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.
This year’s Daniels ’59 Fellowship projects include a study of the healing effects of jazz music and a play about a Houston family trapped in their home during a hurricane.
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.
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.
Kristine Meader ’21 created an interactive map of Wellesley’s class trees.
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.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, a champion of telling immigrant stories, addressed the Wellesley community in her keynote address for Latinx Month.
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.
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.
From the Middle Ages to Modern-Day Philadelphia: How Black Metaphors Shape Our Understanding of Race
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.
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.
Wellesley Psychology Professor Finds that Culture and Status Relate To How Parents Express Emotions to Children
Stephen Chen, Wellesley assistant professor of psychology, studies emotional expressiveness among Chinese-American families.
Wellesley anthropologist Susan Ellison, who wrote an award-winning book on Latin America, interviewed borrowers and lenders in El Alto, Bolivia.
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.
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.
Assistant professor of neuroscience Sara Wasserman’02 combines brain science, genetics, physiology, and computer coding in her research and teaching.
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.
Wellesley’s College catalogs tell the story of an evolving institution that embraces change.
Seniors who finished all required classes by the end of this year came together to celebrate in an intimate ceremony at President Paula A. Johnson's house.
Video: Season’s greetings from Wellesley! Wherever you find yourself, however you’re celebrating, know that you’re a cherished member of this community. Wellesley is always with you.
The annual President’s Brunch shows the College’s appreciation for faculty and staff and also honors winners of the peer-nominated Staff Recognition Awards.
Physician Jennifer Schwartz joins Wellesley’s Health Services in an ongoing effort by the College to strengthen health care delivery on campus.
Susan Ellison, assistant professor of anthropology at Wellesley, explains the political situation unfolding in Bolivia.
From program bests and historic firsts to new opportunities for wellness for every Wellesley student, Wellesley’s Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA) enjoyed a fall semester that saw recreation reach new heights and the continued success of the varsity athletic programs.
Happy last day of classes, Wellesley! With the final days of the fall 2019 semester in sight, be sure to grab your favorite study partner—this is the home stretch!
Beth DeSombre, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley, discusses the environmental repercussions of the rise in online shopping, why consumers make choices that harm the environment, and what a green shipping industry might look like.
LISTEN: Georgia Oppenheim ’20 followed her interest in anthropology to a dig site in Kenya, where she ran her own research project alongside anthropologists from across the globe. Now, she’s planning to pursue graduate study and a career with help from the connections she’s made.
Kate Upatham, director of nondiscrimination initiatives and Title IX coordinator/504 coordinator, joins Wellesley after eight years at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Now, she is looking forward to making long-term impacts on civil rights and Title IX issues here at the College.
Kisha James ’21 joined Boston’s NPR affiliate to discuss the 50th National Day of Mourning, the myths of Thanksgiving, and why this day is so meaningful to Native Americans, particularly in New England.
Under the guidance of Mala Radhakrishnan, associate professor of chemistry, students in Wellesley’s Summer Research Program developed computational models of biochemical interactions.
Take a glimpse inside Wellesley’s new award-winning Global Flora Conservatory, where recently acquired plants thrive alongside historical trees in both wet and dry biomes.
And they’re off! Students scatter across the country (and around the world!) for Thanksgiving break.
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.
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.
Chris Arumainayagam, professor of chemistry at Wellesley, describes the origins and history of the periodic table on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Wellesley professors Jaclyn and Erich Hatala Matthes talk about the rise of plant-based meat, its environmental impact, and the role of moral thinking in what we decide to eat.
The Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships support the thesis work of nine Wellesley honors students who are committed to service.
A team of four Wellesley students finished second in the Atlantic Council’s annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, a competition that gives students across academic disciplines a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyberrelated crisis and conflict.
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.
Robin Sparkman ’91, StoryCorps’ First CEO, Talks About Her Career and the Importance of Storytelling
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy 50th, “Sesame Street”! Wellesley Researcher Finds Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch Prepare Children for School and Jobs
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.
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.
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.
Halloween decorations, costumes, and tunes made up the Guild of Carillonneurs latest open tower.
At Wellesley’s annual Tanner Conference, a touchstone of the College’s commitment to the liberal arts, students put it all on display.
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.
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.
Anya Sheldon ’20 created a colorful map of Wellesley’s campus ecosystem during her Paulson Initiative internship this summer.
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.
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.
College Government President Diana Lam ’20 brings the students’ voice to the Board of Trustees’ Wellesley in the World committee.
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.
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 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.
Caroline George ’19 works to create a healthier, more equitable and sustainable food system as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow.
Autumn begins to show its true colors as students return from fall break.
The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has given Daniela Rivera, associate professor of art, its 20th annual Rappaport Prize for her contemporary artwork.
The People’s Republic of China at 70: How Chinese Literature and Cinema Illuminate the Cultural Revolution and Its Aftermath
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.
Microbiologist Vanja Klepac-Ceraj studies how microbes respond to and mediate environments, including a freshwater lake, and the human gut.
Shakespearean actors continue a 14-year tradition at Wellesley with workshops and performances of “Twelfth Night.”
This Sunday and Monday, prospective students will get a taste of campus life at Discover Wellesley Weekend.
Listen to Shruti Samala ’21 (left) and Melisa Campos ’22 (right) talk about the challenges and joys of their summer research work at Wellesley.
A blue spandex model helps visitors to Clapp Library visualize the complex principle of minimal surfaces.
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.
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 ’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.
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.
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 Boggs Roberts ’64, groundbreaking journalist, political commentator, and one of the “founding mothers” of NPR, passed away September 17 in Washington. She was 75.
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.
Surgeon and War Hero Mabel Seagrave, Wellesley Class of 1905, Honored in Centennial Celebration of Suffrage
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.
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!
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 joined the Wellesley community this summer as the new director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Happy first day of classes! September 3 marks the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, a blanket of fog enveloped campus, obscuring the view of Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center from Alumnae Valley. A magical site, indeed!
In New Book, Professors Chart a History of Life Writing as a Means to Address Gender and Racial Injustice
“Witnessing Girlhood” traces a tradition of autobiographical writing about childhood trauma as a means to expose harm and seek justice.
#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.
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.
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.
This gorgeous shot of Galen Stone Tower across Lake Waban, snapped by Adam Van Arsdale, associate professor of anthropology, never gets old!
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.
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.
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.
Wellesley computer science instructor Peter Mawhorter weighs in on the recent success of the photo-editing app FaceApp and the #AgeChallenge.
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.
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.
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.
Wellesley Professor Explains Reggaeton’s Relationship to the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic
Wellesley professor Petra Rivera-Rideau wins a Puerto Rican studies prize for her essay on a reggaeton artist Tego Calderón’s music video.
Spotted! A honeybee stops for breakfast amid the petals of water lilies in full bloom on Paramecium Pond.
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.
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.
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.
Dear Wellesley: Our 2019 Summer Postcard Series Begins with Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 Writing from Morocco
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.
Economics professor Joseph Joyce discusses the far-reaching impact of changes in U.S. corporate tax laws.
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!
Wellesley’s Davis Museum continues its fourth annual summer film series on July 11 with “Back to the Future.”
Elizabeth Minor ’03 and a team of students measure, draw, and document before saying farewell to the Tower Court archeological site for the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Year after Report on Sexual Harassment in Academia, President Paula Johnson Testifies Before Congress on Findings and Bipartisan Legislation
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.
The Butler Boathouse is still bathed in light at 7 pm, a day before the summer solstice.
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.
Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” Now Through June 30
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.”
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 ’59 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Public Health Association
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 Rodham Clinton ’69 and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 joined their fellow alumnae for Wellesley’s reunion weekend.
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.
Wellesley faculty and staff enjoy the beautiful June weather during their weekly pickup soccer game.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services finds that individual and collective actions are necessary to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.
Green Beach is now home to a student art project that points the way to cities around the globe.
Reunion 2019 kicks off Friday as the 4s and the 9s make a triumphant return to campus.
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 newly minted officers receive salutes and gold bars at their commissioning ceremony.
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.
Cokie Roberts ’64 Reflects on Women’s Suffrage on the 100th Anniversary of the Senate Passing the 19th Amendment
On her “Ask Cokie” segment on NPR, Cokie Roberts ’64 talked about the history and impact of the women’s suffrage movement.
During commencement exercises on May 31, Wellesley professors Kimberly Cassibry, Soo Hong, and Jaclyn Hatala Matthes were awarded the Pinanski Teaching Prize.
Commencement is here! Check back throughout the day for scenes celebrating the class of 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.
Economist David Lindauer tells NBC News that both sides are being hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.
Memorable Quotes from 10 Wellesley Commencement Speeches, in Celebration of the Yellow Class of 2019
The countdown has begun! With one week until commencement 2019, take a look at 10 memorable Wellesley commencement speeches over the decades.
“Wellesley” magazine examines the campus community’s dedication to creating a more inclusive Wellesley.
Wellesley Students Bring Home Ideas for Change after Wintersession Civil Rights and Immigration Trips
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.
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.
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.
Happy last day of finals from Wellesley! Summer has officially begun for the red, purple, green, and yellow classes.
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.
Wellesley SMiLES and the Wellness Outreach Collaborative team up to provide each residence hall with its own collection of outdoor games and activities.
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 marked the end of the 2018–2019 academic year with the 120-year-old Wellesley tradition of stepsinging.
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.
Wellesley College students walk through a campus in bloom on a sunny May day after enduring record amounts of rain in April.
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.
Wellesley alumnae and staff who work in library and archival services meet with students interested in learning about the field.
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.
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.
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.
The Harambee Singers revive a choral tradition at Wellesley that started with the Ethos Choir.
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.
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 New Yorker’s 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.
Student Han Qiao ’19 creates a catalogue of campus bird population as a part of the Paulson Initiative.
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.
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.
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.
As Watson Fellows, Lucy Wanzer ’19 and Sophia Zupanc ’19 will spend a year traveling and studying abroad.
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.
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.
Olga Shurchkov, Wellesley associate professor of economics, weighs in on a method for achieving gender equality in the workplace.
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, the renowned activist, attorney, and educator whose courage has inspired generations, will address the graduates at Wellesley’s 141st commencement exercises.
At Boston’s 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast, President Johnson Encouraged Attendees to Carry on King’s Vision
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 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
On International Women’s Day, Wellesley launches a new interview series, WellesleyAsks, to recognize—and learn from—women who are changing the world.
Seven Wellesley alumnae have been sworn into political office this year after the history-making 2018 midterm elections.
Ally Svenson ’89 (center), co-founder and chief purpose officer of the fast-casual pizza chain MOD Pizza, speaks to the Daily Shot about leadership through service.
Wellesley women contributed to code breaking during World War II and to breakthroughs in early computer science.
The Book Arts Program provides Wellesley students with unique opportunities in hands-on studio art as well as historical and literary scholarship.
Wellesley students kick off the Trans Day of Visibility Campaign with a portrait exhibition that celebrates trans lives and raises awareness of Wellesley’s trans community.
A group of first-year students spent part of Wintersession learning what it means to be a research scientist.
Wellesley faculty members participated in team-building exercises during a five-day retreat to promote inclusive excellence in the classroom.
Wellesley professor Gauri Kartini Shastry studies India’s Green Revolution to find a connection between a dramatic increase in the production of food grains and growth in chronic diseases—an unintended impact.
Balance Health Educators Host Sleep Health Panel, Bringing Focus to the Importance of Sleep in Overall Health and Wellness
Wellesley students, faculty, and Stone Center staff come together in pajamas to discuss meaningful steps to better manage stress and anxiety, and the critical role sleep plays in immune function, metabolism, and other vital functions.
A beloved Wellesley tradition since 1895, Hooprolling is a fun and friendly competition for graduating seniors. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Paige Hauke ’19!
The improvisational comedy troupe Dead Serious is here to ease your worries about the upcoming changes to the fall class schedule.
Internationally renowned poetry duo Climbing PoeTree visits Wellesley to perform and work with students on examining and articulating connections between place and poetry.
The storied Durant Camellia and three other trees now make their home in the new greenhouse.
High school students from the all-girls Fontbonne Academy toured Wellesley’s Science Center construction site.
This fall, Wellesley will have a new course schedule—thanks to the first significant schedule update in 20 years—to better serve the needs of today’s students and faculty.
Students in Washington, D.C., buy groceries in preparation for a week of service with a variety of community partners where they are exploring issues of sustainable housing and helping to provide basic necessities to Washington’s homeless population.
Claire Egan ’10, Wellesley’s first alumna U.S. Winter Olympian, finished third at the Biathlon World Cup in Norway, marking her third top-10 finish of the season.
Wellesley’s Elbert Collection Offers a Treasure Trove of Historic African American Historical Literature
A rare collection of literature was donated to Wellesley by the second African American woman to graduate from the College.
Listen to Jens Kruse, professor emeritus of German, and Sanja Jagesic ’08 discuss novels of dictatorship and the insights they can offer contemporary readers.
How does the environment influence the ability of plant populations to persist or fail? Alden Griffith, assistant professor of environmental studies, talks to “Wellesley” magazine about his large-scale field experiment featuring the invasive plant species garlic mustard.
A 3D model of the next-generation Science Center now lives in Clapp Library for the campus community to admire.
Welcome Class of 2023! First-years were selected from the second largest applicant pool in College history.
As Wellesley prepares to welcome renowned journalist Jane Mayer for the 2019 Wilson lecture, take a look at the College’s student-run publications and media outlets.
The new StarRez housing selection system will help students figure out where to live and with whom—with no lottery.
Leslie Pano ’77, who has worked at the College for over four decades, talks about her path from graduation to her current role as one of Wellesley’s master plumbers.
Wellesley is marked on the path of the African American Trail Project, which mentions Harriet Rice, Wellesley class of 1887 and the College’s first African American graduate.
Her passion for food inspired Judy Yao ’15 to work with immigrant food entrepreneurs and led to an appearance on the Food Network’s “Chopped.”
At 2019 Nightmarket, the Taiwanese Cultural Organization Brought the Traditional Taiwanese Street Market to Wellesley
In a celebration of Taiwanese cuisine and culture, Wellesley’s Taiwanese Cultural Organization (TCO) recreated a traditional night market and invited the Wellesley community to an evening of food, games, and performances.
Radio journalist Zoë Sobel ’14 was awarded a Luce scholarship to work and study in Asia. She is Wellesley’s first Luce Scholar in 10 years.
Natalie Ornell ’12 succeeds in her campaign to honor Rosa Parks on MBTA buses.
Leaders from the United States and North Korea met in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second summit last week. Wellesley professor of political science Katharine Moon commented on its potential outcomes in several media outlets.
Part of the wave of women who ran for public office in 2018, Liz Miranda ’02 and Lisa Shin ’91 never dreamed they’d enter the political arena. The winter 2019 issue of “Wellesley” magazine takes a look at their campaigns for seats in their states’ legislatures.
In her new book, Kellie Carter Jackson, assistant professor of Africana studies at Wellesley, provides the first historical analysis of the use of political violence among antebellum black activists.
Wellesley Professor Talks with Philadelphia Public Radio about Mathematical Principles in Daily Life
Math Professor Oscar Fernandez says mathematical applications are all around us.
Biology professor Heather Mattila (pictured) says pesticides, weather, and parasites are endangering the North American honey bee population.
At the start of Chinese New Year, President Paula Johnson received a plaque from the Bingxin Literature Museum in honor of a legendary Wellesley alumna and writer.
After more than a 20-year hiatus, Winter Carnival returned to Wellesley. Students gathered at Davis Plaza on February 8 for an evening of ice skating, hot cocoa, a Wellesley-themed ice sculpture, and a cappella song.
Handwritten Valentine’s Day notes connect Wellesley alumnae from across the generations.
In the wake of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Wellesley’s Quinn Slobodian weighs in on global economics, globalization, and the impact of climate change on economic growth.
Wellesley welcomed more than 60 local athletes to campus for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The girls practiced skills with Wellesley student-athletes at a youth sports clinic and cheered on the Blue basketball team.
Wellesley Celebrates Black History Month with Theme “Black Migration: New Destinations, New Realities”
Wellesley’s Black History Month activities and programs will focus on the black diaspora.
Katharine H.S. Moon, professor of political science, will deliver the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture at Wellesley College, on “Friending Your Enemy: Dialogue with North Korea, Engaging the Other.”
In Boston at the nation’s longest-running breakfast honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson will address an audience of roughly 1,000 including business, civic, community, and religious leaders who pledge to carry on King’s work.
A group of young women from Jeremiah E. Burke High School visited Wellesley’s Science Center project and learned about careers in the construction field.
Thirty-five students spent Wintersession on Alternative Break trips working with nonprofit organizations in the Northeast.
Thanks to a generous gift from Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 and her husband, John Butler (pictured at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Butler Boathouse in 2015), Wellesley will begin construction this summer on a new turf field and lights.
A midcentury Air France advertising poster depicting the legendary Lourdes apparitions is moving from the French House to the Davis Museum.
On Horseback with the Lakota Sioux, Wellesley Professor Honors Those Killed in the Wounded Knee Massacre
Wellesley professor Elena Creef’s (center) interest in the Lakota Sioux has inspired her to develop new courses and take her students to visit North and South Dakota during spring break.
Wellesley and Glasswing Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by Rudina Seseri ’00, collaborated on an independent study course that asked students to develop a machine learning model to support startup investing.
Children of the same donor and their parents are redefining kinship, expanding the concept of family, says Wellesley’s Rosanna Hertz (center).
This year’s Albright Institute Wintersession event brought some of the world’s most influential leaders to Wellesley, including Judy Woodruff, John Podesta, Samantha Power, Cass Sunstein, and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 herself, to address current issues facing our democracy.
BBC Features Wellesley Professor’s Perspective on Popularity of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
Wellesley College professor of Chinese Mingwei Song says writers from China and other cultures are diversifying genres, like science fiction and fantasy, historically dominated by Westerners.
For one group of sophomores, their career journey begins with the Luminare Retreat over winter break.
Wellesley professor Olga Shurchkov recently spoke to CNBC about new research from two European universities that looked at whether wearing glasses could help candidates win an election.
Two years after its launch, WellesleyX Italian courses have reached over 125,000 students in nearly 200 countries, offering unprecedented access to high-quality language classes, and positioning Wellesley as an innovator among higher ed institutions in online language instruction.
In their new books, Wellesley College political science professors Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald investigate rising powers and world order, great power transitions globally, and the impact on international relations and current events.
With ShowMyData.org, a new suite of free data visualization web apps developed by Wellesley associate professor of psychology Jeremy Wilmer, anyone can create and download best-practice graphs.
As 2019 begins, take another look at a few moments from Wellesley College in 2018.
Welcome back to campus for Wintersession 2019! To mark the occasion, check out this wintery Wellesley scene from 50 years ago.
Did you know there is a glacier named after Wellesley College in Alaska’s Prince William Sound? Read more about the historic Harriman Expedition, which included naturalist John Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club, that charted the area for the first time.
Why are Americans working longer in life? Wellesley economics professor Courtney Coile’s recent research, featured in the Wall Street Journal, sheds some light.