Make connections with alums in the local area.
All class years are welcome to join gatherings in our community. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years, we look forward to bringing everyone together and sharing Wellesley bonds.
Exposure to other cultures is both fascinating and enriching. In visiting a foreign country, we come to appreciate the people and their values, history, language, culture and, of course, food. The same thing can happen at home when we encounter individuals from other backgrounds. The contrasts give us a deeper understanding of our own beliefs and practices.
Alicia Lopez, Diana Larkin and Helen Clement are delighted to share how working with English Language Learners provides a remarkable understanding of other cultures. We will discuss with you three ways we have worked with people who are learning English as an additional language. Alicia Lopez will describe her experiences teaching students in a public-school setting. Helen Clement will speak about teaching English to young Buddhist monks in Bhutan. Finally, Diana Larkin will talk about hosting international students in her home.
Watch your email for an invitation to this Zoom panel discussion which will take place on Wednesday December 2, at 5PM.
On October 18th, a dozen alums gathered for a teatime presentation by Nina Scott '59, who shared her research on the historical journey of the pineapple. Indigenous to tropical South America, this intriguing fruit not only became a celebrated food item, but also inspired writings, works of art, monuments, and decorative motifs in multiple facets of material culture.
On August 12, 2020, 16 area first-years, second-years, and parents met with alums via Zoom for a Launch conversation. In previous years this conversation, called Launch Lunch, was held over an informal face-to-face lunch at Lee Sproull’s house, which, of course was not possible this year. Although missing the face-to-face connection was disappointing, the upside of our Zoom event is that almost twice as many people participated than had been the case in earlier years.
Professor Emerita of Economics Julie Matthaei spoke to twenty-six area alums on September 16 in a program centered on her current book project, From Inequality to Solidarity: Co-Creating a New Economics for the 21st Century.