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Students and faculty pose together.
Students and faculty pose together.

Recipients of Second Annual Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships Announced

November 18, 2019

The Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships support the thesis work of nine Wellesley honors students who are committed to service.


Musicians perform on stage.
Musicians perform on stage.

Controversy at the Latin Grammys: Why Was Reggaetón Slighted?

November 15, 2019

American studies professor and reggaetón expert Petra Rivera-Rideau talks about the significance of reggaetón, one of the highest-grossing genres in Latin music, and why it was slighted at this year’s Latin Grammys.


Two people sit together at a table and have a conversation.
Two people sit together at a table and have a conversation.

Robin Sparkman ’91, StoryCorps’ First CEO, Talks About Her Career and the Importance of Storytelling

November 14, 2019

LISTEN: Ahead of the Freedom Project event “Listening Is an Act of Love: Lessons from StoryCorps,” Robin Sparkman ’91 talks with co-editor-in-chief of “The Wellesley News” Erin Kelly ’20 about her time at Wellesley, her career, and the importance of listening intentionally.


People outside of the Supreme Court protest the Trumps administration's decision to rescind DACA. They hold signs and chant.
People outside of the Supreme Court protest the Trumps administration's decision to rescind DACA. They hold signs and chant.

As SCOTUS Hears DACA Arguments, Alumna Helps Lead the Legal Challenge

November 12, 2019

Sonya Sanchez ’01 has been a leader in the legal challenge to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA through her work on a brief filed by the Regents of the University of California.


Professors join actress Yalitza Aparicio on stage at Wellesley College for an event.
Professors join actress Yalitza Aparicio on stage at Wellesley College for an event.

“Roma” Star and Activist Visits Wellesley

November 13, 2019

Yalitza Aparicio, nominated for a best actress Oscar for her role in the 2018 film “Roma,” sat down with two Wellesley professors for a Newhouse Center discussion.

 

A student talks to a professor in an office space.
A student talks to a professor in an office space.

At Wellesley, a Veteran Learns to Tell Her Story

November 11, 2019

Ashley Anderson DS ’21, who served as a nuclear electronics technician on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, writes nonfiction that explores her childhood and her time in the Navy.


First Gen students, faculty and staff wave from below.
First Gen students, faculty and staff wave from below.

Wellesley Celebrates Connections Among Wellesley’s First-Gen Community

November 8, 2019

LISTEN: On National First-Generation Celebration Day, Shanté Brown, dean of first-year students, and Andy Mowbray, lecturer in art, discuss their experiences as first-generation college students, the importance of the first-gen community at Wellesley, and the successes of Wellesley first-gen students, faculty, and staff.


The cast of Sesame Street celebrates on a street corner.
The cast of Sesame Street celebrates on a street corner.

Happy 50th, “Sesame Street”! Wellesley Researcher Finds Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch Prepare Children for School and Jobs

November 7, 2019

Recent research from Wellesley economics professor Phillip Levine and a colleague at the University of Maryland shows that kids who watch “Sesame Street” do better in school and in the job market.  


A professor stands in front of public art that reads "we are the root and the seed."
A professor stands in front of public art that reads "we are the root and the seed."

From the Middle Ages to Modern-Day Philadelphia: How Black Metaphors Shape Our Understanding of Race

November 6, 2019

Wellesley professor Cord Whitaker took his new book, Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking, home to his South Philadelphia neighborhood, where he sees many of the book’s themes, challenges, and potential for change in action.


An older woman and young child look directly into the camera. They wear bright traditional kurdish clothing.
An older woman and young child look directly into the camera. They wear bright traditional kurdish clothing.

Freedom Project Fellow Discusses Past and Current Struggles of the Kurds

November 5, 2019

Nazan Bedirhanoglu, a Freedom Project postdoctoral fellow in the political science department at Wellesley, offers insight into Kurdish politics and culture, and the Kurdish diaspora in the United States and Europe.


Students and a professor sit in the new science center
Students and a professor sit in the new science center

Molecular Movies Capture Chemistry in Action

November 4, 2019

Under the guidance of Mala Radhakrishnan, associate professor of chemistry, students in Wellesley’s Summer Research Program developed computational models of biochemical interactions.


A view of lake waban and fall foliage from Galen Stone Tower
A view of lake waban and fall foliage from Galen Stone Tower

Falling for a Wellesley Fall? Don’t Mind If We Do!

November 1, 2019

This peak fall view of Lake Waban from Galen Stone Tower is all we need as we head into the end of daylight saving time.


Students dressed in costumes play the carillon.
Students dressed in costumes play the carillon.

Ring, Ring, Boo: Guild of Carillonneurs Holds Halloween Open Tower and Concert

October 31, 2019

Halloween decorations, costumes, and tunes made up the Guild of Carillonneurs latest open tower.


Four students take a selfie with their Tanner name tags before giving their presentation at Tanner 2019
Four students take a selfie with their Tanner name tags before giving their presentation at Tanner 2019

T Is for Tanner: What Happens When Liberal Arts and Experiential Learning Collide

October 30, 2019

At Wellesley’s annual Tanner Conference, a touchstone of the College’s commitment to the liberal arts, students put it all on display.


A sign on a wall by lockers reads Vote Here in English and Spanish
A sign on a wall by lockers reads Vote Here in English and Spanish

2018 Saw Big Surge in Wellesley Student Voting

October 28, 2019

Last year, 52.3 percent of eligible Wellesley students voted in the U.S. midterm elections, a 35.9 percent increase over the 2014 midterms, according to a new report from Tufts University, placing Wellesley at the forefront of a national trend.


A professor gathers water samples on a boat mid voyage. Photo taken at sunset.
A professor gathers water samples on a boat mid voyage. Photo taken at sunset.

Wellesley Professor Examines the Ocean’s Response to Climate Change

September 20, 2019

Assistant professor of chemistry Rachel Stanley and the students in her lab are studying how the biogeochemical processes of the ocean respond to climate change.


A map of Wellesley college with animals.
A map of Wellesley college with animals.

Wellesley Student Illustrates Campus Wildlife in Hand-Painted Map

August 20, 2019

Anya Sheldon ’20 created a colorful map of Wellesley’s campus ecosystem during her Paulson Initiative internship this summer.


A professor works with two students in a lab
A professor works with two students in a lab

Wellesley’s Tetel Lab Explores Links Between Hormones, the Microbiome, and Women’s Health

September 25, 2019

Wellesley professor of neuroscience Marc Tetel and his student researchers are investigating the relationship between hormones, diet, stress, and the microbiome in several projects focused on women’s health.


Two students work on a walled mural.
Two students work on a walled mural.

Students and Faculty Paint Mural in New Global Flora Conservatory

October 17, 2019

The mural in the new Global Flora Conservatory was inspired by professional artists and painted by Wellesley students and faculty—and definitely warrants a trip to Science Hill. 


Various images of star clusters taken by students using a new campus microscope
Various images of star clusters taken by students using a new campus microscope

Wellesley Looks Deeper into Universe with New Telescope

October 25, 2019

Students are finding plenty of ways to use the College’s new PlaneWave Instruments CDK700 telescope, which was installed in the Whitin Observatory this summer.


A woman speaks from a podium with artwork all around her
A woman speaks from a podium with artwork all around her

People of Color in Publishing Looks to Spark Change Across the Industry

October 24, 2019

People of Color in Publishing founder Patrice Caldwell ’15 has created a network of professionals across the publishing industry with a goal of increasing diversity in the field.

 

Members of College Government sit in the academic council room
Members of College Government sit in the academic council room

Wellesley College Government President Speaks About Civic Engagement on Campus

October 23, 2019

College Government President Diana Lam ’20 brings the students’ voice to the Board of Trustees’ Wellesley in the World committee.


A panel of students sit with Madeleine Albright on stage.
A panel of students sit with Madeleine Albright on stage.

A Very Wellesley Weekend Brings Reunions of All Kinds

October 22, 2019

Wellesley celebrated its fourth A Very Wellesley Weekend, which brought together alumnae, parents, and students for Friends and Family Weekend, homecoming, and the Alumnae Achievement Awards.


Two students stand by a newly planted tree and have their picture taken with a cell phone
Two students stand by a newly planted tree and have their picture taken with a cell phone

A Digital Map Celebrates a Wellesley Tradition: Class Trees

October 21, 2019

Kristine Meader ’21 created an interactive map of Wellesley’s class trees.


A portrait of Madeleine Albright
A portrait of Madeleine Albright

Wellesley Celebrates the Albright Institute’s 10th Anniversary

October 18, 2019

In celebration of the Albright Institute’s 10-year anniversary and to ensure its legacy, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 has donated $1 million to the Albright Institute.


Nikki Green sitting at a desk and smiling
Nikki Green sitting at a desk and smiling

What I Did This Summer: Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of Art

September 5, 2019

Nikki A. Greene, assistant professor of art at Wellesley, talks about her summer of writing essays and book chapters, and spending time with her family and adopted beagle.


A young woman works in a rooftop garden
A young woman works in a rooftop garden

On World Food Day, Meet Caroline George ’19, Champion of Food Justice

October 16, 2019

Caroline George ’19 works to create a healthier, more equitable and sustainable food system as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow.


A fall view of campus from lake waban.
A fall view of campus from lake waban.

Hello, Autumn!

October 15, 2019

Autumn begins to show its true colors as students return from fall break.


A box tilts on its axis in an art space.
A box tilts on its axis in an art space.

Daniela Rivera Receives Prestigious Contemporary Art Prize

October 11, 2019

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has given Daniela Rivera, associate professor of art, its 20th annual Rappaport Prize for her contemporary artwork.


Chinese tourists wear 70th anniversary t-shirts as they stand near a large screen set up for the 70th National Day celebrations
Chinese tourists wear 70th anniversary t-shirts as they stand near a large screen set up for the 70th National Day celebrations

The People’s Republic of China at 70: How Chinese Literature and Cinema Illuminate the Cultural Revolution and Its Aftermath

October 9, 2019

Mingwei Song, associate professor of Chinese at Wellesley, reflects on the 70th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of China, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, and current Chinese literature and film.
 


A professor and her student walk through a science lab
A professor and her student walk through a science lab

The Path to a Healthy Brain Starts in the Gut

October 8, 2019

Microbiologist Vanja Klepac-Ceraj studies how microbes respond to and mediate environments, including a freshwater lake, and the human gut.


Students work with professional actors in a black box theatre
Students work with professional actors in a black box theatre

Shakespeare Troupe Teaches and Entertains at Wellesley

October 7, 2019

Shakespearean actors continue a 14-year tradition at Wellesley with workshops and performances of “Twelfth Night.”


A group of students and admissions officers stand outside the admissions building with signs and balloons.
A group of students and admissions officers stand outside the admissions building with signs and balloons.

Class of 2024, Is That You?

October 4, 2019

This Sunday and Monday, prospective students will get a taste of campus life at Discover Wellesley Weekend.


Two students sit at picnic tables in the academic quad.
Two students sit at picnic tables in the academic quad.

Students Discuss Their Summer of Psychology Research

October 3, 2019

Listen to Shruti Samala ’21 (left) and Melisa Campos ’22 (right) talk about the challenges and joys of their summer research work at Wellesley.


two students, Jenna Ocheltree ’22 and Silvia Yu ’21, sitting at a table in front of their math model
two students, Jenna Ocheltree ’22 and Silvia Yu ’21, sitting at a table in front of their math model

Student-Made Model in Clapp Library Illustrates Mathematical Principle

October 1, 2019

A blue spandex model helps visitors to Clapp Library visualize the complex principle of minimal surfaces.


A photo of the UN building with light rays reflecting off it
A photo of the UN building with light rays reflecting off it

Five Takeaways from the UN General Assembly Session

September 30, 2019

The annual general debate of the United Nations General Assembly session opened September 24 in New York, kicking off several days of speeches and controversy.


Nancy Pelosi delivers an address to the nation
Nancy Pelosi delivers an address to the nation

How a Phone Call Led to an Impeachment Inquiry

September 26, 2019

Wellesley political science professors Maneesh Arora and Igor Logvinenko weigh in on how a controversial phone call between U.S. and Ukrainian leaders has sparked a formal impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.


Veronica Lin walks through a forest
Veronica Lin walks through a forest

Veronica Lin ’15 Selected for North American Association for Environmental Education’s 30 Under 30

September 27, 2019

Veronica Lin ’15 leverages her Wellesley computer science major by creating new ways for young students to engage with environmental education in her graduate program at Stanford University. 


A group of people stand around a art exhibit in the Davis Museum
A group of people stand around a art exhibit in the Davis Museum

Davis Museum Kicks Off the Fall Season with Exhibit that Inspires Campus Collaboration

September 23, 2019

Activities and contributions from across the campus community enhance mulitmedia artist Fatimah Tuggar’s exhibition, which is now on display through December 15 at the Davis Museum.


The new Butler Stadium field
The new Butler Stadium field

Wellesley Athletics Dedicates New Butler Stadium, Celebrates Field Hockey Win

September 19, 2019

On September 14, Wellesley Athletics dedicated the new Butler Stadium, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, pregame festivities, a ceremonial first run on the track—and an 8-1 win for the field hockey team!


Cokie Roberts sits in an interview chair
Cokie Roberts sits in an interview chair

Wellesley Community Remembers Award-Winning Journalist Cokie Roberts ’64

September 18, 2019

Cokie Boggs Roberts ’64, groundbreaking journalist, political commentator, and one of the “founding mothers” of NPR, passed away September 17 in Washington. She was 75. 

 


A professor and student work together in a lab space.
A professor and student work together in a lab space.

Neuroscience Professor Sara Wasserman ’02 on the Brain, Behavior, and Wellesley

September 17, 2019

Assistant professor of neuroscience Sara Wasserman’02 combines brain science, genetics, physiology, and computer coding in her research and teaching.


students smiling and holding flowers
students smiling and holding flowers

Wellesley Celebrates 144th Flower Sunday

September 16, 2019

The oldest and longest-surviving tradition at Wellesley, Flower Sunday, returns for its 144th year complete with song and dance, “bigs” and “littles,” and plenty of Wellesley pride.


A collection of old photographs of a woman.
A collection of old photographs of a woman.

Surgeon and War Hero Mabel Seagrave, Wellesley Class of 1905, Honored in Centennial Celebration of Suffrage

August 26, 2019

Mabel Seagrave, class of 1905, one of the first women to earn a degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School, served as a surgeon in WWI and was later chief of staff at Seattle General Hospital.


Two students stand by Adirondack chairs in the academic quad.
Two students stand by Adirondack chairs in the academic quad.

5 New Things We’re Excited About at Wellesley

September 13, 2019

Did you know the Adirondack chairs on the Academic Quad have only been on campus for a year? Check out some of the new additions to campus and learn about our many fantastic upgrades!  


A faculty member climbs on a mountain and holds a Wellesley flag.
A faculty member climbs on a mountain and holds a Wellesley flag.

What I Did This Summer: Jacon Mayer, PERA

September 12, 2019

Thanks to a grant from Wellesley’s Ford Professional Development Fund, recreation coordinator Jacon Mayer spent a part of his summer climbing Alaska’s Denali. Find out more about what Mayer learned and what he’s taking with him into the classroom and beyond.


Bethany Ellis watches a game from the stands.
Bethany Ellis watches a game from the stands.

Meet Bethany Ellis, Wellesley’s New Director of Athletics and Chair of PERA

September 11, 2019

Bethany Ellis joined the Wellesley community this summer as the new director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA).


A student explains her posted to a group of people standing by
A student explains her posted to a group of people standing by

Students Showcase a Summer of Science Research at Poster Session

August 12, 2019

Wellesley College students and faculty marked the close of the Science Center Summer Research Program at its culminating poster session in Pendleton West on Thursday, August 1.


Two students sit on a panel
Two students sit on a panel

Wellesley Students Attend Posse Foundation Summit on the State of Our Union

September 10, 2019

Wellesley student delegates attended a first-of-its kind conference hosted by the Posse Foundation to discuss some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.


President Johnson smiles as students walk by her at convocation.
President Johnson smiles as students walk by her at convocation.

President Johnson Writes Boston Globe Op-Ed: “Speaking with the Enemy 101”

September 9, 2019

In a September 6 “Boston Globe” op-ed, President Paula A. Johnson calls for finding ways to equip students with the tools they need to talk across difference.


A woman laughs at someone out of shot.
A woman laughs at someone out of shot.

Get to Know Wellesley’s New Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life

September 6, 2019

Rev. Jacquelina Marquez, Wellesley’s new dean of religious and spiritual life, talks about her roots, the role faith has played in her life, and what drew her to Wellesley.


A student laughs amid a crowd of students in the theater
A student laughs amid a crowd of students in the theater

Students Encouraged to Bridge Divides at Convocation

September 4, 2019

“How can we more fully access the gifts of our differences? How can we bridge divides, not tumble into them?” President Paula A. Johnson asked attendees at the convocation ceremony that kicked off Wellesley’s 145th academic year.

 

students walking across the Academic Quad
students walking across the Academic Quad

A Sunny Tuesday Morning Welcomes the New Academic Year

September 3, 2019

Happy first day of classes! September 3 marks the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year.


A mom and daughter decorate dorm room walls on move in day
A mom and daughter decorate dorm room walls on move in day

Wellesley Welcomes the Yellow Class of 2023 to Campus

August 28, 2019

On Tuesday, Wellesley’s quads and residential halls were abuzz with first-year students of the yellow class of 2023 busily moving into their new accommodations, helped by parents, grandparents, and siblings. 


Students and community members gather around small potted plants.
Students and community members gather around small potted plants.

Free Plants from the Botanic Gardens Brighten First-Year Students’ Dorm Rooms

August 30, 2019

To enliven dorm rooms and welcome new students to campus, the Botanic Gardens continues the tradition of giving away small potted plants to first-year students.


Two new doctors, who are joining the health services team, talk with a nurse.
Two new doctors, who are joining the health services team, talk with a nurse.

Expanded Hours and a New Physician Team Enhance Wellesley Health Services

August 29, 2019

Starting next week, there will be a new physician team at Health Services—as well as expanded hours and appointment times. On November 1, Wellesley and Newton-Wellesley Hospital will begin a new collaboration that will bring additional benefits including enhanced sports medicine capabilities and access to specialized care. 


Five students work in an office, preparing for orientation 2019.
Five students work in an office, preparing for orientation 2019.

First-year Students “Thrive Together” as Orientation 2019 Begins at Wellesley

August 27, 2019

Happy first year move-in day from Wellesley! As orientation begins, six coordinators and 60 mentors work together to introduce the newest yellow class to Wellesley.


Protestors stand in a street in Hong Kong with signs.
Protestors stand in a street in Hong Kong with signs.

Wellesley Expert on Contemporary China Discusses Hong Kong Demonstrations

August 23, 2019

Wellesley political science professor William Joseph offers insight into the political demonstrations in Hong Kong, the responses of China and the international community, and thoughts about the future.


Two professors and their daughters stand in front of a lake.
Two professors and their daughters stand in front of a lake.

What We Did This Summer: Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald, Political Science

August 22, 2019

Wellesley political science professors Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald bring us across the Atlantic, where they spent the summer continuing their research on government power shifts, exploring medieval cities, and hiking in the Alps with their two daughters.


A student and staff member work on a computer in Wellesley's Maker Space.
A student and staff member work on a computer in Wellesley's Maker Space.

What Do Wellesley Students Do On Campus Over the Summer?

August 21, 2019

Wellesley students who stay on campus over the summer keep busy exploring topics of interest, like analyzing the different career paths of Wellesley alums or learning how to use plotter printers. We sat down with three students to find out how they spent their summers.


A professor works with two middle school female students at computers.
A professor works with two middle school female students at computers.

Wellesley Centers for Women Partners with Local Middle School to Promote Healthy Social Media Use

August 19, 2019

Wellesley Centers for Women teamed up with the College’s computer science department to host a workshop at the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School in Norwood, Mass., that promoted healthy social media use.


Two women look at a card catalogue in the archives.
Two women look at a card catalogue in the archives.

What I Did This Summer: Professor Lisa Rodensky, English

August 15, 2019

In the second installment of our series “What I Did This Summer,” we talk with English professor Lisa Rodensky, who delved into one of the most important bibliographic accomplishments of the 20th century, founded at Wellesley, and researched contributors to a major 19th-century British periodical.

 


The Sun’s Rays Paint Founders Hall in Golden Light
The Sun’s Rays Paint Founders Hall in Golden Light

The Sun’s Rays Paint Founders Hall in Golden Light

August 16, 2019

The last summer campus photo is of Founders Hall bathed in late afternoon light. Before summer ends, we encourage members of the Wellesley College community to go out and find their own favorite spots on campus.


Two students look down at something on a table.
Two students look down at something on a table.

Dear Wellesley: Maggie Haley ’20 and Emily Spaulding ’21 Write from New York City

August 13, 2019

This week’s “Dear Wellesley” postcard comes from Maggie Haley ’20 and Emily Spaulding ’21 who are working in New York City at Social Accountability International, a non-profit and NGO that advocates for human rights in the workplace.


Students pull invasive plants out of the ground and put them in piles for later use.
Students pull invasive plants out of the ground and put them in piles for later use.

Wellesley Students Learn to Make Paper the Hard Way—from Plants

July 15, 2019

The invasive plant species called phragmites are a nuisance, but students, with help from the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative and the Wellesley Book Arts Lab, use it to make handmade paper. 


A staff members places an archival collar on a student
A staff members places an archival collar on a student

100 Years Later: Time Capsule from Wellesley’s Class of 1919 Featured in Library Display

August 14, 2019

Ever wonder what it was like to be a student at Wellesley 100 years ago? A time capsule from the class of 1919 on display in Clapp Library has the answers that might be more familiar than you’d think.


A Wellesley lamp post covered in fog .
A Wellesley lamp post covered in fog .

Fog Makes for Quiet Morning on Campus

August 9, 2019

On Tuesday, a blanket of fog enveloped campus, obscuring the view of Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center from Alumnae Valley. A magical site, indeed!


illustration of two blue women and one red woman wearing white skirts and walking against black and white background
illustration of two blue women and one red woman wearing white skirts and walking against black and white background

In New Book, Professors Chart a History of Life Writing as a Means to Address Gender and Racial Injustice

August 8, 2019

“Witnessing Girlhood” traces a tradition of autobiographical writing about childhood trauma as a means to expose harm and seek justice.


Toni Morrison speaks from a podium at commencement
Toni Morrison speaks from a podium at commencement

Wellesley Remembers the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison

August 7, 2019

#WednesdayWisdom from Toni Morrison​’s 2004 commencement speech at Wellesley College. The renowned and prolific author, who was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away yesterday at age 88. WATCH her full commencement address to the class of 2004 in today’s Daily Shot. 

 

Two students in a postcard standing in front of a skeleton dinosaur.
Two students in a postcard standing in front of a skeleton dinosaur.

Dear Wellesley: Rebecca Arango ’21 and Renee Chen ’21 Send Greetings from Chicago

August 6, 2019

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at one of the largest natural history museums in the world? In this week’s “Dear Wellesley” postcard, Rebecca Arango ’21 and Renee Chen ’21 get firsthand knowledge of how every display (of over 40 million specimens!) in Chicago’s Field Museum is pitched, planned, developed, and produced.


A student describes a sculpture on campus outside the science complex
A student describes a sculpture on campus outside the science complex

Davis Intern Tour Features Art in Wellesley Landscape

August 5, 2019

The guided “Bark and Metal” tour, organized by the Davis Museum’s summer interns in collaboration with the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative, focuses on Wellesley’s diverse sculptures and ecology across campus.

 


A view of Galen Stone Tower across Lake Waban
A view of Galen Stone Tower across Lake Waban

A View That Never Gets Old: Galen Stone Tower across Lake Waban

August 2, 2019

This gorgeous shot of Galen Stone Tower across Lake Waban, snapped by Adam Van Arsdale, associate professor of anthropology, never gets old!


Five men stand in a hallway talking.
Five men stand in a hallway talking.

What I Did This Summer: Professor Ismar Volić, Mathematics

August 1, 2019

In the first installment of our series “What I Did This Summer,” we start with travel to Bosnia, where mathematics professor Ismar Volić led a conference on advancing education and arts in his home country. He also shares insights from a lunchtime conversation on STEM education with the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Three women leaders sit on a stage, talking.
Three women leaders sit on a stage, talking.

Wellesley Hosts Inaugural Conference for Women Who Are Municipal Officials in Massachusetts

July 31, 2019

President Paula A. Johnson was the keynote speaker at the first Women Elected Municipal Officials Leadership Conference, which Wellesley hosted for members of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.


students smiling and standing in front of Taj Mahal
students smiling and standing in front of Taj Mahal

Dear Wellesley: Daniela Limbania ’21 and Jennifer Duan ’21 write from New Delhi

July 30, 2019

Daniela Limbania ’21 and Jennifer Duan ’21 are spending their summer in New Delhi, working to provide tuberculosis treatment to individuals in disadvantaged areas. In this week’s installment of the Dear Wellesley postcard series, Limbania and Duan tell us about the impact of their internship and how their time in India has inspired them.


Brenna Greer smiling at the camera
Brenna Greer smiling at the camera

Wellesley Historian Examines Role of African American Marketers in Changing American Media

July 29, 2019

A new book by Brenna Greer, associate professor of history at Wellesley, looks at how ads in “Jet” and “Ebony” magazines with images of African Americans helped change perceptions of black people.


A reflection of a Wellesley lamp post in Paramecium Pond.
A reflection of a Wellesley lamp post in Paramecium Pond.

Paramecium Pond Reflects Stranger (and Beautiful) Things

July 26, 2019

The quieter campus can feel a little bit strange to those of us who inhabit it during the summer months. Though it looks the same as usual, it has us feeling a little like we’re in the Upside Down from “Stranger Things” (now in its third season on Netflix!). Fortunately, we have this reflection of Paramecium Pond to keep us right-side up.


black and white photo of wellesley student and professor against an abstract color background
black and white photo of wellesley student and professor against an abstract color background

Wellesley Student and Professor Research Wikipedia’s Role in Perceived Political Bias

July 25, 2019

LISTEN: How “edit wars” and “vandalism” can turn a common good for the free flow of information into a tool for molding political bias. Computer science professor Eni Mustafaraj and Khonzodakon Umarova ’20 discuss their research about the Wikipedia pages of news sources.


A hand holding a smart phone that displays the FaceApp
A hand holding a smart phone that displays the FaceApp

FaceApp Has Users Wondering About More than Their Future Looks

July 24, 2019

Wellesley computer science instructor Peter Mawhorter weighs in on the recent success of the photo-editing app FaceApp and the #AgeChallenge.


Two aids sprint down the steps of the Supreme Court holding decisions.
Two aids sprint down the steps of the Supreme Court holding decisions.

As Supreme Court Term Ends, Two Wellesley Professors Discuss Recent and Future Cases

July 22, 2019

Wellesley political science professors Jennifer Chudy and Tom Burke offer insight into whether the Supreme Court’s recent decisions were swayed by public opinion and what to expect from the court when it reconvenes in the fall.


A student wearing hospital scrubs stands in front of an operating table in a hospital room
A student wearing hospital scrubs stands in front of an operating table in a hospital room

Dear Wellesley: Cecilia Barreto ’20 Writes from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston

July 23, 2019

Cecilia Barreto ’20 is spending her summer just down the road at Brigham and Women’s Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery. In this third installment of the Dear Wellesley postcard series, Barreto tells us what she has learned about the medical field and where she sees herself next.  


A large full moon with a tiny astronaut holding an American flag floats above the observatory.
A large full moon with a tiny astronaut holding an American flag floats above the observatory.

Wellesley Physicist Researches the Moon Using Instrument Left by Apollo 11

July 19, 2019

Reflectors left on the moon 50 years ago by the Apollo 11 astronauts still yield significant data for scientists like Wellesley professor James Battat and his team of student researchers.


A selfie with Tan France and Hannah Braaten
A selfie with Tan France and Hannah Braaten

Can You Believe!? Wellesley Alumna Edits “Queer Eye” Star’s New Memoir

July 18, 2019

Ahead of the season four premiere of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” on July 19, Hannah Braaten ’11 shares what it was like editing “Queer Eye” star Tan France’s new memoir and what she learned from working with the LGBTQ icon.


A male performer sings on stage.
A male performer sings on stage.

Wellesley Professor Explains Reggaeton’s Relationship to the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

July 17, 2019

Wellesley professor Petra Rivera-Rideau wins a Puerto Rican studies prize for her essay on a reggaeton artist Tego Calderón’s music video.


Two blooming water lilies on a pond.
Two blooming water lilies on a pond.

Water Lilies Bloom on Paramecium Pond

July 12, 2019

Spotted! A honeybee stops for breakfast amid the petals of water lilies in full bloom on Paramecium Pond.


A hand out of frame holds a postcard of a woman sitting at a dig site. It reads, "Greetings from Hualcáyan, Peru."
A hand out of frame holds a postcard of a woman sitting at a dig site. It reads, "Greetings from Hualcáyan, Peru."

Dear Wellesley: Kalei Oliver ’20 Writes from the Mountains of Peru

July 16, 2019

Kalei Oliver ’20 is spending her summer uncovering the hidden secrets of history in the highland village of Hualcayán, Peru. In this next installment of the Dear Wellesley postcard series, Oliver takes us to her excavation site and into the community she has joined, nestled between two mountain ranges.


Headshots of three people. Two women and one man.
Headshots of three people. Two women and one man.

“Engineering Rules” that Shape the World’s Economy? We’re Listening.

July 11, 2019

LISTEN: Wellesley political science professor Craig N. Murphy and MIT professor JoAnne Yates discuss their new book, “Engineering Rules,” which looks at the history of voluntary standard setting and its global impact.


A woman sits at a table with a microphone.
A woman sits at a table with a microphone.

Wellesley Researcher Testifies Before Congress on the Economic Benefits of Immigration

July 10, 2019

Wellesley Centers for Women economist Sari Pekkala Kerr discussed immigrant entrepreneurs’ contributions to the economy at a June 26 hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on the Budget.


An image of the front of The Stonewall Inn.
An image of the front of The Stonewall Inn.

On the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, Wellesley Professor Discusses Its Legacy and Impact

June 27, 2019

Fifty years ago, six days of protest at the Stonewall Inn sparked LGBTQ liberation movements. Wellesley assistant professor of English Octavio González reflects on Stonewall’s legacy and cultural impact.


A hand off camera holds a postcard of two students sitting on a staircase.
A hand off camera holds a postcard of two students sitting on a staircase.

Dear Wellesley: Our 2019 Summer Postcard Series Begins with Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 Writing from Morocco

July 9, 2019

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences around the world. To kick off our series, Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 write from Marrakech, Morocco.


Logistics and transportation of Container Cargo ship with working crane bridge in shipyard at sunrise,
Logistics and transportation of Container Cargo ship with working crane bridge in shipyard at sunrise,

Wellesley Economist Says U.S. Foreign Direct Investment Is a Casualty of the Trade War

July 1, 2019

Economics professor Joseph Joyce discusses the far-reaching impact of changes in U.S. corporate tax laws.


A photo of a flag on top of a residence hall.
A photo of a flag on top of a residence hall.

Shafer Hall’s Turrets Celebrate America’s 243rd Birthday

July 5, 2019

Whether you spent your day curbside at a parade or stretched out at a backyard picnic, all of us at Wellesley College hope you had a happy and healthy Fourth of July!


A DeLorean with doors up parked outside of LuLu Campus Center.
A DeLorean with doors up parked outside of LuLu Campus Center.

Davis Museum Summer Film Series Presents “Back to the Future”

July 8, 2019

Wellesley’s Davis Museum continues its fourth annual summer film series on July 11 with “Back to the Future.”


A visiting professor and students document their finds at a dig site on campus.
A visiting professor and students document their finds at a dig site on campus.

All Good Digs Must Come to an End (for the Summer)

July 3, 2019

Elizabeth Minor ’03 and a team of students measure, draw, and document before saying farewell to the Tower Court archeological site for the summer.


Fireworks over lake waban
Fireworks over lake waban

Behind the Scenes with Wellesley’s Director of Culinary Operations: July 4 Edition

July 4, 2019

Keith Tyger, director of culinary operations at Wellesley/AVI Fresh, shares some of his favorite dishes and a few tips to help you get the most out of a summer gathering.


A Wellesley student runs on a track.
A Wellesley student runs on a track.

Wellesley Looks Back on the Past Year in Athletics and Ahead to the Next

July 2, 2019

This spring, Grace Cowles ’21 ended her season with a sixth-place finish in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships—just one highlight from an amazing year in athletics for the Wellesley Blue.


Galen Stone Tower as seen from Severance Hill and framed by green foliage.
Galen Stone Tower as seen from Severance Hill and framed by green foliage.

Galen Stone Tower Reaches High Above Summer’s Green Foliage

June 28, 2019

Summer, is that you? This view from Severance Hill, commonly seen by students and Wellesley community members while sledding after a snowstorm, bursts with color against an early morning haze.


A child dressed up as a lion. He laughs.
A child dressed up as a lion. He laughs.

Why Do Kids Pretend to Be Animals? Wellesley Professor Explains

June 26, 2019

When children pretend to be animals, fantasy characters, or adult professionals, they are building an understanding of other people and the world around them, says Wellesley psychology professor Tracy Gleason.


President Johnson speaks into a microphone while testifying on Capitol Hill.
President Johnson speaks into a microphone while testifying on Capitol Hill.

One Year after Report on Sexual Harassment in Academia, President Paula Johnson Testifies Before Congress on Findings and Bipartisan Legislation

June 24, 2019

On June 12, President Paula Johnson testified before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in her role as co-chair of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that published a report last year about sexual harassment in academic institutions in the fields of the sciences, engineering, and medicine.


Butler boathouse at sunset
Butler boathouse at sunset

Friday’s Solstice and a Bustling Campus Signal Summer at Wellesley

June 21, 2019

The Butler Boathouse is still bathed in light at 7 pm, a day before the summer solstice.


A figure, out of frame, holds a bees nest.
A figure, out of frame, holds a bees nest.

Alumna Discovers New Microbes and Puts them to Work for Humans

June 25, 2019

Research scientist Anne Madden ’06 hopes to discover a new species, a novel antibiotic, or even a way to brew a better beer—all by studying bacteria, fungi and other microbes.


Graffiti on the wall of a house, which reads "Deudor moroso"
Graffiti on the wall of a house, which reads "Deudor moroso"

Wellesley Anthropology Professor Studies Bolivian Lenders’ Use of Graffiti to Trigger Repayment

June 20, 2019

Wellesley anthropologist Susan Ellison, who wrote an award-winning book on Latin America, interviewed borrowers and lenders in El Alto, Bolivia.


A scene from a play production, three women stand looking at a man.
A scene from a play production, three women stand looking at a man.

Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” Now Through June 30

June 19, 2019

Marta Rainer ’98 directs Wellesley Repertory Theatre in a production of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.”


An aerial view of Wellesley's campus featuring lake waban and green hall.
An aerial view of Wellesley's campus featuring lake waban and green hall.

Wellesley Earns Gold Rating for Sustainability Efforts

June 18, 2019

The College earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


Harriette Chandler waves to a crowd.
Harriette Chandler waves to a crowd.

Harriette Chandler ’59 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Public Health Association

June 17, 2019

Massachusetts State Sen. Harriette Chandler ’59 was recently honored for lifetime achievement in promoting public health; Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson presented the award.


Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright sit on a stage with President Johnson.
Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright sit on a stage with President Johnson.

Wellesley Welcomes Classes Ending in 4 and 9 Back to Campus for Reunion 2019

June 11, 2019

Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 joined their fellow alumnae for Wellesley’s reunion weekend.


A line of students walk though the basement of the science building wearing purple gloves and holding brass microscopes.
A line of students walk though the basement of the science building wearing purple gloves and holding brass microscopes.

Wellesley’s Antique Microscopes Move to New Home in President’s Office

May 17, 2019

Wellesley’s collection of antique brass microscopes, which is now moving to President Johnson’s office, offers a window into the College’s pioneering science curriculum.


Staff and faculty play soccer outside.
Staff and faculty play soccer outside.

Clear Blue Skies Provide Perfect Backdrop for Evening Soccer

June 14, 2019

Wellesley faculty and staff enjoy the beautiful June weather during their weekly pickup soccer game.


An arial shot of a forrest and land that has been cleared.
An arial shot of a forrest and land that has been cleared.

Wellesley Ecologist Discusses UN Report on Animal and Plant Extinction

June 13, 2019

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services finds that individual and collective actions are necessary to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.


Two people sit by lake waban near signs that read the names of cities around the world.
Two people sit by lake waban near signs that read the names of cities around the world.

Student Art Project Celebrates Geographical Interconnections

June 12, 2019

Green Beach is now home to a student art project that points the way to cities around the globe.


Alumnae from the class of 2009 celebrate their reunion.
Alumnae from the class of 2009 celebrate their reunion.

The Alumnae Are Coming! Wellesley Welcomes the 4s and 9s for Reunion 2019

June 7, 2019

Reunion 2019 kicks off Friday as the 4s and the 9s make a triumphant return to campus.


A vaccine bottle rests on a table.
A vaccine bottle rests on a table.

Wellesley Professor Discusses Factors Behind Resistance to Measles Vaccinations

June 6, 2019

In the wake of measles outbreaks in the United States, Jonathan Imber, sociology professor at Wellesley, talks about the intersection of public health and free choice.


Three ROTC cadets cut a cake with  a saber
Three ROTC cadets cut a cake with  a saber

Wellesley’s Class of 2019 ROTC Cadets Begin Careers as Military Officers

June 5, 2019

Three newly minted officers receive salutes and gold bars at their commissioning ceremony.


A student and staff member sit in a recording studio, talking.
A student and staff member sit in a recording studio, talking.

Podcast Discusses Approaches to Workforce Diversity in Wellesley’s Construction Projects

May 14, 2019

Tim Singleton, Wellesley’s assistant director of construction, talks with Rinako Sonobe ’20, an architecture major with a minor in math, about the steps Wellesley is taking to increase workforce diversity in construction and design in Massachusetts’ higher education community.


A black and white photo of a man signing a document with women standing behind him.
A black and white photo of a man signing a document with women standing behind him.

Cokie Roberts ’64 Reflects on Women’s Suffrage on the 100th Anniversary of the Senate Passing the 19th Amendment

June 4, 2019

On her “Ask Cokie” segment on NPR, Cokie Roberts ’64 talked about the history and impact of the women’s suffrage movement.


Three professors stand on a stage while the president presents them with an award.
Three professors stand on a stage while the president presents them with an award.

Wellesley Honors Three Professors for Excellence in Teaching

June 3, 2019

During commencement exercises on May 31, Wellesley professors Kimberly Cassibry, Soo Hong, and Jaclyn Hatala Matthes were awarded the Pinanski Teaching Prize.


Anita Hill speaks to a crowd of people. The stage reads 2019.
Anita Hill speaks to a crowd of people. The stage reads 2019.

Commencement Day 2019

May 31, 2019

Commencement is here! Check back throughout the day for scenes celebrating the class of 2019.


A group of students wearing yellow shirts sit outside
A group of students wearing yellow shirts sit outside

Class of 2019: Four Years in Review

May 30, 2019

On May 31, this proud group (shown at their orientation in 2015) will take the stage at Wellesley’s 141st commencement. Before the members of the class of 2019 become alumnae, take a look at a few photos from their early days at Wellesley.


Diplomats sit around a large table.
Diplomats sit around a large table.

Wellesley Professor Tells NBC News U.S. Is Engaging China in a “Game of Chicken”

May 28, 2019

Economist David Lindauer tells NBC News that both sides are being hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.

 


The head shots of 10 of Wellesley's former commencement speakers
The head shots of 10 of Wellesley's former commencement speakers

Memorable Quotes from 10 Wellesley Commencement Speeches, in Celebration of the Yellow Class of 2019

May 24, 2019

The countdown has begun! With one week until commencement 2019, take a look at 10 memorable Wellesley commencement speeches over the decades.


A drawing of the Wellesley College campus, students on campus
A drawing of the Wellesley College campus, students on campus

“Wellesley” Magazine Takes an In-Depth Look at Inclusive Excellence at the College

May 29, 2019

“Wellesley” magazine examines the campus community’s dedication to creating a more inclusive Wellesley.


Students walk through a desert in Arizona.
Students walk through a desert in Arizona.

Wellesley Students Bring Home Ideas for Change after Wintersession Civil Rights and Immigration Trips

May 23, 2019

Wintersession trips to the Southern United States and the Arizona-Mexico border gave Wellesley students an opportunity to explore faith, social justice, and making a difference, and to share their experiences with the campus community.


Six students stand in front of an art installation that depicts the inside of the MBTA's Red Line.
Six students stand in front of an art installation that depicts the inside of the MBTA's Red Line.

Students Construct a Multimedia Art Installation for the Community Day of Poetry

April 26, 2019

Students in Wellesley’s Dynamic Interface Design class built a multimedia installation in Pendleton West inspired by #PoetryontheT, showcasing poems members of the Wellesley community wrote for National Poetry Month.


Students and members of the Wellesley College Campus Police pose for a photo.
Students and members of the Wellesley College Campus Police pose for a photo.

Wellesley Campus Police Host Iftar Feast on Campus

May 22, 2019

Wellesley Campus Police hosted its first iftar feast, bringing together more than a dozen members of Wellesley’s Muslim community, including the student group Al-Muslimat, to break the daily Ramadan fast.


Students stand on a dock by Lake Waban preparing to take a photo.
Students stand on a dock by Lake Waban preparing to take a photo.

And That’s a Wrap! Wellesley Closes Out the 2018–19 Academic Year

May 21, 2019

Happy last day of finals from Wellesley! Summer has officially begun for the red, purple, green, and yellow classes.


Game of Thrones character Jamie Lanister reaches from a crowd of peasants as he fights to break through.
Game of Thrones character Jamie Lanister reaches from a crowd of peasants as he fights to break through.

Wellesley Professor Discusses the Portrayal of the Peasantry in “Game of Thrones”

May 20, 2019

Cord Whitaker, assistant professor of English at Wellesley, reflects on the peasantry in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” compared with the history of the Middle Ages, and on how that history has been misinterpreted by white nationalists.


Students on Severance Green enjoy the outdoors in spring.
Students on Severance Green enjoy the outdoors in spring.

Wellesley Students Take a Break before Finals to Enjoy the Outdoors

May 16, 2019

Wellesley SMiLES and the Wellness Outreach Collaborative team up to provide each residence hall with its own collection of outdoor games and activities.


Students work under a hood in a lab at Wellesley.
Students work under a hood in a lab at Wellesley.

Wellesley Student and Alumnae Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships for Doctoral Study

May 15, 2019

Wellesley alumnae are awarded more science and engineering doctorates than female graduates of any other liberal arts college in the nation, according to the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, and receive among the highest number of National Science Foundation grants.


Two students look down on a section of the science center that was decorated in yellow streamers.
Two students look down on a section of the science center that was decorated in yellow streamers.

Yellow Class of 2019 Makes Its Final Mark with Traditional Senior Prank

May 10, 2019

Happy last day of classes! Following one of Wellesley’s more recent traditions, the yellow class of 2019 took to the Science Center, academic departments, and other popular locations to leave one last splash of spirit.

 

Students dressed in yellow sing inside the chapel
Students dressed in yellow sing inside the chapel

Wellesley Students Celebrate End of Academic Year with 120th Annual Stepsinging

May 13, 2019

Students marked the end of the 2018–2019 academic year with the 120-year-old Wellesley tradition of stepsinging. 


A group of students pose for a photo at the Camellia Leadership Awards.
A group of students pose for a photo at the Camellia Leadership Awards.

2019 Camellia Awards Honor Outstanding Student Leaders

May 8, 2019

The Camellia Student Leadership Awards, named for the tree given to Wellesley by the College’s founders, Henry and Pauline Durant, celebrate individual and collective leadership initiatives across campus and in the broader community.


Students of Beijing Normal University returning to the university on May 7, 1918, after being arrested for their involvement a
Students of Beijing Normal University returning to the university on May 7, 1918, after being arrested for their involvement a

Wellesley Professor Marks 100th Anniversary of China’s May Fourth Movement

May 9, 2019

Mingwei Song, associate professor of Chinese at Wellesley, explains the significance of the student-led protests in China in 1919 that became known as the May Fourth Movement.

 

 


Students walk on a pathway framed by a Wellesley lamp post and pink, blooming trees.
Students walk on a pathway framed by a Wellesley lamp post and pink, blooming trees.

After Record-Breaking April Showers, May Flowers Bloom at Wellesley

May 7, 2019

Wellesley College students walk through a campus in bloom on a sunny May day after enduring record amounts of rain in April.

 

A student works in a lab space
A student works in a lab space

Wellesley Student Awarded 2019 Goldwater Scholarship for Biochemistry and Astrobiology Research

May 6, 2019

As a 2019 Goldwater scholar, Ella Mullikin ’20 will continue to work toward her career goal of a dual-title PhD in biochemistry and astrobiology, with tuition support from the Goldwater Foundation.


Three members of the archives and special collections staff look at a book.
Three members of the archives and special collections staff look at a book.

Wellesley Alumnae and Staff Speak to Students about Careers in Libraries and Archives

April 29, 2019

Wellesley alumnae and staff who work in library and archival services meet with students interested in learning about the field.


Members of the accessibility and disability resources team sit around a table.
Members of the accessibility and disability resources team sit around a table.

Wellesley Revamps Accessibility and Disability Services

May 3, 2019

Wellesley College has enhanced its accessibility and disability services with a new name, additional staff, facilities upgrades, and a renewed mission that focuses on a highly personal approach to students who need resources and support.


The site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.
The site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.

Two Students Awarded 2019 Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public Writing

May 2, 2019

This year’s Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public Writing were awarded to Sydney Hopper ’19 (humanities) for her paper on transcendentalist literature and tourism in Massachusetts and Ali Saueressig ’19 (social sciences) for her paper on education in rural Minnesota.


Five students speak into microphones at the beginning of the Ruhlman Conference.
Five students speak into microphones at the beginning of the Ruhlman Conference.

Wellesley Presents 23rd Annual Ruhlman Conference Celebrating Student Research and Scholarship

May 1, 2019

A celebration of student achievement during the past semester, the Ruhlman Conference will feature over 300 student presentations on their projects and research with Wellesley faculty.


Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga's holds a press conference.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga's holds a press conference.

Japanese Wellesley Student Discusses the New Imperial Era

April 30, 2019

On May 1, Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne, marking almost two centuries since an emperor of Japan has stepped down. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, will take his place. Reika Ishii ’20 explains the importance of the new imperial era in Japan.


Students sing in Harambee House.
Students sing in Harambee House.

New Voices Restore a Harambee House Tradition

April 25, 2019

The Harambee Singers revive a choral tradition at Wellesley that started with the Ethos Choir.


Tourists take photos of the Notre Dame cathedral after the April 2019 fire.
Tourists take photos of the Notre Dame cathedral after the April 2019 fire.

In the Aftermath of Fire, Wellesley Professor Discusses What’s Next for Notre Dame

April 24, 2019

Wellesley professor and medievalist Cord Whitaker talks about the history and symbolism of Notre Dame and, in the wake of the destructive April 15 fire, how it might be rebuilt for modern times.


Jane Mayer, who is similar to Carolyn A. Wilson, is this year's Wilson Lecturer
Jane Mayer, who is similar to Carolyn A. Wilson, is this year's Wilson Lecturer

Acclaimed Journalist Jane Mayer to Deliver 2019 Wilson Lecture

February 4, 2019

Wellesley class of 1910 alumna Carolyn Wilson—a groundbreaking journalist and war correspondent—endowed the Wilson Lecture to give students a chance to hear directly from influential public figures. On March 19, the “New Yorker’s” Jane Mayer—a groundbreaking journalist and war correspondent—will deliver this year’s lecture. 


"The Changing Landscape of Immigration"
"The Changing Landscape of Immigration"

Wellesley to Host Panel Discussion on the Future of Immigration

February 26, 2019

Slater International Center’s new director, Tana Ruegamer, speaks to the Daily Shot about the upcoming panel “The Changing Landscape of Immigration: Beyond the Headlines.”


Jane Mayer delivers a lecture in Alumnae auditorium
Jane Mayer delivers a lecture in Alumnae auditorium

Jane Mayer Delivers Wellesley’s 2019 Wilson Lecture

March 20, 2019

The New Yorkers Jane Mayer addressed a sold-out house on March 19 as this year’s Wilson Lecturer. Her talk, “Fake News and Alternative Facts: The War on Truth and Politics in Academia,” touched on her long career in investigative journalism and her hopes for the future of her field.

 


A chickadee in a tree on campus
A chickadee in a tree on campus

Look Up and Admire Wellesley’s Airborne Denizens—Birds

April 22, 2019

Student Han Qiao ’19 creates a catalogue of campus bird population as a part of the Paulson Initiative.


Three men sit around a table on WGBH's Greater Boston
Three men sit around a table on WGBH's Greater Boston

Wellesley Professor Discusses the Oscars and Diversity in the Film Industry on WGBH

February 22, 2019

Ahead of the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, Wellesley professor Michael Jeffries looks back at the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and efforts to increase the diversity of Oscar nominees and the film industry itself.


A sticker that reads National Poetry Month is placed on a laptop
A sticker that reads National Poetry Month is placed on a laptop

Wellesley Kicks Off National Poetry Month with Poetry on the T, Community Events

April 1, 2019

As Wellesley celebrates National Poetry Month this April, more than two dozen community members are taking part in a collaboration with Mass Poetry that brings poetry from campus to the MBTA.


A professor stands in front of a poster with two students. The poster talks about their study.
A professor stands in front of a poster with two students. The poster talks about their study.

Wellesley Psychology Professor Finds that Culture and Status Relate To How Parents Express Emotions to Children

March 28, 2019

Stephen Chen, Wellesley assistant professor of psychology, studies emotional expressiveness among Chinese-American families.


A group of nine students sit and their scholarship donor sit on steps
A group of nine students sit and their scholarship donor sit on steps

Nine Wellesley Honors Students Received Inaugural Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships in 2018

February 12, 2019

Recipients of the Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships, awarded for the first time in spring 2018, represent the breadth of Wellesley’s academic disciplines and a commitment to service.


Two students sit in chairs in the academic quad.
Two students sit in chairs in the academic quad.

Two Wellesley Seniors Receive Prestigious Watson Fellowships

April 8, 2019

As Watson Fellows, Lucy Wanzer ’19 and Sophia Zupanc ’19 will spend a year traveling and studying abroad.


Two students stand outside a building in Oxford, England.
Two students stand outside a building in Oxford, England.

Two Years After Its Launch, The Wellesley Hive Continues to Thrive

April 19, 2019

Biochemistry major Hannah Jacobs ’19 recently traveled to Oxford University to connect in person with a mentor she met on The Wellesley Hive, the College’s digital networking platform.


Student athletes pose hugging large cutouts of athletic director
Student athletes pose hugging large cutouts of athletic director

Wellesley Celebrates a Retirement and the End of the 2018-19 Athletic Season

April 23, 2019

A little rain didn’t stop the Wellesley community from honoring Bridget Belgiovine, the retiring director of athletics and chair of PERA, and celebrating the final days of the 2018–19 season at a community tailgate party.


Women members of congress sit wearing white.
Women members of congress sit wearing white.

Washington Post Asks Wellesley Economics Professor about Gender Quotas in Government

April 5, 2019

Olga Shurchkov, Wellesley associate professor of economics, weighs in on a method for achieving gender equality in the workplace.


A Wellesley professor runs in the Boston Marathon.
A Wellesley professor runs in the Boston Marathon.

Wellesley Professor and First-Time Marathoner Produces Running-Themed Science Podcast

April 15, 2019

Adam Van Arsdale’s podcast, “Running for Science: Science for Running,” explores running through the lens of evolutionary science. This is Van Arsdale’s (center) first Boston Marathon.


Anita Hill's headshot.
Anita Hill's headshot.

Anita Hill Is Wellesley’s 2019 Commencement Speaker

April 12, 2019

Anita Hill, the renowned activist, attorney, and educator whose courage has inspired generations, will address the graduates at Wellesley’s 141st commencement exercises.


Leaders at the MLK Breakfast in Boston
Leaders at the MLK Breakfast in Boston

At Boston’s 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast, President Johnson Encouraged Attendees to Carry on King’s Vision

January 22, 2019

On January 21, President Paula A. Johnson joined leaders from across Massachusetts at the 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast. In her address to more than 1,000 business, civic, community, and religious leaders, President Johnson spoke about carrying King’s vision forward for future generations.


President Johnson sits with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in an office.
President Johnson sits with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in an office.

President Paula A. Johnson sits down with influential women leaders in a series of interviews, exploring their early career influences, groundbreaking achievements, and their thoughts on the future of leadership

March 8, 2019

On International Women’s Day, Wellesley launches a new interview series, WellesleyAsks, to recognize—and learn from—women who are changing the world.


Jocelyn Benson stands before a crowd in Michigan at her swearing in ceremony.
Jocelyn Benson stands before a crowd in Michigan at her swearing in ceremony.

Wellesley Celebrates Alumnae Elected to Public Office in Year of Historic Firsts

January 11, 2019

Seven Wellesley alumnae have been sworn into political office this year after the history-making 2018 midterm elections.