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[flag] Dates for Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2012 are May 24–27

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.


Friday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m.

How to Learn to Like the Art You Love to Hate

Are you skeptical about the art of the last 100 years? Do you think your child could do it? Simply haven't taken or had the time to investigate it on your own? Or do you like Modern Art and would like an opportunity to enjoy it more?

Art changes constantly. Some of the most interesting ideas at any given time are from artists. Open yourself to the possibility of, if not loving it, liking it.

With intriguing visuals, historical context, deep reading of some choice examples, and a touch of humor, John Hallmark Neff will challenge you to suspend your disbelief long enough to see the substance in and behind the art of our time.

Presenter: John Hallmark Neff '66, a Matisse and Anselm Kiefer scholar, taught 19th and 20th c. history of art at Williams College while completing his Ph. D. from Harvard. A David E. Finley Fellow of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., he directed five museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and built major collections for The First National Bank of Chicago, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the American Medical Association

Andersen Meeting Room (Room 110), Usdan University Center


Friday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

Shining Hope: Building A School For Girls In Kenya’s Kibera Slum

Kennedy Odede ’12 was born and raised in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya–the largest slum in Africa and second largest in the world. The first time Odede ever had extra money, 20 cents in 2005, he bought a soccer ball and started SHOFCO-Kenya, the first organization in Kibera founded and run by slum residents. After his arrival at Wesleyan, Odede and Jessica Posner ’09 transformed the organization into an internationally recognized non-profit: Shining Hope for Communities. In 2009, they founded The Kibera School for Girls: the first school exclusively for girls and the only completely free school in the Kibera slum. Shining Hope has also started The Shining Hope Community Center adjacent to The Kibera School for Girls. The community center makes essential social services such as green-toilets, a library, gardening tools, and job training available to the entire community through The Kibera School for Girls. By investing in health and economic success through a school for girls, Shining Hope demonstrates that benefiting women benefits the whole community, cultivating a community ethos that makes women respected members of society.

Shining Hope has recently expanded programs to include Margaret’s Safe Place, a boarding facility for students who have been raped or are especially vulnerable to abuse, and the Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 Memorial Clinic, the first community-run health clinic in Kibera that is accessible to all residents. Wesleyan alumni volunteers will present on their year abroad working for the Shining Hope projects, and current Wesleyan students will present how the SHOFCO-Wesleyan chapter supports the work of Shining Hope in Kibera through fundraising, promoting awareness, and volunteerism.

NOTE: At the conclusion of the WESeminar, all are encouraged to exit through the Zelnick Pavilion to view 'Peace Wanted Alive,' an exhibit featuring the work of professional photographer Bella Zanesco, as well as photos taken by students of the Kibera School for Girls. Scenes of life in Kibera, as well as photographs featuring Kibera School for Girls students and community members will be featured. The gallery will be open for viewing through May 23rd.

Presenters: Leah Lucid ’10, development director; Arielle Tolman ’10, programs director; Ilana Nelson-Greenberg, health services director; Inslee Coddington '10

Memorial Chapel


Friday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

What, There Are Showers in Space? Yes, Space Weather Affects You, Me, and Things We Depend On

Our Sun is a variable star. Although its brightness in visible wavelengths changes little over time, dramatic changes in other outputs can have severe consequences for us. Sometimes showers of energetic protons from the Sun make it unsafe for astronauts to be outside the shuttle or space station; radiation will be a major problem for astronauts going to Mars. Often, there are million-mile-per-hour ejections of ionized gas and magnetic field; when one of these collides with Earth's magnetic field, sometimes airlines cannot fly the short routes to Asia over the North Pole, folks using GPS for precise positioning have to shut down, communication satellites are at risk, and operators of the nation's electric grid go on high alert to prevent outages.

Predicting and accommodating space weather storms are important. How solar storms occur and how they affect the near-Earth space environment and, as a result, our technological systems, will be the focus of this talk, with examples drawn from several industries.

Presenter: Dr. Ernie Hildner '61 is the former director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center. Under his direction, SEC conducted research and consulted on space weather instrument development for NOAA, NASA, and the US Air Force. Hildner led the Center's transition from a laboratory in NOAA Research into an operational National Center for Environmental Prediction in NOAA's National Weather Service

Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center


Friday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Objects Tell Stories: Community Partnership and Scholarship at Wesleyan

During the spring semester, students in Professor Magda Teter's class on east European Jewish history have been exploring studying history through objects. This was possible thanks to a new partnership developed between Wesleyan and the local congregation Adath Israel. The congregation houses a small, but impressive, collection of Judaica. Students in this class examined, researched, and curated an exhibition using objects related to east European Jewish history. The seminar will showcase the students work by taking participants on the tour of the exhibition and will aim to highlight the exciting experience such collaboration with a local community can bring.

NOTE: Please meet at Broad Street Books and we will walk to the WESeminar together.

Presenter: Magda Teter, Jeremy Zwelling Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Adath Israel's Nester Center, 8 Broad Street


Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

The Senior Thesis-A Showcase for Academic Excellence

The senior thesis is a year-long, in-depth project that provides students with a unique opportunity to explore fresh ideas and produce new knowledge. In this session several senior theses will be highlighted, representing a cross section of student research and creative output from the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Students will share their work and discuss the process that guided their investigations.

Moderator: Noel R. Garrett, PhD, dean for the class of 2011

Presenters: Michael LeVine '11, chemistry; Rhee-Soo Lee '11, religion; Ellen Bartolini '11, psychology; Davis Knittle '11, English and African-American Studies

Millett Room, Russell House


Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

Wesleyan's 2012 Reaccreditation

In early fall 2012, Wesleyan will undergo a site visit by a team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions, who will then make a recommendation on our reaccreditation to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In advance of this visit, Wesleyan faculty and administrators will write a 100-page self study; during their visit, the team will evaluate what they see and hear in person in relation to what was said in the self study. To write this self study, faculty and staff are working together, in 11 sub-committees, to identify the core issues and tell Wesleyan's story. We are looking for input from all members of the campus community—including alumni, parents, and community members, as well as students, faculty, and staff—on how to tell Wesleyan's story and how to present our core values. In this seminar, we will give a brief overview of our steps toward reaccreditation, and invite you to add your voice to this process. What issues do you think Wesleyan should highlight? What makes Wesleyan distinctive? What do we do well? What areas have room for improvement?

Presenters: Karen Anderson, associate provost; Ann Wightman, chair of the faculty, professor of history, chair and professor, Latin American studies

Room 113, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life


Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m.

Heading for the High Country: Change and Science Fiction

Join members of Wesleyan’s former science-fiction club in a conversation about the societal impact of evolving technology and the role played by science fiction. Science fiction has inspired the development of everything from fluorescent lights and weather satellites to the Internet and String Theory. Science fiction does not necessarily predict, but it inspires, and the results of that inspiration feed back into the genre both to motivate and to caution as our technological society progresses.

How will society deal with the science that allows us to triple our life spans, radically improve the IQ of the next generation or provide an almost limitless supply of cheap energy? Utopia or meltdown? Science fiction may not have the answers, but it is asking the right questions.

Reception to follow.

Presenters: Dave Miller ’81 P'09 is a former NASA engineer and a co-founder of KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. He currently holds the Wilkonson Chair in Intelligent Systems in the School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. In 1978 he was one of the organizers of the WesSF Club which started during the infamous Battlestar meets Camp David television event. Jack McDevitt MALS ’72 is a science-fiction writer who was awarded a Nebula in 2007 for Seeker, which featured McDevitt’s futuristic antiquarian, Alex Benedict. His work has been on the final Nebula ballot for nine of the past ten years, including this year for his most recent Benedict novel, Echo.

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center


Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m.

Re-Branding Russia

Russia managed to shake off communist ideology, but twenty years after the Soviet collapse many features of Russia’s authoritarian past have resurfaced. Is Russia doomed to follow its own 'special path', characterized by a deep gulf between an uncontrolled state apparatus and a fragmented society? Despite Russia’s embrace of market capitalism, the civilizational gap between Russia and its European neighbors has not diminished. Part of the reason lies in Russia’s oil and gas wealth. The influx of petrodollars has provided the resources for the repressive state to clamp down on political dissent, and it has fueled the emergence of a free-spending oligarchic class who coexist in uneasy partnership with the Kremlin power elite. The political system is dominated by the figure of Vladimir Putin: understanding his role is key to unraveling the Russian enigma.

Presenter: Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, and a 2010 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Room 121, Exley Science Center


Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m.

Pinnacles of Poetry: Highlights from Wesleyan’s Collections

Wesleyan’s rich and varied poetry collections reflect the passions, generosity, and intellectual curiosity of alumni donors, faculty, and librarians over the decades. From John Gower’s Confessio Amantis (Westminster: Caxton, 1483) to the first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (Brooklyn, 1855) to Beat poet Gregory Corso’s shaped poem Bomb (San Francisco: City Lights, 1958) to a fine press edition of Wesleyan faculty member Elizabeth Willis’s The Oldest Garden in the World (Northampton, MA: Propolis Press, 2006), there’s truly something for everyone. Join Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, for a look at some of the pinnacles of Wesleyan’s poetry holdings. This WESeminar is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Poetry at Wesleyan on view in Olin Library.

Space is limited to 20 people.

Presenter: Suzy Taraba ’77 MALS'10, head of Special Collections and University Archivist

Sponsored by: The Friends of the Wesleyan Library

Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library


Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m.

Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter

Dr. Ellen Prager presents images and stories from her just released book highlighting the strange cast of characters that live within the oceans’s depths and how they are connected to society in everything from our food supply to our economy, in biomedical research, and biotechnology.

From the tiny, but voracious arrow worms whose rapacious ways may lead to death by overeating, lobsters that seduce with their pee, the hagfish that ties itself into a knot to keep from suffocating in its own slime, and the sea slug whose sexual encounters can truly turn into a dangerous liaison due to untimely cannibalism. It’s an entertaining ocean tell-all and a realistic look at why we should all care about the loss of species in the sea.

Introduction: Peter Patton, Alan M. Dachs professor of science and chair of Earth & Environmental Studies

Presenter: Dr. Ellen Prager ’84 is a marine scientist and author, widely recognized for her expertise and ability to bring science to the layperson. She was formerly the chief scientist for the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, FL, which includes the world’s only undersea research station, and a freelance writer and consultant for clients such as the world-renowned Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, the President’s U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Microsoft Research, and Celebrity Cruise Lines

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)


Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m.

A Retrospective Look at Wesleyan

Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered what was happening behind the scenes when it was taken? Come join retired University Photographer Bill Burkhart as he takes a photographic walk through the past twenty years at Wesleyan. He will share many of the shots that he has taken over the years and the stories that are behind them. This is a wonderful opportunity to reminisce with your classmates and learn a new story or two about Wesleyan.

Presenter: Bill Burkhart was the university photographer at Wesleyan from 1991-2011. Known particularly for his portraiture work, he was the principal photographer for Wesleyan magazine and provided images of classrooms, faculty and staff, students at work and play, alumni across the country, and just about every aspect of campus life one could imagine. His work contributed to the magazine's receiving several national awards.

Room 103, Allbritton


Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m.

When the Marching Began: Looking Back at Where We Are Now

This seminar will revisit and reflect on what has and what hasn't changed in American life with respect to civil rights and racial equality in the closing decades of the 20th century. Each panel members will talk about how his life took shape and the direction it went after their time at Wesleyan and their individual experience of change as the 20th century ended and a new one began.

Presenters: Jack Woodbuy '61 P'05, retired superintendent of schools and former New Jersey deputy commissioner of education; Robert B. Carey '61, professor of historical and religious studies, former associate dean and dean of graduate programs at SUNY/Empire State College; Dominic J. Squatrito '61, Senior United States District Judge; Jim Thomas '61 P'90, director of People's United Bank, director of United Illuminating Company, trustee of Yale-New Haven Hospital System, retired associate dean of Yale Law School

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)


Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m.

The Special New York Times Crossword Puzzle That'll Have You Smiling

The clues are clever, so the first thing we have to learn is how to "decipher" them. Once you?ve got the hang of it, you're hooked. Enjoy the challenge as we solve this unique puzzle together in this 14th WESeminar on crossword puzzles.

Presenters: Ed Stein '60 is a veteran puzzle solver and occasional puzzle constructor for The New York Times. He has taught puzzle-solving courses in adult education and senior centers, and he has conducted sessions on crossword puzzles for Elderhostel

Room 210, Fisk Hall


Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

The Wesleyan Media Project’s 2010 Analysis of Political Advertising

The midterm election in 2010 was anything but ordinary. The battle for control of U.S. Congress featured nearly 1.6 million political ad airings nationally at a record breaking cost of $735 million, a 61 percent increase over 2008. The Wesleyan Media Project, supported by grants from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Sunlight Foundation, Wesleyan University, and its partner institutions, tracked and analyzed all political ads aired on television in real-time throughout the fall election cycle. Information disseminated by the project was carried on virtually every major media outlet and over 100 unique outlets nationwide. Join us for an inside look at how we do what we do.

Introduction: Alberto Ibargüen '66 P'97 HON'11, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, chairman of the board of the Web Foundation in Geneva, former publisher of The Miami Herald and emeritus board member of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Presenter: Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government

Tishler Lecture Hall, Exley Science Center


Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

‘Could This Be Something Serious?’ Doctors, Patients and Patient-Centered Care

Effective health care depends on being “patient-centered”—involving patients and their families in care and honoring their unique needs and preferences. Patient-centered care depends on healing relationships and clear, empathic communication. However, patient-centered care is threatened by the structure of health care institutions, health care professionals’ failure to understand patients' needs, and patients’ own expectations about health care.

Using provocative examples and videos from research exploring the patient-doctor relationship, this seminar will focus on issues such as how health-related information should be shared in clinical contexts, the role of patient empowerment, how doctors and patients make difficult decisions, and how self-awareness can contribute to healing relationships.

Presenter: Ron Epstein ’76 P’11 is a professor of family medicine, psychiatry, oncology and nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and board-certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He is a recipient of the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for lifetime achievement in communication research and has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain, and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney.

Room 116, Judd Hall


Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

Thinking Critically about the Environment

Regardless of one's opinions about issues such as climate change or carbon taxes, it is clear that environmental issues will dominate national and international politics and news over the next century. To fully prepare students to participate effectively in these important discussions, Wesleyan has taken a major step to support environmental research, communication, teaching, and policy development, with its Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment (COE). Come hear short presentations of senior thesis research from two of our graduating environmental studies majors and the exciting details of the Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment.

Moderator: Barry Chernoff, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and director of the College of the Environment

Millett Room, Russell House


Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

The State of Queer Connecticut

Connecticut has recently undergone changes that respond to the current national climate regarding queer identity. This panel will reflect a portion of the wide range of issues reflecting Connecticut’s queer community and allies. Please join us for a discussion of recent developments in Connecticut as well as adversities the queer community continues to face. Continental breakfast served.

Moderator: Claire Potter, Wesleyan University Professor of History and American Studies

Presenters: Campbell Barrett, co-author of Same Sex Marriage; Robin McHaelen, executive director of True Colors, a sexual minority youth and family service provider; The Reverend Debra W. Haffner '76, Executive Director, Religious Institute, Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion 

Organized by Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center

Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street


Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Immigration Policy, Principles and Politics

Immigration has been difficult and contentious throughout the history of the United States. As an issue, it combines enormous technical complexity with emotionally charged concerns about ethnicity and race. What are the historical, global and local contexts for understanding current debates over immigration to the United States? How do native-born citizens and newly arrived immigrants understand each other? What principles are at stake in competing proposal for reforming immigration policy and what are the prospects for a breakthrough?

Join Noah Pickus for a discussion of his experiences addressing immigration at the local and national levels and to share your experiences and perspectives.

Presenter: Noah Pickus ’86 is the director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and associate research professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University. He is the co-director of the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and his publications include True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism and Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century

Room 004, Public Affairs Center (PAC)


Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.

The Senior Thesis-A Showcase for Academic Excellence

The senior thesis is a year-long, in-depth project that provides students with a unique opportunity to explore fresh ideas and produce new knowledge. In this session several senior theses will be highlighted, representing a cross section of student research and creative output from the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Students will share their work and discuss the process that guided their investigations.

Moderator: Noel R. Garrett, PhD, dean for the class of 2011

Presenters: Amanda Sweeny '11, classical civilizations/medieval studies; Nora Vogel '11, environmental studies; Jessica Bowen '11, government; Harrison Schaaf '11, East Asian studies; CaVar Reid '11, African American studies

Room 002, Public Affairs Center


Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Collecting Photographs: Ellen G. D'Oench and the Growth of a Collection

When Ellen G. D'Oench, affectionately known as "Puffin," was appointed Curator of the Davison Art Center in 1979, photographs were only beginning to be accepted as a serious art form. Building on the work begun by previous Curator Richard Field, over the next 19 years, D'Oench added more than 4,000 photographs to the collection, about two-thirds of the total today. With foresight, wide-ranging curiosity, and the help of many dedicated supporters of Wesleyan, D'Oench gathered a significant collection of photographs. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition at the Davison Art Center, this panel discussion will consider the rise of photography as a field for collecting, the pleasures of hunting for photographs, and the role of photographs in teaching. Above all, the panel will remember a master teacher, colleague, and friend.

Congratulations to Philip '56 and Ina Trager P'81 GP'11 and Michael D. '81 and Mariella G. M. Trager P'11, who will be presented with a Wesleyan University Service Award at this WESeminar.

Moderators: Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Jane A. Seney professor of Greek and professor of classical studies. He is the author of Atget's Churches (1992) and co-author of Antiquity and Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (2005); Clare Rogan, curator, Davison Art Center

Panelists: Karl Kusserow '86 is curator of American art at the Princeton University Art Museum and a lecturer in art & archaeology. He is a specialist in American art before 1945 and his publications include Picturing Power: The New York Chamber of Commerce, Portraiture and its Uses (2011); Joanne Lukitsh '76, professor of the history of art, Mass College of Art and Design, has published on many topics in the history of photography, particularly on the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron; Philip Trager '56 P'81 GP'11 and Ina Trager P'81 GP'11. Philip Trager has published numerous books of his photography, including The Villas of Palladio (1986) and Dancers (1992). In 2009-2010, a retrospective exhibition of his work was organized by the Library of Congress and held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center


Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.

A Short Workshop to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

You negotiate every day meanwhile, scholars at Whatron, Harvard and elsewhere are thinking hard about best negotiation practices. Steve Blum has been teaching negotiation to MBAs, undergraduates, and executive education students at Wharton for 18 years. He will lead you in a short, interactive workshop designed at Wharton to highlight some of those best practices and help you sharpen your skills. Steve has modified this seminar to ensure that it will also be fun and entertaining.

Presenter: Steven G. Blum '81, JD EDM LLM is a teacher and consultant originally trained as a lawyer. Blum has been teaching in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania for the past eighteen years and has been a visiting professor at the ALBA Graduate Business School in Athens, Greece since 1996

Room 121, Exley Science Center


Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

The Great Recession and the Receding Rights and Powers of the Guaranteed American Middle Class

The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression has resulted in calls across the country by Republican and Democratic governors for billions of dollars in concessions and givebacks from public employee unions. In Wisconsin, governor-sponsored legislation proposes to revoke public employees’s right to unionize. New Jersey’s governor has stated that “unions are trying to break the middle class.” Have unions overstayed their welcome? Can public employees legally be stripped of their right to unionize?

As states struggle to balance their budgets, school teachers, police officers, fire fighters and other public servants seek to retain the privileges attendant to the American middle class that unions have historically offered their members.

Ronald Schatz, a scholar on the history of unions in America; Thomas Brockett, an attorney with experience representing unions and serving as a former officer of the once dismantled air traffic controllers’ union; and Joseph Summa, a labor law attorney who has represented the executive branch and management in negotiations with public employee and private unions- will discuss the history of the union movement and the effect that their growth and retreat has on state budgets and this country’s socio-economic structure.

Attendees will gain insight on the legal wranglings likely to unfold in this historic tug-of-war between crippling state budget deficits and workers that serve the citizens of those states.

NOTE: There will be an opportunity for networking just prior to the WESeminar, 10:30-11 a.m., in the lobby just outside of ESC 58.

Presenters: Ronald W. Schatz, professor of history; Thomas M. Brockett, Esq. ’87; and Joseph B. Summa, Esq. ’71

Organized by: The Wesleyan Lawyers Association

Room 58, Exley Science Center


Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

Writing at Wesleyan and the Wesleyan Writers Conference present: Media, Men, and The Internet: Are We Addicted to Stories of Men Behaving Badly?

Join a provocative discussion with journalist Tom Matlack. Recent stories in The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, and Slate announce "the end of (good) men." Such pieces, often written by women, have become Internet sensations, as have tales of Tiger Woods and Charlie Sheen. What are the issues here, Matlack asks, and what shapes such stories? A coming gender war? New roles for men and women in the 21st century? New roles for the media?

Moderator: Anne Greene, adjunct professor of English, director of writing programs, director of the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and a 2006 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Tom Matlack '86 is the founder of The Good Men Project and has blogs on Men's Health and Huffington Post. His work has appeared in Jezebel, The Boston Globe, Penthouse, Rowing News, and Wesleyan among many other publications. He founded and ran Megunticook Management, a venture capital firm, for a decade, and prior to that was the chief financial officer of The Providence Journal who took that company public and sold it in 1996.

Taylor Meeting Room (Room 108), Usdan University Center


Saturday, May 21 at 1-3 p.m.

5,000 Women

This is a satellite production of a project called "5,000 Women", whose mission is to have 5,000 women artists performing in tandem. The name comes from the fact that every hour 5,000 women are giving birth at the same time throughout the world. "5,000 Women" honors that amazing creativity, by showcasing the creativity of women artists. The performance will include singer-songwriters, comedians, dancers, actresses, spoken word artists, independent films by independent filmmakers, and one-woman shows. Come sample the dazzling array of creativity of Wesleyan alumnae.

Performers: Naaz Hosseini '74, Aleta Staton '80, Heidi Kole, Lisa Porter '86, Jennifer Blaine '92, Elizabeth Liang '92, Nafeesa Monroe '94, Karen Gross '01, and Stephanie Fungsang '08,

Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)


Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.

The Obesity Epidemic in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities

Approximately 17% of children and adolescents and 30% of adults in the United States are now obese. Furthermore, the costs of obesity in 2008 amounted to almost 10% of the national disease care budget. These costs reflect the major contribution that obesity makes to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In this seminar Bill Dietz will examine the factors that have contributed to the epidemic of obesity in the U.S., and describe strategies underway to change the environments that have contributed to it.

Presenter: Bill Dietz ’66, MD, PhD is the director of the division of nutrition and physical activity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC. Prior to his appointment at the CDC, he was a professor of pediatrics at the Tuft’s University School of Medicine and director of clinical nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals

Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center


Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.

What Good Is A Red Tent If You Hate Camping? Reflections on 21st Century Jewish Motherhood

Ayelet Waldman, novelist and author of Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace, will discuss the perilous imbalance of contemporary motherhood, with a particular emphasis on the pleasures and challenges of being a Nerf-spined, guilt-ridden Jewish Mother in an iron-willed, Tiger Mother world.

Introduction: Dalit Katz, adjunct assistant professor of religion and of Jewish and Israel studies

Presenter: Ayelet Waldman ’86 is the author of Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Daughter’s Keeper and the Mommy-Track Mysteries.

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)


Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.

From Idea to Impact in 18 Months: the Journey of Music National Service

Kiff Gallagher is founder and CEO of Music National Service (MNS), a nonprofit organization that supports the use of music as a strategy for public good. MNS serves as leader in the field of music-based service through direct programs, public education and leadership development. MusicianCorps, MNS’s flagship program, trains and places musicians to serve full-time as teachers and mentors in low-performing public schools, youth centers, hospitals and other high-need community settings. Gallagher will discuss the triumphs and challenges he experienced when launching a national social enterprise in the midst of a economic recession and the demonstrated impact of music-based initiatives in education, youth development, healthcare and social entrepreneurship.

Presenter: Kiff Gallagher ’91 has led a creative and dedicated career of service, entrepreneurship and music. Soon after graduating from Wesleyan, he joined the White House legislative team that created AmeriCorps while moonlighting with his funk band and volunteering as a youth mentor. He recently served on President Obama’ National Arts Policy Committee and as an advisor to the Presidential Transition

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)


Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m.

Innovation & Tradition in Japanese Printmaking: Lecture and Demonstration

Keiji Shinohara, acclaimed contemporary master print maker, will demonstrate and discuss the spirit and creative process of ukiyo-e printmaking, as well as introduce his own work, which is included in numerous private and museum collections in Japan and the United States. The ukiyo-e style is a 1,000 year-old woodblock printing tradition that usually depicts landscapes and beautiful women. The word ukiyo refers to the world of common people, and e means “picture.” There will be several of Shinohara’s prints on display in the demonstration room.

Presenter: Keiji Shinohara, artist-in-residence, East Asian studies

Mary Houghton Freeman Room, Freeman Center for East Asian Studies


Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Reinterpreting (Her)Story: Women of the USO and a Female Richard III

Please join senior theater majors Samantha Joy Pearlman and Emma Sherr-Ziarko as they present excerpts of the performance components of their Honors Theses in Acting. As part of Pearlman's research of the female performers in the United Service Organization's (USO) Camp Show Inc, Pearlman wrote and compiled a show entitled Devotedly, Sincerely Yours based on found text about the lives of female USO entertainers, as well as the radio broadcasts designed to boost morale of the US servicemen in World War II. With the help of senior music major Ian Coss and an eight-piece student band, she sings music from the '40s as she tells the story of a girl going overseas to entertain in the "Theater of War." After performing excerpts, she will discuss her process in her archival research and creation of a new theatrical work.

Sherr-Ziarko's thesis is a study of the Western theatrical Villain, and for the performance portion she portrayed the title character in the Wesleyan Theater Department's production of William Shakespeare's Richard III directed by David Jaffe. Sherr-Ziarko will perform excerpts from this play that focus on Richard's relationship with women of power, featuring Sabina Friedman-Seitz as Lady Anne, Arielle Levine as Margaret, and Samantha Pearlman as Queen Elizabeth.

Presenters: Samantha Joy Pearlman '11, Emma Sherr-Ziarko '11, Ian Coss '11, Sabina Friedman-Seitz '11, and Arielle Levine '11

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

NOTE: This event is part of the "5,000 Women" festival


Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Work on Purpose: Create a Career that Matters

Do you wake up energized by the prospect of beginning your workday? Does your job make you feel alive? Are you in alignment with your life’s greatest purpose? If not, it may be time for you to learn how to develop a career that has meaning.

It is possible for you to craft a career that is both personally fulfilling and has positive societal impact. However, to do so, you must learn how to utilize both your passion and your best talents.

In this interactive, group workshop, Lara Galinsky, author of Work on Purpose, and Senior Vice President of Echoing Green–a celebrated nonprofit with the bold mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems–shares what she’s learned from successful change-makers about how they have developed meaningful careers. You will be challenged by thought-provoking questions that will help you identify your sharpest skills and innate gifts as well as what moves you most deeply. You will leave the workshop with a simple, yet powerful, framework for developing a career that aligns your heart with your head.

Presenter: Lara Galinsky ’96 is senior vice president of Echoing Green, the perfect laboratory in which to study meaningful work. Echoing Green offers seed funding fellowships to the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs, having invested $30 million in funding to over 500 visionaries from around the world. For more information on Work on Purpose, visit: www.echoinggreen.org/work-on-purpose.

Room 116, Judd Hall


Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Michael Bay: Action, Advertising, Music Videos and Blockbuster Success

Michael Bay, award-winning director of The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers series, broke into the business one week after finishing film school—first directing music videos for Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, and Tina Turner, and commercials for the American Red Cross, Nike, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Reebok and others. He won the coveted Best Music Video award in 1992 and 1999 and the Clio for best television spot in 1992. At the young age of 27, Bay was honored by the Director's Guild of America as Commercial Director of the Year, becoming the youngest director to have won nearly every award bestowed by the advertising industry. His "Got Milk? Aaron Burr" commercial won the Gran Prix Clio, was voted into the top ten classic spots of all time, and resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Bay owns a digital effects house and is expanding into the production of video games.

Introduction: Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, chair of the Film Studies Department, curator of the Cinema Archives, and a 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Michael Bay '86, award-winning director of The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers series

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies


Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Conversation with Anne Martin, Wesleyan's Chief Investment Officer

Please join us for a discussion of Wesleyan's endowment with Chief Investment Officer Anne Martin. Prior to joining Wesleyan in August, 2010, Ms. Martin served as one of six directors of Yale's endowment, where she had primary oversight of Yale's venture capital, energy and commodities investments. She will be joined by Adam Usdan '83 who can offer his perspective as a member of Wesleyan's Board of Trustees and chair of the Investment Committee.

Presenter: Anne Martin, chief investment officer, Wesleyan University

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center


Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m.

Gamelan Workshop

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 the 12th century in Java, an Indonesian island located between Sumatra and Bali. Get some real experience playing the Gamelan in this lively, hands-on workshop.

Presenter: Sumarsam MA'76, adjunct professor of music

World Music Hall, Center for the Arts


Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

So you're interested in starting a company one day. Being an entrepreneur is both an exciting and scary journey. It requires a solid idea, a great team, good market timing, strong planning, focused execution and most important, luck. This seminar will focus on answering some of the questions that can help you create your luck, such as: How do I take my idea to next level? What are the mistakes that I need to avoid? What are the necessary actions that I need to take to get my company off the ground? Steven J. Spinner will also share best practices and ways to manage career development in order to increase the chances for success.

Presenter: Steven J. Spinner '91 is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and advisor to Silver Lake Sumeru. He has advised over 30 cleantech and internet start-ups in Silicon Valley over the past decade. Spinner recently served as loan programs advisor for the Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration

Room 58, Exley Science Center


Saturday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Making It In the Performing Arts — Is it Possible?

This seminar, conceived by Wesleyan alumnae who have established careers in the arts, is a forum to share experiences and insights. For those who are contemplating a career in the arts we may ask ourselves: How can I make it as a performer?, Will I be able to support myself?, In what ways can I distinguish myself and establish a career? Through this seminar we hope to create a network of support for students and alumni in these challenging fields. All students, graduates and artists are welcome to attend and contribute their experiences, questions and concerns. Networking session and screening of Fly Away, a film by Janet Grillo '80, will follow

Presenters: Dana Leslie Goldstein '86 playwright and poet; Heidi Kole, author, singer-songwriter; Lisa Porter '86 actress and vocal coach; Jennifer Blaine '92, actress and one-woman show; Karen Gross '01, cabaret artist and singer song-writer; Grace Overbeke '08 director of marketing at Theater J; Martha Meade '76, muralist; and Tamina Davar '90, filmmaker.

Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)


Saturday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Love and History: Screening and Interactive Discussion with Award Winning Documentarian

In this seminar, film director Michele Ohayon will present segments from her award-winning documentary Steal a Pencil for Me (2007), as well as segments from her graduation film, Pressure, which won the Israeli Best Film Award in 1984. Both films are love stories, framed within specific historical contexts. The first film tells the story of Jack and Ina who fell in love while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Pressure is one of the first dramatic films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is based on a true a story.

Michele Ohayon will conduct a question/answer session with the audience, and walk through the process of depicting history in film.

Introduction: Dalit Katz, adjunct assistant professor of religion and of Jewish and Israel studies.

Presenter: Michele Ohayon P'14, award-winning director and producer, whose feature length documentary Colors Straight Up won various awards, including the Golden Spire Award for the Arts at the San Francisco Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center


Saturday, May 21 at 4 p.m.

Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service: How and Why to Engage Emerging Trends and Issues

Hear from Wesleyan alumni about what they've been doing in these arenas, how and why they got there. Panelists will also speak about: key trends and issues they and their organizations face (such as the evolving roles of non-profits and public/private and non-profit/for profit partnerships); how to make an impact or be an agent for change (from inside or outside, grass roots or top down); how to get involved. Q&A will follow.

Moderator: Liza Page Nelson '81, venture partner, Investor Growth Capital, Crossroads Community Services, WAPPS member

Presenters: Michael A. Golden '81, diverse "public mission" experience in private, nonprofit, and public sector organizations; Elysa Gordon '89, assistant child advocate, Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate; Matthew McCreight '81, managing partner, Schaffer Consulting; Julie Meyer '79, executive director, The Next Step Public Charter School, RDB Consulting

Guest: WAPPS co-founder Steven J. McCarthy, '75, senior vice president KCG Capital Advisors

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)