Exhibition: Warhol @ Wellesley

February 24, 2015 to June 7, 2015
Location: Levine Gallery

Known for his iconic, vibrant Campbell?s soup can prints, Andy Warhol explored art as it related to a new era of commerciality. He was a leading artist of the 1960s Pop Art movement not only in printmaking but also in performance art, filmmaking, video installations, writing, and many other mediums. At times highly controversial, his work challenged the definition of art as his pieces often seemed to lack inherent meaning and often simply served aesthetic purposes.

This exhibition explores the rich holdings of artwork?some iconic and others lesser known?by Andy Warhol (1928?1987) in the collections of the Davis, which were recently greatly enhanced by generous gifts from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. An exciting and challenging array of photographs, prints, and sculpture by the leading figure of pop art will be on view.

Curated by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs/Senior Curator of Collections. Presented with generous support from Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.



Kick-Off Reception

Art and Reality: A Symposium on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in Context

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
Location: Davis Museum Lobby

The new film from award winning director, producer, writer, and artist Terrence Turner (dir. Adele's Wish, 2008) screens with the director in attendance. Q & A with Terrence Turner. Screening begins at 5:00pm in Collins Cinema.

Please join us for a festive reception in the Davis Lobbyfollowing the film screening to celebrate the kick-off of Art and Reality: A Symposium on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in Context.


Closing Reception

Art and Reality: A Symposium on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in Context

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: Dorothy Johnston Towne Gallery

Please join us for a festive reception in the Davis Lobby to celebrate the culmination of Art and Reality: A Symposium on Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in Context.


Charles Busch Reception

Charles Busch Reception

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
Location: Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Ballroom (101)

Reception following 'a conversation with Charles Busch'


First Generation Summit

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:30am
Location: Pendleton East 122 Well, Pendleton East 125 Viewing Room, Pendleton West 116, Pendleton West 117, Pendleton East 351 Seminar Room, Pendleton East 239 Amphitheater Classroom, Pendleton East 339 Case Method Room, Pendleton East 325 Economics Seminar Room, P

This summit/conference is open toFirst Generation students/faculty/administrators from several colleges and universities with First Gen initiatives in the Northeast.


A conversation with Charles Busch

Award-winning Playwright and Performer

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 4:30pm
Location: Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of the longest running plays in the history of Off-Broadway. His play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway, won the Outer Circle Critics' John L. Gassner Award for playwriting and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. For two seasons, he appeared as Nat Ginzburg on the HBO series OZ and is the author of the auto-biographical novel Whores of Lost Atlantis. He has directed two films; the Showtime short subject, Personal Assistant, and a feature, A Very Serious Person, which won an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Due to his love and knowledge of film and theatre history, he has appeared in numerous documentaries for Turner Classic Movies and has lectured and conducted master classes at many colleges and universities including NYU, Harvard, UCLA and Amherst College. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright and was given a star on the Playwrights Walk outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Lady in Question. He is a graduate of Northwestern University (charlesbusch.com). 
Free and open to the public
A reception will follow after the conversation with Charles.
For information call the Box Office @781-283-2000



Affirmative Action & the Asian Community

with Ling Chi Wang

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area, Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Room

What is the history of affirmative action policies on Asian Americans? How are these policies affecting Asian Americans today? Please join us as Ling Chi Wang answers and elaborates on these questions in his lecture. 

Ling-Chi Wang helped establish Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught its first course in 1969. He is a founder of Chinese For Affirmative Action and the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. Before his retirement in 2006, Professor Wang headed the program and the Ethnic Studies Department several times. He helped create the Ethnic Studies graduate program as well as the campus American Cultures requirement.

Professor Wang co-founded the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) in 1992, which has since been sponsoring conferences at sites around the world where Chinese diaspora communities are located. From the 1960s to the present, he led community struggles against Republic of China (Taiwan) control of Chinese American community politics. He has been at the forefront of language education rights advocacy for more than four decades, advocating for language immersion programs, inclusion of Asian languages by the Educational Testing Services and, most recently, the building of a San Francisco community college branch in San Francisco Chinatown, where Chinatown restaurant and garment workers might take ESL classes in and near the communities where they work and live. In 2011, Wang received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chinese-language Media Association, an organization of professionals on TV and radio, as well as in newspaper, magazine, and online publication.  Wang was the first and only one to receive the award, which was presented at a the banquet for 300 at the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. (source: http://aaads.berkeley.edu)

Dinner will be provided.

Support for this event provided by The Edwards Fund, Advisor to Students of Asian Descent, Mayling Soong Fund, and hte Ching Jem Lung fund. 


"The Sacred Bridge"

Boston Camerata collaboration with Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel

Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies present Muslims, Jews and Christians: In Search of Convivencia through Music including a performance by The Boston Camerata and the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.

The Sacred Bridge is an interfaith celebration that combines the music of Boston Camerata with that of The SHARQ Ensemble. This performance explores the common musical roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and the beautiful interactions among these traditions. The program features elements of Jewish liturgy, Gregorian and Koranic chant, songs and texts of Jewish minstrels, Sephardic folksong, medieval Spanish Cantigas, and Judaeo-Islamic music from the ancient Andalusian tradition.

Joel Cohen, director of Camerata Mediterranea, will talk about the extraordinary and wonderful interdependence of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish musical traditions rooted in the medieval Spanish heritage. His illustrated talk will be followed by a collaborative musical performance featuring two of the finest musical ensembles in North America: The Boston Camerata and the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.

A reception will follow the program. Free and open to the public.



On Identity and Humor

Lecture and Discussion with Sayid Kashua

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: Collins Cinema, Collins Cafe

Join Israeli-Palestinian author Sayed Kashua for a lecture, lively discussion and screening from his hit Israeli TV sitcom “Arab Labor.”
Sayed Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular, winner of the Bernstein Prize in literature for 2011. In 2004, Kashua was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, premiering this year. Sayed Kashua’s books will be available for sale and signing during the event.
Kashua also writes a satirical weekly column in Hebrew for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show  “Arab Labor” (Avoda Aravit), now in its fourth season. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds and one conflict.
Sponsored by the Barnette Miller Foundation Fund at the Department of Political Science, Department of History, Program on Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies Program, Peace and Justice Program, Department of Religion, and the Annette Finnigan Fund at the Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events


Lisa Wong

A Conversation with Mayor Lisa Wong

"Asian American Women in Politics"

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: Knapp Atrium in Pendleton East

Come meet the mayor of Fitchburg and learn more about her journey to becoming the first Asian American mayor in Massachusetts. This program is presented as part of Asian Awareness Month.

Food will be provided! 

Co-sponsored by: The Office of the Advisor to Students of Asian Descent, The Wilson Fund, Mayling Soong Fund, Ching Jem Lum fund.