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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Dean's Office
    • Kapelski, Room 209
    • tel: 610-499-4336
    • fax: 610-499-4605

Special Events & Workshops, Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences hosts several special events each year.

The value of a liberal arts education is that it teaches us to be lifelong learners. Events that take place outside the classroom encourage students to become lifelong learners and enable students to connect with faculty and community members in new learning environments.

Call for Proposals: Widener University Symposium in Costa Rica

CARES21 (Consortium for Agro-Ecological Research and Education in Sustainability in the 21st Century) is an initiative of Widener University that is committed to all three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. Our goals are to promote multi- and interdisciplinary research and curriculum development initiatives that advance global sustainability and sustainability education. The symposium will include brief (up to 15 minutes) structured presentations, workshops, and local site visits. We invite individual or small team proposals (up to three people) that touch on topics including but not limited to those on the list below. For additional information, please see the CFP here.

The Distinguished Writers Series

The English and creative writing programs host Widener’s Distinguished Writers Series. Nationally known, award-winning writers come to Widener to speak to classes, offer tutorials, and give readings of their work. Guests have included George Saunders, Jenna Osman, and Thomas Sayers Ellis.

Summer Research Symposium

Each September, students from across the college who participated in Widener’s summer research program participate in a symposium where they present their research to a juried panel. Students obtain not only research experience but the opportunity to learn how to present their work to an audience. Many students then go on to present at national or international conferences.

Career Panels and Discussions

We regularly bring Widener alumni and other community, nonprofit, and business leaders back to discuss career opportunities with current students. Events include discussion panels, networking events, and small dinner groups.

In collaboration with Career Services, we also host a special program for Arts & Sciences students called “Seekers” in which students learn to assess their strengths and interests as well as develop networking, resume writing skills, and career search skills.

Computer Science and Stem Programs

In collaboration with Widener’s School of Engineering, we offer various workshops and competitions for high school students interested in math, computer science, robotics, natural and physical science, and/or engineering. High school students can also participate in our computer science programming contest.

Music and Dance Performances

Each semester, the chorus, string ensemble, dance ensemble, and jazz bands perform concerts by and for the Widener community. And the pep band rallies the team and the home crowd at every home football and basketball game.

Theater Performances

Widener students interested in the performing arts have two theater groups in which they can get involved. 

  • The Fresh Baked Theater Company performs classic works of literature and theater that have been adapted for the enjoyment of children and regularly performs at schools and other venues in Delaware County.
  • The Lone Brick Theatre offers performances of a range of theater works intended primarily for adult audiences, both on our campus and in collaboration with other Chester artists. 

Observatory Nights

The Widener Observatory offers observation and astronomy education nights to the Widener community and to the general public.

Women’s History Month

The gender & women’s studies program in collaboration with other university partners hosts a variety of speakers, films, and other events related to women’s history month in March.

Culture, Film, and Language Events

The Department of Modern Languages offers an Italian Film series, as well as other culture and language events for Spanish, French, and Chinese languages.

Sustainability Workshops

Arts & Sciences faculty members Dr. Stephen MadigoskyDr. Loyd Bastin, and Dr. Paul Goldberg lead a workshop to assist faculty who want to infuse sustainability into their courses, ensuring that Widener graduates are fully prepared to address contemporary environmental and social challenges.

Divisional Colloquia

Each division in the College of Arts & Sciences (science, social science, and humanities) offers regular speakers and discussions for faculty and/or students to share recent research and learn from one another.

Diversity Forums

The College’s Diversity Committee hosts forums that allow for continuing education and difficult conversations around various diversity issues so that we can promote an educational environment in which all students and faculty can thrive.

To see what is going on at Widener, visit our Events Calendar.