International Affairs Forum: Immigration Debate

NMC IAF Immigration Debate

Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum continues Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & light appetizers.

IAF will host an immigration Debate with David Aguilar, former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The debate will center on immigration reform with a focus on solutions.


2022 NMC Fall Transfer Fair

What’s next after NMC? Start planning at the 2022 Fall Transfer Fair on Wednesday, October 12 in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center. Over 30 schools will be in attendance from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. to answer your questions in person about next steps on transferring. This is your opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university.  All students that attend are entered to win some awesome prizes! Will we see you there?!

To learn more about the colleges attending as well as helpful questions to ask at a transfer fair, visit the Academic and Career Advising College Visits page.

For more information, contact the Advising Center at 231-995-1040, or visit

Davenport Fall Fest!

Learn more about Davenport University and their partnership with NMC while enjoying free food, music and games. Representatives will discuss the programs that DU offers in areas such as Business, Technology, Health Professions, and Urban Education.

When: Wednesday September 28, 2022, 1–3 p.m.
Where: Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center

Sept. 14 Deaf Awareness Month event: Free Zoom panel with author Katie Booth

The Invention of Miracles book coverIn recognition of Deaf Awareness month, please join NMC’s Office of Disability Services and the local chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) at a Zoom panel on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 6–7 p.m. Acclaimed author Katie Booth with be discussing and reading from her book The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness. She will be joined by two members of the local Deaf community who will share their experiences. The program will be ASL interpreted and live captioned.

Learn more about this free Zoom event at and register for the event here.

Contact Suzanne Sorkin at for more information about this presentation.

IAF season launches in person Thursday with Democracy vs. Autocracy event

Erica Frantz, PhDNorthwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum launches its 29th season on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & snacks.

IAF’s season opener will be an in-person event: “Democracy vs. Autocracy” with Erica Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Dr. Frantz will explore global examples of the erosion of democratic ideals and the dangerous slide into authoritarianism.

Authoritarianism book coverDr. Frantz has published seven books on these themes, including Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. This event will also be available to livestream.

The event will be moderated by John Zachman, Ph.D., professor in the Political Science and Philosophy Departments at Northwestern Michigan College. John holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. At NMC, he teaches moral and ethical philosophy and political science courses in a variety of disciplines. He has been promoting student and community engagement in world affairs for over two decades at NMC.

Tickets are required and available for purchase at or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person.

Current students and educators receive free in-person admission with school I.D. or name badge. The event is available to livestream. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

Lunch & Learn: study abroad 2023

lunch and learn study abroad 2023Join us for lunch on Wednesday, September 21 at 12:15 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center room 106/107 to learn about 2023 study abroad opportunities for students. NMC offers 8-16 day academic learning experiences around the world. Most students can qualify for $1000 scholarships. Students receive academic credit and can also qualify for a global endorsement on their diploma. Please register here.

16th Annual Mike McIntosh Memorial Truck & Car Show

NMC annual car show

16th Annual Mike McIntosh Truck and Car Show posterCome see cool cars and support students at NMC’s 16th annual Mike McIntosh Memorial Truck & Car Show on Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at NMC’s Automotive Service Technology Building, located at 2510 Aero Park Drive. Car enthusiasts will display their classic cars, 4X4s, dragsters, sports cars, modified late models, motorcycles and more. Student projects will also be on display in addition to special representation from Fox Motors, Williams Chevrolet, Serra Motors and Bill Marsh. The show is named after the late NMC Automotive instructor Mike McIntosh, who retired in 2004 after 34 years of service. McIntosh organized the first car show for the Automotive program in 2004.

Admission is free for spectators. There is a $15 entry fee per vehicle for contestants and registration begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit NMC’s Automotive program.


Fall Exhibit Opening at the Dennos Museum

Fall exhibit opening receptionJoin us on Friday, September 23 from 7–9 p.m. for the opening of Jason S. Yi: Dissimulations and Infinite Splendor, Infinite Light: The Bruce Walker Collection of Religious Tibetan Art.

Enjoy an evening with light refreshments from Burritt’s Fresh Market, a cash bar, and live music by Jordan Hamilton. At 7:30 p.m., Jason S. Yi will lead an informal tour in the MacFarlane Gallery of his work. 

Members will receive two drink tickets each upon arrival. Additionally, members can enjoy double discounts in the Museum Store the night of the event. Guests of members and the public are welcome to attend the event, but will not receive drink tickets upon arrival.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

International Affairs Forum: An evening with Josh Rogin

Josh Rogin International Affairs Forum NMC

The NMC International Affairs Forum, in partnership with the Economic Club of Traverse City, presents a special event featuring D.C.-based journalist Josh Rogin on Thursday, July 14 at the Hagerty Center. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. with opportunity for public Q & A. This is a ticketed event which includes light appetizers and one beverage with ticket purchase. Few tickets remain for this IAF special event.


Bridging Waterways Across the Americas student presentation

Join students from Northwestern Michigan College and Universidad de La Salle (Bogotá, Colombia) this Friday, June 24 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center (Room 106) as they share perspectives gleaned as part of the Bridging Waterways Across the Americas educational exchange program.

Bridging Waterways Across the Americas student presentation poster

This program has paired students and faculty from the two universities for a semester-long virtual course culminating in a bidirectional international exchange trip that sent an NMC cohort to Bogotá and brought a La Salle cohort to Traverse City for twelve days each.

The focus of the program has been to engage students and faculty in the sharing of knowledge and culture toward a deeper mutual understanding of both the Rio Teusacá and Boardman River watersheds. On Friday they will share reflections on their experiences, as well as a special puppet show they created as a tool for community environmental education intended to inspire stewardship of fresh water resources.

Hope to see you there!

International Affairs Forum: Foreign Policy Mashup panel discussion

IAF Foreign Policy Mashup Poster

When and how could Russia’s war in Ukraine come to an end? Who will suffer most from forecasted food shortages? How has Western solidarity for Ukraine magnified the relative lack of support for populations in other conflict zones (read: Syria, Somalia, Yemen, et al.)? How is the U.S. – China rivalry evolving?

To close the 2021—2022 season, the International Affairs Forum will host its third annual Foreign Policy Mashup on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium. The event will be an in-person panel discussion featuring Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America, on stage with local panelists Karen Puschel Segal and Stanley Otto, both former State Department diplomats. 

This is IAF’s first speaker event at Milliken with an in-town, in-the-flesh speaker since March 2020. The event includes a public Q&A session and is also available to livestream. Join the discussion. 


Juneteenth celebration

Juneteenth event posterCome connect with your community on Sunday, June 19 from 1—5 p.m. for a Juneteenth Celebration on NMC Campus in the courtyard area between East Hall and the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center.  

This event is presented by Northern Michigan E3 and will include educational programming followed by a block party-style celebration with food and local artisans.

Pride Carnival

Unconditional art installation posterJoin us on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m—2 p.m. at NMC’s Aspen Lot in front of the Dennos Museum for a family-friendly, pride-filled CARNIVAL! This space will host the first Unconditional art installation by Roger Amundsen. Roger’s installation invites you to perform the radical act of stopping and looking at yourself in the mirror–to love what you see unconditionally.

The Pride Carnival will include the thrill of a super slide, the heights of a climbing wall, food vendors, non-profit booths, NMC student groups, and live music! In addition to the featured art exhibit, the Dennos Museum will be open and free to the public during this event.

Venue Sponsor: Chris Dennos
Event Sponsors: Lexa Ferrill Realtor, Lakeview Counseling
Artist Sponsor: Begonia Charitable Foundation
Box Sponsor: Britten Inc.

Welcome Wednesday Kickoff Picnic

Welcome Wednesdays Kickoff PicnicWe are getting the summer socializing started with a Welcome Wednesday Kickoff Picnic on Wednesday, June 1 from 4—7p.m. Meet us by the basketball courts outside East Hall for basketball, volleyball, yard games, food, music, giveaways and more! Bring your family and come meet your coaches, ambassadors and other Hawk Owls!‰

International Affairs Forum takes on cybersecurity

How can individuals protect themselves from hackers? How do companies deal with ransomware attacks? How do government agencies respond to ongoing threats by bad actors — and importantly, what are the ramifications for our national security? International Affairs Forum will dive into these complexities during CYBERSECURITY: The Quiet War.

Join IAF on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. to unpack these digital threats with Joshua Larocca, managing director at Stroz Friedberg, a digital risk management firm based in New York. Larocca’s insights will draw upon his work in counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Justice and his expertise in digital forensics.


Dennos Spring Art Market

On Saturday, May 14th from 11a.m.—5 p.m. the Dennos Museum Center will be hosting the Spring Art Market. Over 20 talented artists will be present selling their works in media including pottery, jewelry, print, painting, glass, metal, mixed media, fiber and more. Sculptures exploring color and form by current exhibit artist, Nathalie Miebach, will be newly displayed for sale as part of the market as well as her playful series of colorful woven paper lamps.

Live art demonstrations will take place throughout the day by NMC Fine Art Faculty featuring table top printing by artist Glenn Wolff and customized ceramics by artist Zach Tate.

  • 10 a.m. —11 a.m. Members Only & NMC Staff and Students Preview – Shop & Park Early
  • 1 p.m. Children’s Art Demo & Book Signing With Local Author & Illustrator, Brianne Farley. Also visit Brianne’s newly installed dinosaur mural in the Discovery Gallery.
  • 2 p.m. Tour with our Director, Craig Hadley
  • 11 a.m.—4 p.m. Children’s Art Activity with our docents

Come out and support local artists, the Dennos Museum and NMC Art Department faculty! Enjoy free admission and special programs for all ages throughout the day.

The full list of participating artists can be viewed here.