Window on Wellesley

MIT and Wellesley: Dancing Cheek to Cheek for 40 Years. If it’s not a T-shirt slogan, it ought to be—on a special anniversary shirt.More
Statistically Significant
In June 2013, Cassandra Pattanayak arrived on campus to launch a new initiative. Her position: Jack and Sandra Polk Guthman ’65 Director of Wellesley’s new Quantitative Analysis Institute (QAI). Her mission: To expand the role…More
Proverbs, Illuminated
During the Mongol invasion of Persia in the 13th century, the poet Sa‘di traveled across the land witnessing the struggles of his countrymen.More
Central Asia Sojourn
Amanda Trabulsi ’16, a Russian Area Studies major, sends a dispatch from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she is spending a semester at the American University of Central Asia.More
The Renovations Begin
Though still in its early phases, the Campus Renewal program is already transforming and preserving some of the most beloved spaces on campus.More
What’s in an A?
Grade inflation is like the weather: Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it. Well, almost no one. For 10 years, Wellesley has pioneered an approach to grading that seeks to…More
North 40 Update
This summer and fall, the College continued to explore nonacademic development for the North 40—the 47 acres across Route 135 and the railroad from Munger and the Hazard Quad—the proceeds of which would be put into renewal of the core campus.More
The Class of 2018: Two Among 593
And suddenly, there was purple. Everywhere. The class of 2018 arrived in late August, quickly donning purple shirts and caps, fanning out over campus. They are 593 strong, hailing from 44 states and the District…More
Call Me Navigator
Professor of Astronomy Dick French sits in his office in Whitin Observatory and delicately pulls out a sextant, dating from the late 1800s. The brass instrument was used to determine latitude and longitude by measuring…More
The Complexity of Gender
What does it mean to be a women’s college in the 21st century, particularly at a time when gender definitions are more complex than just male and female? Earlier this fall, President H. Kim Bottomly…More
College Road
For those waiting in the Green Room of the Barstow Stage in Alumnae Hall, there’s new inspiration to go out and kill: a portrait of Nora Ephron ’62.More
The Book’s the Thing
“Texts have meanings that are contained not just in their words, but also in the ways in which the material carriers of those texts—books—were designed and produced,” Assistant Professor of History Simon Grote says.More
Reframing Immigrant Stories
In her new book, Domestic Disturbances: Re-Imagining Narratives of Gender, Labor, and Immigration , Irene Mata, associate professor of women’s and gender studies, examines Chicana/Latina immigrant stories.More
Pop Quiz: Math Doctor
Alex Diesl, associate professor of mathematics, explains what a “noncommutative ring theorist” actually does.More