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About the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College
The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College is a dynamic and cosmopolitan intellectual community that extends from Wellesley College to the wider Boston area and beyond.
The Newhouse was established by a generous gift from Susan and Donald Newhouse in 2004 to promote innovative, imaginative and influential research in the humanities. Its mission is to promote and enhance creative, critical thinking in the humanities and the wider arts.
The Newhouse fosters interconnection among different parts of the liberal arts institution and seeks out new ways to enable collaboration within and beyond the College. It promotes unexpected and innovative partnerships, both intellectual and practical, and generates an exciting and diverse array of programming and performances for the benefit of the community at large.
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee’s second novel, traces the arc of one family of resident Koreans of Japan, long the targets of discrimination. With an ear to the nuances of difference, Lee opens a window on a little-known minority group struggling to succeed on the far side of the Japanese economic miracle. Lee is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Her 2017 novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and selected as one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. In collaboration with the English Department, the Korean Students Association, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, The Newhouse Center for the Humanities welcomes Min Jin Lee for a reading and conversation led by Professor Yu Jin Ko on September 27th at 5:00 pm in Jewett Auditorium.
Wang Bing Film Series
Wang Bing, one of China’s foremost contemporary filmmakers, crafts his documentaries around the small stories of individuals who suffer the tragic consequences of wide-sweeping historical events. The Newhouse Center for the Humanities—in collaboration with Cinema and Media Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the East Asian Studies program—is proud to host Wang Bing on his first ever visit to the United States. Wellesley will screen a range of Wang Bing’s films, each treating a different social topic:
- Mrs. Fang - October 25th at 7:00 pm in Collins Cinema
- Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks - November 7th at 10:00 am in Collins Cinema
- Three Sisters - November 15th at 7:00 pm in Collins Cinema | Q&A with Wang Bing, hosted by Professor Mingwei Song, to follow screening
Visit Wellesley Events for more details about these and other Newhouse events as they become available.