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  • Mar 4
    "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

    3 p.m.
    WMRA, 90.7 FM

    Drs. Mary Thompson and Brooks Hefner, both associate professors of English at JMU, join the program. Thompson says that two kinds of books, mommy memoirs and mother-daughter memoirs, are tackling the tough topic of abortion in new ways. And, during the 1910s and 1920s, the question of whether one was “highbrow” or “lowbrow” became a concern in the minds of modernist Americans. Hefner says this “brow anxiety” dominated the career of Willard Huntington Wright, who fancied himself an intellectual aristocrat while secretly writing a series of wildly popular detective stories under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine.

  • Mar 7
    Winter Children's Art Workshop

    1-3:30 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Artist Jewel Yoder Hertzler leads the workshop. For information check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Mar 13
    Spring Break Holiday

    University closed.

  • Mar 16
    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.

  • Mar 16
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    3:30 p.m.
    Room 404, Madison Union (formerly Room 404, Taylor Hall)

    Carl Lee, professor of mathematics and Chellgren Professor, University of Kentucky, presents “The Place of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Place.”

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

  • Mar 17
    St. Patrick's Live Highland Pipes Concert

    5-5:45 p.m.
    Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and a picnic dinner for a free performance featuring Jenna Marie Dennison on Highland pipes and Katherine Hummel on Celtic fiddle.

    Inclement weather cancels this concert.

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

  • Mar 17
    St. Patrick's Day Dinner

    6-8:30 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Dr. Amy Goodall, associate professor of geographic science at JMU, speaks on how citizen science and recent technologies support collecting data for birds and butterflies, which is influencing knowledge and has even led to the discovery of new species. Enjoy fine, genuine Irish cuisine and brew. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Mar 20
    Japan's Lessons for China

    A lecture presented by Professor Michael J. Smitka
    Washington and Lee University
    Taylor 405
    Refreshments provided

    China can learn much from Japan’s economic experience. In China most farmers now receive modest cash subsidies; in Japan subsidies did not stay small, and have proven costly to both consumers and the government yet ineffective in making agriculture sustainable. China has a large, unregulated “shadow” finance sector that undermines monetary stability; in its process of financial deepening Japan successfully transformed that sector into formal financial institutions. The rapid drop in Chinese fertility will lead to an aging population; Japan’s demographic transition began in 1950, and its baby boomers have already hit retirement age. China can learn from that as it develops its own pension and healthcare systems. Finally, Japan’s transition from high to low growth has not gone well. Understanding what took place could help China avoid making the same mistakes as its own growth slows. 

    Dr. Michael Smitka is a professor of economics at Washington & Lee University. His specialty is in East Asia, and he has written on the Japanese automobile industry as well as other subjects.

    Parking will be available in the C4 Lot and the Grace Street Parking Deck. Please contact Dr. Yongguang Hu (hu2yx@jmu.edu) or Dr. Michael Seth (sethmj@jmu.edu) with any event questions. This event was organized by the Asian Studies Program and sponsored by the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

  • Mar 25
    Birding Workshop

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

    Diane Lepkowski, avifauna notable and photographer of Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley avian species, lectures on songbirds to raptors in partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club.

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

  • Mar 25
    Special Collections Speaker Series

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

    Emily Hancock, a poet and letterpress printing at St Brigid Press, presents “A Life in Letters: Traditional Printing in the 21st Century.”

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

  • Mar 30
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    7 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Journalist Bob Marshall of “The Lens,” presents “Losing Ground: Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis.”

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

  • 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.”

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

    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 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 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 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 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
    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

  • 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.

  • May 25
    Memorial Day

    University closed.

  • Jul 3
    Independence Day

    University closed.

  • Nov 25
    University closes at noon for Thanksgiving Holiday

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  • Nov 26
    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Nov. 26-27

    University closed.

  • Dec 24
    Holidays

    University closed.

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