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Hanover Theatre's new conservatory will be elevating its game thanks to a new grant.

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WPI lands grant to boosts integration of Humanities and STEM

The National Endowment for the Humanities selected Worcester Polytechnic Institute, along with 17 other U.S. schools, for a Humanities Connections Grant.

WPI will receive a $100,000 grant to establish an Urban Humanities Teaching Cluster, allowing WPI to offer an integrated set of courses that push students to think about urban challenges as more than simply technical problems. With half the world’s population now living in cities and with the population of 21 cities now exceeding 10 million, the study of cities is more important than ever.

“The engineering challenges wrought by rapid urbanization and aging urban infrastructures are obvious to our students,” said Joseph Cullon, an assistant teaching professor of history and the grant’s principal investigator, “but solving them forces us to ask questions about history, aesthetics, equity, access and cultural meaning that are less transparent but equally crucial.”


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