a musical conversation with harry wu

What lessons can we learn from the writings of a doctor/activist from the Japanese colonial era in Taiwan as we seek to build a world to safeguard the health and wellness of every living being on this planet? Harry Wu and his ensemble members, Taugether, have used music to transform the literary works of Lai Ho (1894-1943), a doctor and activist widely regarded as the father of Taiwan New Literature. Harry performed several songs at Wes earlier this week, including one with associate professor of history Ying Jia Tan.

rooted solidarity: a ct food justice gathering

Rooted Solidarity: A CT Food Justice Gathering, a place for intergenerational knowledge exchange amongst community members engaged in food justice work and people who’d like to learn more! Register here!

Date: April 20th, 2024, 9:30 am – 4 pm
Location: Meriden Public Library (a 5-minute walk from the Meriden Railroad Station)

Hosted by: The Bailey College of the Environment at Wesleyan UniversityThe Conservation Law FoundationThe Foodshed Network, and The CT Food System Alliance

This event is free and open to the public.

¡Te invitamos a Solidaridad enraizada: Un encuentro por la justicia alimentaria de CT, un lugar para el intercambio intergeneracional de conocimientos entre miembros de la comunidad que trabajan en justicia alimentaria y a las personas que quieran aprender más! ¡Regístrate aquí!

Fecha: 20 de abril de 2024, 9:30 am – 4 pm
Lugar: Biblioteca Pública de Meriden (a 5 minutos a pie de la estación de tren de Meriden)

Organizado por: The Bailey College of the Environment at Wesleyan UniversityThe Conservation Law FoundationThe Foodshed Network, y The CT Food System Alliance

Este encuentro es gratuito y está abierto al público.

spring 2024: check out new envs courses from new profs!

Looking for environmental studies (ENVS) courses to take in spring 2024? Check out these NEW offerings by Christine Caruso, our NEW assistant professor of the practice in the Bailey College of the Environment (left), and Janice Nimura, our NEW Menakka and Essel Bailey ‘66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Bailey College of the Environment for 2023-24(right)! All four courses count toward elective requirements for the ENVS major and minor and ENVS234 also counts as a Core 1 elective for the ENVS major. Course info, and profiles of the professors, below!

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welcome to the bailey coe at wesleyan u!

This spring, President Michael S. Roth announced that Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment (COE) had been renamed in honor of Essel ’66 and Menakka Bailey, long-time Wesleyan supporters whose passion for the environment and the work of the COE had greatly enriched the experience of Wes students and faculty. Wesleyan hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication event to celebrate the Bailey COE, Wesleyan’s first named college, at the start of Reunion and Commencement festivities.

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think tank aims to reimagine civilization in the anthropocene

Each academic year, the COE invites a small group of Wesleyan faculty and undergrads plus a noted outside scholar to join together in a yearlong discussion on a critical environmental issue. The Think Tank features a new theme, and new fellows, each year. This year’s COE Think Tank features (from top left): Janice P. Nimura, the Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Bailey College of the Environment; Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance; Ella Doherty ‘24, a biology and environmental studies major; Debbra Goh ’24, an environmental studies and religion major with a minor in the College of East Asian Studies; Andrew Curran, William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities; and Ying Jia Tan, associate professor of history. The group will spend the academic year exploring the theme of “Reimagining Civilization in the Anthropocene.”

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kenney releases debut album

At the age of 56, Laurie Kenney has finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. “There are no two ways about it: I’m not your usual ‘new’ music artist,” says Laurie, who lives in Guilford and works as the administrative assistant in the Bailey College of the Environment. “But as far as I know, there’s no age limit on creativity!”  

Laurie wrote her first song at the age of 12 and her second at 56.  In the 44 years in between, she built a career in publishing, public relations, and education, and raised a family. Her musical journey began as a self-imposed challenge: learn to play guitar and write and record an album of original songs…or die trying. Every Apple Does Go Bad Eventually (October 6, 2023, Cynical Girl Records) is the literal fruit of that labor.  

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blackwater photo exhibit by zhang ’23 opens 4/21 @ the coe

 Longarm Octopus (larval), Macrotritopus defilippi, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, December 2019. Photo by Lily Zhang ’23.

Music and environmental studies major Lily Zhang ‘23 is the winner of the 2023 Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition here at Wesleyan. When she’s not playing the piano, Lily enjoys scuba diving and freediving and is an enthusiastic amateur blackwater photographer. The opening reception for her COE photo exhibit, A Blackwater Dive, will take place at the College of the Environment, 284 High Street, on Friday, April 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

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