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.

Submitting events

For Arts and Sciences

Submit your events or news items online to the College of Arts and Sciences to share your upcoming events below. For a series of events, email a list or the web address of the series information to coas-web@wmich.edu.

For WMU Marketing and Strategic Communications

If your event is open to the entire campus community, please share it with MarCom:

  • If you have CMS (Content Management System) access, add an event under Add Content in the CMS. If you do not see that option under Add Content, apply for the reporter role for your section(s).
  • If you rarely submit events and do not have a CMS role for a website, complete the University event form.

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Reserve a conference room in 2302 or 2307 Friedmann Hall.

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Upcoming events

Tuesday, October 15

Discovery Acceleration Workshop–For WMU faculty and research staff, "Early Career Funding," 3000 Waldo Library, noon to 1:30 p.m.Registration required. Lunch provided.

Wednesday, October 16

Fall break

Thursday, October 17

Fall break

Friday, October 18

Fall break

Monday, October 21

Graduate and Professional School Fair–Graduate and professional schools in Michigan and the U.S. invite you to explore options for advanced studies, Bernhard Center East Ballroom, 3 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 24

Research Briefs in Global Studies—"Indigenous-Colonizer Dynamics in Latin America," Dr. Marcela Mendoza, gender and women's studies, and Dr. Matt Nielsen, global and international studies, 3025 Brown Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 25

College of Arts and Sciences State of the College–Dean Koretsky will discuss the upcoming state of the college, 2028 Brown Hall, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Chemistry Seminar–"Development of a NanoBRET-Based Sensitive Screening Method for CXCR4 Ligands," presented by Frank Beranek, 1260 Chemistry Building, 1 p.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Nature of Science and Social Justice," presented by Dr. Douglas Allchin, University of Minnesota, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 26

Saturday Morning Science lecture–"Invisible Salt and Urban Dead Seas," presented by Dr. Carla Koretsky, 1104 Rood Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Monday, October 28

Chemistry Seminar–"Epigenetic Drugs to Reverse Gene Expression Changes in Cancer," presented by Dr. Emily Dykhuizen of Purdue University, 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Humanities Speaker Series–"How To Be an Artist; or at least think more freely and creatively about your everyday life," presented by Jerry Saltz, 3502 Knauss Hall, 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 31

Halloween

Friday, November 1

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–Title: TBA, Dr. Elizabeth Marschall, Ohio State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 3

Daylight Saving Time ends

Monday, November 4

Chemistry Seminar–"Dihydropyrimidine Dehydrogenase: A Seemingly Unnecessarily Elaborate Dehydrogenase," presented by Dr. Graham Moran of Loyala University of Chicago, 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5

U.S. Election Day

Wednesday, November 6

Research Briefs in Global Studies—"Religious Pluralism in Ukraine and the Midwest," Dr. Slava Karpov, sociology, and Dr. Brian Wilson, comparative religion, 3025 Brown Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; WMU Signature Global Engagement event.

Ethics Lecture Series–“Populism, Social Media and Democratic Participation,” Anna Popkova and Taylor Koopman, communication, Brown and Gold Room, Bernhard Center, 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 7

Humanities Speaker Series–"The Ghost Road: Anishinaabe Responses to Indian-Hating," presented by Matthew Fletcher, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 8

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"MicroRNAs Mir-61 and Mir-250 are Required to Maintain Stem Cell Identity," presented by Dr. Erika Sorensen-Kamakian, Wabash College, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 9

Saturday Morning Science lecture–"Brain Health," presented by Dr. Lisa Baker, 1104 Rood Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Friday, November 15

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–Title: TBA, Dr. Meredith Gore, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Humanities Speaker Series–"How To Be An Antiracist," presented by Ibram Kendi, 2000 Schneider Hall, 4 p.m.

Monday, November 18

Chemistry Seminar–Title: TBD, presented by Dr. Ricky Stull, 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 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, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Friday, December 6

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Rapid Evolution in a Changing World," presented by Dr. Mark Christie, 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, times to be announced in October.

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.

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.

Thursday, February 20

Humanities Speaker SeriesVivien 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.

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.

Thursday, March 12

Humanities Speaker Series–"Condors, Eagles, and Allies: A Conversation About Movement Ecology and Immigrant Rights," presented by Susan Reed, Sergio Cira-Reyes, 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.

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