2013 Stories

  • Winter Comes to Wellesley

    Monday, December 23, 2013

    We welcome it for its seasonal charms, for bringing a new year full of fresh opportunities, and for the chance to send warm Wellesley greetings to all.

  • Boston Globe Critic's Pick Lists Current Exhibition at the Davis

    Monday, December 23, 2013

    The Boston Globe Critic's Pick encourages fans of the visual arts to visit the Davis to see Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Olentoja (Creatures), which runs through January 5, 2014.

  • A Look Back at 2013 Highlights

    Friday, December 20, 2013

    At the end of the year we take a moment to look back at the Daily Shots and stories from 2013.

  • Twelve New Books Published by Wellesley Faculty and Staff

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    The 2013 titles from Wellesley writers reflect the breadth and scope of investigation and imagination found on campus.

  • Women from Wellesley Help Lead NCAA/NEWMAC Symposium

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Wellesley was a strong presence at the recent NCAA/NEWMAC symposium on the theme of integration, with remarks by NCAA Director of Division III Louise McCleary ’87, Wellesley Director of Athletics Bridget Belgiovine, and Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly.

  • Madeleine Albright Heads to Wellesley to Show 40 Young Women How to Change the World

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    The 2014 Albright Institute Wintersession Program runs January 6-24. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 and this year's Distinguished Visiting Professor, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, will give a free, public lecture on Wednesday, January 22 at 4 p.m.

  • Madeleine Albright Heads to Wellesley to Show 40 Young Women How to Change the World

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    The 2014 Albright Institute Wintersession Program runs January 6-24. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 and this year's Distinguished Visiting Professor, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, will give a free, public lecture on Wednesday, January 22 at 4 p.m.

  • Meet Wellesley's First MasterCard Foundation Scholars

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    As their first semester of college comes to a close, Wellesley’s first Mastercard Foundation Scholars, Martha Aywa ’17 and Refilwe Kotane ’17, reflect on their Wellesley experience so far.

  • Wellesley Professor Comments on New Findings Suggesting Neanderthals Cared for Elders

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Adam Van Arsdale, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, spoke with the Agence France-Presse for an article on new findings at a Neanderthal burial ground in France that support the notion that cavemen cared for their elders.

  • Professor James Noggle Wins $50,000 from NEH

    Monday, December 16, 2013

    A National Endowment for the Humanities grant will support work by Professor of English James Noggle as he researches the subject of nonconsciousness in 18th-century British literature.

  • Wellesley Celebrates Life and Legacy of Ruth Nagel Jones '42

    Friday, December 13, 2013

    Members of the Wellesley community gathered recently to honor the life, work, and generosity of the philanthropist and arts supporter for whom the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre is named.

  • Hour of Code Comes to Wellesley

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Ten million new computer programmers is the goal of the ambitious Hour of Code campaign, and Wellesley computer science students and faculty are doing their part on campus December 11-13.

  • Boston.com: "Boston Schools Open Doors to Open Circle"

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    A story on Boston.com looks at Open Circle, a social and emotional learning program designed by the Wellesley Centers for Women. Schools throughout the City of Boston adopted Open Circle this year.

  • Wellesley Remembers and Honors Mandela's Legacy

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    The Wellesley community joins in spirit with people around the world in remembering Mandela today, and hosts a memorial celebration on campus on December 12, 2013.

  • Wellesley Alumna Receives American Musicological Society Honor

    Monday, December 9, 2013

    Brigid Cohen ’00 has been recognized by the American Musicological Society with the 2013 Lewis Lockwood Prize for best book by an emerging scholar.

  • Wellesley Professor Jonathan Imber "On Teaching Conservatism"

    Friday, December 6, 2013

    Jonathan Imber, Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology, gave a keynote address last month, “On Teaching Conservatism.” Imber spoke about courses he teaches at Wellesley and the importance of respect for conservative ideals in the academic community.

  • Meet the 2013-2014 Jerome A. Schiff Fellows

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Jerome A. Schiff Fellows. Seventeen senior honors thesis students have received generous merit awards from the Jerome A. Schiff Charitable Fund this year.

  • Hillary Clinton '69 and Diane Sawyer '67 Reminisce about Time at Wellesley

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Hillary Clinton '69 and Diane Sawyer '67 recalled their Wellesley days at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s recent 25th-anniversary gala, reported the New York Post's Page Six.

  • Wellesley Student Wins Major Environmental Fellowship

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Kate Corcoran '15 has won a prestigious Greater Research Opportunities fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, worth approximately $50,000 toward education and internships in pursuit of a career in environmental studies.

  • Ukraine: Is this a Revolution?

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Professor Serhii Plokhii, Director of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute, and Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi, Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard, discuss the events unfolding in Ukraine. The lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 in the Library Lecture Room, is free and open to the public.

  • Wellesley Encourages Philanthropy on Giving Tuesday

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

    As Giving Tuesday reminds us of the kinds of giving that don’t entail a trip to the mall, Wellesley College urges alumnae and friends to participate, and support those efforts that are meaningful to you.

  • Wellesley Professor and Poet Wins Human Rights Award

    Monday, December 2, 2013

    Marjorie Agosín, Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Spanish, has won the Dr. Fritz Redlich Global Mental Health and Human Rights Award, given by Harvard's Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Program.

  • Wellesley CIO Debby Kuenstner, Old South Church Trustee, on WGBH News

    Monday, December 2, 2013

    Boston’s historic Old South Church recently sold a copy of the Bay Psalm Book, a rare historical text, at auction for over $14M. Debby Kuenstner, Chief Investment Officer at Wellesley and a trustee at the Old South Church, spoke with WGBH about the sale.

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Wellesley

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    As students take a last break and a deep breath before December’s acceleration to the end of Fall semester, we pause to read the latest alumnae magazine, share our gratitude for Wellesley's vibrant community, and wish everyone a wonderful holiday.

  • Students, Faculty Respond to Typhoon Haiyan

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    On November 8, one of the largest storms recorded in world history slammed into Visayas, the central region of the Philippines. Wellesley's Club Filipina, along with members of the faculty, has been organizing efforts to raise awareness and support for those affected.

  • Religion Professor's Panel Discussion Explores "The State of Racism in America"

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    On November 16, faith leaders and educators gathered at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, for “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America.” Wellesley professor, The Rev. Dr. James Kodera, Professor of Religion, was among the conference presenters.

  • Wellesley Alum in History-Making Archaeological Expedition

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Alia Gurtov ’07 is part of an all-woman archaeological team excavating a recently discovered cave in South Africa's "Cradle of Humankind." The team has so far unearthed 1000  fossils—with the prospect of many more—that promise to illuminate the history of early humankind.

  • Wellesley Thought Leaders Weigh In on Anniversary of JFK Assassination

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a fascination with the man remains, along with questions about what happened and what could have been. Wellesley voices add to reflections in the media.

  • Wellesley's Buddhist Chaplain Publishes New Book on Living in Transformative Times

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Ji Hyang Padma’s new book Living the Season incorporates teachings with practical exercises designed to help readers, from those new to Zen practices to more advanced learners, gain mental clarity and wholeness.

  • Craig Murphy Explores Significance of Kathryn Davis Dissertation

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations and Professor of Political Science Craig Murphy gives a talk on The Soviets at Geneva, the pioneering Ph.D. thesis of one of Wellesley’s most beloved alumnae.

  • Michael Jeffries: Latest Zimmerman arrest is a reminder of broken US justice system

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies, contributed a guest post to the Guardian exploring the recent arrest of George Zimmerman, the man previously acquitted of killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

  • Wellesley Team Investigates Altmetrics to Track Pedagogical Innovation

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Measuring the influence of research in the fluid digital landscape calls for a break from traditional methods. A group of Wellesley faculty and staff are leading the way in developing alternative metrics within the field of pedagogical innovation.

  • Press Release: For Spanish-Speaking Parents of College Hopefuls, Wellesley College Releases a New Tool to Forecast College Costs, en Español

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Wellesley is the first liberal arts college to offer Spanish-language estimates of what parents can expect to pay, taking into account financial aid.

  • Paarlberg on Harvest Public Media: GMO debate influences Africa

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Harvest Public Media, a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field, spoke with Robert Paarlberg, Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science and researcher on food and agricultural policy, about the ongoing debate over the use of genetically modified crops for human food and its impact in Africa.

  • My inTuition: Wellesley’s Quick College Cost Estimator Now in Spanish

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Wellesley announces a new, Spanish-language version of My inTuition: Wellesley’s Quick College Cost Estimator, a tool that asks just six basic financial questions before providing a personalized estimate of an individual’s college costs at Wellesley.

  • Boston.com Explores Wellesley 2025

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Boston.com spoke with Andrew Shennan, Dean and Provost of the College, about Wellesley 2025, a multiyear project to renew and reinvigorate Wellesley’s iconic and essential campus buildings, and the early stages of drafting the campus-wide development plan.

  • Artists from International Body Music Festival Visit Wellesley College in First New England Appearance

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Ten artists from the 2013 International Body Music Festival visit campus for a weeklong residency, November 16-20. Their visit will include several public performances at Wellesley.

  • Stettner Political Science Library Dedicated

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    On November 12, Wellesley community members gathered to dedicate the Edward A. Stettner Political Science Library in Pendleton East. Named for the late Edward Stettner, the space honors a beloved professor emeritus and his 42-year career at Wellesley.

  • Center for Environment Hosts Project Handprint Symposium

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    More than 100 members of the Wellesley community gathered on November 9 for talks and workshops focused on maximizing positive environmental impact, particularly through sustainable food and agriculture.

  • Meet the 2013-2014 Daniels Fellows

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Seniors Nora Mishanec, Rosa Guzman,  Echo Yue, and Ava Bramson each have the opportunity to pursue a “dream project” this year, thanks to the Pamela Daniels ‘59 Fellowship.

  • Wellesley Salutes Veterans on Campus

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Wellesley community members, women and men, have served in all branches of military service. Today, we salute all veterans and profile several current members of the on-campus community who have served in the military.

  • Press Release: International Body Music Festival Artists Visit Wellesley

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    The International Body Music Festival celebrates contemporary and traditional body music and, for the first time, audiences in New England can experience this unique musical and dance experience when artists from the Festival visit Wellesley College November 16 -20.

  • Wellesley Embarks on Campus Renewal Program

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    Long planning, research, and consultation have yielded Wellesley 2025, a building renovation and renewal project that will maintain Wellesley College's iconic and beautiful campus while creating advanced facilities for an innovative 21st-century liberal arts education.

  • Boston Globe Visits Book Release Party for Uzuri M. Wilkerson '05

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    The Boston Globe visits the book release party for Sour, the second book in the Boston-based vampire series by Uzuri M. Wilkerson '05.

  • Boston Globe: Online Professors Experience Celebrity Side Effects

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Smitha Radhakrishnan, who will teach WellesleyX's Introduction to Global Sociology next fall, along with professors Adam Van Arsdale and Guy Rogers, spoke with the Globe about some different challenges that come with teaching a massive open online course.

  • New book by the late, great Nora Ephron '62 reviewed for NPR

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Advice from the commencement address given by Nora Ephron '62 in 1996 is included in her new book, "The Most of Nora Ephron" (Knopf), which was published his year by her estate. Author Meg Wolitzer reviews the book for NPR.

  • Dan Sichel Comments on Rand Paul's Audit-the-Fed legislation for the Issues Blog PolicyMic

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Dan Sichel, Professor of Economics and former Senior Associate Director at the Federal Reserve, was interviewed by Elizabeth Tharakan '06, a writer for the issues blog PolicyMic, for a story on Rand Paul's Audit-the-Fed legislation.

  • NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray '76 Aims to Make City More Equitable

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    Poet, speechwriter, and activist Chirlane McCray ’76 becomes New York City’s next first lady with the election of her husband Bill de Blasio as mayor. The former English major credits Wellesley with developing her analytic thinking and leadership skills.

  • Wellesley's Takis Metaxas Talks to the AFP about Twitter's Growing Influence

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Agence France-Presse, one of the three largest news agencies in the world, recently spoke with Wellesley's Panagiotis "Takis" Metaxas, Professor of Computer Science, for an article on Twitter's mounting influence.

  • Acclaimed Dancers Bring New Work to Nontraditional Spaces at Wellesley

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Last week, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener with New York Times writer Claudia La Rocco brought a new work to Wellesley. Sponsored by the Newhouse Center, Way In was performed in Tishman Commons with a surprise preview in the Science Center.

  • Wellesley Child Study Center Celebrates 100 Years

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    On November 4, 1913, the Anne L. Page Memorial Kindergarten, now the Wellesley College Child Study Center, opened its doors for the first time. Today, Wellesley celebrates 100 years of education and study at the Center.

  • Wellesley Fall Sports Wrap-Up

    Friday, November 1, 2013

    NEWMAC Champs Blue field hockey is ranked #13 in the nation; Wellesley crew rocked the Head of the Charles and won Seven Sisters Championships; cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball round out the fall season with more achievements and milestones.

  • Student's Film Receives Praise in Letter to the Wellesley Townsman

    Friday, November 1, 2013

    A recent letter to the editor of the Wellesley Townsman celebrates a new documentary created by Davis Scholar Dawn Marie Barnett. The film explores the history and inner-workings of the Town's Recycling and Disposal facility.

  • Wellesley's Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Talks with Boston Globe

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    Jennifer Desjarlais, dean of admission and financial aid, shared her thoughts with the Boston Globe on what makes a great personal essay on a college application. 

  • World-Class Performer and Teacher of Taiko Drumming Visit Campus

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    Taiko stars Mark H. Rooney and Ryo Shimamoto visited Wellesley as part of their 2013 East Coast Workshop Tour, and worked with Wellesley's student-led traditional Japanese drumming group, Aiko.

  • Tanner Conference Fills Campus on October 29

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    Tanner 2013 provides a forum for students and alumnae to reflect upon, analyze, and share their off-campus experiences with the College community.

  • Davis Museum Director Lisa Fischman "Plays Favorites"

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    The Boston Globe recently asked local museum directors, including Wellesley's Lisa Fischman, to share their favorite works. Fischman chose Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s video installation for its "beauty, its conceptual sophistication and narrative complexity" among other reasons. 

  • Leadership Development a Priority at Wellesley

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    Throughout the academic year, members of Wellesley’s student body, faculty, and staff engage in personal development and leadership training, learning in diverse ways how to more effectively make a difference on campus, and in the world.

  • Director Ang Lee, Screenwriter James Schamus Visit Wellesley College

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    The internationally-renowned duo of Ang Lee and James Schamus have given us films such as Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Hulk. Together they give a free, public talk at Wellesley on October 26.

  • Recent Coverage of Wellesley and PKU Professor Xia Yeliang

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Over 200 articles discussing Wellesley and covering the matter of PKU economics Professor Xia Yeliang have been published since September 11, 2013, when on an open letter was sent by Wellesley faculty to Peking University. These media highlights represent key news and editorial coverage.

  • Wellesley's Newly Renovated Human-Computer Interaction Lab Opens

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Wellesley College Trustee Amy Batchelor ’88 (left) and HCI Lab Director Orit Shaer celebrate the official opening of the Human Computer Interaction Lab, renovated thanks to the generosity of Batchelor and her husband, Brad Feld.

  • Wellesley Celebrates International Education Week

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    IEW, a joint Department of State and Education initiative to promote readiness for a global environment, comes alive at Wellesley with language boot camps, study abroad advising sessions, events with international faculty and scholars, and much more.

  • Associate Professor of Economics Patrick McEwan Presents Research to President of Honduras

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    In a formal presentation to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and Vice President María Antonieta de Bográn at the Casa Presidencial, Wellesley's Patrick McEwan and others shared their analysis of Bono 10,000, a poverty reduction initiative.

  • Biological Anthropologist Adam Van Arsdale Explains Dmanisi 5 Skull Significance

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Many news outlets tapped Assistant Professor of Archaeology Adam Van Arsdale's expertise recently to explain the importance of a fossil skull from the nation of Georgia, where his research is focused.

  • Wellesley Hosts Ethnic Studies Conference

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Wellesley hosts its first Ethnic Studies Conference on October 19, marking the inauguration of the Asian American Studies minor, and tackling questions around the place of ethnic studies at the college.

  • WCW Researchers Share Findings in Fall Series

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    On October 17, visiting scholar Beatrice Achieng Nas presents “Women and Africa: Where Is the Wasted Potential?” as part of the Wellesley Centers for Women’s semester-long program of lunchtime seminars and discussion of the latest research on gender, women, and children.

  • The Davis Museum Welcomes New Staff

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Wellesley's Davis Museum welcomes new staff, including Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, assistant director of curatorial affairs and senior curator of collection.

  • Critically Acclaimed Director Ang Lee Visits Wellesley College, October 26

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Internationally renowned film director Ang Lee and his long-time collaborator screenwriter and CEO of Focus Features, James Schamus, will visit Wellesley College on October 26 for a free public talk.

  • Seven Sisters Title Adds Another Highlight to Volleyball Season

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    On October 13, the Wellesley College volleyball team defeated Mount Holyoke College to secure the Seven Sisters Championship title; last month the team garnered Coach Dorothy Webb's 500th career win.

  • Wellesley Celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Friday, October 11 marked the second annual International Day of the Girl. Rocio Ortega ’16, a national Youth Champion for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, is working to bring awareness of the campaign to campus this year.

  • Wellesley Neuroscience Students Publish Research

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Four Wellesley neuroscience majors recently published a paper in the undergraduate neuroscience journal Impulse. Mika Asaba ’14, Adrian Bates ’13, Kitaia Dao ’14, and Mika Maeda ’14 used fruit flies in their study of sleep disorder and memory acquisition.

  • Rafael Moneo Helps Davis Museum Celebrate 20 Years

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Rafael Moneo, the architect of the extraordinary building that houses Wellesley’s art museum, visits the Davis on October 9 and will deliver a gallery talk in the museum at 12:30 p.m.

  • Carolyn Miles of Save the Children Delivers 2013 Wilson Lecture

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    President and CEO of Save the Children Carolyn Miles presents Our Best Bet: How Investing in Children Can Change the World on October 8 at 8 p.m. in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Professor's Dating Study in The Chicago Tribune

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Who pays for dates? A study co-authored by Wellesley Professor Rosanna Hertz continues to make headlines. Hertz was interviewed for an article that recently appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Wellesley Scientists to Work with Two New Major Research Centers

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Wellesley women now have even more opportunities to do cutting-edge research, with new partnerships with the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines.

  • Boston Globe Interviews Nora Hussey; Actors from the London Stage Present Othello

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Wellesley asserts the influence of theater—in action (on stage) and philosophically (in print). Actors from the London Stage present Shakespeare's Othello at Wellesley and Nora Hussey talks to the Boston Globe about theater's role.

  • Wellesley Honors the Life of Neuroscientist David Hubel (1926-2013)

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Wellesley mourns the passing of a friend, mentor, and colleague in Professor David Hubel of Harvard University, a Nobel laureate and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Wellesley Neuroscience Department. 

  • Wellesley Leads Small College Contributors to Teach for America Corps

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    This school year, 20 members of Wellesley’s Class of 2013 are standing in front of the classroom for the first time as teachers with the Teach for America (TFA) corps.

  • Wellesley Faculty Offer Insights on the Government Shutdown

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    With the country bracing for a prolonged government shutdown, we asked members of the faculty to comment on what's going on in Washington.

  • Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Speaks at Wellesley

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Charles Evans' Goldman Lecture, "A Perspective on Monetary Policy," will be given on October 2 at 8 p.m. at Tishman Commons.

  • Professor Pens Editorial on Food Insecurity, SNAP Cuts

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    In a recent vote, the House recently cut funding to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics Kristin Butcher '86 co-wrote an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report about the cuts.

  • Wellesley Engages in Diversity Dialogue—on Foot

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Converge: an Intercultural Walk guides community members on a visit to key multifaith and multicultural sites on campus, letting them walk the walk while they talk the talk about diversity at Wellesley.

  • Boston Globe Editorial Highlights Faculty "Stand for Freedom"

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Earlier this month more than 130 Wellesley professors wrote an open letter protesting the threat posed to a Peking University colleague's academic freedom. A recent Boston Globe editorial applauded their position.

  • Wilson Lecture 2013: Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Carolyn S. Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, presents the 2013 Wilson Lecture, Our Best Bet: How Investing in Children Can Change the World, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Family & Friends Weekend and Homecoming 2013 at Wellesley

    Friday, September 27, 2013

    Wellesley is excited to welcome the more than 480 family, friends, and alumnae coming to campus for a weekend of fun, learning, nostalgia, and friendship building.

  • Wellesley Night Lights Unites Students, Town, Merchants

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    The second annual Wellesley Night Lights takes place September 26, with Wellesley Square merchants staying open late, offering specials (and refreshments) to students, and Wellesley singers and dancers performing outdoors.

  • WellesleyX: First MOOC Begins

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Wellesley's first massive open online course (MOOC) has started, but it's not too late to sign up to take Introduction to Human Evolution, taught by Adam Van Arsdale, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, this fall.

  • Fall 2013 Distinguished Writers Series Opens

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities Distinguished Writers Series kicks off on September 24 with a reading by poets Yusef Komunyakaa and Bill Tremblay.

  • Greek Gods, Human Lives

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, joined NPR's RadioWest in August to discuss how unpredictable gods in Ancient Greece could bring out the best in humanity.

  • Sukkot Celebration Open to All at Wellesley

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    This week, Wellesley’s Jewish community celebrates the holiday of Sukkot, and invites the entire College community to join in the spirit of thanksgiving, remembrance, and festivities that is the hallmark of this Jewish holiday.

  • Lake Day Strikes Again!

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    The annual surprise study break/celebration took place September 18 with a Game of Thrones theme, replete with castle (bouncy), jousting (soft), and music (21st century), all overseen by the SBOG Frog.

  • Press Shares News of My inTuition, Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    New York Times, Associated Press, and Chronicle of Higher Education covered the September 18 release of Wellesley's new college cost estimation tool that promises to revolutionize the "college-shopping" process for thousands of prospective students.

  • Wellesley Researchers Study New Angle on Plant Evolution

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Alden Griffith and research assistants Tania Ahmed ’16 and Shivani Kuckreja ’16 examined the role of positive interactions among plant species in adverse conditions, such as the peaks of Glacier National Park.

  • My inTuition: Wellesley’s Quick College Cost Estimator Gives Users a Quick and Realistic Estimate of Their College Cost

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    A new tool developed by Wellesley Economist Phillip B. Levine promises to be a game-changer in the higher education marketplace.

  • C-SPAN Bus Pays a Visit to Wellesley College

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    The C-SPAN Bus is traveling the country visiting colleges and universities, presidential libraries, and historic locations with connections to first ladies in the run-up to the new season of its documentary series First Ladies: Influence and Image.

  • Wellesley Professor Honored for 44+ Years Service

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly led the College community in honoring Nellie Zuckerman Cohen and Anne Cohen Heller Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Nancy Harrison Kolodny '64 at a retirement party on September 12.

  • Exciting New Season of Arts & Culture at Wellesley

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    The Davis Museum kicks off the season on September 18 with Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Olentoja (Creatures), the first multi-installation exhibition at a U.S. museum by the internationally acclaimed Finnish artist. Many more exhibitions, music, talks, and performances ahead!

  • Clothing Design Firm Launched by Alums Wins Acclaim

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    For Moriah Carlson '96 and Alice Wu '96, the world of fashion has unexpectedly become their world as they create quirky, elegant, and sustainable clothing for forward-thinking women.

  • Wellesley Adds 15th Language Offering: Portuguese

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    This fall for the first time, Wellesley students have the opportunity to take Portuguese—the sixth most spoken language in the world and the newest language taught on campus.

  • Wellesley Art Professor Publishes Historical Survey of Mexican Art

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    Senior Lecturer in Art James Oles has published Art and Architecture in Mexico, a new interpretive history of Mexican art from the Spanish Conquest to the 21st century, described as the most comprehensive introduction to the subject in 50 years.

  • Summer Work at Wellesley = An Extra-Beautiful Campus for Fall

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    Thanks to the efforts of hardworking staff at the College, the campus has been paved, painted, and pruned to be at its best for the academic year ahead.

  • Alumna Makes Rare Wildlife Sighting in Russia

    Friday, September 6, 2013

    This summer, biologist Mimi Kessler ’01 became one of the first women to see a snow leopard in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. There are believed to be only 30 or 40 snow leopards in the region and only 20 people have reported seeing one before, all of them men.

  • Wellesley Announces Three Malone Prizes

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    The Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence were awarded to Sitara Chapman ’16, Kathryn Ledbetter ’15, and Hannah Stone ’14. The Malone Prizes are considered the most prestigious academic award a Wellesley student can receive during her undergraduate years.

  • Professors Paul Wink and Jonathan Cheek Cited in Scientific American

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    The Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale, developed by Wellesley professors with student and alumnae researchers, was recently presented at the Association for Research in Personality conference, and cited in Scientific American.

  • New York Times: Young Students Against Bad Science

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    Katelyn Campbell '17 is one of three students featured in a New York Times story this week, "Young Students Against Bad Science." Campbell objected to a "factually dubious sex-education assembly" at her high school.

  • 2013-2014 Academic Year Begins at Wellesley College

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    A sunny day greeted the Wellesley community for the start of the academic year on September 3, 2013.  The first day of classes concludes, per Wellesley tradition, with Convocation in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall.

  • Wellesley Magazine Summer 2013 Issue

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Published four times a year for over 34,000 alumnae, the Wellesley Magazine portrays the lives, interests, and concerns of diverse alumnae around the world. Here's a brief behind-the-scenes on the Summer 2013 cover story -- “Cheese Whizzes” -- with editor Alice Hummer.

  • Orgs Fair 2013: Newly Constituted Student Organization

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    The Orgs Fair is scheduled for September 11. This year, five organizations will be celebrating their new status as constituted student orgs: Chamber Music Society, Neuroscience Club, Phocus, The Globalist and WCTV.

  • Michael Jeffries for WBUR Cognoscenti

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech echoes through the generations but, in an opinion piece for WBUR, Assistant Professor Michael Jeffries argues that another speech from the March on Washington in 1963 provides a better blueprint for understanding social forces in the world today.

  • College Government Gavel Turns 100

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    The 2013-2014 College Government President, Joy Das ‘14, is the 100th owner of the College Government gavel. The gavel was presented to the College Government Association in March 1914 following the burning of College Hall and has since been passed down from president to president.

  • Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Olentoja (Creatures) opens September 18

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013
  • Noted Chinese Academic Visits Wellesley

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Described as a leading classical liberal economist in China, David Yeliang Xia met with professors Thomas Cushman, Susan Reverby, and others, holding a wide-ranging conversation on topics from his personal bio to his dissident actions to his broadest hopes for China.

  • Wellesley Sophomore Performs Major Concert in the Philippines

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Caitlin Coyiuto '16 recently performed a major benefit concert in the Philippines to widespread acclaim. The Wellesley sophomore played with her mother, the distinguished pianist Cristine Coyiuto, and  the internationally renowned flutist Yuko Enomoto.

  • Meet Wellesley’s Class of 2017

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    The 597 members of Wellesley's newest class—from 43 states plus D.C. and from 23 different countries—will begin to get to know one another this week as they move into residence halls, participate in Orientation activities, and prepare for their first day of classes on September 3.

  • Student Leaders Prep for Arrival of Class of 2017

    Friday, August 23, 2013

    More than 200 Wellesley students finish a week of intensive leadership training in time for Orientation 2013, and join the hundreds of Wellesley students over the years who have done the training program, creating a cohort of women prepared to lead on and beyond campus.

  • Class of 2013 Brings Its Talents to the World

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    As we prepare to welcome all members of Wellesley’s Class of 2017 to campus next week, we check in with some recent graduates of the last “green class” and find out what they are up to now.

  • Wellesley Scholars Join Conversation on "Opt-Out" Generation

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    With a spate of recent media stories about women’s choices around childrearing and work, Wellesley experts provide commentary backed by in-depth research.

  • Wellesley Students and Faculty Pursue Research in Siberia

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Students from Lake Baikal: The Soul of Siberia, a joint Environmental Studies/Russian Area Studies course, traveled to Bol'shie Koty with Professor of Russian Thomas Hodge to join Professor of Biological Sciences Marianne Moore at her Biostation to collect and analyze data.

  • Shirley Young '55 on Increasing Leadership Roles for Young Women

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    In a recent interview with China Daily, business and cultural leader Shirley Young '55 discussed her work and her goal to encourage leadership qualities among the young, especially women.

  • Wellesley Senior Attempts English Channel Swim

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    On the weekend of August 17-18, 2013, weather and tides determining the exact time, Wellesley Blue swimmer Gabriela "Ika" Kovacikova '14 will take on the 21-mile swim from England to France.

  • Wellesley Faculty and Staff Find Partnership Opportunities in Cape Verde

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Six Wellesley faculty and staff traveled to Cape Verde for a partnership-building trip where they met with high-ranking government officials, NGOs, and Wellesley student interns, and witnessed the signing of a historic document.

  • Study by Wellesley's Rosanna Hertz Reveals New Thinking on Social Conventions

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    The date is over and the check arrives; who pays? A new study co-authored by Rosanna Hertz examines men's and women's approaches to convention, theory, and practice in dating finances.

  • Wellesley Junior Wins Killam Fellowship from Fulbright Canada

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Katherine Di Lucido ’15 has won a Killam Fellowship and will travel to Montreal, Canada, to study at McGill University as part of an exchange program run by Fulbright Canada.

  • Wellesley Rower Attends Selective National Team Development Camp

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Becca Kimball '14 talked to Boston.com—and us—about the experience of being invited to and attending USRowing's month-long "pre-elite" camp that culminated August 11 at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in Ontario.

  • Wellesley Researchers Present at American Psychological Association Convention

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    Wellesley students, faculty, and WCW scholars presented at the APA's 121st Annual Convention July 31-August 4, 2013 in Honolulu, and visited with local alumnae and students with their families at a Wellesley Club of Hawaii event.

  • Wellesley CIO Talks MOOCs on NECN

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    In English now: Chief Information Officer and Associate Dean of WellesleyX Ravi Ravishanker appeared on New England Cable News' CEO Corner, along with the CEO of EdX, to speak of the goals and potential of massively open online courses.

  • News from Student Life

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    Wellesley bids a bittersweet farewell to Victor Kanzanjian, dean of religious and spiritual life and intercultural education, and Michelle Lepore, associate dean of students, who will be leaving Wellesley the first week of October to pursue outstanding opportunities on the West Coast.

  • Wellesley Launches Interactive Online Viewbook

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    The Wellesley College Admission Office is excited to debut the digital version of The Wellesley 100—an online "viewbook" showcasing 100 marvelous things about Wellesley in a responsive multiplatform setting.

  • Wellesley Political Scientist Pens Op-Ed on Middle-East Peace for IHT

    Monday, August 5, 2013

    Stacie Goddard, the Jane A. Bishop ’51 Associate Professor of Political Science at Wellesley, and an expert on international security and the dynamics of war, writes in the International Herald Tribune: Put Middle East peace to a vote.

  • Wellesley Celebrates Summer Research in the Sciences

    Friday, August 2, 2013

    An afternoon poster session on August 1 highlighted the efforts and findings of more than 100 students who participated in Wellesley's Science Center Summer Research program this year.

  • N.Y. Times: Wellesley Among Top Elite Colleges Enrolling Talented Low-Income Students

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    As a New York Times story shows, Wellesley's enrollment of a high percentage of Pell Grant recipients makes it a leader in college access and affordability.

  • Wellesley-in-Washington Internship Program Going Strong at 70

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    As the U.S. Congress heads to summer recess, Wellesley students wrap up their intensive 10-week program working in Washington, D.C. and join a long-running history of Wellesley women learning “on the job” in the nation’s capitol.

  • Wellesley Alum to Oversee Academics for Boston Public Schools

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    The Boston Public Schools announced that Eileen de los Reyes '84, who has led the effort to transform education for the thousands of English language learners in the Boston Public Schools, will be the district’s new deputy superintendent of academics.

  • Boston Globe Recounts Wellesley’s Leadership in Shaping Modern Art

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    On July 28, The Boston Sunday Globe published an extensive article chronicling a 1920s Wellesley art history course taught by Alfred H. Barr that transformed modern art and, by extension, American culture.

  • Wellesley Sophomore Launches Art-Based Project to Aid Women Students in D.R. Congo

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    Hanna Tenerowicz '16 films "Portrait of a Brave Woman" documentaries to inspire U.S. artists to create works whose sale will help support the dreams of women students in Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Wellesley Senior Leads Bilingual Tour of Historic Boston Neighborhood in Pioneering Program

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    As part of her Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art-funded internship with Boston Preservation Alliance, Christina Rieth ’14 leads a bilingual tour of Boston’s Egleston Square on July 27, to encourage citizen participation in urban development.

  • QR Program Director Takes Workshops "on the Road"

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Corri Taylor, director of Wellesley's Quantitative Reasoning Program, is taking her expertise on the relationship between QR and environmental sustainability "on tour" this summer, leading professional development workshops around the hemisphere.

  • Wellesley Alum Wins Prestigious Acumen Global Fellowship

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Kathleen Berroth ’02 has won a prestigious Acumen Global Fellowship, a year-long leadership training program in microfinance and impact investment. She competed with more than a thousand applicants seeking one of 10 fellowships.

  • Languages at Wellesley: An Ongoing Center of Excellence

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    A new video by filmmaker Jennifer Tennican ’88 captures some of the benefits and pleasures of language study at Wellesley.

  • Composers Conference & Chamber Music Workshops at Wellesley Begin July 21

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    The annual Composers Conference and Chamber Music Workshops returns to Wellesley. The program brings together emerging composers and professional and amateur musicians for a two-week conference guided by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mario Davidovsky.

  • Neuroscientist, Artist, Wellesley Professor Bevil Conway in the New York Times

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Bevil R. Conway, associate professor of Neuroscience, is a visual neuroscientist and artist who's work examines the neural basis of color. The New York Times sought his expertise for a recent story titled, "Art That Turns Both Heads and Stomachs."

  • Wellesley Orientation Common Reading Selection: Being Wrong

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Kathryn Schulz's Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error has been sent to new students, student leaders, and faculty teaching first-year courses; all are encouraged to read and discuss the book over the summer and into the fall.

  • Wellesley Alum Featured in Guardian UK Series on Working America

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    Amelia Levin Kent ’05 talks to the Guardian and takes reader Q&A on her work. With her husband she runs Kent Farms, a cattle operation with more than 300 cows in Louisiana.

  • Wellesley Junior Represents U.S. at Japan-America Student Conference

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    Katherine Jordan ’15 served on the executive committee of the Japan-America Student Conference this year and will represent the United States at the 2013 Conference in Kyoto this summer.

  • 2013 Women in Public Service Project Institute Underway

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 delivered the keynote address and several members of the Wellesley community are participating in the 2013 WPSP Summer Institute.

  • Wellesley Listed Among Best College Campuses for a Good Run

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    Even in the heat and humidity of July, Wellesley is a great place to run—and to learn, research, work, and explore. Prospective students and others, we invite you to visit!

  • Prediction by Phil Levine Included in Wall Street Journal Article

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    A recent article by Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel examined flaws in the U.S. unemployment system which can leave the economy vulnerable and quoted a prediction made by Wellesley College economist Phillip Levine in 1997 about the stability of the system.

  • Wellesley Students Charter First All-Women’s College Chapter of Prestigious Legal Honors Society

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Brittany Lamon-Paredes '15 and Adeline Lee '16, as part of an nine-member executive board, have founded a Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Hall at Wellesley.

  • Wellesley Sophomore Competes at World University Games

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Sharon Ng ’16 competes this week in badminton as a member of Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The team’s appearance marks the first time that badminton is included in this wide-ranging international competition.

  • Two Wellesley German Professors Headline eNotated Classics Site

    Monday, July 8, 2013

    Thomas Hansen leads eNotated Classic's new publication list with the release of his enotated translation of Death in Venice; Jens Kruse is featured prominently in a WZLY interview about his e-notated works by Kafka.

  • Red Classes Win Love Your Color Competition

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Alumnae were asked to “show Wellesley a bit of love” by making a gift before the close of the fiscal year, and show the love they did! Classes competed in a month-long "Love your Color" challenge with the RED classes emerging victorious -- thanks to everyone who donated!

  • New Study Examines How Team Dynamics Influence Leadership, Volunteer Commitment

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    A new study co-authored by Wellesley's Hahrie Han looked at what organizational factors make for the most committed leaders. Among other findings, the study revealed that leaders whose success is intimately linked to efforts of other members contribute more time.

  • Pamela Melroy '83 on the 50th Anniversary of the First Woman in Space

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    Retired NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy '83 was the second woman to command a space shuttle mission. The recent speaker at Beijing's Women's Leadership conference wrote for the Guardian reflecting on the past 50 years, leadership, and the women who went before her.

  • CCTV Speaks with President Bottomly about Women and Leadership in Beijing

    Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly was interviewed on the China Central Television (CCTV) program Dialogue for the launch of the Wellesley-Peking partnership. 

  • Imagination Takes Botanic Garden Interns on a "Roller Coaster" Ride

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    The Wellesley College Botanistas created their very own roller coaster on campus earlier this week. True, it doesn't actually move and ultimately all the "cars" will hold dirt and plants, but it still looked like a lot of fun! Find out the real purpose of the faux amusement park ride.

  • Wellesley Alumnae Receive Honorary Degrees

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Vivian Pinn '62 received an honorary degree from Bates College this year; she was among Wellesley community members including Madeleine Albright '59, Diana Chapman Walsh '66, Alecia DeCoudreaux '76, and others, recognized for leadership in their respective fields by colleges and universities across the continent.

  • Town of Wellesley Ranks Third Among Most Educated U.S. Places

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    The Town of Wellesley was recently ranked among "The Most Educated Places in America" by the personal finance website NerdWallet.com. Wellesley College and the Wellesley Centers for Women were both mentioned in the ranking.

  • Wellesley-Peking Partnership Featured in Caixin Media's Century Weekly

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    The Wellesley-Peking Partnership is the subject of the June 26, 2013 issue of Century Weekly from Caixin Media, which is based in Beijing.

  • Wellesley Professors Reveal Dynamics of Citizen Reporters and the Social Web

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    A new paper by Wellesley computer scientists Takis Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj examines a network of citizen journalists reporting on activities of drug cartels in Mexico, where citizens have turned to each other on social media, to keep informed and out of harm's way.

  • First Women World Partners Collaborative Concludes in Beijing

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Women World Partners' inaugural program, a partnership between Wellesley and Peking University, culminated in Women’s Leadership: Making a Difference in the World, a day-long summit convening hundreds of women leaders from around the globe.

  • Shanghai Daily Reports on the Wellesley-Peking Partnership

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    In an article for Shanghai Daily, Wellesley alum Yao Minji '06 reported on the inaugural academic program of the Wellesley-Peking partnership and shared her own experience of the value of the liberal arts education.


  • Wellesley Campus Busy Through Summer

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    Wellesley's Summer Session, summer research, museums, and gardens are in full swing as summer officially begins. The College also welcomes participants from other learning programs on campus in the coming months—from middle-school explorers to seasoned composers.

  • Wellesley Researchers Return to Archaeological Dig in Greece

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Metrowest Daily News reports on the work of Associate Professor of Classical Studies Bryan Burns, who, with current and former Wellesley students, is researching a site believed to be of one Ancient Greece's earliest inhabited regions.

  • Wellesley Summer Theater's 'Dancing at Lughnasa' a Boston Globe Pick

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    In the harvest season of 1936 anything seems possible for five sisters in County Donegal, even love. But is the world they know about to change forever? This production runs through June 23 at Wellesley.

  • Sustainability Initiatives Go Strong at Wellesley

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    As the academic year came to an end, Wellesley's Office of Sustainability repeated its popular Sustainable Move-Out, made individual recycling easier on campus, and installed two electric car charging stations in the Davis parking structure.

  • Alumna Named to Obama's Economic Council

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Betsey Stevenson '93 was appointed last week by President Obama to his Council of Economic Advisers. The Council is responsible for advising the president on issues related to economic policy and for proposing potential solutions.

  • Professor Susan Reverby Quoted in Christian Science Monitor

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    In 2009, research by Professor Susan Reverby uncovered thousands of Guatemalans who were intentionally infected with STDs in the 1940s by US public health researchers. An appeal on their case against the US government was dismissed this week.

  • Wellesley and Peking University Host Global Leadership Conference

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    Wellesley's innovative partnership with Peking University presents a first-of-its-kind conference in Beijing, Women's Leadership: Making a Difference in the World, on June 15, 2013.

  • President Bottomly in the New York Times

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Responding to the New York Times editorial on the summit meeting between presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping of China, President Bottomly asserted that relationship-building must happen on the ground too, not just in diplomatic conference rooms.

  • Wellesley Alumna Elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Katherine Haines Freeman '84 has received one of the highest honors awarded to American scientists. The Penn State geosciences professor's specialty—fossil molecules, or biomarkers, from ancient flora—shows roots in her geology-classical civilization double major at Wellesley.

  • WCW Executive Director Joins White House to Spotlight Equal Pay Act

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Layli Maparyan, the Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, was an invited guest at the White House as President Obama reaffirmed the goals of the Equal Pay Act on its 50th anniversary.

  • Albright at Wellesley's Inaugural Women World Partners Event

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Madeleine Korbel Albright '59 visited the inaugural Women World Partners institute in Beijing to discuss the importance of pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to women’s global leadership through international collaboration, particularly between the U.S. and China.

  • Reunion 2013

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Undaunted by Tropical Storm Andrea, balloons are flying in class colors, white tents are offering festive shelter, and phalanxes of golf carts stand ready to welcome Wellesley women who graduated five to 75 years ago.

  • Women World Partners Announced in New York City's Time Square

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Women World Partners was featured on an electronic billboard in New York City's Time Square, with a display of Wellesley's infographic on the importance of investing in the leadership potential of women.

  • Class Colors Build Spirit and Invite Participation at Wellesley

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    A colorful tradition is going strong at Wellesley: Each class customizes and adopts its assigned color, and plays it up big at Commencement, Reunion, and other events. Love your color!

  • Academic Program of the Wellesley College-Peking University Partnership Begins Today in Beijing

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    The Wellesley College-Peking University Partnership for Women’s Leadership in a Global Era academic program begins today at Peking University in Beijing, China.

  • Boston Globe Business Updates and BostInno.com Cover World Women Partners

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Two local, influential blogs -- the Boston Globe's Business Updates and BostInno.com -- recently covered World Women Partners.

  • China's Oldest Active Chinese Language Newspaper Announces World Women Partners

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Ta Kung Pao, the oldest active Chinese language newspaper in China, covers a range of political, economic and cultural topics. The paper recently covered World Women Partners. This article is in Chinese.

  • Wellesley Crew Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Wellesley's rowing team finished the 2013 season with a strong performance at the NCAA Division III Championships at Eagle Creek Lake outside Indianapolis, Ind. Wellesley finished in the top five in the nation for the fourth straight year.

  • Wellesley College Announces Global Initiative to Create Next Generation of Women Leaders

    Monday, June 3, 2013

    Wellesley College, the premier liberal arts institution known for cultivating some of the world’s most influential women leaders has announced a major global initiative with a critical mission: to educate the next generation of women leaders around the world.

  • Shaer, Rodensky, and Gleason Receive 2013 Pinanski Prizes

    Monday, June 3, 2013

    The Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize is awarded annually to members of the Wellesley College faculty to honor fine teaching. The 2013 winners, revealed at Commencement, are professors of computer science, English, and psychology.

  • Wilton Virgo Demystifies Quantum Mechanics

    Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry Wilton L. Virgo illuminates the chemistry of climate change and the quantum mechanics of everyday life in two innovative publications.

  • Commencement Day 2013

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    Welcome friends and family—and congratulations graduates! Today Wellesley celebrates our 135th graduating class, the green Class of 2013. Commencement exercises begin at 10:30 a.m.

  • New York Times: Asian Universities Offer Programs for Female Business Leaders

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    A New York Times special report on education examined a relatively new practice in Asian universities: offering short courses specifically for women leaders in business and politics. The article mentioned Wellesley's new initiative, Women World Partners, kicking off next week in Beijing, China.

  • Wellesley's Scholar-Athletes Recognized

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    As part of this week's pre-Commencement celebrations, Scholar-Athlete stoles were bestowed upon Wellesley Blue graduating seniors at the annual Scholar-Athlete Breakfast; athletics awards and honors highlight individuals' accomplishments.

  • Alice Choe '13 Wins Prestigious Watson Fellowship

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Graduating senior Alice Choe will use her Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel to four countries and study the complexities of domestic violence. She joins 56 Wellesley women to have won Watsons since 1980.

  • Final Weeks to See Nevelson, Albers, Others at the Davis

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    Several remarkable exhibitions in the Davis Museum, including Louise Nevelson's "Black," are on view through Commencement and Reunion; senior art majors' exhibition is in Jewett Art Gallery through May 31.

  • Wellesley’s Leadership Development Program Reports First Results

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    Wellesley President Kim Bottomly congratulated the first "batch" of staff to complete the College’s Leadership Development Program, launched in 2012 to prepare individuals for future leadership, and build the College’s capacity for collaboration and creative problem solving.

  • Ben Hammond Appointed Vice President for Finance & Administration

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    H. Kim Bottomly, President of Wellesley College, today announced the appointment of Ben C. Hammond as the new Vice President for Finance and Administration at Wellesley, succeeding Andrew B. Evans who will retire on June 30.

  • Wellesley Architecture Students Win Boston Design Competition

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    SiteSeeing, an entry by Wellesley architecture students Marguerite Sulmont ’13 and Anna Lake-Smith ’13, was one of three winners of a contest sponsored by the City of Boston Transportation Department and the National Parks Service.

  • Michael Jeffries Featured on WGBH's Basic Black

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies, joined host Callie Crossley '73 for two recent conversations on WGBH's Basic Black.

  • Wellesley Announces First edX Classes

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    The first WellesleyX courses span STEM, history, sociology, and Shakespeare, representing Wellesley’s interdisciplinary power. Anthropology 207x: Introduction to Human Evolution is the College's first edX offering, with three more courses announced for 2014.

  • An Evolution in Liberal Arts Learning: Wellesley College Announces Introduction to Human Evolution as First edX Class

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Wellesley College Announces Introduction to Human Evolution, to be taught by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Adam Van Arsdale, as First edX Class. Wellesley’s first four MOOCs span STEM, history, sociology, and Shakespeare, representing Wellesley’s interdisciplinary strengths.

  • Dana Im '10 Earns Prestigious Soros Fellowship

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    This young alum's creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment was rewarded and will be supported by the Soros Foundation's grant for her medical and public policy education.

  • Six Wellesley Women Win Fulbright Scholarships

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Wellesley's Carolyn Bonner Campbell ‘13, Claire Ames Fogarty ‘12 (pictured), Rebecca Danielle McClain ‘13, Rebecca Ruhl ‘13, Christina Moriah Smith ‘13,  and Madeline Rose Weeks ‘11 received Fulbrights.

  • Claire Fontijn Publishes New Multimedia Book on Medieval Mystic

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Claire Fontijn, associate professor of music, has a new book about Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th Century mystic, visionary, philosopher, and composer whose “Visions of the Angelic Hierarchy” is shown here.

  • Wellesley Senior's Research Leads to Meeting with King of Swaziland

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    For her honor's thesis, Daniels Fellow Andrea Kine '13 studied Swaziland’s progress toward meeting the Millenium Development Goals set by the United Nations, and her work led to a meeting with Swaziland's King Mswati III.

  • Finals Week at Wellesley College

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Finals week advice: Take a second to smell the roses (or grape hyacinths)—or at least to mentally register the beauty around you. You can find it in nature, in people, and in the many unique spots on campus perfect for paper-writing and exam-preparing. Good luck, students!

  • Wellesley Art Faculty on PBS Architecture Special

    Friday, May 10, 2013
    Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art and Professor of Art, and James O'Gorman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art Emeritus, lent their expertise to a new PBS special, "10 Buildings That Changed America," premiering May 12.
  • Wellesley Junior Competes on Jeopardy!

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Russian major Laura Rigge ’14 (shown here with host Alex Trebek) competes in the Jeopardy! episode airing May 10 on the long-running national quiz show’s “College Championship.”

  • Wellesley Blue Senior Scores Spot in Record Books

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    Basketball player Malia Maier '13 holds the all-time Wellesley record for both steals and assists and ranks ninth all-time in scoring. The team leader has earned a spot in the NCAA record books, as well.

  • Wellesley Professor in The Atlantic: "Forget Plan B"

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    An article in The Atlantic by Wellesley's Phillip B. Levine and co-author Melissa Kearney explains why economic opportunity trumps access to contraception in deterring teen pregnancy; "giving girls a reason not to get pregnant in the first place could go a long way towards solving it."

  • Wellesley Professor Co-Curates Show Pairing Works by Munch and Warhol

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art Patricia Berman's new exhibit pairs lithographs by Edvard Munch with large-scale screen prints by Andy Warhol. Munch | Warhol and the Multiple Image is at Scandinavia House in New York through July 27.

  • Professor Frank Bidart Interviewed By Poets & Writers Magazine

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    A recent issue of Poets & Writers Magazine features an interview with Frank Bidart, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English.

  • Wellesley Equestrian Team's Strong Season Capped by Rider Competing at Nationals

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    Several Wellesley Equestrian Team riders achieved individual successes at competitions this season, and Emma Slade-Baxter '15 earned Wellesley's first bid to Nationals since 2004.

  • Wellesley College Programming Team Wins Regional Competition

    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    The Wellesley College team of Emily Erdman ‘13, Michelle Ferreirae ‘13, and Erin Davis ‘14, placed first in the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Region programming competition—the first all-women team to win the competition.

  • Wellesley Harp Instructor Performs European Premiere of John Williams Concerto

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Wellesley harp instructor Ina Zdorovetchi performed the European premiere of On Willows and Birches, a harp concerto by legendary film composer John Williams.

  • Earth Month: Wellesley Celebrates Sustainability

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    A recent mention in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges and the work of a group of students who aim to make Wellesley a pioneer in the effort to reduce waste are just two of the things Wellesley has celebrated this Earth Month.

  • Professor Julie Norem Discusses Boston Strong on WCVB Chronicle

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Professor Julie Norem spoke with WCVB's Chronicle about the public reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings and how the community came together in the wake of the tragedy. Watch the four-part series on the WCVB Web site

  • Dan Sichel: Lady Gaga as part of Gross Domestic Product

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Professor Dan Sichel spoke with NPR's David Kestenbaum about what is and isn't included in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and how "Lady Gaga Writing A New Song Is Like A Factory Investing In A New Machine"

  • 118th Annual Hooprolling at Wellesley College

    Monday, April 29, 2013

    For almost 100 years, the senior class has gathered for Hooprolling—when they race down Tupelo lane, pushing hoops with a wooden stick, vying to win the honor of being thrown into Lake Waban. Alex Nagourney ’13 won the traditional race on Saturday.

  • Culture, Collecting, Conservation at the Davis

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    On April 26, an afternoon symposium brings together a team of experts in the Davis Museum to celebrate Wellesley College's 2011 acquisition of an 18th century portrait of a young woman in Lima, Peru, not previously exhibited.

  • US News: Professor Robert Paarlberg on GMO Foods and U.S. Agriculture

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    Robert Paarlberg, the Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science, spoke with U.S. News about the debate on genetically-engineered food. Read: "GMOs: A Breakthrough or Breakdown in U.S. Agriculture?"

  • Panel Discussion: Chechnya, Russia, and the Marathon Bombing

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Russian Area Studies hosts a panel discussion exploring the complex political, historical and religious context of the native region of the alleged Marathon bombers. The talk will take place tonight, Thursday, April 25, at 8 PM in Knapp Atrium.

  • Ruhlman Conference 2013 at Wellesley on April 24

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Presentations on topics from Boston cafés to ultraviolet absorption of sulfur dioxide, and performances from Mozart to original comedy unite the College community in celebration of student achievement at the Ruhlman Conference, thanks to the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study.

  • Student's Project, Art Installation finds new home in Wellesley Center

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Wellesley College senior Eliana Blaine was inspired to create this project through her studies of waste streams. - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wellesley/2013/03/pet_bottle_install...
    Wellesley College senior Eliana Blaine was inspired to create this project through her studies of waste streams. - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wellesley/2013/03/pet_bottle_install...
    Wellesley College senior Eliana Blaine was inspired to create this project through her studies of waste streams. - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wellesley/2013/03/pet_bottle_install...

    Wellesley College senior Eliana Blaine was inspired to create this project through her studies of waste streams. - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wellesley/2013/03/pet_bottle_install...

    Inspired by her studies of waste streams, Elli Blaine '13 worked with contemporary artist Willie Cole on an installation using 1,000 discarded waterbottles. The work, on display at the College through February, is now displayed in a storefront in the town of Wellesley, reports Boston.com.

    1,000 PET water bottles were used in the suspended installation first displayed in Wellesley College, and now on display in Wellesley Square - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wellesley/2013/03/pet_bottle_install...
    contemporary artist Willie Cole
  • Kathryn Wasserman Davis '28, 1907-2013

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    At 106, Kathryn Davis was Wellesley's oldest known alumna when she died at home on April 23, 2013. Her legacy of outstanding achievements and dedication and generosity to Wellesley College will live on and continue to inspire generations.

  • Wellesley Stands with Boston

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    The Wellesley novice crew team stands with Boston. As do we all. On April 22, at 2:50 p.m., the Wellesley community is invited to join in a moment of silence for the victims of last week's events.

  • Founders' Day Celebration for Wellesley's 143rd Year

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    The reinvigorated tradition occurs April 17, 7-9 p.m. in Tishman Commons, to honor the legacy of Wellesley College’s founders, Henry Fowle and Pauline Durant.

  • Students Launch Initiative to Bring TEDx to Wellesley College

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    TEDx, the subsidiary of TED, a hugely popular and successful conference platform, is set to come to Wellesley College in February 2014; speaker nominations open now till May 10.

  • Marathon Preparations Underway at Wellesley

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    Wellesley's Scream Tunnel will be back in force on Monday, April 15, to cheer on runners all day. A newer "tradition," taking requests for customized signs via Twitter and Facebook, sprints into its fourth year.

  • Valerie Jarrett Named Wellesley’s 2013 Commencement Speaker

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will address graduates and an international audience of their family and friends at Commencement on May 31.

  • Valerie Jarrett to Speak at Wellesley's 135th Commencement

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will address the members of the Class of 2013 and an international audience of their family and friends at Commencement Exercises Friday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m.

  • Two of 11 Google App Engine Education Awards Go to Wellesley Faculty

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Norma Wilentz Hess Fellow in Computer Science Eni Mustafaraj and Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science Orit Shaer have been individually recognized by Google for innovative projects built on Google's infrastructure.

  • Wellesley Alum Hosts Facebook COO at Women's Leadership Event

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    C.A. Webb ’97, executive director of the New England Venture Capital Association, ran a sold-out women’s leadership event with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Wellesley is prominent in conversations on women's leadership that have surged in the wake of Sandberg's book.

  • Wellesley Senior Wins $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Grant

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Michelle Kang ’13 has been awarded a 2013 Davis Project for Peace fellowship to promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. She'll use the funds to lead photography and multimedia projects with South African youth.

  • Wellesley Introduces the Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    Wellesley College launches a new suite of nine writing-intensive seminars, thanks to the generosity of the Calderwood Charitable Foundation. Eight of the classes, known as Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing, are brand-new to the curriculum.

  • Panels Open the Dialogue on Human Rights in North Korea

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Student group Advocates for North Korean Human Rights, or ANKHR, has organized a series of panels designed to open the dialogue and create a deeper understanding of the North Korean human rights crisis.

  • Michelle Caruso-Cabrera ’91 Delivers Latina Month Keynote Address at Wellesley College

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Chief International Correspondent for CNBC and Wellesley alum Michelle Caruso-Cabrera ’91 kicks off a full slate of Latina Month 2013 activities with a keynote address on April 3 entitled “Leading By Example.”

  • Washington Post: Could Google Tilt a Close Election?

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    A recent Washington Post opinion piece cited work by Wellesley researchers Takis Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj. The paper cited, "Social Media and the Elections," was published by the Journal Science in November 2012.

  • Wellesley Alum to Present at TEDxChange 2013

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula ’10 was nominated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be a speaker for TEDxChange 2013 on April 3 (webcast live from ted.com). Her topic: Investing in Girls.

  • Tech Efficiencies Becoming a Wellesley Hallmark

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    Back to the future? Nope, just an April Fool's Day visit to the college homepage of 1998, to celebrate a year on the open-source website platform—just one of the resource-saving technology projects that bring new efficiencies and new looks (and perhaps some nostalgia) to the College's operations.

  • Wellesley College Reports Most Selective Admission Rate in More Than 30 Years

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Wellesley College received a record number of applications for the Class of 2017. The College received 4,794 applications and admitted just 28 percent, an impressive group of women from 46 states and 40 nations.

  • Hayley Goydan ’14 Caps Wellesley Diving Season with Strong NCAA Performance

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    The junior's All-America honors round out a fantastic season for Wellesley Swimming & Diving, and is accompanied by solid performance in all the Blue varsity winter sports.

  • Whitin Observatory to Host Public Event on Friday

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    The Whitin Observatory at Wellesley College opens its doors to the public, inviting stargazers to hear student presentations, tour the historic building, and observe the skies with its 6-inch and 12-inch telescopes, weather permitting.

  • Walter Mosley and China Miéville Speak at Wellesley March 26

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    The Distinguished Writers Series at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities presents authors in dialogue with the audience. Mosley and Miéville both work in a multitude of genres.

  • Wellesley Wednesday: Climbing Poetree

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Spoken word and multimedia duo Climbing Poetree visits Wellesley for a performance and workshop addressing "Art as Activism" on Wednesday, March 27. 

  • Julie Norem: The Power of Negative Thinking

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Is this glass as half-full or half-empty? If you want better outcomes, maybe you should consider it half empty. Julie K. Norem, Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology, recently spoke with the Boston Globe and Canada's Globe and Mail about the power of negative thinking.

  • Andrew Shennan: Can MOOCs Work with Liberal Arts?

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are a hot topic in higher education today. In a piece for the New England Journal of Higher Education, Provost and Dean of Wellesley College Andrew Shennan looks at how MOOCs can work with a liberal arts curriculum.

  • Wellesley Senior Presents at Middle Eastern Studies Conference in Qatar

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Mary Kenefake ’13 is in Doha this week, presenting her paper, “The Socioeconomic Transformation of Iran: Reform and Revolution 1973–1985.”

  • Wellesley Researchers Investigate eBook Use

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Drawing from a survey conducted at Wellesley in 2012 and past use data, a new whitepaper by Wellesley College researchers investigates what drives the use and acceptance of ebooks, and factors behind the rate of adoption of ebooks at undergraduate institutions.

  • Wellesley's Jim Wice on The Boston Brakers Power Soccer Club

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services for Wellesley College, is a member of the Boston Breakers, a recently formed power soccer club. He spoke with Boston.com about the sport and what the team needs to take the game to the next level.

    members of the Boston Brakers, a recently formed club, power soccer - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/roxbury/2013/03/despite_funding_lag_...
    members of the Boston Brakers, a recently formed club, power soccer - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/roxbury/2013/03/despite_funding_lag_...
  • Wellesley Women Help Further Goals of WPSP

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    The Women in Public Service Project brings Wellesley students and alums together with global women leaders. Shradha Basnyat ’13 (center) spoke on a panel with Director of WPSP Rangita de Silva de Alwis and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara D. Sonenshine.

  • Wellesley Professor of Religion Sharon Elkins on Pope Francis

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Last week, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was chosen as the new leader of the Catholic Church, becoming Pope Francis. Wellesley's Sharon Elkins reflects on issues he might address as pope.

  • Author Walter Mosley at Wellesley on March 26

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Best-selling authors Walter Mosley and China Miéville will read at Wellesley College on March 26 as part of the Newhouse Center's Distinguished Writers Series. Mosley, who is most widely recognized for his crime fiction, was recently interviewed for the Boston Globe Biblophiles column.

  • Wellesley Student Wins Prestigious MIT Music Award

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Audrey Wozniak ’14 has won the MIT Concerto Competition as a solo violinist. She will perform Mozart's Adagio and Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, and serve as concertmaster for Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in a March 15 concert.

  • Press Talks to Wellesley's Nina Tumarkin on Hugo Chavez Death

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Professor of History Nina Tumarkin has lent her expertise to the analysis of Venezuela's next steps in the wake of its president's death—including what will be done with his body.

  • Closing of Piracy Website Increased Legal Movie Sales, Study Shows

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    A study coauthored by Wellesley economist Brett Danaher, is the first to examine the impact of shutting down a major piracy website. Danaher’s findings have gained international media attention, from the Wall Street Journal to El Mundo.

  • Ida Liu ’98 Rings Closing Bell on NYSE

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Liu, a managing director at Citi Private Bank, was among top women execs from Citi who rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on March 7 to commemorate International Women’s Day.

  • Fulbright Scholar, Singer, Mary McPartlan Visits Wellesley College

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    The renowned Irish performer will present an illustrated lecture on March 11 about Ireland's influential female singers from the 1950s and beyond; McPartlan will perform selected songs.

  • Protesting America: New Book Explores Breakdown in US-South Korea Alliance

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S. Korea Alliance, a new book by Professor Katharine H.S. Moon, offers insights on policy changes to improve the alliance between the United States and Korea, and a comparative analysis of U.S. relations with other host countries.

  • Wellesley Alum’s Book Wins AAAS Award

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science named Ocean Sunlight, by Molly Bang ’65, the Best Children’s Science Picture Book of 2012.

  • 140 Years Ago Today: Wellesley College Takes Its Name

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Dispensing with its original title of Female Seminary, in 1873 Wellesley embraced the broader pursuit of a liberal education equivalent to that available to men.

  • Science Fiction Conference Explores International Themes

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Wellesley College hosts a Global Science Fiction Conference March 8-9. Friday opens with keynote speaker Andrea Hairston and musician Pan Morigan and a screening of the film Cloud Atlas. Panels on Saturday discuss the genre across various national and cultural traditions.

  • David Olsen Creates Mural in Newhouse Center

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Explosions in the Sky was created over the course of two weeks in the main corridor of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, where Olsen is a Wellesley Faculty Fellow for 2012-13.

  • David Ferry talks to PBS on Writing Verse, Reading Poems, Winning Awards at 88

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    David Ferry, the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English and recent recipient of the prestigious National Book Award for Poetry for his collection Bewilderment, spoke to PBS about his award, his poetry and his own "deep connections to the past."

  • Wellesley to Offer Asian American Studies Minor

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    A minor in Asian American Studies will allow all Wellesley College students the opportunity to study an area of increasing international importance. Courses for credit toward the minor begin Fall 2013.

  • 24-Hour Shakespeare Returns to Wellesley

    Friday, March 1, 2013

    The Wellesley College Shakespeare Society, joined by the community, will read (continuously) the complete works of William Shakespeare from Friday, March 1, at noon to Saturday at noon. Come to the Shakespeare Society House (near the Davis Museum) and read an entire play or two lines of a sonnet to help out. Free and open to the public.

  • Women's Review of Books Reaches 30th Anniversary

    Friday, March 1, 2013

    On the first day of Women’s History Month, we congratulate Women's Review of Books on its 30th anniversary. The Wellesley Centers for Women publication has reviewed more than 4,200 books by and about women since 1983.

  • Wellesley College Hosts Global Science Fiction Conference

    Friday, March 1, 2013

    The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College will host a Global Science Fiction Conference on March 8 and 9 designed to bring the community and scholars together to explore the genre of science fiction as it is presented in various national and cultural traditions.

  • Wellesley College 2013 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony, February 28

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    A ceremony honoring the recipients of the 2013 Alumnae Achievement Awards will be held Thursday, February 28, in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall at 5:30 p.m.

  • Margaret Keane Delivers the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    In this Wellesley Wednesday event, Professor of Psychology Margaret Keane explores findings from research on how memory shapes behavior and enables us to envision the future. Free and open to the public.

  • Wellesley Professor Discusses Race and Gender Stereotypes and the First Lady

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies, recently joined WBUR's Radio Boston for a discussion on Michelle Obama and race in America.

  • Scott Gunther Sheds Light on Same-Sex Marriage Protests in France

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Associate Professor of French Scott Gunther writes in the Huffington Post about differences between the way opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States and France articulate opposition.

  • Shakespeare and Company Brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Wellesley

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    Shakespeare’s romantic comedy takes the stage in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium on Monday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

  • Festival of Dance Showcases Wellesley’s Dance Prowess

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    Wellesley’s first Festival of Dance takes places February 23, 2013, with workshops and a collaborative night of performance by a dozen Wellesley dance organizations and several Wellesley musical orgs.

  • International Mother Language Day at Wellesley

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Wellesley marks International Mother Language Day, thanks to the leadership of the newly formed Bangladeshi Student Association, for whom Language Movement Day is a national holiday.

  • Barbara Beatty on Universal Preschool Education

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Barbara Beatty, professor of education, spoke with WBUR's Radio Boston yesterday about calls by President Barack Obama and Governor Deval Patrick for universal preschool education.

  • Alum Awarded Funds to Launch Livestock Education Center in Haiti

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Nikki Wright '08, now a student at the UPenn Veterinary School, and a colleague won $25,000 for a project that proposed the creation and construction of a learning center in Haiti designed to provide education and training in sustainable goat management.

  • "Prepared Box for John Cage" on View at the Davis

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is home to the multimedia exhibition honoring 20th century avant-garde composer and innovator John Cage until June 9, 2013.

  • Michael Jeffries: Obama's Chicago Speech Can't Address Gun Violence Unless It Takes on Race

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies, in the Atlantic.

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    In keeping with the day, we invited friends on the Wellesley College Facebook and Twitter pages to share what they loved most about Wellesley. Students and alums love "everything" down to "Platform 9¾," but most especially they appreciate one another.

  • Wellesley Faculty on the 2013 State of the Union

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Wellesley College professors from different disciplines (including sociology, political science, and environmental studies) weigh in on various topics discussed in this year's Address.

  • Wellesley Economist Phillip Levine Featured in New York Times

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    A study by Phillip B. Levine, Courtney Coile, and Robin McKnight examined effects of job loss on older workers. Last week, New York Times featured Levine answering reader questions about job loss and life expectancy among older workers.

  • Blizzard of 2013

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    A powerful blizzard battered the region (causing closure of the College and most of the Commonwealth), but cleared up in time for students to enjoy two feet of fresh snow. See more photos on Wellesley Wire.

  • Harleston Parker Medal Honors Wellesley Alum and Alumnae Valley

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    The award honoring the "single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years went to a team including Andrea Leers '64 for the MIT Media Lab; Wellesley's Alumnae Valley was named runner-up.

  • Wellesley College Presents The Petrouchka Project, Mythos/Melos

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    Wellesley College presents “The Petrouchka Project, Mythos/Melos: The Intertwining Threads of Music and Narrative.” Lecture and recital Wednesday, February 6 at 12:30 p.m.; concert Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Jerome A. Schiff Fellows Pursue a Wide Range of Research

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    The Jerome A. Schiff Charitable Trust funds the independent research projects of 10 to 15 Wellesley College students during each academic year. Meet five of this year's Schiff Fellows.

  • Black History Month at Wellesley College

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    This month Wellesley celebrates the contributions of African Americans through an extensive program of events, presented by Harambee House and taking the theme “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality.”

  • Wintersession in Morocco Program Inspires Students

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Fifteen Wellesley students started Spring semester this week fresh off an illuminating Wintersession program in Morocco.

  • As President Obama Begins a Second Term, Are We Done Talking About Race?

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America, a new book by Wellesley's Michael P. Jeffries, presents Obama’s presidency as a way to reach understanding of how race works in America.

  • New History Books Look at Social Changes in Different Eras, Geographies

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    New books by history faculty members Guy Rogers, Lidwien Kapteijns, and Quinn Slobodian provide new perspectives on social changes in diverse periods and geographical areas with topics ranging from cults in antiquity to European social protests to Somalian genocide.

  • President Bottomly Expands on NY Times Opinion on MOOCs

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    In a letter to the editor published by The New York Times, President H. Kim Bottomly expanded on Thomas L. Friedman's optimism for the future of online education. Wellesley announced participation in EdX earlier this year.

  • Phil Levine Talks with The Atlantic About the Impact of Roe v. Wade

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    In the years following Roe v. Wade, the U.S. saw fewer births, less crime, and fewer children living in poverty, but economists have yet to crack some big questions about the decision's impact, Professor Phil Levine explains to The Atlantic.

  • Festina Lente Opens at the Davis Museum

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Festina lente offers an unconventional behind-the-scenes opportunity to survey the Greek and Roman holdings in the Davis Museum's permanent collections. The exhibition runs through July 7.

  • Wellesley Alumnae Are Leaders in Philanthropy

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    The New York Times says Lulu Chow Wang '66 and her husband, Anthony Wang, established themselves in the vanguard of a new wave of Asian-American philanthropy when they donated $25 million to Wellesley College in 2000.

  • Summer Session Registration Opens January 28

    Monday, January 28, 2013

    Students from Anthropology 299: Home and Away, a 2012 Summer Session course, traveled to Iceland to conduct anthropological fieldwork. That course is offered again, along with 60 others to choose from in June and July.

  • CWS Sponsors Wintersession Service Trip

    Friday, January 25, 2013

    During the last week of Wintersession, a group of 17 Wellesley students and three staff members traveled to New Orleans for the Center for Work and Service’s seventh annual Habitat for Humanity service trip.

  • Madeleine Albright and Henry Paulson at Wellesley

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    On January 24, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ‘59 and Former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson discuss “The United States and China in the 21st Century” in a public event moderated by Cokie Roberts ‘64, senior correspondent for ABC News and NPR.

  • First Freedom Project Wintersession Institute Underway at Wellesley

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    In the first annual Freedom Project Wintersession Institute, 15 selected students participate in an intensive, five-day seminar with leaders in the field of libertarian and classical liberal thought.

  • Three College Wintersession Program Wraps Up with Student Presentations

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    Twelve students from Wellesley, Olin, and Babson colleges worked together for two weeks on a consulting project for Practically Green, a Boston-based sustainability company.

  • Michael Jeffries on the Cultural Significance of President Obama

    Friday, January 18, 2013

    Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America by Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies Michael Jeffries explores themes like biracialism, the notion of "post-racial society," and portrayals of Michelle Obama.

  • Wellesley Hosts Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championships

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Come cheer on the Blue as the squad seeks its 21st—and 16th consecutive—Seven Sisters Championship title this weekend in Chandler Pool. Events start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Wellesley Alumna Named First Woman President of Lafayette College

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Alison R. Byerly ’83 has been named the 17th president of Lafayette College, a residential liberal arts college in Easton, Pa., that was founded in 1826. Byerly will take office on July 1, 2013.

  • Wellesley Announces the Wellesley College-Peking University Partnership for Women’s Leadership in a Global Era

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    President H. Kim Bottomly introduces the first in a series of collaborations that Wellesley College plans to develop with distinguished educational institutions throughout the world.

  • Melinda Lopez Selected for Theatre Residency

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Wellesley’s Melinda Lopez, lecturer in theatre studies, is one of 14 playwrights around the country to receive a three-year residency funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Boston Globe reports. Her residency at Boston's Huntington Theater begins July 1.

  • Former President of Cape Verde Visits Wellesley College

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Former President and Mo Ibrahim Prize winner Pedro Pires addresses the Albright Institute on January 11, discussing his nation's transition to democracy. Free and open to the public.

  • Wellesley Summer Theatre Presents 'Holiday'

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    A nationally acclaimed performing arts group that provides students the chance to work with professional actors, Wellesley Summer Theatre presents a 1920s classic comedy by Philip Barry
, opening January 10 and running through February 3, 2013


  • Wellesley on Several Year-End "Best Of" Lists

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    This photo, by Boston Globe photographer David Ryan, of Radcliffe Bailey's "Windward Coast," was named one of the 10 Best Boston Globe photos of 2012. Several Wellesley community members, events, and activities received recognition on 2012 year-end Best Of lists.

  • Wellesley Welcomes First Engineering Faculty Member

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    Visiting Lecturer Amy Banzaert joins Wellesley in Spring 2013 as the College’s first engineering faculty member; she is also a member of the 2013 Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs Wintersession faculty.

  • 2013 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs Opens

    Monday, January 7, 2013

    The fourth annual Albright Institute Wintersession program kicks off on January 7. Meet the 40 young women selected as this year's Albright Institute Fellows.

  • Wellesley's Greenhouses Welcome Visitors Year-Round

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Winter's chill in your bones? Need a breath of tropical (or desert) air? Visit the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses at Wellesley College, the most diverse collection of plants under glass in the greater Boston area.

  • Book Edited by Wellesley Professor Unites Scholars and Theatre Professionals

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Wellesley Professor of English Yu Jin Ko recently co-edited Shakespeare’s Sense of Character: On the Page and from the Stage, with an introduction by Ko and essays from scholars and dramatists.

woman with donkey from aija-liisa ahtila's exhibition
woman with donkey from aija-liisa ahtila's exhibition

Boston Globe Critic's Pick Lists Current Exhibition at the Davis

December 23, 2013

The Boston Globe Critic's Pick encourages fans of the visual arts to visit the Davis to see Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Olentoja (Creatures), which runs through January 5, 2014.

Greek Gods, Human Lives

September 24, 2013

Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, joined NPR's RadioWest in August to discuss how unpredictable gods in Ancient Greece could bring out the best in humanity.

College Government Gavel Turns 100

August 28, 2013

The 2013-2014 College Government President, Joy Das ‘14, is the 100th owner of the College Government gavel. The gavel was presented to the College Government Association in March 1914 following the burning of College Hall and has since been passed down from president to president.

Wellesley-Peking Partnership Featured in Caixin Media's Century Weekly

June 26, 2013

The Wellesley-Peking Partnership is the subject of the June 26, 2013 issue of Century Weekly from Caixin Media, which is based in Beijing.