10 Actions / 100 Days: Working Together for Social Justice

Wednesday, February 22
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Terrace Rooms
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Inspired by the call of 10 Actions/100 Days, this event brings together individuals and groups on campus and across Mount Pleasant fighting for social justice. Come fill out a post-card to your senators about the issues that are important to you. Come learn about what groups are active on issues you care about and discover ways to get involved. Come celebrate that we are in this together. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Office of LGBTQ Services. For more information, contact Laurel Zwissler at Laurel.Zwissler@cmich.edu.

Pi Sigma Alpha Professional Development Night

Wednesday, February 22
Anspach Hall 168
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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All political science, public and nonprofit administration, and international relations majors & minors are welcome to attend Pi Sigma Alpha's professional development night. A representative from Career Services will provide helpful information related to career preparation.

Global Attitudes on Climate Change

Presented by Thomas Rohrer
Wednesday, February 22

7:30 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium

Thomas Rohrer, director of Central Michigan University's Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems, will discuss European and world attitudes about climate change. 
  • What did the review of the Paris climate agreement accomplish?
  • Why don't Americans accept the realities of climate change?
  • What Denmark and other countries are doing to address the issues of greenhouse gas emissions and global climate destabilization. 
  • Study abroad opportunities to learn more about European thinking and the broader world view of environmental issues.
Sponsored by the School for Public Service and Global Citizenship and the Office of Study Abroad. For more information, contact Jacob Bush at 989-774-4308 or studyabr@cmich.edu

Poetry & Fiction Reading by Robert Fanning and Matt Roberson

Thursday, February 23
8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Park Library, Baber Room
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Department of English Language and Literature faculty members Robert Fanning and Matt Roberson will read from their recent works of poetry and fiction. Fanning will launch and read work from his newly published collection of poems "Our Sudden Museum." 

Matthew Roberson is the author of three novels, 1998.6, Impotent, and List. He also edited the collection, Musing the Mosaic: Approaches to Ronald Sukenick, from SUNY Press. His short fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Web Conjunctions, Notre Dame Review, Fourteen Hills, Clackamas Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and others.

Robert Fanning is the author of five poetry collections, including three full-length collections: Our Sudden Museum, American Prophet, and The Seed Thieves, as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music, and Old Bright Wheel. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Poet and the Poem.”

For more information, contact Kelly Gere at 989-774-3171 or deboy1k@cmich.edu

How to Link Course Activities and Assessments to Course Learning Objectives

Friday, February 24
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Strosacker Room, Park Library

Join the Teaching and Learning Collective (TLC) and the CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Committee (ETC) for an interactive session on learner-centered teaching. To continue our discussion of Maryellen Weimer’s Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, the TLC/ETC will hold a panel-workshop on the importance of designing significant learning activities, assignments, and assessments to promote effective learning. Our panelists (Excellence in Teaching Award winners) will share their insights on the importance of having clear objectives when creating learning activities and evaluation tools. The facilitator will demonstrate design techniques to create learning goals that link to correlating learning activities and assessments.

Justin Bruner (CETL)

Carlin Borsheim (ENG), Adam Epstein (Finance & Law), Jonathan Truitt (HST) and Cathy Willermet (SASW)
Luz Marcela Hurtado (FLLC) and So Hee Jeon (PSC)

To familiarize yourself with the topic, please download Chapter 1 of Understanding by Design​​. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by February 20 to chsbs@cmich.edu​​​.

Human Rights, Literature, The Arts, and Social Sciences Conference

Spotlight on Human Trafficking
March 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Terrace Rooms
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Topics and themes may include but are not limited to:

  • The connections between pimp culture, porn, and sex trade
  • Indigenous communities and human trafficking
  • Women and human trafficking
  • Child trafficking for sex, labor, marriage, or soldiering
  • The demand for commercial sex
  • Risks for refugees and post-disaster communities
  • Trauma-informed approaches to human trafficking
  • Gangs and human trafficking
  • State and national policies/laws on human trafficking
  • Human trafficking within a global context
  • Human rights and human trafficking

Send paper/presentation proposals to: humanrightsconf@cmich.edu
Submission Deadline: February 20, 2017

Sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature and Students Against Slavery. For more information, visit the conference website or contact Dr. Maureen N. Eke at 989-774-3117 or eke1mn@cmich.edu

To Be a Lincoln

Saturday, March 4
3:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5
3:00 p.m.
Shepherd High School Auditorium
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Central Michigan University Lecturer of Composition Diana Luehm researched Abraham Lincoln for three years in order to write a play that honors his life. The historical play To Be a Lincoln will premier at the Shepherd High School Auditorium for the general public the first weekend of March (Saturday, March 4th at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 5th at 3:00 p.m.).  
The main plot of the play is based on an interesting historical fact.  Both Robert Todd Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth dated the same girl at the same time: Lucy Hale who was the daughter of abolitionist Senator John Hale.  Much to her parents’ dismay, Lucy rejected Robert Todd to seek the affection of the famous actor Booth. Besides this love triangle, the play has two playful children, the burning of the White House barn, the assassination of Lincoln, and an appeal by the wounded Seward to pursue Lincoln’s goal of finishing “the great task that remains before us.”
Good family entertainment, the play promotes not only integrity in politics but also racial harmony in American culture.  The play is an hour and fifteen minutes long. The cast of 14 actors includes performers from Central Michigan University, Broadway Players, and the Gratiot County Players. Advanced tickets are $6 and are available at Ric's Food Center in Mount Pleasant and Ways of the West in St. Louis. Tickets at the door are $8. For more information, contact Diana Luehm at 989-774-1349 or luehm1dl@cmich.edu.

Poet Melissa Grunow

Monday, March 13
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan 
111 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant

Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which was selected as "Outstanding “Memoir” in the 2016 Independent Author Network's Book of the Year awards. A Pushcart Prize nominee and regular contributing writer to Literary Arts Review, her work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, Temenos, and Yemassee, among many others. She has an MFA with distinction from National University and is an alumna of Central Michigan University.

Sponsored by the Wellspring Li​terary Series. Free admission. Food provided courtesy of Max & Emily's. For more information, contact Robert Fanning (English) at 989-774-2665 or fanni1rj@cmich.edu.

Psychology Advising Night

Tuesday, March 14
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Bovee University Center - Terrace Rooms

Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Psychology will be available to assist students with:

  • Signing a major or minor in psychology
  • Selecting courses
  • Reviewing career options for psychology majors
  • Obtaining information about graduate programs and related disciplines
  • Learning about research, volunteer and study abroad opportunities
All students are welcome. For more information, contact Colleen Craft at 989-774-3001 or craft1c@cmich.edu

Poet Diane Seuss

Thursday, March 16
8:00 p.m.
Park Library Baber Room

Diane Seuss was born in Indiana and raised in Michigan. She earned a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Western Michigan University. Seuss is the author of the poetry collections Four-Legged Girl (2015), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010), winner of the 2009 Juniper Prize for Poetry; and It Blows You Hollow (1998). Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Georgia Review, Brevity, Able Muse, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and the Missouri Review, as well as The Best American Poetry 2014. She was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English at Colorado College in 2012, and she has taught at Kalamazoo College since 1988.

Sponsored by the English department's Me​ijer Visiting Writers Series. For more information, contact Kelly Gere at 989-774-3171 or ​deboy1k@cmich.edu​.

Griffin Policy Forum

Monday, March 20
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Powers Hall Ballroom

Additional information about the Spring 2017 Griffin Policy Forum will be announced soon.

Safe Spaces / Free Expression? How do academic freedom and equal education coexist?

Tuesday, March 21
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Auditorium

Speak Up, Speak Out: The Student Forum​ creates a space for conversations about social and political issues that make a difference to students’ lives. Each forum begins with a short video introduction to the issues, followed by a panel discussion led by students, faculty and staff. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussion.

This event is sponsored by College of Communication and Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Student Affairs, Office of Diversity Education, Pi Sigma Alpha, The Assessment Council, and the Mary Brandell Volunteer Center. For more information, visit the Speak Up, Speak Out website or contact Andrew Blom (PHL & REL) at 989-774-1881 or blom1a@cmich.edu​. ​​

Fiction Writer Paul Anderson and Poet Eric Torgersen

Thursday, March 23
8:00 p.m.
Park Library Baber Room

Paul Anderson earned his MA from Central Michigan University and his MFA from University of Arkansas-Monticello. His first book, Model Citizens, was published by Wordpool Press in 2016. His work has also appeared in such publications as Cardinal Sins, Absent Willow Review, Thunder Sandwich, Temenos, Gravel, and Reader's Digest. Snarky husband, new father, and host of the sporadically updated Fiction Fanatic podcast, Paul also has the good fortune of teaching creative writing and composition at CMU, where he hopes to instill a universal appreciation for the Oxford comma.

Eric Torgersen taught Creative Writing at CMU for 38 years before retiring in 2008. He has published seven books and chapbooks of poetry, two of fiction, and a study of Rainer Maria Rilke and the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker. His new collection is In Which We See our Selves: American Ghazals, from Mayapple Press.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program. For more information, contact Kelly Gere at 989-774-3171 or ​deboy1k@cmich.edu​.​

Against the State: Anarchist Violence in Paris during the Belle Époque That Wasn't

Presented by John Merriman, Yale University
Friday, March 31
Park Library Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
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In February 1894, Émile Henry, a young anarchist, threw a bomb into the Café Terminus in Paris, killing one person and badly wounding many others. This murderous attack arguably marks the origins of modern terrorism. John Merriman will examine the relationship between anarchists (most of whom were not violent), terrorism, and European states. He will carry the story into the first years of the twentieth century, when another group of anarchists terrified France, holding up banks, killing people in their way, and fleeing in fancy stolen automobiles, symbols of a new age in the Belle Époque that wasn’t.

Sponsored by the Department of History and the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference. For more information, contact Katelyn Maylee at 989-774-3374 or mayle1ke@cmich.edu.

Jennifer Trahan - Rwandan Genocide

Friday, April 7
2:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium

Sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide. Additional information will be announced soon.

The Michigan Poet Reading

Monday, April 10
7:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

This Wellspring Literary Series will be a celebration of Michigan Poetry featuring more than 20 Michigan poets who will share their poems from the anthology, The Michigan Poet: Collected Poems, 2010-2015, edited by Foster Neill and Jonathon Jay Taylor. This special evening will also feature the music of Daryl and the Beans, who will release their new CD, entitled "Burnin' the Eagle," a benefit to help fund the Carroll Arnett Scholarship​.​

Fiction Writer Chris Bachelder

Thursday, April 13
8:00 p.m.
Park Library Baber Room

Chris Bachelder is the author of the novels The Throwback Special, Abbott Awaits, U.S.!, and Bear v. Shark. Bachelder's short fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, The Believer, Harper's, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, Subtropics, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cincinnati, where he teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

Sponsored by the English department's Me​ijer Visiting Writers Series. For more information, contact Kelly Gere at 989-774-3171 or ​deboy1k@cmich.edu​.​

Service Project at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum

Sunday, April 23
9:00 a.m. to noon
Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum
5093 E. Remus Road, Mt. Pleasant, MI
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Hosted by the Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance (NLSA), all students, faculty, staff and friends of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration are invited to participate in a service project at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum. Activities include cleaning the outside exhibits, refreshing the paint, resetting the dinosaur bones dig exhibit, and rehabbing winter wear & tear. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Emma Powell at emma.powell@cmich.edu

CHSBS Day for Prospective Students

Friday, July 21
Anspach Hall
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Learn more about becoming a student in one (or more) of the programs offered within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prospective students and their parents will meet faculty from each CHSBS program and learn more about Central Michigan University's campus. Additional details will be posted this spring.

Museum Exhibits ​

Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes 

​Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes
On display daily ​in the main gallery
Rowe Hall 124 (view map)​

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History exhibit "Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes" is on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in Rowe Hall. The exhibit includes the "Great Lakes Adventure" gallery offering fun, hands-on activities for children. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the museum at 989-774-3829 or cmuseum@cmich.edu. The museum is closed on university holidays and breaks.

​Sacrifice and Service: The WWI Experience
Open second Saturday of each month​
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bohannon Schoolhouse
(Southwest corner of Preston St. & West Campus Dr.)​

Sacrifice and Service: The WWI Experience, an exhibit designed and installed by graduate students in MST 750: Seminar in Advanced Exhibit Design and Construction. The exhibit will be open on ​the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bohannon Schoolhouse, located on the southwest corner of Preston & West Campus.​​