Past Press Releases

For Immediate Release: February 24, 2011

In this Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar on March 3rd, Amy Banks, M.D. will discuss the “smart vagus” nerve as described by neuroscientist Dr. Stephan Porges. This nerve, part of the autonomic nervous system, is part of a vast network in humans that supports the theory that we are “hard-wired” to connect. Dr. Banks is the Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women and Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Lunchtime Seminar Series programs are free and open to the public. Held Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Cheever House Library, the seminars highlight the work of Wellesley Centers for Women researchers and program staff. For more information, call 781.283.2500 or visit

Since 1974, the Wellesley Centers for Women has been a driving force—both behind the scenes and in the spotlight—promoting positive change for women, children, and families. Work at WCW addresses three major areas: the status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional wellbeing of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.