Scene from Monument Men with George Clooney character showing slide of art

The "Monuments Men" of Wellesley College

February 10, 2014

George Clooney may make an especially dashing "monuments man," but not all these experts who risked their lives to locate and save precious art in Europe during WWII were men. Myrtilla Avery, class of 1891 and art professor at Wellesley, was among the women doing this heroic work.


Tony Matelli's lifelike sculpture of a supine man appears to float a foot above ground

Spring 2014 Exhibitions Open at the Davis

February 5, 2014

New Gravity, the first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum by sculptor Tony Matelli, challenges perceptions of reality, while Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis enchants visitors with a look into a different time. Both exhibitions open this week at the Davis.


First U.S. Museum Solo Exhibition of Sculptor Tony Matelli Opens February 6 at the Davis

February 5, 2014

With deft manipulations of matter and gravity come profound reorientations in perspective and ways of seeing. Tony Matelli: New Gravity, the artist’s first solo exhibition at a U.S museum, is on display at the Davis Museum February 6 through July 20, 2014.


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Alumna's Foundation and Classmates Fund New Research Opportunity

February 4, 2014

Wellesley students now have a unique chance to get hands-on medical research experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, backed by the Calliope Joy Foundation in partnership with the Class of 1989.


Akili Jamal Haynes looking up toward camera

The Art and Soul of Chibuzo Comes to Wellesley

February 19, 2014

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life presents The Art & Soul of Chibuzo, a performance featuring the creative music, dance, and theater ensemble of director, composer, and musician Akili Jamal Haynes. Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.


Mother Juice food truck

Wellesley Alumnae Take to the Start-Up Road

February 18, 2014

Wellesley women are breaking new ground through building their own businesses. We talked to a handful of alumnae entrepreneurs and asked them about their journeys and the advice they’d offer other women seeking to follow their start-up model.


TEDxWellesleyCollege promo poster

Wellesley Hosts First TEDxWellesleyCollege

February 21, 2014

A full-day event of speakers and discussion takes place at Wellesley College and online on February 22, 2014, thanks to TEDxWellesleyCollege. The conference follows the model of TED, the acclaimed forum for inspiring ideas, shared through story telling and engaging narratives.


Kate Leonard wearing House of Cards jacket

Young Alum Finds Role on Script Team for House of Cards

February 24, 2014

The W Network was instrumental in putting Kate Leonard '12 on the path toward her current Netflix position, in the thick of the game-changing media series House of Cards.


Pashington Obeng, Eve Zimmerman, Anjali Prabhu, Winnie Wood, Nick Knouf, and Mingwei Song seated in Collins cinema holding popcorn

A Look at Oscar Contenders and Other Films with Wellesley Faculty

February 28, 2014

Professors from many disciplines study and teach film in the course of their work at Wellesley. Here faculty from cinema and media studies, Africana studies, East Asian languages and cultures, French, and the writing program weigh in on films they thought worthy of notice in the last year.


Professor Emily Buchholtz

2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: A Bush Not a Tree

February 12, 2014

In this year's Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences Emily Buchholtz tackles the question of how we name and visualize life’s diversity today.


Shahid Minar replica

International Mother Language Day 2014

February 21, 2014

The Wellesley Bangladeshi Student Association has built a replica of the Shahid Minar, a monument in Bangladesh, where this UN-recognized holiday originated, to encourage community interaction in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center all day on February 21.


Cinema and Media Studies Professor Quoted in Esquire Magazine

February 27, 2014

Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Nicholas Knouf explains to Esquire how The Truman Show prefigured Her and a culture of digital spying.


Albright and Browner Conversation at Wellesley College on featured on The Daily Kos

February 27, 2014

In January, Madeleine Korbel Albright '59, former EPA administrator Carol Browner, and moderator Peter Thomson of PRI’s The World, discussed "The Politics of Climate Change." Political Blog, The Daily Kos, wrote about the conversation.


side by side headshots of Eva Sommaripa and Tracy Orleans

Two Alums to Be Honored at 2014 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony

February 26, 2014

The Alumnae Achievement Award is the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields. The 2014 award will be presented to Eva Sommaripa ’63 and C. Tracy Orleans ’70 in a public ceremony on February 27, 2014.


gathering of Wellesley staff, students, and faculty in Academic Council Room

Wellesley Explores New Channels for Internal Communications

February 27, 2014

Town hall-style meetings, other in-person group meetings, official announcements, and a question-and-answer blog all aim to facilitate communication of important College decisions and developments on campus.


Wellesley Alumnae Network logo with LinkedIn logo and symbols of connection in background

Wellesley Launches Revamped ‘W Network’ on LinkedIn

February 25, 2014

Wellesley introduces the next generation of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association’s LinkedIn group, now renamed the Wellesley Alumnae Network.


President Bottomly listens as student speaks animatedly

Wall Street Journal Publishes Letter from President Bottomly

February 20, 2014

In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly challenged an op-ed about the response to the Sleepwalker sculpture installation at Wellesley and voiced admiration for Wellesley students who spoke out.


Photo by Joanne Rathe, Boston Globe

Neuroscience Professor discusses “Art and the Brain” with BBC Radio 4

February 19, 2014

"Beauty and the brain," Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway discussed his research and artwork with BBC Radio 4 on January 22, in a feature exploring the role of neuroscience in art appreciation.


flowers in the mailroom

A Valentine to Wellesley's Mail Services

February 14, 2014

For many people, Valentine’s Day is the time to exchange flowers and cards with loved ones; for those in mail services at Wellesley, it is also one of the busiest times of the year.


coffee seedlings growing in containers

Wellesley Alum Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

February 13, 2014

Madeline Rose Weeks ’11, who has studied the intersection of ecology, agriculture, economics, and culture with a focus on coffee and cocoa production, has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, covering the full cost of a graduate degree at University of Cambridge, U.K.


Spring 2014 Distinguished Writers Series Opens

February 11, 2014

The intimate setting of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities is an ideal venue for the reading and Q&A format of its Distinguished Writers Series, which welcomes acclaimed author Deni Béchard on February 11.


blurred by motion, students gather round bulletin board of hand-written opinions

Art Installation at Wellesley Inspires Thoughtful Dialogue

February 7, 2014

One sculpture in the outdoor portion of the Tony Matelli: New Gravity exhibition at the Davis has become the focus of intense conversation in person, on paper, and online—on campus and beyond.


ski jumper Jessica Jerome airborne

Olympic Connections at Wellesley

February 6, 2014

With National Women and Girls in Sports Day and the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia this week, we look at recent discussions by thought leaders at Wellesley on the impact of women’s participation in sports—on society and on individuals. (Plus: faculty Olympians!)


Press Release: Wellesley College Presents The Art & Soul of Chibuzo

February 4, 2014

The Art & Soul of Chibuzo, a multimedia dance, music, spoken word and theater performance celebrates Black History Month and seeks to answer the question: “Where Does the Soul Begin?” Presented February 19, 7:00 PM in Wellesley College’s Jewett Auditorium.


vintage photo: 1974 Black Studies classroom with 12 students and 1 professor

Black History Month at Wellesley

February 3, 2014

This 1974 photo of a black studies class at Wellesley predates the national designation of February as Black History Month by two years. Styles have changed, but the honorary month and Wellesley's academic pursuits in the field are going strong. A fascinating slate of on-campus events marks Black History Month 2014.