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

Tuesday, November 19

History Colloquium–"Twenty-one Years in the Trenches: Student Discoveries at Fort St. Joseph," presented by Dr. Michael Nassaney, 2302 Friedmann Hall, noon to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20

Werner Sichel Lecture Series–"Family Structure and Child Well-Being: A Contemporary Portrait," presented by Dr. Wendy Manning of Bowling Green State University, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, November 21

Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series–"Sex Museum: The Politics and Performance of Display," presented by Jennifer Tyburczy of UC Santa Barbara, University Center for the Humanities-2500 Knauss Hall, 4 p.m.

Takako Arai Japanese-English Bilingual Poetry Reading–prominent, avant-garde, Japanese poet Takako Arai  (Saitama University) will visit WMU and hold a bilingual poetry reading to celebrate the publication of Factory Girls (Action Books, 2019), edited and co-translated by professor Jeffrey Angles, 3025 Brown Hall, 5 to 6:15 p.m.

History Lecture Series–"Presence of the Past: Using Technology to Connect People to Nearby History," presented by Dr. David Trowbridge of Marshall University, WMU Fetzer Center–Putney Auditorium, 5:15 to 7 p.m.

Gwen Frostic Reading SeriesAlumni Reading: Metta Sáma, Jeremy Llorence and Simone Person, Bernhard Center, Rooms 157-159, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 22

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Does Free-living N-fixation Contribute to the Sustainability of Bioenergy Cropping Systems," presented by Dr. Lisa Tiemann of Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Public Health Networking Symposium–The WMU Public Health Working Group, along with WMU faculty health experts, will give several short speeches that will introduce opportunities for collaboration through research and activities related to the field of public health, College of Health and Human Services Building, Room 1010, 4 p.m.; light refreshments and networking opportunities to follow.

Ethics Lecture Series–“Responsibility in Shared Action,” Saba Bazargan-Forward of University of California, San Diego, 157 Bernhard Center, 5 p.m.

Monday, November 25

Chemistry Seminar–"Slimming the Waste-Line in Peptide Synthesis," presented by Dr. Jennifer Stockdill of Wayne State University, 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar–"Seismic anisotrophy," presented by Dr. Sarah Brownlee of Wayne State University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27

Thanksgiving recess beings at noon–No classes. WMU offices open normal hours.

Thursday, November 28

U.S. Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 29

Thanksgiving recess–No classes. Many WMU offices closed.

Monday, December 2

Michigan Political Solutions to Clean Energy and Climate Change–constituent and elected official roundtable discussion where state-level climate and energy policy proposals will be shared, co-sponsored by the Institute of Environment and Sustainability, the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Politics, WMU Fetzer Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; reception to follow.

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar–"Climate Change and Extreme Events," presented by Dr. Daniel Horton of Northwestern University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5

Constituent and Elected Official Roundtable Discussion–"Michigan Political Solutions to Clean Energy and Climate Change," presented by Dr. Keele's environmental policy and politics students as they present proposals and host elected officials and interest groups to discuss them, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Environment and Sustainability, Fetzer Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; reception to follow.

Wednesday, December 4

Werner Sichel Lecture Series–"Family Structure and Socioeconomic Mobility," presented by Dr. Sarah Kroeger of the University of Notre Dame, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 5

Gwen Frostic Reading Series–Playwright: Brett Neveu, Bernhard Center, Rooms 157-159, 7 p.m.

Friday, December 6

Donuts With the Deans–The College of Arts and Sciences invites its faculty, students and staff to join the deans for Donuts With the Deans, an informal gathering to encourage informal chats, share ideas, address concerns and answer any questions, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Rapid Evolution in a Changing World," presented by Dr. Mark Christie of Purdue University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 7

Saturday Morning Science lecture–"Monarch Butterflies, Migration and Human Impact," presented by Dr. Stephen Malcolm, 1104 Rood Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Monday, December 9

Final examination week–through Dec. 12.

Tuesday, December 10

Final examination week–through Dec. 12.

Wednesday, December 11

Final examination week–through Dec. 12.

Thursday, December 12

Final examination week–through Dec. 12.

Saturday, December 14

Commencement–Miller Auditorium, College of Arts and Sciences ceremony at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 17

Fall semester grades due

Saturday, December 21

Winter solstice (first day of winter)

Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 25

Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 31

New Year's Eve

Saturday, January 11

Saturday Morning Science lecture–"The Science of Electrified Transportation," presented by Dr. Paul Pancella, 1104 Rood Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, January 14

College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Expo–learn about all the study abroad programs the College of Arts and Sciences has to offer, Brown Hall lobby, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15

Donuts With the Deans–The College of Arts and Sciences invites its faculty, students and staff to join the deans for Donuts With the Deans, an informal gathering to encourage informal chats, share ideas, address concerns and answer any questions, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 30

Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series–"Humanities in 5" - Faculty works-in-progress "flash" forum, details TBA, University Center for the Humanities-2500 Knauss Hall, 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 8

Saturday Morning Science lecture–"From 'Complete' Disorder to the Tic-Tac-Toe Game," presented by Dr. Andrzej Dudek, 1104 Rood Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, February 11

Donuts With the Deans–The College of Arts and Sciences invites its faculty, students and staff to join the deans for Donuts With the Deans, an informal gathering to encourage informal chats, share ideas, address concerns and answer any questions, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19

History Day District 6 Competition: Registration Deadline–deadline registration for History Day; 2020 Theme: Breaking Barriers in History, Western Michigan University-Brown Hall and Dalton Center Recital Hall (new location on campus), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 20

Humanities Speaker Series–Vivien Sansour: Lecture, "The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library: A Journey of Reclaiming Life in One of the World's Centers of Diversity - Palestine," 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 21

Humanities Speaker SeriesVivien Sansour: Workshop, Kalamazoo College, 3 p.m.

Saturday, February 22

Humanities Speaker SeriesVivien Sansour: Seed Swap & Story Share, Kalamazoo College, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26

Werner Sichel Lecture Series–"A Comparison of U.S. Parents' Time with Children by Child Gender and Family Structure," presented by Dr. Rachel Connelly of Economics Bowdoin College, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 27

Humanities Speaker Series–"Academia and Public Policy: Uneasy Allies or Mortal Enemies," presented by Dr. Edward Montgomery, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

History Day District 6 Competition–2020 Theme: Breaking Barriers in History, Western Michigan University-Brown Hall and Dalton Center Recital Hall (new location on campus), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11

Werner Sichel Lecture Series–"Family Change and Complexity and the Transition to Adulthood," presented by Dr. Paula Fomby of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 12

Donuts With the Deans–The College of Arts and Sciences invites its faculty, students and staff to join the deans for Donuts With the Deans, an informal gathering to encourage informal chats, share ideas, address concerns and answer any questions, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

History Lecture Series–"Epistemicide: the Roman Case," presented by Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta of Princeton University, WMU Fetzer Center–Putney Auditorium, 5:15 to 7 p.m.

Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series–"Can We Talk to One Another? Poetry in an Era of Social Division," presented by Linda Gregerson of the University of Michigan, University Center for the Humanities-2500 Knauss Hall, 4 p.m.

Humanities Speaker Series–"Condors, Eagles, and Allies: A Conversation About Movement Ecology and Immigrant Rights," presented by Susan Reed, Sergio Cira-Reyes and Nelly Fuentes, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 14

Saturday Morning Science lecture–"Extraction of Toxic Anion Contaminants From Water," presented by Dr. Gellert Mezei, 1104 Rood Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, April 1

Werner Sichel Lecture Series–"Gender Differences in Formative Inputs to Child Development," presented by Dr. Michael Baker of the University of Toronto, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

Donuts With the Deans–The College of Arts and Sciences invites its faculty, students and staff to join the deans for Donuts With the Deans, an informal gathering to encourage informal chats, share ideas, address concerns and answer any questions, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 11

Saturday Morning Science lecture–"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Supernova Explosions," presented by Dr. Michael Famiano, 1104 Rood Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Monday, May 4

Donuts With the Deans–The College of Arts and Sciences invites its faculty, students and staff to join the deans for Donuts With the Deans, an informal gathering to encourage informal chats, share ideas, address concerns and answer any questions, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 10 to 11:30 a.m.