December 2013

hands holding stack of books

Twelve New Books Published by Wellesley Faculty and Staff

December 19, 2013

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

Wellesley's MasterCard Foundation Scholars, Martha Aywa and Refilwe Kotane, talk together in Harambee House.

Meet Wellesley's First MasterCard Foundation Scholars

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.

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

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.

wellesley rowers stand in their shell on the Charles river, boston skyline in the background

A Look Back at 2013 Highlights

December 20, 2013

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

3 photos - Louise McCleary, Bridget Belgiovine, Kim Bottomly

Women from Wellesley Help Lead NCAA/NEWMAC Symposium

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.

women walk in front of Mandela mural

Wellesley Remembers and Honors Mandela's Legacy

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.

diorama with Neanderthals

Wellesley Professor Comments on New Findings Suggesting Neanderthals Cared for Elders

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.

James Noggle in his office

Professor James Noggle Wins $50,000 from NEH

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.

screenshot from Wellesley holiday video showing open window with snowy view and the words, "A time to make memories"

Winter Comes to Wellesley

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.

two students work at a computer in Wellesley library

Hour of Code Comes to Wellesley

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 Schools Open Doors to Open Circle"

December 11, 2013

A story on 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.

Ruth Nagel Jones with friends in dorm room in 1940s

Wellesley Celebrates Life and Legacy of Ruth Nagel Jones '42

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.

Wellesley Professor Jonathan Imber "On Teaching Conservatism"

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.

montage of headshots of Schiff Fellows

Meet the 2013-2014 Jerome A. Schiff Fellows

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.

Brigid Cohen portrait outdoors

Wellesley Alumna Receives American Musicological Society Honor

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.

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

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.

Kate Corcoran and fellow student collect water samples on shore

Wellesley Student Wins Major Environmental Fellowship

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?

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 students work in food bank

Wellesley Encourages Philanthropy on Giving 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.

Marjorie Agosin

Wellesley Professor and Poet Wins Human Rights Award

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

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.