Facebook & Fake News: How Misinformation is Spread and Why We Fall for it.

Wednesday, November 20
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Anspach 162

Come learn about the role of social media in spreading "fake news" and the psychology behind why we believe untrue messages. After a screening of the PBS special The Facebook Dilemma, psychology faculty members Sarah Domoff, Kimberly O'Brien, and Kyle Scherr and experimental psychology graduate student Brian Kissell will lead a panel discussion. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology and 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. For more information, contact Christi Brookes at 989-774-3341 or brook1nc@cmich.edu.


Francophonie From Around the World

Thursday, November 21
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Pearce 332

The French Club welcomes Dr. Rachael Barron-Duncan, CMU associate professor of art history, as she explores art by Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibé, two West African photographers from the 1950s and 60s. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leïla Ennaïlï at ennai1l@cmich.edu.

LGBTQ Poetry and Its Influence

Thursday, November 21
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Park Library, Baber Room

Students from ENG/WGS 204 (LGBTQ Identities) welcome David J. Daniels, author of Clean, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize and a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Office of Diversity Education.

Slam Showcase

Thursday, November 21
8:00 p.m.
Brooks 176

Word Hammer, CMU student poets and performers of spoken word poetry, present “Slam Showcase.” A People’s Choice Award will be presented to slammers after the showcase. Open mic starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Anne Alton, Ph.D. at 989-774-3560 or alton1ah@cmich.edu.


Open-Label Placebos and Self-Deception

Presented by Dr. James Brian Coleman
Friday, November 22
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Anspach 167

The placebo effect has long been seen as a kind of “fake news” of the medical world: intentionally deceptive medicine that happens somehow to have real results. But could placebos in fact be a sort of fake news patients tell themselves? Philosophy faculty member James Brian Coleman will discuss recent research on the placebo effect which shows that there can be a positive therapeutic result even when the patient is fully informed of the placebo’s inert content. The medical literature refers to such placebos as “open-label placebos.” Traditionally, objections to placebo use center on the apparent requirement of some degree of deception in their application, which violates requirements on respect for patient autonomy. But do open-label placebos involve some form of deception? The question this lecture pursues is whether open-label placebos imply self-deception. If so, is this ethically problematic? What are the implications of the relation between self-deception and autonomy for clinical medicine in general?

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and 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. For more information, contact Andrew Blom at 989-774-3444 or blom1a@cmich.edu.


Find Your Why

Friday, November 22
4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Anspach Hall 

The Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance is hosting a mini conference that gives students the opportunity to find what causes they’re passionate about serving and how they can connect with resources to begin to serve those passions. RSO leaders from across campus will talk about their passions. Stay for networking house and RSO fair. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Annual TESOL Poster Session

Monday, December 2
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Anspach 166

More than 20 MA in TESOL, ESL minor, and TESOL undergraduate certificate students will present posters on various topics around teaching English language to speakers of other languages. For more information, contact Tracy Davis at 989-774-3181 or davis5t@cmich.edu.

Dr. Daniel Glon: A Career with Languages

Tuesday, December 3
6:00 p.m.
Pearce 332

Dr. Daniel Glon will talk about his career as translator, professor, and conference interpreter. After completing his dissertation in linguistics, Glon worked for many world organizations, among them, the International Olympic Committee, and authored many vocabulary glossaries. He will present his career and Q&A to follow. Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. For more information, contact Dr. Leila Ennaili at (989) 774-3447 or ennai1l@cmich.edu.

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.


CLASS Holiday Party

Thursday, December 12
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Anspach 113


CLASS Induction Ceremony & Awards Presentation

Tuesday, April 7


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