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WPI holds two distinct Arts & Sciences Week events every year. These weeks showcase the talents, ideas, and themes that infuse the eight academic departments and ten academic programs in WPI’s School of Arts & Sciences.

But even more, Arts & Sciences weeks are a celebration of the interconnections between the arts and science and engineering, business, and global engagement at WPI. The events, performances, and discussions are a vibrant illustration of how the diverse perspectives, knowledge, and skills of various, creators, scholars, inventors, and responsible global citizens can promote discovery and communication, advance knowledge, and improve the human condition.

Woman walking by beautiful flowers at a market in Latin America

Celebrating WPI’s Latin America Studies Initiative

In 2019, Arts & Sciences Week featured the Latin American Studies Initiative, which brings together on- and off-campus communities to confront critical issues that affect Latin America, the Caribbean, and the wider world. Through collaboration among WPI’s four schools, the initiative involves diverse forms of engagement between WPI and the region, and with broader issues and activities with particular relevance to Latin America.

Studnets observing a science demonstration during Arts & Sciences Week
Students looking at art on a wall during Arts & Sciences Week
Faculty lightning talk in the Innovation studio
Speaker at Arts & Sciences Week
Musicians playing during Arts & Sciences Week

Looking Back: Arts & Sciences Week 2019

With a focus on WPI’s Latin American Studies Initiative, the week featured faculty lightening talks on the Latin American experience, the inaugural Latin American Studies Project Awards, a visual art design showcase and gallery walk, faculty and student lightning talks, a “Solve-a-Thon” on preventing Amazon forest fires, and talks by visiting scholars.

Global Impact: The Latin American Experience - Laureen Elgert

Laureen Elgert
Associate Professor
Social Science & Policy Studies

Carlo Pinciroli, Computer Science and Robotics Engineering

Carlo Pinciroli
Assistant Professor
Robotics Engineering

Amity Manning: Outsmarting Cancer's Survival

Amity Manning
Assistant Professor
Biology & Biotechnology

Global Impact: The Latin American Experience - Aarti S Madan

Aarti Madan
Associate Professor
International & Global Studies

Global Impact: The Latin American Experience - Courtney Kurlanska

Courtney Kurlanska
Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Great Problems Seminar

Knowledge at Light Speed: A Sampler of Faculty Lightning Talks

Among the highlights of each year’s Arts & Sciences Week are lightening talks in which faculty members and student share the gist of their scholarship in five minutes or less. In this gallery you will view faculty talks from 2018 and 2019 (the 2019 talks focused on the theme, “Global Impact: The Latin American Experience”).