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  • Apr 1
    Winning with Money Program

    6-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
    Court Square Theater (simulcast also available online)

    The JMU Alumni Association, in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, is proud to offer a live Winning with Money event. The program consists of four speakers who will each give a 15-minute motivational and educational presentation about budgeting, debt repayment, credit and retirement.

    In-person attendance: Court Square Theater doors will open at 5:30 p.m. First 230 guests get a seat in the theater and admittance to the post-event reception at Capital Ale House. You must attend the Court Square Theater live event in order to receive admittance to the Capital Ale House reception.

    Live simulcast: The entire program is viewable via simulcast on http://alumni.jmu.edu/s/1591/gid3-Alumni/index.aspx?sid=1591&gid=3&pgid=1774. You may view the live simulcast by simply clicking the video icon on this web page on April 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It may be viewed on any device with Internet access.

    Generous donors to the Madison Trust are funding this event.

  • Apr 2
    Showcase of Graduate Scholarship and Creative Activity Poster Session

    2-3 p.m.
    Highlands Room, Festival Conference and Student Center

    Twenty JMU graduate students, representing all seven colleges of the university, present their research and creative endeavors. The session is part of the all-day showcase, “Celebrating 60 Years of Graduate Education at James Madison University.” For a complete showcase schedule, check http://www.jmu.edu/grad/Graduate-Symposium.shtml.

    All members of the JMU community, including undergraduate and graduate students, are encouraged to attend.

    Free.

  • Apr 3
    Andy Clark Lecture: Nature-Born Cyborgs

    Andy Clark Lecture

    Natural-Born Cyborgs? Reflections on Bodies, Minds, and Human Enhancement

    Andy Clark, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

    Appointed Chair in Logic and Metaphysics, 2004. Former Director of the Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology Program at Washington University in St Louis, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University. Author of critically acclaimed Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence (2003) and Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension (2011).  

    ABSTRACT: We are entering an age of widespread human enhancement. The technologies range from wearable, implantable, and pervasive computing, to new forms of onboard sensing, thought-controlled equipment, prosthetic legs able to win track races, and on to the humble but transformative smartphone. But what really matters is the way we are, as a result of this tidal wave of self- re-engineering opportunity, just starting to know ourselves: not as firmly bounded biological organisms but as delightfully reconfigurable nodes in a flux of information, communication, and action. This gives us a new opportunity to look at ourselves, and to ask the fundamental question: Where does the mind stop, and the rest of the world begin?

    When: April 3rd, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Where: Madison Union Ballroom

    Call Larry Burton, Director, Cohen Center (540-568-4090) or email (burtonlw@jmu.edu) if you have questions.  

  • Apr 6
    Post-Conflict Recovery Week Speaker

    7-8:30 p.m.
    Room 1101, Miller Hall

    Dr. Ken Rutherford, director of JMU’s Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, presents “Landmines in Our Backyard: The U.S. Civil War’s Buried History.” Having compiled years of research, Rutherford will speak about the local legacy of landmines, bringing the work CISR does abroad very close to home.

    Visit the CISR website, http://jmu.edu/cisr, for a complete schedule of events.

    All events are sponsored by JMU’s Center for International Stabilization and Recovery with support from JMU’s Institute for Visual Studies, Department of Justice Studies, Department of Graduate Psychology, Department of Political Science, McClung Companies and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation.

  • Apr 7
    Post-Conflict Recovery Week Panel Discussion

    7-8:30 p.m.
    Room 159, ISAT/CS Building

    “Our Story: Harrisonburg’s Refugee Community” will examine the difficulty of being a refugee, the Harrisonburg refugee community and the local resources available. Moderated by CISR’s Peer Support and Trauma Rehabilitation Specialist Cameron Macauley, the discussion will also include presentations by Jim Hershberger and Rebecca Sprague of the Harrisonburg Refugee Resettlement Program. In addition, refugees living in Harrisonburg will share their stories and experiences.

    Visit the CISR website, http://jmu.edu/cisr, for a complete schedule of events.

    All events are sponsored by JMU’s Center for International Stabilization and Recovery with support from JMU’s Institute for Visual Studies, Department of Justice Studies, Department of Graduate Psychology, Department of Political Science, McClung Companies and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation.

  • Apr 8
    Wildflower Walk with the Arboretum Director

    10 a.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Enjoy viewing dozens of bulb varieties and wildflowers in their natural habitat. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

  • Apr 8
    Special Collections Speaker Series

    4-5 p.m.
    Room 301, Carrier Library

    Emeritus and current members of the Student Government Association and Mary Ann Mason, graduate student in the JMU history department, present “SGA at JMU.”

    Sponsored by Special Collections in JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies. Free.

  • Apr 8
    Post-Conflict Recovery Week Keynote Address

    7-8:30 p.m.
    Room 1101, Miller Hall

    Cambodian activist Aki Ra will present the keynote address. As a former Khmer Rouge child soldier, he has dedicated his life to clearing landmines and caring for child survivors. He will discuss his current efforts to remove landmines, foster orphans and run a landmine museum in Cambodia.

    Visit the CISR website, http://jmu.edu/cisr, for a complete schedule of events.

    All events are sponsored by JMU’s Center for International Stabilization and Recovery with support from JMU’s Institute for Visual Studies, Department of Justice Studies, Department of Graduate Psychology, Department of Political Science, McClung Companies and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation.

  • Apr 9
    Post-Conflict Recovery Week Photo Exhibit Closing Reception

    Noon-2 p.m.
    Room 208, Roop Hall

    In partnership with JMU’s Institute for Visual Studies, CISR will host a closing lunch reception for Husam Abudlazeez, a photographer and Iraqi refugee living in Harrisonburg, whose current exhibit, “Capturing Life,” presents his experience as a refugee living here.

    Visit the CISR website, http://jmu.edu/cisr, for a complete schedule of events.

    All events are sponsored by JMU’s Center for International Stabilization and Recovery with support from JMU’s Institute for Visual Studies, Department of Justice Studies, Department of Graduate Psychology, Department of Political Science, McClung Companies and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation.

  • Apr 13
    Monarch Butterfly Talk

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Gail Napora presents an informative talk that includes the monarch’s paths and patterns in the species’ migration between Mexico and Virginia. Also see the wonders of monarch lifecycle stages in lovely photographs. The talk will help monarch enthusiasts understand host plants, especially the native milkweeds, and how important they are for the monarch’s survival.

    Register for this free talk by visiting http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Apr 13
    Visiting Scholar Judith Jellison

    Judith Jellison, Mary D. Bold Regents Professor in Music and Human Learning; University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin

    “Too Much Stuff, Not Enough Time: Essentials About Inclusion”

    Monday, April 13, 6 p.m.

    2105 Harrison Hall

  • Apr 13
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    6 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Judith Jellison, Mary D. Bold Regents Professor in Music and Human Learning and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin, presents “Too Much Stuff, Not Enough Time: Essentials About Inclusion.”

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Apr 14
    All Together One Community Gathering

    Noon
    The Commons
    (Rain location: Grafton-Stovall Theatre)

    The JMU chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa presents its annual All Together One Awards to members of the JMU community. Criteria for selection are building community, inspiring others, having a caring attitude, possessing a dedication to learning and demonstrating a commitment to working together.

    For more information, check http://www.alltogetherone.org.

  • Apr 15
    Wildflower Walk with the Arboretum Director

    10 a.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Enjoy viewing dozens of bulb varieties and wildflowers in their natural habitat. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

  • Apr 16
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture, Alice Butler-Smith

    6 p.m.
    Room 1302, Health and Human Services Building

    Alice Butler-Smith, assistant professor, School of Advanced Military Studies, presents "Designing Operations, Designing Futures: The Practice of Military Art and Science in the Asymmetric Present."

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Apr 16
    Visiting Scholar Alice Butler-Smith

    Alice Butler-Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Advanced Military Studies

    Topic TBA

    Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m.

    1302 HHS

  • Apr 16
    Visiting Scholars Lecture

    "Dreams Deferred: Undocumented Children and Children of Undocumented Parents”        
    Presented by Dr. Elzbieta M. Gozdziak, Director of Research, Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University
    Madison Union Ballroom (5th floor, Warren Hall)
    Reception to follow

    Dr. Gozdziak is Editor of International Migration, a peer reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to research and policy analysis of contemporary issues affecting international migration. Formerly, she held a senior position with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services. She taught at the Howard University’s School of Social Work in the Social Work with Displaced Populations Program, and managed a program area on admissions and resettlement of refugees in industrialized countries for the Refugee Policy Group. Prior to immigrating to the US, she was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Dr. Gozdziak’s research interests include forced migration, immigrant integration, human trafficking, child labor, violence against women, religion and spirituality. Dr. Gozdziak teaches introduction to cultural anthropology, medical and applied anthropology classes, and a seminar on immigrant integration in North America and Europe as part of course offerings at the Department of Anthropology. 

  • Apr 16
    Visiting Scholar Elzbieta Gozdziak

    Elzbieta Gozdziak, Research Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

    “Dreams Deferred: Undocumented Children and Children of Undocumented Parents”

    Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.

    Madison Union Ballroom

  • Apr 16
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    7 p.m.
    Madison Union Ballroom

    Elzbieta Gozdziak, research director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, presents “Dreams Deferred: Undocumented Children and Children of Undocumented Parents.”

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Apr 17
    Senior Capstone Project Symposium

    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    ISAT/CS Building and Health and Human Services Building

    The 19th annual symposium features more than 100 students from undergraduate programs in integrated science and technology, geographic science, and intelligence analysis presenting their capstone projects. Free.

  • Apr 17
    Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale

    April 17-18
    Friday and Saturday
    12:30-3 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center Parking Lot, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    In the prime time of spring, the arboretum offers a wide selection of wildflowers, contrasting foliage plants like native ferns, and unusual shrubs and trees. To honor those who educate youth, all city and county public school teachers receive 15 percent off all tree purchases with school ID. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

  • Apr 17
    VALHEN Lecture

    Join Dr. Lara Coggin, Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, as she presents, “Richmond, Tuscon, and Raza Studies: Educational Equity and Culturally Relevant Curriculum in U.S. Public Schools,” a lecture brought to JMU as part of the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) lecture series.

    Located in the Forum, Memorial Hall. A reception will follow the talk. This event is part of Cultura y Comunidad.

  • Apr 20
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Apr 22
    Guided Bird Walk

    8 a.m.
    Meets at the Pavilion, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Greg Moyers, birding expert and photographer, leads the walk through the arboretum.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Apr 22
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Virginia Music Educator's Association annual convention.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/22-jazz-ensemble-jazz-band.shtml

  • Apr 23
    Wildflower Walk with the Virginia Native Plant Society

    10 a.m.
    Starts at the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Take a walk in the wildflowers led by Michael Seth. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

  • Apr 30
    Visiting Scholar Philip Davies

    Philip Davies, Director, Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, Brunel University, UK

    “Intelligence, Politics and Government: National Intelligence Cultures and National Intelligence Systems”

    Time and location TBA

  • May 7
    The Graduate School Commencement

    7 p.m.
    Convocation Center

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 8
    University Commencement Ceremony

    3 p.m.
    Bridgeforth Stadium

    Lindsay Czarniak, co-anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter and a 2000 alumna of JMU, speaks to undergraduates and their guests.

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 8
    College of Business Undergraduate Ceremony

    7 p.m.
    Bridgeforth Stadium

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 9
    Undergraduate College Ceremonies

    9 a.m.
    Various campus locations

    College of Arts and Letters on The Quadrangle

    College of Education and University Studies in the JMU Convocation Center

    College of Health and Behavioral Studies in Bridgeforth Stadium

    College of Integrated Science and Engineering at UREC East Campus field

    College of Science and Mathematics at Alumni Centennial Park

    College of Visual and Performing Arts at the Duke lawn.

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 18
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 15
    JMU Summer Art Program

    June 15-19

    9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    Duke Hall

    Students ages 6 to 17 work with certified art teachers as they learn to see art, create art, understand art and make informed judgments about works of art. Students will learn how images have been used to communicate important ideas, thoughts and feelings throughout history and into contemporary times. The lessons demonstrate that education in the arts is fundamental to language acquisition, creative thinking and an educated imagination.

    Supported by the JMU School of Art, Design and Art History and ARAMARK in partnership with the JMU School of Theatre and Dance.

    For information, including registration details, contact Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall at (540) 568-4304 or tollefkl@jmu.edu.

    Online registration available at http://jmusummerart.weebly.com.

    Cost for each class is $80.

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