The Power of Arts & Sciences

December 6–10, 2021

A week of virtual events celebrating convergence, creativity, and community with our alumni and friends

Hosted by Arts & Sciences Advancement, this series aims to highlight the impact of Arts & Sciences among our worldwide network of supporters. All events are free and open to the public. 

Arts & Sciences is the heart and soul of Washington University. As its home for the liberal arts, our expansive curriculum touches every WashU undergraduate. Our reputation for vibrant liberal arts teaching and discovery is hard earned and well deserved. I invite you to join us in celebrating the Power of Arts & Sciences through this special series.

This year, many of the events were inspired by our strategic plan, which was made publically available at the start of the week. In the plan, we define our existing strengths, identify opportunities for growth, and articulate a shared vision for our future. With new resources, a vibrant community, and a strong vision, I truly believe the 2020s will be a transformative decade for Arts & Sciences at WashU. 


 Feng Sheng Hu, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Think Inside the Box

Monday, December 6, 2 p.m. (CST)

Chancellor Andrew Martin and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Beverly Wendland will join the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Feng Sheng Hu to make a special announcement at the start of the event. A presentation exploring the theory and concepts of play and games from award-winning game designer, Ian Bogost, director and professor of the film and media studies program in Arts & Sciences and professor of computer science and engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, will follow. 

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Behind the Scenes Lab Tour

Tuesday, December 7, 12 p.m. (CST)

Explore the state-of-the-art Tolman Group Laboratory with William Tolman, vice dean of research and entrepreneurship and the William Greenleaf Eliot Professor of Chemisty. Learn from students about their processes and the specialized equipment and live chat with the researchers about working in the lab. Their current research emphasizes the use of synthetic chemistry to unravel how copper-containing enzymes function and to develop plant-based alternatives to petroleum-derived plastics. 

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The Future of Undergraduate Education in Arts & Sciences

Tuesday, December 7, 4 p.m. (CST)

This panel discussion led by Erin McGlothlin, vice dean of undergraduate affairs, will discuss how new developments including the recent announcement of a need-blind admissions policy at WashU, will impact the future of undergraduate education in Arts & Sciences.  The panelists include: Ronné Patrick Turner, vice provost of admissions & financial aid, Sara Ryu, director of academic planning, and Diana Silva José-Edwards, director of the post-baccalaureate premedical program and coordinator of STEM diversity initiatives. 

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Fireside chat with Kathy Kartalis, AB '82, Senior Vice President of Global Product for Skechers

Wednesday, December 8, 12 p.m. (CST) 

Hear from business leader, Kathy Kartalis, AB '82, about her journey from political science major at WashU to her 30-year career at footwear company, Skechers. Kartalis oversees footwear and apparel design, product development and sourcing, leading a staff of over 500 people globally. She is an active volunteer for WashU and serves as a member on the Arts & Sciences National Council. She has been an avid runner for over 40 years and participated in the Skechers’ sponsored 2018 and 2019 Los Angeles Marathons. 

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Tax Planning Under Biden’s Build Back Better Framework & the Power of Planned Gifts

Wednesday, December 8, 4 p.m. (CST)

As you consider how to extend your engagement with WashU and other charitable institutions, we invite you to attend a virtual event hosted by Washington University Advancement. This is a great way to learn about the latest tax laws impacting charitable giving.  

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The Power of Mindfulness

Thursday, December 9, 11 a.m. (CST)

Todd Braver, professor of radiology, neuroscience, psychological and brain sciences, and Diana Parra Perez, research assistant professor at the Brown School and a mindfulness facilitator for the Academy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will present on the importance of mindfulness and helpful tips to incorporate it in your life. 

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The A&S Eliot Society Presents Composing Creativity: Perspectives on Musical Expression

Thursday, December 9, 5 p.m. (CST)

Join Christopher Stark, associate professor of composition, alumnus Cole Reyes, AB '20, and undergraduate student composer, Joseph Mosby, to talk about the work of expressing yourself through music. The event will include a performance of the student composition. 

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Policy, Inequality, and Motherhood

Friday, December 10, 12 p.m. (CST)

Join Caitlyn Collins, assistant professor of sociology, and Zakiya Luna, associate professor of sociology and dean's distinguished scholar, for a discussion on the causes and consequences of social inequality and policies that impact motherhood. Collins’ work has been featured in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, National Public Radio, The New York Times,  and The Washington Post, among others. Luna is author of the recently published Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice.  

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Disparities in the Impact of COVID-19 on Employment, Human Capital, and Consumption

Friday, December 10, 3:00 p.m. (CST)

George-Levi Gayle, professor of economics, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on gender gaps in the labor market. His research investigates topics in the field of labor economics, which includes family and gender issues in the workplace. 

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A Transformative Decade: Convergence, Creativity, Community

We are finding new ways to tell our story and create a lasting impact on the world. Welcome to the decade of Arts & Sciences.

Recordings from Previous Events