Events

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

Events

Free Speech Cafe - Haters gonna hate? Responding Intelligently to Hate Speech

Wednesday, January 26, 2 p.m., Lee Honors College Lounge

Hate speech refers to a broad range of expression of discriminatory hatred towards people. How can we recognize hate speech and how can we better respond to it? Join us for this conversation about the parameters of hate speech, what is and is not covered by U.S. free speech protections, and how to better manage your reactions and responses to hate speech. Moderator and panelists: Jessica Swartz, deputy general counsel, Dr. Candy McCorkle, vice president for diversity and inclusion, and Jennifer Townsend, adjunct professor and executive assistant in the Lee Honors College. 

Summer 2022 registration begins

Monday, February 7 at 7:30 a.m.

Summer Registration Schedule

Government and Nonprofit Job Fair

Friday, February 11
In-person event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ballroom Bernhard Center
Virtual event, 3 to 6 p.m.

Where is the line? Free speech protections vs legitimate threats

Thursday, February 24 at 3 p.m., Lee Honors College Lounge

What constitutes fair, consistent application of law? Were there true threats in the context of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and the cross-burning cases in Virginia? How does local law enforcement identify and respond to true threats in our community? Moderator and panelists: Jessica Swartz, deputy general counsel, Dr. Mark Hurwitz, professor of political science, and Matt Delacruz, alumnus and Iraq War veteran. 

Spirit Day

Friday, March 4

In recognition, no classes will be held. Plan accordingly.

Spring Break 2022

Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11

In recognition, no classes will be held. Plan accordingly.

Spring 2022 - Final Exam Week

Monday through Friday, April 25 to 28

Spring 2022 Final Exam Schedule

Spring 2022 Graduation Commencement

Saturday, April 30

Commencement Information

Summer I 2021 semester begins

Monday, May 9 at 8 a.m.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30

In recognition, many offices, including the Department of Political Science, will be closed. No classes will be held Plan accordingly.

Summer Graduation Commencement

Saturday, June 25 

Commencement Information

Summer II 2021 semester begins

Thursday, June 30 at 8 a.m.

Independence Day

Monday, July 4

In recognition, many offices will be closed, including the Department of Political Science, on Monday, July 4. No classes will be held. Plan accordingly.