Wellesley College alum Madeleine Albright and other experts discuss global refugee crisis on Sunday 10:15-3:30pm. Open to the public in person, and livestreamed here:
League of Women Voters of Wellesley invites the public to attend its annual “Meet the Candidates Night”.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Wellesley Free Library.
Candidates for all townwide elected board positions have been invited to answer questions from the League and from the audience about their qualifications and their priorities for the Town of Wellesley. Among the contested races this year, there are five candidates for two seats on the School Committee. The evening will begin with a brief recognition of retiring Town Board members, and then move directly to hearing from candidates. Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments and an informal reception during which participants can speak casually with voters and other candidates.
On Sunday, February 26, 10:15am – 3:30pm, the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College will convene two panels of international leaders and experts for a free and public forum on the global refugee crisis and its many sociopolitical and geopolitical ramifications.
Beginning with a keynote from Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright ’59, the day-long dialogue will feature a variety of perspectives, including international reporters, nonprofit leaders, and academics. The Public Dialogue, “From Exodus to Action: Claiming our Common Humanity in the Refugee Crisis,” aims to tackle the demands of advancing beyond resettlement into rebuilding society.
Some of the many speakers who will attend include George Papandreou, president, Socialist International, and former Greek Prime Minister; Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration; Manal Omar, Associate Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa, United States Institute for Peace; and ten other renowned professionals.
Former Secretary Albright stated, “We are privileged to welcome 13 esteemed experts who each offer valuable insight on the refugee crisis facing our global community. Now is the time to engage in open discussion on how we as leaders and global citizens alike can join forces to best manage this international crisis. I am delighted that Wellesley College offers us an inclusive environment where we can have these important conversations.”
“History is watching our action (and inaction) as the displaced, the persecuted, and those fleeing war and strife seek safety, new lives, new homes,” said Wellesley College President Paula Johnson. “We must not forget that women and girls are especially at risk. These same women and girls — as well as the millions fighting for their rights — will be the agents of change we need to create a way forward for everyone. Wellesley College is proud to be part of that movement, and this year’s Albright Institute Public Dialogue is evidence of our commitment.”
As part of its mission, the Albright Institute provides Wellesley students a transformative experience that allows them to apply their liberal arts education toward solving problems in the international arena. The students, known as Albright Fellows, spend three weeks in January learning about global affairs in intensive classes and panel discussions as well as working together in interdisciplinary groups to address pressing current issues.
For those who cannot attend, these events will be live-streamed on Wellesley’s website, and the Twitter hashtag #AlbrightDialogue will be used for social media posts related to the event, including live tweeting.
Starting today there’s a lot not to see at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. In an initiative called Art-Less, the museum has de-installed or shrouded all works of art in its permanent collections galleries that were either created by or given to the museum by immigrants to the United States. That’s about 120 works, roughly 20% of the objects on view in the permanent collections galleries.
The idea is to show what life in the United States might be like without immigrants, in response to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda.
As a frequent flyer at the Davis, I wanted to see what my local museum looked like denuded of many of my favorite nudes. Here are some pics:
From Thursday, February 16, through Tuesday, February 21, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College will demonstrate the critical role that immigrants to the United States have played in the arts, both in their creative contributions as well as their stewardship of the visual arts, with an initiative called, Art-Less.
What this means is that the Museum will de-install or shroud all works of art in its permanent collections galleries that were either created by or given to Wellesley’s art collection by immigrants to the United States. This means approximately 120 works of art—roughly 20 percent of the objects on view in the Museum’s permanent collections galleries—will be either taken down or covered in black cloth.
“Every permanent collections gallery will be affected by the subtraction of works created by or given to the Museum by an immigrant to the United States,” said Claire Whitner, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Collections, and overseer of the project. “Art-Less demonstrates in stark and indisputable terms the impact of immigration on our collections,” said Lisa Fischman, the Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis, “and we proudly take the opportunity to signal that impact, to honor the gifts of creativity and generosity that make the Davis Museum and the Wellesley community great.”
At the Davis Museum, paintings will be taken off the walls, and objects under cases will be covered in black cloth. Paintings, bronze and wood sculptures, ceremonial masks, and more from the European, American, African, contemporary, and modern collections will be disrupted by this intervention. Absences created by the removal or obscuring of works from view will be marked with labels that indicate “made by an immigrant” or “given by an immigrant.”
In one particularly poignant example, the space that is usually occupied by a stately portrait of George Washington will be bare, even as President’s Day takes place on Monday, February 13. Painted by the Swedish-born artist, Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, who came to the United States in the 1790s, this oil painting was given to the Davis Museum by the Munn family, immigrants to the United States from Sweden after World War II. Another illustration of significant impact will be in the African galleries: visitors will be met with a sea of black cloth as a majority of the works—nearly 80 percent—was donated by the Klejman family, who immigrated to the United States from Poland after World War II, just five years before their daughter became a student at Wellesley College. With the help of arts advocates from cultures worldwide, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College continues to strengthen its culturally diverse collection, which spans global history from antiquity to the present and include masterpieces from almost every continent.
Davis Museum brings ambitious Carlo Dolci exhibit to Wellesley NOTE: as this exhibit is not a part of the permanent collections galleries, its works will remain on view for the six days of Art-less. The Carlo Dolci exhibit runs through July 9.
In addition to Art-less, Wellesley College students are taking to the Academic Quad to raise their voices: