Wesleyan Thinks Big is expanding to New York!
In this speaker series, which was launched by students on campus in 2012, we seek to collect an ever-expanding set of answers to the question "What keeps you up at night?" Set in an intimate environment, the evening will consist of 3 brief presentations by alumni and faculty about their passions and the big picture ideas that drive them. With time to discuss between each presentation, you will enjoy the kind of intellectual stimulation, reflection, and socializing only available from Wesleyan.
Tuesday, February 26
213 North 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
There is a charge of $10/person to defray event costs and guarantee your seat. Space is limited and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. A hearty antipasto selection is included in your ticket price. Cash bar.
Speakers and Topics
Ethan Kleinberg: "Back to Where We've Never Been: the pasts, presents and futures of 'History'"
Ethan Kleinberg is Professor of History and Letters, Director of the Center for the Humanities, and Executive Editor of the journal History and Theory
. He is the author of Generation Existential: Heidegger's Philosophy in France 1927-61
and has published widely on intellectual history, historical theory, and interdisciplinary studies.
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Alex Magnin '07: "Attention For The Greater Good: how to get people to engage with good, smart, and sometimes difficult things online in a world where a funny-cat photo gallery is always one click away"
Alex Magnin '07 is an internet technology entrepreneur and digital media guy. He serves on the board of directors of Every Person Has A Story, a non-profit using social media to create global connections for the greater good. Currently, Alex is COO & Associate Publisher of ThoughtCatalog.com, a media platform & cultural site serving over 5 million readers a month.
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Larisa Ortiz Pu-Folkes ’97: "A Case for Urban Investment: Why Density is the Sustainability Challenge of the 21st Century"
Larisa Ortiz Pu-Folkes '97 is Principal and CEO of Larisa Ortiz Associates. An urban planner by training, Larisa had led commercial revitalization initiatives in the U.S. and abroad, beginning as an intern with the City of Middletown where she cut her teeth working on the early rebirth of Main Street. Most recently her efforts include the formation of the first Business Improvement District in Central America. A Watson Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, Larisa received a Masters in City Planning from MIT and currently teaches at Pratt Institute.
Image via Larisa Ortiz Associates
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- Wesleyan Thinks Big, spring 2011, featuring Mary-Jane Rubenstein on “Asceticosmologies: Modern Science as Religious Practice,” Matthew Kurtz on “Nature vs. Nurture: the Example of Psychosis,” Richard Adelstein on “States without Romance,” Leah Wright on “The Death of Affirmative Action: Rethinking the Debate,” John Finn on “Poor Joshua: Private Space & The Constitution,” and Jeanine Basinger - videos
- Ethan Kleinberg discusses the core mission of the Center for Humanities and his vision for its future - video
- Alex Magnin, A Letter Home, Wesleyan Magazine, 2012 ISSUE III - link
- Larisa Ortiz Pu-Folkes ’97, ‘Aspirational staging of vacant space’ - link