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June 30 – July 23, 2015
1. Las Cafeteras – Wednesday, July 1, 7pm, CFA Courtyard (Rain location: Crowell Concert Hall); FREE!
2. Regina Carter Quartet (U.S. Debut) – Thursday, July 16, 8pm, Crowell Concert Hall
3. Work-In-Progress Showing of /peh-LO-tah/ and Conversation with Marc Bamuthi Joseph – Thursday, July 23, 8pm, CFA Theater, FREE!

4. Elizabeth Willis: Live Poetry – Tuesday, June 30, 12:10pm, CFA Hall, FREE!
5. Taking Over Space: Exploring Three-Dimensional Paintings by Marela Zacarias – Tuesday, July 7, 12:10pm, CFA Hall, FREE!
6. This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part VI (World Premiere) – Sunday, July 12, 3pm, Crowell Concert Hall, FREE!
7. How to Seduce an Audience? A Talk by Tamilla Woodard and Ana Margineanu – Tuesday, July 14, 12:10pm, CFA Hall, FREE!
8. Okwui Okpokwasili: Embodied Performance/Making the Invisible Visible – Tuesday, July 21, 12:10pm, CFA Hall, FREE!

9. Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund – Saturday, July 25, 8pm, Crowell Concert Hall

Programs, artists, and dates are subject to change.

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UPDATE: ITS has resolved the problem that affected services and connectivity campus-wide as of 4:15.  All systems are functioning properly.


ITS is working on a firewall issue that is affecting access campuswide. We are unable to email at this time.  We hope to have it solved within 20 minutes.

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The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship offers summer internship stipends through the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant program. Our 2015 recipients are:

Roxie Chuang ’16 will be working with AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research in Washington, D.C., which is focused on understanding corporate ownership structure, finance, and power in order to better support workers’ rights. “As an activist committed to social and economic justice, this internship is a very exciting opportunity for me to help build the labor union movement and make a direct impact on the lives of workers,” Roxie says. “Working in Social Impressions Lab at Wesleyan, one of my academic interests is to understand stereotype and prejudice, and how that affects our daily lives. This internship connects my academic studies to the real world by looking into how workers are discriminated against and how we can support them.” She adds, “My career goal is to work in a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for equality. Working with AFL-CIO will be a fantastic opportunity to explore the many ways that I can contribute to this field.”

Anna Comito ’17 will intern with Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP), a non-profit organization that provides social services and English, math, and economics classes to economically disadvantaged children in El Porvenir, Peru. Anna will teach math and English to children and help adults to develop business endeavors and facilitate economic development. Anna says “this opportunity…will allow me to use my math major in a more social sphere. I eventually want to take the analytic tools I learn as a math major and apply them in an NGO setting to help empower people and their communities.” In addition, Anna seeks to improve her Spanish and cultural fluency. (This Internship Grant was funded by the Norman E. Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship.)        

Sarah Essner ’17 was selected to be a summer advocate with LIFT Philadelphia. LIFT works to help community members become economically stable and improve the well-being of the community overall. “As a summer advocate I will work one-on-one with low-income community members,” Sarah explains. “I will be responsible for assisting members with finding safe and stable housing, applying to jobs and resume building, budgeting finances, figuring out what public benefits apply to them, and much more. I will also be responsible with getting to know these individual community members in order to fully understand their unique positions and to help construct a goal and plan.”

In 2004, Eric Herman ‘04 and Jesse Brenner ‘04 founded Modiba Productions, a Brooklyn-based artist management, album production and music licensing company dedicated to international artists and social responsibility. This summer, Oscar Parajon ’16 will intern with Modiba. Oscar says “After I graduate from Wesleyan, I want to work in a studio environment as an in-house audio engineer. However, I would like to work in an environment like Modiba, where the mission of the artists, their music and its staff are to respond to social injustices and promote that sense of social responsibility that can interact with local communities and promote greater cognition as to our place and accountability in a greater global context. This is in all honesty one of the greatest opportunities I have come across in my life and this grant will make my participation possible.”

These students have begun their internships and will report back on their experiences via ENGAGE blog posts in the fall.


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Campus, June 22. Wesleyan University. 

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Just a quick note of thanks to the following alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends who donated their time and expertise to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2014/2015. Your involvement has made our programs stronger, and we look forward to continued collaboration!

Advisory Board
Phoebe Boyer ’89
Carl Byers ’93
Sharon Belden Castonguay
Marcus Chung ’98
Lexy Funk ’91
Lara Galinsky ’96
Amir Alexander Hasson ’98
Rachel Hines ’82 P’18
Joyce Jacobsen
Ellen Jewett ’81 P’17
Bob Miller P’02 P’99
Kennedy Odede ’12
Robert Patricelli ’61 P’90 P’88
Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87
Ilene Rosenthal ’74 P’17
Rob Rosenthal
Sarah Williams ’88

Peer Advisors
Joaquin Benares ’15
Jason Brandner ’16
Mia Deng ’17
Shyam Desai ’15
Gabe Frankel ’15
Nina Gerona ’15
Lily Herman ’16
Olayinka Lawal ’15
Brent Packer ’15
Mika Reyes’17
Ben Romero ’16
Sophie Salmore ’17
Yekaterina Sapozhnina ’16
Tanaya Srini ’15
Kate Weiner ’15

Grant Judges
Joaquin Benares ’15
Marcus Chung ’98
Peter Frank ’12
Lexy Funk ’91
Dan Gregory ’78 P’07
Rachel Hines ’82 P’18
Barbara Juhasz
Anne Lebleu ’00
Rob Rosenthal
Melinda Weekes-Laidlow ’89
Sarah Williams ’88

Alex Garcia ’17
Alex Wilkinson ’13
Allie Felix
Anne Lebleu ’00
Arielle Sullivan
Brent Packer ’15
Casey Pickett
Chazelle Rhoden ’15
Cheryl Doss
Darcie Binder ’15
Dylan Niehoff ’15
Ella Israeli ‘17
Gabe Frankel ’15
Izzy Coleman ’15
J. Dontrese “Smack” Brown
Jack Dougherty
Jacob Sussman ‘17
Jake Levine ’08
Jason Brandner ’16
Jean-Pierre Adechi ’10
Joaquin Benares ’15
Joy Anderson ’89
Julia Vermeulen ’15
Julian Applebaum ’13
Katya Sapozhnina ’16
Kevin Winnie ’15
Lily Herman ’15
Liza Conrad ’11
Matt Donahue ’14
Mia Deng ‘17
Mika Reyes ’17
Nakia Booth ’96
Nina Gerona ’15
Norman Danner
Olayinka Lawal ’15
Paul Glewwe
Rachel Verner ’15
Rebecca Knight ’98
Shirley Fang ’18
Sitar Terrass-Shah ’17
Sonya Behnke ’03
The Reverend Debra W. Haffner ’76
Tim Devane ’09
Vijay Prashad
Wheeli, ZipCar, and CT Rides
Zach Valenti ’12
CT State Senator Dante Bartolomeo
CT State Senator Toni Boucher
Former CT Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz

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Today’s Throwback Thursday poem is from César Vallejo’s Trilce, first published in Peru in 1922, the year after the poet spent 105 days in prison for allegedly instigating a partisan skirmish in his hometown, Santiago de Chuco. Trilce is still considered one of the most radical Spanish-language avant-garde poetry collections ever written. Wesleyan’s edition of the book was translated by Clayton Eshleman and published in 2000. Eshleman was awarded a National Book Award for his co-translation of The Complete Posthumous Poetry, and was a Griffin Prize finalist for The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo. A voluminous edition of Vallejo’s writing is newly available from Wesleyan: Selected Writings of César Vallejo. This new collection, edited by Joseph Mulligan, contains some poetry and a vast number of prose pieces translated to English for the first time. There are articles documenting Vallejo’s travels in Soviet Russia, personal correspondences, and excerpts from several of his plays as well as from his his novel El tungsteno / Tungsten, a work addressing the oppression of indigenous Peruvian miners.



From Trilce


    Oh las cuatro paredes de la celda.
Ah las cuatro paredes albicantes
que sin remedio dan al mismo número.    

    Criadero de nervios, mala brecha,
por sus cuatro rincones cómo arranca
las diarias aherrojadas extremidades.

     Amorosa llavera de innumerables llaves,
si estuvieras aqui, si vieras hasta
qué hora son cuatro estas paredes.
Contra ellas seríamos contigo, los dos,
más dos que nunca. Y ni lloraras,
di, libertadora!

     Ah las paredes de la celda.
De ellass me duelen entre tanto, más
las dos largas que tienen esta noche
algo de madres que ya muertas
llevan por bromurados declives,
a un niño de Ia mano cada una.

     Y sólo yo me voy quedando,
con la diestra, que hace por ambas manos,
en alto, en busca de terciario brazo
que ha de puilar, entre mi donde y mi cuando,
esta mayoría inválida de hombre.


     Oh the four walls of the cell.
Ah the four bleaching walls
that inevitably face the same number.

     Breeding place for nerves, foul breach,
through its four corners how it snatches at
the daily shackled extremities.

     Loving keeper of innumerable keys,
if only you were here, if only you could only see unto
what hour these walls remain four.
Against them we would be with you, the two of us,
more two than ever. And you wouldn’t even cry,
speak, liberator!

     Ah the walls of the cell.
Meanwhile of those that hurt me, most
the two long ones that tonight are
somehow like mothers now dead
leading a child through
bromowalled inclines by the hand.

     And only I hang on,
with my right, serving for both hands,
raised, in search of a tertiary arm
to pupilize, between my where and my when,
this invalid majority of a man.

CÉSAR VALLEJO (1892–1938) was born in the Peruvian Andes and, after publishing some of the most radical Latin American poetry of the twentieth century, moved to Europe, where he diversified his writing practice to encompass theater, fiction, and reportage. As an outspoken alternative to the European avant-garde, Vallejo stands as one of the most authentic and multifaceted creators to write in the Castilian language.

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June 17, 2015 by Rubye Peyser

Like many of you, I took a few AP courses and exams in high school and did fairly well. The Wesleyan website says that—for someone with qualifying AP scores—taking placement exams is, “strongly encouraged,” but not required. Let’s be honest: it was June; I had just finished my senior year and taking another test did not seem ideal. Plus, Wes didn’t require the exam, so why take it, right?
I was wrong. When I arrived on campus I discovered that to qualify for the language course I wanted to take, I needed to have a certain placement exam score. There are some exceptions to this rule, but in general, professors and departments want to see your current proficiency level in a subject, not just how well you did two years ago when you took the AP.
Needless to say, the first night of orientation I was frazzled (over the placement exams and the fact that I was in my first week of college), took the exam, and did not do as well as expected. My haste in taking the test certainly played into my performance. MORAL NUMBER ONE: Take the test now, even if you think you don’t need to. If you are worried about going down a level, take a load off and (MORAL NUMBER TWO) trust the test. In truth, my Spanish was not as strong as when I graduated high school, so the class I qualified for turned out to be the right fit.
I know these exams are intimidating, but the bottom line is that you’ll be attending a top school so even if the university ultimately places you in the introductory level, the course will still be engaging and challenging.
To access the placement tests, log on to your portfolio, click on Moodle in the top left corner, and the placement tests will be listed under “My Courses.” As always, if you have questions don’t hesitate to email the Peer Advisors at peeradvisors@wesleyan.edu

Enjoy your summer!

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Salvation Army logoThe Salvation Army in Middletown is running a 5 week summer camp in July and August.  The camp is for 7 – 13 year olds and runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. The camp will engage children in faith based activities, arts and crafts and field trips around the downtown.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Lt. Hernandez at the Salvation Army: Jose.Hernandez@use.salvationarmy.org or 860.347.7493.

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An invitation from our friends at the Community Health Center and the North End Action Team:

Join us for another fun afternoon with spectacular views of the Middletown area and a delicious array of home brews!
This time we’ll be outside and enjoying live music as well, and all to benefit the North End Action Team!!

We’ll be on the roof of the new CHC building again, but this time we’re not expecting snow so we’ll be outside among the beautiful gardens!!

Clay Selmont will be there providing jazz tunes and there will be appearances by the MiddletownPBA Bagpipe Band.

Neighborhood businesses will again be offering discounts to attendees of the event, our panel of judges will once more feature some real cool cats, and the home brewers lined up to enter their wares have seriously stepped up their game this time. Keep an eye on this event page for updates and details on all of the above as we get closer to the event.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Attendees of our event in March that bring back their tasting cups will receive a $5 refund at the door. Access will not be granted without a valid ID.

Advance tickets can be purchased online, https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/BrewWithaView.

Audience votes will be counted at 4:30 PM so make sure to arrive early, every vote counts! Winners will be announced starting at 4:45 PM.

For questions, please feel free to reach out here on our event page, or the NEAT office- neat@neatmiddletown.org, (860) 346-8485.

Brew With a View - NEAT and Community Health Center

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The Wesleyan Writers Conference celebrated its 59th year by welcoming more than 60 new and seasoned writers and others interested in the writer’s craft to the Wesleyan campus June 10-14.

Headed by Wesleyan Writers Conference Director Anne Greene, adjunct professor of English and director of Writing Programs, the conference featured seminars, workshops, readings, panel discussions and manuscript consultations led by Wesleyan faculty and other nationally known writers, editors and agents.

Conference topics included the novel, short story, poetry, nonfiction, memoir, biography, journalism, writing for film and TV, new media, writing about food and travel, writing about science and medicine, preparing your work for publication, and how to sell your work.

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