Lacrosse vs TBA, NEWMAC Tournament

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 1:00pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cinema Night en Español

"Carol's Journey" (2002)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 5:30pm
Pendleton East 239 Amphitheater Classroom

Carol, a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, Carol arrives in her mother's home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocence and rebellious nature drive her at first to reject a world that is at once new and foreign. But she soon journeys into adulthood through a friendship with Maruja, the village teacher, and a young local boy, Tomiche.

Teen-Parent Sexuality Communication

We talked about sex -- No we didn't: Teen-parent match in reports of sexuality communication

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm
Wang Campus Center Meeting Room 413 by Elevator

For both teens and parents, talking about sex can be uncomfortable, but often teens and parents disagree about whether or not they have talked about sex at all. Do these disagreements point to differences in how teens experience these talks? In this presentation, Grossman and Sarwar will explore this question using qualitative data from a racially and ethnically diverse sample of 29 seventh grade students and their parents to rate teen/parent agreement about whether they have discussed sexual topics such as dating and protection methods. They will then compare how teens with low, medium, and high agreement with their parents perceive these conversations. This comparison will focus on teens’ comfort in talking with their parents about sex, their opinions about their parents’ rules and guidelines for dating and sex, and their understanding of their parents’ perspectives on sexual issues.

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D. is a research scientist at WCW focusing on adolescent development as it relates to sexual health and risk-taking, with an emphasis on family communication about sex and relationships as well as racial and ethnic identity. She was the lead author for a recently published study on Get Real, Planned Parenthood’s comprehensive middle school sex education program, which was found to be effective in delaying sex for boys and girls. Grossman is currently the principal investigator on two grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that investigate how teens and their families talk about sex and relationships. Prioty Sarwar, class of 2016, is a student research intern at WCW working for Dr. Grossman.

Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminars offer colleagues, students, and the community to learn about work related to the Centers' scholars and partners. Lunchtime seminars are free and open to the community. Bring your lunch; we'll provide tea and coffee.


Omkara (2006)

Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
Collins Cafe, Collins Cinema

In this Indian Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Omkara, or “Omi,” is a gifted chieftain who heads a gang of outlaws, which include the crafty Langda Tyagi and the dynamic Kesu amongst his chief cohorts. When Omi appoints Kesu and not Langda as his chief lieutenant, Langda's pride is slighted and raging with envy, he hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful fiancee Dolly, in an illicit affair with Omi's favourite lieutenant, Kesu. Using petty insinuations and lies, Langda keeps poisoning Omi's mind till one day he snaps and goes amok tearing up his secure world, leading up to a horrific tragedy at the end of which Omi realizes the backlash of his actions. But is it too late? (Source: Eros International).

About Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen:

Presented to expand upon the special exhibition Shakespeare Pictured: Art and Books from Wellesley Collections, this selection of six films demonstrates the sustained and diverse engagement with Shakespeare that has inspired filmmakers around the world for nearly a century.

Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift, and co-hosted by the Cinema and Media Studies and English departments.

Conceiving Ada (1997)

Cinephile Sundays: Exquisite Combinations

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 5:00pm
Collins Cafe, Collins Cinema

In the final film of the “Exquisite Combinations” series, Cinema and Media Studies presents Conceiving Ada, by Lynn Hershman Leeson. The inclusion of a work by a feminist filmmaker whose characters include a groundbreaking woman in history is a fitting component in a series dedicated to author Mary Shelley. 

In the film, protagonist Emmy Coer is a computer scientist obsessed with Countess Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who wrote the first computer algorithm. Lovelace’s algorithm was a vital component of Charles Babbage's proto-computing machine, the famous Analytical Engine.

Eventually, Emmy finds a way of communicating with people from the past by way of "undying information waves". She thus gets in touch with Ada and discovers the extent to which the latter’s ideas were relegated to a footnote in history, with all the credit for her breakthrough algorithm being given to Babbage—a classic instance of discrimination against women in technology, science and mathematics in her time. Directed by the famous video artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, Conceiving Ada is a multilayered experiment about two women who connect through cyberspace across the divide of time and discover remarkable parallels between their lives.

Edward Guthmann of the San Francisco Chronicle called it a "film without category or precedent. A meditation on memory, feminism, immortality and the horizons of virtual reality, it's got enough ideas and intellectual fodder for a dozen films—which is its virtue and its defect at the same time. Directed by local video artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, Conceiving Ada is a fanciful, multilayered experiment about two women who connect through cyberspace across the divide of time and discover some remarkable parallels between their lives.”

Play the Curator

The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer

March 11, April 8, May 6 | 12:30 PM
Davis Museum Lobby

On three Play the Curator dates, The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer curator Michael Maizels will lead a short gallery talk on Rohrer’s work, focusing on one of the game at each event. A lecture will be followed by an opportunity to play the curator, as well as other attendees, in selected games.

Play the Curator series featured games:

March 11 Cordial Minuet

April 8  Diamond Trust of London

May 6  Between

All events will be held at 12:30 PM at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. 

The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer

February 10–June 26
Chandler Gallery, Gerald and Marjorie Schechter Bronfman Gallery

This spring, the Davis Museum proudly presents The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer, the first museum retrospective dedicated to the work of a single video game maker. Rohrer's work is deft, engaging, and often surprisingly moving. It refers to a diverse set of cultural influences ranging from Borgesian fiction to Black Magic; at the same time, it also engages pressing emotional, intellectual, philosophical, and social issues. Rohrer's substantial recognition, which has included feature coverage in Wired, Esquire and The Wall Street Journal as well as inclusion in MOMA's initial videogame acquisition, has been built on a singularly fascinating body of games. These range from the elegantly simple—such as Gravitation (2008), a game about flights of creative mania and melancholy—to others of almost Byzantine complexity.  The exhibition will feature four large build-outs that translate Rohrer’s games into unique spatial experiences, alongside a section dedicated to exploring the artist’s larger oeuvre.

Curated by Michael Maizels, Mellon New Media Art Curator/Lecturer at the Davis, with an exhibition catalogue featuring contributions from University of Chicago game studies scholar  Patrick Jagoda, distributed by MIT Press. The exhibition, catalogue, and related programs are generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funds provided by Wellesley College Friends of Art.

Image: Jason Rohrer, The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer exhibition catalog, distributed by MIT Press. (2011)

Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm

Traveling Shakespeare: Plays in Motion

Stephen Jay Greenblatt Lecture

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Collins Cinema

The Shakespeare on the Global Stage festival celebrates the global reach of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. The Festival will feature talks by eminent scholars from around the world that will highlight the on-going and volatile evolution of Shakespeare from the original Globe stage to the global stage, and a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Yohangza, an internationally acclaimed theatre troupe from Seoul, South Korea. The festival will begin on April 23 at 4:15 PM with the Keynote Lecture, followed by the Yohanza performance at 7:00 PM and will continue a few days later with Stephen Greenblatt's lecture on April 27 at 7:00 PM. Please see the related links for more information about each event. 

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of twelve books, including The Swerve: How the World Became Modern; Shakespeare's Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning. He is General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and of The Norton Shakespeare, has edited seven collections of criticism, and is a founding editor of the journal Representations. 

His honors include the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 National Book Award for The Swerve, MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize (twice), Harvard University’s Cabot Fellowship, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, the Erasmus Institute Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Among his named lecture series are the Adorno Lectures in Frankfurt, the University Lectures at Princeton, and the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford, and he has held visiting professorships at universities in Beijing, Kyoto, London, Paris, Florence, Torino, Trieste, and Bologna, as well as the Renaissance residency at the American Academy in Rome. He was president of the Modern Language Association of America and is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Letters, and the American Philosophical Society.

This event is free and open to the public without tickets or reservations.

Shakespeare on the Global Stage: A Festival of Performance and Scholarship is presented by the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by Medieval-Renaissance Studies (Moffet Fund), The Committee for Lectures and Cultural Events (Baum Fund and Treves Fund), The English Department, The Office of the Provost, The Korea Foundation, Wellesley College Theatre and Wellesley Repertory Theatre, East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asian Studies, The Mayling Soong Foundation, The Partnership for Diversity and Inclusion, Korean Student Association, Asian Student Union, and Shakespeare Society. 

Curatorial Gallery Talk: Gendered Value

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
Davis Museum Lobby

At each of two curatorial gallery talks for Gendered Value: Curator's Choice, four Davis curators will present their personal selections for the exhibition and discuss their process for interpreting the highly-contested phrase, “gendered value,” as well as its implications for our understanding of art history.

photo: Circle of Annibale Carracci, Christ and the Woman of Samaria, ca. 1620-30.  Oil on canvas, 13 1/4 in. x 20 in. (33.7 cm x 50.8 cm). Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur K. Solomon. 1953.21.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 4:00pm
Houghton Chapel Main Entry Steps, Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel

Show your class colors! Stepsinging evolved from informal social gatherings at the college center. With the dedication of  Houghton Memorial Chapel in 1899, students began to assemble on the chapel steps, and a new tradition was born. Today, there are two Stepsinging events each academic year, and one held during Reunion. In fall, it is held in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Hay Outdoor Amphitheater after Convocation. On the last day of classes in the spring, students gather on the Chapel steps, with a champagne toast to Seniors. The Alumnae Association provides traditional songbooks and students assemble by classes to try to out-sing and out-cheer the other classes. 

Stepsinging will be held at the Houghton Memorial Chapel steps on the last day of classes. In case of inclement weather, this event will be held inside the Chapel.