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, March 22

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Developmental and Behavioral Evolution of Ptomaphagus Hirtus: A Visually Delayed Nocturnal Cave Beetle," presented by Dr. Markus Friedrich, Wayne State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 25

Donuts With the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Canceled.

College of Arts and Sciences 2019 Gender Scholar Award Presentation–"Muslim Women in Metro Detroit: Religious Geographies and Minority Incorporation,"presented by Dr. Alisa Perkins, assistant professor of comparative religion, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus, 2026 Brown Hall-Clifford Media Center, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Geoscience Education," presented by Dr. Caitlin Callahan, assistant professor of Grand Valley State University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Ethics Lecture Series–"Social Media and Mass Violence," presented by Susan Benesch of Harvard University, co-sponsored by WMU School of Communication, Department of Political Science, Global and International Studies, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, and Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War (KNOW), Bernhard Center- Brown & Gold Room, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26

Spring ConvocationFetzer Center - 9 to 11:30 a.m., Discovery Symposia, Room 2020; Fulbright Workshop, Room 1040/1050; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards Poster Presentations, Fetzer lobby; 12:30 to 2 p.m., Discovery Excellence Recognition Luncheon, invited guests of the vice president for research, Susan Pozo, keynote speaker, 2018 Distinguished Faculty Scholar.

Wednesday, March 27

English Speaker Series–"Humanimal: Feral Citizenship & Gender Without Borders," presented by Dr. Priya Jha, professor and chair of English at the University of Redlands, co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, University Center for the Humanities-2500 Knauss Hall, 5 to 6:30 p.m., light reception and Q&A to follow.

Thursday, March 28

Real Talk Diversity Series–"Transgender Day of Visibility Celebration." Campus and community participants are invited to join in this celebration and show support for the transgender community, Trimpe Building–Multicultural Center, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; light refreshments provided.

History Lecture–"Labor, Leisure, and Smoking: Tobacco Pipes and French Canadian Voyageurs During the Fur Trade Era in North America," presented by Dr. Rob Mann, professor of anthropology at St. Cloud State University, co-sponsored with the Departments of Anthropology and Geography and WMU's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, 1710 Sangren Hall, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Truth–“Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News,” Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and poetry editor for New Yorker, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29

WMU Graduate Humanities Paper Contest and Conference–open to all currently enrolled graduate students at WMU, co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Association, University Center for the Humanities-2500 Knauss Hall.

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards Reception–honoring this year's recipients of the faculty and staff awards given by the CAS, 1025 Brown Hall, 1 to 3 p.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Epigenetics Underlying Evolution of Plant Duplicate Genes," presented by Dr. Chuanzhu Fan, Wayne State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 1

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Geology and Geomorphology in Landscape Management," presented by Stephanie Austin of Parks Services, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 4

Real Talk Diversity Series–"Celebrating us all: Asian Pacific American Heritage." Campus and local community members are invited to participate in festivities in honor of a range of Asian Pacific American traditions and experiences, Trimpe Building–Multicultural Center, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; light refreshments provided.

Friday, April 5

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"History and Current and Future Strategies for Oncolytic Virus Immunotherapy," presented by Dr. Robert Martuza, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Cancer Center, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 8

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Carbonate Sedimentology/Stratigraphy," presented by Dr. Juan Carlos Laya, assistant professor of Texas A&M University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9

Donuts with the Deans–Any student, faculty or staff is welcome to stop by and chat about news, ideas, questions or concerns with our dean and associate deans, Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Kalamazoo Islamic Center Open House–learn about the Center and Islam in America and hear the Imam speak, followed by a question and answer session, co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Islamic Center, WMU Department of Comparative Religion and WMU Islam Global Forum, 1520 W Michigan Ave, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.; gather in front of Waldo Library at 4 p.m. to walk over with the group. Contact Dr. Perkins for more information.

Wednesday, April 10

Medieval Institute Lecture–Loew Lecture in Medieval Studies–"Scars of Silence: The Tomb of Saint James the Apostle and the Origins of Christian Spain," presented by Dr. José Suárez Otero, postdoctoral researcher at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, co-sponsored with the Departments of History and Spanish, the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies and the University Center for the Humanities, 1028 Brown Hall, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday , April 11

Gwen Frostic Reading Series–featuring writer, teaching artist, a storyteller Abbey Mei Otis, 157-159 Bernhard Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 12

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Thinning and Spreading: How the Zebrafish Embryo Gets Into Shape," presented by Dr. Ashley Bruce, University of Toronto, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 15

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Career Presentation," presented by Jim Ferritto of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Friday, April 19

Good Friday

Passover begins at sundown

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Top–Down Influences on Thalamic Processing," presented by Dr. Shane Crandall, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

Easter Sunday

Monday, April 22

Final examination week–through April 25.

Kalamazoo Autism Center: 1st Annual Art Show–featuring art by KAC kids with live music/entertainment and a raffle/auction of artwork and prizes; all proceeds go toward securing services for families affected by autism, Bell's Brewery, 6 to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23

Final examination week–through April 25.

Wednesday, April 24

Final examination week–through April 25.

Thursday, April 25

Final examination week–through April 25.

Saturday, April 27

Passover ends

Spring semester ends

Commencement–Miller Auditorium, times to be announced in March.

Tuesday, April 30

Spring semester grades due