Events

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Upcoming events

Thursday, October 19

Humanities and ethics lecture—The Promise of Education, "The Kindling of a Flame: Analogies to Light the Way for Technology in Education" presented by Kentaro Toyama of the University of Michigan, co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.; Free, open to public, no registration required.

Queer Trivia Night—1321 Trimpe Building, 7:30 p.m. Free; snacks provided.

Friday, October 20

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Editing the Plant Genome," presented by Dr. Daniel Voytas of the University of Minnesota, 1710 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Geography Colloquium–"An Integration of Big Data and Census Data for Spatial Analysis," presented by Dr. Shuming Bao of the University of Michigan, 2119 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 21

Day of Impact by FOCUS Kalamazoo–a community-wide event that gives students at WMU the chance to give back to their community through volunteering for nonprofit organizations around Kalamazoo. Students can sign up to volunteer online at focuskalamazoo.org or by emailing focuskalamazoo@gmail.com.

Monday, October 23

Graduate and Professional School Fair—Explore options for advanced studies in Michigan and throughout the United States, Bernhard Center East Ballroom, 3 to 6 p.m.

Physics Colloquium–"How might Physics Education Research facilitate the coming computational revolution?" presented by Dr. Danny Caballero of Michigan State University, 1110 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.; refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in the Bradley Commons, 2202 Everett Tower.

Master of Arts in science education webinar—Learn about WMU's online master's degree in science education with Dr. Bill Cobern, professor of biological sciences and science education. Free; participants will receive a link the day of the presentation.

Tuesday, October 24

Vice President for Research campus presentationDr. Richard Inouye, Fetzer Center-Putney Auditorium, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Ethics book club—"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula LeGuin, Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Frostic Speaker Series—"Why Michigan Should Worry About Louisiana's Fight for Coastal Survival," Bob Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, University Center for the Humanities, 2500 Knauss Hall, 6 p.m. Free.

LBGTQ Professionals Meetup and Networking—Stryker Corporation, 1321 Trimpe Building, 6 p.m. Free.

Lecture–"Why Michigan should worry about Louisiana's fight for coastal survival." Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall offers a one-hour presentation on the national environmental and economic crises in the Gulf of Mexico coastal region of the U.S. - and why the rest of the country must pay attention. Co-sponsored by the School of Communication and the 2017-18 Gwen Frostic Speaker Series of the Institute of the Environment for Sustainability, University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall, 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25

Local Global Market—Area farmers bring fresh fruits and produce to campus for purchase, Sangren Pedestrian Mall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Intersectional Coalition Building," Romeo Jackson, University of Utah, Lee Honors College Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Sichel Lecture Series–Werner Sichel Series, "Income Inequality, Progressive Taxation and Tax Expenditures," presented by James Hines Jr. of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

International Student Job Fair and Resource Day–for the international student population at WMU who seek full time, part time and internship positions in the United States, Bernhard Center, 5 to 7 p.m.

Community African dance class–at the Rootead Enrichment Center, 1501 Fulford St., Kalamazoo, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. First class is free, $10 for non-members; open to the public.

Thursday, October 26

GeoChange/HDReAM Community Open House–presented by Dr. Kathleen M. Baker; meet the research team, discuss community mapping projects to support community health and natural resource protection, tour the Meader Imaging Lab, learn about digitization and spatial analysis options for your data, and celebrate WMU's recent designtation as a Center for Academic Excellence in the Geospatial Sciences by the NGA/USGS; co-sponsored by the W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change (GeoChange) and WMU Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM), 1000 Welborn Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vice President for Research campus presentation–Terri Kinzy, 157-159 Bernhard Center, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Real Talk Diversity Series—"Disability at the Intersections," Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 6 to 8 p.m. Free; light refreshments provided.

Frostic Reading Series—Danielle Evans, short-story author, 157-159 Bernhard Center, 7 p.m. Free.

Japanese film screening—"Silver Spoon," 3508 Knauss Hall, 7 p.m. Free.

Friday, October 27

Geography Colloquium—"Climate Change and Water Quantity in the Great Lakes Region: A Tale of Precipitation, Temperature, Radiation and Walleye on a Stick," Dr. Brent Lofgren, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory at NOAA, 2119 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"Staying in Shape with Planarian Regeneration," presented by Dr. Wendy Beane, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, October 30

Geosciences Seminar Series—"Statistical Analysis of Soil Moisture Impacts on Climate Extremes," presented by Dr. Lei Meng, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween

Discover Discovery research workshop—For WMU faculty and research staff, "Stories from the Trenches: Building a Successful Research Career at WMU," Fetzer Center, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; registration required. Lunch provided.

Vice President for Research campus presentation–Kent Keyser, Fetzer Center-Putney Auditorium, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Little World, Big Impact: Negotiating Gender-Neutral Pronouns in Education" Dr. Lee Airton, Queen's University, Lee Honors College Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, 2072 Moore Hall, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Bronco football vs. Central Michigan—Waldo Stadium, 8 p.m. Tickets: wmubroncos.com or (888) 4-WMU-TIX. Televised on ESPN2.

Thursday, November 2

Día de los Muertos altar—Waldo Library, second floor, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, 2072 Moore Hall, 5 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Friday, November 3

Día de los Muertos altar—Waldo Library, second floor, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WLL Faculty Colloquium Series–"Poetry in an Age of Nuclear Power: The 2011 Disasters in Japan and Japanese Poetic Responses," presented by Dr. Jeffrey Angles and Takako Arai, 3025 Brown Hall, 11:30 a.m. Flier.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–presented by Dr. Michael Clough of Iowa State University, "Impact of Historical Short Science Stories on Post-Secondary Biology Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 5

Daylight Saving Time ends

Monday, November 6

Día de los Muertos altar—Waldo Library, second floor, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 7

Día de los Muertos altar—Waldo Library, second floor, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ethics book club—"The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula LeGuin, Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Thursday, November 9

Ethics lecture–"Criminal Justice, Social Justice and Climate Justice," presented by Dr. Ronald Kramer, Bernhard Center- Brown and Gold Room, 6 p.m.; Free, open to public, no registration required.

Friday, November 10

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–presented by Dr. Hannah Seidel of Eastern Michigan University, "Stem cell quiescence in the Caenorhabditis elegans germline," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Geography Colloquium–"Pasteur's Quadrant: An Appealing Ecophronetic Alternative to the Prevalent Bohr's Quadrant in Ecosystem Services Research," presented by Dr. Wei-Ning Xiang of the University of North Carolina, 2119 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 11

U.S. Veterans Day

Monday, November 13

Chemistry seminar–presented by Dr. Mike Clift of the University of Kansas, 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 14

Discover Discovery research workshop—For WMU faculty and research staff, "How to Create a Budget that Gets You Where You are Going and Secure the Required Internal Approvals for Submission," Fetzer Center, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; registration required. Lunch provided.

Wednesday, November 15

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Transgender Stories: A Panel Discussion," Sara Jacobs, LGBTQ Homeless Youth Program, Jay Maddock, OutFront Kalamazoo, Natalie Nguyễn, WMU LBGT Student Services, Nick Smith WMU student, Lee Honors College Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, location TBD, 5 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Friday, November 17

Biological Sciences seminar–presented by Dr. Stephen Russell (Michael K. Bach Distinguished Visiting Lecture, Mayo Clinic), "Integrating oncolytic viruses into immune-based cancer treatment paradigms," 1260 Chemistry Building, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Geography Colloquium–"Dams Large and Small: Ecosystem Impacts on the World's Tropical River Systems," presented by Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton of W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 2119 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Monday, November 20

Chemistry seminar–presented by Dr. Glenn C. Micalizio of Dartmouth College, "Frontiers in Chemistry," 1220 Chemistry Building, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22

Thanksgiving recess begins at noon—No classes. WMU offices open normal hours.

Thursday, November 23

U.S. Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving recess—No classes. Many WMU offices closed.

Friday, November 24

Thanksgiving recess—No classes. Many WMU offices closed.

Monday, November 27

Fall semester classes resume at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, November 29

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Resisting Reconciliation: Queer Muslim Identity in America," Mariam Mustafa, graduate student, comparative religion, Lee Honors College Lounge, noon to 1 p.m.

Ethics book club—"The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron, location TBD, 6 p.m. Free; advance registration required: ethicscenter@wmich.edu.

Friday, December 1

Biological Sciences Seminar–presented by Dr. Ingo Braasch of Michigan State University, "Fresh insights from old fish: Spotted gar reveals the genomic basis of vertebrate development and evolution and connects human biology with biomedical fish models," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6

Ethics lecture–"The Life and Death of Latisha King," presented by Gayle Salamon of Princeton University, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.; Free, open to public, no registration required.

Friday, December 8

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–presented by Dr. Ayub Khan of Zoetis, "Messenger RNA (mRNA): A new class of vaccines," 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 9

Ethics lecture–"Liberalism and Racial Justice," presented by Charles Mills of the City University of New York, 157 Bernhard Center, 4:45 p.m.; Free, open to public, no registration required.

Tuesday, December 12

University Holiday Reception—For all WMU faculty and staff members, Bernhard Center Ballroom, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 16

Fall semester ends

Commencement—Miller Auditorium, times to be announced.

Thursday, December 21

Winter solstice (first day of winter)

Saturday, December 23

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Monday, December 25

Christmas Day

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Tuesday, December 26

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Wednesday, December 27

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Thursday, December 28

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Friday, December 29

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Saturday, December 30

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

Sunday, December 31

Holiday closure—Many WMU offices closed.

New Year's Eve

2018 EVENTS

Wednesday, January 17

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "America's Unequal Playing Field: The Gaps Between Poor and Rich Children's Resources," presented by Mary Corcoran of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 8

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, "The Humanities in the Age of Demagoguery," presented by David Denby, 3508 Knauss Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "Why has Income Inequality Increased While Education Inequality Has Decreased in Many Developing Countries," presented by David Lam of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 3

Michigan History Day District 6 Competition–Bernhard Center, second floor, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 22

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, "Education Reform and the Promise of Public Education," presented by Diane Ravitch, Dalton Center Recital Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28

Economics lecture–Werner Sichel Series, "Institutions, Structures and Policy Paradigms in Sub-Saharan Africa: Toward Understanding Inequality," presented by Howard Stein of the University of Michigan, 2028 Brown Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 12

Humanities Speaker Series—The Promise of Education, “Inequality, Citizenship, and the Promise of Education," presented by Danielle Allen, 2452 Knauss Hall, 7 to 9 p.m.