Friday, May 26

  • Rebuilding the World Trade Center: 20 Years Captured in Paint

    1–2 p.m.
    Zilkha South Gallery

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    Todd Stone '73 is a Downtown New York City painter, whose most renowned work examines both the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the ongoing resilience and recovery of Lower Manhattan. He has been artist in residence at the World Trade Center since 2009. When he came to Wesleyan in 1969, Todd didn't know any artists nor had he considered art a life path. Join us in the Zilkha South Gallery to view a few of Todd's works and hear from him how a Wesleyan Liberal Arts education opened a path to a fifty year practice of art making, and hear him discuss his work.
  • Careers in Civic Engagement

    2–3 p.m.
    Boger Hall, 112

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    Please join us for a conversation with a few alumni currently working in Civic Engagement. They will discuss their current roles, the path they took to get there, and how Wesleyan inspired and prepared them for professional lives which are focused on serving community.

    Dana Peterson '98, Chief Economist, The Conference Board, Incorporated
    Melody Oliphant '13, Political Manager, Way to Win
    Bryan Chong '21, Organizer, Greater New Haven Labor History Association

  • Aging, Healthcare, and You: A Look at Age-Friendly Healthcare

    3–4 p.m.
    Judd Hall, 116

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    As the Class of 1973 celebrates their 50th reunion, they’re reflecting on how far they’ve come now that it’s no longer, in fact, 1973. Join Kevin Little ’73, James Powers ’73, and Tom Kelly ’73 for a discussion on age-friendly healthcare—how to recognize it and understand its benefits. You’ll also learn about the 4 M’s of age-friendly healthcare: What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility.
  • Wesleyan + Middletown: A Progressive Tradition

    4–5 p.m.
    Russell House

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    It is not widely known that a group of Wesleyan students of the early 1970s were instrumental in the founding of two service organizations, Gilead Community Services and the Community Health Center, which fifty years are later are state and national leaders. A small group of students helped create Gilead, a mental health agency, when they lived in the same house with recently discharged patients from the state hospital to prove that living in the community was vital to recovery. Gilead now has a $20 million budget and provides housing and support throughout Middlesex County. Similarly, a group of students formed the Community Health Center (CHC), a free health clinic, on Main Street, which now serves 150,000 Medicaid patients in Connecticut and vaccinated 800,000 people against COVID. The Wesleyan founders and current directors of these organizations will discuss what about Wesleyan inspired them to make radical and enduring change, which is documented in the recent book Peace & Health, on the history of the CHC, by Wesleyan Writer-In-Residence Charles Barber. Barber will read from Peace & Health and lead a discussion with Mark Masselli, Founder and CEO of CHC, and Dan Osborne, CEO of Gilead.

Saturday, May 27

  • Where On Earth Are We Going? Idealism vs. Practicality: Environmental Policy-Making in the U.S.

    9–11 a.m.
    Exley, Room 150

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    Since its founding in 2009, the Essel '66 and Menakka Bailey College of the Environment (COE) has engaged students and faculty on critical environmental issues in an interdisciplinary way. Many Bailey COE graduates have gone out into the world and worked on environmnetal matters in areas ranging from law to business to political activism. Today, our panel will discuss how their Wesleyan educations empowered them to create lasting positive change, and how all of us can contribute to these efforts.

    Barry Chernoff
    is the founding Director of the Essel Bailey '66 and Menakka Bailey College of the Environment and the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University.
    Michelle Regalado Deatrick '83 is the Chair and founder of the Democratic National Committee Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. She is also the chair/founder, of the Washtenaw County Environmental Council; Michigan Chair of the National Writers Union; and serves on the boards of Climate Power, Jane Fonda Climate PAC, OnePointFive Climate Pledge, the Huron Valley Area Labor Fed, Huron Workers' Organizing Center.
    Evan Weber '13 is Cofounder and Political Director of the Sunrise Movement.
  • Pulling It Off: Documentary Screening and Talkback

    9:30–11 a.m.
    Ring Hall More on "Pulling It Off"
    The years 1968 through 1974 were a turbulent time in U.S. history—the Vietnam War, race riots, the draft, the deaths at Kent State Massacre which led to the Student Strike—all coalesced to create an uncertain mood on college campuses. Music of the period reflected this spectrum of emotions. Wesleyan was tiny relative to many of its neighboring colleges and universities, yet it had the richest and most diverse concert program in New England. Pulling it Off tells story of how a small group of dedicated students made it happen. Please join us for a screening of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion.
  • 25th Reunion Panel: Teaching for Tomorrow

    10–11 a.m.
    Downey House, 113

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    Education and education-adjacent field are the most represented professional fields in this year's 25th Reunion Class of 1998, with 13 percent of the class working in education in some capacity. Please join members of this class for a conversation on their varied roles in the field and perspectives on the future of education. This session will also explore education's role in society and highlight the value of a liberal arts education in preparing the next generation of educators.
  • Harnessing Wesleyan's Unique Collections

    10–11 a.m.
    Olin Library, Room 014

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    What do Wesleyan's social history from the 1970s, coeducation, fashion, museum repatriation, and Chinese embroidery have in common? They are all thesis topics this year, centering on objects in Wesleyan's Special Collections & Archives, the Archaeology & Anthropology Collections, and the East Asian Art & Archival Collections. Throughout the years Wesleyan's students have used materials from the unique collections such as historical objects, rare books, and university archives to undertake numberous undergraduate honors theses. Exploring these collections allows students to do distinctive, hands-on research, all while demonstrating the relevance of historical collections to contemporary questions and issues. Join us to hear from five graduating seniors about their work with the collections and their final projects, as well as the collections managers who worked with them.

  • Bollywood and Beyond: Objects, Histories, and Pleasures of Indian Cinema

    1–2 p.m.
    Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, CFS 112

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    The epic scale of Indian cinema—three-hour-long films! Temples and elections devoted to stars! Billboards bigger than buildings! The last of cultural dominion against Hollywood!—lends itself easily to accounts that run the gamut from gentle mockery to enthusiastic acclaim of its audience's religious fervor. Following the global success and the Oscar award for the best original song in RRR (S.S. Rajamouli, 2022), the attention on and interest in Indian cinema has never been greater. Drawing on the class and the accompanying exhibit of Indian film ephemera and student work on the exhibit at the Rick Nicita Gallery in the College of Film and Moving Image, this seminar will talk about why (and if) we must take the Indian popular cinema seriously, and what are its pleasures?

    Presenter: Anuja Jain, Assistant Professor of Film Studies

  • Improv Anyone? The Art and Science of Improv

    1–2 p.m.
    World Music Hall

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    Gag Reflex, Wesleyan's oldest improv group, is held dear by many alumni and current students alike. Among these alumni is Anthony Veneziale '98, who is now a leader in the field of musical improvisation and a Tony Award winner for his work in Freestyle Love Supreme. Anthony has been performing and teaching improv for more than 20 years. Join us for a performance from Anthony and several additional members of the Wesleyan Gag Reflex community for a performance and talkback that will explore how improv informs the way we collaborate, communicate and create.

  • Two Nations Now One: 50 Years of Shared Love for Wesleyan

    1–3 p.m.
    Ring Hall and online via Zoom

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    Wesleyan’s Class of 1973 included 50 Black and LatinX students, which was more than double those at peer schools at the time. As these students navigated the social turbulence around the country, they also had to chart a new path on campus for themselves and keep the door open for those that followed. Dean Stephen Butler served as their mentor and championed their academic and social pursuits which resulted in many of these students of color going on to medical school. This discussion will feature remarks from Dean Butler as well as testimonials from members of the class.

    This WESeminar can also be viewed live on Zoom.

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  • A Conversation on the 1619 Project

    2–3 p.m.
    Crowell Concert Hall

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    "The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative … to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” (1619 Project)

    Originally published in August 2019 under the leadership of Jake Silverstein '98, Editor-in-Chief at The New York Times Magazine, The 1619 Project is still growing and evolving today. Please join us for a conversation between Silverstein and Professor of Film Studies and Co-Director of the Wesleyan Documentary Project Tracy Strain about The 1619 Project, it’s significance, the motivation behind it at its inception, and how it is now expanding into a multimedia platform.

  • Money Secrets Every Graduate Should Know

    2–3 p.m.
    Judd Hall, Room 116

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    In this session, Haley Sacks '13, also known as Mrs. Dow Jones, will give you the tools you need to have the life you want.

    Like most people in their 20s, Haley Sacks did not understand money. She had the desire to enter the financial world, but it seemed the only methods of learning its ins-and-outs involved indecipherable jargon and boring videos. Sacks took note of the content gap in the personal finance sector and, fueled by her frustration, decided to combine her newfound interest in finances and her background in entertainment to do the impossible: make finance cool. Four years later, it seems Sacks has conquered the impossible. Using a combination of pop culture, humor, memes, videos, and more, Haley has gotten through to millennials and Gen Z about finance. Sacks now engages over 700,000 followers across her social media platforms, and that number is continuing to grow daily. Sacks was named in Fortune's 40 Under 40 in 2020, and in 2021, she was named one of InStyle's Badass 50. This year, Hailey was named the AdWeek Creative Visionary Award Winner for Personal Finance Advice.

  • Building Intersectional Impact Across Industries

    2:30–3:30 p.m.
    Allbritton Hall, room 311 More on Building Intersectional Impact
    Join us for a wide-ranging moderated conversation on leadership, entrepreneurship, and sustainable impact. Featuring Anne Martin, Chief Investment Officer, Wesleyan University; Evan Okun '13, Associate, Working Capital Fund, Felicia Appenteng '05, fmr. Managing Director, The IE Fund; and Gato Nsengamungo '23, Founder, Rwanda Youth Tech Informants.  Moderated by Ahmed Badr '20, Interim Director, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • The BioTech Boom

    3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Boger Hall, 112

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    Please join us for a conversation on the booming BioTech industry. Kate Haviland '98, CEO of Blueprint Medicines; Marc Casper '90, P'23, chairman, president, and CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific; and Joshua Boger '73, Hon.'18, P'06, '09, founder and former president and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., will discuss their current roles, industry trends, its place in society, and how their Wesleyan liberal arts education prepared them for work in the BioTech field.