Wellesley is with you. (Even if not sitting on your desk.) Happy new year!
Looking back at 2014: Wellesley experts shared insights on world events and trends in the news and in these pages.
Students in Lynne Viti's writing courses learn to write precisely and well, finding just the right word in a first-year essay, a senior’s research paper, or even a limerick.
The late Carol Ann Paul, beloved member of the neuroscience faculty at Wellesley since 1983, was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience last month.
Remember The Pushcart War? The beloved children's book by Wellesley alum Jean Merrill turned 50 in 2014.
Sophia Sokolowski '16 has recently returned to shore after her SEA Semester Program, which took her from Woods Hole, Mass., through the Straits of Gibraltar and beyond, researching marine environments.
The work of Anna Campbell Bliss ’46 is the subject of "Arc of Light," a documentary detailing her life and innovative work within the Bauhaus movement in the United States.
Wellesley's Wellness Outreach Committee offers a reading period schedule of events aimed at helping students relax and refocus. Always a favorite: a visit from therapy dogs, who will be on campus at various locations on December 11.
Jabree Ellis ’17 and Hero Ashman ’16 from Wellesley's improv group, Dead Serious, create a once-in-a-lifetime scene during the recent New England Regionals in the national College Improv Tournament.
When is a grueling six-hour mathematics exam fun? When you brave it with a study group of Wellesley students and math professor Andy Schultz.
Seniors Fiona Almeida, Amanda Hui, Allison Leow, and Nevatha Mathialagan were recently nominated by Wellesley to represent the College in the national competition for a Watson Fellowship, which funds global travel and research.
Water barriers are one of many environment-protecting measures taken as the boathouse on Lake Waban gets a much-needed renovation. The project is underway thanks to the generosity of John and Alice Butler '53.
Only 3 percent of tech startups are launched by women. One of those is Shaan Kandawalla '98, who shares her story via New York Times blog post and video, and reflects on Wellesley's influence in a Q&A with us.
Robbin Chapman's CS/Education course merges intellectual traditions of the liberal arts with design practices used outside the academy to inspire students to think in new ways about tech and learning.
Acclaimed author Zadie Smith reads from her work and talks with the audience at Wellesley on Monday as part of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities' Distinguished Writers Series.
The most powerful women's network in the world turns social. And other stories to amaze and delight you in the newest issue of Wellesley magazine. Happy reading!
Will you Instagram your Thanksgiving dinner? Depicting food is no new craze; the Davis exhibits 30+ food works from artists over the centuries, like this 19th century German oil painting. WBUR features the exhibition on-air on November 26.
The Blue were a force to reckon with this fall. Wellesley field hockey, crew, and cross-country saw historic seasons, with golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball turning in great performances and huge growth.
The rise of near round-the-clock daycare is the subject of a Pacific Standard article, and part of Wellesley expert Rosanna Hertz's studies on families and employment.
Lulu Chow Wang '66 became a pioneering woman leader in business largely out of a search for the intellectual stimulation she'd grown so used to at Wellesley.
Art lovers are invited to bring all five senses to enjoy the Consenses interactive art installation now on display in Tishman Commons, and the newly-unveiled creative center designed by Wellesley students through Theatre Studies.
Wellesley in the world: Thailand's minister of sport and tourism Kobkarn Suriyasat Wattanavrangkul ’83, Indonesia's minister of government enterprises Rini Soemarno '80, and U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen '76 have all been recently nominated to new national posts in their respective countries.
A stunning 1913 painting by Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Electric Prisms, is currently on loan from the Davis permanent collection and featured in an exhibition running in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Going places... green. Ashley Funk '16 has won a Greater Research Opportunities fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, providing an EPA internship and funds toward undergraduate study.
Advances in high-tech products may be a reason for optimism about the long-term economy, says Wellesley’s Dan Sichel.
Meet Brandeis University's new provost: Lisa Lynch '78, renowned scholar, public servant, strategic thinker, inclusive planner, Wellesley graduate.
The 2014 Pamela Daniels Fellowship was recently awarded to four senior projects exemplifying passionate engagement with a compelling intellectual subject—this year for the first time including a team project.
Celebrating a silver anniversary with its 25th Plenary, Wellesley's BLC gathers for a reunion and outreach to students with a speed networking event.
No more admiring Schneider from the outside! Come in, see its lovely interior and meet its new denizens during an open house, 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday.
Election nights always bring students to the Knapp Atrium in Pendleton East for return-watching parties. It's a hub for much interdisiplinary activity, such as the inaugural Betsy Knapp ’64 Lecture in the Social Sciences, given November 5 at 12:30 by scholar Paul Sabin (topic: The Bet).
Will today bring surprise or "I knew it!" from students in Marion Just's Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: POL1 219: Campaigns and Elections? Each student chose one of this election season's tight races to follow, analyze, and write about.
Arlevea Freeman '15 says she "bleeds Wellesley blue." She wrote about choosing Wellesley in The Root, and tells us more.
Haunted or just historic, the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Mass., is now run by a Wellesley alum, Kara McLaughlin '89.
American Jeffrey Fowle released from North Korean prison. Press turns to Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies, Professor of Political Science, and Brookings Institute Fellow Kathy Moon for analysis on recent North Korea events.
H. Kim Bottomly and Deval Patrick shake hands during the governor's visit to Wellesley this week.
Wellesley gathers for a day of panels and presentations from students and alums on their out-of-classroom learning during the 2014 Tanner Conference.
President of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association Karen E. Williamson ’69 introduces the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award and its very first recipients: Helen Kriz Marshall ’77, Charlotte Hayes ’75, Martha Reardon Bewick ’62, and Whitney Shaffer Ackerman ’03.
High points in astronomy! Wellesley's Richard French and teammates on the Radio Science Team using the NASA spacecraft Cassini to study Saturn react to results from a "flyby" of one of Saturn's moons. Many Wellesley professors and alums are out in the world making big contributions to knowledge out of this world.
In her Experts blog in the Wall Street Journal, Manisha Thakor '92 points out the financial magnitude of the gender pay gap and its broader societal context, and thanks Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for making it a hot topic this week.
Ahh... October. Shorter days mean longer nights to fill with Halloween fun.
What reduces risky behavior and early sexual activity in teens? WCW researchers study a middle school program called Get Real, and find that it--with its family involvement component--makes a real difference.
One of the longest-standing institutions at Wellesley is more vibrant than ever as it marks its 110th birthday, supplying campus with coffee, cool sandwiches, and community.
Affectionately known as “The Blue Crew,” the Wellesley College crew team was the first women’s intercollegiate crew team in the country. The Wellesley College Athletics Hall of Fame honors its first inductees this weekend in celebration of the College's extraordinary athletes.
Student greeters and all at Wellesley look forward to welcoming visitors to the College for a very full weekend as Family & Friends Weekend and Homecoming, Alumnae Leadership Council, and Discover Wellesley converge on campus October 17-19.
Wellesley students and Professor of Computer Science Ellen Hildreth attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing last week, making and hearing presentations, networking, and more. Yi Tong '15 (right) shared her resumé during the career fair part of the conference.
My inTuition, Wellesley's quick college cost estimator, will calculate your likely college cost breakdown in just three minutes. The online tool been updated this year to provide more detail on student contribution, work-study, and loan amount estimates.
Janet (McDonald) Hill '69 has been very busy since this photo was taken, but on the radio show "Women of Washington" she recalls Wellesley's impact on her career and approach to life.
Minimalist 'Much Ado' may sound like an oxymoron, but Actors From the London Stage will amaze audiences Thursday through Saturday at Wellesley with their take on Shakespeare's famous comedy.
This year's Katharine Malone Prize winners, Katherine Tran ’15, Erin Altenhof-Long ’16, and Zoe Peeler ’17, talk about their Wellesley experience and plans.
Cybersecurity gnomes are roving campus, rewarding safe users with surprise kudos and unsafe users with safety reminders this month as Wellesley champions National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Where would these bobby socks-wearing graduates go? Out into a world of social change and tumult, on which they reflect and report back in a fascinating Class of 1959 survey.
Catch up with where the Class of 2014 is now, through the 2014 senior survey and some individual perspectives.
Moves not often seen on the Academic Quad captured the attention of audience and Boston Globe reviewer alike during last week's site-specific performance, "reveal."
"Tasha" is a photo in the exhibition of work by SD Holman on view October 3-21 in Jewett Art Center, part of Wellesley's events and activities marking LGBTQ History Month.
If calculus could help you solve daily problems, rather than seem just an abstract theorem, you'd be likely to embrace it. Wellesley's Oscar Fernandez offers insight on this and an innovative approach to math instruction.
Many hues of scientific inquiry are represented by the work of Wellesley professors who have received National Science Foundation research grants this year.
It's time to brush up your Shakespeare... online! The latest WellesleyX course begins in October, exploring Shakespeare on the page and in performance.
Lee Cuba and Anne Brubaker team teach Learning by Giving, a grant-writing based course that brings students into the world of nonprofits and philanthropy...with real money at stake.
An estimated 400,000 people marched in New York City on Sunday to demand quicker political action to reduce carbon emissions. Wellesley's Hahrie Han spoke with WBUR’s Radio Boston to discuss what makes protest movements capable of real political change.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.... or win a national Scholastic Arts & Writing Award, like four members of the Class of 2018.
Ask anyone who's experienced it. A visit to campus blows the doors off all the descriptions we can send prospective students.
Avast! The "friendly pirates" of Beebe Hall take to Talk Like a Pirate Day like a, well, like a seadog to a brigantine.
On September 16, Wellesley community members were treated to an array of intellectual and artistic output from current and emeriti faculty and researchers that was stunning in its depth, breadth, and variety.
A “vehicle” of art and film? Shattered glass that glints and climbs its way to the ceiling? Both offer glimpses into New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition, opening tomorrow night during the Davis Museum’s Fall Celebration.
Sidewalk chalk and a 14-year history brought Wellesley Community members out for Day to Make a Difference 2014.
Identities of lawyer and mom can coexist! Erin Giglia '98 (left) and business partner Laurie Rowen started Montage Legal Group, recently described as a "game-changer" in Forbes.
Are kids today overprotected? Associate Professor of Sociology Markella Rutherford offered expert insight on an NPR show about parenting decisions regarding risk and safety, and how they differ from generations past.
WCVB’s Chronicle featured the campus as a Boston-area “hidden gem.” Ningyi Xi '17, Virginia White '17, and Adiba Manning '14 (pictured) were filmed tending plants and professor Kristina Jones introduced viewers to Wellesley's "living laboratory."
One of the nation's largest wilderness areas is named for Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 1912; today wilderness bills languish in Congress. Jay Turner writes in an op-ed that along with wilderness our capacity for self-governance is threatened. Hahrie Han blogs about community organizing, and Russian studies faculty explore events in that area. Wellesley faculty are not afraid to wade in.
New ideas continually enrich beloved traditions in a beautiful, welcoming place. Wellesley celebrates Flower Sunday for the 139th time.
Award-winning novelist, NYU professor, and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Zadie Smith is just one of the fascinating people who will come to campus this semester to share their art, insight, knowledge, and skills with the Wellesley community.
Artist and poet Wendy Chen '14 says her creative works (including this sculpture, part of her senior thesis) are "constantly in conversation." She has recently received the Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets.
With the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, a specimen in Wellesley's Science Center collection helps us look back, and look forward.
Among all those bounding into the first day of classes and Convocation today, these students got extra practice during a "color run" that wrapped up a week of Orientation with a purple splash. Find out what else happened on campus this summer.
Who is this bow-tied "Wendell Wellesley"? Why, he's the faux realtor showing off newly renovated academic spaces at Wellesley à la HGTV.
This summer, Kanda Faye ’15 became coordinator of the Wellesley Initiative for Sustainable Computing. Managing this innovative program to reroute retired College computers to new homes combines her interests in community institutions, her technological skills, and her commitment to making a better world.
Persis Drell '77 (pictured) has been named dean of engineering at Stanford, the first woman to hold the position. Sandra Horbach '82 takes the helm as chair of the board for Stanford Business School, another first for women.
Wellesley welcomes three new MasterCard Foundation Scholars as members of the class of 2018.
Student leaders greet incoming new students and their families as they move in to residence halls across campus today.
Leadership training has been going on apace this week, along with other preparations for student leaders—like this group in Bates Hall—to meet and guide new students who arrive on August 25.
Wellesley students starred in the video portions of the Department of Italian Studies intensive online language course; Wellesley's first.
We're already excited about the 2014 Tanner Conference, coming to Wellesley's Science Center on October 28. Mark your calendar for that, and if you're a student with an off-campus learning experience to share, apply by September 9 to be a presenter!
What are the economic implications of the sudden increase in child immigrants into the United States? Kristin Butcher '86, professor of economics at Wellesley, offers an expert viewpoint.
On São Miguel Island in the Azores, pre-med student Rachel Thommen '17 spent five weeks shadowing doctors in a medical clinic, practicing her Portuguese, and teaching English.
Have you explored Wellesley's Botanic Gardens? A recent feature in the Metrowest Daily News called the gardens "one of the best-kept horticultural secrets in the area."
Katharine Lee Bates graduated from Wellesley in 1880. She later returned to the College to teach and became chair of the English Department. Now, her namesake can be found swimming up and down the Eastern Seaboard…
Cindy Emefa Coffee ’16 spoke with the Boston Globe about her decision to go on a planned research trip to Ghana despite the deadly Ebola outbreak impacting nearby countries.
A new study co-authored by Professor Barbara Beltz revealed that blood cells in crayfish are an unexpected source of neurons. The study may have implications for treatment of diseases that are related to adult neurogenesis in humans.
Amina Swanepoel '02 runs Roots of Health, a nonprofit in the Philippines with women's empowerment at its heart. Health education, financial literacy training, and fun community events are just some of its tools. Victoria Rines '15 interned with Swanepoel this summer.
Is there poetry in computer code? Perhaps. The two arts meet in one person, TJ Jarrett '95, who explains her dual writing life to The Atlantic.
Happy anniversary to the MIT-Wellesley Ballroom Dance Team, which for 40 years has offered an opportunity to learn and compete in a new sport and join a diverse community passionate about dancing. (photo by Kojo Acquah)
Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi '80 (left) has been chosen to lead Indonesian President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's transition team, which is in place to aid in smooth transfer of power from the outgoing President.
From dorm life to new life: Wellesley renewal projects generate donations of furniture, equipment and other goods to area nonprofit organizations.
Austin at night is a familiar sight to Patrice Caldwell '15, working this summer at the Writers League of Texas where she helps coordinate the organization's many events.
The annual Composers Conference and Chamber Music Workshops at Wellesley further the potential of emerging composers and develop the talent of amateur chamber musicians—and offer free concerts to the public.
A full house in the Science Center Library enjoys the Summer Research Poster Session 2014.
New seedlings are getting ready for new students. During orientation, new students are invited to the Greenhouse to select a free houseplant of their own.
Times—and Social Security—have changed since the Social Security Act brought the program into being almost 80 years ago. Professor of Economics Courtney Coile tells USA Today how we could strengthen Social Security.
For Alexandra Day '15, a summer internship at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, blends her interests in physics and global affairs.
Aerial photography is a new tool in the excavating and mapping of ancient Elion. Associate Professor of Classical Studies Bryan Burns co-directs the study in Greece; five Wellesley women joined the dig this summer.
The summer issue of Wellesley Magazine has arrived, bringing with it prose and pictures evocative of favorite places, and Wellesley's lively spring season.
With her appointment to head up Wayne State University Law School, Wellesley alum Jocelyn Benson '99 becomes the youngest woman to lead an American law school.
Helena McMonagle '16 immerses herself in the environment and community on Vieques island through her CWS Global Engagement Internship.
Wellesley's Dick French used the Sun, Moon, and Mars to demonstrate the art of celestial navigation during his participation in the historic 38th voyage of the restored 1841 whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan.
Wellesley alumna, trustee, and 2014 commencement speaker Sue Wagner '82 has been tapped to join the leadership team of "the world's most valuable company," as the newest member of the board of directors at Apple.
Score one for sustainability and for resourcefulness! Careful stewardship of the portable wood court in the Towne Field House over the last 29 years has allowed the College to sell the panels to a youth basketball program.
Why choose Wellesley? A tweet alerted us: Knowledge-sharing site Quora posed the question, "Why would someone choose Wellesley over Harvard?" Ahilya Chawla '15 answered why a woman should.
The rapid spread of Ebola virus in new and expanded regions is of global significance, explains Wellesley Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Donna Patterson.
For her remarkable contributions to the sport, Jane Brown Grimes '62 (2nd from left) was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 12 along with Nick Bolletieri, Lindsay Davenport, John Barrett, and Chantal Vandierendonck.
Visitors have one last week to view the exhibitions that attracted the largest crowd ever at a season Grand Opening at the Davis, and the busiest season in the museum's history.
Southern Asia political scientist and Wellesley professor Christopher Candland sends observations and photos from Indonesia, where he witnessed the world's largest election for single office.
Satya Twena '05 (left) turns heads in fashion and saves a New York factory in the process. The Wall Street Journal and Today show (among others) take notice.
Assistant professors Simon Grote (history) and Sarah Wall-Randell (English) will expand their expertise through courses and programs at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School, thanks to Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships for Scholars in Critical Bibliography.
A taste of Jamaica remains in the accents of many Patwa speakers who immigrate to Boston; the extent and nature of the acquisition of Standard American English accents was the subject of senior Emily Anderson's thesis.
Happy Fourth of July weekend! As Americans celebrate, Wellesley's Katherine Grandjean shares some of the history behind the national holiday.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 steps into office this week as the new president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
For her senior thesis, media arts and sciences major Heather Petrow DS'14 created software that allows users to interact with objects in a virtual interface, like these playful animals, using haptic feedback.
Some things work best when everyone participates. We only need 773 more donors to reach our goal, so please give today, the final day of the 50% = $500,000 challenge!
Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway shared the stage with acclaimed actor Alan Alda at the latter's annual event promoting the communication of science. Conway discussed the nature of color to a sold-out audience.
Wellesley-funded scholarships and fellowships take graduates around the globe or to the city next door, supporting further learning and service opportunities.
Pam Melroy '83 was named a Woman of Distinction by the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, for her pioneering leadership in space and back on the ground, where she inspires and champions girls and women to pursue their dreams.
Which of these attorneys would jurors deem most competent? That may not have been the main question in the Hepburn-Tracy hit "Adam's Rib," but jury bias based on lawyers' age, gender, and other factors is a complex legal issue. It is also the subject of research by Wellesley's Justyna Jakubaszek '14.
Wellesley faculty and staff who participated in the eight-week Healthy You walking challenge celebrated with some awards and some laughs--and resolutions to keep on walking.
The Netherlands' University of Maastricht bestowed an honorary doctorate on Wellesley Professor of Sociology Peggy Levitt (right) earlier this year; in May, Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Spanish Marjorie Agosín received a similar honor from Case Western Reserve University.
Wellesley Blue caps a phenomenal year of sports by earning the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference all-sports award.
CBS film crews captured Jane Pauley and Hillary Clinton '69 strolling Wellesley's campus during Reunion 2014 when the journalist was on hand to interview the former Secretary of State about her Wellesley days, public life, new book, and future plans.
Should you be meeting with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, hope that the Crab pin does not make an appearance....
Kelsey Trabucco '16 shares a laugh with her father, Wellesley College Police Officer Jack Trabucco, who was recently inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in nearby Natick, Mass.
Wellesley’s Edith Stix Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies and Political Science Professor Katharine Moon addressed an audience in D.C. at an event to celebrate her appointment to Brookings' newly created chair of Korean studies.
Deans John O'Keefe and Lori Tenser share a laugh during a busy week of packing and prepping for the move into new offices in Schneider, where a major renovation has just been completed.
In a primetime special for ABC News, Diane Sawyer '67 interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 about her role in shaping American foreign policy, her possible presidential run in 2016, and more.
During Reunion 2014, Madeleine K. Albright '59, speaking volumes in Wellesley Blue athletic footwear, introduced the newly launched Athletics Hall of Fame, and its first class of inductees.
Celebrating class years, class colors, and a shared love of Wellesley, alums return to campus to celebrate reunion, marking their fifth to 75th years as alumnae.
Wellesley Summer Theatre Company interprets Noël Coward’s comedy of family theatrics, Hay Fever. The play runs through June 22 in Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre.
June brings the last month of Wellesley's fiscal year, and a challenge to alums.
Pancreatic cancer cells became a research focus for Katie Eyring '14, who synthesized and analyzed novel compounds and their effects on those cells.
At Commencement, professors Joe Joyce (economics), Kate Brogan (English), and Chris Arumainayagam (chemistry) were honored with the 2014 Anna and Samuel Pinanski Prize for excellence in teaching.
Graduates are ready! Under the tent on Severance Green they'll be celebrated with addresses from President H. Kim Bottomly, senior Katie Joh, and BlackRock founder Susan Wagner '82—and the awarding of degrees.
Following Wellesley's longstanding tradition of excellence in science, 12 Wellesley graduates have received NSF grants for graduate study and research; others were recognized by Udall and Goldwater Foundations.
Up in the spires of Galen Stone Tower, Anne (center) and Galen Stone (far right) try their hands at the carillon keyboard in the tower that Galen Stone's grandfather generously made possible.
The poetry of William Butler Yeats evolved over the decades of his distinguished career as he grappled with changing questions of life, love, and loss. English major Kelly Anne McCullagh '14 traced that evolution in her senior thesis.
Recently published titles reveal impressive scholarship and creativity in faculty work ranging from original poetry to authoritative editions of classic texts.
After "workshopping" articles together throughout the semester, several students in Jay Turner's Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing have published articles in the popular press. Students in other Calderwood seminars have also taken their work public.
As Lidwien Kapteijns, Wellesley's Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History, told Afropop Worldwide, her passion for Somali music has informed her studies of historical themes and contexts—and has yielded a rare archive of Somali love songs spanning 40 years.
Cailey Stevens ’12, Sophia Mo ’14, Christine Keung ’14, and Jennifer Lu ’12 will work with local communities through activities including research, teaching English, and civic engagement in Mexico, France, China, and Germany, respectively.
In her sophomore year, Kalina Deng ’14 became curious about the influences behind 1970s Boston public school desegregation. What started out as a single paper became a project of passion, and Deng recently presented her research at a philosophy conference at the College of the Holy Cross.
High fives all around for Carina Chen '17 and Sojung Lee '15, who will represent Wellesley at the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship beginning May 22 in Claremont, Calif. Read more for further highlights of a bright Blue season.
The New Yorker features WCW scholar and leader Peggy McIntosh, whose 1988 paper, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies,” is credited with bringing the concept and the term "white privilege" into current discourse. These first two paragraphs of her paper set the stage.
Joy Das ’14 was featured on MSNBC Online as part of its ongoing series on Women in Politics: College Edition, and incidentally shared the Women of 2014 headline space with fellow alum and woman leader she named as an inspiration, Hillary Clinton '69.
Dodgeballs recently blossomed across Severance Green, inviting students to take a break and play. The pop-up event came courtesy of Wellesley SMILES, a new student group highlighted by USA Today as an example of "random acts of kindness" movements around the country.
The Ballets Russes—and the unsung women patrons who supported and influenced the troupe and other arts in the early 20th century—are the subject of Emily Weddle's senior thesis. She wrote about her topic and the thesis writing process for the Huffington Post.
As dawn breaks on the last day of classes at Wellesley, the campus awakes to the colorful overnight ministrations of the purple class of 2014, and seniors toil over some of their very last Wellesley to-do lists.
These words from poet and Wellesley Professor of Philosophy Ifeanyi Menkiti appear on the program for the May 10 Rawls in Africa conference. John Rawls was Menkiti's mentor and the event honors Menkiti's retirement after 41 years at Wellesley.
Does adventure and freedom to take risks in childhood make for more successful adults? Wellesley College Child Study Center invites expert Joan Almon to campus May 8 to explore the topic in a public talk.
Easy to recognize, perhaps harder to know... who was Queen Elizabeth I? Students in Sarah Wall-Randell's course The Myth of Elizabeth take a close look at one of the world's most powerful women, and find surprising similarities between the 16th century and the 21st.
President H. Kim Bottomly and Alex Poon '14 take a celebratory selfie after the senior won the 119th Hooprolling at Wellesley.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney ’79 (right), former student, professor, and dean at Wellesley, will become the 22nd president of Trinity College. Chair of the search committee Cornelia Thornburgh introduced her—the number-one draft pick!—with the presentation of a Trinity athletic jersey.
Whether your interests turn to the politics of language, protein-lipid interactions, poetry, or piano, you'll find a student presentation to engage you during today's celebration of student achievement, thanks to the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study.
By timing the round-trip travel of pulsed laser light from a telescope in New Mexico to the moon, Wellesley Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat and fellow researchers can measure the Earth-Moon distance with a precision of 1 millimeter, and add to our understanding of gravity.
Jen Migliore '14 prepares to swing as Wellesley Blue heads to the 2014 NEWMAC championship.
Whitney Smith '12 shares a moment with First Lady Michelle Obama, a fellow advocate for teaching kids about healthy nutrition. Smith is a volunteer with FoodCorps in Detroit.
The Wellesley Blue crew team formed a W with their oars on Lake Waban as the campus commemorated the life of beloved alumna Kathryn W. Davis '28.
Wellesley closes the book on traditional grades for first-year students; starting Fall 2014 they'll measure their progress through the first semester with a shadow grading policy.
The 2014 Boston Marathon calls for a special show of strength, and as this Sports Illustrated photo feature on the women of Munger Hall attests, Wellesley is up to the task. Read More
Take in a few Wellesley scenes, or contribute some yourself with Wellesley's newest official social media channel, Instagram. Read More
Amalya Kearse '59, former hooprolling champion and current judge of the U.S. Court of Appeal, is one of seven alumnae (so far) to share oral histories about their experience as students of African descent at Wellesley before the founding of Ethos. Read More
The first annual Collier Medal was awarded to MIT Emergency Medical Services, including Kat Goldsmith '16, in recognition of their quiet, excellent service to the community. Read More
In the footsteps of pioneer Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1912), Wellesley students volunteered in Everglades and Biscayne National Parks as part of the Alternative Break program; another group worked at Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue. Read More
Susan L. Wagner '82, co-founder and director of BlackRock, will address the Class of 2014 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley’s 136th Commencement Exercises on May 30. Read More
With results of FAFSA submissions and schools' admission decisions reaching students across the country this season, journalists have asked Wellesley’s experts to share wisdom about important facets of the process. Read More
Acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider's week-long residency at Wellesley includes several events both in and out of the classroom, including a flash concert in the Music Department's Making Space program--an innovative series that helps us rethink space and sound on campus. Read More
Many brains were activated and some mapped on paper as Wellesley's new chapter of Science Club for Girls recently hosted a hands-on science fair for girls in grades K-8. Read More
The official March jobs report has been released. Wellesley economist Kristin Butcher helps analyze the findings on PBS Newshour. Read More
Meet Pauline and Henry, the affectionately nicknamed common ravens who have taken the rare step of nesting in a populated suburban area—Wellesley's campus. Read More
From topics like living equitably within sustainable limits to queer politics in the Middle East to contemporary art and the ghosts of Modernism, lectures at Wellesley join community members in intellectual inquiry and conversation. Read More
Victoria Budson '93 was recently recognized by CNN for her vision and work to erode gender gaps through her roles with Harvard’s Kennedy School, the State Department's Women in Public Service Project, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and the Obama administration. Read More
From the beloved Latina Cultural Show with its swirling-skirted dancers to a host of workshops, dinners, and special speakers—and with a name indicating inclusion of all genders—there’s something for everyone on campus to learn and enjoy during Latin@ Month 2014. Read More
Wellesley women have a long tradition of filling the shoes of the leaders who came before them. The coming week is Elections Week, where students vote for the campus leaders to represent them. Read More
At a parallel event to the recent U.N. Commission on the Status of Women session, Wellesley Centers for Women Executive Director Layli Maparyan and panelists Priya Nanda, Akosua Darkwah, and Haven Ley engaged in vigorous conversation about how women-and-gender research institutes can serve as key partners in development and social change initiatives worldwide. Read More
First years Anna Page, Lizamaria Arias, and Alexis Zhang surveyed young people about the future of the Republican party while attending CPAC, where Page also spoke to a New York Times reporter. Read More
As the last snow flies, we look ahead to a Summer Session course that takes students to Iceland on an intensive fieldwork course focused on cultural geology and anthropology. Read More
Swank hotels, no, but globetrotting, yes! (And living out of a suitcase, probably.) Three Wellesley seniors have won fellowships from the Watson Foundation, funding 12 months of travel to pursue dream projects. Read More
Turning the lights out on some Pentagon programs—so-called retrenchment—is not the drastic move some call it, writes Wellesley's Paul MacDonald in "Foreign Affairs." Military budget cuts are following a multiyear pattern and reflect evolving strategic aims. Read More
Smile—it's World Water Day! Of course, every day is water day for these Baikal seals (photographed by Professor Tom Hodge), and Professor Marianne Moore and colleagues find that by analyzing seal teeth found in the Siberian ice they can assess the contaminant levels of the lake over time. Read More
Ioana Petrescu ’03 was sworn in as Romania’s newest finance minister this month. At 34, she is the youngest Romanian in the cabinet. She is also the first woman to hold the position since the fall of Communism. Read More
The U.S. population is aging, and so is the workforce—what impact will this have? Wellesley economist Courtney Coile joined PRl’s 'The Takeaway' to explain. Read More
Wellesley's Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English Frank Bidart has won the NBCCA for Poetry in recognition of his latest collection, "Metaphysical Dog." The award is the one of the most distinguished American prizes offered to poets for a single publication. Read More
Wellesley’s splendid College Hall, the heart and soul of the College, was lost to fire on March 17, 1914. One hundred years later, Wellesley commemorates that pivotal event with community gatherings on campus. Read More
Until March 17, 1914, Wellesley’s splendid College Hall was the heart and soul of the College, housing students, faculty, staff, classrooms, laboratories, art, and more. Wellesley commemorates the centennial of the College Hall fire, beginning with community breakfast on Monday. Read More
The work of renowned Dutch artist Guido van der Werve comes to the Davis with the film 'Nummer veertien, home' in an exhibition that opens this week. Read More
Picture the future at the Dorothy Towne Field House. Its renovation as part of the overall campus renewal plan commences next week. Learn more and "Exercise Your Opinion" at the Field House today at 12:30 or tomorrow at 7 p.m. And watch for The Dirt, a new blog that keeps you posted on campus renewal news on campus. Read More
Wellesley students representing a variety of majors formed eight teams to compete in WHack, the college’s first 24-hour coding marathon. Read More
Political turmoil has engulfed Ukraine and brought Russian military forces into the Crimean region. Wellesley's Russian Area Studies Program hosts “Ukraine! What Next?” to offer a wider historical and cultural perspective on the events unfolding. Read More
Even diehard winter lovers in northern latitudes can appreciate a breath of spring about now. The Ferguson Greenhouses at Wellesley currently abound with the lively blooms of spring. Read More
An annual symposium at Wellesley gathers thought leaders to address the challenges in communicating the science behind complex issues to the public and policy makers. Read More
Students in Amy Banzaert's engineering courses work on practical solutions to real problems in the world, from the Charles River to Nicaragua. Here some students meet with the co-founder of GrupoFenix, an organization in Nicaragua they worked closely with over Wintersession. Read More
Asians and Asian Americans in the media is the theme of Wellesley's Asian Awareness Month events this year, including a screening of the documentary film 'Linsanity.' Read More
Much ado about Shakespeare over the weekend, as Wellesley Shakespeare Society members and friends read all the Bard's work aloud in 24 hours. Read More
It's Oscar time! Find out what several Wellesley faculty who use film in their teaching and research think about 2013's movies. Popcorn optional. Read More
Town hall-style and 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. Read More
The golden oakleaf pin given to each Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award winner will be presented on February 27 to the 2014 award recipients C. Tracy Orleans '70 and Eva Sommaripa '63, in a ceremony in Alumnae Hall. Read More
Wellesley is moving its online professional alumnae networking community to LinkedIn to strengthen the “W Network” as a career resource for Wellesley students and alumnae worldwide. Read More
Who puts the words in these players' mouths? A talented team of writers and script coordinators, including Wellesley's Kate Leonard '12. Read More
Student organizers bring TEDxWelleslseyCollege, and ideas worth spreading, to campus February 22. Read More
In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly challenges an op-ed critical of student responses to the sculpture installation at Wellesley and voices admiration for the women who spoke out. Read More
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life presents The Art & Soul of Chibuzo, a performance that debuts the creative music, dance, and theater ensemble of director, composer, and musician Akili Jamal Haynes. Tonight at 7 PM in the Jewett Auditorium. Read More
Wellesley women (like Claire Schlemme '06, right) open new fields of business for themselves with entrepreneurial ventures. Read More
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 one of the busiest times of the year. Read More
Wellesley Alumna Madeline Rose Weeks ’11 studies the intersection of ecology, agriculture, economics, and culture by looking at coffee and cocoa production (coffee plants, shown here). Weeks has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to continue her studies. Read More
Would you call that Phrynus reniformis or Phrynichus ceylonicus? In the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture on February 12, 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. Read More
The familiar red chairs of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities welcome acclaimed author Deni Béchard on February 11, to kick off the Spring 2014 Distinguished Writers Series. Read More
George Clooney may make an especially dashing "monuments man," but not all the 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. Read More
A Campus Center bulletin board is just one place the Wellesley community is sharing opinions and observations about questions like "Where does art belong?" and "What makes a safe space?" prompted by the recent installation of The Sleepwalker sculpture alongside a prominent campus walkway. Read More
More than leaning in.... As the first Olympics to allow women's ski jumping gets underway, discussions by thought leaders at Wellesley look at the impact of women’s participation in sports—on society and on individuals. Read More
"Josh" is one of many super-realistic sculptures by Tony Matelli that challenge our sense of reality and possibility. See them at the Davis, where the artist's first solo U.S. exhibition opens February 6. Read More
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Inflammatory Brain Program will welcome a Wellesley student researcher every summer, thanks to the Calliope Joy Foundation and the Class of 1989. Read More
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 (or re-cycled), 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. Read More
A Wellesley contingent returned to New Orleans for the ninth year of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina; a new service trip to New York City tackled HIV/AIDS support and education.. Read More
A Wintersession course in Crete with classical archaeologist Bryan Burns was one of many explorations—of places, things, and ideas—that Wellesley students and faculty undertook in January. Read More
Wellesley basketball was on a winning streak during Wintersession, and shared the love of hoops with kids through volunteer programs. Other varsity winter sports got back action in mid-January. Read More
Wellesley's unique and historic power plant and co-generation facility are part of the energy and sustainability picture at the College. Learn more through events and tours this week. Read More
The Three College Collaboration's 2014 Wintersession program united students of different disciplines and academic approaches to develop software that optimizes services of a local nonprofit health education and fitness provider for low-income women and children. Read More
Alexander the Great is coming...to Wellesley and the world in a new MOOC. Noted classicist Guy MacLean Rogers reflects on Alexander's legacy in anticipation of the WellesleyX massive open online course he will teach. Read More
Intern Sophie Sun '14 and director Cassandra Pattanayak consult on the work of Wellesley's new Quantitative Analysis Institute, which brings expanded statistical education and support to students and faculty. Read More
Join Madeleine Albright ’59 and Carol Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, for a wide ranging talk today on climate change. Come to Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m.-- or catch it live streamed online! Read More
In our 2014 return to the series Spotlight on Teaching, we visit ES103: Food, Agriculture, & Sustainability. The Spotlight series highlights new courses, innovative teaching, or interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Read More
Following up on a campaign focus on college affordability, President Obama put out a call to action to expand opportunities for low-income students. A White House higher-ed summit and an op-ed by President Bottomly yesterday outline some of Wellesley's commitments in response to that call. Read More
Today, an interdisciplinary group of Wellesley faculty and staff conclude an innovative three-day book studies workshop entitled “Teaching with Books and Other Textual Technologies,” which joined theoretical and hands-on approaches. Read More
Stronger Communities Stronger Schools (SCSS) pairs Wellesley student volunteers with students in Boston Public Schools. Read More
“A woman is like a teabag: You never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water,” says the proverb often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. For Charlene Wang ’03, tea itself has become a way to empower women in difficult circumstances. Her Beijing-based luxe tea business, Tranquil Tuesdays, has become a premiere provider of the world’s most popular beverage. Read More
MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have had an impact on teen birth rates—but not in the way critics of the shows originally thought they might. Read More
The Wellesley College Summer Theatre program kicked off 2014 with the January 9 opening of The Clearing at the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre. Read More
A new study by Wellesley College neuroscientists Bevil Conway, associate professor of neuroscience, and Rosa Lafer-Sousa '09, now a student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program at MIT, reveals new information about how the brain’s inferior temporal cortex processes information. Read More
Last November, Rocio Ortega ’16 became one of four teenagers to receive a 2013 TeenNick HALO award, special distinction from the television channel Nickelodeon. Read More
The 2014 Albright Institute Wintersession Program begins on January 6, 2014, and runs through January 24, 2014. Read More