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

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.

Lecture–"Free. Safe. Educated.," presented by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi as part of the 100 Million campaign, 2028 Brown Hall, 2 p.m. Flier 1 Flier 2

Geography Lecture–"The Power of People in Science: Exploring Community-Based Uses of Maps, Apps and Drones," presented by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne, assistant sociology professor of the University of Central Florida, sponsored by the American Association of Geographers, 2119 Wood Hall, 2 p.m. Canceled.

Think Big: Dwell in Possibility, the Future of WMU–provide input on what the future of WMU should look like and learn more about the different ideas that the WMU community has proposed, 105-106 Bernhard Center, 3 to 5 p.m.

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.

Physics Colloquium–"An Outreach Story: Starting and Growing an Outreach Program (With and Without Grant Funding)," presented by Patricia Sievert, director of Northern Illinois University's STEM Outreach Program, 1110 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.; light refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m. in 2202 Everett Tower.

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

Environment and Sustainability Lecture–"Michigan Environmental Policy: Issues and Political Solutions," presented by James Clift, policy director for Michigan Environmental Council, co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science, Lee Honors College Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

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.

Tuesday, March 26

Spring ConvocationFetzer Center - 9 to 11:30 a.m., Discovery Symposia, Room 2020; Fulbright Workshop, Room 1040/1050; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards Poster Presentations, Fetzer lobby; 12:30 to 2 p.m., Discovery Excellence Recognition Luncheon, invited guests of the vice president for research, Susan Pozo, keynote speaker, 2018 Distinguished Faculty Scholar.

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