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, January 16

MLK Event–WMU and surrounding school districts Social Justice Art Competition and Book Bowl, Linden Grove Middle School, 4241 Arboretum Parkway, Kalamazoo, 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 17

Ethics Book Club–"Parasite" by Mira Grant will be led by Tyler Gibb, co-director of the Medical Humanities, Ethics and Law Program at the WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Central City Tap House-359 Kalamazoo Mall, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, January 18

Spring graduation deadline–deadline for spring 2019 graduation.

MLK Event–Community Reflection, Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, 11 a.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"From Flies to Physiology: Homeobox Genes in Kidney Development and Disease," presented by Dr. Gregory Heuvel, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 19

MLK Event–Public School Students' Visitation, Bernhard Center, East Ballroom, 9 a.m.

MLK Event–MLK Memorabilia Exhibit, Bernhard Center, East Ballroom, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, January 20

MLK Event–Northside Ministerial Alliance 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Rev. Allison M. Henderson-Brooks, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson St., Kalamazoo, 4 p.m.

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day—No classes. Many WMU offices and services closed or on reduced hours.

MLK Event—City of Kalamazoo Communitywide Day of Service, Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W. South St., 8 a.m. Volunteer opportunities available at gryphon.org/volunteer.

MLK Event—Convocation, Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, 10:50 a.m.

MLK Event—MLK Day Teach-In: Bending a Knee for Justice, 210 Bernhard Center, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MLK Event—Pre-MLK Walk Lunch Discussion, Kanley Chapel Dialogue Center, 1:45 p.m.

MLK Event—Commemorative Walk. Due to weather conditions, instead of walking, participants will take a bus from the Bernhard Center and Kalamazoo College Red Square to the MLK Park. 3:30 p.m.

MLK Event—Community Celebration, immediately following Commemorative Walk, approximately 5 to 6 p.m., Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick.

Tuesday, January 22

Ethics Lecture Series–"Essay Contest Winners on Making Ethics Vital," presented by Mitchell Winget, WMU philosophy graduate student, and Arthur Woodworth, WMU pre-engineering major, 211 Bernhard Center, 4 p.m.

MLK Event—Community Celebration for National Day of Racial Healing, location to be announced, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

MLK Event—Presentation, Dr. Lewis Walker Youth Social Justice Award winners, Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W. South St., 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23

CAS Study Abroad Expo—Study Abroad hosts January expos to highlight short-term, faculty-led study abroad program options for students. Brown Hall, second floor lobby, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 24

Student Job Fair Preparation Session–Resume reviews, 30-second commercial practice, interviewing tips and more, Bernhard Center Lobby, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Western Warm-Up—New and current students are invited to learn about about on campus opportunities, Bernhard Center, 5 to 8 p.m.

Ethics Book Club–"Parasite" by Mira Grant will be led by Tyler Gibb, co-director of the Medical Humanities, Ethics and Law Program at the WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Central City Tap House-359 Kalamazoo Mall, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, January 25

Environmental Career Connections, Job Fair & Employer Panel–Students can connect with environmental professionals to gain insights into the job market, including the wide range of careers available and how best to launch their environmental careers and to connect employers with potential employees, Fetzer Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Pollinators in the Fourth Dimension," presented by Dr. Sarah Cusser, Kellogg Biological Station and Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Lecture—"Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future", Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, Dalton Center Auditorium, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Tickets required.

Monday, January 28

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Hydrogeology," presented by Dr. Matt Reeves, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 29

Ethics Lecture Series–"Does Community-Wide Public Health Prevention Work? From Reducing Teen Births to Addressing Today's Opioid Epidemic," presented by Dr. Ron Cisler, co-sponsored with the Department of Philosophy, co-sponsored by WMU College of Health and Human Services, 157-158 Bernhard Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 31

Ethics Book Club–"Parasite" by Mira Grant will be led by Tyler Gibb, co-director of the Medical Humanities, Ethics and Law Program at the WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Central City Tap House-359 Kalamazoo Mall, 5:30 p.m.

Gwen Frostic Reading Series–“Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News,” presented by Kevin Young, co-sponsored with the Department of English, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 1

Summer I and II graduation deadline–deadline for June and August graduation.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Seeing is Believing: Eye Regeneration in Embryonic Frogs," presented by Dr. Kelly Tseng, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 4

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Pathways to Science Teaching," presented by Dr. Heather Petcovic, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

Chinese New Year

Tuesday, February 6

STEM Job Fair–Bernhard Center, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Lecture Series–"Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Engaged Scholarship," presented by Laura Black, associate professor of Ohio University, co-sponsored by WMU School of Communication and Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, 1028 Brown Hall, 5 p.m.

Thursday, February 7

2019 Career Fair–Bernhard Center, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Research Briefs in Global Studies–"A Women's Development," presented by Dr. Mariam Konate and Dr. Irma López, University Center for the Humanities-2500 Knauss Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Friday, February 8

Government & Nonprofit Job Fair–Bernhard Center, 1 to 4 p.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Eukaryotic–Like Signaling Complexity Controls the Multicellular Behavior of the Bacteria, Myxococcus Xanthus," presented by Dr. Penelope Higgs, Wayne State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 11

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Clumped Isotopes," presented by Dr. Ian Winkelstern of Grand Valley University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Ethics Book Club–"Philosophy in the Islamic World: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps" by Peter Adamson will be led by Alex Hoffman, WMU philosophy graduate student, Ethics Center-2072 Moore Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12

Ethics Lecture Series–"Making People Better: Saving Us from Ourselves through Moral Enhancement," presented by Parker Crutchfield, associate professor of WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, co-sponsored by WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology, 211 Bernhard Center, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"The Regenerative Medicine Promises and Challenges," presented by Dr. Yong Li, MD, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 16

Bronco Brewery Bus Tour–Hop on and enjoy the all-inclusive five-hour Kalamazoo winter escape to showcase local flagship Sustainable Brewing program partner breweries and key alumni shaping the industry, park and departure at WMU Heritage Hall-Parking Lot 1, 625 Oakland Drive, noon to 5 p.m.

Monday, February 18

Presidents' Day

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Mercury Isotopes," presented by Dr. Teddy Them, assistant professor of College of Charleston, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Ethics Book Club–"Philosophy in the Islamic World: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps" by Peter Adamson will be led by Alex Hoffman, WMU philosophy graduate student, Ethics Center-2072 Moore Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19

Discovery Acceleration Workshops–For WMU faculty and research staff, "Strategic Paths toward Successful Grants from Foundations and Other Non-Profit Organizations," 1040 Fetzer Center, noon to 2 p.m. Registration required.

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, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 21

Truth–“More Together Than Alone: The Power and Spirit of Community,” Mark Nepo, poet, author and philosopher, 2425 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 22

Diversity and Inclusion Conference–"Health Care: The Power of a Community Who Cares", keynote speaker Mark Nepo, also featuring workshops and presentations by WMU faculty and students, College of Health and Human Services-Room 4010, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets $25, students $10, includes lunch. Registration required.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Restoring Michigan Prairies: How Important are Soil Microbes," presented by Dr. Emily Grman, Eastern Michigan University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 25

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Jurassic Ammonites," presented by Dr. Andrew Caruthers, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Ethics Book Club–"Philosophy in the Islamic World: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps" by Peter Adamson will be led by Alex Hoffman, WMU philosophy graduate student, Ethics Center-2072 Moore Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27

Ethics Book Club–"The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail" by Jason de Leon will be led by Coral Cervantes, WMU graduate student, Ethics Center-2072 Moore Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 1

Spirit Day–No classes.

Monday, March 4

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Tuesday, March 5

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Wednesday, March 6

Ash Wednesday

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Thursday, March 7

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Friday, March 8

Spring semester recess–through March 8.

Sunday, March 10

Daylight Saving Time begins

Monday, March 11

Spring semester classes resume at 8 a.m.

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"A Quantitative Look at Dinosaurs in Pop-Culture," presented by Dr. Peter Voice, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Ethics Book Club–"Philosophy in the Islamic World: A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps" by Peter Adamson will be led by Alex Hoffman, WMU philosophy graduate student, Ethics Center-2072 Moore Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12

Ethics Lecture Series–"Should Politicians be Anxious?," presented by Dr. Charlie Kurth, co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science, 211 Bernhard Center, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13

Ethics Book Club–"The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail" by Jason de Leon will be led by Coral Cervantes, WMU graduate student, Ethics Center-2072 Moore Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 14

Research Briefs in Global Studies–"Religious Education in Eurasia," presented by Dr. Steve Covell and Dr. Elena Lisovskaya, University Center for the Humanities-2500 Knauss Hall, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 15

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Migration and Interaction of ICPO, Active Offense as the Best Defense," presented by Dr. Haidong Gu, Wayne State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 18

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series–"Mantle Rheology," presented by Dr. Alan McNamera, endowed professor of Michigan State University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

Ethics Book Club–"The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail" by Jason de Leon will be led by Coral Cervantes, WMU graduate student, Ethics Center-2072 Moore Hall, 5:30 p.m.

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

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.

Wednesday, March 27

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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