Global and International Studies

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Model UN Club Planning Meeting
You're invited to participate in the development of a Model UN Club right here at Western Michigan University. Are you interested in discussing and debating international issues? Improving your public speaking and research skills? Learning more about how the UN works? Then help us get the Model UN Club up and running at the first planning meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at 12:15 p.m. in 2041 Moore Hall. Pizza and light refreshments will be served. All WMU students are welcome to attend. Flier...
Wheelchair Diaries: One Step Up
This event features an award-winning documentary of the same name created by a college student with cerebral palsy who, when faced with being unable to study abroad due to the inaccessibility of Europe, decided to go on his own instead and document those barriers for the world to see. The filmmaker, now a Graduate student at Stanford University, will be in attendance to speak about his experiences after the film screening. The event is taking place on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30pm in the Multicultural Center in Trimpe Hall.  Refreshments will be served. More info...
The Walking Qur'an: West Africans and Islamic Knowledge
Sponsored by the WMU Department of Comparative Religion, this event will feature Dr. Rudolph Ware, Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Thursday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 3512 Knauss Hall, Free. More info...
Tales from a warming planet: Climate change and the politics of science
WMU's Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program Gwen Frostic Lecture Series and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Group for the Study of Climate Change invite you to meet with and attend a public lecture by Dr. David Hastings. Dr. Hastings was one of five of Florida’s top climate scientists that met with Governor Rick Scott to urge him to develop policies to offset the impact of human-induced climate change to the State. Friday, March 27, 11:30 a.m. in 2452 Knauss Hall. More info...
International Film Festival
The Kalamazoo World Languages Film Festival continues March 27 to 29 in Brown Hall. Admission is $2 for students and $5 for the general public. The festival will include films in German, Arabic, French, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish all with English subtitles. More info...
CELCIS Internship opportunity
We're instituting a fall semester internship for credit with CELCIS, the university's program for teaching English to international students. Applications due Friday, April 3 which should include a cover letter indicating why you are interested in this internship and a resume. Please submit to Make sure you check out there website to learn what CELCIS is all about:
Expecting Poverty and Violence: How Expectations Shape Underclass Youth
Sponsored by the Institute of Government and Politics, Department of Political Science and the Lewis Walker Institute, this event features Dr. John M. Bolland from the University of Alabama. Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fetzer Center. More info...
The Reconfiguration of Immigrant Families through Immigration Law
The Department of Sociology and the Kercher Symposium Series invite you to attend a public lecture presented by Dr. Cecilia Menjívar, Cowden Distinguished Professor from Arizona Sate University. Wednesday, Aprile 8, 2pm in 2720 Sangren Hall. More info...
United Nations Security Council Simulation
Students are cordially invited to attend a United Nations Security Council Simulation on April 8th and 15th, from 2:00-4:30 PM in 2120 Sangren Hall.  Students enrolled in INTL 3500: International Organizations will be deliberating on a course of action to deal with Iran's nuclear energy program and will attempt to decide whether Iran's policies are legal and consistent with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) or if Iran has violated the terms of the agreement.  If you are interested in Model UN simulations, this is your opportunity to see fellow students at WMU in action.  For more information, please contact Dr. Steuer.
Better Know an Alum: Shane Preston
Curious or concerned about those next steps after graduation? We're bringing you more stories from alums who have made the leap. Meet Shane Preston, a 2012 political science graduate now working as a legislative director for the Michigan State Senate. His journey may not be the same as yours but you'll notice that you will encounter similar elements when its your turn to make the leap. Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. in 3025 Brown Hall.

The Islamic State: Its Origins, Aims, and Capabilities
This joint lecture will explore the ideological and structural sources from which the Islamic State arose, what its short-term and long-term plans appear to be, and whether it has the resources to achieve those goals. Friday, April 17, 3 - 4 p.m.  in 105-107 Bernhard Center.

Summer I Course Highlights

GWS 3200 - Women, globalization and social change
This course pursues an interdisciplinary analysis of the status of women worldwide and their efforts to create social change in a global context. We explore similarities and differences among women, recognizing the possibilities of transnational cooperation and the limitations of the idea of a “global sisterhood.” Credits: 3 hours. Notes: This course satisfies General Education Area IV: Other Cultures and Civilizations.

PSCI 3460 - Women in Developing Countries
Women's socioeconomic and political role and status will be examined in relation to the impact of colonialism, forces of modernity, and developmental issues. Credits: 4 hours. Notes: Area IV: Other Cultures.

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