Center for the Study of Public Life

Anna Shusterman Named Finalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Each year, Campus Compact selects a senior faculty member from one of its member institutions for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. The award honors a professor who has produced high-quality academic work that is grounded in deep community engagement, demonstrated leadership within their university, and created lasting impact for the public good.  This year…

OCS Ice Cream Party and Fall Allbritton Luncheon

Campus is very quiet over the summer, with just the maneuverings of summer classes and the occasional burst of noise from a middle school summer camp to keep us company. I started my position as the Civic Engagement Fellow in June, at the beginning of the calmest time of year on campus. After a few months…

After Charleston: This Thursday

Three experts and a Wesleyan student will lead a panel discussion on “After Charleston: Next Steps for the Movement for Social Justice” at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in Memorial Chapel. The event is sponsored by the Allbritton Center for Public Life, the African American Studies department and the Office of Equity and Inclusion. . The…

Fall Course Openings: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, Decolonizing Indigenous Middletown, Money and Social Change, and Collaborative Cluster

There are many great opportunities to engage in public life and service through your academics at Wesleyan. Here are a few courses that still have openings available for this fall, including the Collaborative Cluster, service-learning classes, and a quarter-credit class taught by Patricelli Center director Makaela Kingsley. Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (.25-credit, second quarter) CSPL 262, Makaela Kingsley…

The Female Voice in Politics

On Saturday, May 2, the Female Voice in Politics Conference will bring together notable and accomplished female politicians and leaders to discuss issues facing women in the political arena today. This event provides not only an opportunity for learning but also a chance for interested alumni and students to meet one another.  Speakers include: Susan Bysiewicz, Former Secretary…

Regional and National Drug Policy

The third and final panel discussion in the “Drugs, Harm and the Campus” series:   About the panelists: Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States that promotes alternatives to the war on drugs.  Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy…

Allbritton Talks: Gentrification

What do we mean when we talk about gentrification? Look closely at the history of any urban area and one is bound to find some demographic flux, yet there are elements of neighborhood change that are particularly problematic or harmful, namely the displacement of lower-income residents. Alongside the severe social costs, however, there may also be…

Nonprofit Board Residency Program

Nearly every nonprofit has a board of directors — that is, a group of elected or appointed volunteers who help govern and guide an organization. Through internships and volunteer work, Wesleyan students gain experience with programs and services run by nonprofits, but it isn’t often that undergraduates get to work with closely with boards of directors,…

WesFest 2015: Civic Engagement, Social Impact, and Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan

Business is booming in the Allbritton Center. The Office of Community Service is growing (Welcome, Scholars in Action and Julia’s Star!), the Patricelli Center is hosting even more workshops, students are flocking to the Civic Engagement Certificate, and each semester boasts an even great number of courses that address public life or incorporate service-learning (or both).…