Queen Elizabeth I portrait
three different portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

Spotlight on Teaching: The Myth of Elizabeth

May 6, 2014

Assistant Professor of English Sarah Wall-Randell '97 leads a seminar that through poems, plays, novels, textbooks, films, and discussion considers one of the world's most powerful women. Each month Spotlight on Teaching highlights one of Wellesley's many thought-provoking courses.

giant purple balloon octopus suspended from Science Center ceiling
giant purple balloon octopus suspended from Science Center ceiling

Last Day of Classes Special Report

May 9, 2014

As dawn breaks on the last day of classes at Wellesley, the campus awakes to the colorful overnight ministrations of the purple class of 2014, and seniors toil over some of their very last Wellesley to-do lists.

full audience under the commencement tent
laughing graduates

Commencement 2014

May 30, 2014

Welcome friends and family—and congratulations graduates! On May 30 Wellesley celebrates the purple Class of 2014, our 136th graduating class. Commencement exercises, with an address from BlackRock founder Sue Wagner '82, begin at 10:30 a.m.

Kapteijns at counter of record stall with two Somali stall-keepers
Kapteijns at counter of record stall with two Somali stall-keepers

Afropop Worldwide Interviews Professor on Unique Music Collection

May 21, 2014

The Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History Lidwien Kapteijns discussed her love and study of the music of Somalia—and her unique and impressive collection of recordings—on Afropop's radio feature “Hip Deep.”

Wellesley students in the lab circa 1890
Wellesley students in the lab circa 1890

12 Wellesley Scholars Win NSF Graduate Fellowships

May 29, 2014

Continuing Wellesley's legacy of extraordinary scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, 12 Wellesley scholars won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to support study in their fields. Others were honored by Udall and Goldwater Scholarship Foundations.

close-up of multicolored balls on green grass, sunny day
close-up of many multicolored playground balls on the grass

Wellesley SMILES on USA Today

May 13, 2014

An new student-run initiative called Wellesley SMILES seeks to create “pop-up” moments of fun and spontaneity in student lives. Wellesley SMILES was featured this spring in USA Today’s college section, an example of “random acts of kindness” movements across the country.

Wall Street Journal Profiles Pioneering Alumna Ida Liu '98

May 20, 2014

As the Wall Street Journal reports, Ida Liu '98 blends the worlds of art, fashion, and finance in her role as a financial adviser.

Joy Das
Screenshot from MSNBC including Joy Das and Hillary Clinton in separate images

MSNBC's "Women of 2014" Features Joy Das '14

May 14, 2014

MSNBC Online highlights Joy Das ’14, Wellesley College Government president for 2013-2014, as part of its ongoing series on Women in Politics: College Edition, spotlighting promising women leaders from U.S. colleges and universities.

first two paragraphs of McIntosh's seminal paper
image of first two paragraphs of McIntosh's paper

"New Yorker" Blog Interviews Peggy McIntosh

May 15, 2014

The New Yorker Page-Turner blog talks to Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum, and the woman credited with coining the term white privilege.

Kalina Deng closeup
1974 photo: police and crowds outside of schoolbus

Senior Project: Kalina Yingnan Deng, Philosophy

May 19, 2014

A single paper sophomore year sparked a project of passion for Kalina Yingnan Deng '14. At a recent conference at the College of the Holy Cross she presented her research on the philosophical underpinnings of the 1974 court decision to desegregrate Boston public schools.

spines of books showing titles
spines of recently published books showing titles

Nine New Books by Wellesley Faculty

May 23, 2014

With new books in print over the last five months, impressive scholarship and creativity reveal themselves in faculty work ranging from original poetry to authoritative editions of classic texts.

Senior Kelly Anne McCullagh '14 studies Yeats in her senior thesis
Irish poet William Butler Yeats

Senior Project: Kelly Anne McCullagh '14, English

May 27, 2014

Kelly Anne McCullagh '14 traced the evolving poetic process of Irish poet William Butler Yeats by analyzing changes in his manuscripts over the course of the poet's distinguished career for her senior thesis. 

Galen and Anne Stone visit carillon with Kellie Wo '14
Anne and Galen Stone try Carillon Keyboard in Galen Stone Tower

Galen Stone Visits Campus and Carillon

May 28, 2014

The Galen Stone Tower above Green Hall is one of the most beloved features of Wellesley's campus. This week, the grandson of the donor who made the Tower possible visited the carillon to celebrate the gift and to make some music.


11 students and professor Taylor around seminar table
11 students and Jay Turner work around conference table

Calderwood Seminars Produce Articles, Opportunities

May 22, 2014

The first year of the Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing at Wellesley has concluded with enthusiastic support from students and faculty, and a bonus: Some students have gone on to publish their “public writing.”

Carina Chen and Sojung Lee high five on tennis court
Carina Chen and Sojung Lee exchange high five on tennis court

Wellesley Blue Spring Sports Roundup

May 16, 2014

The Wellesley Blue enjoyed another successful season this spring! Two teams captured NEWMAC titles, and three have earned NCAA bids.

Emily Weddle '14
vintage photo: troupe from Ballets Russes

Wellesley Senior Featured in Huffington Post Thesis Project

May 12, 2014

Emily Weddle ’14 shares her topic (the significance of female patronage in the Ballets Russes) and her "thesising" experience in the Huffington Post College Thesis Project Blog. With a nod to HuffPo, The Daily Shot will run a series of its own featuring projects by Wellesley seniors.

montage of four headshots
world map with Wellesley Fulbright winner's faces tagged to the country they will serve

Four Wellesley Alums to Travel on Fulbright Fellowships Next Year

May 20, 2014

Cailey Stevens ’12, Sophia Mo ’14, Christine Keung ’14, and Jennifer Lu ’12 will work with local communities through activities including research, teaching English, and civic engagement in Mexico, France, China, and Germany, respectively.

Washington Post Speaks with Takis Metaxas on Google's Political Influence

May 14, 2014

Takis Metaxas, professor of computer science, spoke with the Washington Post blog "The Switch" about a new study which suggests Google search results can influence political elections.

Menkiti close up, bookshelves in background, Globe photo
text graphic: Let this then be your understanding, you sons and daughters of the ancient stars, that your home reaches beyond the earth which you call home.

Conference on Influential Philosopher Honors Wellesley Professor

May 8, 2014

On May 10, Wellesley hosts a special conference to celebrate the extraordinary career of Professor of Philosophy Ifeanyi Menkiti and the legacy of his mentor, philosopher John Rawls. Menkiti is retiring this year after more than four decades of service to the College.

4 year old girl walks balance beam in playground
4 year-old girl in purple dress walks a balance beam at Child Study Center playground

Child Study Center Brings Child Development Expert Joan Almon to Wellesley

May 7, 2014

Cofounder of the Alliance for Childhood Joan Almon presents a talk on May 8, "Encouraging Adventure: Redefining Success to Include Risk," as part of the Wellesley College Child Study Center's 100th anniversary celebration.

Wellesley grading book from an earlier era.

Minnesota Daily Op-Ed Praises Wellesley Shadow Grading Policy

May 7, 2014

An opinion piece in the Minnesota Daily praised Wellesley's new shadow grading policy and called for more institutions of higher education to follow the College's lead.

President Bottomly and Hooprolling winner take photo together with cell phone
President Bottomly and Alex Poon, with hoop around both their heads, take cell phone photo of selves

119th Hooprolling at Wellesley

May 5, 2014

Congratulations to Alex Poon ’14, winner of Wellesley College’s 119th annual Hooprolling competition over the weekend! Poon is from McLean, Va., and majors in computer science.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney smiles and holds up Trinity athletic jersey with her last name and number 22 on it

Wellesley Alumna Selected as President of Trinity College

May 2, 2014

Joanne Berger-Sweeney ’79 has been elected as Trinity College's 22nd president, following a unanimous vote by its Board of Trustees. A former student, faculty member, and dean at Wellesley, Berger-Sweeney takes the helm at Trinity on July 1, 2014.