The Annual Day of Presentations and Panels Brings Students' Far-Flung Learning Experiences to Life on Campus

October 29, 2013

Established through the generosity of Wellesley College trustee Estelle "Nicki" Newman Tanner '57, the Tanner Conference celebrates the relationship between the liberal arts classroom and student participation in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. At once intellectually compelling and personal, the conference presentations focus on the:

  • integration of a student's curricular experiences with significant learning that takes place off-campus;
  • inquiry into the values and purposes of these off-campus experiences that serve to deepen a liberal arts education;
  • impact that these off-campus experiences have on those who engage in them and on the communities in which they occur.

The Tanner Conference provides a venue for students and alumnae to reflect critically upon, analyze, and share their off-campus experiences with others in the College community. Encompassing the diversity of students' off-campus experiences , the conference explores the learning that occurs through internships, service learning experiences, student teaching, international study, international Wintersession programs, experiential learning in courses, independent study, and research conducted away from Wellesley.

The entire community is invited to take in presentations, running from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., on topics ranging from "The Egyptian Revolution: An Insider's Perspective" or "Indigenous Mazahua Culture in 21st Century Mexico" to "Immunology: A Summer of Research in Boston" and "Alzheimer’s: A Future Epidemic." A panel of six students presents "Women World Partners: Reflections on Our Summer in Beijing." The talks and panels cover the globe as well as a universe of investigation, service, cultural exchange, and research. Six students

Visit the Tanner Conference website to see the day's complete schedule with descriptions of each session.