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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

Wednesday, March 29

Limitless! Speaker Series—"Make Your Habits" presented by Dr. James Cousins, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 3502 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3 p.m.

Lyceum Lecture Series keynote presentation—"An Evening with Ms. Sybrina Fulton," featuring activist Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, and moderated by Earlene McMichael, WMUK, Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 30

Open house—For the WMU Graduate College in its new location, Walwood Hall (west entrance) main lobby, 3 to 6 p.m. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments served.

Political Science Speakers Series—"Is There Really a "Gap" between Political Science and Policy? Exploring Links Between IR Scholarship and US Foreign Policy," presented by Dr. Ido Oren, chair of political science, University of Florida, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Politics, Friedmann Hall third floor library, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Real Talk Diversity Series—"Let's Talk about Gender," panel facilitated by Sojn Boothroyd, teaching, learning and educational studies, Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Samuel I. Clark Lecture—"WMD, WMD, WMD: How the Incantation of Ambiguous Phrases Creates Foreign Threats," Dr. Ido Oren, University of Florida, 157-158 Bernhard Center, 7 to 9 p.m.

Science and the Human Endeavor—"How to Travel Through the World's Paintbox" presented by Victoria Finlay, 1910 Sangren Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 31

College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan Town Hall Meeting—college staff, students and faculty are welcome to attend one of four town hall meetings to offer feedback on the draft plan, Center for Humanities, 1 to 3 p.m.

Economics Research Seminar—presentation by Manasi Despande, assistant professor, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, 2212 Dunbar Hall, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Canceled- Biological Sciences Seminar—presentation by Dr. Kazem Kashefi, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Culinary Inspirations Fundraiser—Cooking demonstration and dining experience featuring local celebrity chef Tim Foley, sponsored by Bit of Swiss and bread+bar by Bit of Swiss, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St., Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085, 6 to 9 p.m. Cash bar available.

Sunday, April 2

28th annual International Festival—Bernhard Center's second floor, 4 to 8 p.m. Free; nominal fees for food.

Monday, April 3

College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan Town Hall Meeting—college staff, students and faculty are welcome to attend one of four town hall meetings to offer feedback on the draft plan, University Center for the Humanities, 10 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, April 5

Werner Sichel Economics Lecture Series—“On the Implications of a Piecemeal Approach to Immigration Policy and Enforcement” presented by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, professor and chair, Department of Economics, San Diego State University, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan Town Hall Meeting—college staff, students and faculty are welcome to attend one of four town hall meetings to offer feedback on the draft plan, Center for Humanities, 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 6

Safe on Campus Training—Learn to be a better advocate and ally to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people, Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 1 to 4 p.m. Free; registration required.

Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture—“Again Toward Perpetual Peace: World Government by Lottocracy” presented by Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Department of Political Science, and the Kalamazoo Peace Center, 213 Bernhard Center, 6 to 7 p.m.

Friday, April 7

Community Celebration of Dunn Presidency—Miller Auditorium.

Biological Sciences Seminar—presentation by Dr. Sean Weise, Michigan State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 10

Extended University Programs Open House—guest speaker Cindy Bridgman, Founder of Bridges of Courage Counseling Center, WMU-Southwest regional location, 2785 E Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022, noon to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Voices of First Generation Latino Immigrant Fathers: Migration and the Dual Frame of Reference," Dr. Angel Gullon-Rivera, family and consumer sciences, Lee Honors College Lounge, noon to 1 p.m. Free; lunches welcome.

Extended University Programs Open House—guest speaker Elle Ingalls, MBA, Creator of Pressure-Free, WMU-Battle Creek regional location, 50 Jackson St. W, Battle Creek, MI 49017, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m and 3 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 13

Extended University Programs Open House—guests speakers Dr. Dee Sherwood, faculty specialist in the School of Social Work at WMU, and Dr. Shannon McMorrow, associate professor in the School of Public Health at WMU, WMU-Grand Rapids, Beltline regional location, 2333 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Political Science Speakers Series—"Hungary and the New Financial Nationalism in Europe," presented by Dr. Juliet Johnson, professor of political science at McGill University, 2017 George Klein lecturer, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Politics, 3301 Friedmann Hall, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Political Science Speakers Series—"Monumental Politic in the Post-Communist World," presented by Dr. Juliet Johnson, professor of political science at McGill University, 2017 George Klein lecturer, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Politics, Fetzer Center Putney Auditorium, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14

Economics Research Seminar—presentation by Aemit Lakdawala, assistant professor, Department of Economics, Michigan State University, 2212 Dunbar Hall, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar—"Ecological and agricultural consequences of crop domestication for plant defense to insect herbivory" presented by Dr. Ian Kaplan, Purdue University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19

Werner Sichel Economics Lecture Series—“The Great Economic Potential of Immigration to the U.S.” presented by Giovanni Peri, professor of economics and chair, Department of Economics, University of California, Davis, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Extended University Programs Open House—guest speaker Dr. Bruce Ferrin, associate professor of supply chain management at WMU, WMU-Muskegon regional location, 221 Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49442, 3 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 20

Geochange Open House—Mary Upjohn Meader Exhibits Gallery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Extended University Programs Open House—guest speaker Teresa L. Kmetz, President/CEO of Capital Area United Way, WMU-Lansing regional location, 210 W Shiawassee St, Lansing, MI 48933, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Extended University Programs Open House—guest speakers Yarrow Brown and Joe Sanok, WMU-Traverse City regional location, 2200 Dendrinos Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684, 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday, April 21

Biological Sciences Seminar—"The Wondrous Cycles of Polyploidy in Plants" presented by Dr. Jonathan Wendel, Iowa State University, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 27

Extended University Programs Open House—panel discussion with Dr. David Szabla, professor of organizational change leadership at WMU, WMU-MetroDetroit, Auburn Hills regional location, 2630 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 29

Commencement