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The Global School Event Series 2021-2022

The Global School at WPI supports innovative research and project-based learning to address the increasing complexity and diversity of global grand challenges in health, energy, environment, food, water, mobility, and climate change. Join each event in this yearlong series to learn more about the important initiatives underway to address local and global challenges, and to see how you can get involved. Monthly events will focus on the world’s great problems within the context of WPI’s ongoing collaborations with partners across the globe through our network of global project centers. 

The series will include plenary panels; talks by academic leaders; and activist leaders in these fields. Through 2021, the events will be held virtually. All events will be live streamed to YouTube, recorded and available on-demand following the event.

View on demand content from the 2020-21 series

India Project Center

September 2021

This first event of the series focused on Community Climate Adaptation.  The keynote session included Dr. Franco Montalto and Maria Belen Power in a lively moderated discussion with podcaster and national climate adaptation influencer, Doug Parsons. 

Craig Santos-Perez head shot

October 2021

October 26, 2021, 5-7:30pm EDT

Oceania: Place, Place-making and Environmental Justice

This event will feature a keynote address by poet Craig Santos Perez.

Craig is an indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is a poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist.


Middle East event photo

November 2021

November 16, 2021, 8-10:00am EST


Agenda and registration coming soon.

January 2022

January 18, 2022

AFRICA: Science and Technology for Innovation

Agenda and registration coming soon.

February 2022

February 16, 2022

LATIN AMERICA: Transregional Challenges

Agenda and registration coming soon.

March 2022

March 15, 2022


Agenda and registration coming soon.

April 2022

April 19, 2022


Agenda and registration coming soon.