Academic Year 2022-2023


Thursday, September 15: Nicole Stanton, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Dance

Thursday, September 29: Gary Shaw, Chair of Faculty, Professor of History

Thursday, October 13, Francis Starr, IDEAS proposal

Thursday, October 27, Daniel McGloin, Academic Development and Planning Manager, Center for Prison Education

Academic Year 2021-2022

Spring Semester - 2022

Thursday, February 10: The Course Materials Project, Cori Anderson, Rachael Barlow, Jeffrey Goetz, Jill Livingston, Alyssa Marinaccio, Camillia Zamboni

Thursday, February 24: "Returning to Ourselves: The Dialectual Temporality of Indigenous Futurism", Lou Cornum, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies

Thursday, March 7: "Germany's New Coalition Government", Sarah Wiliarty, Associate Professor of Government

Thursday, April 7: "The Ethonographic Backstage of Educational Organizing", Roseann Liu, Assistant Professor of Education Studies Studies 

Thursday, April 21: Daniel McGloin, Academic Developer and Planning Manager, Center for Prison Education

Fall Semester - 2021

Thursday, September 23: Conversation with Nicole Stanton, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Dance

Thursday, October 7: Conversation with the Chair of Faculty, Ishita Mukerji

Thursday, October 21: "A Tale of Two Utopias: Bezos and Musk in Outer Space", Mary Jane Rubenstein, Professor Religion

Thursday, November 11: "The Story of Coffee: Antislavery, Temperance, and Industrial Capitalism in the Guilded Age", Roberto Saba, Assistant Professor in American Studies 

Academic Year 2020-2021

Spring Semester - 2021

All seminars were held via Zoom. 

Wednesday, March 3: “Lessons for the COVID-19 Pandemic from WWII" Gillian Brunet, Assistant Professor of Economics 

Thursday, March 18: "The Data Will Not Save Us: Afropessimism in the COVID-19 Archives” Anthony Hatch, Associate Professor, Science and Society Program

Thursday, April 8:  “The Impact of the ACA on Disparities in Hospital Care with Discussion of the Implications for Disparities in COVID Care”, Damien Sheehan-Connor, Associate Professor of Economics

Thursday, April 22: “Restorative Parody from Devils to Hamilton: How Dostoevsky Pioneered a Key Postmodern Strategy,” Susanne Fusso, Marcus L. Taft Professor of Modern Languages, Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies


Academic Year 2019-20

September 12, 2019

"Hong Kong 2019: Tremors Shake a Global Political Fault Line", presented by Mary Alice Haddad, Professor of Government, East Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies

October 10, 2019

Conversation with Interim Provost, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Rob Rosenthal

October 24, 2019

Conversation with the Chair of the Faculty, Sean McCann, Professor of English

 November 14, 2019

“Declining Outmigration and Local Labor Markets”, presented by Melanie Khamis, Associate Professor of Economics

February 13, 2020

Joseph Slaughter, Chamberlain Fellow, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, “Christian Communal Capitalism: Faith and Factories of the Early Nineteenth-Century Harmony Society"

February 27: Joseph Weiss, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, “Not Built to Last: The Paradoxical Temporalities of Military Occupation on Indigenous Territory"





Academic Year 2018 - 2019

September 7, 2018

Conversation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty. Gil Skillman, Professor of Economics, and Sean McCann, Professor of English

October 5, 2018

Representing Shamanism: Thinking about the Soviet Union as a Secular State. Justine Quijada, Assistant Professor of Religion

October 12, 2018

Presenting your Research to the Broader Public. Naomi Schalit, Politics and Society editor, The Conversation

October 26, 2018

America's Lure: Gayatari Spivak and the Transnational Politics of the Mid-century U.S. University. Abigail Boggs, Assistant Professor of Sociology

November 9, 2018

The 2018 Midterm Elections: Roundtable Discussion with Logan Dancey, Assistant Professor of Government, Erika Franklin Fowler, Associate Professor of Government, and Justin Peck, Assistant Professor of Government

November 30, 2018

Industrial Policy and the Development of Labor Movement in South Korea Under Authoritarian Rule. Joan Cho, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies

February 1, 2019

Conversation with the Provost and Andrews Professor of Economics, Joyce Jacobsen

February 8, 2019

Conversation with the Librarian, Andrew White, Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian 

February 22, 2019

Buddhism on the Border: The Formation of Religious Tradition in the Himalayan Frontier,

Andrew Quintman, Associate Professor of Religion

March 1, 2019     

Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America, Anthony Hatch,

Associate Professor of Science in Society -12:00-1:00 PM, PAC 422

April 12, 2019

Stimulus on the Home Front: World War II and the US Economy. Gillian Brunet,

Assistant Professor of Economics -12:00-1:00 PM, PAC 422 

April 26, 2019

The Labor Board Boys: Tackling American Conflicts for Fifty Years. Ron Schatz,

Professor of History - 12:00-1:00 PM, PAC 422



Academic Year 2017 - 2018

September 7, 2017

Conversation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty, Janice R. Naegele, Professor of Biology and Gil Skillman, Professor of Economics

September 28, 2017

Guns in America, Jennifer Tucker, Associate Professor of History

October 19, 2017

Congress and the First Civil Rights Era, 1861-1918, Justin Peck, Assistant Professor of Government

November 9, 2017

Good Governance Populism in India Today: Troubling an Anti-establishment "Us," Anu Sharma, Associate Professor of Anthropology

December 7, 2017

Afghanistan 2017-2020: Prospects for Policy and Strategy, Robert M. Cassidy, Retired Military Officer Teaching Fellow

February 2, 2018

Conversation with the President and Provost, Michael Roth and Joyce Jacobsen

February 16, 2018

Group Disucssion: Programming in the New Public Affairs Center plus a Communications Update with Key Nuttall, Chief Communication Officer

April 6, 2018

Regulating Boards in Sweden with Reda Moursli, Assistant Professor of Economics

April 20, 2018

Zonker, I See That You Feel That Way: Political Cartoon Use of Emotion in Provoking and Preempting Islamophobia, with Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion


Academic Year 2016 - 2017

September 8, 2016

Conversation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty, Brian A. Stewart, Professor of Physics, and Janice R. Naegele, Professor of Biology.

September 13, 2016

Conversation with the President, Michael Roth.

October 6, 2016

Racial Diversity and the Dynamics of Authoritarianism, Yamil Velez, Assistant Professor of Government.

October 20, 2016

To Fight or Not to Fight: Understanding Why Armed Islamist Groups Abandon Violent Tactics, Emy Matesan, Assistant Professor of Government.

November 3, 2016

I Like The Way You Move: Theorizing Black Fat Female Sexuality, Courtney J. Patterson-Faye, Assistant Professor of Sociology

December 1, 2016

Race, Gender, Citizenship: Rehabilitating Addicts and Criminal Justice Reform, Kerwin Kaye, Assistant Professor of Sociology

December 8, 2016

Studying Race in the 18th-Century German Academy, Demetrius L. Eudell, Professor of History

January 30, 2017 (Monday)

University Relations 101: Towards Successful Partnering with Faculty, Barbara-Jan Wilson, Vice President for University Relations

February 16, 2017

Cognitive Pluralism: Understanding the World Through Idealized Models, Steven Horst, Professor of Philosophy

February 23, 2017

Don’t Make Me Laugh: A Generational Analysis of American Jewish identity Formation and Humor, Jennifer Caplan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

April 6, 2017

Problem Solver or 'Evil Genius'?: Thomas Jesse Jones & The Problem of Indian Administration, Khalil Johnson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies

April 27, 2017

Enlightenment and Political Fiction: The Everyday Intellectual, Cecilia Miller, Professor of History

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

January 28, 2016

Conversation with the Provost and Division II Dean, Joyce Jacobsen, Provost and Andrews Professor of Economics and Marc Eisner, Dean of the Social Sciences.

February 4, 2016

Conversation on Academic Computing, Jason Simms, Academic Computing Manager for the Social Sciences.

February 11, 2016 

Megan Glick, Assistant Professor American Studies, Everything Except the Squeal: Porcine Hybridity in the Obesity 'Epidemic' and Xenotransplantation Research.

March 31, 2016

Melanie Khamis, Assistant Professor of Economics, Female Labor Market Outcomes and Mexican Migration

April 14, 2016

Sam Rosenfeld, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, When Bipartisanship Was the Problem:  E.E. Schattschneider and the Doctrine of Responsible Party Government

April 28, 2016

Joel Pfister, Olin Professor of English, Theorizing Soft Capitalism: The Critical Work of Movies.

November 12, 2015

Joe Rouse, Hedding Professor of Moral Science, Social Practices and Normativity.

October 8, 2015

Logan Dancey, Assistant Professor of Government, It's Not Our Fault: Public Perceptions of Congressional Polarization.

September 24, 2015

Bruce Masters, John E. Andrus Professor of History, I Only Shoot the People I Know: Sectarianism and Modernity.

September 10, 2015

Donald Moon, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Professor in the College of Social Studies, and Brian Stewart, Professor of Physics, Conversation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

September 11, 2014

Ruth Striegel Weissman, Provost and Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences Joyce Jacobsen, Dean of Social Sciences and Director of Global Initiatives "Conversation with the Provost and Dean.”

September 25, 2014

Phillip B. Wagoner, Professor of Art History "Coin Hoards and Monetary History of South India, 1300-1600."

October 9, 2014

Chris Hogendorn, Associate Professor of Economics “Not Your Mother’s Internet: Mergers, Network Neutrality, and Cybersecurity.”

October 30, 2014

Sanford Shieh, Associate Professor of Philosophy “Picturing Logical Necessity.”

November 13, 2014

Justine Quijada, Assistant Professor of Religion and REES “An Inauguration for Etigelov: Multiple Genres of History in Buryatia.”

December 4, 2014

Michael B. Nelson, Assistant Professor of Government "African Participation in Global Governance."

January 29, 2015

Laura B. Grabel, Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society, J. Donald Moon, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Professor in the College of Social Studies, "Conversation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty."

February 12, 2015

Basak Kus, Assistant Professor of Sociology, "Financial Crisis and the Politics of Regulatory Reform."

February 26, 2015

Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, "Petronation?  Oil and National Identity in Russia."

March 26, 2015

Gary Shaw, Professor of History "Sharing Information and a Drink:  Travel and Hospitality in Medieval England."

April 9, 2015

Laura Grappo, Assistant Professor of American Studies "Transgender, Transracial, Transabled:  Transmutation of the Self and the Brave New World of Identity Politics."

April 23, 2015

Pao-Lin Tien, Assistant Professor of Economics "Policy Forecasting Shocks and the Taylor Rule."

Academic Year 2013 – 2014

September 3, 2013

Bruce Masters, Professor of History - “Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?”

October 3, 2013

Ruth Striegel Weissman, Provost and Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences Conversation with the Provost."

October 17, 2013

Sarah E. Wiliarty, Associate Professor of Government "The German Elections of 2013: Observations from the Field."

October 24, 2013

Erik Grimmer-Solem, Associate Professor of History "Blind Spot on the Right: The Wehrmacht, the Holocaust and the Politics of Commemoration in Contemporary Germany."

November 7, 2013

Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Religion "Why They Swallowed the Fly: Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science."

November 21, 2013

Damien Sheehan-Connor, Assistant Professor of Economics "Public Policy and Motor Vehicle Safety: Tales of Intended and Unintended Consequences."

December 5, 2013

Steven W. Horst, Professor of Philosophy "Cognitive Science of Religion: Why do People Believe in God, Ghosts and Personal Immortality?"
January 30, 2014

Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek Laura B. Grabel, Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society "Conversation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Faculty."

February 6, 2014

Ruth Striegel Weissman, Provost and Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences - “The Changing Landscape of Scholarships:  How Can Wesleyan Most Effectively Respond to these Changes?”

February 27, 2014

J. Donald Moon, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Professor in the College of Social Studies - “The Radicalism of John Rawls”.

March 27, 2014

Masami Imai, Professor of East Asian Studies and Economics - “Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain:  The Impact of Titled Directors in 19th century British Banks.”

April 10, 2014

Gary W. Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies -  "The National Climate Assessment and What it Means to National Climate Action Plans and State/Local Initiatives."

April 24, 2014

Sonali Chakravarti, Assistant Professor of Government – “Rethinking the Ellsberg Myth:  Whistleblowers as Political Actors.”

May 1, 2014

Margot Weiss, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology – “Visions of Sexual Justice.”

Academic Year 2012 - 2013

September 13, 2012

Elvin Lim, Associate Professor of Government - “The Lovers’ Quarrel:  A Tale of Two Foundings.”

October 11, 2012

Tushar Irani, Assistant Professor of College of Letters & Philosophy - “Philosophy as a Social Science:  Some Reflections on Plato’s Political Theory.”

October 25, 2012

Gil Skillman, Professor of Economic - “The Puzzle of Marx’s Missing ‘Results’: A Tale of Two Theories.”

November 15, 2012

Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs – “The Provost asks, “What’s On Your Mind?”

November 29, 2012

A Round Table Discussion - “New Directions in Social Sciences (Division 2/9) (or How to Get Even More Money to do What You Love).”

December 13, 2012

Paul Erickson, Assistant Professor of History – “The Ford Foundation, Behavioral Science, and the Measurement of Values in 1950s America.”

January 24, 2013

Richard Adelstein, Professor of Economics – “Are Corporations People Too?”

February 14, 2013

Matthew Garrett, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies – “On the Social History of Literary Episodes.”

February 19, 2013

Ellen Nerenberg, Chair of the Faculty and Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Vice Chair – “Town Meeting.”

March 28, 2013

Laurie Nussdorfer, Professor of History - "Studying a Male City: Households of Men in Baroque Rome."

April 4, 2013

Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, Assistant Professor of History - “The Problem with the 'Ordinary' Death: Material and Spiritual Life under late Soviet Socialism.”

April 11, 2013

A Round Table Discussion – “The State of the Public Affairs Center:  A Discussion.”

April 25, 2013

Bruce Masters, Professor of History – “The Empire and its Collaborators: The Arabs in the Ottoman Empire, 1516-1918.”

Academic Year  2011 - 2012

September 8, 2011

Mary Alice Haddad, Associate Professor of Government – “Japan’s Triple Disaster:  Responses and Implications.”

October 13, 2011

Daniel Long, Assistant Professor of Sociology – “Education and Markets – School Choice and Academic Achievement in Comparative Perspective.”

November 10, 2011

Bruce Masters, Professor of History – “Arab in Revolt:  The historian’s long view.”

December 8, 2011

Abigail Hornstein, Assistant Professor of Economics – “Managerial Investment in Mutual Funds.”

February 9, 2012

Stephen Angle, Philosophy and East Asian Studies – “Progressive Confucianism.”

February 23, 2012

Round table discussion (Gary Shaw) – “Research Support in the Social Sciences: Using Research Assistants/Interns.”

March 8, 2012

Private talk invitation only – Hosted by Gary Shaw

March 29, 2012

Sarah Croucher, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies.  "Visible People, Invisible Slavery:  Plantation Archaeology in Eastern Africa.”

April 12, 2012

A conversation with Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.”

April 19, 2012

Gilbert Skillman, Chair of Faculty and Professor of Economics - "Follow up on the faculty executive session:  articulating Division II concerns and priorities."

April 26, 2012

Asha Bhandary, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy - "The Rawlsian - Position on mothers and slaves.”

May 10, 2012

Andrew Curran, Dean of Art & Humanities - "Before Anthropology: Enlightenment 'Science' and the Category of the Human.”

Academic Year 2010 -2011

October 14, 2010

Dan Ullucci, Visiting Professor of Religion - “The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice.”

October 28, 2010

Jim McGuire, Professor of Government - “Social Policy in Latin America:  Characteristics, Causes, and Consequences.”

November 11, 2010

Laura J. Stark, Professor of Sociology  - “The making of ethical research in postwar American medicine.”

December 2, 2010

Leah Wright, Assistant Professor of African American Studies & History – “Nixon’s Black Cabinet:  Economic Civil Rights in the Nixon Administration.”

February 10, 2011

Anne Peters, Assistant Professor of Government – “State as Chimera:  Parallel Institutions, State Power and International Order.”

March 24, 2011

Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion – “Religion, Science and Empire:  A Village View.”

April 21, 2011

Patrick Dowdey, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology & East Asian Studies – “The Sichuan Earthquake:  Disasters, Governments & Society.”

April 28, 2011

Richard Grossman, Professor of Economics –“Financial History:  From the 43 pound coin to the Subprime Crisis.”

May 5, 2011

Stewart Gillmor, Professor of History & Science, Emeritus – “Life after Wesleyan:  Becoming a Vigneron.”