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Wesleyan’s Annual Constitution Day Lecture


The U.S. Constitution, Puerto Rico, and the Unfinished Business of Realizing our Best Ideals


Professor José Luis Morín

Chairperson, Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Monday, September 18, 2017 — 7:00 pm

Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library
Wesleyan University, 252 Church Street, Middletown, CT  06459


Professor Jose Luis Morin

The U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, defines the political status of Puerto Rico, determining its economic, social and cultural trajectory from 1898 to the present.  This presentation examines Puerto Rico’s status under the U.S. Constitution, exposing larger, enduring, and unresolved questions about race, racialization, and colonialism.  Professor Morín posits that understanding this island nation’s current economic crisis and political conundrum is not possible without an awareness of the Congress’s plenary powers under the U.S. Constitution, which, in turn, raises fundamental issues about the capacity of the United States to live up to its highest principles of democracy and human rights.


José Luis Morín is a Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and Chairperson of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LLS) Department.  Professor Morín directs the Rossana Rosado Fellows Program, which provides unique internship opportunities to students, and he is the Associate Director of the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program and the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program, programs run in collaboration with St. John’s University School of Law and the University of Houston Law Center that endeavor to diversify the legal profession.

A faculty member at John Jay College since 1998, his areas of academic specialization include domestic and international criminal justice, international human rights law, civil rights, Latina/o studies, and Latin American studies.  He is editor of Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (2016), selected by Library Journal as one of the “Best Reference Titles of 2016,” and author of Latino/a Rights and Justice in the United States: Perspectives and Approaches (2nd edition, 2009).  He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, including “The Social Condition of Stateside Puerto Ricans: Critical Needs and Policy Implications” (CENTRO Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2012); “Latinas/os and US Prisons: Trends and Challenges” (Latino Studies, 2008); “Global and Regional Human Rights Commissions (In M. Natarajan (Ed.), Introduction to International Criminal Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2011); and “Indigenous Hawaiians under Statehood: Lessons for Puerto Rico” (CENTRO Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2000).

Professor Morín has also held numerous administrative positions within the City University of New York. He has served as the founding Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College; Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College; and founder and Interim Director of the CUNY-wide Latino Faculty Initiative.

Prior to joining John Jay College, Professor Morín was a visiting professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and taught as a Revson Fellow at the Urban Legal Studies Program at City College of New York.  He also worked for many years as a civil rights and human rights litigator and advocate with organizations, such as the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now called LatinoJustice/PRLDEF).

A recipient of many honors and awards, Professor Morín was one of ten individuals selected nationwide for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)-Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program (2005-2006) and he is recipient of the 2007 “El Award” for outstanding contribution to the Latino community, presented by the El Diario/La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States.  He is a graduate of Columbia University and New York University School of Law.

Free and open to the public.


This summer was a busy one!



After more than a year of intensive preparation with our consortium partners at Connecticut College and Trinity College, Wesleyan’s library staff implemented a new library system and discovery tool to replace the former library catalog.  OneSearch is now the primary place to search for records of library materials, both print and electronic, and to discover and access journal articles, images, databases, and all types of library publications.  Click here for more information.


The whole Wesleyan library website was updated as part of the campus-wide program to update the Wesleyan website to a responsive design that would work well on phones and tablets as well as larger computer screens.  Rather than just change the programming in the background so the site adjusted to different screen sizes, we took the opportunity to revise and reorganize the content and navigation.  If you have any comments, email reference@wesleyan.edu. 


For most of the summer the front of the library was swathed in scaffolding while workers replaced the slate roof and completed other much needed maintenance, such as repairing the masonry.

Thanks to John Wareham for photos early in the process and to Olivia Drake for sharing them!

Special Collections & Archives is full of materials no scholar has touched before.

Email sca@wesleyan.edu for an appointment.

The library staff and Friends of the Wesleyan Library congratulate Wesleyan’s 2017 graduates and especially those who have worked in the library their senior year.  Student library workers contribute greatly to  the services the library is able to provide to the whole community.

We wish you all the best as you head out into the world.  Come back to visit often!

 Book Conservation Lab
Sharifa Lookman
Matilda Ostow

Bebe LeGardeur
Timothy Levin
Kent Picou
Josh Prywes
Samara Prywes
Jason Wangsadinata
Hyunji Ward
Julia Yu

Library Office
Eric Arsenault
Darian Sanders
Matthew Shelley-Reade

Materials Processing Marking
Raven Roberson

Rowan Hyland
Haeyoon Jung
Rebecca McCord
Anne Stafchofsky
Lydia Tonkonow

Music Library
Ben Goldberg
Hyunji Ward

Lianna Culp

Samuel Curry
Sarah Essner
Amanda Farman
Sarah Fayngolz
Cheryl Hagan
Thor Lichtenstein
Ostin Pham
Eliana Zimmerman

Science Library
Maximilian Alverson
Hadley Feingold
Asad Hassanali
Tae Kyung Kim
Olivia Koh
Alice Lee
Jaya Sahihi
Moises Valencia
Geofrey Yatich
Yvette Yun

Page Nelson

Special Collections & Archives
Colin O’Keeffe
Maya Stevens

Exhibit: Posters from Kyle Schlesinger’s “A People’s Curriculum for the United States”

Now through June 16, 2017
Lobby, Olin Memorial Library

A People’s Curriculum for the United States is a public poster project written, printed, and distributed by the people and for the people. It asks us to ask ourselves and one another: what does America need to (re)learn under the Trump Administration? What’s missing from the American curriculum? Is it peace? Is it civil rights? Is it close listening? If you could teach America something, in just a word or two, what would it be?  In Schlesinger’s workshops, participants use the printing press as an agent for social change, redistributing the power of literacy and knowledge from the few to the many by setting their messages in type, printing posters, and sharing their ideas publicly, fostering a community of understanding, empathy, and equality.


Talk: “Poems, Pictures, and Prints: Cuneiform Press”

Friday, May 26, 2017 — 11:00 am-12:00 noon
Develin Room, Olin Memorial Library


Kyle Schlesinger, Director of Cuneiform Press, discusses the state of the book in our current cultural climate, while sharing his passion for producing enduring works that merge historically-informed typographic practices with the latest industry trends. From letterpress-printed chapbooks to collaborations with writers and artists such as Johanna Drucker, Bill Berkson, and Jim Dine, Cuneiform publishes poetry, artists’ books, and nonfiction with an emphasis on enriching the human­ities. Works will be on display in both the Develin Room and the Olin Lobby, including posters from Schlesinger’s recent social-movement letterpress project, A People’s Curriculum for the United States.


Poems, Pictures, and Prints_ Cuneiform Press_Poster_med

This talk is free and open to the public.  It is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.  For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

Special Collections & Archives Open House
for students, graduating seniors, alumni, family and friends

Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library
Saturday, May 27, 2017 — 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM


SC&A photo

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections & Archives to show your friends and family the impressive Davison Rare Book Room.  If you are an alum, remember your student days through the yearbooks, The ArgusHermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials, which are available here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.


Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize!  The prize recognizes students who have used library resources creatively and productively to complete fascinating projects.


  • The research project, widely conceived, could be from any undergraduate course taken in Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017 from currently enrolled Wesleyan students.
  • Honors theses were not eligible.
  • Projects were evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources as well as on the quality of writing and research.   The judges looked for evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself.

Rachel Rosenman (’17, Music and French) took first place with an essay titled “‘Mais la musique demeurera toujours’: Repurposing the French Baroque” (dir. Prof. Jane Alden).  The project’s aim was to produce modern adaptations of French Baroque viol music and to consider these new editions within important historical and theoretical contexts.


Second place went to Sara Feldman (’17, Anthropology and Dance), with a project titled “Hodu Lashem: Jewish Identities in India” (dir. Prof. Gina Athena Ulysse).  Her project was an ethnographic analysis examining peoplehood, nationalism, and identity formation through the lens of two distinct Jewish communities in India: the Bene Ephraim of Andhra Pradesh, India, and the Bene Israel of Mumbai, India.

Sara Feldman


An article about Rosenman and Feldman appeared in the Wesleyan Connection.  

A special thank you to this year’s judges: Dan Cherubin, Anthony Hatch, Kendall Hobbs, Diane Klare,  Michael Meere, and Meg Furniss Weisberg.

The winners were announced at the library’s National Library Week event on April 11, 2017.  The first place award was $500, and the second place award was $250.  If you would like to help sponsor next year’s awards, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.


Wesleyan students from the course FREN 325, “Museums, Objects and Empire,” are proud to present their exhibition “Uncovering Wesleyan’s Treasures.” This exhibition, using objects from the Archaeology and Anthropology collections and documents from Special Collections & Archives, presents the history of Wesleyan’s former museum, which occupied Judd Hall from 1871 to 1957. It also displays the students’ reflections on how to represent non-Western cultures and how to expose objects seen as “exotic” from a Western perspective.

This pop-up exhibition is open to the public on Monday, May 8th from 12 pm to 3:15 pm in the Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives,  first floor Olin Library.

Two student-led tours will be organized, one at 1:00 pm in French and one at 1:40 pm in English.  Since space is limited, you may register for a tour in advance by emailing Professor Caroline Herbelin,  cherbelin@wesleyan.edu.

This exhibition is made possible by the help of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Special Collections & Archives, and the Archaeology and Anthropology Collections.


Wesleyan treasures medium

You are invited to a pop-up exhibition, “From Amate to Artists’ Books: Crafting Community through Media in Latin America,” organized by students in Corinna Zeltsman’s HIST321 course “Media and Power in Latin America,” with help from a team of campus collaborators. It brings together materials from Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives, general library collections, the Davison Art Center, and the Anthropology Collections. It will be held on May 4, 2017 from noon to 5:00 pm in the Davison Rare Book Room, first floor Olin Library.  Students will be giving gallery talks at noon and 4:30.  Come learn more about Wesleyan’s collections of Latin America-related materials!

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Crafting Communities medium

Speaking up for the Earth:

Artists’ books on the environment

An open house exhibit at
Special Collections & Archives

Time: Friday, April 14, 2017, 3:30-5:00 pm

Location: Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives
1st floor Olin Memorial Library


View artists’ books from Wesleyan’s collection inspired by the beauty of the earth and addressing pressing environmental issues.  The showcase will include several artists’ books made by students in E&ES197 Introduction to Environmental Studies.

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