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Welcome to the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities

Founded in 2004 with a generous gift from Wellesley alumna Suzy Newhouse ’55, the Suzy Newhouse Center supports the work of Wellesley’s humanities faculty and students in fellowships, symposia, projects, special classes, public humanities projects, events and collaborations with our consortium members (NEHC). We run a fellows’ residency program, a summer program for Wellesley faculty, and we host the Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Professor each year, as well as hold the annual Betsy Turner Jordan ’59 lecture. Our policies and selection process are collaborative, the result of a generous donation of time from members of our Advisory Board.


Our mission is to build a vibrant and inclusive humanities research and programming hub at the College through the fellows’ program, through teaching initiatives, and in innovative programming that expands from the classroom out into the community. We support Wellesley faculty in all phases of their careers, providing a space to think and write in the middle of demanding professional lives, and we advocate passionately for the ways that the humanistic disciplines enrich human life, open human minds, and contribute to a more nuanced and empathic understanding of global issues.

Director’s Letter

The Suzy Newhouse Center practices inclusion in the broadest sense, in its areas of inquiry and in its opportunities for faculty and students. We might tackle a question through a single discipline: for example, how is the logic of misogyny constructed? Or we might work more broadly, asking what is the role of the particular space, the distinctive language, the untranslatable text in an increasingly transnational world? We want to hear about the issues that fascinate and frustrate you, the pressing questions, your next big project.

The Suzy Newhouse Center is open to faculty and students who wish to pursue a subject in depth, work across disciplines, or find additional support for classroom activities. We also invite faculty from other divisions and centers on campus to collaborate with us. With the creation of summer fellowships for our faculty in 2019, we continue to highlight the groundbreaking work being done in the humanities on this campus. We also work on sustained involvement with students, through the Mellon Mays undergraduate program, which is now housed within the Center, and by sending Newhouse fellows into related departments and classrooms. Our goal is to have the Newhouse serve as a “commons” where faculty, students, and staff enter freely, congregate, exchange ideas, and grow. 

In my time as director, we’ve taken up an issue that remains of pressing interest to our community: the subject of borders and the people who migrate across or who are detained within them. Faculty with an interest in representations of the geopolitical, linguistic, and constructed borders that crisscross the globe are encouraged to contact me. With the Newhouse well into its second decade, we look forward to further engaging with Wellesley faculty and the students who make Wellesley College an exciting place to be. Our doors are open.

Eve Zimmerman
Director, the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities
Professor of Japanese

About Suzy

Wellesley nurtures. I had a sheltered early life and found Wellesley’s boundless offerings and small classes forced personal growth, while the exposure to women, thinking women, talking women, excited women from every state and many foreign countries, expanded my horizons… Wellesley gives us hope for future generations.

—Susan Marley Newhouse ’55

In 2004, a gift from Susan (Suzy) Marley Newhouse ’55 and Donald Newhouse established the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College to promote innovative, imaginative, and influential research in the humanities. Throughout her life, Suzy was known for her dedication to public service and the arts. In addition to her lifelong commitment to Wellesley, this dedication extended to her work as a trustee for the New York Public Library and Lincoln Center Theatre, among others. She was also the longtime chairwoman of the Fresh Air Fund. Suzy’s work touched many communities, and she is especially cherished at Wellesley; it comes as no surprise, then, that many in the Wellesley community refer to the Suzy Newhouse Center simply as “The Suzy.”


  • New England Humanities Consortium

    The Suzy Newhouse Center joined the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) in September 2018. This innovative collaborative effort was started by the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute and soon grew to connect 11 colleges and universities in New England. NEHC’s stated goal is to share ideas and resources in speakers’ series, research collaborations, and institutional partnerships. Please see the NEHC website for further information and for news of opportunities.

  • Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes

    The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) is a worldwide network of over 250 humanities centers, institutes, research libraries and similar organizations. Their goal is to support the future of the humanities by fostering new methods of interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information, please visit the CHCI website.

  • National Humanities Alliance

    The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is comprised of over 200 colleges and universities, museums, libraries, state humanities organizations and other humanities associations across the United States. They seek to secure federal funding for the humanities and to promote the study and engagement in the humanities in communities nationwide. For more information, please visit the NHA website.

Contact Us

The Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities

Wellesley College

106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481


Eve Zimmerman DIRECTOR

239A Green Hall

(781)283-3394 ezimmerm@wellesley.edu


239B Green Hall

(781)283-2698 lcote2@wellesley.edu

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