Commencement '16 Exercises


Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:30am
Academic Quad Green, Keohane Sports Center Field House Courts 1-3, Keohane Sports Center Arena (Wood Court and Bleachers)

Lulu Chow Wang, one of the world's most influential women in investments and philanthropy, will address the members of the Wellesley College Class of 2016 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley's 138th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 27, at 10:30am. Grace Park, senior class co-president and a political science and American studies double major from Irvine, California, will deliver the student address.

For detailed information on all commencement events, please visit our commencement page.



Shakespeare Illustrated

"That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated"


February 10–June 5
Levine Gallery

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, this exhibit will explore the legacy of artistic engagement with the Bard’s plays. From the monumental project of the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery to the Weimar Republic; from Victorian America to contemporary U.S. poetry, Shakespeare’s work has repeatedly inspired artists to respond in compelling and diverse ways. Here, a selection of paintings, prints, photographs, and books will illuminate how artists such as Angelika Kauffman, Eugène Delacroix, Max Beckmann, and Rockwell Kent have engaged with the rich corpus of Shakespeare’s work. Drawn from the collections of the Davis Museum, Special Collections of the Clapp Library, and the Wellesley College Archives, Shakespeare Illustrated will also highlight Wellesley’s profound interest in Shakespeare over more than a century of time.

Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs at the Davis, in collaboration with William Cain, Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English and Ruth Rogers, Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College. The exhibition is generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art.

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

image: Eugène Delacroix, Mort d'Ophélie (Act IV. Sc. VII), from the series "Hamlet," 1843. Lithograph. The Dorothy Braude Edinburg (Class of 1942) Collection. 1972.56.54

 


Davis Museum Summer Film Series

Night at the Museum


Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Davis Museum Plaza, Collins Cafe, Collins Cinema

The Davis may be closed this summer as we reinstall our galleries, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see! Take advantage of the warm summer nights to watch our favorite movies featuring museums on the Davis Plaza. Each screening starts at dusk, but you’re welcome to join us beginning at 7:00pm for art making and to claim your spot (BYO folding chairs and blankets). Admission and popcorn are free; ice cream and beer will be for sale (cash only).

June 30: Night at the Museum (2006)

Good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), despite being perpetually down on his luck, thinks he's destined for something big. But even he could never have imagined how big, when he accepts what appears to be a menial job as a graveyard-shift security guard at a museum of natural history. During Larry's watch, extraordinary things begin to occur: Mayans, Roman Gladiators, and cowboys emerge from their diorama to wage epic battles; in his quest for fire, a Neanderthal burns down his own display; Attila the Hun pillages his neighboring exhibits, and a T-Rex reminds everyone why he's history's fiercest predator. Amidst the chaos, the only person Larry can turn to for advice is a wax figure of President Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), who helps our hero harness the bedlam, stop a nefarious plot, and save the museum.



Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet


May 26–June 26: Thu-Sat at 7:00 PM, Sat-Sun at 2:00 PM
Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Goonight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is the original work of author/playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, and will be performed by the Wellesley Repertory Theatre under the direction of Nora Hussey. The story, as explained on the writer's web site… "is an exuberant comedy and feminist revisioning of Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet. It takes us from a dusty office in Canada’s Queen’s University, into the fraught and furious worlds of two of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, and turns them upside-down. Constance Ledbelly is the beleaguered “spinster” academic, and  unlikely heroine who embarks on a quest for Shakespearean origins and, ultimately, her own identity. When she deciphers an ancient and neglected manuscript, Constance is propelled through a very modern rabbit hole and lands smack in the middle of the tragic turning points of each play in turn. Her attempts to save first Desdemona, then Juliet, from their harrowing fates, result in a wild unpredictable ride through comedy and near-tragedy, as mild-mannered Constance learns to love, sword-fight, dance Renaissance-style, and master a series of disguises… Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) a gender-bendy, big-hearted and crazily intelligent romp, where irony and anger sing in perfect harmony with innocence and poignancy."

The show will run May 26 through June 26, with 7:00 PM performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and 2:00 PM matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for seniors and students with ID. For reservations, please call 781.283.2000.



For the Next U.S. President

"Advancing the Status of Women & Girls, Families & Communities: Policy Recommendations for the Next U.S. President"


Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:30pm
Wellesley College Club

What should the next President of the United States—and her/his Administration—understand in order to further advance the status of women and girls, families and communities over the next four-plus years? Researchers and project directors from the Wellesley Centers for Women will offer insights, policy approaches, and recommendations on issues that can inform policy makers, practitioners, and the general public. During this dialogue, topics including child care, gender-based violence, race and immigration, and depression prevention will be addressed. “Recommended Reading” for the Next President, a special feature in the March/April issue of Women’s Review of Books, will also be highlighted.

This program is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include:

  • Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time 
  • Tracy R. G. Gladstone, Ph.D., Associate Director & Senior Research Scientist, WCW, and Director, The Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives
  • Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., Editor in Chief, Women's Review of Books 
  • Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director, WCW, and Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
  • Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., Senior Research Scientist, Work, Families & Children Team
  • Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Co-Director, Justice and Gender Based Violence Research Initiative 

This program is hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.



Re-writing Our Racial Narrative

Who Do You Think You Are: Moving Beyond Words to Re-write Our Racial Narrative


Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:30pm
Cheever House, Wellesley Centers for Women

Maureen Walker, Ph.D., Director of Program Development, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley Centers for Women

We are more alike than we are unalike – or so says an often quoted poem by Maya Angelou. Yet a substantial part of our cultural heritage is a racialized narrative that not only emphasizes our differences, but also rank orders them as signifiers of human worth. Such a narrative can only reproduce pervasive and chronic disconnection. “Who Do You Think You Are” is an interactive presentation that consists of two parts. First, attendees will reflect on individual and collective stories that constitute and reproduce that racial stratification. In the second half of the presentation, Walker will examine how skills such as disruptive empathy enable us to re-write our personal narratives and contribute to an enlarged cultural imagination of human possibility.

Most lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Centers' Cheever House location. The programs are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and Wellesley Centers for Women will provide tea and coffee. Many programs are recorded and audio files are posted online at www.wcwonline.org/audioarchive. The lunchtime seminar series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program line-up, call 781.283.2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org/calendar.

The Wellesley Centers for Women is a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training and action programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, WCW’s work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.



AFTLS Richard lll

AFTLS Richard lll


Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

The Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) is one of the oldest and most respected touring Shakespeare companies in the world. Coming from such prestigious venues as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, these classically trained actors are equally dedicated to presenting first-rate professional performances at American colleges and universities, and to working with students to bring Shakespeare's work to life.



AFTLS Richard lll

AFTLS Richard lll


Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

The Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) is one of the oldest and most respected touring Shakespeare companies in the world. Coming from such prestigious venues as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, these classically trained actors are equally dedicated to presenting first-rate professional performances at American colleges and universities, and to working with students to bring Shakespeare's work to life.



AFTLS Richard lll

AFTLS Richard lll


Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:00pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

The Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) is one of the oldest and most respected touring Shakespeare companies in the world. Coming from such prestigious venues as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, these classically trained actors are equally dedicated to presenting first-rate professional performances at American colleges and universities, and to working with students to bring Shakespeare's work to life.



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