Upcoming Events


Lecture by Nancy Siegel

Join us in Collins Cinema at 5:00 PM on March 12, 2020 for “Feeding the Revolution: Cookbooks, Recipes, and Women as Culinary Activists in the Early American Republic,” a lecture by Nancy Siegel, professor of art history and culinary history at Towson University.
From the late 18th through the early decades of the 19th century, recipes linking food to politics—with names such as Election Cake, Independence Cake, Democratic Tea Cakes, and Liberty Tea—became increasingly popular as a means to communicate caution or approval regarding the state of affairs in the United States. Women, in particular, became culinary activists who authored cookbooks in praise of the new and fragile nation; they provided a platform for promoting democratic ideals and engraining them in the public consciousness more powerfully than presidential addresses or ratified documents ever could.
Reception to follow.


Previous Events

Lecture given by Anthony Grafton

On April 10, 2019 a very special lecture on "Inky Fingers: Scholars and Artisans in the Renaissance Printing House" was given by Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.
Professor Grafton’s special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance.  He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2003), and is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. In 2011 he served as President of the American Historical Association.

Discussion and tour of the Davis Museum's centennial exhibit on the College Hall Fire

Spring 2014.  Jointly sponsored by the Friend of the Library and Friends of Art.

Tour of the William Munroe Special Collections

Fall 2013 at the Concord Free Public Library

Photograph portrait of Madeleine Korbel Albright

A conversation with Madeleine Korbel Albright author of Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

January 25, 2013 in Alumnae Hall followed by a book signing.  Co-sponsored by Library & Technology Services and the Friends of Wellesley College Library.

**view Prague Winter: a conversation with Madeleine Albright on Wellesley's YouTube site.**

Careers in Library & Information Science

March 30, 2012. Co-sponsored by The Friends of Wellesley College Library 
and The Center for Work and Service 

Photograph of participants in Book Arts Workshop working in Book Arts Lab

Book Arts Workshop: Exposed Sewing Hard Cover Journals

March 3, 2012.  Taught by Book Arts Program Director, Katherine McCanless Ruffin
Margaret Clapp Library, Book Arts Lab, 4th Floor

Global Flora: An Interdisciplinary Gallery Walk

November 9, 2011.  Tour Global Flora: Botanical Imagery and Exploration with Kristina Jones, Director of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, Ruth Rogers, Curator of Margaret Clapp Library Special Collections, and Elaine Mehalakes, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs at the Davis.

Book Arts Workshop: Screw Post Album

April 2, 2011. Taught by Book Arts Program Director, Katherine McCanless Ruffin in the Book Arts Lab

What is our role - Plumbers or Strategic Partners?

April 12, 2011. Presented by Ravi Ranvishanker

"The Poetry Does Not Matter"

Dan Chiasson, Poet and Assistant Professor of English
**find Dan Chiasson's talk in Wellesley's iTunes U site.**