A New Chapter in Wellesley’s History Begins

 

Paula A. Johnson will be the 14th president of Wellesley

Paula Johnson is a highly respected and passionate leader, deeply committed to women and to sustainably improving their lives. She is recognized internationally as an innovator, who has brought her broad range of experience as a researcher, educator, and expert in health care, public health, and health policy to bear in the effort to transform the well-being of women. With a remarkable track record of accomplishments—she founded the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—she has led in the field of women’s health, taking an interdisciplinary approach to biology to integrate insights from sociology, economics, and many other fields.
 
Paula Johnson was the Grace A. Young Family Professor of Medicine in the Field of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School, as well as professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research, her vision, and her interdisciplinary approach to leading at the intersection of health care, education, and public health has placed her into key leadership roles in organizations around the world. Learn more about President Johnson.

 

Speakers offering greetings

Elizabeth
Warren
U.S. Senator for
Massachusetts

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DREW GILPIN
FAUST
President of
Harvard University

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KATHLEEN
MCCARTNEY
President of
Smith College

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Vivian
Pinn ’62
Director, Office of Research on
Women’s Health, NIH

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

We come together to celebrate connections

We believe that it is when we connect that we come to new insights, create new knowledge—and generate new opportunities. Wellesley will celebrate both the rich diversity of our vibrant community and the multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning that is a hallmark of our exceptional educational experience. We invite you to be part of the celebration.

Inauguration schedule

SEPT
29
thursday | 1:30 pm
INTERSECTIONS: A FACULTY SYMPOSIUM
Alumnae Hall
Wellesley faculty will share scholarly, creative, and investigative work to celebrate the ways in which the liberal arts encourage the sparking of ideas across disciplines and generate action in the larger world. The Symposium will be composed of two panels:
Panel:
Feminisms across Time and Space
Presentations will analyze feminism in its historical and contemporary dimensions and manifestations, in different cultural, national, and institutional contexts.
Panel:
Creating New Futures
Presentations will picture or propose solutions to contemporary social, political, urban, and environmental problems, or imagine as yet unknown vistas.
Reception to follow in Alumnae Ballroom.
SEPT
29
thursday | 7:00 pm
OUTDOOR COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT
Davis Museum Plaza and Hay Outdoor Theater
Guests are invited to gather together under the stars to attend an outdoor movie night.
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 am
CONNECTIONS: AN ALUMNAE PANEL
Houghton Chapel
A moderated panel featuring Wellesley women will present a range of their lived experiences of feminism: What is each alumna’s perspective on feminism? How does she define feminism? Would she call herself a feminist? What are the challenges that feminists (and all women) still face? Where are the opportunities to be found?
Alumnae and student roundtables to follow.
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 am
OPEN HOUSEs across campus
There are open houses scheduled across campus:
SEPT
30
friday | 11:30 am
COMMUNITY LUNCH
Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center Event Lawn
Guests will be welcome at a buffet community lunch.
SEPT
30
friday | 2:00 pm
INAUGURATION
Severance Green Tent
The inauguration ceremony initiates an exciting new chapter in Wellesley’s history, advancing the College toward the promise of its future.
Reception to follow in Clapp Library.
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 pm
SOIRÉE: A DANCE PARTY!
Severance Green Tent
Guests are invited to celebrate together at a dance party with a professional DJ!
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 am
OPEN HOUSEs across campus
There are open houses scheduled across campus:
SEPT
30
friday | 10:30 am
COFFEE at the president's house
Delegates are invited to attend a coffee reception at the President’s House.
SEPT
30
friday | 11:30 am
COMMUNITY LUNCH
Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center Event Lawn
Guests will be welcome at a buffet community lunch.
SEPT
30
friday | 1:00 pm
Robing & Procession
Knapp Atrium in Pendleton East
Delegates are requested to provide their own academic regalia for the procession.
SEPT
30
friday | 2:00 pm
INAUGURATION
Severance Green Tent
The inauguration ceremony initiates an exciting new chapter in Wellesley’s history, advancing the College toward the promise of its future.
Reception to follow in Clapp Library.
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 pm
SOIRÉE: A DANCE PARTY!
Severance Green Tent
Guests are invited to celebrate together at a dance party with a professional DJ!

 

Register

by September 9, 2016
For questions, you may contact inauguration@wellesley.edu.

 

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