Our Upcoming Events

Film Screen & Discussion: Traces of The Trade

Date: September 26, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library

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.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Start date: October 13, 2019

End date: October 14, 2019

We’re planning multiple events and family friendly activities to celebrate the many indigenous communities across Massachusetts and the country; and commemorate their shared history and culture. Wellesley will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on October 13th and 14th. Please save the date! Events will include:

  • Ceremony honoring the earth and land
  • Film screening and community conversation providing education about Indigenous culture and history
  • Children and family event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day offering education, storytelling, activities and crafts
  • Town clean up at local parks and areas around Wellesley

Indigenous Peoples Day Children and Family Event

Date: October 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Location: Schofield Elementary School

Please join the World of Wellesley in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day with a children and family event that will explore Indigenous culture, traditions, and history. Professional educator Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein)​, will lead our engagement together with a presentation centered on Native American (First Nations People) identity, culture, and history. Indigenous food options and pizza will be served. Opening ceremony begins at 11:00 AM. FREE and open to the public.​

Claude Kaitare – Rwanda Journey

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

All are welcome for light refreshments beginning at 6:30 PM. The speaker will start at 7:00 PM.

Claude Kaitare was born in the early 80’s in Rwanda. He spent his childhood primarily in Kigali until the Rwandan president was assassinated on April 6th, 1994. This provided the catalyst for what is known as the genocide against Tutsi.

Claude’s began an odyssey that separated him from his family in an orphanage, led him to live with an aunt and some family members in Portland Maine. He went on to attend high school and graduated from Clark University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History in 2005. In January, he complete graduate level Holocaust and Genocide Studies certificate program at Salem State University. Claude has travelled extensively through Eastern Europe and most recently visited Rwanda with Salem State University in 2015, 16 and 17.

Claude continues to testify about the tragedies that he witnessed in the genocide to different high schools and universities in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves for whom he has been a resource speaker since the early 2000s. He aims to educate others on genocide and war crimes since unfortunately history does repeat itself. His objective is to continue raising awareness in hope of minimizing ignorance about the human catastrophe of genocide.

This is a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Wellesley.

Our Past Events

Wellesley Community Gathering

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Warren Park and Playground

Everyone is invited to celebrate the start of school at the 3rd annual family gathering on Sunday, August 25th. ​The World of Wellesley is excited to invite all Boston and Wellesley families and friends to join in the fun. ​​A special welcome to all the new Boston families and welcome back to our Boston friends! ​

This FREE event brings the entire community together for fun, music, games and refreshments. Meet new friends before the school year begins!

A Mridangam Recital by Inesh Vytheswaran

Date: July 13, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Wellesley High School

The Mridangam is one of the oldest Indian percussion instruments, that originated at least 2,000 years ago.  It is an art form that is passed on through generations from teacher to student (called Gurukula system).  It is expected that a student, discovers and learns by experience, which is very unique to this ancient art form. At this performance, Inesh will first have a short pure Carnatic concert. The second half will showcase how this instrument has been and could be adapted to world music like the Doumbec, Kathak & Tap dancing, Violin trio and so on. His recital will include performances  by Roopa Mahadevan, Anjna Swaminathan, Ashwini Vytheswaran, Jorge Villanueva, Kiyoshi Hayashi & team, and Anjali Nath and Ian Berg.

Light refreshments will be served during the break and dinner to follow after the concert. Watch the video invitation.

Film Screening & Discussion: The Doctrine of Discovery

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

Join us for a community viewing and discussion of Sheldon Wolfchild and Steven Newcomb’s film ‘The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.”

This film sheds light on how documents written during the fifteenth century influenced doctrines of “ultimate dominion” that are used against native nations to this day. The film is 60 minutes long. FREE and open to the public.

In partnership with Wellesley Free Library.

Race Amity Day

Date: June 9, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Needham History Center & Museum

Come celebrate Race Amity Day, a celebration of diversity and mutual understanding. Please join us for a light dinner, some brief remarks, special songs performed, and a screening of the movie about 50 Years of Needham METCO!

Why Race Amity? Race relations in America will not substantially improve unless the public discourse on race moves beyond the blame-grievance-rejection framework to one that recognizes and celebrates our ability to overcome racial prejudice through association, amity and collaboration. While the tradition of racial oppression was unfolding, a parallel tradition, largely hidden and poorly understood, was demonstrating some of the most positive qualities to be found in American history. This “other tradition” of close collaboration, amity and love has served as the moral and spiritual counterweight to the dominant tradition of racism that occupies so much of our national history.

Co-hosted annually with the Needham Diversity Initiative and Needham Human Rights Committee.

Inaugural Wellesley Eid Festival

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Town Hall Green

Everyone is welcome for some free family fun including arts & crafts, face painting, nails, henna tattoos, lawn games, popcorn, cotton candy and much more!

Wellesley Eid Fest is being coordinated by Wellesley resident Nadeem Sarwar. A team of Wellesley youth spanning elementary, middle, high school and college freshmen are helping organize the event. Contact Wellesley.eidfest@gmail.com for more information. Please tag us on social media #WellesleyEidFest.

A thank you to all Wellsonians for your kindness and support for the muslim community in our amazing town.

5th Grade Essay Winners Honored

Date: June 4, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Wellesley Town Hall

Winners of the 2019 World of Wellesley and Wellesley Public Schools 5th Grade Essay Contest will be honored at the start of the June 4th School Committee meeting. Join us in celebrating these elementary students and their winning essays on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Learn more about this annual essay contest.

Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade

Date: May 19, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Wellesley

World of Wellesley will participate in the annual Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend parade. Join our parade marching group or watch the parade and cheer us on. The parade starts at the intersection of Route 16 (Washington Street) and Route 9 and continues westbound along Route 16 to Wellesley Square. The reviewing stand is in Wellesley Square.

Multicultural Festival May 2019

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Middle School

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.

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

Help us make the 2019 Wellesley Multicultural Festival a huge success by signing up to share your cultural experience. Conduct a workshop, organize a performance, present a poster exhibit and/or contribute a cultural food item. All cultures are welcome! Exhibit set up will start at 5 PM. Sign up to exhibit now!

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 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.

Community Dialogue with Young Ethnic Scholars (YES)

Date: May 6, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Wellesley Free Library

On April 2nd, the students of Wellesley High School’s Young Ethnic Scholars (YES) sent an amazing and courageous message to the community of Wellesley, “Wake Up Wellesley.” The World of Wellesley supports these students and allies who are challenging all of us to listen, come together, support and work together in making Wellesley and Wellesley Public Schools a place where every child belongs. 

YES has asked for the community to engage and we invite you to answer that call. Everyone is invited to peacefully engage with our students together at this community dialogue.

Learn more about the walkout.