Scooby-Doo's 50th Birthday Party

Friday, September 13
5:00 p.m.
Museum of Cultural and Natural History
103 Rowe Hall
Open event flyer

Do you have a favorite Scooby-Doo episode, comic book, or mystery that the gang solved? Join the Museum of Cultural and Natural History to celebrate Scooby fifty years after the first episode of "Scooby-Doo, Where are you!" aired on TV. This free and family-friendly event includes a real Scooby-Doo (Ernie, a certified therapy dog), interactive vintage Volkswagen bus, photo booth, birthday cake, and a mystery to solve. For more information, contact the museum at 989-774-3829 or cmuseum@cmich.edu.


Prisoner to Professor

Tuesday, September 17
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Anspach 161
Open event flier

Aaron T. Kinzel, lecturer of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will discuss his experiences as a formerly incarcerated educator and criminal justice reform advocate. Kinzel has worked with a broad range of public, private and non-profit organizations including the US Department of Justice, Vera Institute of Justice, Safe and Just Michigan, Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, Michigan Department of Corrections, Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan and Citizens for Prison Reform. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work and Student Advocates for Prison Reform and the Incarcerated (SAPRI). For more information, visit https://atkinzel.com/ or contact Dr. Liz Bradshaw at 989-774-3469 or brads2ea@cmich.edu.


Vaccination: When 'Fake News' Has Lasting Consequences

Wednesday, September 18
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Anspach 162
Open event flier

Faculty and community members look into the origins of and controversies surrounding vaccinations and autism. We will explore the history of vaccination, hesitancy to vaccinate, vaccination myths, science, and autism. Presenters include:

  • Dr. Karen Rathmann
    Pediatrician, Isabella Citizens for Health

  • Dr. Ariel Cascio
    Assistant Professor, CMU College of Medicine
  • Dr. Melissa Tuttle
    Director, CMU Psychological Training and Consultation Center
  • Robert Wyse, M.S.
    Doctoral Student, CMU School Psychology Program

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Critical Engagements initiative, which brings together students and faculty from across campus to consider pressing issues and challenging topics such as this year's theme, Fake News: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? For more information, contact Christi Brookes at 989-774-3341 or christi.brookes@cmich.edu.


Faculty Panel on Fake News

Thursday, September 19
7:00 p.m.
Anspach 161
Open event flier

Faculty from different disciplines will host a lively discussion of what they know, how they know it, facts, and truth. This is the kick-off event for the 2019-20 Critical Engagements initiative, which brings together students and faculty from across campus to consider pressing issues and challenging topics such as this year's theme, Fake News: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Elbert Almazan, Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Sarah Domoff, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Wendy Robertson, Assistant Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Dr. Ed Simpson, Associate Professor of Journalism
  • Dr. Greg Smith, Associate Professor of History & Chair
  • Dr. Joshua Smith, Professor of Philosophy
  • Bryan Whitledge, Archivist for University Digital Records, Clarke Historical Library (CMU Libraries)

Sponsored by the Critical Engagements initiative within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For more information, contact Christi Brookes at 989-774-3341 or christi.brookes@cmich.edu.


12th Annual Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass Marathon Reading

Friday, September 20
7:23 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CMU Fabiano Botanical Garden
(Next to the Park Library)

Join us at sunrise (7:23 a.m.) in the CMU Fabiano Botanical Garden as we take turns reading the Deathbed Edition of Walt Whitman's classic Leaves of Grass, from beginning to end (or as far as we get...). Bring a copy of Leaves of Grass if you have one, a blanket or lawn chair, and join us for a full day of YAWP-ing. Feel free to read with us, or just lean back and loafe, observing a spear of summer grass. Invite some friends! It's an inspiring, relaxing day on the campus lawn. Hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature's Creative Writing Program. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-3171 or fanni1rj@cmich.edu.

What to Expect in 2020

Monday, September 23
7:00 p.m.
Pearce Hall 127

Shannon Garrett, founder and CEO of SMG Strategies, will discuss the 2020 race and how constituents can participate through increasing political engagement as well as other tactics. “What to Expect in 2020” is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact Ted Clayton at clayt1ew@cmich.edu or (989)-774-1621.

CLASS Student Paper Awards Reception

Tuesday, September 24
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Park Library Baber Room

Please join us for our annual Student Paper Awards Reception where we will honor the recipients of the CLASS Student Paper Competition, the Gabriel Chien Memorial Scholarship, and the Shapiro Prize in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For more information, contact Katy Lemorie at 989-774-3341 or lemor1ke@cmich.edu.


George M. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on the Civil War and Reconstruction

Presented by Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor
Friday, September 27
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
Park Library - Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium

Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor of the University of Kentucky will give a lecture entitled "Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps," for the George M. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on the Civil War and Reconstruction. A reception will follow in the Terrace Room of the Bovee Center. Hosted by the Department of History. For more information, contact Michelle Cassidy at cassi2m@cmich.edu or 989-774-3374.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session

Tuesday, October 1
2:00 to 2:50 p.m. and 3:00 to 3:50 p.m.
Pearce Hall 332

Learn more about opportunities to live and work in Japan. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). A JET Program representative will be available on campus for an information session. For more information visit jetprogramusa.org or contact Maiko Takasa Bronson (World Languages) at 989-774-3693 or takas1m@cmich.edu.


Psychology Advising Night

Wednesday, October 2
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Bovee UC - Terrace Rooms

Sign a major or minor. Ask about course selection. Review career options for Psych majors. Obtain information on graduate programs and related disciplines. Learn about research, volunteer and study abroad opportunities. Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Psychology will be available. For more information, contact Colleen Craft at 989-774-3001 or craft1c@cmich.edu.


Readings by Robert Lopez and Sam Ligon

Thursday, October 3
8:00 p.m.
Park Library - Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium

Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the World, Kamby Bolongo Mean River —named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant, All Back Full, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in dozens of publications, including Bomb, The Threepenny Review, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, and the Norton Anthology of Sudden Fiction – Latino. He teaches at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College. He was a fellow in fiction for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010 and Visiting Writer at Syracuse University for fall, 2018. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Samuel Ligon recently finished writing a serial novel—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History—which appeared in fifty installments in Spokane’s weekly newspaper, The Inlander, as well as online (millercane.inlander.com), on Spokane Public Radio, and as a podcast. The author of four previous books of fiction, most recently Wonderland, Ligon is also co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. He teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, serves as EWU’s Faculty Legislative Liaison in Olympia, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

Sponsored by the Meijer Visiting Writers Series within the Creative Writing Program. For more information, contact Megan Stevens at 989-774-3171 or steve6ma@cmich.edu.


CMU and You Day

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: TBA
Anspach Hall

Visit the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences open house during CMU and You Day to meet our faculty and students and learn more about our programs. Admission to this event is free, but registration is required. Online registration opens in August. After exploring campus, prospective students and their families are welcome to attend a CMU football game (with up to three complimentary tickets). Register at https://cmich.ly/2OLMhQ9.


Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring Jason Irwin & Jen Ashburn
Monday, October 7
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
(111 E. Broadway, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858)

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is hosted by the Wellspring Literary Series within the Department of English Language and Literature's Creative Writing Program. Special thanks to Art Reach of Mid Michigan and the Russ Herron Poetry Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for their sponsorship and support of this program. Complimentary dinner provided by Max & Emily's. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-3171 or fanni1rj@cmich.edu.


Philosophy Pizza and Advising Night

Tuesday, October 15
6:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Park Library, Strosacker Room

Meet with faculty and students from the philosophy program to learn more about courses and career options for students with a major or minor in philosophy and about our certificate in critical reasoning that is open to ALL majors and minors at CMU. Discover our unique study abroad experiences. Connect with students and faculty and enjoy free pizza! For more information, contact Andrew Blom at 989-774-3444 or blom1a@cmich.edu.


Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring Michelle Penaloza
Monday, November 4
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
(111 E. Broadway, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858)

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is hosted by the Wellspring Literary Series within the Department of English Language and Literature's Creative Writing Program. Special thanks to Art Reach of Mid Michigan and the Russ Herron Poetry Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for their sponsorship and support of this program. Complimentary dinner provided by Max & Emily's. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-3171 or fanni1rj@cmich.edu.


A Reading by Poet Catherine Wing

Thursday, November 7
8:00 p.m.
Park Library, Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium

Poet Catherine Wing was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended Brown University before earning her MFA from the University of Washington. Her collections of poetry include Enter Invisible (2005), nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Gin & Bleach (2012). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, the Nation, and the Chicago Review and has been featured in a number of anthologies, including Best American Poetry (2010). Wing has received fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and teaches poetry at Kent State.

Sponsored by the Meijer Visiting Writers Series within the Creative Writing Program. For more information, contact Megan Stevens at 989-774-3171 or steve6ma@cmich.edu.


Faculty Reading Series: Jeffrey Bean and Darrin Doyle

Thursday, November 14
8:00 p.m.
Park Library, Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium

Jeffrey Bean is Professor of English/Creative Writing and the author of two chapbooks and the poetry collections Woman Putting on Pearls and Diminished Fifth. Recent poems appear in The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, and Willow Springs, among other journals. He lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Jessica, daughter Olivia, and dog Molly Weasley. www.jeffreybeanpoet.com

Darrin Doyle is a Professor of English/Creative Writing and the author of five books of fiction, most recently the story collections Scoundrels Among Us (Tortoise Books), and the forthcoming The Big Baby Crime Spree and Other Delusions (Wolfson Press). His fiction has appeared in Hobart, Passages North, Summerset Review, Puerto del Sol, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. www.darrindoyle.com


Psychology Capstone Research Seminar

Wednesday, December 4
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Bovee UC - Rotunda

Over 100 students enrolled in PSY 385 Research Methods will be presenting their research during this poster session. This is a GREAT opportunity to learn about research projects within the department and to network with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Refreshments will be provided! For more information, contact Colleen Craft at 989-774-3001 or craft1c@cmich.edu.


Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring Jenifer DeBellis
Monday, March 16
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
(111 E. Broadway, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858)

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is hosted by the Wellspring Literary Series within the Department of English Language and Literature's Creative Writing Program. Special thanks to Art Reach of Mid Michigan and the Russ Herron Poetry Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for their sponsorship and support of this program. Complimentary dinner provided by Max & Emily's. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-3171 or fanni1rj@cmich.edu.


Wellspring Literary Series

Featuring Peter Markus
Monday, April 20
7:00 p.m.
Art Reach of Mid Michigan
(111 E. Broadway, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858)

Admission is free and open to the public. This event is hosted by the Wellspring Literary Series within the Department of English Language and Literature's Creative Writing Program. Special thanks to Art Reach of Mid Michigan and the Russ Herron Poetry Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for their sponsorship and support of this program. Complimentary dinner provided by Max & Emily's. For more information, contact Robert Fanning at 989-774-3171 or fanni1rj@cmich.edu.


Museum Exhibits

"Kozmic Clash: Peace, Love and Outer Space"

"Kozmic Clash: Peace, Love and Outer Space" explores the groundbreaking innovation and exploration, including Woodstock and the Apollo 11 moon landing. A VW bus and displays about local veterans and happenings of the time are also on exhibit.

"Feel the Music" in our Hands-On Gallery

"Feel the Music" offers fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Explore different types of instruments, aspects of music, dress up, and use technology to create your own music. Admission is free and open to the public. 

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History 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 cmuseum@cmich.edu.

Schoolhouse Saturdays

The 1901 Bohannon Schoolhouse is open to the public on the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May through October. Tour the schoolhouse and participate in fun, educational activities from another era. For more information, contact the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at 989-774-3829 or cmuseum@cmich.edu. Admission is free and open to the public. The schoolhouse is located on the southwest corner of West Campus Drive and Preston Street on the campus of Central Michigan University. Open map