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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. 

Thursday, February 9
7 p.m. ET Check your time zone for any of the upcoming lectures.

Shifts in Abortion Obtainment After the Fall of Roe
Jennifer O’Donnell ’05, Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies

The Dobbs decision overturned Roe v Wade, removing the federal protection that Roe had provided since 1973, which permitted abortion in all US states until fetal viability. In the wake of the decision, dozens of states have or will implement total abortion bans and/or other extreme restrictions on abortion care, with restrictions that carry civil and criminal penalties. As a result, major shifts are expected regarding where people access abortion care, with major reductions in the numbers of patients in restricted access states and major increases in protected access states. This lecture will discuss data reported since the June 2022 Supreme Court decision.


Post-lecture Discussion Guide

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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