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Monthly Archive for November, 2011

In Theory….

Last year the faculty approved a new “certificate” in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory.  The website for the program proudly announces that “the commitment to critical theory evidenced in the scholarship and coursework of the Wesleyan faculty is one of the university’s greatest and most distinctive strengths. The Certificate allows students to identify and leverage […]

“The last few weeks have been especially hectic,” I told my older son recently, when we had our regular phone conversation to bridge the distance between West Coast and East.  “Do I say that every week,” I wondered. He, too, is increasingly busy, as are so many of the people around us. When do we […]

Wesleyan students are busily deciding on the classes they intend to take next semester. It’s an exciting and sometimes frustrating time. Students may have heard since their first term about Don Moon’s government class on the moral basis of politics (a top choice since I was an undergrad), while others will be eager to learn […]

On Sunday our faculty forum listserve received an email forwarded by Prof. Donald Moon from colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley. The message described the excessive use of force by UC Berkeley police in their attempt to dismantle tents in Sproul Plaza. I was in that plaza a couple of weeks ago, speaking […]

This week Wesleyan’s Theater Department presents The Great God Brown by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Yuriy Kordonskiy. The expressionistic play explores the intersections of art, identity, desire and public meaning. Check out the preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yICTm_cvw40 I know the week before Thanksgiving is crunch time for many Wes students, but you shouldn’t miss this production in […]

Far from home in Camden, New Jersey, the Wesleyan men’s soccer team defeated Misericordia last night in the NCAA tournament, 1-o. Rory O’Neill ’13 scored the game winner for the 5th time this season, off of an assist from the indefatigable Walter Rodriguez ’13! And Adam Purdy recorded his 11th shutout of the year, adding […]

In the week of Fall Break (before the storm and the power outage), I was in Berkeley and then Beijing giving lectures and attending a colloquium. At the University of California at Berkeley, I spoke to a group interested in the intersection of arts and humanities research with liberal learning, and with another research group […]

Coming Home, Finding Family

The extended Wes family has gathered together this weekend, celebrating scholarship, athletics, teaching and all things Red and Black. The seminars were often full and always lively, and they brought together the great energy that characterizes the classes here. I ran into Orin Snyder  ’83, who had just come from a packed discussion, led by […]

11/2/11 6:30 PM Dear Friends, Life at Wesleyan is returning to normal, but the aftermath of the storm is still very much with us, including lack of power and heat for a significant number of students on campus – and for many faculty and staff in the region. Connecticut Light and Power states on its […]

Power Update 11/1/11 6:50 PM Dear friends, As I wrote to you earlier today, Wesleyan is open and classes will be held on Wednesday. The situation with power and heat on campus remains fluid; there have been some power disruptions, and there will likely be more before everything is back to normal. But with the tolerance and […]

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