Immigration and What It Means in the USA

Monday, October 23
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bovee UC Auditorium
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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


The 21st Century 'Clean Energy' Economy: Crossing Traditional Boundaries

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Anspach Hall 161
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Panel discussion featuring: Scott Hawken, Apex Clean Energy; Liesl Clark, Michigan EIBC; Teresa Hatcher, CMS Energy; and Tom Rohrer, Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Central Michigan University School of Public Service and Global Citizenship, Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems, and the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information, contact Tom Rohrer at 989-774-7636 or rohre1tk@cmich.edu.


Religion Program's Halloween Panel

Wednesday, October 25
7:00 p.m.
Anspach 162
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Aliens! Divine Horsemen! Demons! Possession! What do these all have to do with religion? Come find out! Presentations include:
  • "Aliens: We Are Not Alone!" - Dr. David Smith
  • "The Divine Horsemen: Transcending Worlds" - Dr. Pamela Jones
  • "My Name is Legion: Demons in the New testament" - Dr. Kelly Murphy
  • "Houseguests from Hell: Posession in Popular Culture" - Dr. Laurel Zwissler
Sponsored by the Religion Area of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Open to the public. For more information, contact Kelly Murphy at 989-774-3526 or kelly.murphy@cmich.edu.



Griffin Policy Forum

Off the Record, On the Road: Borders, Boundaries and Migration
Monday, October 30
7:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
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Panelists for the Fall 2017 Griffin Policy Forum include Bill Ballenger, Zoe Clark and Chuck Stokes. The forum will be moderated by Tim Skubick, senior capitol correspondent for WKAR and anchor and producer of the weekly public television series "Off the Record."

The Griffin Policy Forums address social, political, economic, environmental and other current issues. They are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Central Michigan University.


Vampire Suicide

Monday, October 30
5:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium

Literary and cinematic vampires attempt suicide with relative frequency—and with a fair amount of success. This raises questions about why the immortal un-dead seek to be dead-dead, and what this tells us about the human creators that imagine them into being in the first place. In this talk, CMU English professor Jeffrey Weinstock, author of The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema, will explore vampire suicide and its implications.Sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature's Great Lakes Faculty Forum. For more information, contact Kelly Gere at 989-774-3171 or english@cmich.edu.


William T. Bulger Lecture in American Biography

Thursday, November 2
Park Library Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

The featured speaker for the 2017 William T. Bulger Lecture in American Biography is Dr. Susan Ware from Harvard University. Sponsored by the Department of History and the Women and Gender Studies Program.


Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring poets Charles W. Brice & Judy Brice
Monday, November 6
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 poets Charles W. Brice and Judy Brice. 

Charles W. Brice is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (WordTech Editions, 2016). His second poetry collection, Mnemosyne’s Hand, will appear in 2019. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in over 50 publications including The Kentucky Review, The Atlanta Review, Hawaii Review, Chiron Review, The Dunes Review, and many other journals. 

Judy Brice is a retired Pittsburgh psychiatrist whose love of nature and experiences with illness, both her own and that of her patients, inform her work. Her poems have appeared in The Paterson Literary Review and many Pittsburgh and national publications. Judy’s collected poems have appeared in Renditions in a Palette (David Robert Books, 2013). More recently Judy’s work has appeared inVersewrights.com and is forthcoming in Vox Populi. One of her poems has been set to music by Tony Manfredonia, to be performed by a quintet.

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.


Capital Career Day

Wednesday, November 8
Lansing, Michigan
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Have an interest to empower the face of government or make a difference in your community? Want to learn more about our Capital City Internship Program? Get a hands-on view of Michigan politics by touring our State's capital, networking with current interns and alumni, and igniting your passion through Capital Career Day. Students must apply by 5 p.m. Friday, October 6. Click here to apply.


Between Vengeance and Reconciliation:
Jewish Honor Courts in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

Presented by Dr. Laura Jockusch
Thursday, November 9

Dr. Laura Jockusch will discuss Jewish legal responses to the Holocaust by looking at trials that the Jewish communities held against Holocaust survivors accused of having "collaborated" with the Nazis. Such court cases occurred in Jewish communities across Europe in the early postwar period and only later became a taboo topic for several decades.

Jockusch is the Albert Abramson Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University.​ She is an expert in Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies. Jockusch’s research and teaching focus on the social, political, cultural, and legal histories of European Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust and engage in comparative, transnational, and cross-disciplinary perspectives. 

Sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) at CMU.


Justifying Force

Tuesday, November 14
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


Desert Shield & Storm from an Armor Company Commander's Point of View

Wednesday, November 15
5:30 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
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LTC (Ret) Thomas G. Louzon is the keynote speaker for the Fall 2017 COL William B. Nolde Lecture Series. His talk is sponsored by the Department of Military Science and Leadership and the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute. For more information, contact LouAnn Fitzpatrick (MSL) at 989-774-3049 or fitzp1l@cmich.edu.


CHSBS Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, November 15
7:00 p.m.
Powers Hall Ballroom

All CHSBS faculty and staff are invited to attend our inaugural induction ceremony to honor all students who have signed a major, minor or certificate program within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences this semester. Join us as we recognize CHSBS as a community of public-spirited scholars dedicated to in-depth understanding and improvement of the human condition. Please RSVP by November 9th to CHSBS@cmich.edu. For more information, contact Cherie Strachan at 989-774-3341 or strac1jc@cmich.edu.

Marcello Di Cintio

Thursday, November 16
7:00 p.m.
Powers Hall Ballroom

Marcello Di Cintio, critically acclaimed author of Walls: Travels Along the Barricades will give the keynote address for the Fall 2017 CHSBS initiative Critical Engagements: Questions That Matter. Di Cintio wrote his book by visiting walls and fences in Algeria, Morocco, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, Israel, Palestine, India, Cyprus, Montreal, Belfast and along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

"Critical Engagements: Questions That Matter” is a new initiative at CHSBS. Designed to draw attention to the ways in which the college and its departments address crucial themes directly relevant to the contemporary world, it centers around a common theme or question each year. We address the question by sponsoring special events such as public talks, discussions, and panels relating to theme, and by highlighting the scholarship and activities our faculty and students already pursue. The 2017-18 theme is “People On the Move: Borders, Boundaries, and Migration.”

For more information, contact Christi Brookes at 989-774-3786 or brook1nc@cmich.edu.


Sigma Tau Delta 6th Annual CMU Conference on English Studies

Saturday, November 18
Education and Human Services Building
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CMU's Sigma Tau Delta chapter, in conjunction with the Department of E​nglish, invite undergraduate and graduate students to submit abstract proposals for conference papers. Our theme this year is Identity, Imagination, and (re)Invention. Submissions may be directly related to this topic within language and literature, but the theme is open to interpretation including interdisciplinary studies. Specific guidelines and more information concerning submissions can be found at sigmataudelta.weebly.com. All submissions are to be emailed to: sigmataudeltacmu@gmail.com.


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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