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By Caroline MacNeille ’16 with contributions from Aditi Kini ’13

[South by Southwes]We caught up with fourteen alumni who spoke, performed and screened at South by Southwest – an annual music, film and interactive festival that just took place in Austin, TX in March. Himanshu “Heems” Suri ’07 performed music from his new album Eat Pray Thug and Andrew Berends ’94 premiered his film Madina’s Dream. Alumni spoke on panels including “El Nuevo Latino: Fusing Cultures and Values,” “Disrupting Innovation: Book Publishing & New Media” and “Taste Talks.”

Did we miss out on someone? Let us know!

Here’s a mostly-complete list of alumni who attended:

[Chris Wink '83]Blue Man Group co-founder Chris Wink ’83 connected the looking glass with branding in a conceptual conversation for Using Brands to Create Cultural Identity. Chris discussed what he learned creating a beloved brand, what makes a brand iconic and how to build a loyal audience. He gave a special shoutout to Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 for Hamilton, and posed with a #THISISWHY bottle.

[Jenina Nuñez '04]Jenina Nuñez ’04, U.S. Communications Manager at McDonald’s Corporation, who was a South By newbie, spoke at El Nuevo Latino: Fusing Cultures and Values about “how Hispanic millennials are expressing themselves and helping shape a new American landscape.” Jenina focuses on public relations and social media for McCafe and the National Hispanic Consumer Market. She gives a special “hats off to all Wes alums who had a role there too!”

[Andrew Berends '94]Filmmaker Andrew Berends ’94 premiered his latest documentary Madina’s Dream. The film details the ongoing struggles of people living inside the war in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. “Although heart-wrenching, Madina’s Dream isn’t depressing. The film is lovely, actually,” said Jessie Cape of the Austin Chronicle.

[Will Levitt '12]Will Levitt ’12 presented at Food, Brand & Community: Food’s Big Moment. Will is the business development director of Taste Talks, a food and drink festival celebrating the future of taste. Will shares: “it’s a totally incredible festival, so many different people coming together around so many different ideas, so many incredible people to meet!”

[Himanshu Musician Himanshu “Heems” Suri ’07 performed music from his new album Eat Pray Thug and spoke at Hip Hop’s Evolution in India – Why You Should Care. Himanshu, formerly of Das Racist, founded Greenhead Entertainment.

[Shannon Sun-Higginson '10 and Ian Park '11 at SxSw]GTFO: Get The F&#% Out, from director Shannon Sun-Higginson ’10 and Editor and producer Ian Park ’11, premiered at South by. The much-anticipated movie is a “look into 20 billion dollar industry riddled with discrimination and misogyny” asks the question: What does the future hold for women in gaming? Shannon spoke on a panel about the film.


[Catherine Goldschmidt '05]Cinematographer Catherine Goldschmidt ’05 was in Austin for the premiere of her film Disaster Playground, which “investigates future outer space catastrophes.” The Austin Chronicle found the movie “engaging and visually dynamic.” “We wanted to film certain scenes and re-enactments as if they were staged, cinematic events, in spite of the fact that virtually everything in the film is un-rehearsed verité,” Goldschmidt said.

[Julie Yannatta '91]“SXSW was its usual blur of meetings (day) and shows (nights),” said Julie Yannatta ’91, who was there for Mentor sessions and as part of her work in merchandising. She is the President of Sandbag, which does merch for Daft Punk, The XX, Radiohead and many others. Musical highlights for her were Hippo Campus (Grand Jury Music) and Broncho (Dine Alone Records); The War on Drugs lived up to the hype.

[Louis Willacy '93]Louis Willacy ’93 is the Head of Legal, Talent and Corporate Development at if(we), a company “building social products to enable meaningful connections between people.” If(we) held a panel called Mobile: How to Build Beyond the Phone, discussing the future of mobile devices and how companies are building “the next wave of user experience.”

[Atif Rafiq '94]McDonald’s Corporation’s Chief Digital Officer Atif Rafiq ’94 hosted pitch sessions for startups and spoke about how McDonald’s is “using digital to enhance the every day.”

[Jane Randel '89]Jane Randel ’89, senior advisor for the NFL, spoke at SXsports: Hitting the Sweet Spot of Interactive & Film. Jane is also a Co-Founder at NO MORE, “a public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault.”

[Aaron Lammer '03]Aaron Lammer ’03, co-founder Longform Media, moderated Disrupting Innovation: Book Publishing & New Media, a panel looking at innovations in publishing and the ways in which the industry is evolving.

[Molly Barton '00]Digital publishing expert Molly Barton ’00 spoke at What Would Wu Tang Do? Build a Creative Collective. Molly has over a decade of experience working in digital publishing, striving to best connect content creators with their audience. She founded The Proper Company and served as a visiting professor at Wesleyan in the Spring of 2014.

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Titian. The Pastoral Concert (c. 1509)

Written by FDAC Board Member Sharifa T. Lookman ’17

There are certain works in art history that one must be familiar with, from Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” And of course Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” When visiting the Louvre in Parisa few weeks ago, I actually got to see this work. Or rather I got to see other people photographing the Mona Lisa, a small panel barely visible behind reflecting glass. It was a phenomenon akin to my visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome where masses of people rushed to the front of Michelangelo’s Pieta, took a picture, and went on their way. An experience that deserves hours of contemplation was replaced by a thirty-second glimpse and, of course, the mandatory photo!

Once I elbowed my way through the throngs of people vying for a front row view of the lady in question, I found myself on the other side of the room, practically vacant in comparison to the space I had just left. And there, on the other side of Mona Lisa’s wall was Titian’s “Pastoral Concert,” a painting I had studied a year before. I was ashamed to have almost missed it, but it was clear that I was not the only one who had. Titian’s painting is modest in size and somewhat dwarfed by the larger surrounding paintings hung salon-style. The technical skill and compelling characters, however, demand attention. The painting suggests pastoral levity, with two seated figures engaged in music and poetry, surrounded by two muses. Though not the most exacting narrative, Titian’s brushwork and palette are unrivaled when viewed in person, and I spent hours looking and sketching.

The Louvre could not possibly be covered in such detail, even given months. The value and prestige of artwork is perpetuated by museum curating, and the viewership of such works is heavily influenced by fame and scholarship. I was struck by just how much artwork we miss in search of the next big work noted on our museum guide. I question when art viewership became less of an individual, subjective experience and tastes became altered by scholarly assertions of “good” and “bad” art.

Whether a canonical work or not, there is enormous value in experiencing, understanding and critiquing it based on one’s own terms. And I would suggest, as much as you might want to prove your proximity to some of the most famous works throughout history, to leave your camera at home. Instead, bring a sketchbook and a pencil, or, if you’re really gutsy, nothing at all. And don’t neglect the works we have made modest, hidden behind silent walls.

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Please join us for the fourth and penultimate of this year’s lectures on Fundamental Concepts in Theory, sponsored by the Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. Amy Tang (American Studies and English) considers DIFFERENCE at 4:30 on Wednesday, March 25, in Downey 113.

The full schedule of lectures is available here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/theory/html_email/spr15_five_fundamental_concepts.html

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In the spirit of March Madness:


As more Division I athletes and their supporters call for payment for players and even consider unionizing, it raises the question of the purpose of college athletics and perhaps of institutions of higher education themselves. Is it exploitative for universities to profit off of their athletes if it is indeed to the detriment of their education, finances, and health? Are athletically-based admission and scholarships unfair – if so, for whom? – or are they a means of expanding college access and diversifying student populations?

In this session of Allbritton Talks, we will examine the controversy surrounding Division I athletics while also pondering what compels us – as a University, as a society, and even as a species – to care about sports.

Recommended reading (and viewing):

“The Shame of College Sports” by Taylor Branch
“Punting Our Future: College Athletics and Admissions” by Barbara H. Fried
“Ed O’Bannon Takes Even Stronger Stance on NCAA Player Compensation” by Maxwell Strachan
“The Myth of Parity” by Scoop Jackson
“Beyond Northwestern: Should Non-Football College Athletes by Able to Unionize?” by Josh Freedman”
“College Athletes of the World, Unite” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The NCAA

This event is sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Please send topic suggestions to scapron@wesleyan.edu.

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Pelo Malo

The recent Venezuelan film  “Pelo Malo” (Bad Hair) will be screened today as part of the Hispanic Film Series. We hope to see you there!

PELO MALO [Bad Hair]

Mariana Rondón / 2013 / Venezuela / Perú / Germany / Argentina



A touching and humorous coming-of-gender story that chronicles the life of nine-year-old Junior who lives in a bustling Caracas tenement with his widowed mother. Junior fears he has pelo malo – bad hair. For his school photo, he wants to iron his stubbornly curly mane straight to resemble one of his pop star idols. His mother, unemployed and frazzled from the pressures of raising two children in an unforgiving city, has serious misgivings; she suspects her son is gay. Grandma is more accepting, teaching Junior to dance to one of her favorite ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll tunes.

Watch the trailer here!


Where: Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

When: Tuesday, March 24th, 8 p.m. 

Free Admission 


Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literaturesʼ Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund, and the Latin American Studies Program. With support from the Wesleyan Film Series. 

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UPDATE: ITS resolved the issue that interrupted logging into wireless for about 20 minutes.

ITS is working on a problem affecting logging into wireless.  Active connections are fine and continue to work, but those trying to login and connect are being denied.  We are actively working on it and expect resolution shortly.

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The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Academic Peer Advisors and New Student Orientation Peer Advisors. Academic Peer Advisors are juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores who work over the summer and throughout New Student Orientation to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources. NSO Peer Advisors are rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who meet with new students during NSO as they prepare to meet with faculty advisors. Position descriptions and applications for these positions are now available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/index.htmlApplications and supporting documentation are due by Monday, April 6th at 5 pm.  Questions should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, Laura Patey (x5581, lpatey@wesleyan.edu).

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Scholars in Action – a new student group tutoring at the local middle schools – is looking for Wesleyan students to participate in its first ever Wesleyan Enrichment Days on April 22 and May 5! Wesleyan students, either individually or as a group, will lead engaging workshops on topics they are passionate about. The lessons could cover a wide range of interests – dance, drawing, chemistry, creative writing, environmental science, and more! – as long as they’re designed for a young (and antsy) audience. If you are interested in education or just feel like frolicking on Foss with some hilarious preteens, then this may be the low-commitment opportunity for you!

We anticipate that each lesson will have between 5 and 15 middle school students and will last for about 40 minutes. If you or someone you know would like to participate in one or both of the Enrichment Days, e-mail Lily Wittrock (ewittrock@wesleyan.edu) and Rebecca Brand (rbrand@wesleyan.edu) for more information. We are excited to hear from you!

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Stress Relief Practicum

Connect with others who are seeking healthy ways to handle stress.

Learn new skills and tools to manage stress and take care of yourself.  

Wednesdays beginning

March 25th –April 22nd from 5-6PM

Meetings will follow an exploratory workshop format and participants will learn and practice different stress relief techniques each week.

Contact Tanya Purdy, MPH MCHES Director of Health Education

for more information or to sign up.


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On Friday, April 3 will be an info session at noon in Allbritton 311 for Wesleyan’s Civic Engagement Certificate, a unique program that encourages students to reflect on their civic life and integrate it with their academics. This is a great opportunity to ask current CEC students about their experiences, learn about upcoming courses, and get ideas for your practicum and community service requirements. Lunch will be provided!

The 2015-2016 WesMaps is now live and pre-registration begins March 30, so check out Civic Engagement and Service-Learning courses, as well as classes in the Center for the Study of Public Life.

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