Events

The College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University strives to add value to the lives of its learners and continuously improve the quality of its programming to meet the needs and expectations of the communities it serves. Join us for events that are tailored to your academic interests and help prepare you for the future.

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, September 20

History lecture–presented by Dr. Paul Freedman of Yale University, "The Formation of American Cuisine," 3508 Knauss Hall, 4 p.m.; reception to follow in 2500 Knauss Hall

Ethics book club—"Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism" by John Hoberm, WMed Information Commons, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Thursday, September 21

College of Arts and Sciences Major Exc!tement–speak with advisors and faculty from all undergraduate academic programs and discuss potential careers based on your major, Sangren Mall Plaza, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, September 22

Autumnal equinox (first day of fall)

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Sheng Yang He of Michigan State University, "Bacterial pathogenesis in plants: basic principle and environmental and microbiome influences," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, September 25

Fourth Annual Arcadia Ales Classic–18-hole, four-person scramble to support scholarships for the Kalamazoo Valley Community College and WMU College of Arts and Sciences Sustainable Brewing Program, Moors Golf Club, Portage, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register here by September 22.

Wednesday, September 27

2017 Study Abroad Fair—Sangren Plaza, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "The Fall and Rise of Income Equality in the United States," presented by Charles Ballard of Michigan State University, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Ethics book club—"Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism" by John Hoberm, 3025 Brown Hall, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Thursday, September 28

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, "In Defense of Ideals," presented by Mark Edmundson, co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, 3502 Knauss Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, September 29

Fifty-Sixth Annual Midwest Medieval History ConferenceKeynote speaker: Ruth Mazo Karras, The University of Minnesota Twin-Cities "Thou Art The Man: King David and Medieval Masculinites," Western Michigan University.

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Tammy Long of Michigan State University, "Modeling in introductory Biology: What practice-based assessment can teach us about student learning," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 30

Fifty-Sixth Annual Midwest Medieval History ConferenceKeynote speaker: Ruth Mazo Karras, The University of Minnesota Twin-Cities "Thou Art The Man: King David and Medieval Masculinites," Western Michigan University.

Monday, October 2

College of Arts and Sciences State of the College Address–presented by dean Koretsky, 3508 Knauss Hall, 10:30 a.m.

Chemistry seminar–presented by Dr. Yirong Mo, "Exploring Chemistry in Silico," 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3

Gwen Frostic Speaker Series–"An Update on the Flint Water Crisis" presented by Noah Hall of Wayne State University, Fetzer Center- Putney Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 6

Fall Convocation—Morning of academic activities followed by an 11 a.m. awards ceremony and the president's State of the University address, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Karsten Melcher of the Van Andel Institute, "Epigenetic silencing of plant MYC target genes through Groucho/TLE family corepressors," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 7

China Festival–commemorates the traditional Chinese Moon Festival with food, games, music and prizes, Student Recreation Center, noon to 5 p.m.

Monday, October 9

Homecoming week—Various events planned on campus, full schedule TBA. Admission fees vary.

Tuesday, October 10

Homecoming week—Various events planned on campus, full schedule TBA. Admission fees vary.

Wednesday, October 11

Homecoming week—Various events planned on campus, full schedule TBA. Admission fees vary.

Ethics book club—"Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism" by John Hoberm, Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Thursday, October 12

Homecoming week—Various events planned on campus, full schedule TBA. Admission fees vary.

Michigan Autism Conference—Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. Fees vary; registration required.

Ethics lecture–"Immigrant to Neighbor: Journeying through Hope and Fear," presented by Jennifer Clark, co-editor of Immigration and Justice for Our Neighbors, Bernhard Center- Brown and Gold Room, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 13

Family Weekend—For WMU students and their families, various events planned on campus and in the Kalamazoo community, full schedule online. Admission fees vary.

Homecoming week—Various events planned on campus, full schedule TBA. Admission fees vary.

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. David Hanson of the University of New Mexico, "The importance of leaf cuticles in determining stomatal conductance," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award reception–Bernhard Center, evening. More info to follow.

Friday, October 14

Homecoming week—Various events planned on campus, full schedule TBA. Admission fees vary.

Family Weekend—For WMU students and their families, various events planned on campus and in the Kalamazoo community, full schedule online. Admission fees vary.

Bronco football vs. Akron—Homecoming and Family Weekend, Waldo Stadium, 3:30 p.m. Tickets: wmubroncos.com or (888) 4-WMU-TIX.

Sunday, October 15

Family Weekend—For WMU students and their families, various events planned on campus and in the Kalamazoo community, full schedule online. Admission fees vary.

Tuesday, October 17

Ethics book club—"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula LeGuin, Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Thursday, October 19

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, "The Kindling of a Flame: Analogies to Light the Way for Technology in Education" presented by Kentaro Toyama of the University of Michigan, co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, October 20

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Daniel Voytas of the University of Minnesota, "Editing the Plant Genome," 1710 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24

Ethics book club—"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula LeGuin, Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Wednesday, October 25

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "Income Inequality, Progressive Taxation and Tax Expenditures," presented by James Hines Jr. of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, October 27

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Wendy Beane, "Staying in Shape with Planarian Regeneration," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween

Wednesday, November 1

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, 2072 Moore Hall, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Bronco football vs. Central Michigan—Waldo Stadium, 8 p.m. Tickets: wmubroncos.com or (888) 4-WMU-TIX. Televised on ESPN2.

Thursday, November 2

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, 2072 Moore Hall, 5 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Friday, November 3

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Michael Clough of Iowa State University, "Impact of Historical Short Science Stories on Post-Secondary Biology Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 5

Daylight Saving Time ends

Tuesday, November 7

Ethics book club—"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula LeGuin, Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Thursday, November 9

Ethics lecture–"Criminal Justice, Social Justice and Climate Justice," presented by Dr. Ronald Kramer, Bernhard Center- Brown and Gold Room, 6 p.m.

Friday, November 10

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Hannah Seidel of Eastern Michigan University, "Stem cell quiescence in the Caenorhabditis elegans germline," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 11

U.S. Veterans Day

Monday, November 13

Chemistry seminar–presented by Dr. Mike Clift of the University of Kansas, 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, location TBD, 5 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Friday, November 17

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Stephen Russell (Michael K. Bach Distinguished Visiting Lecture, Mayo Clinic), "Integrating oncolytic viruses into immune-based cancer treatment paradigms," 1260 Chemistry Building, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, November 20

Chemistry seminar–presented by Dr. Glenn C. Micalizio of Dartmouth College, "Frontiers in Chemistry," 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22

Thanksgiving recess begins at noon—No classes. WMU offices open normal hours.

Thursday, November 23

U.S. Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving recess—No classes. Many WMU offices closed.

Friday, November 24

Thanksgiving recess—No classes. Many WMU offices closed.

Monday, November 27

Fall semester classes resume at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, November 29

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, location TBD, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Thursday, November 30

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, location TBD, 5 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Friday, December 1

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Ingo Braasch of Michigan State University, "Fresh insights from old fish: Spotted gar reveals the genomic basis of vertebrate development and evolution and connects human biology with biomedical fish models," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6

Ethics lecture–"The Life and Death of Latisha King," presented by Gayle Salamon of Princeton University, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Friday, December 8

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Ayub Khan of Zoetis, "Messenger RNA (mRNA): A new class of vaccines," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 9

Ethics lecture–"Liberalism and Racial Justice," presented by Charles Mills of the City University of New York, 157 Bernhard Center, 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, December 16

Fall semester ends

Commencement—Miller Auditorium, times to be announced.

Thursday, December 21

Winter solstice (first day of winter)

Saturday, December 23

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Monday, December 25

Christmas Day

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Tuesday, December 26

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Wednesday, December 27

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Thursday, December 28

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Friday, December 29

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Saturday, December 30

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Sunday, December 31

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

New Year's Eve

2018 EVENTS

Wednesday, January 17

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "America's Unequal Playing Field: The Gaps Between Poor and Rich Children's Resources," presented by Mary Corcoran of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 8

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, "The Humanities in the Age of Demagoguery," presented by David Denby, 3508 Knauss Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "Why has Income Inequality Increased While Education Inequality Has Decreased in Many Developing Countries," presented by David Lam of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 3

Michigan History Day District 6 Competition–Bernhard Center, second floor, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 22

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, "Education Reform and the Promise of Public Education," presented by Diane Ravitch, Dalton Center Recital Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "Institutions, Structures and Policy Paradigms in Sub-Saharan Africa: Toward Understanding Inequality," presented by Howard Stein of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 12

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, “Inequality, Citizenship, and the Promise of Education," presented by Danielle Allen, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.