Western Michigan University's Department of Political Science hosts speakers and other events on campus.


Monday, January 7

First day of spring 2019 semester

Monday, January 14

Chris Burns, council member, City of Portage speaking about the council-manager form of local government in Michigan

Dunbar 2208, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, January 21

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Many offices and all courses will be closed in celebration.

View a list of events happening in his honor 

Wednesday, January 23

Steve Walsh, Executive Director, Vine Neighborhood Association and Matt Lager, Executive Director, Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services will present what community development organizations do to help Kalamazoo neighborhoods.

Dunbar 2208, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, January 25

Mary Robinson presents "Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future"

Dalton Center, 7 p.m., Free
Complimentary parking in lot 35, Miller Auditorium ramp

Tickets are required for entrance
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Thursday, February 7

Dr. Darren Walhof, Grand Valley State University, presents"Religious Liberty, Sectarian Identity, Political Strategy"

Political Science Library, 3301 FRD, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15

Climate Change Working Group presents a panel discussion about the "true costs of climate change"

Knauss 3508, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

Dr. Charlie Kurth, associate professor of philosophy, presents "Should politicians be Anxious?"

Ethics Center, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 25

Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture: Susan Bensch, Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Director, Dangerous Speech Project will discuss the role of hate speech on Facebook and other social media platforms in inciting mass violence.  She will also address social media's potential for prevention and mitigation of violence.

Brown & Gold Room, Bernhard Center, 6 p.m.