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

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 to 4 p.m.

Geography Colloquium–"Dams Large and Small: Ecosystem Impacts on the World's Tropical River Systems," presented by Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton of W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 2119 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Orchestra Rouh at WMU–performance and open house, hosted by the Arabic section of the Department of World Languages and Literatures, in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo and the WMU Refugee Outreach Collective, 2452 Knauss Hall, 5 to 8 p.m. Event flier

China Night—Part of International Education Week 2017, hosted by the Chinese Association of Students and Scholars, Wesley Foundation, 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 18

Turkey Trot 5K—Runners and walkers welcome, starts at Student Recreation Center, 8:30 a.m. Late registration and packet pickup 7 to 8 a.m. Pre-registration $22; $30 day of event.

Dominican Night—Part of International Education Week 2017, hosted by the Dominican Student Association, Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 5 to 8 p.m. Free; food provided.

Monday, November 20

Breisach Research Colloquium–"Defining 'Empire' in France: Algeria and the Royaume Arabe, 1860-70," presented by Dr. Christina Carroll of Kalamazoo College, sponsored by the Department of History, 2302 Friedmann Hall, noon to 1 p.m.

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.

Physics Colloquium"Why is the Night Sky Dark? (or is it?)," presented by Dr. Kirk Korista, chair and professor of physics, 1110 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.; light refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in Bradley Commons, 2202 Everett Tower.

Wednesday, November 29

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Resisting Reconciliation: Queer Muslim Identity in America," Mariam Mustafa, graduate student, comparative religion, Lee Honors College Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

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

Friday, December 1

Last day to apply for spring 2018 graduation–students can apply for graduation online through GoWMU; undergraduates must be approved by their advisor in Banner before they will be able to access the online application.

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.

Tuesday, December 5

Concert reading of new play, "Roe Versus Wade"–by Sarah Schulman of the University of New York, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, York Arena Theatre, 7:30 to 9 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.; Free, open to public, no registration required.

English Speaker Series–"Conflict is not abuse," presented by Sarah Schulman of the University of New York, co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Department of Theatre, 1028 Brown Hall, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Screening and discussion of "United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP"–presented by Sarah Schulman of the University of New York, co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Department of Theatre, 1025 Brown Hall, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, December 8

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–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.; Free, open to public, no registration required.

Tuesday, December 12

University Holiday Reception—For all WMU faculty and staff members, Bernhard Center Ballroom, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 16

Fall semester ends

Commencement—Miller Auditorium—9 a.m. for Haworth College of Business and College of Education and Human Development; noon for College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, College of Health and Human Services and Extended University Programs; 3 p.m. for College of Arts and Sciences, College of Aviation and College of Fine Arts.

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.

Friday, January 26

Geography Colloquium–"Thus Can [a] Man Accustom Himself to Sleep on the Edge of a Precipice," presented by Dr. Graham Tobin of the University of South Florida, 2119 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 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.

Friday, February 23

Spring Convocation—"A Recognition of Discovery, Diversity and Global Engagement," scholar talks, luncheon, convocation, awards ceremony and reception for WMU community, Fetzer Center, 8 a.m. to 5:30 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