How have Middle Eastern intellectuals conceived and discussed modernity? We will use this question to analyze the variety in the history of thought in Middle Eastern societies in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Modernization, formation of the modern state and issues of nationalism, imperialism and colonialism, main intellectual questions of the time, will form the framework as we analyze their political, social, and cultural impact on the production of knowledge in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman lands. As such it is NOT a history of the Middle East but rather a history of mentalities, organized around four thematic/chronological modules (Reform, Modern State and Constitutionalism/Panislamism, Nationalisms and Colonialisms) each representing a set of concepts, ideas, and movements as well as facts and problems, all of which will be compared to the larger world of modern state formation both in thought and practice. The principal aim is to familiarize students with the processes of modernization in the making of the modern Middle East.
Need some assistance navigating drop/add? The Academic Peer Advisors are here to help! Scan the UR code in the flyer below to schedule a virtual appointment with a peer advisor today. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are located at 167 High Street (on the corner of Church and High Street across from 200 Church and Star and Crescent). The Resource Center (RC) was created to support, empower, and engage students with underrepresented identities at Wesleyan University.
The areas of focus for the center include promoting dialogue and coalition building around the intersections of race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, sexuality, sustainability, spirituality, and social and political activism. We have homey study spaces, an awesome computer lab with free printing, the best kitchen and pantry on campus with free coffee, tea, and ramen, and a dynamic group of student leaders who make the RC operate, live, and breathe- so please stop by and be part of the community!
As you prepare to return for the spring semester, please remember to upload your pre-arrival COVID test in your WesPortal, whether you test positive or negative.
If you test positive, you should isolate at home for up to 10 days from your test date/symptom onset prior to returning to campus. You can return as soon as five days after a positive test if you take a rapid antigen test with a negative result.
If you test negative, you can arrive at Wesleyan as planned. Every student should be tested again at Beckham Hall within 24 hours of your arrival. Please also remember to wear N95 or KN95 type masks while we repopulate campus. While KN95 masks are becoming readily available free of charge through local pharmacies, Wesleyan will have packages of 10 masks for sale for $10 through the Cardinal Tech store. We will have a limited supply available at the testing site for students who need them.
Please keep an eye on the weather as travel plans may be impacted by winter weather on Friday night and Saturday. We look forward to your return and thank you in advance for your cooperation to keep the community safe!
U.S. based university students interested in sports diplomacy (the connection between sports, international exchange, development, and intercultural connection) are eligible to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Visitor Alumni Mentorship Program. This program connects students with non-professional youth athletes, coaches, or sports administrators who are alumni of international exchange programs (more about those programs here: www.sportsvisitorenvoy.org) for a semester or mentorship.
Students who are interested in sports and international or intercultural exchange and want to explore this opportunity, need only send an initial expression of interest to email@example.com including the subject line “Sports Visitor Mentorship” as the title line of their email by January 28.
For those interested to read more, this flyer describes the program in more detail.
I hope you are excited to resume classes this week!
As a reminder, courses will be held virtually on Thursday 1/27 and Friday 1/28. In person classes will resume Monday 1/31.
A few items to consider as you return:
- Covid Protocols: Very clear covid protocols have been shared with the community through webinars and emails. If you have questions about the latest COVID protocols, including what you need to do to return to campus and what you need to do when you are back on campus, please visit the Keep Wes Safe website here.
- Campus Dining: Campus Dining issued a student email last week with information on dining hours from now through the spring semester. Please visit the Campus Dining website to learn more.
- Olin Library – the Olin Library will be closed on Friday 1/28 for maintenance. If you have physical reserves you need to access for Friday classes, be sure to visit the library before they close on Thursday, 1/27. Olin staff will assist the Wes community remotely on Friday 1/28. Visit the Olin website for contact information.
- College of Social Studies (CSS): CSS will hold a major info session on Tuesday 2/1 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. If you are interested in the CSS major, please be sure to attend the info session. You can find more info about this info session on my blog here.
I look forward to working with you this semester. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appt here: calendly.com/deankellydunn.
Campus dining recently sent an email to all students detailing the dining protocols and schedule for the spring 2022 semester. Be sure to review this email and visit the dining website for more information.
The CSS tutors and students invite you to a CSS Info Session via Zoom on Tuesday, February 1, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Several of the CSS tutors and current students will speak at this session. This meeting will afford you an opportunity to ask questions about the CSS to the tutors and current students.
The College of Social Studies (CSS) is a rigorous, multidisciplinary major consisting of four subject areas: History, Government, Political and Social Theory, and Economics. Founded in 1959, the CSS is reading and writing intensive program that facilitates intellectual development based on weekly essays, small group tutorials, and a vibrant intellectual environment outside the classroom.
If you are interested in this Info Session, please contact Martha Crebbin at firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link.
· Applications for the CSS Class of 2025 will be available on the CSS website at https://www.wesleyan.edu/css/applying/application.html beginning on Tuesday, February 1st.
· The application deadline is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10.
· Each applicant will sign up for an interview with one CSS Tutor and two CSS students. Interviews will take place mid-late February.
· More information about the CSS can be found at: https://wesleyan.edu/css.
I am writing you now with important information about the revised academic calendar and course registration processes. Due to the shift in the opening of our semester, some important dates have changed. In addition, the first two days of classes will be held remotely.
Remote drop/add attendance:
January 27 and 28 classes will be held online. During those two days, faculty have the option of allowing non-registered students to attend remotely. You can see which courses have made available the “Remote Course Access” in your WesPortal in the courses bucket or in the alert box. You will have access to link in WesPortal until 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 28.
Beginning on January 31, classes will meet in-person. Students should not attend in-person classes for which they are not registered, unless they have retained explicit permission from faculty. This is due to strict requirements for Covid classroom capacity compliance.
Only courses offered for “student option” grading mode allow students to choose between taking the course for A-F or CR/U. Please be sure to confirm your grading option in your courses by 5 p.m. on February 23.
Below are other important dates to be aware of for the spring semester:
1/20-2/9: Drop/Add Period
1/20-2/9: On-campus enrollment period for undergraduates and graduates
1/27: Classes begin
2/23: For courses in which students have an option of grading mode, the final choice must be made by 5 p.m.
3/4: Last day to withdraw from 3rd quarter classes
3/11: 3rd quarter classes end
3/12-3/20: Spring break (one-week only)
3/21: 4th quarter classes begin. 4th quarter classes may be added or dropped during the five working days following the first class meeting
4/27: Last day to withdraw from full semester & 4th quarter classes
5/4: Classes end
5/5-5/9: Reading period
5/10-5/13: Final examinations
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center supports change agents and entrepreneurs. If you care about social or environmental justice and want to learn methods for studying and solving problems, or if you are an innovative thinker with ideas you’d like to bring to life, we hope you will consider our spring 2022 programs:
$5,000 Seed Grant to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a social enterprise, project, program, or venture; apply by 1/30
$10,000 Davis Projects for Peace to fund grassroots projects that will be completed during summer 2022; apply by 1/30
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) a dynamic community of young leaders committed to developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges; apply by 1/21
System Mapping student forum & Map The System competition study the root causes of problems and their existing solutions before attempting to create new solutions; one Wesleyan team will travel to University of Oxford to compete in the global finals
Startup Incubator (CSPL239) a one-semester, experiential learning program designed to teach and enable student entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models from their ideas
Patricelli Center Fellowship (CSPL262) a crash course in social entrepreneurship for students who want to study social or environmental problems and design disruptive innovations
Community Impact Residency (CSPL291) students partner with community stakeholders to work towards justice, equity, and sustainability in the greater Middletown area
Engaged Projects (CSPL480) a semi-independent educational endeavor that empowers Wesleyan students to study a topic of their choice and produce a project for a public (non-academic) audience
To learn more about any of these offerings, get advice on grant applications, or enroll in courses, grab a time to meet with Makaela in the Patricelli Center as soon as possible: calendly.com/mjkingsley.