Arts+Culture

The cover of The People's Painter is a stylized illustration of Ben Shahn at work on a painting of a dove.
Spring 2022
The People’s Painter , a picture book for young readers by Cynthia Yenkin Levinson ’67, tells the story of artist Ben Shahn and how he grew into his purpose of depicting injustice and activism.More
The cover of The Plum Trees is an illustration depicting a flowering plum tree against a red and grey background.
Spring 2022
The Plum Trees by Victoria Shorr ’71, a beautiful and painful novel, is a tribute to those who survived and those who died in the death camps of the Holocaust. It is nothing like current events, yet it feels particular powerful at this moment in history.More
A photo portrait of Miriam Butt ’87
Winter 2022
Miriam Butt ’87, a professor of general and computational linguistics at the University of Konstanz in Germany, chose to attend Wellesley in part because it was one of the only American colleges at the time where she could study both Latin and computer science.More
A photo portrait of Lois Roach, senior lecturer in theatre studies
Winter 2022
“We’re all in one big stream. Everyone is trying to find a way to be heard,” says Lois Roach, senior lecturer in theatre studies. In Roach’s course THST 106: Speaking Truth to Power, her students learn to speak up while hearing out other perspectives.More
A photo shows Emma Slibeck ’24, president of NASA and a descendant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,  hanging a red dress from a tree on the Academic Quad as part of the REDress installation.
Winter 2022
Last fall, empty red dresses swayed from tree limbs around campus. They were impossible to miss, or ignore. The installation, part of the REDress Project created by Jaime Black, a Canadian artist of mixed Anishinaabe and Finnish descent, was brought to campus by Wellesley’s Native American Student Association (NASA).More
An 1852 lithograph depicts the Black Empress of Haiti in her coronation robes.
Winter 2022
A lithograph of Empress Adelina, a member of the Haitian royal family, is part of the “Album Imperial d’Haiti,” dated 1852. This set of 12 pages is part of the Elbert Collection in Special Collections in the Margaret Clapp Library, which contains some 800 volumes on slavery, emancipation, and Reconstruction.More
A photo of a student holding the recently published Wellesley Passover prayer book
Winter 2022
Working with College Chaplain and Rabbi Dena Bodian, Jewish students have edited and produced a Passover prayer book especially for Wellesley.More
The title "The Rock Eaters " is surrounded by stylized tropical island and a drawing of a large insect,
Winter 2022
The Rock Eaters is a compulsively readable short story collection full of extraordinary happenings. Brenda Peynado ’06 makes the most of every single word in this debut collection, writing with confidence and musing thoughtfully on inclusivity.More
A photo of a keyring with a wooden house with a heart carved in its center, and two keys.
Winter 2022
Maintaining a two-career marriage is a delicate balacing act.More
A photo portrait of Andrea Chan Wang '92
Fall 2021
When Andrea Chan Wang ’92 began writing the story that would become Watercress , her latest children’s picture book, she didn’t intend it to be a children’s book at all. “The truth is that I wrote it for myself,” says Andrea, from her home in Denver.More