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Wellesley Wire

April 10, 2002

Wellesley Alumna Wins Pulitzer Prize
-- Alumna Diane McWhorter '74 has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her book, "Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution" (Simon & Schuster). Part history, part investigative journalism, and part personal memoir, the book chronicles 1963, "The Year of Birmingham," which has been described as one of the most cataclysmic periods in America's long civil rights struggle. A long-time contributor to The New York Times and op-ed writer for USA Today, McWhorter also has written articles about race, politics, and culture for Harpers, The Nation, The New Republic, Newsday, People, Talk, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications. "Carry Me Home" is her first book.

More information about Diane's book and the other award winners can be found on the Pulitzer Board's web site,

Two Wellesley Seniors Win Watson Fellowships -- Diane Morgan of Wyckoff, N.J., and Lorena Ramirez of Union, N.J., have been awarded prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowships to pursue independent research projects while traveling outside the United States for one year after graduation. They are two of the 60 Watson fellows chosen for the honor this year. With their selection, 41 Wellesley students have been named Watson Fellows since 1981 when the College became a participating institution in the program.

An economics major, Morgan will pursue an ambitious sailing trip, studying navigation and maritime culture aboard sailing ships in the areas of Denmark, Egypt, Holland and Samoa. A former vice president of College Government and student representative to the Board of Trustees, Ramirez will explore the theme of women in prison, studying poetry and prose by women in prisons in Bolivia, Britain, Ireland, Peru, South Africa and Spain.

For more information about these remarkable Wellesley women, visit Releases/2002/040902.html

Wellesley Gears Up For Boston Marathon -- Excitement is building across the campus for Monday's Boston Marathon. The race is a high point of the year for the campus community as thousands turn out to cheer the runners. Located at the halfway point (mile 13), Wellesley is known throughout the running world for the support it shows runners. Indeed, the shouts and cheers along Route 135 are so loud that the spot has been dubbed "The Wellesley Scream Tunnel." (2002 Scream Tunnel t-shirts are the fastest selling items on campus this week.) Each year, runners claim that the cheers and support they received from the crowds at Wellesley carry them all the way to the finish line.

This year, an 87-year old former marathoner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a special fondness for Wellesley will have a front row seat along the race route. For years, John Archer, a veteran of 21 Boston Marathons, has sent a check to the residents of Wellesley's Munger Hall so they can buy oranges, water, and poster-making materials to encourage the runners. It was his way of thanking the students who cheered so loudly as he ran past. This year, the students have raised the funds to fly Archer to campus to thank him for his support and to allow him to see the race firsthand.

For more information, visit Releases/2002/033002.html

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