Talking Across Differences: Intergroup Dialogue and Intersectionality

Fridays, September 14 - October 19
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Park Library 413D

Not just a buzz word, “intersectionality” is one of the basic concepts underlying the current understanding of group interaction, especially discrimination, in our society and a rationale for the new UP Group IV-A: “Studies indiscrimination.” The theme of this series of seven workshops is the learning model of intergroup dialogue and how it helps students gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between our mix of social identities and both individual and structural discrimination. This series of workshops will help faculty implement discussion techniques for their classroom, allowing for less contentious and deeper conversations, and leading to a better understanding of the issues. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to register either for stand-alone sessions or the whole series, though the workshops are intended primarily for faculty teaching related courses.  

  • Friday, September 21, 2018: Enhancing Classroom Interaction through Dialogue
  • Friday, September 28, 2018: Incorporating Dialogue Groups in a Course
  • Friday, October 5, 2018: Developing Dialogue Plans
  • Friday, October 12, 2018: Developing Dialogue Facilitation Skills
  • Friday, October 19, 2018: Intersectionality of social identities and levels of advantage and disadvantage
To learn more about each session and to register, go to Registration for each session is required. Seating is limited.

11th Annual Leaves of Grass Marathon Reading

Friday, September 21
Begins at sunrise, 7:25 a.m.
Fabiano Botanical Gardens
Open event flyer

Join us at the pond in the Fabiano Botanical Garden, across from Park Library, as we take turns reading Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass in its entirety. (Or, as far as we get!) Everyone is welcome to read or listen. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-2665 or

Experimental Psychology Research Seminar

Friday, September 21
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Sloan Hall 100

Psychology department professor Carl Johnson and his graduate lab students invite all to attend "A Boring & Monotonous Presentation: The Efficacy of White Noise for Treating a Myriad of Behavior Problems." For more information, contact Colleen Craft (PSY) at 989-774-3001 or

The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

Friday, September 21
7:30 p.m.
Powers Hall Ballroom
Open event flier

Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, associate professor of history and of African and African American studies at Harvard University, presents "The Making of Mass Incarceration in America" as Central Michigan University's annual Constitution Day Lecture. For more information, contact Katelyn Maylee at 989-774-3374 or

CMU & You Day

Saturday, September 22
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Anspach Hall - first floor classrooms

Faculty and students from the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences will greet guests in Anspach Hall during CMU & You Day. Specifically designed to showcase Central Michigan University to prospective students and their families in an open house format, CMU & You Day is the premier opportunity to discover everything CMU has to offer – all while experiencing the excitement of a Division I campus during a home football Saturday. Register for CMU & You Day

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 25
3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Corner of Washington and Preston
Open event flier

Are you sure you're registered to vote? Stop by and find out. Check on your voter registration or apply for an absentee ballot. Hosted by RSO Register Education Vote CMU and the Central Votes Campus Coalition. For more information, contact Winnifred M. Walsh at

Speak Up, Speak Out: The Student Forum

Michigan 2018: What Your Vote Will Decide
Wednesday, September 26
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Auditorium
Open event flier

Join a panel of CMU experts and journalists to discuss what's on the Michigan ballot and why you should care. Speak Up, Speak Out: The CMU Student Forum is a current event series at CMU that hosts town hall meeting-style forums to discuss important events and topics in the news. For more information, visit the Speak Up, Speak Out website or contact Andrew Blom at 989-774-1881 or

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The Japanese Internment and the Lies We Tell Ourselves

Presented by Author Jamie Ford
Thursday, September 27

6:30 p.m.
Pearce Hall 127
Open event flier

Author Jamie Ford presents "The Japanese Internment and the Lies We Tell Ourselves." His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, is a historical fiction novel set during the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. The novel spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. Hotel was named the #1 Book Club pick in 2010 by the American Bookseller Association and is now read widely in schools all across the country. This multi-cultural tale was adapted by Book-It Repertory Theatre and has recently been optioned for a stage musical, and also for film, with George Takei serving as Executive Producer.

His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into 35 languages. His latest novel is Love and Other Consolation Prizes. He is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations.

This presentation is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Critical Engagements initiative and the Office for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion's King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professors Program. For more information, contact Christi Brookes (World Languages) at 989-774-3786 or

Pre-Law Kickoff & Info Night

Thursday, September 27
7:00 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Maroon & Gold Rooms
Open event flier

Whether you're a freshman thinking about law school, a senior applying this year, or anything in between, come make a plan for your 2018-2019 school year! Talk to pre-law advisors, learn about resources for pre-law students at CMU and the pre-law RSOs on campus (Phi Alpha Delta and Mock Trial) and hear about the upcoming law school visits, LSAT preparation workshops and practice tests, law school application workshops, and other pre-law events. Hosted by the CMU Law Professions Center. Desserts and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Kyla Stepp at 989-774-3442 or

Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring poet & nonfiction writer Marc Hudson
Monday, October 1
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
(111 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant)

Join us for an evening of music and poetry in the heart of downtown Mount Pleasant. Marc Hudson is a poet and nonfiction writer who taught for many years at Wabash College. He is a board member of the Friends of Sugar Creek, and likes to saunter in the woodlands nearby. He is at work on a book of essays on the ecological imagination. His books of poetry are Island(Jawbone Press), Afterlight(University of Mass. Press, winner of the Juniper Prize), Journal for an Injured Son (Lockhart press), and The Disappearing Poet Blues(Bucknell UP), andEast of Sorrow(Red Mountain Press, 2017). His Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary was published in the U.K. by Wordsmith Editions. His poetry awards include an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, the Strousse Award (Prarie Schooner), and the Allen Tate Poetry Prize (Sewanee Review). He lives in Crawfordsville with his wife, the writer and the scholar Helen Mundy Hudson.

All Wellspring Literary Series events are free and open to the public. Food is generously provided by Max & Emily's. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-2665 or

Soup & Substance with Open World Exchange Delegation from Russia

Thursday, October 4
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Terrace Rooms A & B

In collaboration with the Office of Diversity Education, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration presents a Soup & Substance featuring discussions with Russian activists, members of the pro-Western Yabloko Russia United Democratic Party, and future Russian political leaders.

The Open World Program, sponsored by the U.S. Congress, brings emerging leaders from participating countries to the United States to give them firsthand exposure to the U.S. system of participatory democracy and free enterprise and to help them build lasting professional and personal relationships with American colleagues. All Soup & Substance events are open to the
public. Attendees will be served soup and rolls FREE of cost. For more information, contact David Jesuit at 989-774-3302 or

How Fugitives Destroyed the Slaveholders' Republic: 1861-1865

Presented by Edward E. Baptist
Thursday, October 4
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium

Dr. Edward E. Baptist of Cornell University will present “How Fugitives Destroyed the Slaveholders’ Republic: 1861-1865.” A reception will follow in the Terrace Room of the Bovee Center. Sponsored by the George M. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on the Civil War and Reconstruction within the Department of History. For more information, contact Kateyln Maylee at 989-774-3374 or

Meijer Visiting Writers Series

Author Joanna Ruocco
Thursday, October 4
8:00 p.m.
Park Library, Baber Room
Open event flyer

The Creative Writing Program welcomes Joanna Ruocco, the author of several books, including, most recently, The Week (The Elephants of British Columbia), Field Glass (Sidebrow Books), written with Joanna Howard, and Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project). Her novel, Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. She also works pseudonymously. Under her current nom de plume, Joanna Lowell, she published Dark Season, a Gothic romance. She is an assistant professor in the English Department at Wake Forest University and chair of the board of directors of the independent, author-run press Fiction Collective Two.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and book sales/signing will take place following the event. The Creative Writing Program hosts readings by poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers of national prominence through the Meijer Visiting Writers Series, made possible by a generous grant from the Meijer Foundation. For more information, contact Matthew Roberson (ENG) at 989-774-2585 or

Psychology Advising Night

Tuesday, October 9
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Bovee U.C. - Maroon, Gold & Chippewa Rooms

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

  • Signing a major or minor
  • Selecting courses
  • Reviewing career options for psychology majors
  • Obtaining information on graduate programs and related disciplines
  • Learning about research, volunteer, and study abroad opportunities

For more information, contact Colleen Craft (PSY) at 989-774-3001

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

Friday, October 12
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Terrace Rooms
Visit HRLASS conference website

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and a global problem. Human trafficking has been described as the fastest growing low-risk criminal enterprise today. It is a multi-billion-dollar industry, whose victims range from young children to adults. Our one-day conference will provide opportunity for training and workshops, as well as research and resource information sharing among scholars, law enforcement, human rights, and anti-trafficking practitioners/advocates, lawyers, and social workers. For more information, contact Maureen Eke, Department of English Language and Literature, at 989-774-1087 or

Global Ethics Day - Ask the Ambassador

His Excellency Oh Joon (오준)
Friday, October 12
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
Open event flier

Oh Joon is a professor of United Nations Studies at Kyung hee University in Seoul and a former ambassador of the Republic of Korea. He is also a visiting professor at the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management in Sejong, Korea. He was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Korea to the United Nations in New York from 2013 to 2016.

This event is sponsored by the Center for International Ethics with generous support from the Honors Program and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For more information, contact Hope May at 989-774-1734 or


Tuesday, October 23
6:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Library
(View Map: 301 S. University Ave., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858)

English professor JoEllen DeLucia and her students will host a book discussion of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at Veterans Memorial Library. Everyone who attends the program will be entered into a prize drawing. Teens are welcome at this discussion.

Speak Up, Speak Out: The Student Forum

Midterm Elections Forum
Tuesday, October 23
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Auditorium

Speak Up, Speak Out: The CMU Student Forum is a current event series at CMU that hosts town hall meeting-style forums to discuss important events and topics in the news. For more information, visit the Speak Up, Speak Out website.

Meijer Visiting Writers Series - Poetry Reading

Poet Eva Christina Zeller
Thursday, November 1

8:00 p.m.
Park Library, Baber Room

Eva Christina Zeller was born in 1960 in Ulm/Donau and now lives in Tubingen, Germany. She studied philosophy, literature, theater arts and rhetoric in Tubingen and Berlin. She teaches creative writing at the University of Tubingen Leibnizkolleg. Zeller's writing has already been recognized by the prestigious Thaddaus-Troll-Award, as well as the Prize of the Academyquestion of the Bundesakademie Wolfenbuttel, amond many other awards. She has published several books of poetry and has been translated into Portugese. Several of her plays, including recently "Tod in Tubingen" (Death in Tubingen), co-written with her colleague Joachim Zelter, and "An die Arbiet!" (To Work!) have been performed. She has been a writer-in-residence in many countries, including New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Ireland and Denmark.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and book sales/signing will take place following the event. The Creative Writing Program hosts readings by poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers of national prominence through the Meijer Visiting Writers Series, made possible by a generous grant from the Meijer Foundation. For more information, contact Matthew Roberson (ENG) at 989-774-2585 or

Wellspring Literary Series

kim d. hunter
Monday, November 12
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
(111 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant)

kim d. hunter is the author of the fiction collection "The Official Report on Human Activity" (Wayne State University Press, 2018). hunter is a Detroiter employed in media relations for social justice groups. He co-directed the Woodward Line Poetry Series for 13 years which earned Knight Arts Challenge Detroit in 2013. His poems appear in "6x6 #35: They Say Triangle" "Black Darkness," "Abandon Automobile" and "Xelsewhere". He has published two collections of poetry: "Edge of the Time Zone" (White Print Inc., 2009) and "Borne on Slow Knives" (Past Tents, 2011). He received a Kresge Literary Fellowship in 2012 for fiction. For this event, kim d. hunter will be reading from "The Official Report on Human Activity," a collection of short fiction that runs the gamut from the surreal to the semi-autobiographical and deals with collisions of gender, race and class with the politics of corporations and media.

All Wellspring Literary Series events are free and open to the public. Food provided by Max & Emily's. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-2665 or

Faculty Reading: Jeffrey Bean & Darrin Doyle

Thursday, November 29
8:00 p.m.
Park Library, Baber Room

Jeffrey Bean is the author of the poetry collection Diminished Fifth (WordTech) and the chapbooks Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (Southeast Missouri State University Press) and The Voyeur's Litany (Anabiosis Press). His second full-length poetry collection, Woman Putting on Pearls, won the 2016 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry and was published in 2017 by Red Mountain Press. His poems have been featured on The Writer's Almanac, in the 2014 and 2016 New Poetry from the Midwest anthologies, and in Garrison Keillor's anthology, Good Poems, American Places.Recent poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, and River Styx, among other journals. He can be found online at

Darrin Doyle holds an MFA from Western Michigan University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of the story collections Scoundrels Among Us and The Dark Will End the Dark (Tortoise Books) and the novels Revenge of the Teacher's Pet: A Love Story (LSU Press) and The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo (St. Martin's Press). He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the NY Summer Writers Institute. His short fiction has appeared in Hobart, Passages North, Summerset Review, Word Riot, Puerto del Sol, Alaska Quarterly Review, and many other journals. More on Darrin here:

Great Lakes Adventure
Museum of Cultural and Natural History
On display in the hands-on gallery
Rowe Hall 124 (view map)​

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History exhibit "Great Lakes Adventure" in the hands-on gallery offers fun, hands-on activities for children. Admission is free and open to the public. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm and Saturday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. The Museum is closed on Sundays, university holidays, and breaks. For more information, contact the museum at 989-774-3829 or