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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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.

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  • If you rarely submit events and do not have a CMS role for a website, complete the University event form.

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Upcoming events

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day–No classes, convocation and activities.

Tuesday, January 21

Political Science Lecture–"Civic Engagement Pedagogy," presented by Dr. J. Cherie Strachan of Central Michigan University, the Political Science Library–3301 Friedmann Hall, 3:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading and Q&A–Drs. Hedy Habra and Dasha Nisula will read from their latest books and do an interview with Zinta Aistars of Art Beat-WMUK All Things Considered, Kazoo Books–2413 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 24

Geography Colloquium–"Remote Sensing Approach to Estimate Crop Water Use and Stress Across Agricultural Lands in India, Dr. Nishan Bhattarai, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 25

Chinese New Year

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.

Tuesday, February 4

Dunbar Hall Renovation-Town Hall–students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to provide insight and feedback about the renovation of Dunbar Hall, slated to begin in late spring 2020, Bernhard Center-Main Floor Lounge, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.; Q&A to follow.

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.

Monday, February 17

President's Day

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

Global Hop: "Africana"–Celebration of global engagement; Global Kitchen and Lounge (Hadley Hall), 4 to 6 p.m.

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.

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.

Friday, February 28

Spirit Day—No classes. University is open normal business hours.

Monday, March 2

Spring Recess

Tuesday, March 3

Spring Recess

Wednesday, March 4

Spring Recess

Thursday, March 5

Spring Recess

Friday, March 6

Spring Recess

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.

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Saving Time begins

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 13

Michigan Council of Teachers in English Conference–the 2020 "Think Spring" Conference: "Contending with Gun Violence in the English Language Classroom," with guest speakers Shelly Shaffer, Gretchen Rumohr and Steve Bickmore, editors of the collection "Gun Violence in the English Classroom" (Routledge, 2018), 208/209 Bernhard Center.

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.

Friday, March 27

WMU Graduate Humanities Paper Contest and Conference–all WMU graduate students are invited to submit proposals related to the humanities; papers addressing the 2019-20 Center for Humanities theme of "Freedom" are particularly welcome, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall.

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

Summer I classes begin at 8 a.m.

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.

Monday, May 25

U.S. Memorial Day—No classes. Many WMU offices closed.