Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Davis Museum Plaza

Celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day at the Davis! Travel back in time and explore the wonders of the past. Visitors of all ages are invited to this free, family-friendly event and will explore ancient artifacts, enjoy storytelling, art making, a museum tour, treasure hunt in the galleries, and more. 


Generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

John Stauffer

Picturing Frederick Douglass

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
Collins Cinema

In his lecture, “Picturing Frederick Douglass,” John Stauffer explains how and why Frederick Douglass became the most photographed American in the nineteenth century.

John Stauffer is an author and a professor of English and American Literature Department at Harvard University who specializes in anti-slavery, the Civil War Era, social protest movements, and photography. His books earned numerous awards and named national bestsellers. Some of his publications were featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The New Republic, and The Washington Post.                                                            

Douglass believed photography could be a powerful weapon in battling slavery and racism, achieving civil rights, and protesting. Through the circulation of his portraits, he helped launch one of the great ideological wars in American history between dignified African Americans and racist stereotypes, and he became a public face of the nation in the process.      

Jeffrey Herf

From Soviet Bloc Support for Israel to the Undeclared Wars

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

"Changing Political Coordinates of Anti-Zionism in Germany: Nazism, Communism and the Far Left."

During World War II and the Holocaust, the Nazi regime waged war not only against the Jews but also against the Zionist project. It sought and found allies such as Arab leaders and militant Islamists who collaborated with the Nazi regime. Anti-Zionism was thus viewed by many as a reactionary phenomenon inseparable from the history of Nazism and anti-Semitism.

In 1967, during and after the Six Day War, antagonism to Zionism and Israel as well as support for the Arab states and Palestinian armed organizations became a major current within the West Germans’ radical left and the several terrorist organizations that emerged in the 1970s. Based on research in the now available archives of the East German, West German, US and United Nations files, it is now possible to document the last decades of the Cold War when the East German government and the West German far left were engaged in an “undeclared war” with Israel.

Jeffrey Herf, an American Historian whose expertise lies in ideas and politics of modern European history and Nazi Germany, will present results of the recent research on the changing  political coordinates of anti-Zionism and antagonism to Israel in German history after the Holocaust. In Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture, and Politics and Weimar and the Third Reich, Herf coined the term “reactionary modernism” to describe the “great enthusiasm for modern technology with a rejection of the Enlightenment and the values and institutions of liberal democracy" that characterized Nazi Germany.


Stroller Tours

Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13 (Wednesdays)
Davis Museum Lobby

Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour—a special opportunity for families open before normal hours. Designed for art lovers and their little ones (recommended for children up to 2 years old). 

Join Arthurina Fears, Manager of Museum Education Programs, for a different theme each month:

  • October 11: Special Exhibition Focus: Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic
  • November 8: Art and Legends of the Ancient World
  • December 13: African Masks and Masquerades.

Christmas Vespers

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Houghton Chapel

The Wellesley College Choral Music Program and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life present an evening of candlelight, music, readings and carols. A long-standing Wellesley tradition, Christmas Vespers heralds the arrival of the holiday season in the beautiful setting of Houghton Chapel.


For questions, please contact the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at 781-283-2685.




Educator Workshop: Art and Narrative

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Davis Museum Lobby

The Davis welcomes local K-12 educators for a workshop focused on narrative and art, utilizing resources from our permanent collection and special exhibitions. Explore how to connect the themes and works of art on view with your classroom curricula, and included will be an art and writing experiential activity, as well as a student guide-led tour of Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic.

Participation is free. Advance registration is required. Please e-mail Arthurina Fears, Manager of Museum Education and Programs, at afears@wellesley.edu.


Generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Drop-In Public Tours

Sep 23- Dec 9, Every Saturday, 2PM
Davis Museum Lobby

(No tours on October 7 or November 25)

Meet in Davis Lobby

Thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a Student Guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  For a full schedule of tours, please visit www.theDavis.org.

The Wolves

Upstage Student Production

October 19-21 (7:00 PM) and October 21- 23 (2:00 PM)
Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Upstage Theatre is an entirely student run theatre production that seeks to elevate people of color and deconstruct gender roles. Throughout the academic year, five plays are produced that reveal Upstage’s values for plays about and written by women.  


The Wolves is a timely play about a girls’ high school soccer team that illuminates with the unmistakable ping of reality the way young selves are formed when innate character clashes with external challenges.


General admission, $10 general admission, $5 for students with ID. Free for Wellesley, Olin, Babson and MIT. Faculty and students. To make a reservation, email:upstage@wellesley.edu.

Martin Luther: Protest in Print

September 19- December 17
Levine Gallery

This selection of sixteenth-century prints and books celebrates the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses Against the Sale of Indulgences to the church in Wittenberg. In voicing increasing complaint against the corruption of the Church, Martin Luther (b. 1483, Saxony) became a leading provocateur of its reform. Protest in Print explores the history and popular thought that supported these grievances, the impact of the print medium on the circulation of protest and reform materials, and the artistic response to reform ideologies. Early printed books, borrowed from the Special Collections of Wellesley College, and artworks from the Davis Museum, demonstrate the role of print in disseminating reform thought and visually reiterating the themes of the Reformation.



Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, in collaboration with Professor Simon Grote of the History Department, and presented with the generous support from The Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ‘54 Davis Museum Program Fund.


Soong May-Ling: Paintings

September 19- December 17
Friends of the Art Gallery

Soong May-ling (1898-2003) graduated from Wellesley College as a Durant Scholar in 1917 with a major in English literature and a minor in philosophy. She married Chiang Kai-shek in 1927 who eventually the Republic of China as a political and military leader from 1928 to 1975. In 1951, Madame Chiang began to paint and proved herself an adept and gifted pupil. A 1952 feature on her in Life Magazine claimed her “aptitude far greater than that of most amateur” and she gifted five paintings to Wellesley in 1958 during her third post-graduation visit.



Organized by Ningyi Xi ‘17, the 2017 Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Intern at the Davis Museum, and presented with the generous support from The Mellon Endowment for Academic Programs at the Davis.