Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Margaret Ward

Author and Wellesley College Professor Emerita will read from her nonfiction work.




7:30 pm


Hostetter Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall

General Info

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Margaret Ward, Ph.D., D. Litt., h. c., for a reading of her nonfiction work. The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, in the Hostetter Lecture Room of Stratton Hall. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome to attend.

Margaret Ward is the author of a number of books related to history, literature and culture. Her 2011 book “Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War” describes her family’s 1983 adoption of a boy with the assistance of the American Embassy in Honduras and traces the upheavals and adjustments that took place when the boy’s birth family located and reunited with him in 1997. The story is woven together from interviews, journal entries, letters, photos, and other firsthand materials. “Missing Mila, Finding Family” was published by the University of Texas Press.

Ward is a professor emerita of German from Wellesley College, where she taught from 1971 to 2010. While at Wellesley, she held the William R. Kenan, Jr. professorship and helped establish the Women and Gender Studies department; her contributions are recognized with the annual Margaret E. Ward Prize in Women's Studies. She graduated magna cum laude from Wilson College and conducted her graduate studies in German Languages and Literatures at Indiana University, including two years on fellowship at universities in Berlin and Paris. She is married to Thomas de Witt, who was named interim president of Wells College this year.