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[Email Fwd]Back in the spring some WesChat members who use Gmail began reporting increased cases of emails from some list members going to their Spam folders.

In late summer, with help from ITS, the Alumni Helpdesk made some technical changes (by activating DKIM on Lyris) to increase “deliverability” for messages passing through the WesChat list. Unfortunately the changes didn’t address the core problem.

After receiving more examples from list members, we narrowed it down to stricter sending policies adopted by AOL in April to combat email spoofing:

In our ongoing effort to protect your AOL Mail address from being used in connection with email spoofing, AOL Mail is immediately changing its policy to help mail providers reject email messages that are sent using forged AOL Mail addresses. [...]

By initiating this change, AOL Mail, along with other major email providers will reject these spoofed email messages, rather than deliver them to the recipient’s inboxes.

Where a sender’s email provider adopts a strict DMARC policy as AOL has done (and which Gmail honors) then messages relayed through a listserv that preserve the original sender’s From header will be rejected as Spam (or outright blocked, as Yahoo is doing).

Today we moved to change our DMARC policy to p=reject. This helps to protect AOL Mail users’ addresses from unauthorized use. [...]

We recognize that some legitimate senders will be challenged by this change and forced to update how they send mail and we sincerely regret the inconvenience to you.

The reason is that a strict DMARC policy adopted by AOL and Yahoo essentially breaks listserv behavior. To a server configured to honor the strict policy, forwarding through Lyris looks just like email spoofing as used by spammers. From the same technical article by AOL:

What should you do?

[...] For mailing lists, also known as listservs, we recommend configuring reply behavior to fill the From line with the mailing list’s address rather than the sender’s and put the actual user/sender address into the Reply-To: line.

Yahoo recommends the same thing. So this is what we have done on WesChat. Yesterday we changed the From and Reply-To header pattern to:

From: weschat-l <weschat-l@lyris.wesleyan.edu>
Reply-To: Author <author@domain.com>

This means that to reply to the entire list you need to use the Reply All feature of your email program, otherwise you will only be replying to the author. Your new reply message would then look like this:

To: Author <author@domain.com>
CC: weschat-l <weschat-l@lyris.wesleyan.edu>

However, as one user reported today, Reply All doesn’t populate the CC field in Outlook, which means that yesterday’s change is going to be onerous for some members. Also, the new header pattern makes it more difficult to know the identity of the sender, and in most cases you cannot determine the author by glancing at your Inbox—you need to open the message first.

It seems best for list members to decide collectively how you prefer the list to function. Judging by the feedback so far, a number of list members like the change, others have pointed out its limitations, and one member  has suggested reverting to the original behavior with the idea being that members would need to check their Spam folders (however, this would not resolve the issue where providers like Yahoo do not deliver the message at all).

Your feedback is welcome so please share your thoughts on the list.

Meanwhile, if we discover any better Lyris configuration solutions we will post them here for you to consider.

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I hope everyone who came out to the BBQ had a good time and some good food! I took a few photos, so please check those out below.
I’m hoping to have some events in October with alumni coming back, so please look for those   announcements.


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Pamela Tatge, Director of the Center for the Arts, discusses the Planet Hip Hop Festival, curated by Nomadic Wax, taking place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 as part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.”

This Saturday, audiences have a rare opportunity to witness performances by four international Muslim women in hip hop, including London’s spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci, and the Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh.

The Planet Hip Hop Festival is an anchor event of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan, a year-long exploration of Muslim women in performance. Each of the performers to be featured is Muslim or of Muslim heritage, has a distinct set of personal experiences, and is embedded in a particular place, society, and cultural tradition. This yearlong program is our way of inviting audiences to celebrate the complexity of Muslim women today, while at the same time exploring the historical and cultural context from which these women have emerged.

Anyone who writes poetry, raps, or sings is invited to attend three workshops this Saturday from 11am to 5pm in World Music Hall, before the evening concert in Fayerweather Beckham Hall at 9pm, where the women will be joined on stage by the Nomadic Wax Collective, a live backing band that will include bass, drums, keys, guitar, and a DJ.

Performer Meryem Saci has been on campus all week visiting classes. In preparation for her visit to Wesleyan, she worked with Professor of French and Letters Typhaine Leservot to design a module for her class Negotiating Gender in the Maghreb. Likewise, Ms. Saci collaborated with Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk on the curriculum for his course Muslim/Western Engagements in Film and Performance.

Ms. Saci will lead the first of Saturday’s workshops, Music is Medicine: Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul, which will unpack the therapeutic and spiritual benefits that music can provide. A refugee herself, Ms. Saci moved from Algeria to Canada at the age of thirteen where she quite literally found her voice. Drawing from her own history and life story, she will explore what it means to be a refugee, an artist, and a Muslim woman.

Meryem Saci (third from right) with members of R.A.W. (Rap Assembly at Wesleyan) at their weekly freestyle rap cipher on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Photo courtesy David Stouck '15.

Meryem Saci (third from right) with members of R.A.W. (Rap Assembly at Wesleyan) at their weekly freestyle rap cipher on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Photo courtesy David Stouck ’15.

I wish I had been at the R.A.W. (Rap Assembly at Wesleyan) weekly freestyle rap cipher on Wednesday night where Ms. Saci joined a circle of students rapping and singing together. Believe me when I say that she, like the other performers in this Saturday night’s Planet Hip Hop Festival concert, will strike a chord deep within you.

Planet Hip Hop Festival
Curated by Nomadic Wax
Afternoon workshops and evening performances by international Muslim women in hip hop, including London’s spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci as a solo artist, and the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist.

Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11am
World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
$12 per workshop; $30 for all three workshops. FREE for Wesleyan students!

Maimouna Youssef Workshop: Freestyling through the History of American Music—Improvisation 101
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:45pm
World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
$12 per workshop; $30 for all three workshops. FREE for Wesleyan students!

Poetic Pilgrimage Workshop: The Art of Rhyme—Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:30pm
World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
$12 per workshop; $30 for all three workshops. FREE for Wesleyan students!

Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
$18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

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Olin Library at Wesleyan, Sept. 18.

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We are pleased to announce a new book by Harvey Shapiro, A Momentary Glory: Last Poems. A celebration of Shapiro’s work will occur on Tuesday, September 30, at 7:30 PM, in the Rare Book Room of The Strand Book Store (828 Broadway at 12th Street, NYC). Read more here.


The distinguished poet Harvey Shapiro passed away on January 7, 2013. The poems in this book, many of them previously unpublished and discovered only after his death, are a great gift, and the final confirmation of his extraordinary talent. Edited by Shapiro’s literary executor, the poet and critic Norman Finkelstein, these last poems bear an unprecedented gravitas, and yet they are as supple, jazzy, and edgy as Shapiro’s earlier work. All the themes for which he is known are beautifully represented here. There are poems of his experiences in World War II, the erotic life, and of daily moments in Brooklyn and Manhattan, all in search of a worldly wisdom and grace that the poet calls “a momentary glory.” As Shapiro tells us, the poem “Is an Egyptian / ship of the dead, / everything required / for life stored / in its hold.” The book includes a introduction by the editor. An online reader’s companion is available at http://harveyshapiro.site.wesleyan.edu/.

For more details, click here.

Also available as an ebook—check with your favorite ebook retailer.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.



I am still on a rooftop in Brooklyn
on your holy day. The harbor is before me,
Governor’s Island, the Verrazano Bridge
and the Narrows. I keep in my head
what Rabbi Nachman said about the world
being a narrow bridge and that the important thing
is not to be afraid. So on this day
I bless my mother and father, that they be
not fearful where they wander. And I
ask you to bless them and before you
close your Book of Life, your Sefer Hachayim,
remember that I always praised your world
and your splendor and that my tongue
tried to say your name on Court Street in Brooklyn.
Take me safely through the Narrows to the sea.

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Now is the time to submit your work for the 2015 edition of
Best American Experimental Writing!


BAX compiles the best North American writing inspired by an experimental ethos. The inaugural edition, published in July 2014 by Omnidawn, features 75 works by a diverse range of emerging and established writers. The anthology is a vital teaching tool and a must-read for anyone interested in innovative concepts. Contributors include Rae Armantrout, Charles Bernstein, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Ken Chen, Monica de la Torre, Forrest Gander, Kate Greenstreet, Brenda Hillman, Farid Matuk, Jena Osman, Ron Padgett, M. NourbeSe Philip, Vanessa Place, Ed Roberson, Danniel Schoonebeek, Anne Waldmen, and many more poets. 

The next edition of BAX will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2015.
You may submit your work via Wesleyan UP’s Submittable Page.


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Join us on The New Yorker‘s Sound Cloud to enjoy a reading and interview with Rae Armantrout, conducted by Paul Muldoon. Armantrout recalls and reads a Susan Wheeler poem, from the The New Yorker archives. Then she reads a poem of her own, before discussing her work with Muldoon.


Wesleyan University Press will publish Armantrout’s next book, Itself, in February 2015. Today’s poem is from Armantrout’s 2004 collection, Up to Speed.


One’s a connoisseur of vacancies,

Loud silences
surrounding human artifacts:

Stucco hulls
of forgotten origin

that squat
over the sleepers

in rows
on raised platforms.

She calls her finds


One is ebullient,

shaving seconds,
navigating among refills.

She’s concerned with the rhythm
of her own sequence of events,

if such they can be called,

though these may be indistinguishable
from those in the lives of other people,

though the continuity which interests her
breaks up
the middle distance.


She finds the fly-leaves of her new notebook
have been pre-printed
in old-fashioned script–

phrases broken to suggest

as a site of faux urgency:

“this work since it’s commenced”

“cannot nor willnot stay”


Rae Armantrout is a professor of writing in the Literature Department at the University of California at San Diego, and the author of many books of poetry, including Money ShotVersedNext Life, and Veil: New and Selected Poems. She is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and many other awards. 


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We’re pleased to announce that Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker, by Susan Campbell, was recently reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement (September 5, 2014)

About the book: Tempest-Tossed is the first full biography of the passionate, fascinating youngest daughter of the “Fabulous Beecher” family—one of America’s most high-powered families of the nineteenth century. Older sister Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Brother Henry Ward Beecher was one of America’s most influential ministers, and sister Catherine Beecher wrote pivotal works on women’s rights and educational reform. And then there was Isabella Beecher Hooker—“a curiously modern nineteenth-century figure.” She was a leader in the suffrage movement, and a mover and shaker in Hartford’s storied Nook Farm neighborhood and salon. But there is more to the story—to Isabella’s character—than that.


Read the review here, courtesy of The Times Literary Supplement:

In 1903, a young female suffragist wrote to Isabella Beecher Hooker, lamenting the effacement of Hooker’s contributions to the women’s suffrage movement. “I am not forgotten”, Hooker defensively responds. Susan Campbell’s new biography, like the remainder of Hooker’s letter, records even as it seeks to rectify the ironies of this statement. “To this day it has never been suggested that my name should appear with Mrs. Stanton’s [Elizabeth Cady Stanton] and Miss Anthony’s [Susan B. Anthony]”, Hooker writes, naming those who remain inseparable from the struggle for women’s rights. While Campbell’s biography may not rewrite history in the manner that her subject would have wanted, it captures the personal and public tensions that kept Hooker in the shadows.

Even now, Campbell notes, it is easiest to introduce Hooker in terms of her relatives and associations: the younger half-sister of the author Harriet Beecher Stowe and minister Henry Ward Beecher, and the close friend and confidant of Anthony and Stanton. Compared to these more recognizable public figures, Hooker was a late bloomer. She married the lawyer John Hooker in 1841 and spent the next two decades focused on domestic concerns. This time, however, would set the foundation for her future politics. Unlike radical suffragists such as Victoria Woodhull, who espoused free love and divorce reform, Hooker took a moderate stance: a woman’s place was in the home, but that “trained her for the bigger world” and encouraged in her an “ability to lead”. Hooker thus became a go-between for moderates and radicals.

Not only do Hooker’s individual desires mirror the larger goals of female suffragists – the craving for a public voice; the desire to be a mother, wife and respected intellectual and politician – but her peripheral status gets at what likely hindered the movement itself. “It is funny, how, everywhere I go – I have to run on the credit of my relations”, Hooker once complained. In its early days, women’s suffrage, too, was subordinated to other causes: abolition, most significantly, but controversial religious movements such as Spiritualism as well. Such associations were not always beneficial. The pathos recorded in Susan Campbell’s work isn’t just Hooker’s effacement, but the fact that in spite of their years of struggle, Hooker, Stanton and Anthony all died well before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment – the very law that would have granted Hooker that “particle of individuality” she craved.

Emily Hodgson Anderson

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This review was first published in The Times Literary Supplement on September 5, 2014. It is reprinted with the permission of The Times Literary Supplement and the author of the review, Emily Hodgson Anderson. Emily Hodgson Anderson is associate professor at the University of Southern California, and author of  Eighteenth-Century Authorship and the Play of Fiction: Novels and the Theater, Haywood to Austen.

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In honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Chabad at Wesleyan hosted a Shofar Factory Sept. 19 in Usdan’s Huss Courtyard. The shofar, a musical instrument traditionally made from a ram’s horn, is blown during synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Chabad at Wesleyan offers social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty.

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Wandering around Wesleyan, Sept. 18.

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