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Class of 1971 Speaker Series

Class of 1971 Speaker Series

A Tale of Two Girls' Schools

Vicky Shorr Perkins ’71

October 11, 2023  7:00 p.m. EST

                           6:00 p.m. CDT

                           4:00 p.m. PDT



Vicky Shorr ‘71 is a writer and political activist. Her first novel, Backlands, was named one of Booklist’s top-ten first novels of 2015. Her last book, Mid-Air, was acclaimed as a "minor masterpiece" in the Wall Street Journal ["Minor?"  said her mother], that "excels at capturing the arc of a relationship as well as of a life." [NYT]. 

Victoria Shorr Perkins '71

She co-founded the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles in 1995, and more recently, the Pine Ridge Girls School in 2016, in South Dakota, the first all-girls, independent, culturally based, college-prep school on a Native reservation in America.  


She spent ten years in Brazil and currently lives between New York and Santa Barbara, with grandchildren scattered everywhere in between.


Her talk, "A Tale of Two Girls' Schools," will revisit the founding of these two very different "girl-empowering" institutions—linked though by a common founding vision of education, and especially girls' education, as one of the strongest tools in the battle against injustice. This is a book she has yet to write, but a story she looks forward to telling.  


Register HERE* to join Vicky and your Wellesley classmates via Zoom for the ninth in our Wellesley '71 Speaker Series.  Questions from the audience will be invited at the end of the lecture. This session will be recorded.

* Registration allows us to send you the Zoom link directly, a reminder before the talk, and any follow-up information, including a link to the recording. It does not update the WCAA database.