Join in celebrating our first year of Wesleyan Arts and Humanities News by remembering a year of accomplishments! We are immensely proud of our community members’ achievements, despite obstacles presented by the pandemic. Here is our 2020–2021 wrapped!

9 Interviews

Artist Interview with Photographer Sasha Rudensky

Wesleyan Theater Department Presents…

John Murillo, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies, is the author of the poetry collections Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher 2010, Four Way Books 2020), finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way 2020), winner of…

Luna Dragon Mac-Williams, a rising senior and an active member of Wesleyan’s artistic community, is a Series One winner in Definition Theater’s “Amplify” Festival, a program developed to uplift underrepresented theater creatives. She received first place as a playwright for her original play CORAZONES, which follows the stories of six young womxn living in the heart of Chicago. We had the opportunity to interview Luna in February to learn more about this piece and her work as a playwright. Be sure to check it out as we celebrate her great accomplishment!

Sasha Rudensky, Associate Professor of Art and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, is a photographer who was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States in the early 1990's, when the Soviet Union was falling apart. For more than a decade, Sasha has repeatedly returned to Russia…

The 2021 Spring Department Show, She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, has triumphed in the face of the pandemic. Directed by Edward Torres, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater, this play has been adapted specifically for an online audience. …

Marina Bilbija, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies affiliated faculty, has been awarded the Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the Spring of 2022. First established in 1925 with the collections of Arturo Schomburg, the Black Puerto Rican bibliophile, activist, and scholar…

Last semester, Paula Matthusen, Associate Professor of Music, served as the Edgard-Varèse Guest Professor at the Technical University of Berlin. Through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) program, Paula was able to teach two courses titled Invocations of Space and their Discontents and Noise :: Feedback :: Noise at TU-Berlin…

Last semester, Sumarsam, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, and I. M. Harjito, University Professor of Music, hosted a series of biweekly virtual concerts and demonstrations with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. Continue reading to see what this experience was like for Sumarsam, in his own words!

There was no sign when the…

This semester’s Monday Night Lecture Series, “Ephemera,” explores the role pictures, letters, sketches and even memes play in everyday life. How do these modes progress or regress with the passage of time? How can such items be disposable yet meaningful? Are memorabilia capable of achieving any sense of permanence? These…

In the past fall semester, Wesleyan students in the First Year Seminar “Holocaust Remembrance in Germany: The Third Generation” participated in a pilot exchange with the Central Council of Jews in Germany. …

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