January 2013

three Wellesley history department books

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

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.

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

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.

President Bottomly Expands on NY Times Opinion on MOOCs

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.


Festina Lente Opens at the Davis Museum

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.

Lulu and Anthony Wang at Wellesley Campus Center

Wellesley Alumnae Are Leaders in Philanthropy

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.

students in iceland

Summer Session Registration Opens January 28

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.

students work on porch of Habitat house

CWS Sponsors Wintersession Service Trip

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

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.

Freedom Project Institute students

First Freedom Project Wintersession Institute Underway at Wellesley

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.

group photo of BOW Solutions

Three College Wintersession Program Wraps Up with Student Presentations

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 portrait

Michael Jeffries on the Cultural Significance of President Obama

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 diver in competition

Wellesley Hosts Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championships

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.

Alison Byerly portrait

Wellesley Alumna Named First Woman President of Lafayette College

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.

lion statue outside south gate of Peking University

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

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. Photo by Boston Globe staff.

Melinda Lopez Selected for Theatre Residency

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.

cape verde flag against blue sky

Former President of Cape Verde Visits Wellesley College

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.

Actors from Holiday

Wellesley Summer Theatre Presents 'Holiday'

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


Photo by David Ryan, The Boston Globe

Wellesley on Several Year-End "Best Of" Lists

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.

Amy Banzaert works with Albright fellows

Wellesley Welcomes First Engineering Faculty Member

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.

Katherine Marshall lecturing, seen from behind rows of students

2013 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs Opens

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.

tropical ferns in greenhouse, photo by Flick Coleman

Wellesley's Greenhouses Welcome Visitors Year-Round

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.

Shakespeare portrait

Book Edited by Wellesley Professor Unites Scholars and Theatre Professionals

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.