seminar group led by Lee Cuba
Lee Cuba leads discussion in seminar room

Spotlight on Teaching: Learning by Giving

September 25, 2014

An award-winning new class integrates writing and the complex world of philanthropy. In SOC/WRIT 307 Nonprofit Organizations and American Cities in the 21st Century, students partner with nonprofit organizations and learn grant writing skills with a tangible outcome.

graphics inviting you to lake day september 17
Graphics announcing Lake Day September 17

Lake Day 2014: "Like" Day

September 17, 2014

If you're on campus, the bright blue sky, the crisp fall air, and the smell of fried dough mean one thing: Lake Day! On September 17, the Schneider Board of Governors once again hosted the surprise celebration of fall, friends, and fun.

Jolly Roger flies above Beebe entrance
jolly roger flies above Beebe entrance

Wellesley Students Embrace International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19, 2014

Avast! The nautical heritage of Wellesley's Beebe Hall has evolved into a "friendly pirate" culture for the residence hall, especially strong on a day like International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

diverse group of students relaxing and laughing in library
diverse group of students chatting in library by windows

Prospective Students Invited to Discover Wellesley

September 22, 2014

On several dates through the fall, beginning Saturday, September 27, Wellesley’s Board of Admission offers unique visiting experiences to anyone interested in the College, and on October 19-20 offers an overnight visit for high school seniors.

Wellesley professor Kristina Jones participates in an on-camera interview with WCVB's Chronicle
view over camera man's shoulder of three students tending to plants

Wellesley Campus Is a "Hidden Gem"

September 10, 2014

WCVB’s Chronicle featured the Wellesley College campus as a Boston-area “hidden gem.” Wellesley professor Kristina Jones reminded viewers that Wellesley’s beautiful campus also serves an important academic purpose, as a living laboratory.

hand holding b&w image of 1970s Flower Sunday in front of full color image of modern flower sunday, both inside Chapel
September 7, was Flower Sunday at Wellesley College, a tradition that dates back to the College's founding

Wellesley Celebrates Flower Sunday 2014

September 8, 2014

September 7 was Flower Sunday at Wellesley College, a tradition that dates back to the College's founding.

Erin Giglia holding son in her lap
Erin Giglia, Laurie Rowen, and their respective children pose with a laptop on a couch

Forbes Profiles Wellesley Alum's Game-Changing Business

September 12, 2014

Erin Giglia '98 recalls Wellesley's influence in her approach to a career that is helping redefine how law can be practiced.

Oscar Fernandez
the words "keep calm and do calculus" superimposed on a traffic snarl

Wellesley Professor Offers Insider’s Perspective on the National Math Crisis

September 30, 2014

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Oscar Fernandez says a key driver of the national math crisis is the way the subject is being taught. He proposes a new method that “flips the script” on the old instruction method.

sunset over everglades glassy water with aligator in foreground
sunset over everglades glassy water with aligator in foreground

Wellesley Faculty Voices on Hot Topics

September 9, 2014

One of the nation's largest wilderness areas is named for Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 1912; today wilderness bills languish in Congress. Jay Turner writes in an op-ed that along with wilderness our capacity for self-governance is threatened. Hahrie Han blogs about community organizing, and Russian area studies faculty explore turmoil in that region.

four students leaping and laughing
four students leaping and laughing, splattered with purple paint

The Academic Year Begins

September 2, 2014

The semester ceremonially opens September 2 at Convocation, with remarks from the president, provost, and student government representatives, followed by Stepsinging. (For those returning to campus from time away, here's what happened "while you were out.")

drawing of Shakespeare
drawing of shakespeare studying computer screen

Lights On: WellesleyX Shakespeare Course Begins Next Week

September 26, 2014

The newest WellesleyX course, Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance, begins in October. Taught by Yu Jin Ko and Diego Arciniegas, the MOOC explores the work of the Bard from both literary and theatrical perspectives.

The National Science Foundation logo
Empty test tubes in rainbow hues

Seven Wellesley Professors Win National Science Foundation Grants

September 29, 2014

Seven Wellesley professors representing six departments or programs received NSF grants this year to pursue research projects ranging from vascular development in plants to the changing structures of American families.

Elizabeth Engel poses at banner for Scholastic Art & Writing Award
carnegie hall balconies with audience

Wellesley First Year Honored in National Writing Competition

September 23, 2014

Elizabeth Engel '18 talks to us about her passion for her craft after winning a gold medal in the 2014 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. Wellesley first-year gold medalists also include Grace Ming, Madeleine Barowsky, and Stephanie Yeh.

crowd with banners at NYC climate march
400,000 people gathered in New York City this week to demand faster political action on climate change.

Wellesley Professor Talks to Media on the 'People's Climate March'

September 24, 2014

In light of the recent massive demonstration to demand quicker political action to reduce carbon emissions, WBUR’s Radio Boston called upon Associate Professor of Political Science Hahrie Han to discuss what makes protest movements capable of real political change.

Actors From the London Stage Return for Ninth Season at Wellesley

September 22, 2014

The Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), one of the oldest and most respected touring Shakespeare companies in the world, returns to Wellesley for a ninth season. THe actors will present student workshops and three public performances of Much Ado About Nothing, October 9, 10 and 11.

faculty chat and peruse colleagues' work laid out on tables in library
faculty talk, laugh, and look at printed pages together in Clapp reading room

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

September 18, 2014

On September 16, Wellesley community members were treated to an array of intellectual and artistic output that, while presented in a simple format, was stunning in its depth, breadth, and variety.

A set of 10 colorful screen prints by Michael Craig-Martin for exhibit on display at the Davis Museum.

The Davis Museum Announces Fall 2014 Exhibitions

September 3, 2014

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents six new exhibitions. From Sept 17 to Dec 21: New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition; Feast Your Eyes; Sigalit Landau: DeadSee; and Michael Craig-Martin: Art&Design. From Oct. 1 through Spring 2015, Edged in Black: Selections from SMS and Hanging with Old Masters: Davis Museum Reinstallation.

multicolored van with backdoors open revealing may screens inside, boxes and broken glass in installation to the right
multicolored van with backdoors open revealing may screens inside, boxes and broken glass in installation to the right

New Season Opens at the Davis

September 16, 2014

A “vehicle” of art and film? Shattered glass that glints and climbs its way to the ceiling? Both offer glimpses into New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition, opening tomorrow night during the Davis Museum’s Fall Celebration.

15 diverse Wellesley women pose at Cradles to Crayons
sidewalk chalk messages inviting Day to Make a Difference service

Wellesley Serves with Day to Make a Difference

September 15, 2014

From Coastsweep to Cradles to Crayons, Habitat for Humanity to Wellesley Botanic Gardens, members of the Wellesley community jumped into service projects all around the region over the past weekend for Wellesley's Day to Make a Difference.

mother strapping helmet on bubble-wrapped kid as he goes out the door
cartoon showing parents supervising children in bathtub, with lifeguard

Wellesley Sociologist Markella Rutherford on NPR

September 11, 2014

Are kids today overprotected? Associate Professor of Sociology Markella Rutherford spoke with a California-based NPR station about parental decision-making around risk and safety for today's children, and how it differs from generations past.

Zadie Smith portrait
Zadie Smith portrait

Impressive New Season of On-Campus Events Open to All

September 5, 2014

Get ready to mark your calendars! The Fall 2014 Arts and Culture at Wellesley Calendar of Events is now available. Artists, performers, thought leaders, writers (like Zadie Smith, pictured), and more will enrich this autumn at Wellesley.

Wendy Chen headshot
granite sculpture by Wendy Chen

Wendy Chen '14 Wins Most Promising Young Poet Award

September 4, 2014

Wendy Chen '14 was awarded the Academy of American Poets' first Aliki Perrotti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award for her poem, They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea.

reflection of science center interior on display case showing passenger pigeon
reflection of science center interior on display case showing passenger pigeon

Reflections on the Passenger Pigeon

September 3, 2014

A specimen in Wellesley's Science Center collection helps us look back, and look forward.