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[Reunion & Commencement WESeminars]

[Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 21-24, 2009]

WESeminars
Voices of Liberal Learning

WESeminars are among the most popular and well attended programs in Wesleyan’s Voices of Liberal Learning series. Interactive and inspiring, 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.

WESeminars are offered throughout the weekend. This schedule is subject to change. WESeminar times and locations have been integrated into the schedule and are available by clicking on the daily links on the left. The schedule will also be available at Registration (Usdan University Center) during the weekend.

Feet to the Fire: Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art

WESeminar 1: Hear about the campus-wide project that used art as a catalyst for innovative thinking, scientific exploration, and student engagement, to foster a deeper understanding of climate change and its implications. The project has included an eco-arts festival, pedagogical exchanges within existing courses and new experimental courses, and a First Year student common experience program. The presentation will include performances of some of the commissioned works.

Presenters: Pamela Tatge ’84, director of the Center for the Arts; Barry Chernoff, professor of biology, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program; Alexandra Provo ’10

Hope’s Boy: An Hour with Author Andrew Bridge

WESeminar 2: Andrew Bridge entered Wesleyan after spending 11 years in the Los Angeles County foster care system. From here, he proceeded to become a Fulbright Scholar and a Harvard Law School graduate. Bridge will discuss how his childhood and Wesleyan prepared him for a life devoted to bettering the lives of our most vulnerable children.

Presenter: Andrew Bridge ’84, attorney and author of the memoir Hope’s Boy, a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and international best seller, which recounts his mother’s struggle with mental illness and his childhood in foster care; he is currently director of the Child Welfare Initiative in Los Angeles.

Demystifying College Admissions: Prominent Observers from Three Generations Provide Their Perspective

WESeminar 3: Join a legend in the world of traditional college guide books, an entrepreneurial alumnus who believes there’s a better way for prospective students to identify their top school choices, and a savvy education journalist who’s been watching the college search, application, and admission process for years.

Moderator: Jacques Steinberg, reporter for The New York Times and author of the Times best seller The Gatekeepers, which detailed his behind-the-scenes look at the college admission process at Wesleyan

Presenters: Edward Fiske ’59, author of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which is in its 25th edition; Jordan Goldman ’04, author of The Students’ Guide to Colleges, founder of Unigo (a Web site that offers information about colleges provided exclusively by students), and a main character in The Gatekeepers as a high school senior applying to Wesleyan.

Meltdown in the U.S. Economy—21st Century Style

WESeminar 4: The recent fall of house prices revealed unwise lending practices in the mortgage market, and securitization of those mortgages placed toxic assets on the balance sheets of many financial institutions. Difficulties with liquidity and solvency followed. To prevent systemic occlusion of capital flows, large firms received massive assistance or were acquired. The malady infected the entire economy, as unemployment rose, GDP fell, Detroit begged, the NBER certified an authentic recession, and Washington responded. Join our panelists, all active participants, who will reflect on how we got into this mess, and the economy’s performance and promise.

Moderator: Richard Miller, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics emeritus

Presenters: Ellen Glazerman ’84, executive director, Ernst & Young Foundation; Andrew Lacey ’89, deputy chairman, Lazard Asset Management; Robert McKelvey ’59, president and chairman, George McKelvey Company Inc, an investment advisory firm, and Wesleyan trustee emeritus; Stefan Selig ’84, vice chairman of global investment banking, Bank of America Securities

The Making of a New York Times Crossword Puzzle

WESeminar 5: An inside look at the creation of a Times’ puzzle—devised with intentional mischief for April Fools’ Day! The session will start with solving the puzzle as it appeared in the Times on April 1, 2009 and will include an insider’s account of the puzzle’s evolution—from initial concept, collecting theme entries that fit the grid, submission, rejection, and final acceptance, followed by a final editing by Will Shortz and publication.

Presenter: Ed Stein ’60, veteran puzzle solver and occasional puzzle constructor for The New York Times, Newsday, and others. He has taught puzzle-solving courses including “Day of Discovery” sessions on crossword puzzles for Elderhostel, and produced Wordploy! the “mockumentary” based on the award-winning 2006 movie Wordplay.

Israel and Palestine: A One-State or Two-State Solution?

WESeminar 6: The Obama administration announced early its plans to help broker a two-state solution to the violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. But some are convinced that the opportunity to establish a Palestinian state in the occupied territories, while providing for a secure Israel, has passed. This session will reflect on the possibility for a two-state solution re-emerging and reflect on proposals for and implications of a one-state solution.

Introduction: Jeremy Zwelling, associate professor of religion and director of the Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate program

Presenter: Ethan Bronner '76, P '10, Jerusalem bureau chief, The New York Times, and former Wesleyan trustee (who will participate via Skype from Jerusalem); Jacob Walles ’79, Consul General and Chief of Mission in Jerusalem, is a career diplomat who has worked for the State Department since 1982

Wesleyan and the Civil War

WESeminar 7: Join archivists, historians, and others in a panel discussion about how the Civil War affected Wesleyan and Middletown. The talk will draw upon the rich historical materials in Wesleyan’s archives and will cover everything from the battlefield to the playing field. This program is being held in conjunction with exhibits in Olin Library and the Middlesex County Historical Society.

Presenters: Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist; Deborah G. Rossi, curatorial consultant for “Hard and Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War,” an exhibit at the Middlesex County Historical Society; Patricia Hill, professor of American Studies and of history

Healthcare Reform in the New Administration: What Will Change?

WESeminar 8: Substantial healthcare reform is a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s policy agenda. What form it will take is a matter of heated debate raising questions about the mix of public and private funding and control, coverage for the uninsured, and the measurement and provision of information about quality of care. Join us for a lively discussion about the issues and alternative proposals to address them.

Presenters: Monica Noether ’74, executive vice president, and head of litigation and applied economics, CRA International, is considered an authority on the economics of the healthcare industry; Robert Patricelli ’61, P’88, P’90, president and CEO, Women’s Health USA, Inc., has worked in healthcare in government and business for over 35 years, has chaired numerous reform commissions, and is a Wesleyan trustee emeritus; Dana Gelb Safran ’84 is senior vice president of performance measurement and improvement for healthcare services at Blue Cross/Blue Shield Massachusetts.

How to Have the Conversations You Dread at Work and at Home

WESeminar 9: Saying “no” to the boss. Laying off a valued employee. Delivering “constructive” feedback to a colleague. Deciding with your spouse whether his/her elderly parent will come to live with you. These are the types of conversations we dread most—and handle least effectively. Find out from this savvy communications expert how to have the conversations you dread.

Presenter: Sharon Grady ’79, professional coach and educator who teaches senior executives how to manage conflict; her clients have included American Express, Merck, IBM, Ford, Harvard Business School, MIT, Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, and Fidelity Investments.

Journalism Today: Katha Pollitt

WESeminar 10: Join us for a reading and conversation featuring one of the nation’s most distinguished and versatile journalists.

Moderator: Anne Greene, director of writing programs and a 2006 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Katha Pollitt P ’09, poet, essayist, and columnist/blogger for The Nation, whose work also appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and The New York Times. She has published four collections of essays including Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time and Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories.

The Freeman Asian Scholars Program at Ten

WESeminar 11: Nearly fourteen years ago the Freeman Foundation made a commitment that began to radically internationalize the Wesleyan student body—with a scholarship supporting students from 11 East Asian countries and jurisdictions. Now over 200 Freeman Scholar alumni are making their mark in every field and corner of the globe as doctors and lawyers, dancers and writers, financial analysts and development specialists, professors and higher education administrators, and more. Come hear where these scholars have been and where they’re headed as the first graduating class (1999) celebrates its 10th reunion.

Moderator: John Driscoll ’62, alumni director who travels for the admission staff to Asia each spring to interview prospective Freeman Scholars

Presenters: Alice Hadler, associate dean for international student affairs and adjunct instructor in English; Therese Overton, associate dean of admission, who collaborated with Mr. and Mrs. Houghton Freeman ’43, P’77 to establish the program and continues to oversee the recruitment and selection of Freeman Asian Scholars; Pao-Lin Tien ’99, assistant professor of economics, Wesleyan University; Iwan Permana Djanali ’09; Poti Choo "PC" How '03 currently a student pursuing an MD/PhD at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine

A reception celebrating graduating Freeman Scholars and the 10th anniversary of the Freeman Scholars Program will follow. By invitation only.

The Wild, Wild Web: Making Sense of of the New Digital Landscape

WESeminar 12: What in the world is going on in the wilderness formerly known as the World Wide Web? Every day, social networking, user-generated content, search-engine optimization, targeted advertising and time-shifted content consumption fill news reports with all sorts of hyphenated gobbledygook. But all of this fast-forming, foreign language appears to be redefining every form of human interaction, from love to commerce. In this bold new era in which "tweet" and Google" are verbs, we examine the State of the Internet through representatives of Yahoo! and ESPN, two distinct, central players in this fast-moving arena.

Moderator: Robert King '84, vice president / editor-in chief,  ESPN.com

Presenters: Marc Davis '84, chief scientist and vice president of ESP (Early Stage Products), Yahoo! Mobile; Hong Qu '99, user experience researcher, YouTube

Printmaking Workshop - THIS PROGRAM HAS REACHED CAPACITY

WESeminar 13: For 2.5 hours students will be immersed in the theory and practice of intaglio printmaking (etching, engraving, and aquatint). Because of the bounty of the Davison Art Center collection, Wesleyan printmaking classes have always shared their time between the collection and the print shop. For the first part of the workshop, the group will meet at the Davison Art Center for a close viewing of original works by Mantegna, Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya from the DAC collection. The group will then move to the print shop, where each student will etch and proof an original etching (one state only) to understand how intaglio plates are made and printed. No art background is required, but participants are encouraged to bring an old shirt to put over their clothes in the shop. The class is limited to 15 and participants should plan to stay for the entire session. To reserve a space please contact Kathy Macko at kmacko@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2737.

Presenters: David Schorr, professor of art at Wesleyan since 1971, is a printmaker, painter, illustrator, and book designer who works and shows regularly in New York City, primarily at the Mary Ryan Gallery; Kate TenEyck, adjunct assistant professor of art, is a printmaker and performance artist who serves as Wesleyan’s studio tech.

Telling Stories: The Lives of an Attorney and Novelist Intersect

WESeminar 14: Meet a prominent Los Angeles attorney and a best-selling author for a lively conversation about storytelling in legal advocacy and as a novelist. Richard Kendall has had a distinguished career in government service and leading law firms, where he has represented major media and financial-services companies, environmental pro bono groups, and foreign governments, including China. He has twice argued in the US Supreme Court and in foreign courts from France to Japan, and tried dozens of cases before juries. When Kendall was representing the Chinese government, his wife Lisa See began writing thrillers based on an American lawyer’s adventures in China. Her novels have explored lost stories about women from China, requiring extensive research and travel to remote parts of the country. Join them as they discuss how their careers have unfolded and intersected over the past 29 years, and all that they’ve learned about telling stories.

Presenters:  Richard Kendall ’74 is an attorney with the recently-formed Los Angeles law firm Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP and was previously a senior partner in the litigation workgroup of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles; Lisa See is a journalist and novelist whose works include The New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, and the upcoming Shanghai Girls, to be released in late May 2009; her books are now published in 38 countries

Sebastian Junger: On the Frontlines of History

WESeminar 15: Whether he’s recounting the loss of the Gloucester fishing boat off Nova Scotia in an unprecedented storm or reporting on some of the most dangerous regions of the world, Seb Junger “is fascinated with extreme situations and people at the edges of things.” Join him for a review of the work he’s done on the frontlines of history.

Introduction: Jeanine D. Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, curator of the Cinema Archives, chair of the Film Studies Department, a 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in teaching, and the author of several books, including The Star Machine

Presenter: Sebastian Junger ’84, author and journalist, well known for his best-selling book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

From Bench to Bedside: The Role of Basic Research in the Conquest of Human Disease

WESeminar 16: In 1958 Larry Kedes wanted to become a journalist. But Wesleyan Press Editor and well-known author William Manchester advised him that his Argus writings were better suited for the New Yorker than for a newspaper. Like many students, Kedes took this as career-ending criticism and decided to go to Stanford Medical School. While in medical school, he was bitten by the research bug and he has never recovered. Research stints at the National Institutes of Health, MIT and elsewhere followed. A natural curiosity about the close biological relationships of all living things led him to study the molecular mechanisms of how genes regulate bodily functions in organisms as diverse as marine invertebrates, worms, mice and man. After 19 years as Professor at Stanford Medical School, Kedes joined the University of Southern California to establish an Institute for Genetic Medicine. There, his studies of skeletal and heart muscle developed new insights for the treatment of human disease. His leadership in promoting the $10 million Archon X-PRIZE in Genomics provides an exciting new chapter in nontraditional ways to create breakthroughs in science and technology. Join Larry Kedes as he recounts some of the highlights of his research career and gives a long overdue thanks to the late William Manchester.

Presenter: Laurence Kedes ’59, William Keck Professor of Biochemistry and of Medicine, founder and former Director of the University of Southern California Institute for Genetic Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine.

Wine Tasting and Chat with New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov- THIS PROGRAM HAS REACHED CAPACITY

WESeminar 17: Eric Asimov hates to see wines reduced to tasting notes and refuses to agonize over whether a wine smells more like guava or jackfruit. But he knows his wines and is respected by vintners around the world. Join him for a tasting of wines from “the rebellious heart of France,” the Loire Valley. Advance registration is required; to reserve a space please contact Kathy Macko at kmacko@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2737 by May 8th; cost is $25 per person and includes light hors d’oeuvres.

Introduction: Lesley Berglund ’84, co-founder and former CEO of the Ambrosia Wine Catalogue/the Winetasting Network, and a third generation Napa Valley native from a grape growing family.

Presenter: Eric Asimov ’79, P'13 chief wine critic, The New York Times, and author of its wine blog, The Pour, and the upcoming book How to Love Wine.

NOTE: Eric Asimov ’79, P'13, has selected the wines that will be featured at receptions and dinners throughout the weekend.

Improvisation: the Creative Power of Listening

WESeminar 18: This introduction to creative listening approaches the practice of the improvisational mind as the very basis of creativity itself. Participants discover how improvisation can teach them to think, create, and problem-solve with more spontaneity and imagination, become more creative instead of fearful under pressure, and convey ideas with stronger focus and presence. Register for this 90-minute workshop by contacting Kathy Macko at kmacko@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2737.

Presenter: Cheryl V. Cutler MA ’71, founder of the Dance Department and professor of dance at Wesleyan for 32 years, currently lecturer at Yale University School of Drama, co-founder with Randall Huntsberry of Listening Unlimited, and co-author of Creative Listening: Overcoming Fear in Life and Work.

Seeing Green: Artists Tackle Climate Change

WESeminar 19: Many artists, often in collaboration with scientific and other experts, have enlisted their creative energy in the global struggle against environmental destruction. This panel examines how art that delivers challenging content with aesthetic power can be a major force in raising public consciousness. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Global Warning: Artists and Climate Change at Zilkha Gallery.

Moderator: Nina Felshin, curator of exhibitions, Zilkha Gallery, and adjunct lecturer in art history

Presenters: Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art, is the guiding hand behind the collaborative architecture project SplitFrame, a site-specific and sustainable bird-viewing platform commissioned and built for a nearby sanctuary in 2008. The project was conceived and executed by Professor Huge's Architecture Research-Design-Build Studio. Lenore Malen is represented by a two-part installation, Harmony as a Hive, which examines the ancient relationship of bees to human society in view of recent threats to the world's bee population by globalization and climate change. Eve Mosher is represented in the exhibition by a video and documentation of her 2007 interactive and performance-based public artwork HighWaterLine, on the New York City waterfront, which created an immediate visual and local understanding of the affects of climate change.

Have at You Now!—An Examination of Violent Encounters: A Senior Thesis Theater Presentation by Sean Chin '09 and Faculty advisor Yuriy Kordonskiy

WESeminar 20: "What's he that speaks for Edmund, Earl of Gloucester?" When characters fight on stage, the actors must be at their best. Safety, precision, passion and an expert partnering are required to bring these crucial moments to life. By focusing on physical conflict, this presentation explores the use of stage-combat choreography both as a primary means of, and as a support to, storytelling in the theater. These scenes of violence and combat are drawn from a wide range of texts, including plays of the European Renaissance, Kabuki, and Greek Tragedy.

Choreographer: Sean Chin'09; assistant choreographer: Sean Richards '10

Ensemble: Lila Becker '12; Sabina Friedman-Seitz '11; John Gallagher '12; Jake Hunt '12; Jermain Lewis '09; Anna Martin '09; Marlene Sim '11, Cheryl Tan '11; Carmen Melillo '09, assistant director; Annie Paladino '09, production assistant

Woodstock - 40 Years Later (gasp)

WESeminar 21: Where were you August 15-18, 1969? Greg Jackson had just joined ABC News as a correspondent and was covering an upstate New York rock festival billed as "An Aquarian Exposition." It was his first assignment and he was the only network correspondent on the scene, but he managed to conduct many interviews, which were later used in the legendary film "Woodstock." Join Jackson for some incredible clips and behind-the-scenes stories, plus his thoughts on why Woodstock's success was never replicated.

Presenter: James "Greg" Jackson P'09, former ABC News correspondent whose assignments ranged from Woodstock to presidential campaigns, from Kent State to Attica, from the civil rights struggle in the South to the nationwide Vietnam protests, and former adjunct professor in Columbia's School of Journalism, who is now developing an ambitious Internet venture

Gamelan Workshop

WESeminar 22: Dominated by colorful, bronze percussion instruments, the gamelan ensemble features gongs, bronze and wooden xylophones, two-headed drums, a female soloist, and a male chorus. Some of the instruments date back to 12th-century Java, an Indonesian island located between Sumatra and Bali. This lively hands-on workshop will offer an introduction to playing the gamelan.

Presenters: I.M. Harjito, artist-in-residence, Music Department; Sumarsam MA ’76, adjunct professor, Music Department. Former gamelan students are welcome to join the workshop.

Global Citizenship

WESeminar 23: Meet alumni who are working in corporate, nonprofit, and international organizations on pressing world issues. They will discuss innovative programs designed to address some of the toughest problems we face and the possible impact of the new Obama administration on organizations working around the world.

Moderator: Sid Espinosa ’94, City Councilman, Palo Alto, California, Wesleyan trustee, and former director of philanthropy, Hewlett-Packard Company

Presenters: Phyllis Lee ’76, P’07, secretary of the High-Level Committee on Programs, United Nations; Sasha Chanoff ’94, founder and executive director of Mapendo International, a nonprofit organization that works to rescue and protect at-risk and forgotten refugees in Africa; Paul Hoeffel P'09, communications advisor and speech writer for the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations

Don’t Look Down: A Life in the Theater

Weseminar 24: Spend an hour with Jeffrey Richards and Thomas Kail as they speak frankly about producing and directing, and what it means to try and make it in the world of New York theater. Not for the faint of heart.

Introduction: Jeanine D. Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, curator of the Cinema Archives, chair of the Film Studies Department, a 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in teaching, and the author of several books, including The Star Machine

Presenters: Jeffrey Richards ’69 has worked in the theater business since 1973, producing and co-producing such Broadway shows as The Best Man, The Pajama Game, Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, November, revivals of The Homecoming and Glengarry Glen Ross, and the upcoming Blithe Spirit and Hair revivals. Thomas Kail ’99 was one of four founders (all Wesleyan alumni) of the New York City-based theater company Back House Productions that developed the Tony Award-winning In the Heights; he has directed the show since 2002. He co-created and directs Freestyle Love Supreme, and directed the world premiere of Broke-ology at the 2008 Williamstown Theater Festival.

The Future of Energy: United States Domestic and Foreign Policy Perspectives

WESeminar 25: Join our energy experts for their thoughts about the current energy situation in America; the role of clean, alternative energy technologies, and the position of the U.S. in the world with respect to energy.

Moderator: Ladeene Freimuth ’89, president and founder of The Freimuth Group, LLC, a domestic and global energy and environmental consulting practice, specializing in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and global climate change; she has worked on Capitol Hill, in government agencies, consulting firms, and at non-governmental organizations and has just returned from the Middle East where she worked on transboundary water management and climate change issues.

Presenters: Lisa Frantzis ’79, managing director, renewable and distributed energy, Navigant Consulting; Arthur Haubenstock '84, Chief Counsel & Director of Regulatory Affairs at BrightSource Energy, Inc., a leading utility-scale solar company, where he is responsible for federal and state renewable energy and climate change issues; Robert Pratt ’69, chairman and CEO, EnergyClimate Solutions, a firm that works with colleges and universities to help them become climate leaders by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions through large-scale carbon, energy and water programs

“Between Milk and Yogurt”: Book Publishing Today

WESeminar 26: Writer and humorist Calvin Trillin has said that the shelf life of the average book today is “somewhere between milk and yogurt.” What does an aspiring writer need to know to get his manuscript read by an agent or editor? What is the future of the book as object? Join our panel of agents, editors, and writers for their perspectives on book publishing today.

Moderator: Pamela Dorman ’79, vice president and publisher, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, a division of Penguin Group. Pamela, is one of the publishing industry's leading women's fiction editors, according to Writer's Digest. She spoke to the Wesleyan magazine staff in her New York City office in anticipation of this WESeminar on book publishing. Here she recalls a favorite moment from her career—trying to woo Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary to an American publisher.

Presenters: Molly Barton ’00, publishing manager for Penguin Group (USA) and the associate publisher of eSpecials; Valerie Borchardt ’84, agent and foreign rights director at Georges Borchardt, Inc., a New York-based literary agency that specializes in literary fiction and nonfiction; Lisa Kaufman ’80, vice president, marketing director, and senior editor for PublicAffairs; Carolyn Parkhurst ’92, author of The New York Times best-selling novels The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found, and the forthcoming children’s book Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly; Geri Thoma, agent and partner at Markson Thoma, a literary agency in New York, who is married to Andrus Professor of Sociology Charles Lemert; Susan Weinberg ’80, publisher of PublicAffairs

Living the Impossible Dream: Camps Discovery and Sundown

WESeminar 28: Children with severe, disfiguring skin conditions face unique, formidable challenges that adversely affect their quality of life and cause them to seek the company and support of others with similar health conditions. Those with skin conditions caused or worsened by sunlight must often avoid sunlight entirely, necessitating outdoor activities only at night. Improbably, two classmates, both academic dermatologists, Doctors Mark V. Dahl and W. Clark Lambert, independently helped found special camps where, for a few precious days each year, children with severe skin diseases can enjoy social interactions as equals, often for the first time. Share with us the adventures of these remarkable individuals as they briefly live "normal" lives most of us take for granted.

Introduction: Stephen Baker '64, professor and chairman, Department of Radiology, and associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, New Jersey Medical School

Presenters: W. Clark Lambert '64, P'08 is professor of dermatology and pathology and director and co-director of the Divisions of Dermatopathology and Dermatology at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark

Note: Clark Lambert will report on the work of Mark Dahl '64, P'92 who is professor, senior consultant and former chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, and will be unable to participate.

The People Could Fly Project

WESeminar 29: Since 2007 five sisters have traveled to distant points to find and document the untold dreams and stories of their generation. Inspired by African-American myth and the children's book The People Could Fly, they've journeyed across the U.S., to Morocco, Djibouti and Jamaica, interviewing, photographing, filming, and performing to realize a universal story of a people who fly. Join them for their multi-disciplinary installation in the Zilkha Gallery as they retrace their experiences through film, dance, photographs, and commentary.

Moderator: Nina Felshin, curator of exhibitions, Zilkha Gallery, adjunct lecturer in art history, and advisor to The People Could Fly exhibition

Presenters: Intisar Abioto '09, Kalimah Abioto, Hanifah Abioto, Amenta Abioto, and Aisha Abioto

Education - A Civil Rights Issue

Education has been called the most important civil rights issue of our time. Come learn how Wesleyan alumni are creating new, small schools focused on equity that are helping to level the playing field for our nation’s youth.

Moderator: Sonia Mañjon, vice-president for diversity and strategic partnerships, Wesleyan University

Presenters: Laura Flaxman ’89 co-principal, ARISE High School, Oakland, California, a charter school founded in 2007 to prepare students from low income families to be the first in their families to attend college; Ilene Rosenthal ’74, board member of EL Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC and president of Footsteps to Brilliance; David Vazquez ’91, principal, UA Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists, a public school for 6th-9th grade students

Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center