Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Events

Upcoming Events:


World Origami Days: October 24th – November 11th

Years ago, the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments were a single department.  Now back together under the same roof in Higgins Hall, both departments are collaborating to host the World Origami Days kickoff event, on Thursday, Oct. 24th.  Students can stop by the Higgins Hall lobby anytime between 10 am- 2 pm, where they can learn to fold a single pyramid pixel and enjoy free light refreshments.  All pixels will be installed as part of a collaborative art project that will be displayed in the vestibule adjacent to the Higgins Hall lobby.  This art installation will continue to grow over the weeks of World Origami Days, ending Nov. 11.  The first 50 students to participate in the kickoff event will receive a free Macricostas Experience T-shirt.


Poetry Reading & Book Signing: November 14th 

Widely respected poets Martin Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt will read from, answer questions about, and sign their books of poetry at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the WCSU Midtown campus.  Espada has published nearly 20 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His many honors include countless national poetry prizes. Schmidt has authored four collections of poetry, and she has received several notable poetry awards as well. The event will be free and the public is invited. Books will be available for purchase. Co-Sponsored by the Writing Department, the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing, the Office of Diversity and Equity, the World Languages and Literature Department, and the Macricostas School of Arts & Science. For more information, send an email to


Biology Research Seminar: November 15th

University of Connecticut Professor of Psychological Sciences Dr. John Salamone will discuss “Probing the Neurochemistry of Motivational Dysfunction in Depression and Other Disorders: Drug Development Studies Using Animal Models” at 3:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Offered as part of the continuing “Research Seminar” series hosted by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, the event will be free and the public is invited. A reception will follow in the Science Building Atrium. For more information, send an email to


Regional Lake Communities Symposium: November 25th

The WCSU Integrative Biological Diversity graduate program, WCSU NOAA BWet Finding Our Way Office of Science Education Outreach and Praxair will host the third fall 2019 Regional Lake Communities Symposium, “The Value of the Lake, Monetizing the Social Benefits of Lakes” at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The symposium will feature a discussion by Economist  Matthew Bingham of Veritas Economic Consulting and Chris Sanders from the Connecticut Federation of Lakes and president of the West Side Pond Association, about community strategies for non-market valuation of water resources. The symposium will be free and the public is invited. For more information, go to


Wor(l)ds of Cultures: December 4th

Join the World Languages and Cultures department for an informal Open Mic event to celebrate the end of the semester on Wednesday, December 4th, from 4:30-6 pm in Higgins 227 (Language Resource Center). They will have hot cocoa, coffee, tea, and holiday brownies!



Recent Events:

Macricostas Experience Week Events:


Make Your Own Cider Press and Tie-Dye T-Shirts


Higgins Hall Open House


The Parthenon: Then and Now” lecture with Dr. Jenifer Neils


Greek Celebration with Macricostas Scholar, Dr. Chris Paone


Macricostas Speaker Lecture with Reginald Dwayne Betts


World Origami Days Kickoff


Constitution Day Event:

State Senator, Julie Kushner visited WCSU on September 17th for Constitution Day!


Macricostas Lectures: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019:

Dr. Samuel Ortencio Flores, Assistant Professor of Classics at College of Charleston, discussed “Strangers and Foreigners in Ancient Greece” on March 22nd. This lecture was funded by The Macricostas Family Arts and Sciences Endowed.






Chris Kelly lectures on “Privacy, Security, and Safety in a Social Media World” on November 14th, sponsored by the Macricostas Family Foundation. Pictured on the right: President Clark, Dean Brown, Provost Alexander, and Lecturer Chris Kelly.

Did you miss the Chris Kelly lecture? The link ( encompasses the lecture from November 14th!