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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CAS news

Thursday, January 19

Geochange Open House, Mary Upjohn Meader Exhibits Gallery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Science and the Human Endeavor, “Diversity in Science Fiction” presented by Claire Light. Canceled.

Friday, January 20

Biological Sciences Seminar, "Forest Management and Wildlife in Michigan: Birds, Hares and Marten" presented by Dr. Gary Roloff, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 23

Physics Colloquium "Computational Complexity and the Promise of Quantum Computers" presented by John Novak, Ph.D., 1110 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m. Refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m. in Bradley Commons, 2202 Everett Tower.

Wednesday, January 25

Limitless! Speaker Series, "Find your WHY" presented by Dr. James Cousins, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 3502 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, January 26

Mathematics Colloquium, "Greatest common divisors and Diophantine approximation" presented by Dr. Aaron Levin, Michigan State University, 6625 Everett Tower, 3:50 to 5 p.m.

Friday, January 27

Biological Sciences Seminar, "Under Pressure: Decoding the migratory strategy of the invasive Great Lakes sea lamprey" presented by Dr. Michael Wagner, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 2

2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, “The Unifying Power of Education” presented by panel moderator: Keagan Potts, Department of Philosophy, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, 213 Bernhard Center, 6 to 7 p.m.

Friday, February 3

Biological Sciences Seminar, presentation by Dr. Jacqueline Eng, Western Michigan University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8

2016-17 Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, “Organizing To Prevent Violence and Build Peace: The Transformative Potential of Everyday Citizens in West Africa and Central America” presented by Stacey Connaughton, Director of the Purdue Peace Project, Co-Sponsored by the School of Communication Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, 2028 Brown Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10

Biological Sciences Seminar, "Genomics to the rescue—improving conservation of imperiled fish populations" presented by Dr. Mariah Meek, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16

Geochange Open House, Mary Upjohn Meader Exhibits Gallery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, February 17

Biological Sciences Seminar, "Michigan's amazing "gene thieves": Evolution and ecology of unisexual (all female) Ambystoma salamanders" presented by Dr. Katherine Greenwald, Eastern Michigan University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22

Limitless! Speaker Series, "The Prosperity Principle" presented by Dr. James Cousins, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 3502 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, February 23

Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series and Department of Comparative Religion’s Islam in Global Perspectives Lecture Series,“Islam and African American Activism in Metro Detroit” presented by Asha Noor, Arab American Center for Community and Social Services, Dearborn, Lee honors College Lounge,noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, February 24

Biological Sciences Seminar, "The Global Freshwater Crisis: Lessons for the Great Lakes" presented by Dr. Gary Lamberti, Notre Dame, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1

Ethics Speaker Series, “Integrity in the Criminal Justice System” presented by panel moderator Tonya Krause-Phelan, auxiliary dean, WMU Cooley Law School, Co-sponsored by the WMU Cooley Law School and The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, 211 Bernhard Center, 7 to 8 p.m.

Friday, March 3

Spirit Day, no classes.

March 6 through 10

Spring Recess, no classes

Thursday, March 16

Geochange Open House, Mary Upjohn Meader Exhibits Gallery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ethics Speaker Series, “Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Study the Liberal Arts?” presented by Kristopher Phillips, Philosophy, Southern Utah University, Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies, 213 Bernhard Center, 6 to 7 p.m.

Friday, March 17

Biological Sciences Seminar, "Human B1 cells in health and disease" presented by Dr. Thomas Rothstein, WMU Medical School, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Military Career Fair, Register at Boots to Suits: A military- and veteran-only job fair

Science and the Human Endeavor, Kalamazoo Community Foundation's 2017 Community Meeting: "Exploring the Frontiers of Space and Human Potential" presented by Mae Jemison, Miller Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 24

Biological Sciences Seminar, "Creating Conversations: Engaging Faculty in Transformation of the Gateway Curriculum" presented by Dr. Cori Fata-Hartley, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29

Limitless! Speaker Series, "Make Your Habits" presented by Dr. James Cousins, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 3502 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 30

Science and the Human Endeavor, "How to Travel Through the World's Paintbox" presented by Victoria Finlay, 1910 Sangren Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 31

Biological Sciences Seminar, presentation by Dr. Kazem Kashefi, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5

Werner Sichel Economics Lecture Series, “On the Implications of a Piecemeal Approach to Immigration Policy and Enforcement” presented by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, professor and chair, Economics Department, San Diego State University, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 6

Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture, “Again Toward Perpetual Peace: World Government by Lottocracy” presented by Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Department of Political Science, and the Kalamazoo Peace Center, 213 Bernhard Center, 6 to 7 p.m.

Friday, April 7

Community Celebration of Dunn Presidency, Miller Auditorium.

Biological Sciences Seminar presentation by Dr. Sean Weise, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14

Biological Sciences Seminar, "Ecological and agricultural consequences of crop domestication for plant defense to insect herbivory" presented by Dr. Ian Kaplan, Purdue University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19

Werner Sichel Economics Lecture Series, “The Great Economic Potential of Immigration to the U.S.” presented by Giovanni Peri, professor of economics and chair, Economics Department, University of California, Davis, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 20

Geochange Open House, Mary Upjohn Meader Exhibits Gallery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, April 21

Biological Sciences Seminar, "The Wondrous Cycles of Polyploidy in Plants" presented by Dr. Jonathan Wendel, Iowa State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 29

Commencement