Storycorps records Wellesley’s stories
The Storycorps MobileBooth, which is a product of the independent Storycorps organization, was spotted outside of the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center this week. The team recorded some stories of faculty, students and alumnae to be archived in the Library of Congress. These interviews took place from Oct. 22 through 24 in conjunction with the kickoff of The Wellesley Effect and are meant to highlight Wellesley’s effect on the world and the connections it offers. The Storycorps team has a Wellesley connection as well. Chief Executive Officer Robin Sparkman ’91 is a Wellesley alum.
Diane Ravitch ’60 speaks on public education
Ravitch’s speech “How to Ruin or Revive Public Education” begins a series of lectures that will take place at Wellesley to discuss issues of public education. Ravitch focused on the negative results of privatization and testing in education. She is recognized nationally as an advocate for public education, and has written the New York Times bestsellers The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education and Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement. She has also worked on the National Assessment Governing Board under President Bill Clinton and served as Assistant Secretary of Education.
Madeleine Albright ’59 recalls Wellesley Leadership
Madeleine Albright ’59 was one of fifteen women featured in PBS’ The Women’s List. In the documentary, Albright commented on the abundance of leadership opportunities that were available to her at Wellesley. She noted that the college helped her develop as a leader because all of the leadership roles were held by women. The documentary allowed Albright, the first female Secretary of State, to tell the story of her life. Albright was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the United States at age 11. She has served as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Alumnae receive Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards
Four alumnae were honored with this annual award at the Alumnae Association’s Alumnae Leadership Council on Oct. 17. Jane Kentnor Dean ’56 was recognized for her continued leadership and service in the Fairfield Villages Wellesley Club. Bridget O’Connor Garsh ’04 received this award for her leadership as vice president of programming for the Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston Club. Chari LaRue Isaacs ’68 received this award for her new ideas and projects in the Sarasota Wellesley Club. The final recipient, Betty Bar Wang ’54 was recognized for her work as a cofounder and member of the Shanghai Wellesley Club.