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Dr. Paul Farmer

After a short lull following the end of classes, Wesleyan’s campus has sprung back to life in spite of the rain. White tents are popping up everywhere, the largest one on Andrus Field, where Wesleyan’s 179th Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday May 22 at 11:00am.

This year’s Commencement speaker is Paul Farmer, MD, PhD.  From the official announcement:

Paul Farmer is an inspirational scholar, doctor, teacher, and leader. As a physician-anthropologist, he has dedicated his life to serving the world’s poor and to raising the standard of health care around the world. In 1983 he co-founded Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer has received numerous awards and recognitions, but none so typifies his life and accomplishments as the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, which he received in 2003. “To say that Dr. Paul Farmer is a life saver does not begin to describe the impact of his work,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. ‘Dr. Farmer and his extraordinary organization have been a force in making the world confront the health care needs of those who historically have never had access to proper care.’”

Commencement is open to the public, and we hope that you will join us on Andrus Field this Sunday to hear Paul Farmer, and to join us in congratulating our GLS class of 2011 and all of Wesleyan’s graduates.

If you can’t attend, you can watch Commencement live webcast online!
Here’s the full list of Commencement weekend webcasts:

  • Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m., WESeminar: The Wesleyan Media Project’s 2010 Analysis of Political Advertising
  • Saturday, May 21, 12 Noon, Wesleyan Annual Assembly and Meeting
  • Saturday, May 21, 1:30 p.m., WESeminar: What Good is a Red Tent If You Hate Camping? Reflections on 21st-Century Jewish Motherhood
  • Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m., Wesleyan’s 179th Commencement Ceremony

In “5 Questions with . . . Jennifer Tucker on Mars, Victorian England” Jennifer Tucker, associate professor of history, associate professor of science and society, associate professor feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and regular GLS instructor discusses her academic background and interests, as well as an undergraduate course she is co-teaching with associate professor of earth and environmental studies Martha Gilmore titled “Interpreting Life on Mars: Scientific Data and Popular Knowledge.”

Read the interview here.

Sunday Concert



If you’re in downtown Middletown this Sunday, stop by the Green Street Arts Center for a concert! “The Peacock and the Turtle Dove: Exploring Yiddish and American Song Traditions” will begin at 2pm at Green Street. It’s the last in their 2010-11 Sunday Salon series.

To download the flyer, click here:  Peacock and Turtle Dove Salon

Students in the spring 2011 Biology of Marine Mammals course with Geoff Hammerson spent the final day of their one-week immersion course on a field trip in Cape Cod Bay.  They just happened to be there at the right time to witness a portion of the largest assemblage of the endangered Atlantic right whale ever recorded in that area!

The class saw around 30 of the endangered whales, which is quite remarkable considering that there are only about 450 in the entire western North Atlantic.

Here is a photo of an unusual looking whale, sent in by Geoff Hammerson.

According to Professor Hammerson, in this photo we’re “looking at the head, facing to the left, with the two nostrils partially open. The arrow indicates where the upper and lower lips meet. The [whales] were feeding on dense concentrations of tiny crustaceans, each only a few millimeters long.”

What a day!  If any students from the class have more photos to share, please post them here or send them to us to post!

Indira Karamcheti

Indira Karamcheti

Indira Karamcheti, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, will be Visiting Research Professor at Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier III for a month this coming summer. Professor Karamcheti, who teaches regularly with Graduate Liberal Studies, is conducting archival research on South Asian indenture in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The project connects her interests in francophone Caribbean literature, especially the work of Aime Cesaire, and the South Asian diaspora.

In addition, Professor Karamcheti will serve as the director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Americas from July 1 2011-June 30 2013.


Elvin Lim, assistant professor of government and currently teaching a GLS course on The American Presidency, writes in The Faster Times that there will be more noise than real fighting in the upcoming national budget battles.  Read the article here.

You can also stay updated on politics by regularly checking Professor Lim’s blog, Out on a Lim.


We have just learned of a call for entries for a Juried Sculpture Exhibition in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Deadline to apply: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Exhibition Dates: July 30 to October 3, 2011
Eligibility: Open to New England artists
Honorarium: Artists accepted to exhibit will each receive a stipend of $700.
Full details are online at:http://www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Urban_Arts_Institute/Opportunities.html

About ART IN THE PARK, Worcester
The Art in the Park exhibition was created to present public art to a broad community, promote works by artists from the region, enhance outdoor spaces and enrich lives.  Since its premiere in 2008 this annual exhibition of 20-25 large-scale sculptures has been organized by a dedicated group of volunteers and community supporters in conjunction with public art curators. Art in the Park was one of six projects to receive the Gold Star Award in 2009 – a statewide award given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to recognize exemplary cultural programs funded by a local cultural council.  Art in the Park continues to be exhibited in Worcester’s historic Elm Park where it attracts an ethnically and socio-economically diverse audience of 10,000 people.  Art in the Park 2011 is presented by Art in the Park, Worcester in partnership with the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the City of Worcester’s Parks Department and ArtsWorcester. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact: Christina Lanzl, Project Manager, Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design clanzl@massart.edu

Download the call at http://www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Urban_Arts_Institute/Opportunities.html

We’ll continue to post information about upcoming shows and events for artists as we find them! Please feel free to post events yourself, or comment on the ones you see here!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:30pm
Wesleyan’s Usdan Campus Center Room 136
Wyllys Avenue, Middletown Connecticut

Join us next Wednesday for a Graduate Liberal Studies open house.  The evening will include a special preview lecture by Professor of Government Giulio Gallarotti, who teaches with the program every year.  This event is open to the public, and we encourage current students and alumni to come hear Professor Gallarotti.  RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.  Send an email to masters@wesleyan.edu.

More information is available at www.wesleyan.edu/openhouse.

Gay Smith, Professor of Theater Emerita, Wesleyan University, will give a talk entitled “Lady Macbeth in America, From the Stage to the White House” on April 13, 2011 at 5:00pm, in Usdan Campus Center room 108.

Lady Macbeth has haunted American history since the conflicts of Shakespeare’s England spilled over into New England’s real witch hunts. To reveal how Lady Macbeth entered American politics as an icon for the First Lady, the talk focuses on the prominent actresses in the role, how they performed, and their effect on audiences anxious about the country’s First Lady and her influence over the President — especially at times of war. Professor Smith shows how the various Lady Macbeths have both reflected and shaped the image their contemporaries have of the ambitious political wife, producing parallels that converge dramatically in twentieth-century “witch hunts.”

This is the annual lecture sponsored by the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty. The lecture should last about 50 minutes. If you have any questions, please contact Peter Frenzel at pfrenzel@wesleyan.edu.

The College Art Association’s Committee on Intellectual Property has posted an article summarizing the recent ruling on the Google Book Settlement. The post includes a great list of links to articles and posts about this legal battle that may drastically affect copyright law.



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