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Ulysse Denounces Use of Term “Voodoo Economics”

Associate Professor of Anthropology Gina Athena Ulysse, writing in The Huffington Post, denounced New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s use of the term “voodoo economics” in a recent essay, calling it derogatory and outdated. She writes:

Indeed, with its direct references to the most archaic of tropes (black magic, cult, inward-looking or progress-resistant, vindictiveness) Krugman’s “Voodoo Economics, The Next Generation” shows a socially limited attachment to an outdated term. His column could not make it any clearer why the New York Times, which has been repeatedly petitioned over this terminology by concerned individuals and collectives over the years, needs to revise its style sheet. The Haitian Vodou religion is not Krugman’s voodoo.

Rosenthal, Brown on Student Activism

On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Rob Rosenthal, the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, and Lois Brown, the Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor, write in The Huffington Post about student activism today compared to the 1960s.

Though Millennials have gotten a reputation as being disengaged with the world, Rosenthal and Brown write, “Numerous events suggest that students today are not abandoning activism but using new forms of activism: replacing confrontation with dialogue, lobbying, and direct service provision and ‘organizing’ locally and globally without ever joining hands. This virtual quality of modern activism may require less commitment and seem less real, less immediate, and more situational. Some even suggest that this contemporary activism diminishes significant personal risk and thus becomes less heroic. One does not have to leave ‘home’ and put it all on the line like the Freedom Riders and Freedom Summer activists did in volatile and unpredictable places.”

In September, Wesleyan will mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer with a series of programs.

Rosenthal is also director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Brown is also professor and chair of African American Studies, director of the Center for African American Studies, professor of English, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies.

Encuentro: Get Ready to Manifest

Associate Professor of Anthropology Gina Athena Ulysse writes in The Huffington Post about Encuentro, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics’ bi-annual gathering of academics, artists, activists, students and “enthusiasts of all kinds,” being held this year in Montreal. The theme of the conference-festival this year is “Manifest: Choreographing Social Movements.”

Mark Sussman, an associate dean at the host university, Université Concordia, spoke to the multiple significances of the gathering:

 “In Canadian higher education, the creative side of academic research has been gaining ground and visibility. It is an ideal moment for a gathering of artists, scholars, and researchers who work in both traditional and experimental forms of knowledge creation to come together under the banner of Performance Studies, a field more advanced in the U.S. but achieving momentum in Canada.” 

Ukrainians’ Utopian Mindset Toward Art

Katja Kolcio, chair and associate professor of dance, associate professor of environmental studies, writes in The Huffington Post about how the arts have been critical in defining Ukrainian sovereignty over the centuries.

In Ukraine’s long history, political sovereignty has existed only for three brief time periods, while the country has spent most of its existence under control of the Mongol, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Ottoman, Austrian and German Empires.

Yet, Kolcio writes, “Despite the absence of political sovereignty, a distinctly Ukrainian sensibility was preserved in the graphic designs of folk arts, in the philosophical words of poets, and in the historical lyrics sung by kobzari, members of a guild for blind bards. For most of the 20th century, artists fueled the social consciousness and dignity of people de-individualized under Soviet regime, despite the dire consequences they faced.”

Read more here.

The Thesis Project

Thesis Project

The HuffPost College Thesis Project gives students a chance to share with a wide audience the fruit of their hard academic work.

The Huffington Post is on a mission to share excellent student research and writing with a wider audience through “The Thesis Project.” With the motto “Because your college thesis deserves more than a shelf to sit on,” the project offers students an opportunity to share the fruits of their academic labor with a wide audience. Wesleyan is one of about a dozen schools partnering with The Huffington Post on the project.

The first four Wesleyan senior theses have been published on The Huffington Post site. Matt Donahue ’14, a double major in psychology and neuroscience and behavior, writes about the struggle of psychology researchers to confirm the validity of their experimental findings, and the bogus “lie detector” device they developed to identify deceptive subjects.

For her thesis, Taylor Goodstein ’14, a biology and neuroscience and behavior double major, interviewed people affected by mental illnesses and wrote about their daily struggles in hopes of “illuminat[ing] and rectify[ing] some of the stigma that is associated with neurological disease.”

Oluwaremilekun “Remi” Ojurongbe ’14, a psychology and government double major, wrote about portrayals of immigrants in the print news media in 1996 and 2013, during the deliberation/passage of immigration legislation.

And for her thesis, theater major Emma MacLean ’14 used theater as an “experimental landscape” to explore the question “What does the disabled body look like?” She considered the portrayal of disabled characters in plays as old as Shakespeare’s Richard III and as recent as John Belluso’s The Rules of Charity (from the 2000s).

Check back as more theses are added to Wesleyan’s collection.


Before the DSM

On the heels of the release of the DSM-V, the latest edition of the “bible” of psychiatric diagnoses, Charles Barber writes in The Huffington Post to recall a time before psychiatric illness was defined by stringent lists of symptoms. He quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s descriptions of his personal experience with depression and alcoholism, and his wife Zelda’s bipolar disorder, in The Crack-Up. Fitzgerald writes that he “cracked like an old plate,” and lived in a state of emotional bankruptcy in a world of “dangerous mist” and “villainous feeling.” For doctors today, it is important to listen to their patients’ descriptions of their suffering, and not merely try to reduce the experience to neat categories.

Barber is visiting assistant professor of psychology, visiting writer.


Why Anthropology Still Matters

Gina Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology, associate professor of African American Studies, director of the Center for African American Studies, wrote on The Huffington Post about anthropologist Paul Stoller, winner of this year’s prestigious Retzius medal for scientific contributions to anthropology. Ulysse interviewed Stoller about why anthropology–which has a gotten a bad rap recently as a being of low value in the job marketplace–still matters.

Stoller responded: “I’m not sure how anthropology fits into the contemporary market economy. But I do know that if we don’t pay heed to what anthropological knowledge can teach us, it impoverishes social life and social relations, making us less able to find a measure of well-being in life, less able to be comfortable in our skins.”

The Poetry of Women’s Work

Dr. Peggy Drexler, a researcher and mother, wrote in The Huffington Post about the ongoing public debate over women balancing family and work. In honor of National Poetry Month, she presented a selection of poems on the topic, including one from Elizabeth Willis, Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing, professor of English, titled, “January.”

Conformity is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

In the lead up to two Supreme Court decisions that many expect will reduce a university’s ability to take race into account in admissions, President Michael S. Roth writes in The Huffington Post about the dangers of homogeneity and conformity. “We have learned that when conformity is rationalized it becomes a powerful enemy of democracy. It is also a powerful enemy of learning. Inquiry, especially at the highest levels, depends on challenges to convention, as American writers on education have known from Jefferson to Emerson, from du Bois to Addams, from Dewey to Ravitch. Since the late 1960s many universities steered away from cultivated homogeneity and toward creating campus communities in which people can learn from their differences while still finding their commonalities. This means working in teams with folks from different backgrounds while developing shared loyalty to the school’s mission.”

Roth: U.S. Budget Woes Furthering Income Disparity

Writing for The Huffington Post, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 sees the findings of Pew study that shows record income disparity between whites and non-whites in the U.S. being exacerbated by the ideology framing ongoing budget battles in Washington D.C.  Roth says in part that, “The defense of racial and economic privilege under the rhetoric of “taking back our country,” or of “living within our means” further undermines our political culture today as it starves future generations of cultural and economic opportunity.”

Ulysse’s Performance Project About Haiti Lauded

In two separate pieces in The Huffington Post, a performance piece titled “Because God is too Busy: Haiti, Me and The World” by Gina Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology, associate professor of African American studies, associate professor of feminist gender and sexuality studies, was recommended as a moving, evocative piece about the societal and emotional turmoil that have enveloped Haiti since the country’s dramatic inception right up to the present day.