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~Wellesley Receives $10 Million Gift for Humanities Center~

For immediate release:
April 22, 2003

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Mary Ann Hill
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WELLESLEY, Mass. -- With a gift that mirrors their own interests as well as their commitment to Wellesley's academic offerings, Donald and Susan Marley Newhouse '55 have pledged $10 million to create and name a humanities center at Wellesley College. Half of the gift will be used for capital construction and equipment for the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities and half will endow faculty salaries and academic program support.

"The establishment of the Humanities Center reflects our personal and professional interests and will be an important addition to the College's academic program," said Susan Newhouse, a member of the Board of Trustees and a co-chair of The Wellesley Campaign. "We are especially gratified to be able to make this commitment at such a critical time in the campaign, as Wellesley moves into the second half of its five-year effort."

The gift will permanently endow a visiting associate professor of creative writing and a director for the Newhouse Center for the Humanities. Equally vital is the creation of endowment support for faculty programming and administrative costs associated with the center.

"This very generous gift from two ardent Wellesley supporters -- both of whom love writing, words, art, architecture, and all things beautiful -- makes it possible for us to move forward with the planning and design for what will be a new and vibrant academic space," said President Diana Chapman Walsh in announcing the gift. "The humanities disciplines share common interpretive modes and angles of vision, and yet they see from various vantage points. They cherish the principle of perspective, and hence of a multiplicity of perspectives. They preserve time-honored traditions and make innumerable connections. They search for the highest values by which we can live. And fundamentally it is human dignity, humane order, an inquisitive rationality, and a reverence for language and beauty that the humanities are determined to keep alive and well. And Wellesley is determined to keep the humanities alive and well, which is why the Humanities Center has from the outset been a centerpiece of our campaign."

The capital portion of the gift enables the College to launch the planning process for the most suitable location and architectural design for the center. The Newhouse Center will include common spaces for meetings, colloquia, and seminars; office space for the director and visiting humanities faculty; and multimedia equipment and resources for teaching and learning.

Residents of New York City, the Newhouses have made earlier generous commitments to The Wellesley Campaign. Through the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation they have pledged $1.3 million for current use financial aid and $1 million to endow scholarships for international students.

In addition to her volunteer leadership at Wellesley, Susan Newhouse is chair of The Fresh Air Fund and a trustee of the New York Public Library. Donald Newhouse is president of Advance Publications, Inc., one of the largest U.S. newspaper and magazine publishers.

Through the Wellesley Campaign, a five-year fundraising effort, Wellesley has raised $307 million towards its $400 million goal.

Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.

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