8 September 2014


To: Faculty and Staff

From: Margaret Carroll, Chair, and Corinne Frazer, Program Director of the Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events

Re:  Fall 2014 events and the 2015 Wilson Lecture

I am writing to you as chair of CLCE to invite your submissions to the CLCE for Lectures and Cultural Events in the academic year 2014-15.   Please refer to the CLCE Website for more information at www.wellesley.edu/clce

The 2014-15 Wilson Lecture will be given this year by the author, Michael Ondaatje on May 1, 2015. We urge you to think already about nominations you might wish to make for the Wilson Lecturer in 2015-16. Internationally significant academic and public intellectual figures book their calendars more than a year in advance. To bring an important speaker to campus in 2015-16, we should issue the invitation as soon as possible.  The President invites the Lecturer to campus, but by custom and long practice, the nominations come to CLCE from faculty members.  The faculty member who nominates the Lecturer is expected to facilitate that person’s campus visit. The Wilson Lecture is our most prestigious annual intellectual event. Please help us insure that it achieves its purpose by sending us your nominations at your earliest convenience.   Please use the General Funding Application as a guideline for your submission and clearly state the application is for the “Wilson Lecture”.

We have general funds available for guest lecturers with honorarium fees up to $1,000, and, in exceptional cases, higher than that.  We also have funding available for "Major Events" with budgets in excess of $5000. We urge you to take advantage of these opportunities and to submit your applications as early as possible as the funding is limited.

When reviewing applications, the Committee tries to apportion funds for student-organized and faculty-organized events in the same proportion as in 2013-14.  When you submit your requests, please bear in mind that even for annual events that have been traditionally generously funded by CLCE, the grants this year will need to be lower than in years past due to the increase in programming and the fluctuating income the funds generate year to year, so we ask that you prepare your budget-requests with those limitations in mind.

CLCE is happy to announce that in our last spring meeting we granted funds to ensure a vibrant cultural offering this fall—including concerts, Cinephile Sundays, performances in October of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing by Actors from the London Stage, and a public lecture by the British writer, Zadie Smith on December 1.  Many of these events are described in the "Arts and Culture at Wellesley" Calendar for fall, 2014.

We are also funding two lunchtime "Wellesley Wednesdays" each semester.  The fall semester Wellesley Wednesdays have been booked and are listed on the website, but we are actively seeking proposals for Wellesley Wednesdays in the spring.  

The grant amounts available during the 2014-2015 academic year are $1000 for each department/program available May 1 – 29, 2015, and individual classroom grants of  $500 for each faculty member.   Please review the guidelines on the CLCE website to ensure all paperwork is correct before submitting requests.

The deadlines for submitting General Funding Applications to the CLCE are:

2014/15 Deadlines for the General Funding Application

Application Deadlines

For Events Scheduled

Thursday, September 25, 2014

October 2, and Beyond

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 13, and Beyond

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 18, and Beyond

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February 12, and Beyond

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 19, and Beyond

Fall 2015 Applications

Thursday, April 23, 2014


Academic Year - Fall 2015 and Beyond


We look forward to accepting your submissions and contributing as best we can to supporting diverse and stimulating cultural events at Wellesley.

Thank you on behalf of the entire committee.

Margaret Carroll, Chair

Corinne Frazer, Program Director