February Tea and Talk

"Wellesley Women Working in the Arts"


RSVP to this year's Tea and Talk! Two of our local Alumnae will be speaking about their experiences working in the arts. Spend time with fellow alums, enjoy tea and light refreshments, and come away inspired by all the ways Wellesley women make a difference in the world, in ways big and small. 

Cost: Free

RSVPs required (submit your RSVP in the left hand box)

RSVP by February 6, 2019.

Our panelists bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives to our event: 

Madeline Cieslak '96 has performed across the country in opera and chamber music. Her credits include performances with Bay Area Summer Opera Theater, The Minnesota Opera, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, American Repertory Theater, North Star Opera, New Breath Productions, Opera for the Young, Dorian Opera Theater, and Opera in the Ozarks. A devotee of 20th and 21st century music, she had the honor of performing as the featured soprano in Schoenberg's Second String Quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a piece famous for its musical and vocal difficulty, and for the ushering in of a new aesthetic, atonality.

Madeline earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Music from Wellesley College. A dedicated music teacher and arts administrator, she has served for the past ten years as the executive director of St. Joseph’s School of Music in St. Paul.

Caroline Giles Banks '65 is a cultural anthropologist by training and profession. Caroline earned a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. Her academic research has been on the cultural dimensions of eating disorders, her speciality within the subfield of medical anthropology. Caroline served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Metropolitan State University, and Luther College. The author of six books of poetry, Caroline will discuss how anthropology and poetry each offer unique perspectives on women’s health, women’s roles, cultural diversity, and even bipedalism!

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These summaries are a small sampling of their background and experiences, and we look forward to hearing more at the event.

If you have not yet joined the Club or renewed your Membership for the year, we encourage you to do this now via this website. 


Sunday, 02/10/19 at 2:00pm - Sunday at 4:00pm | iCal


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Wayzata , MN 55391

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Look Who's Coming:

Catrina Huynh-Weiss
Laramie Sasseville
Alicen Spaulding
Rebecca Hawthorne
Sondra Howe
Betty Quie
Elizabeth Moe
Sara Pearce
Barbara Belew
Mary Szto
Barb Martini Johnson
Barbara Belew
Joan Kanavich
Madeline Cieslak
Caroline Banks
Madison Banks
Mona Minkara
  University of Minnesota
Alicen Spaulding
Andrea Ganser
Ann Westra
Ellen Engstrom
  Groves Academy
Kate LaVelle
Peter Hawthorne
Elisabeth Hawthorne
Sarah Murray
  Wellesley College
Samantha Thomas
Joan Linck
Laura Lane
Mary Jo Nelson
Luna Guo
  General Mills
Laramie Sasseville
... a total of 32 guests.
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