Upcoming Events

Community Read Author Visit

Date: April 25, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

Community Read Author Visit

Join co-author Dina Gilio-Whitaker as we discuss her book “All the Real Indians Died Off” And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans. Unpack the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. FREE event.

Sarah Prager: The ABCs of LGBTQ

Date: May 9, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

Sarah Prager: The ABCs of LGBTQ

Sarah Prager is dedicated to raising awareness of LGBTQ history through writing, speaking, and her app, Quist. Her first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere, tells the stories of 23 individuals from queer history for a young adult audience. It has received critical praise including three starred reviews. Learn more about Sarah Prager.

This program is offered in partnership with Wellesley Free Library.

Multicultural Festival

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: TBD

Multicultural Festival

Explore activities showcasing the wide range of cultures represented by Wellesley elementary school students. Food, demonstrations, games, performances, arts and more! This is NOT a drop-off event. FREE admission.

Some festival workshops will require pre-registration so we have sufficient materials for all participants. Workshop registration will be available soon. RSVP now to get early notification when workshop registration is available.

This event is organized in partnership with PAWS, Hardy, Hunnewell, Schofield, Sprague, Fiske, Bates and Upham elementary schools.

Race Amity Day

Date: June 9, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Needham

Race Amity Day

Come celebrate Race Amity Day, a time to reflect and affirm the dignity of the diverse racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds of the human mosaic. Join us at this FREE event for people of all ages.

Co-hosted annually with the Needham Diversity Initiative.

Mridangam Recital

Date: July 13, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Wellesley High School

Mridangam Recital

Mridangam Recital of Inesh Vytheswaran. Disciple of Guru Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy.

Wellesley Community Gathering

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Warren Park and Playground

Wellesley Community Gathering

This FREE event brings the entire Wellesley community together for fun, music, games and refreshments. All children and families who reside in or attend school in Wellesley are invited to join us. Meet new friends before the school year begins!

Traces of The Trade

Date: September 26, 2019

Location: Wellesley Free Library

Traces of The Trade

Film and discussion with family member James DeWolf Perry. In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Learn more about the film. In partnership with the Wellesley Free Library.

Past Events

Solidarity Vigil

Date: March 17, 2019

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Wellesley Town Hall

Solidarity Vigil

The communities of Needham, Natick, Wayland and Wellesley come together in solidarity, peace and love. We are mourning the loss of 49 human beings who lost their lives to terrorism and hate in two New Zealand Mosques, and stand in solidarity with our Muslim community members who are fearful and in pain.

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 3: The House We Live In

Date: March 13, 2019

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 3: The House We Live In

Community viewing and conversation of the three-part PBS documentary “RACE – The Power of Illusion.” Check out the preview or read more about the series. Join us for one, two or all three parts: February 27thMarch 6thMarch 13th. This program is offered in partnership with Wellesley Free Library.

Part 3: The House We Live In
This final episode focuses not only on individual behaviors and attitudes, but also on how our institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances. Who is white? In the early 20th century, the answer was not always clear. Often, the courts had to decide, and they resorted to contradictory logic to maintain the color line. After World War II, whiteness increasingly meant owning a home in the suburbs, aided by discriminatory federal policies that helped whites and hindered nonwhites. European “ethnics,” once considered not quite white, blended together as they reaped the advantages of whiteness—including increased equity as property values rose dramatically—while African Americans and other nonwhites were locked out. Forty years after the Civil Rights Movement, the playing field is still not level, and “colorblind” policies only perpetuate these inequities.

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 2: The Story We Tell

Date: March 6, 2019

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 2: The Story We Tell

Community viewing and conversation of the three-part PBS documentary “RACE – The Power of Illusion.” Check out the preview or read more about the series. Join us for one, two or all three parts: February 27thMarch 6thMarch 13th. This program is offered in partnership with Wellesley Free Library.

Part 2: The Story We Tell
The second episode in this series questions the belief that race has always been with us. Ancient peoples stigmatized “others” based on language, customs, and especially religion, but they did not sort people into “races.” This episode traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas, including the development of the first slave system, where all slaves shared a physical trait: dark skin. Ironically, it was not until slavery was challenged on moral grounds that early prejudices—emboldened by the need to defend slavery in a nation that professed a deep belief in freedom—crystallized into a full-blown ideology of white supremacy. By the mid-19th century, race had become the “common sense” wisdom of white America, explaining everything from individual behavior to the fate of whole societies.

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 1: The Difference Between Us

Date: February 27, 2019

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 1: The Difference Between Us

Community viewing and conversation of the three-part PBS documentary “RACE – The Power of Illusion.” Check out the preview or read more about the series. Join us for one, two or all three parts: February 27thMarch 6thMarch 13th. This program is offered in partnership with Wellesley Free Library.

Part 1: The Difference Between Us
Episode one in this three-part series follows a dozen students, including African American athletes and Asian American string players, who sequence and compare their own DNA. The results surprise them—and us—when they discover their closest genetic matches are as likely to be with people from other “races” as their own. Much of this episode is devoted to understanding why. Looking at skin color differences, disease, human evolution, even genetic traits, we learn there’s not one characteristic, one trait, or even a single gene that distinguishes all members of one “race” from another. One by one, our myths about race—including “natural” superiority and inferiority—are taken apart.

Continue the Conversation – Board of Selectman Diversity Program

Date: February 26, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Wellesley Community Center

Continue the Conversation – Board of Selectman Diversity Program

Please join the World of Wellesley in continuing the community conversation after the recent Board of Selectman Diversity Program on January 14th. Watch the video of that program here.

  • What resonated with you?
  • What is your perspective for how you experience Wellesley?
  • What is the town doing to make you feel welcome and where can Wellesley do better?

Everyone is welcome!

MLK Community Breakfast

Date: January 21, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: MassBay Community College

MLK Community Breakfast

Annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Co-sponsored by World of Wellesley and MassBay Community College. This year’s keynote speaker will be Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein), professional educator leading conversations on Native American (FNP) identity, culture, and history featuring discussions about stereotypes and historical inaccuracies. Special performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard and the Wellesley High School Cheer Team.

MLK Family Event

Date: January 21, 2019

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Sprague Elementary School

MLK Family Event

Come celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Wellesley. Join us for crafts, games, activities and pizza! Co-sponsored by the World of Wellesley and the Wellesley High School Diversity Club. Escape the cold weather. Please RSVP now to let us know you plan to attend.