Message from the Dean

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Message from the Dean

Welcome to (or back to) WMU for the fall 2015 semester! I hope that you have had a chance to enjoy summer, and like me, are looking forward to a stimulating fall semester. Our outstanding Raise Your Voice series continues this fall with a number of major events. I encourage you to seize the opportunity to learn from and engage with the impressive scholars and speakers who will visit our campus in the coming weeks and months. The series begins with Wagatwe Wanjuki, who will present two talks on September 23: "Know Your IX!" and "Safer Campuses for All: Using Title IX to Provide an Education Free of Sexual Violence." Our next Raise Your Voice series event will be a Lyceum Lecture on October 7 given by Gail Griffin, author of '“The Events of October” Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus', our fall honors college common read book. On October 18, "(un)welcome: an exploration of sexual violence and self empowerment," an original Theatre of the Oppressed production, will be staged.  On October 22, Jackson Katz, founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention, will discuss "Violence and Silence: why some men hurt women and how all men can help." Finally, I am delighted to announce that internationally renowned feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem will be on campus on November 6.  In conjunction with Raise Your Voice, our fall Lyceum Lecture theme is "Imagine a World Without Sexual and Gender-Based Violence!" and will be comprised of weekly lectures by faculty, staff and members of our local community. All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to Raise Your Voice, our weekly Mix It Up series will continue every Thursday evening in the Lee Honors College lounge. We are looking forward to our second annual Scholar Scare 5K Run/Walk, which will be held on Thursday, October 29 (note the date change!). The course will be professionally timed, with age group prizes as well as prizes for best individual and team costumes. Friends, families and community members are all welcome! The fall Thesis Celebration will be held in the honors college December 9-11, so mark your calendars now.

All the best for the fall 2015 semester,

Dr. Carla Koretsky
Dean, Lee Honors College