Michele Sison ’81 named U.S. ambassador to Haiti
On Feb. 21, Michele Sison ’81 presented her letter of credence to Haitian president Jovenal Moise. Sison was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti last November and was sworn in on Feb. 12. The Wellesley College alumna had served as ambassador of the United States to the United Nations and deputy representative of the United States in the Security Council of the United Nations. Having served Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates as the U.S. ambassador, Sison has worked for the U.S. Department of State for 35 years. The newly-appointed ambassador to Haiti expressed her excitement in a press release: “I am deeply honored to have been asked to represent my country as the new U.S. Ambassador to Haiti. Haiti has held a very special place in my heart since the early 1980s; I began my diplomatic career in 1982 as a young diplomat in Port-au-Prince and have always remembered the warmth of the Haitian people, the country’s great natural beauty and Haiti’s unique culture and proud history.”
Wellesley launches innovative new website for career exploration
Wellesley Career Education introduced a new website that aims to help students and alumnae figure out their next step in their career life. The innovative website finds the resources that students, alumnae, parents, recruiters and faculty might need, according to their objectives and problems. In a video published by the Career Education, Natalie Catalan ’18 explains how the new website helped her find the right resources she needed.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak gives lecture for the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, globally renowned literary theorist and feminist scholar, gave a lecture titled “A Few Thoughts on Teaching Reading” on March 6 as a part of the Distinguished Thinkers Program of the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities. A professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, Spivak is best known for her essay “Can the Subaltern Speak?” and her translation of Jacques Derrida’s De la grammatologie as well as her philanthropic work on primary education in India. Spivak joins an esteemened list of Newhouse Distinguished Thinkers including Angela Davis, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie.