Schedule of Events For
Thursday, April 17, 2014

08:30 am - 04:30 pm
Event Registration
Families come and register students/parents for WesFest 2014.
Location: Office of Admission, Beach Conference Room

09:00 am - 09:45 am
WesFest Welcome
Remarks by Wesleyan President Michael Roth '78, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, and student representatives.
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall

09:00 am - 08:00 pm
Drop in to join students and faculty from the Classical Studies Department for an all-day reading of Homer's "Odyssey." This reading marathon will take place at various locations across campus. Please refer to the link on the WesFest homepage for details.
Location: Various locations across campus

10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Power of a Liberal Arts Education
"How (NOT) to Plan for the Rest of Your Life: Navigating Your Career in Modern Times." Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of the Wesleyan Career Center, will discuss the benefits of a liberal arts education.
Location: 41 Wyllys Avenue, Olson Commons

10:00 am - 02:00 pm
Freeman Athletic Center Open House
Coaches and staff will be on hand to answer questions about intercollegiate athletics. Appointments to see coaches are necessary and can be made by calling 860-685-2893.
Location: Freeman Athletic Center Lobby

10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Campus Tours
Tours will leave from the Office of Admission patio every hour, on the hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending with a 3 p.m. tour. Please note: tours will last 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Location: Office of Admission Patio

10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Financial Aid Office Drop-In Hours
Financial Aid representatives are available to answer questions.
Location: Office of Financial Aid, North College, 2nd Floor

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Parent-to-Parent Panel
Join us for this interactive discussion with parents of current students. Bring your questions.
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Science Programs Information Session / Science Facilities Tour
Professors representing various science majors will talk about the many science opportunities at Wesleyan. Afterwards, join an undergraduate science major who will lead a tour of our science facilities.
Location: Exley Science Center, Room 150 (Tischler Hall)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Student-to-Student Panel
Meet current Wes students for an honest and informative discussion about life, academics, and activities at Wesleyan. This panel is for students only.
Location: Usdan University Center, Room 108

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wes in the World
Gail Winter, assistant director of the Office of International Studies, and current students will talk about the Wesleyan study abroad experience.
Location: Office of Admission, McKelvey Room

11:00 am - 02:00 pm
Looking for lunch? Visit the Usdan University Center Marketplace. Kosher for Passover food is also available. Tickets for sale for $5 at registration. Visitors only.
Location: Usdan University Center, Marketplace

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Film Studies Tour
Take a guided tour of the Center for Film Studies.
Location: Center for Film Studies, Lobby

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Center for Community Partnerships Panel
Interested in making a difference while you're at Wesleyan? The Office of Community Service invites you to learn more about our service opportunities from our student leaders. Learn about their programs, how and why students serve, and how you can get involved.
Location: Allbritton Center, Room 103

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
History Lecture Series, "In the Archives"
Laura Ann Twagira, Assistant Professor of History, presents: "RICE BABIES AND OTHER EMBODIED HISTORIES OF DEVELOPMENT IN MALI (WEST AFRICA)" In Mali, women and men tell stories of rice babies to explain their experiences dealing with hunger at the agricultural project called the Office du Niger. These babies were in reality smuggled bundles of rice that women hid on their bodies as if carrying a baby. The memories of this and other embodied practices at the Office du Niger speak to the everyday lived experiences of development. Professor Twagira will explore the meanings of these oral histories and other embodied records from her current book manuscript on gender, technology and development in Mali.
Location: Public Affairs Center, Room 107

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Majors Panel
Writers, poets, free thinkers, activists, part-time philosophers & the members of the Wesleyan community are certainly many things, but we are students first. Come hear about the wide range of academic experiences available at Wesleyan from a panel of current Wesleyan students. You just may be inspired.
Location: Office of Admission, McKelvey Room

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
McNair Research Talks
McNair Research Talks are designed for interested, non-expert students. For more information about the Wesleyan McNair program see Presenter: Rashedul Haydar - Presentation: Laser Induced Plasmas Under Bulk Water: Spatiotemporal Characteristics and Spectral Analysis - Mentor: Professor Lutz Huwel .......... Presenter: Lavontria Aaron - Presentation: The Remote Sensing and Mapping of Serpentine Soil Plants in Puerto Rico - Mentor: Professor Martha Gilmore .......... Presenter: Justine McCullum - Presentation: Trends in Smoking Over 30 Years - Mentor: Professor Lisa Dierker
Location: Exley Science Center, Room 109

01:00 pm - 01:30 pm
Health Professions Information Session
Stop by the Wesleyan Career Center for a chat about preparation for health professions at Wes.
Location: 41 Wyllys Avenue, Olson Commons

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Panel
An Information-packed hour about social impact, innovation, entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship at Wesleyan. Hear from the director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE), which offers co-curricular workshops, three types of grants, advising, and alumni mentoring; student leaders from the extracurricular Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society (WES^2) and the for-credit forum "Entrepreneurship Studies 101"; and winners of the 2014 PCSE Seed Grant Competition for student-led social ventures.
Location: Allbritton, Room 311

01:00 pm - 02:15 pm
Clinic Escorts Movie Screening
Clinic Escorts and the Wesleyan Doula Project present "12th & Delaware," an HBO documentary about a unique intersection in a small Florida city, where pro- and anti-choice forces must collide daily with a pregnancy care center on one corner of the street and an abortion clinic on the other. Join us for a screening and discussion about reproductive justice activities at Wesleyan and how to get involved.
Location: Public Affairs Center, Room 002

01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Music Department Meet and Greet
Visit the Music Department for a discussion about the department's course offerings and other opportunities.
Location: Center for the Arts, Music Studios Building

01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
Student leaders from the chapter will lead a discussion on what SHOFCO does, how it creates and supports real social change and innovation in Kibera, Kenya, and what students on campus do to support this cause and raise awareness. We will discuss all the ways in which students can become involved and what social entrepreneurship has to offer Wesleyan students.
Location: Zelnick Pavilion

01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Economics Department Open Office Hours
Visit the Economics Department for a discussion about the department's course offerings and other opportunities.
Location: Public Affairs Center, Room 419

01:30 pm - 04:00 pm
College of East Asian Studies Open Office Hours
Visit Professor Stephen Angle in the College of East Asian Studies Department for a discussion about the department's course offerings and other opportunities. While there, stop by the "Silent Faces/Angkor: Mary Heebner" exhibit.
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Room 201

01:30 pm - 04:00 pm
Wesleyan Career Center Open House
Visit our newly renovated Career Resource Center and speak with career counselors about the services offered to students.
Location: 41 Wyllys Avenue, Olson Commons

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Residential Life Panel
Join Director of Residential Life Fran Koerting and student panelists for a Q & A about living on campus.
Location: Exley Science Center 184 (Woodhead Lounge)

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Science Programs Information Session / Science Facilities Tour
Professors representing various science departments will talk about the many science opportunities at Wesleyan. Afterwards, join an undergraduate science major who will lead a tour of our science facilities.
Location: Exley Science Center 150

02:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Hula Hoop Club Hoopla
A gathering of all those who can hula hoop in a space with loud speakers, flowers, incense, and music.
Location: Fayerweather Lawn

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Office of International Studies Drop-In Hours
Stop in and learn about Wesleyan's 150 academic programs in nearly 50 countries.
Location: Fisk Hall, Room 105

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Student Academic Resources Drop-In Hours
Come by and discuss any concerns you may have regarding services for students at Wesleyan. Find out about the types of accommodations Wesleyan can provide and about the process of establishing a disabilities file with the Deans' Office.
Location: North College, Room 021

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
College of Letters Open House
Visit the College of Letters for a discussion about the department's course offerings and other opportunities.
Location: 41 Wyllys Avenue, College of Letters Library

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Hot Topics for Parents
This Q&A session is an opportunity to ask Wesleyan students questions about campus life. This panel is for parents only.
Location: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Prospective Student-Athlete Panel
Prospective students hoping to participate in athletics at the varsity, club, or intramural level are encouraged to attend a discussion panel conducted by current Wesleyan athletes. A 45-minute Q & A period will be followed by a brief tour of the Freeman Athletic Center. We welcome all queries, and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Location: Freeman Athletic Center, Woodbridge Classroom

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Student-to-Student Panel
Meet current Wes students for an honest and informative discussion about life, academics, and activities at Wesleyan. This panel is for students only.
Location: Usdan University Center, Room 108

03:15 pm - 04:15 pm
College of the Environment Open House
Join us for a College of the Environment discussion about the department's course offerings and other opportunities.
Location: Usdan University Center, Room 110

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
STEM Summer Bridge to Wesleyan Information Session
If you are interested in majoring in science or math at Wesleyan, come to this information session on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Bridge to Wesleyan 2014 to learn about an exciting new initiative to support the success and achievement of the most talented students pursuing science and math at Wesleyan. Beginning with a Summer Program, this select group of students will be guided through a challenging curriculum with workshops, faculty mentors, and special programming their first two years at Wesleyan. At this session, you will learn more about the unique opportunity offered by STEM Bridge to Wesleyan and how to apply to the program. Pre-science and math students, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in these fields, women, first-generation college, low-income, and racial and ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, contact: Renee Johnson-Thornton at
Location: Exley Science Center, Room 221

04:05 pm - 09:00 pm
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Seniors Isadora Dannin and Grace Kuipers in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History will present their honors talks.
Location: 41 Wyllys Room 112

04:15 pm - 05:00 pm
Wellness at Wesleyan
Students from Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights, Active Minds, and the Peer Health Advisors will be available to answer your questions.
Location: 41 Wyllys, Rooms 115 and 113

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm
English Lecture Series
"First Thing Na Hummer: Nigeria and the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Car Culture." Presented by Lindsey Green-Simms, assistant professor, Department of Literature, American University. Through a historical examination of African American vernacular culture in his book, Darker than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture, Paul Gilroy claims that cars, originally linked to freedom and to compensation for material deprivation, have now come to undermine the idea of a public good and public citizenship. This talk will re-evaluate Gilroy's claims through a discussion of cars and car culture in contemporary Nigerian literature, music, and film. It will argue that while the automobile does indeed offer individual and private solutions to collective problems, it does not in fact foreclose critiques of consumer capitalism in the way that Gilroy suggests.
Location: Center for African American Studies, Vanguard Lounge

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm
Special Collections & Archives Open House
Wesleyan's superb holdings of rare books, archives, and artists' books are not just for advanced students. Join us for an open house in the Davison Rare Book Room, where special collections materials recently used by students in 100-level classes in all three divisions will be on display. Learn how beginning students use these materials in class visits and assignments. Featured classes include War and National (Re)Formation (HIST 159), taught by Prof. Demetrius Eudell; Poetry and Democracy (ENGL 110), taught by Prof. Elizabeth Willis; Literature, Laughter, Philosophy: Tristram Shandy (ENGL 140), taught by Prof. Courtney Weiss Smith; and Descriptive Astronomy (ASTR 105), taught by Prof. Seth Redfield.
Location: Olin Library, Davison Rare Book Room, 1st floor east

04:15 pm -
The MINDS Foundation
As a student group at Wesleyan, our goal is to facilitate discussions about mental health. We put together a student publication, called Headspace, that is comprised of student, faculty, and staff submissions on topics relating to the mind, brain, and behavior. Join us for a student panel and our release the first event for Headspace.
Location: Fisk 116

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm
College of East Asian Studies Lecture
"Gender, Development, and 'Missing Girls' in Asia." Presented by Monica Das Gupta, research professor, Sociology Department, University of Maryland. The phenomenon of "missing girls" in Asia has attracted much attention. First, there are the human implications of practicing sex-selection to reduce the number of daughters in the family. Second, there are social repercussions when significant proportions of men are unable to find brides. This talk begins by examining which regions of the world show sex-selection. It then discusses the underlying causes of the phenomenon, the circumstances that intensify the practice, and the consequences for the marriage market. Finally, it examines what policies have helped reduce sex-selection.
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Seminar Room (Mary Houghton Freeman Room)

04:30 pm - 07:00 pm
The Wesleyan Argus Open House
Come sit in on a production night at The Argus. The editorial staff, photo editors, and a number of writers will be in the office working on Friday's issue, and will be available to talk to you about The Argus, college journalism, and Wesleyan in general.
Location: The Argus Office above Broad St. Books

04:30 pm -
WesBAM (a student run exercise collective) Presents: Breathe Loud Power Yoga
A 90-minute power vinyasa class set to loud (note: often explicit) hip hop, R&B, pop, or dance music. It's aimed to kick your butt, make you sweat, get you out of your head, and force you to groove.
Location: Fayerweather Dance Room #108

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
A discussion panel delivering various perspectives on the issues of education and social immobility in India and the rest of the developing world. A group of Wesleyan professors each specializing in a certain field--including economics, history, religion, and sociology--will debate the role of education in the third world.
Location: Public Affairs Center, Room 002

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Laughing Meditation Club Open Meeting
Come for a 20-minute laughing meditation, where we sit in silence and stare and one another. Correction: we STAND and stare at each other. Without blinking! No blinking. And no breathing either! Breathing is your ego's way of telling you to stay alive. Overcome this temptation! In all realness, the laughing meditation club meets weekly to practice the joy of laughing. If you like joy, this event is for you. Come join us!
Location: Meditation Room, Memorial Chapel

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Meet Your Host
If you have made arrangements through the Office of Admission to stay overnight on campus, this is the time when you'll meet your host. Bring a great attitude and enthusiastic spirit to this gathering of accepted students and hosts. Confirmed pre-registration is required. Please bring your signed medical form and be prompt.
Location: Memorial Chapel

05:00 pm -
Office of Admission Closes
The Office of Admission will reopen tomorrow, Friday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Office of Admission

05:00 pm -
Come see what slam poetry does here at Wes! Come see some of our veteran poets present some of their favorite poems at a casual and informal setting!
Location: 200 Church St.

06:00 pm -
Middletown Potluck
Please join us and a variety of other community organizations for a Seder/before Good Friday interfaith anti-oppression dinner. The potluck will be with church community members as well as students.
Location: Adath Israel Synagogue, 8 Broad Street Middletown, CT

06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Looking for dinner? Visit the Usdan University Center Marketplace. Kosher for Passover food is also available. Tickets for sale for $5 at registration. Visitors only.
Location: Usdan University Center University Marketplace

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Living in Song Showing
Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel, three of the five members of the Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary season, present the culmination of their "Living in Song" residency and workshop series at a free showing featuring all of the workshop participants. "Living in Song" is made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Location: Crowell Concert Hall

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Wesleyan A Cappella Concert
Come by and hear the melodies created by some of Wesleyan's best a cappella groups. This annual concert filled with student performers is one of WesFest's most popular events.
Location: Exley Science Center Lobby (Lawn Ave. Side)

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights
Join Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights for a film screening of "Wretches and Jabberers," a documentary about two autistic children who travel the world in an attempt to change perceptions of disability and intelligence.
Location: 41 Wyllys, Room 115

08:00 pm -
Second Stage Presents: Cock
When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out. Come see the play that The New York Times called "unprintable," Variety called "riveting," and Evening Standard called "an impressive package!"
Location: Malcolm X House Lounge

08:00 pm -
Wesleyan Film Series: Crystal Fairy (2013)
Chile. Director: Sebastian Silva. With Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffman. 98 min. After chatting up Crystal Fairy at a party, douche-y expat Cera accidentally recruits the oft-nude heroine on a quest to find a magical hallucinogenic cactus. Tensions flare as they drive across Chile, thundering towards a secluded beach where the climatic drug trip will play out in all its (strangely moving) glory.
Location: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

09:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Schmooze with the Jews
Come hang out with the Jewish community at Wesleyan and nosh on Passover desserts. All are welcome!
Location: The Bayit, 157 Church Street

09:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Astronomy Public Observing
Come gaze at the stars through our telescope.
Location: Van Vleck Observatory

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fashion Show
All the action will be on the runway as Wesleyan students show off their talents as both designers and models in our annual Student of Color Fashion Show. All are welcome. There is a fee associated with this event. Tickets are available at the Box Office in Usdan University Center. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall