Humanities in Action

February 12th – February 16th

Join the Gordon Career Center and Academic Affairs in a week of programming centered on the applicability of humanities beyond the university! Engage with alumni who’ve turned their degrees into careers, see how current students are applying the skills they learn to their projects, and see how humanities are actively applied in the workforce.

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Event Schedule

With tuition and fees hovering around $89K a year, students and parents are justifiably concerned about the return on investment of a Wesleyan education. But there are a lot of misconceptions around choosing “safe” or “stable” majors in light of today’s dynamic economy. Sharon Belden Castonguay, Executive Director of the Gordon Career Center, will review some of the data around career outcomes and make you more confident about making decisions that are right for you. Lunch will be served.

February 12th, 2024 @ 1:30pm
Career Advising Office Hours

GCC Career Advisors will be offering 15-minute appointments for first years and sophomores to answer questions and provide useful information and resources to inform you about careers in the humanities! Sign up anytime between 1:30-3:30pm on the Google Sheet in the event description to secure your appointment time.

February 13th, 2024 @ 12:00pm
Voices in the Field

It’s a strange moment for the humanities. Students seem to be shying away from majors in humanities because of worries about future employment. Come hear inspiring narratives from alumni who have developed fascinating careers using their humanities majors.

Due to looming inclement weather, this event has been transitioned to Zoom. See Handshake for more information.

Panelists include:

Sam Morreale ‘19:
Sam Morreale (they/them) is currently the Associate Producer at Soho Rep. With facilitation at the core of their practice, they’ve had a blossoming career as a creative producer working with many companies including Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse, The Prelude Festival, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and Theater Communications Group. In addition, Sam has developed a portfolio of consulting work in strategy planning, institutional alignment, and cultural change with arts organizations such as Center Theater Group, The New Harmony Project, Ars Nova, Boston Court Pasadena, ART/NY, New Georges, and The Acting Company. Sam nurtures their artistic practice in rehearsal rooms as a dramaturg, director, and culture shaper constantly seeking to break down dissonance between artist and institution. B.A. Wesleyan University, Theater and Science in Society.

Angela Zhang ‘19:
Angela Zhang (’19) works at TransPerfect, one of the top companies in the localization industry. During the height of the pandemic, as a Localization Project Manager, she helped big pharma companies like Johnson & Johnson receive translations of reports on vaccine side effects and hospitals translate patient medical reports. In 2022, she made a lateral career change, and now, as a Technology Solutions Project Manager, she works behind the scenes to leverage new technology to help clients receive faster deliverables while maintaining the same quality standards that the company upholds. 

At Wesleyan, she was a part of the CEAS majors committee, helping to plan and organize events for the department. She could have also been found in the dance studios at Fayerweather teaching dances for KDC, Wesleyan’s Kpop dance team. She majored in CEAS (College of East Asian Studies) with a Political-Economics concentration.

Hannah Reale ‘20:
Hannah Reale ’20 works in the local newsroom at GBH, Boston’s NPR and PBS station. She reports on families and children, and edits stories on just about everything in Massachusetts. She previously reported for The Wire China, a startup online business magazine covering U.S.-China relations.

In summers during college, Hannah reported for a hyperlocal publication, The West Side Rag, and interned for GBH. She received a summer experience grant for the summer of 2019 to work on GBH’s investigative desk, where the project she contributed to won a Regional Murrow Award for excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

At Wesleyan, she reported for the Argus and was its editor-in-chief in fall 2019, where she reported on everything from labor issues to the COVID-19 campus shutdown. She majored in English and minored in Education Studies. 

Sara McCrea ‘21:
Sara McCrea is an independent writer, audio producer, and researcher from Boulder, Colorado. She has recently produced award-winning podcasts like “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics” and “A Slight Change of Plans” as well as several original audiobooks, for Pushkin Industries, and she has worked with organizations including Audible, Center for Humane Technology, and American Public Media. She is a 2021 graduate of Wesleyan University’s College of Letters program, and she is currently a scholar in the New School of the Anthropocene and a member of the Inevitable Foundation’s Elevate Collective. She lives in Brooklyn, where she enjoys going on long walks.

February 14th, 2024 @ 11:00am
Humanities Major Showcase

MEET YOUR MAJOR MATCH! Come to this special event for first year and sophomore students interested in exploring humanities at Wes! Meet faculty, student department representatives, and campus offices including the Gordon Career Center and more! Take advantage of this special opportunity to learn about some of Wesleyan’s most interesting academic departments.

February 15th, 2024 @ 4:30pm
Student Showcase

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from a variety of humanities majors and hear about their academic and outside experiences including campus employment, internships, and extracurriculars.

Student speakers will include:

  • Rosie Hassel ‘24, Religion/English 
  • Florina Sutanto ‘24, CEAS/Economics
  • Julia Ordonez ‘23, Philosophy
  • Gissel Ramirez ’24, English
  • Andy Lisheng ‘23, COL/SISP
  • Tom Broadus ‘24, Classical/Medieval Studies

February 16th, 2024
Museum Career Trek

Register to be included in the lottery for a chance to attend the Career Trek to The New Britain Museum of American Art on Friday, February 16th from 12-3pm. Transportation and lunch will be provided. This program is limited to 25 students who will be randomly selected. Remaining students will be put on a waitlist. Lottery spots are non-transferable. Deadline to register for the lottery: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 11:59PM

Join us for an afternoon of humanities appreciation at The New Britain Museum of American Art, featuring keynote speaker Nyasha Shani Foy ’06, Wesleyan Trustee and Sotheby’s VP and Assistant General Counsel of NFTs. Hear a powerful narrative about building a fascinating career as a humanities major. Read Nyasha’s bio below:

Nyasha Shani Foy is a multi-hyphenate business & legal affairs executive, corporate transactional lawyer, creative and thought leader. She has extensive experience advising global brands, start-ups and scale-ups in the areas of intellectual property law, media, entertainment, and emerging technologies. 

Currently, Nyasha is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, NFTs at Sotheby’s. At Sotheby’s, she advises and counsels its web3 and NFT/digital art business, as well as Sotheby’s Buy Now luxury marketplace. 

Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Nyasha served in senior business and legal affairs roles at Buzzfeed, Complex Media, VICE Media Group and Broadway Video supporting brand partnerships, commercial transactions, and activations, such as ComplexLand and ComplexCon. 

In addition to her day-to-day, Nyasha serves on the Save the Music Foundation Board, on the Board of Directors for the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), on the Board of Trustees at Wesleyan University, and on the National Black Law Students Association, Northeast Region Advisory Board. She is a freelance writer and frequent speaker on topics ranging from cannabis and entertainment to diversity and social justice.

Nyasha received her B.A. in Music and French from Wesleyan University, and her J.D. from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice in California and New York. Nyasha is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.