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 W.
Pinn ’62, M.D.
Senior Scientist Emerita,
National Institutes of Health
more

 

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 | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
WELCOME CENTER
Anderson Forum, Lulu Chow Wang ’66 Campus Center
Guests are invited to stop by the Welcome Center for information.
SEPT
29
thursday | 1:30 pm
INTERSECTIONS: A FACULTY SYMPOSIUM
Diana Chapman Walsh ’66 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:
Creating New Futures
Presentations will picture or propose solutions to contemporary social, political, urban, and environmental problems, or imagine as yet unknown vistas.
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.
Reception to follow in Alumnae Ballroom.
SEPT
29
thursday | 8:00 pm
OUTDOOR COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT
Hay Outdoor Theater and Munger Meadow
Guests are invited to gather together for a community movie night. A Stray, produced by Jamila Wignot ’00, will be shown at Hay Outdoor Theater. When Harry Met Sally, written by Nora Ephron ’62, will be shown in Munger Meadow.
SEPT
30
friday | 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
WELCOME CENTER
Anderson Forum, Lulu Chow Wang ’66 Campus Center
Guests are invited to stop by the Welcome Center for information.
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 am
CONNECTIONS: AN ALUMNAE PANEL
Diana Chapman Walsh ’66 Alumnae Hall
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?
Intersectional discussions to follow.
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 am
OPEN HOUSEs across campus
There are open houses scheduled across campus:
  • Botanic Gardens
    Wellesley College’s diverse collection of plants is featured in the Alexandra Botanic Garden, the H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum, and the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses.
  • Davis Museum
    New galleries tell stories of collecting at Wellesley College, presenting the global breadth and strength of our encyclopedic holdings with renewed attention to geographic and chronological context, and highlighting beloved artworks alongside lesser-known artists, some shown for the very first time.
  • Special Collections and Book Arts Laboratory
    Fourth Floor, Clapp Library
    The resources in Clapp Library showcase the history of Wellesley College, student and faculty work in the book arts, and a rare selection of books on medicine, health, anatomy, and biology collected in honor of President Johnson.
  • The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
    Knapp Atrium, Pendleton East
    Informed and inspired by Secretary Albright’s life, the Albright Institute cultivates the habits of principled strength, gratitude, bold service, and courageous action to shape a better world. At the vanguard of curricular and pedagogical innovation, the Institute promotes global understanding, analysis, and action.
  • Wellesley Centers for Women
    Knapp Atrium, Pendleton East
    The Wellesley Centers for Women is the largest academic, women- and gender-focused, social change–oriented research-and-action institute in the United States. Wellesley Centers for Women scholars will be on hand to share research, theory, and policy insights.
SEPT
30
friday | 11:30 am
COMMUNITY LUNCH
Lulu Chow Wang ’66 Campus Center Event Lawn
Guests will be welcome at a buffet community lunch.
SEPT
30
friday | 2:00 pm
INAUGURATION CEREMONY
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 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
ALUMNAE RECEPTION
Davis Plaza
The Wellesley College Alumnae Association invites alumnae to attend a celebratory reception featuring wine and cheese, art, and great conversation with fellow alumnae.
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 | 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
WELCOME CENTER
Anderson Forum, Lulu Chow Wang ’66 Campus Center
Guests are invited to stop by the Welcome Center for information.
SEPT
30
friday | 9:00 am
OPEN HOUSEs across campus
There are open houses scheduled across campus:
  • Botanic Gardens
    Wellesley College’s diverse collection of plants is featured in the Alexandra Botanic Garden, the H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum, and the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses.
  • Davis Museum
    New galleries tell stories of collecting at Wellesley College, presenting the global breadth and strength of our encyclopedic holdings with renewed attention to geographic and chronological context, and highlighting beloved artworks alongside lesser-known artists, some shown for the very first time.
  • Special Collections and Book Arts Laboratory
    Fourth Floor, Clapp Library
    The resources in Clapp Library showcase the history of Wellesley College, student and faculty work in the book arts, and a rare selection of books on medicine, health, anatomy, and biology collected in honor of President Johnson.
  • The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
    Knapp Atrium, Pendleton East
    Informed and inspired by Secretary Albright’s life, the Albright Institute cultivates the habits of principled strength, gratitude, bold service, and courageous action to shape a better world. At the vanguard of curricular and pedagogical innovation, the Institute promotes global understanding, analysis, and action.
  • Wellesley Centers for Women
    Knapp Atrium, Pendleton East
    The Wellesley Centers for Women is the largest academic, women- and gender-focused, social change–oriented research-and-action institute in the United States. Wellesley Centers for Women scholars will be on hand to share research, theory, and policy insights.
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 ’66 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 CEREMONY
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!

 

Wellesley Live

thur, sept 29 | 1:30 pm
INTERSECTIONS: A FACULTY SYMPOSIUM
fri, sept 30 | 9:00 am
CONNECTIONS: AN ALUMNAE PANEL
fri, sept 30 | 2:00 pm
THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY

Register

Registration for the two day event is now closed. Alumnae and guests are welcome to attend the 2:00 PM formal inauguration ceremony. Guests are invited to be seated by 1:30 PM for the academic procession.
For questions, you may contact inauguration@wellesley.edu.

 

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If you have questions or concerns regarding accessibility issues, please call James Wice, Director of Disability Services at 781-283-2434 by September 22.