Stories

Amy Banzaert
Amy Banzaert

Engineering Through a Screen

September 10, 2020

students socially distanced sitting on chapel steps
students socially distanced sitting on chapel steps

#KeepingWellesleyHealthy

September 8, 2020

illustration of a group of people working in a writers room
illustration of a group of people working in a writers room

In the Writers’ Room

July 2, 2020

A woman reporter stands on the floor of a press room.
A woman reporter stands on the floor of a press room.

“The Broadcast Pioneers”: Four Wellesley Alumnae Who Led the Way in the Fight against Discrimination in Journalism

February 26, 2020

“Wellesley” magazine takes a look at the careers of news legends Lynn Sherr ’63, Cokie Roberts ’64, Linda Wertheimer ’65, and Diane Sawyer ’67. Though they eventually blazed a path for generations of women, when they started out they encountered fierce discrimination.


Helene Bilis sits at her desk in the Newhouse Center
Helene Bilis sits at her desk in the Newhouse Center

France’s First Modern Novel Gets Its First Digital Bilingual Edition

January 29, 2020

Backed by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hélène Bilis, associate professor of French, will work with a team of scholars to produce the first bilingual digital edition of “The Princess of Clèves,” the classic 1678 novel by French author Marie-Madeleine de Lafayette.

 


A collage of women in various locations.
A collage of women in various locations.

Wellesley Alumnae and Parents Partner with Career Education to Create Job Shadowing Program for Students

January 22, 2020

One hundred forty-five Wellesley students. Eighteen states. Four countries. Wellesley’s alumnae and parent volunteer network, together with Wellesley Career Education, hosted students in an inaugural career exploration and job shadowing program.


A student works with a microscope as a professor looks on
A student works with a microscope as a professor looks on

Ellie Gibbs ’22 Can See Whole Worlds in a Single Yeast Cell

February 19, 2020

Using Wellesley’s powerful atomic force microscope, Ellie Gibbs ’22 and John Goss, assistant professor of biological sciences, are examining how certain yeast cells restructure their walls to adjust to environmental stimuli.   


An alumna stands in front of a gray house with a clipboard
An alumna stands in front of a gray house with a clipboard

Simone Archer-Krauss ’19 on Harnessing the Power of Young Voters in Elections

February 11, 2020

Simone Archer-Krauss ’19 hits the snow-packed streets of Manchester, N.H., to mobilize young people to use their voice and vote in the New Hampshire primary and on Election Day 2020.

 


Teachers strike for higher wages.
Teachers strike for higher wages.

Trends to Watch in the Next Decade, Part 1: Money, Equality, and Education

January 16, 2020

Faculty members from across disciplines at Wellesley, including women’s and gender studies, biological sciences, economics, and education, talk about changes they foresee in the decade to come. In Part 1, professors Olga Shurchkov, Kristin Butcher, and Soo Hong weigh in.

 

Two students sit at a table in the science center.
Two students sit at a table in the science center.

Meet the Student Founders of the Wellesley Data Collective Investigating the Campus Electorate

March 13, 2020

Under the guidance of Eni Mustafaraj, assistant professor of computer science, Shreya Parjan ’21 and Bella Virgilio ’20 started the Wellesley Data Collective, a student-led independent research group that analyzes Wellesley data and engages the campus in data-driven conversations about the community.


A professor talks to a student in front of a large assortment of plants in an office.
A professor talks to a student in front of a large assortment of plants in an office.

It’s One Thing to Be a Plant Parent. It’s Another to Be a Wellesley Plant Parent.

March 11, 2020

Wellesley faculty, staff and students really adore their plants. Check out how these three plant-lovers bring the spirit of the outdoors into their offices and dorms.     


A map or the world in purple. Four images of students and alumnae are placed on the map
A map or the world in purple. Four images of students and alumnae are placed on the map

This International Women’s Day, Meet Four Wellesley Students and Alumnae Advocating for A Gender Equal World

March 9, 2020

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Wellesley students and alumnae talk about working toward a gender-equal 21st century and who inspires them to continue the fight for parity.


portrait of 3 students overlaying a colorful map of the world
portrait of 3 students overlaying a colorful map of the world

This International Women’s Day, Meet Three Wellesley Students Working Toward Gender Equality

March 6, 2020

In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, meet three international Wellesley students at the forefront of #GenerationEquality who are making their difference by working toward a gender-equal 21st century.


A student a guest speaker stand in front of a wall with posters
A student a guest speaker stand in front of a wall with posters

What Happens When Women Have a Say in Rural Economies: A Conversation with Land Rights Expert Bina Agarwal

March 4, 2020

The College recently welcomed international land rights expert Bina Agarwal, who explained how poverty, rural development, and conservation are affected when women in South Asia have command over property and agricultural lands.


A group of students and a guest speaker sit around a table, having tea.
A group of students and a guest speaker sit around a table, having tea.

What You Need to Know about Surveillance Capitalism

March 2, 2020

Harvard Business School professor emerita Shoshana Zuboff discussed her book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Powerat Wellesley on February 25 and shared insight on surveillance capitalism (or the lack thereof) and the impact of digitalization.


Four black and white portraits of early African American students at Wellesley
Four black and white portraits of early African American students at Wellesley

Wellesley Celebrates the Legacy of Some of Its Earliest Black Students During Black History Month

February 28, 2020

The Wellesley College Archives offer glimpses into the lives, personalities, ambitions, and college experiences of some of Wellesley’s first African American students, who went on to became lawyers, judges, writers, educators, and social activists.


A student sits at the bench of a carillon with a teacher standing over her.
A student sits at the bench of a carillon with a teacher standing over her.

“All the Bells You Need”: Wellesley’s Carillon Reopens to Visitors after Renovation

February 24, 2020

After sustaining storm damage in March 2018, Wellesley’s 32-bell carillon has been repaired and is now officially open to the public.


A woman speaks to a camera.
A woman speaks to a camera.

“Washington Post” Economics Correspondent Heather Long ’04 Says Her Liberal Arts Degree Prepared Her to Take Leaps

February 21, 2020

Heather Long ’04, an economics correspondent at the Washington Post, talks about how a Calderwood seminar led her to journalism, the challenges currently facing her industry, and the importance of a liberal arts education in the 21st century.


In the Davis Museum. a figure like sculpture stands in a corner.
In the Davis Museum. a figure like sculpture stands in a corner.

New Davis Exhibit Showcases Works by Wellesley’s Faculty Artists

February 14, 2020

The Davis Museum presents “Q20,” which highlights pieces by 10 Wellesley faculty members working in a wide variety of media. 


a group of students stand smiling together
a group of students stand smiling together

Students Work with Nonprofits Focusing on Food Insecurity, Domestic Violence during Wintersession Alternative Breaks

February 13, 2020

Working alongside community nonprofits in Maine, New York, and Massachusetts during Wintersession, students made a difference through direct service.


A professor stands on Wellesley's campus looking directly into the camera
A professor stands on Wellesley's campus looking directly into the camera

Just How Relevant Are the Oscars in 2020? Wellesley's Michael Jeffries Weighs In

February 7, 2020

As the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony approaches on February 9, we check in with Professor Michael Jeffries to hear his thoughts on this year’s nominations, the current status of representation in the film industry, and whether the Oscars are still relevant in 2020.


A group of young girls stand with Wellesley student athletes and a coach
A group of young girls stand with Wellesley student athletes and a coach

Blue Student-Athletes Coach Local Girls to Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 5, 2020

Wellesley student-athletes welcomed 100 local girls to the College’s second annual sports clinic in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.


An ariel photo of campus with Lake Waban in the distance
An ariel photo of campus with Lake Waban in the distance

Students and Faculty to Deliver Recommendations to Board Subcommittee on Fossil Fuel Investments

February 4, 2020

Wellesley students and faculty will present recommendations to a Board of Trustees subcommittee on February 5 regarding fossil fuel investments and addressing climate change on campus. 


Katie Sowers stands amongst her team
Katie Sowers stands amongst her team

49ers’ Katie Sowers Is First Woman to Coach in a Super Bowl; Trailblazing Sportswriter Melissa Ludtke ’73 Reacts

February 3, 2020

Melissa Ludtke ’73, the first woman sportswriter allowed inside a professional baseball locker room, talks about the 49ers’ Katie Sowers, who on February 2 became the first woman in NFL history to coach in a Super Bowl.


Big ben and the UK flag
Big ben and the UK flag

Wellesley and the University of Oxford Team Up to Research Political Polarization in the Digital Age

January 31, 2020

On the day the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union, take a look at Wellesley’s ongoing research with Oxford University to better understand political polarization in the social media era.


people walking across campus in front of the Lulu
people walking across campus in front of the Lulu

Wellesley’s Campus Springs to Life with the Start of the New Semester

January 27, 2020

Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center is a hub of activity once again as the spring 2020 semester begins.


Three women talk on a stage
Three women talk on a stage

That’s a Wrap! Albright Institute Concludes Annual Wintersession Program

January 24, 2020

Two important milestones, the 25th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women and the 10th anniversary of the Albright Institute, provided the major themes for this year’s Wintersession.


A heat map of the world with temperature markers.
A heat map of the world with temperature markers.

Trends to Watch in the Next Decade, Part 2: Families and Climate Change

January 17, 2020

Faculty members from across disciplines at Wellesley, including women’s and gender studies, biological sciences, economics, and education, talk about changes they foresee in the decade to come. In Part 2, professors Rosanna Hertz, Andrea Sequeira, and Becca Selden weigh in.


Martin Luther King talks to activists from a podium in a small room
Martin Luther King talks to activists from a podium in a small room

Students Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King through Service

January 20, 2020

“Make it a day on, not a day off.” Now in its 25th year, the MLK Day of Service calls for increased service in our communities to honor and remember the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 


A group of students and staff work on an art project
A group of students and staff work on an art project

Boston Art Installation Inspired by Latin American “Sobremesa” Amplifies Community Voices

January 13, 2020

Residents of a Dorchester, Mass., neighborhood in Boston together with Wellesley professors Daniela Rivera and Jenny Olivia Johnson and their students created a one-time art installation and celebration of the community inspired by the Latin American cultural practice of sobremesa.


Susan Rice talks to a Wellesley professor in front of a blue backdrop
Susan Rice talks to a Wellesley professor in front of a blue backdrop

Ambassador Susan Rice Reflects on Political and Personal Lessons Learned at Albright Institute Wintersession

January 10, 2020

As part of the Albright Institute Wintersession, Ambassador Susan Rice joined Professor Michael Jeffries on stage in Jewett Auditorium to discuss the lessons she’s learned from her personal and professional journeys.

 


A collage of stories from 2019.
A collage of stories from 2019.

2019 in Review: Wellesley’s Top News Stories

January 3, 2020

New year, new decade! Before we go forward, let’s take a look back at 10 of Wellesley’s top news stories of 2019.


Students stand outside the science building wearing construction hats
Students stand outside the science building wearing construction hats

When a Construction Site Becomes the Classroom

January 8, 2020

Wellesley engineering students visited the Science Center construction site to watch workers perform a key test in the soil in preparation for a new foundation, and came away with a deeper understanding of the complexities of building.


A collage of various book titles.
A collage of various book titles.

Professors Kellie Carter Jackson and Dan Chiasson Share Favorite Books, Films, Podcasts of 2019

January 6, 2020

Dan Chiasson, Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English, and Kellie Carter Jackson, Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities and assistant professor of Africana studies, discuss some of the best books, shows, podcasts, and movies they came across in 2019.