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The Art of Inspiration

with Augusta Read Thomas


Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Grammy-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas has amassed a following among orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, vocalists, and music enthusiasts with her unique creations of vibrant, bold fantasy in sound. From where does she draw inspiration, and how does she translate what's in her head to her scores? Join Thomas on a visual, tactile, and auditory journey through her musical world as she shares her sketches, manuscripts, and methodology for composing. Bring your curiosity!



Life in the Trump Era

A Look at Gender, Culture, and Civic Engagement


Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
Cheever House, Wellesley Centers for Women

Presenters: Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., Lisette DeSouza, Ph.D., and Rebecca Leu, '19

In the days leading up to and immediately following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), surveyed a diverse group of participants to better understand how they felt about the election and its results. In this presentation, Charmaraman will be joined by her colleage Lisette DeSouza, Ph.D., a post-doctoral research fellow at WCW, and Rebecca Leu '19 to discuss the results of the research project. Specifically, they will look at civic engagement, gender, and culture. 

This program is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series, which is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site lot. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.2500 The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit wcwonline.org/calendar.



BANDALOOP: Workshop and Conversation


Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
Babson College

This interactive workshop will allow participants to experience first-hand the art and technique of BANDALOOP, acclaimed vertical dance troupe from Oakland, California. Workshop spots are open to current Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students, faculty and staff only, however all are welcome to observe the workshop and participate in the conversation with the company and other arts professionals.



Reading from a Novel by Amy Hoffman

The Off Season


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:30pm
Cheever House, Wellesley Centers for Women

Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., editor-in-chief of Women's Review of Books at the Wellesley Centers for Women will read exerpts from her novel, The Off Season:

When Nora Griffin, an artist in her midthirties, moves from Brooklyn to Provincetown, she isn't looking for trouble. Her partner, Janelle, is recovering from breast cancer treatment, and together they've decided that the quiet off-season on the tip of Cape Cod is the perfect place for Janelle to heal and Nora to paint. Then charismatic Baby Harris flirts into Nora's life in her red cowboy boots.

In the damp, windy winter, Nora contends with heartbreak, aging, and local environmental worries, while painting what she hopes will be her masterpiece. Along the way, she encounters the chain-smoking, motor scooter–driving landlady Miss Ruby; Reverend Patsy, the vegan minister of the Unitarian church; and Brunhilde, barista extraordinaire and rival for Baby's affections. As the first tourists begin to arrive in June, Nora must decide what she really wants from life.

This program is part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series at the Wellesley Centers for Women, which is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site lot. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.2500 The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit wcwonline.org/calendar.



Feeling Like a Fraud

Our Plural Psyches


Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:30pm
Cheever House, Wellesley Centers for Women

Presenter: Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.

Wellesley Centers for Women scholar Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., is widely known for her groundbreaking 1980's writings on White Privilege. Around the same time those papers were published, she began another series on feeling like a fraud. Over 30 years later, she is working on her final paper in this series in which she posits that the psyche of human beings is plural and that it makes more sense to talk about ourselves than about our self. In this, she extends Jean Baker Miller's idea of relationality inward, to the contents of the brain and to our behaviors. 

This program is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series, which is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site lot. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.2500 The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit wcwonline.org/calendar.



Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble

Fall Concert


Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Yanvalou performs traditional music and dance of Africa and the African diaspora, particularly from Haiti, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Brazil.



!hope - Works by Augusta Read Thomas

Wellesley College Chamber Singers and Parker Quartet perform


Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
Pendleton West 101 Music Salon

!hope faith! !life love! dream! !joy truth! !soul

Grammy-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas, whom The New Yorker called "a true virtuoso composer,” writes music that is nuanced, majestic, elegant, capricious, lyrical, and colorful. Wellesley College has commissioned Augusta Read Thomas to compose a piece for the Wellesley College Chamber Singers. Directed by Lisa Graham, the Chamber Singers will perform the world premiere of the newly composed piece, created in honor of Cynthia Sargent (’61). She is an ardent supporter, fan, and friend of Augusta Read Thomas, and the alumna for whom the new Pendleton West Concert Salon was named.

The six 20-30 minute concerts presented during the Celebration will also feature the Parker Quartet performing Helix Spirals for string quartet, and other works by Thomas. Helix Spirals was commissioned by Jeanne Guillemin in celebration of the Meselson-Stahl DNA replication discovery (1958), and was premiered by the Parker Quartet at Harvard University on April 10, 2015.

The Grammy Award–winning Parker Quartet is renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors. The Parker Quartet features Daniel Chong, violin; Ying Xue, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello. 



BlueJazz Strings & Combos Fall Concert


Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Join us for a lively evening as our wonderful instrumentalists and vocalists create the interplay between group and individual expression, weaving together musical influences from around the world, in the best of small ensemble jazz.



Bringing Science to Students in Ghana

SeedKit offers low-cost, hands-on science


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:30pm
Wang Campus Center Meeting Room 413 by Elevator

Presenters: Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., Caleb Bercu, '16, Isabella Narvaez '17, Mehak Sarang, '18 and Mebatsion Gebre, '18

Wellesley College students, with the help of a mentor from the Wellesley Centers for Women, developed a low-cost, self-contained, lab-in-a-box. Their product, SeedKit (Science Education Equity Development Kit), can be used to teach hands-on science experiments in low-resourced environments. The SeedKit creators believe that their hands-on approach to science education makes for a constructivist approach, allowing students to engage meaningfully with the material and take ownership of their education. They believe SeedKit helps students understand how science is a part of their everyday lives. 

Last summer, the SeedKit creators and their partners -- the Exploratory of the African Women's Advocacy Project and the Practical Education Network -- brough SeedKit to students in Ghana. During this presentation, they will offer an overview of the partnership outcomes and discuss next steps for SeedKit.

This program is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series, which is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or call 781.283.2500 The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit wcwonline.org/calendar.



The Dober Concert

Wellesley College Choral Program, Lisa Graham, Conductor, with Rutgers Glee Club, Patrick Gardner, Conductor


Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area, Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel, Houghton Chapel Foyer, Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Room, Houghton Chapel Meditation Room

The highly acclaimed Choral program at Wellesley maintains an active concert schedule on campus as well as annual national and international performance tours. Recent appearances have included the American Choral Director's Association conference in Boston, performances in California and a highly successful first visit to Seoul, South Korea.