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Each fall, as the landscape dazzles with its shifting panorama of light and color, WPI celebrates the dizzying breadth of its arts and science programs and the diversity of interests and innovations that define its arts and sciences community. Arts & Sciences Week is an annual showcase for the talents, the ideas, and the themes that infuse the eight academic departments and ten academic programs that make up WPI’s School of Arts & Sciences. But even more, it is a celebration of the interconnections between the arts and science and engineering, business, and global engagement at WPI, and a vibrant illustration of how, by bringing together diverse perspectives, knowledge, and skills, creators, scholars, inventors, and responsible global citizens can promote discovery and communication, advance knowledge, and improve the human condition.

Mural painted on wall with text Calling All Artists!

The Arts and Creativity in the Time of COVID

Artists respond to, reflect, and help to produce the world that we live in, and in doing so, provide different ways to understand our own experiences. As part of the 2020 Arts and Science Week, the School of Arts and Sciences will host its first WPI+Arts event around the theme of COVID-19. Faculty, staff, and student artists, working in the visual, literary, and performing arts, will vie for cash prizes of up to $1,000.

Abby Kelly Foster Mural by Panmela Castro

2019 Artist in Residence Celebrated Abby Kelley Foster

As part of the 2019 Arts & Sciences Week, Brazilian grafiteira and performance artist Panmela Castro painted a stunning mural of social reformer and abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster in the Salisbury Laboratories lounge. Kelly, a Massachusetts native who grew up helping with the family farms in Worcester, is celebrated for her work to promote equal rights for women and for Africans enslaved in the Americas.

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 Foisie 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 lightening 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 Lightening 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”).