analysis of empire and race in the field of American Studies. He taught hundreds of students each year in his movie courses on “Westerns” and also on war movies. In December he was interviewed about gun control on Bill Moyers’ PBS show and before that has been interviewed by the major networks on gun culture and movies (for instance, re-reading the Star Wars films as extensions of the “frontier myth”). He retired in 2008 and has not lectured at Wesleyan for undergraduates since then. So this is a really special treat!

Best,

Professor Pfister
Chair, American Studies Department

WANT $28,000 TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD
DOING A SELF-DESIGNED PROJECT BASED ON YOUR PASSION
FOR ONE YEAR AFTER YOU GRADUATE?

ATTENTION JUNIORS!

APPLY FOR THE
THOMAS J. WATSON FELLOWSHIP FOR 2015-16

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

WATSON INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Wednesday, APRIL 16
4:15 to 5:00 PM PAC 002

with Dean Brown & Watson Fellow Emily Watson ‘14

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
www.watsonfellowship.org and www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/scholarships/index.html
College loan assistance and insurance allowance also available.

Climate Justice Conference of Solutions
Wesleyan University, April 12th, 2014

WHY: Much of the conversation around climate change is dominated by the narrative
of “doom-and-gloom.” We believe it is time to focus on solutions in order to move towards climate justice. The focus on the right kinds of solutions from a myriad of perspectives can help put us on the path towards a better future. Rather than continuing to talk about the forms of energy, societies, or policies we don’t want, this will be an opportunity to foster dialogues about the better future we envision.

WHAT: The conference will have panels focused on solutions to our climate
and energy challenges (from campaign strategy, policy, and technological perspectives), the co-benefits of climate action (from labor, social justice, business, and national security perspectives), and on-the-ground accounts of solutions in action. The focus will be both national and local in scope.

In addition to panels, conference participants will break out into action-oriented
workshops in between sessions. We want this conference to serve as a platform for people to get organized around climate action—not
just talk about it.

KEYNOTE:
David Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance

WHEN:
Saturday, April 12th, 2014 8:30am – 5pm

WHERE:
Wesleyan University, Exley Science Center

265 Church Street

Middletown, CT 06457

REGISTER:
Registration is free! Register online here by March 31st to reserve your space.

For more info: contact info@usclimateplan.org or visit http://www.usclimateplan.org/#!conference/cpsh

About Wesleyan: Wesleyan University has a history of hosting well attended, effective, high level conferences of this nature. Every year in the fall, it hosts the “Where on Earth are We Going?” symposium and in 2010, it hosted the Pricing Carbon Conference
which had around 550 attendees and 33,000 live-streaming hits from all around the world. This conference is shaping up to be equally as exciting, and we hope that you will join us to make it so.

Dear ’15,
There will be an Honors Thesis informational session for rising seniors TOMORROW from 12:00-12:45 in PAC001. A faculty representative from the Honors Committee, the Honors Coordinator and I will be on hand to explain the process. Bring your lunch and your questions!

‘15ers,
-Want to know more about the Career Center’s amazing alumni database? These are alums who have volunteered to serve as resources/mentors and who might help you get your foot in the door.
-Want to know more about some fantastic internships that are still available? How about some incredible internships students have done in the past (the what, how and why)?
-Want to have someone help you create a targeted resume? How about a cover letter?
-Want to know more about careers in the performing arts? Careers in journalism?
-Want to know more about volunteering abroad? Woofing? Working for a non-profit?
Come by the Career Center at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon for cookies, coffee and life-altering wisdom!
Best,
Dean Wood

Dear ’15,
There will be an Honors Thesis informational session for rising seniors on April 8 from 12:00-12:45 in PAC001. A faculty representative from the Honors Committee, the Honors Coordinator and I will be on hand to explain the process and answer any questions you might have.

There will also be an IRB student workshop on April 3rd at 4:15pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 114; please attend if you’re planning a thesis that involves human subject research.
Relevant information can be found here:

http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/honors/honors_program.html

Best,
Dean Wood

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