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​​​.

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:
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 989-774-1087 or

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

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

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

Poet Diane Seuss

Thursday, March 16
8:00 p.m.
Park Library Baber Room
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The Meijer Visiting Writers Series presents a poetry reading by Pulitzer Prize finalist Diane Seuss. Born in Indiana and raised in Michigan, Seuss 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 and the Women and Gender Studies program. For more information, contact Kelly Gere at 989-774-3171 or ​​.

Kids & Culture Event at the CMU Museum

Saturday, March 18
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Museum of Cultural and Natural History
103 Rowe Hall (view map)​

Join us at the Museum of Cultural and Natural History for a Journey Around the World! Fill up a "passport" while traveling to several countries to experience their unique cultures and traditions through hands-on activities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at 989-774-3829 or

HUMAN TRAFFICKING! Not in my Neighborhood?

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

Panelists for the Spring 2017 Griffin Policy Forum will discuss human trafficking in the state of Michigan. The panelists are State Senator Judy Emmons, who represents Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties; Anny Donewald, founder and executive director of Eve's Angels, a Christian not-for-profit organization that assists women who are in the sex industry; and Edward Price, a Michigan State Police detective sergeant who serves on the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission. JoEllen Delucia, director of Central Michigan University's Women and Gender Studies Program and an associate professor of English, will moderate the forum.

The forum is open to the public. Sponsored by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University. For more information, visit the Griffin Forum website.

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​. ​​

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 ​​.​

Humanities Charity Ball

Saturday, March 25
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Proceeds will go to Freedom House, an organization in Detroit that assists asylum seekers.

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

Get Wrecked! Learn about shipwrecks on the Great Lakes!

Monday, April 3
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Museum of Cultural and Natural History
103 Rowe Hall (view map)​

Join us at the Museum of Cultural and Natural History for our Spring Break Spectacular educational program about shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. RSVPs are appreciated (but not required) by calling 989-774-3829. For more information, contact the museum at 989-774-3829 or

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 ​​.​

Griffin Policy Forum

Monday, April 17
7:00 p.m.
Powers Hall Ballroom

This special Griffin Policy Forum will feature past Griffin Endowed Chairs. Additional information will be announced soon.

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

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 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.​​