Message from the Dean

Photo of Carla Koretsky

I hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable semester break after a busy fall. We had a number of wonderful events in the college last semester. Highlights include: a visit from best-selling author Yann Martel in October; a riveting presentation by photographer Leni Sinclair in October; our Scholar Scare 5K run/walk, held on Nov. 1; an incredible performance by Gordon Henry Jr. in November; and a semester-long Lyceum Lecture series on the important topic of Global Citizenship.

The coming semester promises to be just as busy. I am thrilled to announce our 2015 Raise Your Voice series. This series will introduce WMU and the Kalamazoo community to nationally known artists, activists, writers and scholars actively working to end hostility and violence against women. The series will begin on Thursday, Jan. 29, with a free showing of the documentary "Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power" at the Alamo Drafthouse. The following week, on Feb. 3, we will host Anita Hill for a public lecture ("Anita Hill: Responding to Gendered Violence in Society, Law and on College Campuses: From 1991 to Today") at the Chenery Auditorium. The series will continue on Tuesday March 3, with a lecture by activist Soraya Chemaly, titled "Effecting Change Through Social Media." Finally, artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh will bring her "Stop Telling Women to Smile" street art project to Kalamazoo in early April and will give a lecture at the Richmond Center for the Performing Arts on April 2. All series events are free and open to the public. Tickets will be available at the Lee Honors College. This series will continue in fall 2015 with speakers to be announced soon. If you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor of this series, please contact me! 

In addition to Raise Your Voice, our weekly Mix It Up series will continue every Thursday night in the Lee Honors College lounge. We will also be offering five of our signature Study in the States courses, including four summer courses: the Texas Tour, Garbage in Gotham, the Disney Pilgrimage and OshKosh AirVentures. Our Lyceum Lecture series continues Wednesdays at noon in the lounge this spring with the theme Sustainable Energy Future. And finally, for our alumni, we will be announcing information about a July all honors college reunion, so stay tuned!

All the best for the spring 2015 semester,

Dr. Carla Koretsky
Dean, Lee Honors College