ITS External Review 9/17 and 9/18

ITS is undergoing an external review.  We have hired an outside firm that specializes in working with higher ed institutions to help us:

  • Gain a fresh perspective on our use and management of technology
  • Identify opportunities to design future ITS services
  • Assess ITS service delivery mechanisms, practices, and development
  • Make best use of our ITS resources

Student input is important to this process and the consultants have setup two open forums for students:

Monday, Sep 17, 12:10-1:20 South College B2/B3  Pizza will be served
Tuesday, Sep 18, 3:00-3:45 South College B2/B3  Cookies will be served

Drop by either one to share your thoughts.  The consultants will be asking questions to get your feedback.

Thank you!
Dave Baird, VP ITS and CIO

Provisional Listing of Allbritton Center events Fall 2018

September 13, 12.00-1.00, PAC 002
Peaceful Revolution of Love and Solidarity in Armenia
Asya Darbinyan (Clark University).

September 17, 4.30, PAC 001.
The myth of blue state generosity
Joshua Mccabe (Endicott College).

September 25, 4.30, PAC 001
Why white evangelicals voted for Trump
Philip Gorski (Yale University).

September 28, 3.30-5.00, PAC 001
Historians on Hamilton.
Claire Potter (New School), Renee Romano (Oberlin), Matthew Skic (Museum of the American Revolution).

October 4, 12.00-1.00.
Eating Her Words: The Relationship between the Production and Consumption of Feminist Food and Texts
Alex Ketchum (Mcgill University).

October 4 at 4.30 PAC 001.
The threat from Russia: rethinking our response
Brett Bruen, former Director of Global Engagement, National Security Council, 2013-15.

October 9, 5-7.00, Freeman Center.
Webinar with Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor
China Town Hall organized by National Committee on U.S.- China Relations.

October 18, 12.00-1.00, PAC 002.
Coup or No Coup : What makes anti-democratic coups succeed or fail ?
Sharan Grewal (The Brooking Institution).

October 24, 4.30
The Armenian Genocide.
Ron Suny (University of Michigan).

November 8, 4.30
War and social science.
Matthew Schmidt (University of New Haven)

November 14, 4.30
Masculinity war and foreign policy in the age of Trump.
Meredith Loken (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).

Seats Available: Academic Writing in the US (Engl 110F-01)

There are still openings in Academic Writing in the US (Engl 110F-01). This is a particularly good course for students who are feeling overwhelmed by the academic writing demands at Wesleyan. The following is the course description:

This course is designed to prepare international students for U.S. academic writing including academic vocabulary, essay structure, and content expectations in all subjects. Students will focus on increasing their academic vocabulary, enhancing their analytical writing, and improving the cohesiveness and mechanics of their writing. They will also read and write essays in a variety of genres. The course is recommended for international students and students who immigrated to the U.S. after middle school.

Seats Available:  DANC111.03, DANC213, & DANC371

Due to high student interest we have added a NEW section of Introduction to Dance!

We also have space in our new Jazz Dance Class!


Monday/Wednesday 2:50-4:20PM in Schonberg Dance Studio on Pine Street.

Taught by Professor Pedro Alejandro,

If you are interested, contact Professor Alejandro and please attend on Wednesday at 2:50.

You may still join! 

Jazz Dance, DANC213

Tuesday/Thursday 6:40-8:10PM

Taught by Joya Powell

If you are interested, contact Professor Powell and please attend tomorrow – Tuesday at 6:40!

You may still join!


This course is an introduction to the African American jazz dance vernacular through the embodied practice of Simonson jazz. It will cover basic principles of alignment, centering, and technique through the context of jazz’s African roots. Class sessions will principally consist of movement exploration including a comprehensive warm-up and will be supplemented by online discussions and media to better understand the place of jazz dance in society and culture at large.

DANC 213 – JAZZ TECHNIQUE .5 credit

With JOYA POWELL, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dance (

DANC371 Site Specific Dance Making, 1 credit


This course addresses the construction of contemporary performance in alternative, nontheatrical spaces. Students will create, design, and structure movement and image metaphors; design and realize scenic objects; and integrate technologies that enhance performance at large. Daily practice will focus on developing compositional tools to trigger events, to set off the performance space, and to create optimal conditions for audience and performer participation. Skills in movement observation, critical reading, and video analysis will inform the course’s practical and historical frameworks.

With Pedro Alejandro (

Creative Journaling Workshop – Sept 13 at 1 pm

WesWell, the Office of Health Education, is an integral part of Wesleyan University’s Health Services. WesWell understands the impact of student health on academic performance and is committed to providing services that are designed to develop healthy behaviors and prevent health concerns that may interfere with academic and personal success.


The Wellness Experience

Are you seeking self-care strategies for health and well-being? Do you want to learn new skills and gain tools to manage stress? Join the Wellness Experience for the month of February to increase resiliency and gratitude, and to flourish!

  • Select a wellness activities to practice in each week.
  • Choose from a broad range of activities to fit into your schedule.
  • Each week addresses a different wellness theme: social, emotional, physical and spiritual

First up: Social Wellness Week! See the schedule here!

CSPL 330 now open to First Year Students

Open to First Year Students
Policy and Strategy in War and Peace

CSPL 330
Fall 2018
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: GOVT 330

This course explores how the relations, relationships, and discourse between senior national civilian and military leaders influence the development and execution of policy and strategy in war and peace. In theory, the purpose of war is to achieve a political end that sees a better peace. In practice, the nature of war is to serve itself if it is not influenced and constrained by continuous discourse and analysis associated with good civil-military relations between senior leaders. This course begins with discussion of the key foundational works to build a common understanding. It then explores how civil-military interaction influenced strategy in war and peace for each decade from the Vietnam War to the present. The readings and seminar discussions also examine how the outcomes of wars influenced civil-military relations and the subsequent peace or wars. This course lies at the intersection of international relations, history, and conflict studies. Students will gain greater understanding of how U.S. policy makers, strategy, and war interact, while honing their critical thinking and writing skills.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CSPL
Course Format: Seminar Grading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Intl.)

Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D.

Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
Chamberlain Project Teaching Fellow
Allbritton 207