The Institute of Government and Politics (IGP) is an outreach arm of the Department of Political Science. IGP’s mission is to introduce WMU students and faculty, and the greater Kalamazoo community, to scholars of politics and political leaders and experts from outside the university. The IGP hosts events that feature experts on American politics and government, international and comparative politics, and political theory, as well as state and local elected officials, diplomatic and consular officials, and federal policymakers. The IGP teams with student groups throughout the university to arrange these campus visits. Susan Hoffmann is currently Director of IGP and can be reached at or 269-387-5692.




In addition to the Sam Clark and George Klein Lectures, IGP sponsors additional events. Some of these have included:

Scott E. Page
University of Michigan
"How Diversity Makes the Difference"
January 16, 2007
Candidates forum for Elected Officials
October 23, 2006
Krishna Gyawali
Ministry of Finance, His Majesty's Government of Nepal
"The Political Economy of Reform in Nepal"
April 5, 2006
Dr. Gerard Bouchard
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
"The Past and Present of Quebec Society in the Americas"
February 16, 2006
Richard T. Miller
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
"The United States in the United Nations"
November 14, 2005
Mark Fry
Foreign Service Officer
"The United States Foreign Service"
October 27, 2005
Dr. Herbert Bethge
University of Passau, Germany
"Current Constitutional Problems in Germany"
October 19, 2005
Dr. Thomas Greven
Free University of Berlin, Germany
"Unions and the Global Economy - Regulating Trade and Transnational Enterprises beyond the Nation-State"
September 28, 2005
Dr. Ramsay Cook
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
"Canada: A Post-Nationalist Nation"
February 16, 2005
Professor Mushtaq Luqmani (Keynote speaker)
Panel Discussion: "Seeing America Through the Eyes of the Muslim World After September 11, 2001"

February 4, 2005
Dr. Randal Jelks
Calvin College
"African Americans in the World House: The Globalized Struggle for Human Rights from a Black Perspective"
January 19, 2005
Senator Slade Gorton
9/11 Commission
"The 9/11 Commission: Findings and Conclusions"
November 19, 2004
His Excellency
Bader Omar Al-Dafa
Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States
"United States - Qatari Relations"
October 14, 2004