Global Events

Get Globally Engaged this Week!—a weekly email of opportunities to get globally engaged.

May 2017

Thursday, May 25

  • Japanese Cooking Class—11 to 1:30 p.m. at Solid Grounds Church, 1702 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, hosted by the WMU Soga Japan Center. Participants will learn how to cook traditional Japanese dishes. Registration is $5 for WMU students and $10 for non-students and includes all the ingredients; email michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu to register. Open to the public.

Saturday, May 27

  • Farmer's market with CELCIS students—9 to 1 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Farmer's Market, 1204 Bank St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS in showing international students the local culture through a visit to the farmer's market. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 30

  • "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec" ARTbreak exhibit—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Auditorium, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The exhibit features a film that archives famous graphic artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's work depicting the world of Paris cabarets. Free and open to the public; coffee provided. 

June 2017

Thursday, June 1

  • Volunteering with international students—12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Kalamazoo RESA West Campus, 4606 Croyden Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by International Student Activities. Join international students in reading stories from different cultures to local school children. Registration required by visiting 3516, 3521 or 3530 Ellsworth Hall or emailing intl-outreach@wmich.edu. Free and open to the public. 
  • "Impressions: Modern Printmaking in Japan" exhibit—April 1 to July 23 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. The exhibit features traditional Japanese woodblock prints that fascinated Western artists in the 19th century. Admission is $5; open to the public.
  • "Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking" exhibit—March 13 to July 2 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. The exhibit features a historical survey of the four major processes of printmaking in the Western world and includes works by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso. Admission is $5; open to the public.
  • "And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations" exhibit—Jan 21 to June 4 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., Kalamaoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. The exhibit features quilts from more than 50 contemporary artists that reflect on moments in history that have contributed to transformations of social justice in the U.S. and across the globe. Free and open to the public.
  • "Journey Through the Pacific" exhibit—June at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. N.W., Grand Rapids, hosted by the citizens of Kent County. The exhibit features the islands and cultures of the Pacific Ocean. General museum admission for adults is $10, $5 for students with a valid ID; open to the public.

Friday, June 2

  • International Night with the Kalamazoo Growlers—6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Home Stryker Field, 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo, hosted by International Student Activities. Join international students at the 4th annual International Night with the Kalamazoo Growlers. Tickets are $5 and include bus transportation, entrance and all you can eat food and soft drinks; open to the public. 

Tuesday, June 6

  • "1,000 Years of Karakami Art" ARTbreak documentary—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Auditorium, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Fountains at Bronson Place. The documentary explores Karakami, a decorative Japanese paper art, and the work of a family in Kyoto that has preserved this traditional art form for nearly 400 years. Free and open to the public; coffee provided. 

Wednesday, June 7

  • International Ladies' Sports Club—1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, hosted by International Student Activities. Bond with women from all over the world through sports and exercise. Free and open to all women in the community. 
  • Cultivate Community Through Cooking Series—5 to 7 p.m. at the Arcus Center for Social Justice, 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Thrive Refugee Support Center and Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo. Each class will be taught by an individual who has recently resettled in the Kalamazoo community as a refugee. Registration is $15; open to the public.

Sunday, June 11

  • "Impressions: Modern Printmaking in Japan" Sunday tour—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. The museum offers a docent-guided tour of the Impressions: Modern Printmaking in Japan exhibit. Included in museum admission; open to the public.

Tuesday, June 13

  • Origami and calligraphy lessons—10 to 11 a.m. in Sangren Hall, hosted by the Soga Japan Center. The Soga Japan Center will offer a origami and Japanese calligraphy workshop for the students of Milestones Child Development Center who are on campus for a summer program. Open to students of the Milestones Child Development Center.

Wednesday, June 14

  • Origami and calligraphy lessons—10 to 11 a.m. in Sangren Hall, hosted by the Soga Japan Center. The Soga Japan Center will offer a origami and Japanese calligraphy workshop for the students of Milestones Child Development Center who are on campus for a summer program. Open to students of the Milestones Child Development Center.

Thursday, June 15

  • Origami and calligraphy lessons—10 to 11 a.m. in Sangren Hall, hosted by the Soga Japan Center. The Soga Japan Center will offer a origami and Japanese calligraphy workshop for the students of Milestones Child Development Center who are on campus for a summer program. Open to students of the Milestones Child Development Center.
  • Garba dancing night—7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rootead Dance Studio, 1501 Fulford Avenue, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Garba Club. Join the Kalamazoo Garba Club for a pop-up dance night to learn and practice the traditional folk dance from India. Entrance is $3; open to the public.

Monday, June 19 

  • BINGO night with CELCIS students—6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS in teaching international students how to play the popular U.S. game of luck, BINGO. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 20

  • "Lasansky: Inside the Image" ARTbreak talk—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Auditorium, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Fountains at Bronson Place. The talk discuses the work of Mauricio Lasansky, an Argentine artist and educator known for his advanced techniques in printmaking. Free and open to the public; coffee provided.

Wednesday, June 21

  • International Ladies' Sports Club—1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, hosted by International Student Activities. Bond with women from all over the world through sports and exercise. Free and open to all women in the community. 

Saturday, June 24

  • Kal-Haven biking with CELCIS students—9 to 6 p.m. on the Kal-Haven Trail State Park, 4143 10th St. N., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS in showing international students local culture by riding the famous Kal-Haven bike trail. Free and open to the public; bike rental is $10. 

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