Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet

May 26–June 26; 7:00 PM Thu-Sat, 2:00 PM Sat-Sun
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.

Omkara (2006)

Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
Collins Cafe, Collins Cinema

In this Indian Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Omkara, or “Omi,” is a gifted chieftain who heads a gang of outlaws, which include the crafty Langda Tyagi and the dynamic Kesu amongst his chief cohorts. When Omi appoints Kesu and not Langda as his chief lieutenant, Langda's pride is slighted and raging with envy, he hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful fiancee Dolly, in an illicit affair with Omi's favourite lieutenant, Kesu. Using petty insinuations and lies, Langda keeps poisoning Omi's mind till one day he snaps and goes amok tearing up his secure world, leading up to a horrific tragedy at the end of which Omi realizes the backlash of his actions. But is it too late? (Source: Eros International).

About Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen:

Presented to expand upon the special exhibition Shakespeare Pictured: Art and Books from Wellesley Collections, this selection of six films demonstrates the sustained and diverse engagement with Shakespeare that has inspired filmmakers around the world for nearly a century.

Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift, and co-hosted by the Cinema and Media Studies and English departments.

Skating with the Statue of Liberty

Fiction Reading by Susan Lynn Meyer

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 4:30pm
French House Main Living Room

Susan Lynn Meyer, a professor of English at Wellesley, is also the author of distinguished books for children. Meyer focuses of Victorian and American literature, and is particularly interested in the relationship between literature and history. She also enjoys writing fiction for children and has published two picture books in addition to Black Radishes. Her latest picture book, New Shoes, was recently designated a Charlotte Huck Honor Book and an NAACP Image Award Nominee. 

This reading, sponsored by the departments of French and English, marks the release of Meyer's latest novel, Skating with the Statue of Liberty, the companion to her debut novel Black Radishes, which was inspired by her father's childhood as a Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied France. Wellesley celebrated the release of Black Radishes at the French House, and among its numerous honors, the book was awarded a Sydney Taylor silver medal and named a Massachusetts Book Award finalist and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book. Skating with the Statue of Liberty picks up Gustave’s story when he arrives as a French Jewish war refugee in the United States in 1942 and negotiates a conflicted relationship to this new country.  It has saved his life and the lives of members of his family—but it is not quite the place of equality and justice that he had expected it to be.

End of Semester Gathering

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 5:00pm
Slater International House

Softball vs MIT, NEWMAC Tournament

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 12:00pm
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Reading Period & Exam Study Space

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 4:30pm
Slater International House

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.

Integrating Science & the Art of Therapy

The C.A.R.E. Program: Integrating Science into the Art of Therapy

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:30pm
Cheever House, Wellesley Centers for Women

There has been a long history of disconnection between the art of psychodynamic therapy work and the information being discovered in neuroscience research labs all around the world. This interactive lecture will introduce attendees to the C.A.R.E. Program, a novel approach to healing mind, body and relationships that integrates art and science and helps people use their brains in building stronger, more rewarding relationships and healthier lives.

Amy Banks, M.D. is the Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) and author of Four Ways to Click: Rewrite Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships. Banks was the first person to bring Relational-Cultural Theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. In addition to her work at JBMTI, she is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program, has a private practice in Lexington, and was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Most lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. 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 The lunchtime seminar series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program line-up, call 781.283.2500 or visit

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.

Change Ringing Open Tower

Guild of Carillonneurs

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 2:00pm
Galen Stone Tower

Come play the carillon in the traditional style of change ringing, which dates back to the 17th century. The guild is directed by the Margaret Angelini. This program is hosted in Galen Stone Tower, in Green Hall. 

Wellesley BlueJazz Big Band

"MILESTONES: Music of Miles, Duke, Monk, and more!"

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Wellesley BlueJazz, Wellesley College’s Big Band, presents their Spring concert. The concert will feature classic and modern interpretations of Big Band jazz, including compositions by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Wellesley BlueJazz features dynamic ensemble playing and spirited improvisations from Wellesley’s talented jazz instrumentalists and some very special guests.