Albright Institute celebrates 10 years at Wellesley
This week, Wellesley celebrated 10 years of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Research. Named for one of Wellesley’s most celebrated alumnae, the Albright Institute selects 40 student fellows each winter to participate in a global leadership seminar. “The Albright Institute is one of the important reasons Wellesley is increasingly recognized both as the premier college for women and as a global center for women’s leadership,” said President Paula A. Johnson. “Thanks to the support and leadership of Secretary Albright, the institute helps students to develop and hone the skills they will use to make a difference in the world.” In a moderated panel discussion during Family and Friends Weekend, Secretary Albright was joined on stage by fellows Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula ’10, Esther S. Im ’12, and Zsofia Schweger ’12, who discussed the impact of the Institute on their lives. Professor Joseph Joyce moderated.
On Thursday, Oct. 17 in Collins Cinema, the E2040 Working Group led a discussion of what Wellesely is doing to decrease their carbon footprint. E2040 is a subsection of the Board of Trustees in charge of developing a path towards carbon neutrality. Along with E2040, the Environmental Studies Faculty, and the Sustainability Working Group held a discussion of what Wellesley has done so far to decrease their carbon footprint, after months of student pressure to adopt a more aggressive sustainability policy. E2040’s consultant, MEP Associates, gave a preview of a forthcoming plan they are developing for Wellesley, which may include energy sources such as geothermal energy. President Paula Johnson and other upper administration members were in attendance for this meeting.
Student Presentation on the Carceral State and Democratic Candidate Positions
Wellesley College Democrats and Wellesley Against Mass Incarceration came together on Monday, Oct. 21 to discuss presidential hopefuls’ positions on issues regarding the criminal justice system. In addition to explaining each candidate’s historical involvement and previous stances on the issue, presenters discussed each candidate’s proposals, which range from in-depth policy briefs to a few sparse statements. The presentation covered issues regarding the banning of private prisons, legalization of marijuana and the voting rights of incarcerated people. Additionally, the presentation included information regarding the Trump administration’s current policies and their impact on the carceral state.