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Contributed by FDAC Board Member Sharifa T. Lookman ’17
In 2013, Wesleyan received an extensive and comprehensive collection of 155 photocroms of images by William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a Civil War veteran, geological survey photographer, and explorer. By virtue of these various expeditions Jackson was exposed to the landscape of the American West in locations such as the Yellowstone River region and the Rocky Mountains. These expeditions used photographic documentation as a means of educating the public about vast areas not yet inhabited by European Americans. In retrospect, these endeavors were multidisciplinary, and Jackson is appreciated not just a documentary photographer but also an artist.
At this time color photography had not yet been invented, and Jackson’s photographs were printed as albumen prints. Jackson’s canon was reborn in the hands of the Detroit Photographic Company, a corporation that had a U.S. patent on a unique Swiss color lithographic technique that produced prints called photocroms. Jackson joined the company in 1897 and with them created color photocromatic prints of his photographs. This rather elaborate process created the illusion of color photographs by transferring black and white photographic negatives onto lithographic printing plates. Each plate was inked with a different color. This required a great deal of manual labor, and each finished print was likely to have been created using anywhere from five to twenty different lithographic plates.
Jackson’s Farnsworth Loop, Santa Catalina Island is revitalized by this addition of color and multi-media format. The landscape’s cliff consumes two-thirds of the composition with a horizon line that rests just over the crest of the mountain to reveal a pale ocean. The color of the ocean blends into that of the sea, creating the illusion of a never-ending expanse. The imagery quotes nineteenth-century Romantic landscape paintings in which the magnitude of nature is favored over mankind. Here the carriage and horses are nearly lost in the grandeur of the surrounding agriculture, in part by scale but also through the use of color and the manner in which the browns of the horses dissolve into the neutral terrain. There is a moment, however, in which the use of color transforms the entire composition and asserts the presence of humanity. This can be found in the red of the carriage. This formal element makes mankind the actual focal point, which is reinforced by its central position.
This image is visually, technically, and historically dynamic. Compositionally Jackson’s works reveal his trained eye and artistic spirit, but the addition of color lithography inspires and invigorates them. Subjectively his work speaks to the interests of nineteenth-century America and the innate desire for geographical exploration. His canon also represents a transformative time in the history of photography that sought technical exploration and growth that in turn pleased the rather modern aesthetic of multimedia practice. As exemplified in Farnsworth Loop, Santa Catalina Island, Jackson’s artistic canon does not undermine the importance of humanity but rather emphasizes the expanse and beauty of the natural world, underlining the need for exploration and yet, by virtue of the red carriage, establishes mankind’s placement in it.
Oct. 1, 2014 by Wesleyan Alumni Community
By Aditi Kini ’13
Anil Seth ’98 and his team have discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole. Anil was lead author of the international study published in Nature on Sept. 17. The discovery of a black hole of this magnitude in a dwarf galaxy gives astronomers new targets to search in.
In addition to being the smallest and lightest object that we know to have a supermassive black hole, it is also one of the most black-hole dominated galaxies known, said Anil in an article on Phys.org:
Black holes are collapsed stars and collections of stars with such strong gravity that even light is pulled into them, although material around them sometimes can spew jets of X-rays and other forms of radiation. Supermassive black holes – those with the mass of at least 1 million stars like our sun – are thought to be at the centers of many galaxies.
The central, supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy has the mass of 4 million suns, but as heavy as that is, it is less than 0.01 percent of the galaxy’s total mass, estimated at some 50 billion solar masses.
By comparison, the supermassive black hole at the center of ultracompact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 is five times larger than the Milky Way’s, with a mass of 21 million suns, and is a stunning 15 percent of the small galaxy’s total mass of 140 million suns.
“That is pretty amazing, given that the Milky Way is 500 times larger and more than 1,000 times heavier than the dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1,” Seth says.
Black holes are “a part of the origin story of us, our universe,” says Anil. With this discovery opening the possibility of millions of black holes in our universe, Anil Seth and his research team have given us further insight into said origin story. Anil comments on this possibility in an article in the Washington Post:
We already know that big galaxies, like our own, have black holes in their centers, and that there are probably millions of them out in the universe. But this discovery gives astronomers new targets to search in.
“This discovery could actually double the number of black holes in the universe,” said Anil Seth, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah and lead author of the study. “There are lots of ultra compact galaxies like this one, and it’s possible that many of them have black holes as well.”
It’s going to take more than one dwarf to prove that, but any opportunity to study black holes is a good one. “They’re part of the origin story of us, and our universe,” Seth said. “Every galaxy like ours has one of these, and we know that they affect how galaxies evolve and how stars form.” But we still don’t understand why black holes end up where they do. “If you want to understand how we got here, figuring out the role that black holes play is an important part of that,” Seth said.
On the artist’s impression of the tiny galaxy: “The stars aren’t getting sucked in..it’s just like the we orbit the Sun, or the space station orbits around the Earth, the stars are orbiting around the blackhole.” In the following audio clip, Anil speaks with Raf Epstein of 774 ABC Melbourne:
Image: c/o Anil Seth
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The school year has only just begun, but graduating students are already feeling the pressure to plan for the future. Although some organizations won’t start to pick from our fine stock of seniors until the spring or summer, it can be tough to shake off that gray cloud of post-grad uncertainty in the meantime. On top of concerns about making ends meet, Wesleyan students often hope to find “meaningful” work – to do good, not just well – and as a final cherry on this anxiety sundae, they may long for adventure and fear a tedious day-to-day.
Fortunately, there are several programs in the United States and around the world that invite graduates to work for social change and gain excellent professional experience. These opportunities, which have largely been modeled after the Peace Corps, often focus on service, but the model has recently been adapted for other kinds of valuable work in schools, nonprofits, startups, and beyond.
The stipends for these programs are generally modest, but what they lack in pay they make up for in other unique benefits. As alternatives to traditional entry-level positions, there is often an emphasis on breadth of experience, and participants are exposed to a wide array of tasks and skills, rather than a narrow range of responsibilities. The organizations generally value professional development and strive to provide mentorship, learning opportunities, and alumni networks. They may also take people quite literally off the beaten path, siphoning grads away from cities like New York, San Francisco, and D.C. and into lower-cost places around the country and the world. This temporary relocation is at the root of some of the criticism leveled at programs like Teach for America and the Peace Corps, but many people have also argued for the benefits of these placements for both volunteers or employees and their new communities.
We’ve assembled a list of programs offering 10 – 27 months of experience in a variety of fields. The list is hardly complete, as new programs seem to come up every year, and we have excluded teacher’s residency programs (like UTC and BTR) and many of the organizations that partner with AmeriCorps VISTA or receive grants around the United States. Check back for updates and please let us know if we’ve left out any good opportunities!
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
“AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps strengthens the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.”
“Change Corps is a training academy for activists — a one-year, paid, full-time, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing that will give you the skills you need to make a difference on issues our generation cares about.”
Next Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2014
Contact: Hannah Adams ’13 (Hannah@changecorps.org, 202-531-9195)
Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship
“The Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship is a paid AmeriCorps national service opportunity for individuals dedicated to directly impacting the futures of middle school students in low income communities across America. Your commitment of two years of service grants students months of extra learning that translates into college readiness, career opportunity and the ability to achieve their dreams.”
“City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.” Corps members commit to 11 months of serving at a public school in the United States, South Africa, or England.
Next Deadline: November 15, 2014
Community Health Corps
“Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America’s underserved, while developing tomorrow’s health care workforce… The vision of Community HealthCorps is to become a national service pipeline for careers in community health centers that is improving access to necessary primary and preventative care services for the medically underserved.”
“FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Through our partnership with AmeriCorps, we recruit, train and place emerging leaders into limited-resource schools for a year of service implementing our three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids.”
“The mission of Green Corps is to train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament, and commitment to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles.”
Next Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2014
Contact: Isabel Stern ’14 (Isabel@greencorps.org, 508-479-9424)
“HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.”
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
“The Jesuit Volunteer Corps, in collaboration with the Society of Jesus, enhances the capacity of local organizations to serve their communities by providing Jesuit Volunteers to directly serve the poor and marginalized in the U.S. and developing countries. For a year or more Jesuit Volunteers live simply, in community, immersed in Ignatian Spirituality.”
LEAP Skills Academy Fellowship
“LEAP (Learning, Employability and Progress) is a skill development organisation headquartered in New Delhi. LEAP aims to bridge the gap between the skills that students have and those that employers require in order to hire them. LEAP will follow a regional approach and will provide life-long skills as well as sector specific skills to students allowing them to create careers of their own choice.”
“LIFT works to lift families in the United States out of poverty for good. We take a people-powered approach to fighting poverty: A network of Community Members, Advocates and Advisors work together to build the strong personal, social and financial foundations people need to get ahead. We have resource centers in neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, where trained volunteers work with families to find a decent job, safe housing or a good education for themselves or their kids.”
RISE Fellows at New Sector Alliance
“The New Sector AmeriCorps Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program is an 11-month fellowship program for emerging leaders committed to careers in social impact… Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit organizations, while engaging in intensive professional development activities to strengthen their skills for immediate and future impact.”
“As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.”
Princeton in Asia
“The essence of PiA is to provide transformative, service-oriented experiences for bright, talented graduates and to serve the needs of Asia as determined by our host institutions and Asian partners. PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business.”
Applications Due: November 14, 2014
“Public Allies’ mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation… The Public Allies signature AmeriCorps Ally Program identifies diverse young adults and prepares them for leadership through paid full-time nonprofit apprenticeships and rigorous leadership training.”
“We invite talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits to develop the next generation of servant leaders in our city. Nonprofit partners receive a young, talented, university graduate to build capacity in their organization while participants receive valuable job training and skill development.”
Teach for America
“TFA is a national teacher corps of college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years and raise student achievement in public schools.”
Next Deadline: October 24, 2014
Venture for America
“Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities (e.g., Detroit, Providence, New Orleans). Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America will provide a path for entrepreneurship to college grads who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.”
Next Deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014
Two non-profit organizations in Middletown are looking for Wesleyan students to assist with their programs as work-study students through the Office of Community Service. These are excellent opportunities to get involved in the community and gain professional experience while also earning work-study funds. Visit the OCS site for more information on the application process.
Social Media / Administrative Assistant at St. Vincent de Paul Middletown:
St. Vincent DePaul Middletown’s programs include a Soup Kitchen, the Amazing Grace Food Pantry, supportive housing and financial assistance for rent, utilities and other emergency needs. This position will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and the Development Coordinator.
We are seeking a student to help us “tell our story.” We would like someone with good writing skills and experience with social media (Email newsletters, website, Facebook, Twitter). As a human services agency, we rely on donations to fund many of our programs and social media is one way that we reach out to our donor base and to new potential donors.
We are located above the Soup Kitchen at 617 Main St. in Middletown. Looking for someone to work 6-10 hours a week. Hours are flexible, Monday-Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 p.m.
Classroom Workers at Even Start:
Even Start is a Family Learning Program that provides Adult Education, Early Childhood Education (ages six weeks to three years) and Parenting classes for low-income families in which one parent is in need of a high school diploma or instruction in English as a Second Language. The program is located at 398 Main Street.
Classroom workers will assist teachers and paraprofessionals in all aspects of the Early Childhood Program: talking, reading, singing, and playing with children, activity set up and clean up. (No diaper changing). There are also some opportunities for interaction with parents. Interested students must be able to work well with others and have an interest in and enjoyment of children. Hours are flexible, the program needs assistance: Monday to Friday from 9am-12:30pm.
Republicans Have Ad Advantage in Iowa, Kentucky Senate Races;
Dems Ahead in Michigan, Louisiana
(MIDDLETOWN, CT) September 30, 2014 – Two weeks ago, the Wesleyan Media Project reported that Democrats had dominated advertising in the most competitive Senate races in the first part of September. But over the past two weeks, Republicans have built ad advantages in Iowa, Kentucky, Colorado and Arkansas thanks to spending by outside groups. In all four of those states, over 40 percent of pro-Republican ad airings were sponsored by groups between September 12 and September 25. Table 1 shows ad volumes and spending in the top Senate races, ranked by total ad volume.
In Iowa, for instance, ads favoring Republican Joni Ernst outnumbered ads favoring Democrat Bruce Braley by 1,500 during the past two weeks, with over 60 percent of the pro-Republican ads coming from outside groups. And in Kentucky, 56 percent of the ads favoring Republican Mitch McConnell were sponsored by groups, which gave him a 600 ad advantage over his Democratic opponent during the past two weeks.
“Independent group ad sponsors have kept Republicans competitive in a number of the tightest Senate races over the past two weeks,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. “This is a big change from earlier this month when Democrats were leading nearly everywhere. Pro-Democratic ad advantages in Kentucky, Colorado and North Carolina have all but evaporated, and Iowa went from near parity to a big pro-Republican lead.”
The geographic comparison of advantages in House and Senate races is displayed in Figure 1. Across all Senate races, Democrats hold a slim advantage, with 45,000 pro-Democratic ads airing in the past two weeks compared to 42,000 pro-Republican ads airing during the same time period, as Table 2 reveals.
The Democratic ad advantage in races for the U.S. House, however, is considerable, with almost 37,000 pro-Democratic ads airing in the past two weeks, 17,000 more than the 20,000 ads favoring Republican candidates.
“The trend we noticed at the beginning of September continues: Democrats are outmatching, outdoing and outgunning Republicans in House races,” said Travis Ridout, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. “The impact of this disparity is still not clear, but Democrats and their allies are certainly working hard to avoid the midterm curse in 2014.”
Compared to 2010, advertising is down in House and gubernatorial races but is up in Senate contests—and up considerably on the Democratic side. The volume of Senate ads favoring Democrats has increased 42 percent over the comparable period in 2010.
Table 3 shows the top House races, ranked by total ad volume over the past two weeks. At the top of the list is Georgia’s 12th congressional district, followed by Arizona’s 2nd district and West Virginia’s 3rd district. Interestingly, outside groups have stayed out of many of these top races, reserving their firepower for the Senate.
In races for governor, the Republican ad advantage revealed in Table 2 can be entirely accounted for by heavy Republican advertising in Florida and Texas. In Florida, ads favoring incumbent Republican Rick Scott outnumbered those favoring Democrat Charlie Crist by almost 5,000, between Sept. 12 and 25, and in Texas, ads favoring Republican Greg Abbott were double the number of ads favoring Democrat Wendy Davis during this period.
But there were more ads favoring Democrats than ads favoring Republicans in many states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Georgia, Maine, and Pennsylvania.
Many gubernatorial candidates have been highly dependent on groups for ad support. For instance, in Michigan, almost all of the ads favoring Democratic candidate Mark Schauer that have aired in the past two weeks came from a single outside group—the Democratic Governors Association.
The bulk of the advertising over the past two weeks has been negative, as Table 5 shows. Negativity is most common in Senate races, where 48.6 percent of ads solely mentioned an opponent. Another 25.6 percent of Senate ads were contrast ads, mentioning both the favored candidate and an opponent. An equal percent of ads were positive, mentioning solely the favored candidate. Negativity was only slightly less common in gubernatorial and House races.
In comparison with the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, the most recent two weeks of the 2014 campaign is more negative for gubernatorial ads (up to 45 percent compared to 39 percent in 2010). House and Senate ads are slightly less negative (another change from two weeks ago which showed airings much more negative over recent cycles). The 41 percent of House ads classified as negative for the September 12 to September 25 period, for example, is the lowest negativity in the three-cycle comparison. Senate ads are less negative than in 2012, but more negative than in 2010.
Positive spots in Senate races are at their lowest rate across all three cycles (down to 26 percent from 37 percent in 2010 and 29 percent in 2012).
“All told, lumping contrast and pure attack ads together, voters are seeing an attack on a candidate in 2 of every 3 ads in gubernatorial and House races. And they are seeing attacks on candidates in 3 of every 4 Senate ads,” said Michael Franz, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project.
Table 6 shows the nastiest Senate races over the past two weeks, ordered by the percentage of ads that are positive. Louisiana tops the list, with no positive ads, followed by Colorado with just 6.5 percent positive ads and Alaska at 12 percent positive. If one looks at just purely negative ads, then Michigan is at top, with 66.8 percent of ad airings classified as negative.
The focus of the attacks is different across parties, as Table 7 shows.
“What is striking is that Democratic candidates in Senate races are attacking more on the basis of their opponents’ personal characteristics than are Republican candidates, parties or interest groups,” said Travis Ridout, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. “Just under 40 percent of the negative ads aired by Democratic candidates in the past two weeks attacked the personal characteristics of their Republican opponents, while 100 percent of Republican candidate ads focused on policy.”
Table 8 shows the most negative gubernatorial races. Wisconsin is at the top, with only 3.7 percent of ads coded as positive. New York and Connecticut also have few positive ads. Maryland’s gubernatorial race has the greatest percentage of negative ads—those that only mention an opponent—at 82.1 percent.
The top group spender in federal and gubernatorial races over the past two weeks was the Republican Governors Association, which aired over 5,100 ads at an estimated cost of $2.4 million (Table 9). This was less, however, than the group spent during the two-week period from August 29-September 11, when they spent an estimated $2.7 million to purchase almost 6,400 ads. Freedom Partners Action Fund was the second group on the list, with 3,163 ad airings. It was followed closely by Crossroads GPS and NextGen Climate Action Committee, each with just over 3,000 airings.
A Wesleyan Media Project analysis, in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics, reveals that an estimated $233 million has been spent by outside groups in House, Senate and gubernatorial races this election cycle, starting January 1, 2013; $90 million of that is in the form of dark money—money whose sponsors do not have to be disclosed by law (Table 10). Just in the past two weeks, groups have spent an estimated $33 million, with $10 million in dark money spending.
“This breakdown reveals a trend toward more full-disclosure super PAC spending in the fall campaign,” said Michael Franz, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. “In the period before September 12, 55 percent of ad airings were from full-disclosure groups. In the last two weeks, that number is 62 percent. Full disclosure spending is better than dark money, such that voters can examine donor records to determine the financial basis of a group’s electioneering. But even in such cases, many super PACs are still largely unknown to most voters.”
Table 11 displays the issue priorities by party. Taxation is the most frequently mentioned issue in ads favoring Democrats, with 28 percent of ads mentioning the issue. Jobs and Social Security are mentioned in 15 percent of ads favoring Democrats, and 14 percent of pro-Democratic ads mention education, Medicare and the environment. Because ads can mention more than one issue, percentages can total to more than 100 percent.
Republican issue priorities are quite different. Twenty-seven percent of Republican ads mention the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, an issue that Democrats virtually ignore. Jobs are the second most frequently mentioned issue by ads favoring Republicans, followed by budget deficits, immigration, taxation and veterans. Table A provides a more nuanced breakdown of issue priorities by party in the most competitive races.
Ads favoring House Democrats mentioned many of the same issues as ads favoring Senate Democrats, though House ads were more focused on veterans, Medicare and budget deficits (Table 12). Ads favoring House Republicans were quite similar to ads favoring Senate Republicans. Obamacare was again the top issue, followed by jobs and budget deficits.
In the last two weeks, references to the Affordable Care Act have continued to rise (Figure 2), with increases in both anti-Obamacare attacks and those that obliquely tout the law. The latter are primarily references noting a candidate’s “standing up to insurance companies,” “covering pre-existing conditions” or “passed a law.”
Figure 2. Volume of Ads Mentioning or Referencing the Affordable Care Act
Over the last four weeks, pro-Republican airings in U.S. Senate races have hammered away at the Affordable Care Act to varying degrees across the country. Over 2,400 airings in Kentucky alone have referenced the ACA in the last four weeks (roughly 32 percent). Nearly eight out of every ten pro-Republican ads in West Virginia and almost nine out of every ten in Virginia feature an anti-ACA attack. Iowa and North Carolina are the two races with the fewest pro-Republican ads mentioning the law. Pro-Democratic airings, on the other hand, are rarely discussing the law, with West Virginia being a notable exception, where Democrat Natalie Tennant has used a personal story about her daughter’s health to express support for limits on the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage, though she also notes that “health care reform wasn’t done right.”
“Discussing attention to the health care law in the aggregate hides the vast partisan differences in focus,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. “Not only is Obamacare the top issue in Republican ads, but in many of the top races, anti-ACA attacks make up roughly a third or more of total GOP airings.”
Data reported here do not cover local cable buys, only broadcast television and national cable buys. All cost estimates are precisely that: estimates. Content information is based on ongoing Wesleyan Media Project coding and analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG video, which is 93% complete for Senate ads, 63% for House ads, and 82% overall for the time period discussed. Disclosure categorization information on interest groups comes from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Wesleyan Media Project provides real-time tracking and analysis of all political television advertising in an effort to increase transparency in elections. Housed in Wesleyan’s Quantitative Analysis Center – part of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life – the Wesleyan Media Project is the successor to the Wisconsin Advertising Project, which disbanded in 2009. It is directed by Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University, Michael M. Franz, associate professor of government at Bowdoin College and Travis N. Ridout, associate professor of political science at Washington State University. Laura Baum is the Project Manager. The Wesleyan Media Project is supported by grants from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and Wesleyan University. Data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG with analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project using Academiclip, a web-based coding tool. The Wesleyan Media Project is partnering in 2014 with both the Center for Responsive Politics, to provide added information on interest group disclosure, and Ace Metrix, to assess ad effectiveness.
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Sep. 30, 2014 by Makaela Kingsley
Working on a project and need a sounding board or mentor? Have an idea but don’t know where to begin? Want to practice your networking skills? Or just curious about life after Wesleyan?
These Wesleyan alumni want to meet with you, hear about your work or aspirations, and share advice based on their experiences as social entrepreneurs.
P.S. Don’t forget about the PCSE Peer Advisor conversations – first Tuesday of every month – details here.
David is a community organizer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Asexuality.org, the world’s largest community of people identifying as asexual, and of Journal Lab, an open source platform which helps research scientists communicate more openly and effectively. He regularly advises a wide range of organizations on social entrepreneurship and community growth, and is currently the hacker in residence at Samsung’s Open Innovation Center.
Carl is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His class there on entrepreneurial finance helps aspiring entrepreneurs gain facility with the tools and concepts needed to launch ventures. Byers is a Venture Partner at Fidelity Biosciences, a venture capital firm based in Boston. He also serves on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including the MINDS Foundation. He was on the founding team at Athenahealth, a start-up aimed at helping physicians with the business side of medicine, which went public in 2007. He served as Chief Financial Officer there from the company’s founding in 1997 until early 2010. He is a member of the advisory board at Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
Kwaku is Founder and CEO of JooMah, an online employment platform for Africa launched in July 2014. At Wesleyan, Kwaku was General Manager of Instructional Media Services, a Resident Advisor for Butterfield, and Founder of RevioSync, an on-campus app development company. Always thinking like an entrepreneur, Kwaku believes in the power of great design to bring about good social change.
Meet Wesleyan’s Office of Residential Life staff! The “Res Life” staff strives to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive residential environment which compliments and extends the educational experience of students. Learn more about Res Life at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/.
In July, the Patricelli Center announced that – through the generosity of Tim Freundlich ’90 and Bob Miller P’99 P’02 – Hannah Lewis ’12 and Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 were awarded SOCAP14 scholarships. Earlier this month, Hannah and Oladoyin attended the Social Capital Markets conference in San Francisco. You can read their reflections below and watch highlights from SOCAP on YouTube.
So, why are you at SOCAP?
This was the question I’d get following any introduction at the SOCAP conference, whether it was someone sitting beside me at a panel, chowing down with me at the Food Truck Party, or waiting alongside me in the lunch line. With over 2,100 attendees this year, SOCAP’s purpose is to build up an ecosystem for an international market focused on money and meaning. It’s a chance for social entrepreneurs, investors, and others engaged with the social capital markets space to make connections and build partnerships.
So, why was I at SOCAP? I wanted to learn as much as possible about financial inclusion, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing, and how it could benefit low-income populations in the U.S. and Latin America. The conference’s focus was on “igniting vibrant communities,” which fit well with my background in community development work. I wanted to see how I could take what I’d learned working as the Program Director for a nonprofit in Lima, Peru and discover ways to amplify my impact through harnessing markets and social enterprise.
SOCAP was an incredible opportunity to connect with people who shared my interests and passions. For example, I got the chance to meet many social entrepreneurs working with Agora Partnerships, an accelerator for Latin American social enterprises based in Nicaragua. These enterprises ranged from a luxury shoe brand that ensures its workers a living wage to a website that minimizes the supply chain to benefit Nicaragua coffee farmers. I also met up with a couple of Wesleyan graduates doing fascinating things, including Cynthia Jaggi of GatherWell and Jason Rosado of Givkwik.
I went to panels with leading innovators on topics like gender lens investing, scaling impact, and financial inclusion. One of my favorite panels on financial inclusion focused on utilizing collaborative partnerships to meet people’s needs. Representatives from organizations like Mission Asset Fund and Sage Financial Solutions talked about the lessons learned in their work to provide financial inclusion products and services to marginalized populations in the Bay Area.
I left SOCAP inspired by so many people looking to create vibrant communities and improve people’s lives in innovative ways. As I work towards a career focused on poverty alleviation, financial inclusion, and social entrepreneurship, I’m grateful for the connections I made and knowledge I gained. I’d like to thank Wesleyan, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Makaela Kingsley, Tim Freundlich, and Leigh Stewart and her family for my unforgettable experience at the SOCAP conference.
SOCAP ’14 was an amazing experience: a unique opportunity from me to learn so much in so little time. The sessions were insightful and the events were lots of fun but the best part about SOCAP, for me, was the people. There were a couple thousand brilliant minds in one place and one time and it was truly fantastic. Everyone at the gathering had one thing in common: a passion for impact. I had the opportunity to share ideas and engage with like-minded entrepreneurs and investors. The friendships and connections formed there are invaluable. I went to SOCAP to learn more about impact investing and I gained so much more. The conference empowered me to build new partnerships, look at areas and groups I hadn’t considered, and invest in my various communities.
My favorite moments from the conference include:
By Lily Baggott ’15
It’s difficult to comprehend where writer and performer Dylan Marron ’10 finds his time. Between starring in a new TD Bank commercial, receiving praise for his webseries and podcast work, and writing a full-length play, it’s clear that he lacks no treasure trove of talent.
Now Marron stars on the webseries Whatever this is., as Ari, a production assistant struggling to build a career and life in New York. The Boston Globe praises Marron’s “ease with expressing the crisscrossing tensions of race, sexuality, and privilege without ever coming off like a symbol for any of them” in playing the role. But that’s not the only platform he’s adapted. Earlier this year Marron took over the role of Carlos, a Latino scientist, on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Wired describes the show as “NPR from the Twilight Zone,” where the supernatural and commonplace come together on the same plane.
“What’s kind of singular about these projects is that they are very much indie creations that have made it in the mainstream,” Marron noted about the webseries and podcast. “I’ve been lucky to find a place for myself in this movement of de-commercializing art and finding new ways to sustain it.”
Marron also finds a home on stage as a member of the New York Neo-Futurists. The New York Times recently praised the theater company for its comedic production of “The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 2.” Marron is currently writing a full-length play, The Human Symphony, for the company. His approach is unusual: the performers are randomly selected from the audience.
“The quick and dirty tagline is ‘stories of strangers meeting each other online, performed by strangers meeting each other in a theater,’” Marron noted.
At Wesleyan, Marron received his degree in theater and sociology and co-created with Joanna Firestone ’09 a 17-character, 2-performer play, Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite. He credits his time on campus for allowing him to “hone these skills” in writing and performing. Now, in a city and industry known for their harshness, Marron is carving his own path.
Image: by Adam Goldman
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