Our Upcoming Events

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

Date: January 16, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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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: January 16, 23, and 30. Offered in partnership with the Wellesley Community Center.

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.

MLK Community Breakfast 2020

Date: January 20, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College

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Annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Co-sponsored by World of Wellesley and Wellesley College. This year’s keynote speaker will be XXX. Special performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard and the Wellesley High School Cheer Team.

MLK Family Event 2020

Date: January 20, 2020

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Bates Elementary School

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Come celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Wellesley. Join us for crafts, games, activities and pizza! Escape the cold weather. Please RSVP now to let us know you plan to attend.

Co-sponsored by the World of Wellesley and the Wellesley High School Diversity Club.

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

Date: January 23, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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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: January 16, 23, and 30. Offered in partnership with the Wellesley Community Center.

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 3: The House We Live In

Start date: January 30, 2020

End date: October 30, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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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: January 16, 23, and 30. Offered in partnership with the Wellesley Community Center.

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.

Multicultural Festival 2020

Date: April 3, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Middle School

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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 2020 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!

Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade 2020

Date: May 17, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Wellesley

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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.

30th Anniversary Gala Event

Date: June 13, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Alumnae Hall and Patio, Wellesley College

Let’s Celebrate Together 30 Years of Building Community

Please join us for appetizers, wine/spirits, music, dancing and celebration! Recognition for our community leaders, past and present board members and members of the community will be honored. Please bring a friend and let’s celebrate for striving to make Wellesley a welcoming place for everyone.

Race Amity Day 2020

Date: June 14, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: TBD

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Come celebrate Race Amity Day, a celebration of diversity and mutual understanding. Please join us for a community pasta dinner with the Wellesley and Needham Communities.

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.

Wellesley Community Gathering 2020

Date: August 30, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Warren Park and Playground

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Everyone is invited to celebrate the start of school at the 4th annual family gathering. ​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!

Our Past Events

Help Wellesley with Signs of Love

Date: November 6, 2019

Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Wellesley Village Church (2 Central St)

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In response to the hurtful expressions that have recently wounded members of our middle and high school communities, ALL are invited to participate in a healing and compassionate community response.

From 11:45-1:00 pm on November 6 (public school half day), Wellesley Village Church (2 Central St) invites you to come and make posters as expressions of care and of commitment to creating the kind of community we desire. PIZZA, music, and supplies will be provided. At 12:45 a group photo of participants and their posters/signs will be taken on the Washington St. steps, and then individuals are invited to take their posters and signs and put them anywhere in Wellesley they wish.

WHS and WMS youth, community members, and families with children of any age are invited. Join us in peppering Wellesley with SIGNS OF LOVE!

Claude Kaitare – Rwanda Journey

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

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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.

Community Gathering & Facilitated Dialogue

Date: October 22, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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What are our community core values? Join us for an evening of sharing & building community with:

  • Dr. David Lussier, Superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools
  • Chief Jack Pilecki, Wellesley Police Department
  • Meghan Jop, Wellesley Town Executive Director
  • Linda Chow, Wellesley School Committee
  • Ann Mara Lanza, Building a Better Wellesley
  • Diane Seaborn, Associate Pastor, Wellesley Village Church
  • Michelle Chalmers, World of Wellesley
  • Adriana Voci, World of Wellesley
  • Sadhana Mandala, World of Wellesley High School Liaison
  • Moderator, Associate Rabbi Rachel Saphire, Temple Beth Elohim

Indigenous Peoples Day Children and Family Event

Date: October 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Location: Schofield Elementary School

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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.​

See video clips and photos from this event.

First Light Flashback: A Performance by Annawon Weeden

Date: October 13, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: 26 Benvenue St, Wellesley

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The World of Wellesley invites the community to join for this special presentation.

Annawon Weeden explains that “Wampanoag means ‘People of the First Light’ due to our geographic location as the furthest eastern tribe.” Born and raised in the tribal community of Charlestown, R.I., among relatives of both Narragansett/Pequot lineage through his father, Annawon now resides in his mother’s Wampanoag community in Mashpee. Following in his father’s footsteps, Annawon began sharing the culture of his tribes with his family during public programs and performances at a young age. As an adult, Annawon’s passion for preserving the culture has been clear throughout decades spent working at Plymouth Plantation as a museum interpreter and outreach educator, as well as the Boston Children’s Museum as a Native program specialist. He has also been invited to visit Wellesley Public Schools over 20 times.

This program is free and open to the public, made possible by Wellesley business sponsors in this year’s program book. Pre-registration is encouraged.


Indigenous Peoples Day: Land Clean Up

Date: October 12, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Longfellow Pond on Oakland Street

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Please bring your family and neighbors for a walk honoring Mother Earth and clean-up around the pond. We will meet at Longfellow Pond on Oakland Street (parking lot by the pond) and decide the route together. All supplies will be available including gloves and bags.

Co-Sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley. 

Film Screen & Discussion: Traces of The Trade

Date: September 26, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library

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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.

Wellesley Community Gathering

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Warren Park and Playground

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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

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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

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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.