Science and the Human Endeavor

Science and the Human Endeavor Speaker series

Co-sponsored by the University Center for Humanities and the Lee Honors College, “Science and the Human Endeavor” will explore the powerful connections between science and the humanities through the work of scientists, engineers, artists and humanists who strive to better understand our shared natural world and to improve the human experience. All events are free and open to the public. Click here to download a PDF of the scheduled events.

Fall 2016

September 29
Ron Numbers "Some Things We’ve Learned about Science through Its History," 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m.
Dr. Numbers is a leading scholar in the history of science and religion and an authority on the history of creationism and creation science.
Ron Numbers

October 6
Sylvia Earle "Exploring the Deep Frontier," Chenery Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Dr. Earle is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

October 19
Emily St. John Mandel "Station Eleven," University and Lee Honors College 2016 Common Read, Fetzer Center, 7 p.m.
Emily St. John Mandel








Spring 2017

January 19 CANCELED
Claire Light "Diversity in Science Fiction," Lee Honors College lounge, 7 p.m.
Ms. Light is a science fiction author and co-founder and senior editor, blogger and development director of the national Asian American magazine, Hyphen.
Claire Light

March 23
Mae Jemison "Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential," Miller Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Dr. Jemison is a physician, dancer and was the first African American female NASA astronaut in 1992.
Mae Jemison

March 30
Victoria Finlay "How to Travel through the World's Paintbox," 1920 Sangren Hall, 7 p.m.
Ms. Finlay is a writer and journalist known for her books on color and jewels. Her most well known book is "Colour: Travels Through the Paint Box".
Victoria Finlay


We would like to thank the following sponsors who have made this series possible:

Platinum Sponsors ($5,000 and above)

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  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • University Center for Humanities
  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Lee Honors College

Gold Sponsors ($1,000 to $4,999)

  • College of Aviation
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Gwen Frostic School of Art
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools

Silver Sponsors ($250 to $999)

  • Department of English
  • Department of Physics
  • Lisa Cohen Minnick
  • Office of the Vice President for Research
  • WMU's Graduate College

Bronze Sponsors ($100 to $249)

  • Julie Rogers

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