Ethos Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Established in 1968 to support women of African descent on Wellesley’s campus, Ethos celebrated its 50th Anniversary last weekend, starting with an anniversary gathering titled “Sankofa: Remembering Our Past, Planting Seeds for Our Future.” Festivities included a movie screening, panel discussions and remarks from President Johnson. “This anniversary is a milestone of great significance for the Wellesley community—an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, persistence and resolve of our black students and alumnae who have built community and advanced diversity, inclusion and equity on campus,” Johnson said in an email. “It is a time to celebrate, reflect and recommit to these values, which have anchored Ethos throughout the years and that have in turn shaped us all.” On April 8, Chirlane McCray ’76, the first lady of New York City, delivered the keynote address.
NCAA Division III Week Celebrates Student-Athletes
Wellesley joined more than 450 schools across the country to recognize the strong influence of student-athletes in the Wellesley community and beyond. The so-called D3 week highlighted the ways in which student-athletes contribute to communities. For instance, the Blue field hockey team traveled to the Netherlands and Greece, where they taught field hockey to a Special Olympics soccer team. They connected through sports despite the language barrier and contributed to the partnership between Division III schools and the Special Olympics. For more information on NCAA Division III Week and stories on how Wellesley athletes are making a change in their communities, visit the back page of this issue, where our Sports section has an article on D3 week.
Professor Frances Malino delivers 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Frances Malino, Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History and director of the Jewish Studies program at Wellesley, delivered the 2018 Faculty Lecture titled “Jewish Voices: Muslim Lands” on April 4. In her speech, Malino reflected on the history of Wellesley’s Jewish Studies program and her recent research on thousands of letters from Jewish women in the early 20th century. She talked about the lives of these women who went to school in France and returned to teach in North Africa and Middle East. The lecture commemorated the 30th anniversary of Malino’s appointment as Inaugural Chair of the Jewish Studies program and is the last in a series of three lectures at Wellesley that focus on different perspectives on Jewish Studies. The first lecture was given by Robin Judd, associate professor of history at the Ohio State University and one of Malino’s first mentees at Wellesley, and was titled “Now You Are My Home: European Jewish Brides in the U.S., Canada, and Britain.” Editor and translator Ann Goldstein gave the second lecture, which was titles “On Translating Elena Ferrante and Primo Levi.”