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[alert]Our users might have heard about the “POODLE” security bug that was recently discovered in the technology that helps to secure web pages (specifically in SSL 3.0, which provides the s in https:// on older web browsers).

To protect users’ personal data and transaction details University Relations’ vendors are disabling support for older browsers that use the affected technology. This includes IE6 (Microsoft Internet Explorer 6), IE7 (Microsoft Internet Explorer 7), and Windows XP.

Most users won’t notice a change, but anyone using the affected technologies will be unable to access Wesleyan’s secure pages for actions such as logging in to Wesconnect, registering for events, making donations, etc.

As an added precaution, we suggest that all members of the extended Wesleyan community (alumni, parents, and friends) test their web browsers and take the recommended steps to disable SSL 3.0.

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know and we will get right back to you.

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Center for the Arts Engagment Intern Sharifa Lookman ’17 talks to Leila Buck ’99 about “Hkeelee (Talk to Me),” a solo performance which will have its Wesleyan debut on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7pm in CFA Hall as part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.”

Leila Buck '99 performs "Hkeelee (Talk to Me)" on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7pm in CFA Hall.

Leila Buck ’99 performs “Hkeelee (Talk to Me)” on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7pm in CFA Hall.

Written and performed by Lebanese American writer, performer, and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99, Hkeelee (Talk to Me) is a dynamic one-woman show that seeks to reconcile the personal and political contentions related to her heritage, familial memories, and the meaning of being American through an explorative and interactive performance.

In the performance, Ms. Buck attempts to move her Lebanese grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease into assisted living. The performance’s narrative is rather straightforward: Ms. Buck unpacks a suitcase of belongings. This action proves dualistic—in addition to setting up a simple narrative, it sets the foundation for a performance dialogue of stories related to Ms. Buck’s heritage, exploring both the beauties and the trials.

“It’s very rooted in the oral storytelling tradition—so actually, very simple—me, a few objects, a music stand, a chair, and a microphone mainly for recording purposes,” Ms. Buck said in an interview when describing the piece. “I may use a bit of music here and there, played from my own iPod on stage. But other than that it’s a back to basics piece about a woman trying to figure out how to hold on to the stories of her family, which to pass on and which to let go. So it’s very raw in places as I piece together fragments of stories/memories/objects, asking the audience to participate and along the way attempting to put together the fragments of a life formed in, and by, transition.”

This performance addresses issues that are specific to Ms. Buck’s personal journey, but that are also universal. “We all feel unsure of ourselves, confused, and lost sometimes,” Ms. Buck said.

Ms. Buck hopes that “those who come will leave with a more personal lens into Lebanon, dementia, and what it means to be(come) American; that they will recognize their own families, struggles, and stories in mine; that they will engage with people and places they may never otherwise have encountered, and in doing so, realize the connections between them.”

Ms. Buck has also been commissioned to create a new theatrical work as part of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan. This new piece will have two work-in-progress showings on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8pm in World Music Hall. Ms. Buck invites members of the Wesleyan and Connecticut community to share in her workshops that seek to challenge our understanding of stories in their power, interactivity, and universality.

Hkeelee (Talk to Me)
Written and performed by Leila Buck ‘99
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7pm
CFA Hall

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Students are interested in hearing from alumni in a wide range of social impact fields. Pictured here: Joshua Kagan ’01 (Senior Analyst at Carbon War Room), John Perry Barlow ’69 (Managing Partner, Algae Systems), and Corey Block ’01 (Urban Farm Coordinator at Treasure Island Job Corps) speaking at Impact Hub San Francisco in October 2012.

Hello, alumni! Remember when you were a confused college student?

I am Rosy Capron ’14, Wesleyan’s Civic Engagement Fellow for 2014-2015, and I am working with the Patricelli Center, Allbritton Center, and Career Center to plan a series of events that expose students to ways that they can work for social change after graduation. We are currently seeking alumni to join a “Careers for the Common Good” panel on Wednesday evening, November 19, on Wesleyan’s campus, where they will discuss their career paths, what they enjoy about their work, and their experiences in various positions and sectors.  Panelists from a wide range of fields are welcome – education, health, environmental sustainability, social justice, youth empowerment, human rights, international development, nonprofit management, corporate responsibility and beyond.

Is there anything that you wish you had known before graduating? What’s the best advice you received early in your career? This is a great opportunity to share professional and personal lessons you’ve learned with students who want to make a difference in the world but aren’t yet sure how.

Please contact me at scapron@wesleyan.edu if you have questions, are interested in joining the panel, or cannot make it on November 19 but would like to participate in similar events. Panelists will need to arrange their own transportation, but some reimbursement and assistance may be available. Thank you!

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Rose Eichenbaum is one of today’s most respected photojournalists in the field of dance. Her books, Masters of Movement, The Dancer Within, The Actor Within, and now, The Director Within, have paired photographic portraits of artists with thoughtful conversations about their creative processes. A teacher for more than 25 years, Eichenbaum is also a sought-out inspirational and motivational speaker, with a story that will get people thinking about the complex relationship of art making and human expression. Check out Rose’s latest book, The Director Within: Storytellers of Stage and Screen. It hits stores today, and will make a great holiday gift for the film or theater lover on your list.


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The child of Holocaust survivors, Eichenbaum has always felt that being born was “a small miracle.” And since then, she has always felt the drive to leave a mark on the world. Though she has a master’s degree in dance from UCLA, her own professional dance career was concluded when she had three children. “However,” she says, “picking up a camera to photograph my children proved a revelation. I discovered that I loved image making and that through the medium of photography I could still dance.”

In addition to her work as a teacher, Eichenbaum has built a successful career as a dance photographer. She’s behind more than two dozen magazine covers and countless articles in nationally acclaimed publications like Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, and others. She is also the official photographer for the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. This work, in turn, drew her to photojournalism—an interest which has birthed her four acclaimed books on the luminaries of choreography, dance, acting, and directing.


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Her work addresses the power of the human spirit, expressed through these various art forms. All the people she’s interviewed, she says, are “driven individuals who want to be seen, heard, and express themselves—” much like herself. With her probing questions and disarming manner, Eichenbaum is a skilled interviewer, and her powerful photographs reveal the essence of each artist she speaks to. Eichenbaum captures the essential character of her subjects while shining a light on the art that defines them, creating invaluable touchstones for anyone interested in performance art as expression.


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Help make middle school a bit easier by tutoring at Keigwin, home to nearly every sixth-grader in Middletown. A brand new OCS program will be bringing volunteers from Wesleyan to the middle school to provide homework help to small groups of students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4:15 pm. You are welcome to help out on one or both days and you do not need previous tutoring experience.

Contact Rebecca Brand ’16 (rbrand@wes) and Emma Davis ’17 (ecdavis@wes) with questions or to get involved.

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Interested in volunteering with Wesleyan’s college in prison program as a Tutor or Research Intern? The Center for Prison Education is currently accepting applications for Tutor and Research Intern positions during the spring semester!

Come to the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Student Group’s general interest meeting this Tuesday (TODAY!) at 9:00 pm in the Allbritton 318 to learn about the program and discuss future prison activism/awareness projects. Check out this short documentary directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12 for more information.

If you are interested in the Writing Tutor position, please email senelson@wes and she will send you the required editing exercise with instructions. Both applications are due on Friday, November 14th, at 8:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact the current Center for Prison Education Fellow, Shannon Nelson.

Research Intern Application

Tutor Application

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We have exciting news regarding the latest developments in Jewish Studies at Wesleyan. Just a couple of weeks ago the Administration approved our proposal to create a Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan.  The Center will administer the current Certificate for Jewish and Israel Studies. It will also be the official home to and sponsor of all the programming we do, including the Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival and the Contemporary Israeli Voices series as well as other lectures.We are delighted with this new chapter of Jewish Studies at Wesleyan and the fact that we have an institutional home. Dalit Katz will be the Center’s first Director, and will be coordinating the transition and keeping the public informed.

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Defining Your Interests and Making Informed Choices


Reminder to RSVP today!  Only a few spaces left.


Guests of Honor:

Professor Victoria Pitts-Taylor, FGSS


Assistant Professor Kerwin Kaye, Sociology


Come and enjoy a three-course meal while you talk with Professors Pitts-Taylor and Kaye

in an informal setting about their experience as undergrads, their path to the academy,

their research and teaching, and why they love what they do.


Wednesday, October 29 at 6 p.m.,  Limited Seating

RSVP required by Tuesday, October 28 at noon to skulesza@wesleyan.edu


Co-hosted by Dean Brown, Deans’ Office/Student Affairs,

and Liliana Carrasquilla-Vasquez, Residential Life/Student Affairs, and

joined by Persephone Hall, Wesleyan Career Center

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By Lily Baggott ’15

[Joseph Fins ’82]Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College Dr. Joseph Fins ’82 weighs in on Ebola from a dual medical and ethical standpoint in a recent post for the Hastings Center’s online Bioethics Forum. The post, picked up by the New York Times, evaluates the risks of CPR on both the patient with Ebola and the caregivers.

“Patients with Ebola should receive all medical measures and experimental interventions including ICU care. […] But the line should be drawn at CPR. Unilateral do-not-resuscitate orders would seem justifiable under these circumstances,” he concludes in the post.

The Ebola crisis has prompted a leading medical ethicist to raise an uncomfortable end-of-life question that doctors may have to address sooner than they would like: Should a medical team try to resuscitate an Ebola patient whose heart stops beating?

The ethicist, Dr. Joseph J. Fins, says that the answer should be no — that the risks of cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts are too great for health care workers and even for some Ebola patients whose heartbeat is restored.

And he is urging a national debate on the question now — before doctors and nurses have to make a hasty decision when an emergency code for CPR is sounded.

“Every clinician in the United States would like this issue to be discussed, and we need guidance on it,” Dr. Fins, an internal-medicine specialist who is director of medical ethics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital in Manhattan, said in an interview.

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By Cynthia Rockwell

[Nathan Rich '02]Architect Nathan Rich ’02, a principal of Peterson Rich Office in New York City, joined forces with co-principal Miriam Peterson and one other young architect, all three fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture, to offer “9′ x 18′.” This proposal proposal offers a novel approach in New York City’s efforts to create or preserve 200,000 subsidized housing units over the next ten years.
In “9′ x 18′,” named for the size of an average parking space, the three architects reconsider how these area reserved for cars could be reconsidered or leveraged in the face of outmoded zoning laws. They re-imagine more desirable amenities that public housing complexes might offer, instead of these measured asphalt spaces.

In a New York Times article, Michael Kimmelman explores this proposal:

What is the solution to affordable housing in New York?

One number has been repeated over and over — 200,000 subsidized units, to be built or preserved over a decade. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised it, but has yet to explain how he’ll get there.

Here are two other numbers: 9 x 18. In square feet, that’s 162, smaller than the most micro micro-apartment.

It is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects — Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture — to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.

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