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Faculty Speaker Series

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The Wellesley College Alumnae Association brings Wellesley "home" to you with virtual faculty lectures for alums. The online series takes place at varied times throughout the year, giving alums all over the world a chance to participate. Recordings of past lectures are available to watch at any time. 

Wednesday, January 18
7 p.m. ET Check your time zone for any of the upcoming lectures.

The Lynching of Emmett Till and the Case for Preserving Print Culture
Brenna Greer, Associate Professor of History

In the summer of 1955, Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old Black boy from Chicago, was lynched in Mississippi for allegedly making advances toward a white woman. This racial killing became, as one respected civil rights activist claimed, “the best advertised lynching” in U.S. history and galvanized Black activism central to the civil rights movement. Why? How? Historian Brenna Greer argues that answering these questions requires not only studying, but also getting one’s hands on, issues of Jet magazine that reported on the Till lynching. Drawing on this small archive, which Wellesley College’s special collections recently acquired, Greer demonstrates the value of Black print culture – in its material form – for understanding the past.


Thursday, February 9
7 p.m. ET
Shifts in Abortion Obtainment After the Fall of Roe

Jennifer O’Donnell ’05, Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies

REgisteR Now

Sunday, April 2
2 p.m. ET

Professor Stanley will present a lecture on Antarctica. She will be traveling to Antarctica with the Alumnae Association's travel program in December 2022. More detailed information about her topic will be shared closer to the event.

Rachel Stanley, Frost Associate Professor in Environmental Science; Associate Professor of Chemistry


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