Last week, the State Board of Education conducted a public hearing about the application of a charter school that proposed to re-open a former juvenile prison as the site of the school. Please consider learning more about this issue and signing this petition to keep the prison closed.
- Petition to not open Capital Preparatory Charter School on the site of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School
- To learn more, you can read these articles from the Middletown Press, Katal Center, and Change.org.
We are excited to announce the launch of The Ukraine Event Series ! All events are open to the public and free to attend. They offer new lenses on the current situation and ways to support Ukraine. Hosted by multiple departments on campus.
Upcoming Events on Campus
Methods of Civic Engagement Series: Philanthropy
Join us for a conversation with Laura McCargar, President of The Perrin Family Foundation, about how philanthropy and youth-led activism can advance movements for racial and social justice.
2/22, 4:30-6:00pm, Allbritton 311
Peace Corps Information Session
Come to the Fries Center to learn about the Peace Corps!
2/22, 12:15pm, Fisk 201
Black History Month Event: Panel Discussion on Filmmaking, Biography, & History in Making Zora Neale Hurston – Claiming a Space
Panel discussion with filmmakers and co-directors Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry ’86 and Daphne Lamothe who is interviewed in the film, in conversation with filmmaker and scholar Thomas Allen Harris, and Assoc. Professor Crystal Feimster. Refreshments will be provided.
2/22, 4:30pm, Daniels Family Commons (Usdan)
Ukraine Event Series: Ukrainian Folk Dance: Choreotherapy with Mariia Bakalo
This workshop is free and open to everyone of all abilities, ages and curiosities! Mariia Bakalo, dance artist from Lviv, Ukraine, will introduce Ukrainian folk dance. Working with spatial and rhythmic patterns, the dances facilitate a sense of wellbeing enhanced by a collective dynamic. (Masks will be required)
2/22, 7:00-8:30pm, Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross St.
Talking About Ukraine Outside of a Russian Lens
Terrell Jermaine Starr, journalist and founder of the Black Diplomats Podcast, will draw upon his 15 years of living and working in Ukraine to offer his unique take on what is happening, including its path to democracy, foreign policy, national security concerns, and why Russia is committing genocide.
2/23, 12:00-1:00pm, Boger Hall 112
Black History Month Event: Marlon Riggs Film Screening
The BHM Film Series continues with Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) and Tongues Untied.
2/23, 8:00pm, Goldsmith Family Cinema
Wesleyan Argus Speaker Series: Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Join the Argus for a conversation with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, an investigative reporter with Heart Connecticut Media and Wesleyan’s Koepell Fellow. Zoom Meeting ID is 319 853 3306.
2/24, 2:00pm, Zoom
Future of Sustainability at Wes
The Resource Center and Sunrise student group are hosting a fun and interactive event that will present Wesleyan’s Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP). Come make your own tea bag and participate in games and arts and crafts. There will be raffle prizes so you don’t want to miss out!
2/24, 4:15pm, Fisk 201
Book Talk with Barbara McClane
Join photographer, author, and Embodying Antiracism Initiative Community Fellow Barbara McClane as she shines light into her new memoir, Blessed Not Bitter: The Barbara McClane Journey. Reception with refreshments will follow the talk.
2/24, 4:30pm, Smith Reading Room, Olin Library
Black History Month Event: Jubilee
A Student Concert for Black Performers at Wesleyan.
2/25, 7:00-9:00pm, Crowell Concert Hall
Ukraine Event Series: A Rising Fury Film Screening and Discussion
“A RISING FURY” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2022 and tracks the evolution of the conflict in Ukraine. A Q&A with the brave filmmakers will follow the screening of this powerful documentary film. Any donations will go to provide humanitarian aid – housing and shelter in Ukraine for some of the millions of families displaced by the brutal war in their country.
3/2, 7:00pm, Powell Family Cinema, 301 Washington Terrace
Ukraine Event Series: The Clear Blue Skies: Diaries from Ukraine
The Clear Blue Skies listens to and performs excerpts from the audio diaries of a group of Ukrainian children and teenagers. The result is an urgent and intimate transmission of the trauma of war and the resilience and humor of young people in the digital age facing an unknown future for their country.
3/6, 7:00pm, Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street
Off Campus/Community News and Events
Study Space Alert! The Buttonwood Tree is open from 1-5pm Monday, Thursday, and Friday as a space to study, chill, and hang. The Library at the Church of the Holy Trinity is also available as a free study/work space on Mon-Fri from 8am-12pm. Sign up here.
The College of the Environment (COE) Fellowship Program allows current Wesleyan undergraduate students (of any class year or major) to undertake research on environmental topics under the guidance of a faculty mentor during summer or fall or spring semesters. Learn more and apply!
The JCCP’s Cross Street Tutoring program, which runs Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 6pm, is looking for 3-5 additional tutors. Sign up by emailing student coordinator, Melat, at email@example.com.
The JCCP’s Food Rescue program reduces waste on campus and helps to alleviate food insecurity in our community by collecting food that is normally wasted from Pi Cafe, Summerfields and Usdan and taking it to Eddy Shelter, an emergency shelter about 5 minutes from campus. They are recruiting volunteers, so please fill out this form to sign up.
Wesleyan Summer Grants support students who are pursuing no- or low-pay career-related experiences over the summer. (Deadline 2/28)
The Patricelli Center New Venture Awards (NVA) support impactful student ventures across sectors and communities. (Deadline 3/20)
The Davenport Study Grants support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer. (Deadline 3/26)
The Wesleyan Green Fund is accepting applications for project proposals that further sustainability in the broader Wesleyan community. (Deadline 5/1)
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