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Arts & Sciences Week 2021

Monday, September 27, 2021 to Friday, October 01, 2021
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Please join the School of Arts & Sciences for the 4th annual WPI Arts & Sciences Week from September 27 through October 1, 2021. 

Imagine, Innovate, Integrate, and Impact is the theme for the week and all activities will be highlighted in the areas of the arts, social justice, and humanities.

With last year’s event presented remotely, we are thrilled to host the activities in person where the entire community will have opportunities to engage with each other and examine current topics through open dialogue, participate in the arts, and explore new areas of research. Most events also offer an option to participate virtually. Please see the individual events for more information.

Monday, September 27

8:30-9:30 am 
“Lighting the Way to a Better Normal”: The State of Arts & Sciences with Jean King, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences 

Location:  Rubin Campus Center, Odeum A & B and via Zoom

Link to join via Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/96592285208 

We strongly recommend virtual attendees attend via Zoom for best viewing, however a live cast is also available via YouTube: https://youtu.be/o3wjJqCfdDo

Hosted by Department Heads, Program Leaders and A&S Staff

  • Welcome by Wole Soboyejo, WPI's Provost and Senior Vice President
  • State of the Arts & Sciences by Jean King, Peterson Family Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Introduction of New Faculty
  • Recognition of Faculty Promotion and Tenure
  • Introduction of A&S Student Advisory Councils for 2021-2022
  • Introduction by Kate Moncrief, Head of Humanities & Arts
    • Medwin String Quartet performance, directed by Abigail Koo 

Tuesday, September 28 

12:00-1:00 pm

Critical Conversations "Lighting the Spark":  Science & Creativity

Location: Rubin Campus Center, Odeum A & B

Watch via YouTube: https://youtu.be/FeHeEsvm9lg

  • Moderators: Jean King, Peterson Family Dean, School of Arts & Sciences; Joseph Aguilar, Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts
  • Panelists: Stacy Shaw, Assistant Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies; Carissa Olsen, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Joshua Rosenstock, Professor, Humanities & Arts

Imagining your future career?  Are scientists creative?  Is there a science to creativity?  Can you truly integrate the arts & sciences?  Who have the greatest impact: scientists or artists?  Do you have to choose between being an artist & a scientists?  Come join us to find out! Our faculty panel will discuss this emerging topic from multiple perspectives and there will moderated audience Q&A.

4:30-6:30 pm

“Shedding Light on the Contributions of Marginalized Folks in Arts & Sciences” : WPI Wikipedia Editing Community

Location: Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship, 1st Floor Gordon Library and virtually on Zoom

Hosted by: Francesca Bernardi, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences; and Lori Ostapowicz-Critz, Associate Director for Library Academic Strategies

Join the WPI Wikipedia Editing Community to edit, create, and translate Wikipedia pages for folks from underrepresented and marginalized identities in Arts & Sciences. We will provide a list of suggested pages to edit, snacks, and raffle prizes. Everyone is welcome! A short training will be provided, so no editing experience is needed.

Attend in person or join us virtually by registering here.

Wednesday, September 29     

1:00-4:00 pm

 

"In Light of a Future We Have Yet to Make": Social Justice Summit

Location: Odeum A /B/C and via Zoom or YouTube

Link to join via Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/99750483901 

Watch via YouTube: https://youtu.be/59bw43QG8ac

Hosted by: Laureen Elgert, Associate Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies; Yunus Telliel, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts; and Rob Krueger, Head of Social Science & Policy Studies, and co-sponsored by WPI’s Public Interest Technology Initiative.

  • 1:00 - 2:30: Public Interest Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Social Justice (Zoom link above)

 Keynote speaker Meredith Broussard, a data journalism professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World

  • 2:45 - 5:00: "Shining a Light Beneath our Surface: Sharing our Stories, Building Communities" Storytelling performances by TMI (Too Much Information) Project  NOTE: This session will be available in-person only.

 

Thursday, September 30   

9:00 am-12:30 pm

"In Light of a Future We Have Yet to Make": Social Justice Summit

Location: Odeum A /B/C and via YouTube

Watch via YouTube: https://youtu.be/_SYnOvLNk1w

Hosted by: Laureen Elgert, Associate Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies; Yunus Telliel, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts; and Rob Krueger, Head of Social Science & Policy Studies, and co-sponsored by WPI’s Public Interest Technology Initiative. 

  • 9:00- 10:30: “Mobilities Justice”  keynote and roundtable  

Keynote: Mimi Sheller, Dean of the Global School

Mobility justice is one of the crucial political and ethical issues of our day, when the entire world faces the urgent question of how to make the transition to more environmentally sustainable and socially just mobilities. All around the planet urban, regional, and international governing bodies are grappling with a series of crises related to how we move: an urban crisis of pollution and congestion, a global refugee crisis of borders and humanitarianism, and a climate crisis of global warming and decarbonization. 

In her keynote speech, Dean Sheller will offer insights from her recent work (including Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes and Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene) that is shaped by her long standing interest in the intersection of im/mobilities and social justice. 

Dean Sheller’s speech will be followed by a roundtable discussion with WPI faculty and graduate students who are working on different aspects of mobility justice, from transportation to immigration.

Roundtable presenters:

*Transportation and Access to Healthcare (Jennifer deWinter, Professor, Humanities & Arts and Shams Bhada, Assistant Professor, Engineering)

*“Mobilities and the Meaning of ‘Latinness’ in the Americas” (John Galante, Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts) 

*Immigration Courts and Data Analytics (Andy Trapp, Associate Professor, The Business School; Geri Dimas, PhD student in Data Science Program) 

* “Policy mobilities and urban sustainability” (Katherine Foo, Assistant Teaching Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies / Integrative & Global Studies) 

 
  • 10:45- 12:30: Social Justice in the Curriculum” presentations and workshops (co-sponsored by Morgan Teaching and Learning Center)

Shining a Light on Student Access and Inclusion: Practices for Inclusive Pedagogy  

This multi-modal workshop brings together perspectives and practices on diversity and student experience in the classroom.  The workshop begins with a student-led panel on the personal impact of open pedagogical practices in the classroom, like an inclusive curriculum and open education resources (OERs). The second half of the workshop will feature topic-focused stations for participants to learn how to put these ideas into practice. This session will be interactive with time to engage attendees with similar goals in small groups. Questions participants will be encouraged to explore include: Why write an inclusivity statement in your syllabus? How does the use and design of OERs connect to your learning outcomes? What OER materials already exist that you can use or modify? How can you engage students as contributors to OERs? How can you diversify your reading list? How do these practices align with social justice principles? We will share examples, ideas, and tools to generate and share open resources while having students co-lead small group sessions.  

A special thanks to our organizers: Marja Bakermans, Crystal Brown, Lindsay Davis, Michelle Ephraim, Rebecca Moody, Sarah Stanlick, Courtney Kurlanska, and Lori Ostapowicz-Critz

4:00 pm-5:30 pm
“Arts Lighting the Way”: Dan Schimmel, Artist in Residence

with Special Guest Joshua Rosenstock, Professor, Humanities & Arts; and winners of 2020's Arts & Creativity in the Time of COVID art contest winners.  Join us as we showcase original artwork by the artist themselves! 

Location: Odeum A/B/C (this program will not be available virtually)

  • 4:00 - 4:45: Art Exhibit/Talk by Dan Schimmel, Title: Material Drift
  • 4:45 - 5:30: Jazz performance, directed by Douglas Olsen and Art Gallery Walk with winners of 2020's Art and Creativity in the Time of COVID contest and students of Joshua Rosenstock, IMGD

7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7pm

Dog Fight

Produced by Vox - WPI's student musical theatre company.  To purchase tickets, please visit vox.wpi.edu 

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. 

Location: Alden Memorial Hall 

Luca Ialongo, Producer
Caitlin Kuzma, Stage Manager
Rosita Mihaleva, Music Director

For more information, please visit here.

Friday, October 1

12:00 - 1:00pm

Neuroscience Seminar Series: “Turning Down the Light”: The Science of Sleep

Keynote Speaker: Gina Poe, a neuroscience professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA.

Hosted by: Carolina Ruiz, Professor, Computer Science; and Jeanine Skorinko, Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies

Link to join Webinar: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/92052962649 

7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7pm

Dog Fight

Produced by Vox - WPI's student musical theatre company.  To purchase tickets, please visit vox.wpi.edu 

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. 

Location: Alden Memorial Hall 

Luca Ialongo, Producer
Caitlin Kuzma, Stage Manager
Rosita Mihaleva, Music Director

For more information, please visit here.

Saturday, October 2

12:00 pm
Family Weekend Concert

Featuring Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, and Brass Ensemble 

Directed by Mitchell Lutch and Douglas Olsen

Location: Alden Memorial Hall

7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7pm

Dog Fight

Produced by Vox - WPI's student musical theatre company.  To purchase tickets, please visit vox.wpi.edu 

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. 

Location: Alden Memorial Hall 

Luca Ialongo, Producer
Caitlin Kuzma, Stage Manager
Rosita Mihaleva, Music Director

For more information, please visit here.

Sunday, October 3

12:00 pm
Family Weekend Concert

Featuring Orchestra

Directed by Abigail Koo

Location: Alden Memorial

3:00 pm
Family Weekend Concert

Featuring Alden Voices, Glee Club, Festival Chorus, and Chamber Choir

Directed by Joshua Rohde

Location: First Baptist Church

Events

Monday, September 27Tuesday, September 28Wednesday, September 29
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    1:00pm to 5:00pm

    Social Justice Summit

    "In Light of a Future We Have Yet to Make": Social Justice Summit

    Location: Odeum A/B/C and via Zoom or YouTube

    Link to join via Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/99750483901 

    Watch via YouTube: https://youtu.be/59bw43QG8ac

    Hosted by: Laureen Elgert, Associate Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies; Yunus Telliel, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts; Rob Krueger, Head of Social Science & Policy Studies, and WPI’s Public Interest Technology Initiative.

    • 1:00 - 2:30: Public Interest Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Social Justice 

    What are the practical implications of an AI-enabled world? As we think about the possibilities for digital campuses, corporations and communities in the future, it is important to keep in mind the limits of technology in solving social problems. Despite the optimistic promises of digital evangelists, it has become clear that most large-scale software systems exacerbate existing social inequality—especially in the case of racial injustice.

    In this talk, author and professor Meredith Broussard looks at the inner workings and outer limits of technology, and explains why we should never assume that computers always get things right. Making a case against “technochauvinism”—the belief that technology is always the solution—Broussard looks at why facial recognition amplifies racism, why algorithms reproduce inequality, and why social problems persist in every digital Utopia. If we understand the limits of what we *can* do with technology, Broussard tells us, we can make better choices about what we *should* do with it to achieve algorithmic justice and create technology that works in the public interest.

    Meredith Broussard is an associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, research director at the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, and the author of “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World.” She appears in the documentary “Coded Bias,” now streaming on Netflix. Contact her on Twitter @merbroussard or via meredithbroussard.com

    • 2:45 - 5:00: "Shining a Light Beneath our Surface: Sharing our Stories, Building Communities" Storytelling performances by TMI (Too Much Information) Project  NOTE: This session will be available in-person only.
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Thursday, September 30
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021
    9:00am to 12:30pm

    Social Justice Summit

    "In Light of a Future We Have Yet to Make": Social Justice Summit

    Location: Odeum A /B/C and via YouTube

    Watch via YouTube: https://youtu.be/_SYnOvLNk1w

    Hosted by: Laureen Elgert, Associate Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies; Yunus Telliel, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts; and Rob Krueger, Head of Social Science & Policy Studies, and co-sponsored by WPI’s Public Interest Technology Initiative. 

    • 9:00- 10:30: “Mobilities Justice”  keynote and roundtable  

    Keynote: Mimi Sheller, Dean of the Global School

    Mobility justice is one of the crucial political and ethical issues of our day, when the entire world faces the urgent question of how to make the transition to more environmentally sustainable and socially just mobilities. All around the planet urban, regional, and international governing bodies are grappling with a series of crises related to how we move: an urban crisis of pollution and congestion, a global refugee crisis of borders and humanitarianism, and a climate crisis of global warming and decarbonization. 

    In her keynote speech, Dean Sheller will offer insights from her recent work (including Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes and Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene) that is shaped by her long standing interest in the intersection of im/mobilities and social justice. 

    Dean Sheller’s speech will be followed by a roundtable discussion with WPI faculty and graduate students who are working on different aspects of mobility justice, from transportation to immigration.

    Roundtable presenters:

    *Transportation and Access to Healthcare (Jennifer deWinter, Professor, Humanities & Arts and Shams Bhada, Assistant Professor, Engineering)

    *“Mobilities and the Meaning of ‘Latinness’ in the Americas” (John Galante, Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts) 

    *Immigration Courts and Data Analytics (Andy Trapp, Associate Professor, The Business School; Geri Dimas, PhD student in Data Science Program) 

    * “Policy mobilities and urban sustainability” (Katherine Foo, Assistant Teaching Professor, Social Science & Policy Studies / Integrative & Global Studies) 

     

    • 10:45- 12:30: Social Justice in the Curriculum” presentations and workshops (co-sponsored by Morgan Teaching and Learning Center)

    Shining a Light on Student Access and Inclusion: Practices for Inclusive Pedagogy  

     This multi-modal workshop brings together perspectives and practices on diversity and student experience in the classroom.  The workshop begins with a student-led panel on the personal impact of open pedagogical practices in the classroom, like an inclusive curriculum and open education resources (OERs). The second half of the workshop will feature topic-focused stations for participants to learn how to put these ideas into practice. This session will be interactive with time to engage attendees with similar goals in small groups. Questions participants will be encouraged to explore include: Why write an inclusivity statement in your syllabus? How does the use and design of OERs connect to your learning outcomes? What OER materials already exist that you can use or modify? How can you engage students as contributors to OERs? How can you diversify your reading list? How do these practices align with social justice principles? We will share examples, ideas, and tools to generate and share open resources while having students co-lead small group sessions.  

    A special thanks to our organizers: Marja Bakermans, Crystal Brown, Lindsay Davis, Michelle Ephraim, Rebecca Moody, Sarah Stanlick, Courtney Kurlanska, and Lori Ostapowicz-Critz

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  • Thursday, September 30, 2021
    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Dan Schimmel, Artist in Residence

    4-5:30 pm Art Exhibit/Talk, Title: Material Drift 

    Special Guests: Joshua Rosenstock, and winners from 2020's Arts & Creativity in the Time of COVID art contest.  Join us as we showcase original artwork by the artist themselves! 

    Location:  Odeum A/B/C (this program will not be available virtually)

    Dan Schimmel is an artist based in Worcester, Massachusetts and Brooksville, Maine. As an undergraduate at the University of California (Berkeley) he worked independently with noted artist, Joan Brown. As a graduate student at University of Iowa (Iowa City), he worked closely with John Dilg and T.L. Solien. In addition to keeping a regular studio routine throughout his career, for twelve years (2001-2013) Schimmel directed and curated programs and exhibitions at the Esther Klein Gallery (Philadelphia).

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  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:30pm
    Dog Fight - Thursday

    Produced by Vox - WPI's student musical theatre company.  To purchase tickets, please visit vox.wpi.edu 

    It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. 

    Location: Alden Memorial Hall 

    Luca Ialongo, Producer; Caitlin Kuzma, Stage Manager; Rosita Mihaleva, Music Director

    Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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Friday, October 01Saturday, October 02
  • Saturday, October 02, 2021 12:00pm
    Family Weekend Band Concerts

    Features: Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, and Brass Ensemble
    Directed by Mitchell Lutch and Douglas Olsen

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  • Saturday, October 02, 2021 7:30pm
    Dog Fight - Saturday

    Produced by Vox - WPI's student musical theatre company.  To purchase tickets, please visit vox.wpi.edu 

    It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. 

    Location: Alden Memorial Hall 

    Luca Ialongo, Producer
    Caitlin Kuzma, Stage Manager
    Rosita Mihaleva, Music Director

    Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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Sunday, October 03
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