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The College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University strives to add value to the lives of its learners and continuously improve the quality of its programming to meet the needs and expectations of the communities it serves. Join us for events that are tailored to your academic interests and help prepare you for the future.

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Upcoming events

Friday, February 23

32nd annual Student Employment Appreciation Week

Spring Convocation—"A Recognition of Discovery, Diversity and Global Engagement," scholar talks, luncheon, convocation, awards ceremony and reception for WMU community, Fetzer Center, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series–"How to Be (and Recognize) Yourself: Species Recognition in Avian Brood Parasites and Their Hosts," presented by Dr. Mark Hauber of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1710 Wood Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 26

Breisach Research Colloquium—"Historical Complementarity: A Method for Studying Mentalités", Dr. Lewis Pyenson, WMU Department of History, 2302 Friedmann Hall, noon to 1 p.m. Free; food and drink provided.

Environment and Sustainability luncheon–"Environmental Employment Insights and Mentor Matchmaking," a panel of professionals representing the various facets of the environmental industry to share insights with WMU students aspiring to enter the environmental field, 1035-1055 Fetzer Center, noon to 2:30 p.m.

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series—"Electrical Hydrogeology: A Picture is Worth 1000 Wells," presented by Dr. Todd Halihan, professor of geology at Oklahoma State University, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 28

Lyceum Lecture Series—"The Somebodiness of African American Men," Dr. Phillip Johnson, counselor education and counseling psychology, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Ethics panel discussion—"Legal Ethics in the Media," moderated by Victoria Vuletich and Tonya-Krause-Phelan, WMU Cooley Law School, and Norman Hawker, Haworth College of Business, Bernhard Center's Brown and Gold Room, 4 p.m. Free; light refreshments provided.

Friday, March 2

Spirit Day—no classes

The Eclectic Hour lecture series—"Urban Dead Seas: Road Deicers, Fertilizers and the Dynamics of Urban Lakes," Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, The Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration $30 for the series; limited capacity.

Saturday, March 3

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

Monday, March 5

Spring semester recess—through March 9

Tuesday, March 6

Spring semester recess—through March 9

Wednesday, March 7

Spring semester recess—through March 9

Thursday, March 8

Spring semester recess—through March 9

Employee photo session—For WMU faculty and staff, Walwood Hall's Heinig Emeriti Lounge, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; no appointment required.

Friday, March 9

Spring semester recess—through March 9

Sunday, March 11

Daylight Saving Time begins

Monday, March 12

Spring semester classes resume at 8 a.m.

Environment and Sustainability lecture–"Michigan Environmental Policy," presented by the Michigan Environmental Council, Lee Honors College lounge, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24

Lyceum Lecture Series—"How Can Good Enough Be Enough: Perfectionism in Perspective," Kate Hibbard-Gibbons, doctoral student in counseling psychology, and Alexander Hamilton, master's student in industrial/organizational behavior management, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Friday, March 16

Assessment in Action conference—For WMU faculty, graduate teaching assistants, part-time instructors and staff, Fetzer Center, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free; registration required by March 9 for lunch.

The Eclectic Hour lecture series—"The Politics of Climate Change," Dr. Denise Keele, political science and environmental and sustainability studies, The Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration $30 for the series; limited capacity.

Real Talk Diversity Series—Systemic Change at WMU," Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 1 to 3 p.m. Free; light refreshments provided.

Geography Colloquium–"More Disasters or a More Sustainable Future? Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change," presented by Dr. Carol Harden of the University of Tennessee, 2119 Wood Hall, 3 to 4 p.m.

Loew Lecture in Medieval Studies—"Hakluyt's Books and Hawkins's Slaves: Early English Slave Voyages, 1562-70," Jyotsna G. Singh, Michigan State University, 1028 Brown Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17

St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 18

Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program Mental Health Forum—MLK Celebration event, keynote by Kevin Fischer, Michigan chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Arc Community Advocates, 3901 Emerald Dr., Kalamazoo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, March 19

History lecture—"Although his Mother was a Saracen: Mozarabs, Conversion, Pastoral Care and the Toledan Clergy in the Late Twelfth Century," Dr. Kyle Lincoln, Kalamazoo College Department of History, 2302 Friedmann Hall, noon to 1 p.m. Free; food and drink provided.

Donuts with the Deans–informal monthly gatherings for faculty, staff and students to share comments, concerns and ideas with the dean and associate deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, University Center for the Humanities- 2500 Knauss Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Geological and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series—"Discovering Hidden Folds and Faults in the Precambrian: Refining Baraboo Interval Stratigraphy and Deformation in Southern WI," Esther Stewart, Wisconsin Geological Survey, 1118 Rood Hall, 4 to 5 p.m.

Book club discussion—"Education and Equality" by Danielle Allen, 4267 Health and Human Services Building, 6 p.m. Free; register at ethicscenter@wmich.edu by March 12.

Tuesday, March 20

Vernal equinox (first day of spring)

Wednesday, March 21

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Technology and Mental Health: Challenges and Resources," Dr. Emily Lattie, Northwestern University, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Research Briefs in Global Studies Series–"Telling Migration Stories" by Drs. Ann Miles and Susan Pozo, 3025 Brown Hall, 4 p.m.

Medieval Institute screening–screening of Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain" (2006) with discussion led by A.T. Lambert, film critic for the Western Herald, part of the Genesis Film Festival, 4413 Friedmann Hall, 6:30 to 8:30 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.

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Medications 101 and Mental Health Treatment Options," Dr. Gayle Ruggiero, WMU Sindecuse staff psychiatrist, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Thursday, March 29

Religion lecture–"American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear," presented by Dr. Khaled Beydoun, associate professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Fetzer Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Ethics Lecture Series—"Why We Don't Have a Peace Memorial: The Vietnam War and the Distorted Memory of Dissent," Dr. Christian Appy, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1028 Brown Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 30

Good Friday

Passover begins at sundown

Sunday, April 1

Easter Sunday

Monday, April 2

African American and African Studies Open House—Learn about the reinstated major and minor in African American and African studies, 1115 Moore Hall and adjacent lobby, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ethics panel discussion—"Educational Equity: From the 'Kalamazoo Case' to the 'Kalamazoo Promise' and Beyond," moderated by Kathy Purnell, political science and Ashley Atkins, philosophy, 204 Bernhard Center, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Healthy Relationships," Dr. Gary H. Bischof, dean of Lee Honors College, and Dr. Jou-Chen Chen, family and consumer sciences, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Research Briefs in Global Studies Series–"Interviews in Fieldwork" by Drs. Chien-Juh Gu and Gregory Veeck, 3025 Brown Hall, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 6

The Eclectic Hour lecture series—"Cuba: Culture and Society," Dr. Kristina Wirtz, Spanish, The Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration $30 for the series; limited capacity.

Book club discussion—"The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization?" by Oxford University professors Carl B. Frey and Michael A. Osborne, Water Street Coffee Joint, 315 E. Water St., Kalamazoo, 5:30 p.m. Free; register at ethicscenter@wmich.edu by March 30.

Saturday, April 7

Passover ends

Wednesday, April 11

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Grit, Resiliency and Self-Care," Brian Fuller, interim director, WMU Counseling Services, Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Real Talk Diversity Series—"Environmental Justice," Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, 6 to 8 p.m. Free; light refreshments provided.

Thursday, April 12

Humanities/Ethics 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.

Monday, April 16

Donuts with the Deans–informal monthly gatherings for faculty, staff and students to share comments, concerns and ideas with the dean and associate deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, University Center for the Humanities- 2500 Knauss Hall, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 17

Employee photo session—For WMU faculty and staff, Walwood Hall's Heinig Emeriti Lounge, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; no appointment required.

Wednesday, April 18

Lyceum Lecture Series—"Stories of Recovery and Resilience: A Student Panel," Lee Honors College lounge, noon.

Friday, April 20

Book club discussion—"The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization?" by Oxford University professors Carl B. Frey and Michael A. Osborne, Water Street Coffee Joint, 315 E. Water St., Kalamazoo, 5:30 p.m. Free; register at ethicscenter@wmich.edu by March 30.

Monday, April 23

Final examination week—through April 26

Tuesday, April 24

Final examination week—through April 26

Wednesday, April 25

Final examination week—through April 26

Thursday, April 26

Final examination week—through April 26

Friday, April 27

Book club discussion—"The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization?" by Oxford University professors Carl B. Frey and Michael A. Osborne, Water Street Coffee Joint, 315 E. Water St., Kalamazoo, 5:30 p.m. Free; register at ethicscenter@wmich.edu by March 30.

Saturday, April 28

Commencement—Miller Auditorium, times to be announced in March.

Spring semester ends

Monday, May 7

Summer I session classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, May 9

Donuts with the Deans–informal monthly gatherings for faculty, staff and students to share comments, concerns and ideas with the dean and associate deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, University Center for the Humanities- 2500 Knauss Hall, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13

Information session—On WMU employee tuition remission program, 205 Bernhard Center, noon. Free; refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 14

Eid al Fitr begins at sundown

Thursday, June 21

Summer solstice (first day of summer)

Saturday, June 23

Commencement—Miller Auditorium, times to be announced in May.

Wednesday, June 27

Summer I session ends

Thursday, June 28

Summer II session begins