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A photo shows a section of corroded metal piping
My friends and I lived in Stone-Davis our senior year. To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t our first choice. Stone-Davis was so decrepit that the College planned a gut renovation of the building right after spring semester finals that year.More
Portrait of Peaches Vades, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
When Theresa “Peaches” Valdes started her job as dean of admission and financial aid at Wellesley, one of the first items she put in her office was the owl lantern she received as a Bryn Mawr first-year.More
The cover of Jet magazine from Sept. 15, 1955
Through the efforts of Brenna Greer, associate professor of history, and Ruth Rogers, curator of special collections, the College has acquired a significant collection of 1950s Jet magazines covering the murder of Emmett Till and its aftermath.More
A photo portrait of Paul Fisher
Professor of American Studies Paul Fisher has spent the last decade in the company of artist John Singer Sargent and his circle. His new biography, The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World , was just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.More
The cover of Good Grief depicts portraits of a pet bird, gerbil, cat, tortoise, fish and dog, each in a gold frame.
Anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet will find comfort in Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter by E.B. Bartels ’10.More
The cover of Mother Daughter Traitor Spy shows a painting of a woman in a black hat and black dress, her face partially hidden.
In Mother Daughter Traitor Spy , the first stand-alone novel from Susan Elia MacNeal ’91, author of the bestselling Maggie Hope series, readers get a cracking-good spy story told from a new perspective.More
The cover of Lia Park and the Missing Jewel depicts a dark-haired girl holding up a sparkling gem.
Jenna Yoon ’02 spoke about her path to writing the middle-grade fantasy Lia Park and the Missing Jewel and the importance of depicting courageous girls.More
Photograph of Kathryn Harvey Mackintosh ’03
“She just was herself,” said 2022 Alumnae Achievement Award recipient Laura Wheeler Murphy ’76 of one of her early mentors, Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress. Murphy joins a legacy…More
The 2022 recipients of Wellesley’s Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards are Audrey Mandela ’80, Azizah Yasin ’94, and Anne Kelly Byerly ’82.More
A photo shows Carol Sanger '70 teaching a class at Columbia.
Carol Sanger ’70, professor of law at Columbia and renowned scholar of reproductive rights, is the author of About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First Century America, which addresses new connections between abortion law and American culture and politics.More
A photo shows cancer researcher Nina Bhardwaj '75 talking with a colleague at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
A personalized vaccine to fight cancer? It may sound like science fiction or wishful thinking, but it is an idea whose time may finally be coming thanks in part to the work of Nina Bhardwaj ’75, director of immunotherapy at the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai in New York City.More
A selfie photo shows Kimberly Huestis ’05 wearing a pair of her signature porcelain earrings.
Since starting her jewelry business, Porcelain and Stone, in 2012, Kimberly Huestis ’05 has made pieces for celebrities, big brands, and private customers. For Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59, she made a mint-colored, gold-speckled brooch based on her best-selling uni necklace—uni means sea urchin in Japanese, and sea urchins are adaptive, tough, and well-traveled—which the former secretary of state received at a Washington Wellesley Club event.More
A photo of Janet McDonald Hill '69
“Our bond with Janet McDonald Hill began 57 years ago when we arrived at Wellesley as members of the class of 1969. … Her voice is now stilled, and our own circle has lost a vital link that can never be replaced,” her classmates write.More
A photo portrait show Rebecca Summerhays
Rebecca Summerhays, lecturer in the College’s Writing Program, was funny, irreverent, brilliant, and beyond kind. She taught those she loved so many, many important lessons—about teaching, about living, about laughing, about caring, about yoga, about meditating, about walking, about searching, about decorating, about loving, and finally, about finding all that is good in this world and celebrating and cherishing it.More
A photo shows Professor Philip Kohl in his academic regalia
Philip L. Kohl, professor of anthropology and Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies emeritus, served on the Wellesley faculty for 42 years before retiring in 2016. He was a founding member of the College’s anthropology department. Over his years of service, including for more than a decade as chair, Phil helped establish a vision of the anthropology department as the most broadly conceived of social sciences, stretching from the ancient past to our imagined collective future.More
Tributes to Wellesley alumnae by family and friendsMore
A photo of an envelope found in the College Archives addressed to Mrs. D.C. Blair on Jan. 18, 2014.
A faded envelope in the College archives revealed unexpected connections to Instagrammer Margaux Delaney ’20.More