Center for the Study of Public Life

Celebrating Six Years of Civic Engagement Fellows

In July 2018, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) will end the Civic Engagement Fellowship. This was a one-year position for recent graduates to foster civic engagement on Wesleyan’s campus in a variety of ways. In an 2012 Argus article, former director of JCCP Cathy Lechowicz said “our students are so engaged when they’re…

20 Years of Service Learning at Wesleyan

Service Learning (SL) integrates experiences outside the classroom with an academic curriculum taught within the classroom. Learn more about Service Learning at Wesleyan, and about some of the faculty members, students, and community partners who have been involved over the past 20 years. Click on a pin to learn more about a site or the…

Russia after the 2018 Presidential Election: Diplomacy and Coercion

Russia after the 2018 Presidential Election: Diplomacy and Coercion with Stanislav Tkachenko Stanislav Tkachenko is a Professor of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University, with PhDs in History and Economics. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, Italy and Liaoning University, China. He has published books on European monetary integration…

Judging Teachers: the Law and Teacher Evaluation Policy Reform Efforts

Judging Teachers: the Law and Teacher Evaluation Policy Reform Efforts with Mark Paige The talk will address legal issues and court responses associated with policy efforts intended to improve public education and teacher quality, including those attempting to link teacher evaluation and employment status with student achievement, such as “value added modeling.” Professor Mark Paige…

The Arab Spring: Looking Back After Seven Years

The Arab Spring: Looking Back After Seven Years with Ambassador Jake Welles ’79 The Arab Spring, which began with much hope in early 2011, failed to bring democracy and change to the region, with the lone exception of Tunisia.  Of the countries directly impacted by the Arab Spring, Egypt and Bahrain have reverted to an…

Haiti: Migration and Globalization

Haiti: Migration and Globalization Haitians in the U.S. vs. Trump   Tens of thousands of Haitians who currently reside in the United States on Temporary Protected Status face possible deportation by the Trump administration. This talk will focus on the domestic and global political and economic factors that transformed Haiti into an exporter of labor…

Politics, Policy and Social Justice in Venezuela

Politics, Policy and Social Justice in Venezuela A Conversation with Professor Antonio Machado Allison Venezuela is in crisis.  President Nicolás Maduro has clashed with the constitutional democracy of Venezuela. The country is in financial collapse with hyper-inflation and critical shortages of basic food supplies.  The elected Legislative body has been overruled and made inconsequential by…

Political Caricatures in the Age of Trump

Political Caricatures in the Age of Trump Martin Rowson is a cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The Guardian, The Times, and other British papers, and is chair of the British Cartoonists’ Association. He won the Cartoon Art Trust’s Political Cartoonist of the Year Award in 2000 and 2004, and the Political Cartoon Society’s Cartoon…

Stuck in the Doorway

A preview of the upcoming documentary film and media project Stuck in the Doorway Few images of the past decade have been as gripping as those coming out of Greece in the summer and fall of 2015, as waves of refugees struggled to reach the shores of Europe.  The whole world watched as over one…