Poet Vievee Francis

Tuesday, November 28
8:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
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Please join us as we welcome Vievee Francis, one of the most prominent poets of our time. She will read from her award-winning poems, followed by a conversation with the audience. A book sale and book signing in the Baber Room will follow the event. Refreshments will be served.

Vievee Francis is the author of three poetry collections: Forest Primeval, Horse in the Dark (Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize), and Blue-Tail Fly. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Waxwing, Best American Poetry 2010 and 2014, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry. She has taught in the Cave Canem Workshops, the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). She is the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, a 2010 Kresge Fellowship, the 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award. She serves as an Associate Editor of Callaloo and an Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Sponsored by the Meijer Foundation, the Department of English, the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. For more information, contact Robert Fanning (ENG) at 989-774-2665 or robert.fanning@cmich.edu.


CHSBS Discovery Day

Thursday, November 30

Additional details will be posted soon.


Fake News and Media Literacy

Wednesday, January 24
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bovee UC Auditorium

Speak Up, Speak Out: The CMU 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.

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


Campus as Community

Thursday, February 22
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bovee UC Auditorium

Speak Up, Speak Out: The CMU 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.

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


Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring Poet Fleda Brown
Monday, March 12, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Morey Family Gallery
(111 E. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant)
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The Wellspring Literary Series and the Department of English Language and Literature welcome all to attend a reading by poet Fleda Brown, whose publication The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems was chosen by Ted Kooser for his University of Nebraska poetry series in 2017. She has nine previous collections of poems. Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry and has won a Pushcart Prize, the Felix Pollak Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her memoir, Driving With Dvorak, was published in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she directed the Poets in the Schools program. She was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. She now lives with her husband, Jerry Beasley, in Traverse City, Michigan, and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma, Washington.

Admission to the Wellspring Literary Series is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by Max & Emily’s. For more information, contact professor Robert Fanning (ENG) at 989-774-2665 or robert.fanning@cmich.edu.


Midterm Elections: Issues and Candidates

Tuesday, March 20
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bovee UC Auditorium

Speak Up, Speak Out: The CMU 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.

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

International Graduate Historical Studies Conference

April 6-7, 2018
Central Michigan University

"Real and Imagined Borders: People, Place, Time." The 2018 International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will take place on the campus of Central Michigan University, April 6–7, 2018. 


Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring Poet Eric Torgersen
Monday, April 9, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Morey Family Gallery
(111 E. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant)
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The Wellspring Literary Series and the Department of English Language and Literature welcome all to attend a poetry reading by Eric Torgersen, a retired Central Michigan University faculty member. Torgersen has published eight books and chapbooks of poetry, two of fiction, and a study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. He also translates German poetry. Born in Melville, New York, he has a BA in German Literature from Cornell; after two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he earned an MFA in poetry at Iowa. He retired after 38 years of teaching writing at CMU. He lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski. He’ll read from latest book, In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals (Mayapple Press 2017), and from a new series of ghazals begun since its publication.

Admission to the Wellspring Literary Series is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by Max & Emily’s. For more information, contact professor Robert Fanning (ENG) at 989-774-2665 or robert.fanning@cmich.edu.



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.​​


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