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.
Many stone circles exist across Britain, but Stonehenge is the most famous. For centuries, its construction and purpose have been debated. Now, archeological excavations combined with modern technology are revealing some of its secrets. Stonehenge was built in 2 main stages, ca. 3000 BCE and 2500 BCE. Martha Hanner will describe some of the discoveries, including the source of the mysterious bluestones, 230 km away in Wales, the analysis of cremated bone fragments buried under the bluestones, the excavation of a nearby Neolithic settlement dating from 2500 BCE and how pig bones tell us when the workers feasted.
Watch your inbox for a Zoom invite to this talk to be given by Martha on Friday, April 16 at 3:00PM.
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.