Events

The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University hosts many events throughout the academic year.

Tuesday, September 19

"Dancing for My Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in Modern Times" ARTbreaknoon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. A Tribal Member of Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Sharon Hoogstraten, describes her 5-year photographic portrait of Potawatomi Native Americans. Free and open to the public.

Ice cream social with international students2 to 4 p.m. at Kanley Chapel, hosted by International Student Activities. Join international students for ice cream, raffles and games. Free and open to the public.

CELCIS conversation circle2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tibetan Buddhist meditation/study group7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Yoga, 1919 Stearns Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by Western Michigan Jewel Heart. Explore in a practical way the practices associated with Tibetan Buddhism, including concentration, mindfulness, analysis and visualization. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 20

Local Global Market10 to 2 p.m. in front of Sangren Hall, hosted by International Student Activities. Area farmers will bring fresh fruits and produce to campus for purchase. Email wayne.l.bond@wmich.edu for questions. Free and open to the public.

Lyceum Lecture Series: "Legal Issues for the LGTQ+ Community"noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College. The lecture will be led by Jay Kaplan, director of the ACLU Michigan LGBT Project, and Frank Aielle, professor of law at the WMU Cooley Law School. Free and open to the public.

CELCIS conversation circle2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Ethics Book Club: "Black and Blue: the Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism"6 p.m. in the WMed Information Commons, hosted by The Center for the Study of Ethics and Society. Join a discussion of "Black and Blue: the Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism" by John Hoberman led by Keagan Potts, a master's degree student in philosophy. Registration required; free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 21

Dr. Helen Mundler (professor of American and English literature and culture at Paris Est-Créteil, and translator) will speak, in English, about the university system in France and about preparing to become a translator from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall. Free and open to the public.

CELCIS conversation circle (women only)2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to women in the public.

"To the People, Food is Heaven: Politics and Quotidian Life in Recent Chinese History" lecture4:30 p.m. in 1028 Brown Hall, hosted by the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. The lecture will be given by Dr. Hanchao Lu, professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Free and open to the public.

Alma Latina 40 years celebration4:30 to 6 p.m. at the WMUK-FM studio, hosted by the Division of Multicultural Affairs. The reception will celebrate 40 years of the Alma Latina radio program, the longest Spanish-language radio show in the Kalamazoo area. Free and open to the public.

Monday, September 25

CELCIS conversation circle2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Chinese Culture Classes begin—times vary by class, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. The Confucius Institute offers Chinese culture classes that are open to WMU faculty, staff, students and the public. Half-price discount is available for WMU students and senior citizens (55 and above); open to the public.

Tuesday, September 26

Real Talk Diversity Series: "Surpassing Certainty"11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Join a discussion of "Surpassing Certainty" by Janet Mock facilitated by Natalie Nguyen, director of the Office for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services, and Lindsay Palar, program coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Lunch and copies of the book will be provided to a limited number of registered participants; free and open to the public.

CELCIS conversation circle2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tibetan Buddhist meditation/study group7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Yoga, 1919 Stearns Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by Western Michigan Jewel Heart. Explore in a practical way the practices associated with Tibetan Buddhism, including concentration, mindfulness, analysis and visualization. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 27

WMU Study Abroad Fair11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sangren Hall, hosted by WMU Study Abroad. Attendees will get a chance to speak with WMU students who have studied and interned abroad, WMU professors who coordinate programs and courses abroad and advisors who help guide students in fitting study abroad in to their program of study. Food provided; free and open to the public.

Lyceum Lecture Series: "The Queer Transformation of College Campuses, 1950's to Present"noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College. The lecture will be led by Dr. Susan Freeman, WMU associate professor and chair of gender and women's studies. Free and open to the public.

CELCIS conversation circle2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 7

China Festivalnoon to 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, hosted by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, the Confucius Institute at WMU and others. The event features the Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo’s ping pong tournament finals, dance and music performances, a badminton demonstration, hands-on activities, a Chinese art exhibition and informational display booths about Chinese culture. Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 13

The department will be recognizing Mr. Jason Albaugh, the department's 2017 Alumni Achievement Award recipient, during a lunch with faculty and students at 12:30 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall. A presentation and Q & A by Mr. Albaugh, a current Grand Rapids Public Schools Latin teacher, will follow at 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Monday, October 23

Midterm grades available for viewing

Wednesday, November 1

Native American Month displaydaily Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. on the third floor of the Waldo Library, hosted by the Division of Multicultural Affairs. Stop by the Waldo Library to browse a bookcase filled with artifacts, books and articles created by Native American authors. Free and open to the public.

Día de los Muertos altar display9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Waldo Library, hosted by the Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Spanish. Come to observe a traditional altar constructed in observance of the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Free and open to the public.

Lyceum Lecture Series: "Little Word, Big Impact: Negotiating Gender-Neutral Pronouns in Education"noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College and the College of Education and Human Development. The lecture will be led by Dr. Lee Airton, assistant professor of gender and sexuality in education at Queen's University. Free and open to the public.

Ethics Book Club: "The Harm in Hate Speech"6 p.m. in 2072 Moore Hall, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics and Society. Join a discussion of "The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron led by Kathy Purnell, a part-time instructor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.  Registration required; free and open to the public.

Monday, November 6

Last day to withdraw from classes

Wednesday, November 22

Thanksgiving recess begins at noon

Thursday, November 23

Thanksgiving (no classes)

Friday, November 24

Thanksgiving recess (no classes)

Monday, November 27

Classes resume

Monday, December 11-Friday, December 15

Fall Final Exam Week

Saturday, December 16

Fall Commencement

Tuesday, December 19

Final grades available for viewing

Monday, December 25-Monday, January 1

Many WMU offices closed for Winter break

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