The Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies 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 or social interests!


Friday, November 15

The Humanities Speaker Series presents "How To Be An Antiracist".  A talk given by Dr. Ibram Kendi will take place in 2000 Schneider Hall at 4 p.m. 

Friday, November 8

A book discussion (by invitation only) of Dr. Ibram Kendi's book, "How to be an Anti-Racist," will take place in the IIAS Commons (room 1071), in Moore Hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 7

IIAS, with the Native American and Indigenous People’s Committee of WMU, welcomes Native American community members to a discussion among interested parties (invitation only) from 3:30 to 6:45pm, 1075 Moore Hall.

WMU’s Native American Student Organization (NASO), in collaboration with WMU alumni and PNC Bank, will host a live stream of a talk by Gary Lightfoot and Carmen Davis from 12 to 1pm, with discussion following until 1:30pm in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building.

 IIAS, in partnership with the University Center for the Humanities, is cosponsoring a talk by Dr. Matthew Fletcher (MSU) on "The Ghost Road: Anishinaabe Responses to Indian-Hating," at 7 p.m. in 2452 Knauss Hall.  The talk will be preceded by a period of drumming and smudging outside the room and followed by a reception in the Center for the Humanities.

Monday, November 4

A book discussion (by invitation only) of Dr. Ibram Kendi's book, "How to be an Anti-Racist," will take place in the IIAS Commons (room 1071), Moore Hall from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 11

A reception will be held honoring Dr. Melissa Cheyney (Oregon State University), who has received the CAS Distinguished Alumni Award from WMU, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. in the IIAS Commons room (1071 Moore Hall).

Wednesday, October 9

IIAS will host Lakeshore High School, who is hosting 22 students from its sister school in Germany, and will provide several anthropological laboratory activities for the students to complete on the topic of human evolution and adaptation.

Thursday, September 26

The Grand Rapids Capoeira Group will have an outdoor demonstration in the open space between Miller Auditorium and Sprau Tower, near the fountain, from 3:30 to 4:45.

Wednesday, September 25

IIAS, in partnership with the Global and International Studies program, is co-sponsoring a talk by economics scholar Dr. Mark Hugo López. His talk is entitled “The Changing Identity of Latinos in the U.S. Today,” and will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall.

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