Winter Session Aid Applications Now Open

Winter Session aid application is now available in the Courses/Winter Session bucket of your Portal. It will be open through noon, Wed, Nov 3. If you are thinking about a Winter Session course, please apply for aid now. Applying for aid does not obligate you to take a class.

Please note: Winter Session courses will be available online and in-person this year.

Upcoming Dates

Good morning, Class of 2025 –

I hope all is well! It’s been great to interact with many of you at recent major open houses. There are plenty open houses still scheduled if you are interested in learning more about various department majors, minors and certificates. Find the schedule here.

A few dates approaching for you to consider:

  • If you wish withdraw from a 1st quarter class, you must do so prior to 10/15/21 (Please note, this is not the same deadline to withdraw from a full semester course. The full semester course withdrawal date is 12/3/21. The Wesleyan Academic calendar can be found here).
  • Fall Break is quickly approaching (10/23/21 – 10/26/21). Fall Break is a series of days set intentionally in the fall semester to provide rest and reflection following almost two months of classes.
  • Homecoming & Family Weekend is scheduled for 10/29/21 – 10/31/21. You are still welcome and encouraged to attend Homecoming & Family Weekend programs even if you do not plan to have family in town that weekend.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please be sure to reach out. Take care!

Dean Dunn

English Department Open House 10/20

Visit the English Department Open House on October 20 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at Downey House (294 High Street) – Room 200 (Downey Lounge).

The great feminist poet, critic, and theorist Adrienne Rich warned: “We must be acutely, disturbingly aware of the language [and, I’d add:  forms, narratives, tropes, genres, conventions, ideologies] we are using and that is using us.”  True, English, among other things, can rescue you from being bamboozled by the givens, the taken for granted, the “way it is” (but doesn’t have to be).  We make language and language makes us.  Literature helps us learn and unlearn.  At the same time, reading and writing literature is so much fun, an affirmation of creativity and possibility, a steamy and sometimes jarring love affair with beauty, and much else.  Imagine that!  Discover what English has to offer (see below) . . . . 

Professor Pfister
Chair, Department of English