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, including audience Q&A. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and because of the state fire code, the University is unable to offer standing room space on the floors or aisles of venues.

This is a chronological list of the WESeminars scheduled throughout the weekend. Please visit the Reunion & Commencement Schedule of Events for a complete listing of all of the activities during the weekend.


Friday, May 22, 2020

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Funders and Founders
What do angel investors, VCs, and philanthropists look for when deciding how to deploy capital? How does a founder, CEO, or Executive Director attract investors and stay afloat in the early days? Alumni will share their stories from the field, lessons learned, and words of wisdom in a series of lightening talks followed by a reception at the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Time permitting, we will open the floor for funders and founders from the audience to share their stories.
Moderator: TBA
Presenters: TBA
Room 311, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)

Saturday, May 23, 2020

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
WESEMINAR Wesleyan’s Millennials: Who are They Now?
As the years roll on, we change and grow, in experience, perspective and wisdom. Wesleyan grads begin this journey after four years of a unique liberal education, and evolve over a relatively short time. Come hear alumni from the classes of 2010 and 2015 share their journeys, the life-lessons they have learned, new perspectives they’ve adopted, and the advice they have for the class of 2020.
Moderator: Jim Kubat, Associate Director for Jobs and Internship, Gordon Career Center
Panelists: TBA
Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center (former squash court building)
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
WESEMINAR From Tel Aviv on Fire to Incitement: Studying Israeli Society through Films
Recent Israeli films and TV shows reflect on many controversial contemporary issues, some of them not dealt with up until now. The 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival explores the status of Palestinians, the place of Orthodox Jews in a secular society, gender identity and ethical values among young Israelis and the radical interpretation of the far right of Talmudic texts. In this WESeminar video clips from selected movies will be screened and discussed with the audience.
Presenter: Dalit Katz, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religion.
Room 208, Fisk Hal
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
WESEMINAR The Liberal Arts Behind Prison Walls: Learning with the Center for Prison Education
Learn about the Center for Prison Education - an academic program where Wesleyan faculty teach credited courses at two CT correctional facilities. You will hear from a faculty member, an undergraduate student, and a released student about their experiences supporting, teaching and participating in the program.
Room 112, Boger Hall (formerly the Squash Court Building)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Is There a Wesleyan Way of Doing Business?
Wesleyan is known for its scholarly culture that encourages debate, for its emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and its commitment to on-campus diversity. But how do these characteristics translate into the business world? In this panel discussion, Miriam Gottfried '05, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, will talk to Wesleyan alumni serving in prominent roles in business and finance. She will explore how their Wesleyan experience has shaped their outlook. Some questions might be: How does having a liberal arts background change your perspective or priorities as a business person? What aspect of your Wesleyan experience best prepared you to succeed in finance? Do you play a different role within your firm than other colleagues because of your Wesleyan career?
Moderator: Miriam Gottfried '05
Room 116, Judd Hall
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
WESEMINAR Senior Thesis Showcase and Reception
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2020’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition is curated by students in a tutorial with Assistant Professor of Art History Claire Grace and Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee, presenting a work by each of the seniors from their Senior Thesis Exhibition. Works shown are in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture. Co-sponsored by the Office of Advancement.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)