WESeminars

WESeminars provide opportunities to revisit the classroom and experience firsthand the academic excellence that is the essence of Wesleyan, with presentations by scholars, pundits, and other experts in their fields. Programs run approximately 60 minutes, followed by audience Q&A. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and because of the state fire code, the University is unable to offer standing room space on the floors or aisles of venues.

A complete schedule of all of the Weekend’s events can be found on the Schedule page.

Friday, October 28

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
WESEMINAR Celebrating Seniors: Research Excellence at Wesleyan and Abroad
Members of the Class of 2017 share their summer and fall projects, representing a cross-section of student research and creativity. Students will share their work and discuss the process that guided their explorations.
Moderator: Louise S. Brown, Dean for the Class of 2017 
Presenters: Carolyn Dundes ’17 BIOL, CIS; Jake Lahut ’17 COL, FRST; Nick Morgan ’17 GOVT; Tatianna Pryce  ’17  BIOL, NS&B; May Treuhaft-Ali ’17 THEA
Room 116, Judd Hall

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
WESEMINAR Learning with the Center for Prison Education
Learn about the Center for Prison Education - an academic program where Wesleyan faculty teach credited courses at two correctional facilities. You will hear from a faculty member, an undergraduate student and a released student about their experiences supporting, teaching and participating in the program.
Speakers: Giulio Gallarotti, Wesleyan Professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies;  James Keitt, Center for Prison Education alum; and Robbie Webster  ’18
Room 208, Fisk Hall (Class of 2003/Hulley Classroom)

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
WESEMINAR Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan
Social innovation has always been in the DNA of Wesleyan. Last year, we were recognized by Princeton Review as the #1 “Best School for Making an Impact” and Forbes as the #9 college for entrepreneurship. During this panel discussion, we’ll hear from student entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, activists, and community leaders who are using their interdisciplinary liberal arts education to tackle the pressing problems of the world--starting right here on campus.
Moderator: Makaela Kingsley ’98, director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Panelists: Alvin Chitena ’19, Nebiyu Daniel ’18,  Natalie May ’17, Taylor McClain ’17, Anthony Price ’20, Dennis White ’19, AJ Wilson ’19
Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Allbritton Center 
Allbritton 311

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
WESEMINAR: Documents in Black and White: Artist Talk by Nancy Albert
Photographer Nancy Albert (MALS ’94) will present an artist talk related to her exhibition “Documents in Black and White” on view in the Special Collections & Archives exhibition cases in Olin Library. Selected by the artist, the works span the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. Inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert (MALS ’94) began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England in 1981. Shooting black and white film in a medium format camera, she returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These include mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contains images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture; barns and abandoned homesteads; filling stations; drive-in theaters.
Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Memorial Library

Saturday, October 29

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
WESEMINAR Where On Earth Are We Going?
Wesleyan American Landscape Painting and Its Social Impact
In the 1820s, landscape abruptly supplanted portraiture as the most popular form of American painting--a position it held until the end of the 19th century.  This talk will examine the reasons for this shift in popular taste, and will also propose that landscape painters played a major role in creating a new environmental consciousness, persuading Americans that the natural landscape was not inexhaustible but needed to be protected and preserved.
Presenter: Henry Adam, Menakka and Essel Bailey '66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment, is a distinguished scholar and noted art historian, author, screenwriter, former museum curator, and is currently the Ruth Coulter Heed Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University.  A graduate of Harvard University, he received his M.A. and PH.D. from Yale University, where he was awarded the Frances Blanshard Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Art History. Dr. Adams is the author of 20 books or book-length exhibition catalogues that range from the architecture of Thomas Jefferson to the drip paintings of Jackson Pollock.  Among these are Eakins Revealed: The Secret life of an American Artist and Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.  He has also had over 375 scholarly and popular articles published, ranging over the American field from the 17th century to the present, and has been singled out by Art News as one of the foremost experts in the American Field.
From 1984 to 1993 Adams was the Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and from 1982 to 1984 he was Curator of Fine Arts at the Museum of Art at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg.  In 1985, he received the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize of the College Art Association, the first time this had been awarded to an Americanist or a Museum Curator.  Adams is also the recipient of numerous other awards including the IMS Museum Service Award - given at the White House, the William F. Yates Distinguished Service Medallion, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of The Cleveland Arts Prize.  In 2010, The Beauty of Damage, a Tom Ball/Telos Production film that Adams initiated and scripted won the Kodak Best Ohio Short Film at the 34th Cleveland International Film Festival, and in 1989, in partnership with film maker Ken Burns, Adams produced a documentary on Thomas Hart Benton which was broadcast nationally on PBS to an audience of 20 million.
Tishler Lecture Hall (150), Exley Science Center

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
WESEMINAR Celebrating Seniors: Research Excellence at Wesleyan and Abroad
Members of the Class of 2017 share their summer and fall projects, representing a cross-section of student research and creativity. Students will share their work and discuss the process that guided their explorations.
Moderator: Louise S. Brown, Dean for the Class of 2017 
Presenters: Jackson Anthony   ’17 MUSC, PHIL; Selena Gonzalez ’17 NS&B, PSYC; Joli Holmes ’17 ECON; Rick Manayan ’17 DANC, SOC; Trinity Russell ’17 PSYC, NS&B
Room 116, Judd Hall 

10:30 AM
WESEMINAR Where On Earth Are We Going?
Shifting Landscapes in a Dynamic World: A Panel Discussion with professors Laura Grabel, Rob Rosenthal, Andy Szegedy-Mazak and Tula Telfair
The world is and always has been dynamic.  Our bases of knowledge and the physical conditions in which we live have changed drastically over time.  How do we take stock of our current conditions and chart our futures when the landscapes of our environment, art, science and humanity are continually shifting?  We will explore these issues through the multiple lenses of art, classics, science and sociology in a lively panel discussion with much time for input and questions from the audience.
Moderators:  Rachel Earnhardt ’17, Paul Franceschi ’19 and Ruby Lang ‘17
Tishler Lecture Hall (150), Exley Science Center

11:00 AM
WESEMINAR Reclaiming the Past. A Stirring Song Sung Heroic:
African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865
Who tells history? Which histories are told? And which are forgotten? Davison Art Center Curator, Clare Rogan, will give a gallery talk in the exhibition, A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, which features contemporary photographs by William Earle Williams.
Starting with his photographs of the battlefield at Gettysburg, William Earle Williams has traced the overlooked histories of African Americans, locating unmarked sites and photographing them with clarity and quiet elegance. The gallery talk will discuss the interplay between Williams’ photography and his collection of historic books, maps, newspapers, and manuscripts. Through his photographs, Williams brings what has been willfully forgotten or erased back to our collective consciousness.  
The exhibition was organized by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, and Lehigh University Art Galleries. Support for this exhibition at Wesleyan University was provided by the Center for African American Studies and the African American Studies Program, the Hoy Family Fund for Afro-American Art, and the Lemberg Fund.
Presenter: Clare Rogan, Curator of the Davison Art Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, teaches history of photography, history of prints, and museum studies.
Davison Art Center Gallery

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
WESEMINAR Celebration of Wesleyan Writing:
A Conversation with Wesleyan’s 2016 Koeppel Journalism Fellow, Steve Almond ’88 
Join us to hear journalist Steve Almond ’88 read from his recent work and discuss issues in writing long-form journalism today. 
Presenter: After graduating from Wesleyan, Almond worked for seven years as an investigative journalist in Miami and El Paso. He is now the author of eight books including The New York Times bestseller Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. He has taught as professor of nonfiction and fiction writing at Boston College, and his award-winning fiction has appeared in annual collections of Best American Short Stories and Best Mystery Writing. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and other publications, and he teaches narrative journalism for the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. This fall he is Wesleyan’s 2016 Koeppel Journalism Fellow, teaching a course here in literary journalism offered by the Writing Certificate. 
Moderator: Anne Greene, University Professor in the Department of English
Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
WESEMINAR: Teacher, Banker, Coder, Artist:
Learning Career Management in a Liberal Arts Environment  
Every day, we are exposed to stories demonstrating how challenging it is for college graduates to find jobs. Sharon Belden Castonguay, the Director of the Gordon Career Center, will draw on both her doctoral research and career advising experience to discuss what factors lead to career success.
Presenter: Sharon Belden Castonguay joined the Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan in May 2013 from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where she was the Director of the Graduate Career Management Center. She holds a doctorate in human development & psychology from Harvard.
Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall (41 Wyllys Avenue)

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WESEMINAR: What You Always Wanted to Know
About Silicon Valley Internships, But Were Afraid to Ask!
Curious about Silicon Valley - past, present and future? Want to explore the VC community, start-up incubators or the disruptive companies that seem to keep popping up there? What is it like to intern in San Francisco and Palo Alto, and what might a career path look like after Wesleyan? Industry insider BG P’20 answers these questions and more during an interactive discussion about decoding the tech internship.
Speaker: Bhaskar Ghosh (BG) P’20 is a Silicon Valley tech executive, investor and advisor. BG currently runs technology at Nerdwallet as Vice President of Engineering and previously held senior tech leadership roles at companies like LinkedIn, Yahoo! and Oracle. BG has a Computer Science PhD from Yale, loves hiring new college grads for his teams, and believes that participating in the revolution of democratized computing will help drive profound and positive social and economic change for the next generations. When he's not at work, you can probably find BG playing the tabla in a folk-music band, watching old black & white movies at a Palo Alto theater or worrying about his kid’s perfect vision (Wes 20-20?) in college!
Room 112, Boger Hall

2:30 PM
WESEMINAR FLYING CARPETS: New Paintings by David Schorr
Professor of Art David Schorr’s solo exhibition and site-specific installation FLYING CARPETS revisits his childhood days spent playing on his grandmother’s Persian rugs. In the paintings, gouache with silverpoint drawing on linen, he recreates the richly-colored world of his young imagination, contrasting familiar toys from the mid 20th century with images that hint at the exotic and expansive world beyond his home. The artist brings the actual subjects of the paintings in a site-specific installation. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog designed by David Schorr, featuring an essay by poet Jonathan Galassi.
Note: The exhibition preview runs from 2-4 p.m.
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Japanese Garden Tour and East Asian Cultural Activities
Join us for a guided tour of our Japanese Garden given by landscape designer Stephen Morrell, and calligraphy, origami, and other East Asian cultural activities put on by the CEAS Outreach program of Wesleyan students. 
All activities take place at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Paul Reynaud and the Fall of France in June 1940
Wesleyan MPhil thesis by Michel de Konkoly Thege ’74, MPhil ’16, explores the ways in which Paul Reynaud, a maverick center-right politician of France’s Third Republic, challenged the economic, defense and foreign policy orthodoxies that emerged from France’s experience in the First World War. Reynaud’s single-minded mission was to prepare France for an eventual confrontation with Nazi Germany – a mission that cost him the support of his own political allies and ended in a lonely resistance to German invasion in June 1940.
Allbritton 304

8:00 PM
WESEMINAR Hamilton Documentary Film Screening
Introduction and Q&A with director Alex Horwitz '02
Seating is available first-come, first-served.
Goldsmith Family Cinema

Sunday, October 30

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
WESEMINAR: Wither the Death Penalty?
The death penalty seems to be in the news every week in recent years -- from horribly botched executions and dramatically-decreased public support, to the unceasing parade of innocents released from death rows around the country, to state judicial and legislative repeal (eight in the past decade), even in Republican-led states. This WESeminar discussion will address a range of issues implicated by capital punishment in the United States as the nation turns away from state-sponsored killing. 
Panelists: Richard Jasper '73, criminal and capital defense attorney in NYC; Hope M. Hill ’74, PhD, clinical psychologist and Howard University professor; and Debra Long-Doyle P'17, Assistant US Attorney, District of Columbia (retired) and former member, US Attorney General's Death Penalty Review Committee. Moderated by Tanya Greene '91, Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel.  
Sponsored by the Wesleyan Lawyers Association and the Alumni of Color Council
Hansel Lecture Hall (001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

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