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


Cashin book

Wednesdays, Fall 22 semester

Book Club: Ethics Between the Lines — White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality by Sheryll Cashin.  Discussions led by Kathy Purnell, the senior coordinator of advocacy and intake for the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan and WMU SPAA part-time instructor. Meetings will be 4-5:30 p.m. online on Zoom. Register here.


Pre-Law Society Speaker Night with Rebecca D'Angelo

D'Angelo will be speaking about her experience in law school and throughout her law career. 

Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., WMU Bernhard Center, room 211

We Talk October event

How to build a more just and diverse democracy

As part of the WeTalk speaker series, Eboo Patel, Interfaith America, and Manu Mee, BridgeUSA, will be coming to WMU to share how their organizations work with institutions and individuals to build a more diverse and just democracy.

October 5 and 6, various events

Fall break

Wednesday-Friday, October 19 through 21

Thursday, October 27

charles epp

The Department of Political Science's Institute of Government and Politics welcomes Dr. Charles Epp, University of Kansas, to campus to speak.

Research Symposium: How the coal campaign drove the decline in coal.

Epp's paper offers the first systematic test, using the first available measures of coal campaign activities by state and time, and measures of commonly studied outcomes, taking into account a wide array of confounding factors.

3 p.m., 3301 Friedmann Hall, Political Science Library

Sam Clark Lecture Series

"Litigating coal: The campaign to transform electric power and mitigate climate change"

This lecture will describe how the coal campaigners overcame major challenges to build one of the largest and most effective litigation-and-social movement campaigns in U.S. history.

7 p.m., 1730 Sangren Hall

Election day 2022

Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 a.m.

Register to vote
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Veteran's Day 

Friday, November 11

Thanksgiving recess

Wednesday, November 23 (classes, begins at noon)
Thursday and Friday, November 24 through 25 (WMU community)

Many WMU offices, including Political Science, will be closed in observance on Thursday and Friday. Plan accordingly.

Final exam week

Monday through Thursday, December 12 through 15

Fall 2022 course exam schedule


Saturday, December 17 

College of Arts and Sciences commencement information