Global Events and Newsletter

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

FEBRUARY 2018

Thursday, February 22

Friday, February 23

Saturday, February 24

  • Community African dance class—1 to 2 p.m. at the Rootead Enrichment Center, 1501 Fulford St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Rootead. This community class which focuses on African dance encourages the entire family to attend. First class is always free, $10 for non-members; open to the public.

Sunday, February 25

Monday, February 26

  • "Is American Global Leadership Waning?" talk—noon to 1 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College, 1795-1835 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. The talk will be given by Dr. Amitav Acharya, chair of UNESCO Transnational Challenges and Governance and professor of international relations in the School of International Service at American University. Admission is $10; open to the public. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • The New Black Renaissance lecture—6 p.m. at Dalton Center, hosted by the Division of Multicultural Affairs. Explore the nuances of Black music, honoring the musical genres of spirituals, jazz, soul, gospel, and rhythme and blues. Free and open to the public. 
  • "Is American Global Leadership Waning?" talk—6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Rd. SE, East Grand Rapids, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. The talk will be given by Dr. Amitav Acharya, chair of UNESCO Transnational Challenges and Governance and professor of international relations in the School of International Service at American University. Admission is $10; open to the public. 

Tuesday, February 27

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Meditation for Clarity and Insight" course—7 to 8:30 p.m. at the People's Church, 1758 N. Tenth St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Jewel Heart Buddhist Learning Center. This eight week course is designed to help those new to meditation learn techniques in mindfulness and concentration. Free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, February 28

  • "The Sombodiness of African American Men" lecture—noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series. The lecture will be given by Dr. Phillip Johnson, associate professor in counselor education and counseling psychology at WMU. Free and open to the public. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Legal Ethics in Media" ethics panel discussion—4 p.m. at the Bernhard Center Brown and Gold Room, hosted by the Center for Humanities. Join panelists Norman Hawker of WMU, and Tonya Krause-Phlan and Victoria Viletich of  WMU Cooley Law School in a discussion about the role of media ethics. Free and open to the public.
  • Imani Winds concert—7:30 p.m. at the Dalton Center Recital Hall hosted by the School of Music. Come listen to one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White. Regular tickets are $12, senior $10, and student $5; open to the public. 

MARCH 2018

Thursday, March 1

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Dolores" film screening—5 p.m. at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, 205 Monroe St., Kalamazoo, presented by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. The film looks at the life of Dolores Huerta who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. Free and open to the public. 

Sunday, March 4

  • "Musical Images of Japan" taiko drumming performance—4 p.m. at  the Line Fine Arts Building Dalton Theater at Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo College Department of Music. Ken Koshio, accompanied by Michigan Hiryu Daiko, performs taiko drumming and traditional sanshin and shinobue. Adult tickets $5, student tickets $2, free for K-Students; open to the public.  

Tuesday, March 6

  • Basic Tibetan Buddhist Principles class—7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jewel Heart West Michigan People's Church Room 9, 1758  N 10th St. Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. This eight week course examines the relevancy of ancient Buddhism in the present day. Course costs $40; free for Jewel Heart members. Open to the public.  

Saturday, March 10

  • Japan Twang: Tsugaru-Jamisen with Sato Michiyoshi performance—3 to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Come enjoy the surprising and exciting music of Japanese Tsugaru-jamisen with the talented Sato Michiyoshi! Sato's performances include everything from traditional folk songs to modern compositions, and are accessible to listeners of all ages. Doors open at 2:30; Seating is limited.  Free and open to the public. 

Monday, March 12

  • Michigan Environmental Policy Issues and Political Solutions talk—12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College and the Department of Political Science. Learn about potential political solutions for some of the most important environmental issues in our state. Free and open to the public.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Sato Michiyoshi Shamisen concert—7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Lecture Hall, hosted by the School of Music and the Soga Japan Center of WMU. Hear virtuoso Sato Michiyoshi on his second world tour performing on the three-stringed Japanese banjo called the shamisen. Free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, March 13

  • International Ladies Sports Club—2 to 3 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. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Homelessness: How it Impacts Families and Children" talk—7 to 8:30 p.m. at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Warehouse, 901 Portage St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Kalamazoo Public Library. Learn from local educators, service providers, and people who experienced homelessness about surviving housing insecurity; moderated by Monica Poucher and Cyekeia Lee. Free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, March 14

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 15

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Friday, March 16

  • "The Politics of Climate Change" lecture—11 a.m. to noon at the Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The lecture will be given by Dr. Denise Keele, associate professor of political science and environmental and sustainability studies. Registration is $30 for lecture series; open to the public. 
  • "More Disasters or a More Sustainable Future? Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change" geography colloquium—3 to 4 p.m. at 2119 Wood Hall, hosted by the Department of Geography.  This colloquium features Dr. Carol Harden, Professor Emerita of Geography at the University of Tennessee. Free and open to the public.  
  • Real Talk Diversity Series: "Systemic Change at WMU"—6 to 8 p.m. in the Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. WMU students, staff and faculty who have advocated for and directly affected systemic change at WMU will discuss their efforts, including successes and barriers. Free and open to the public. 

Sunday, March 18

  • Women Artists in the KIA Collection public tour—2 to 3 p.m. in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts galleries, 314 S Park St. Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Explore the KIA's collection of art featuring women artists on a docent-led tour. Free and open to the public. 
  • Family Strengthing Pogram Mental Health Forum—10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Arc Community Advocates, 3901 Emerald Dr., Kalamazoo, hosted by Emerging HOPE.  MLK Celebration event with keynote speaker Kevin Fischer. Registration is $15 and open to the public.

Monday, March 19

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Education and Equality" book club—6 p.m. in 4267 Health and Human Services Building, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. Join Kathy Purnell, an instructor in the Department of Political Science, discuss Danielle Allen's book based on a series of lectures about education's purpose with a special guest each week. Must register by Monday, March 12; book free to first 10 people who register. 
  • "America Divided" film festival—7 to 9 p.m. at the Bernhard Center North Ballroom, hosted by the Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, FemiNOW, FOCUS Kalamazoo, and Sincerely From. Attend a film festival focusing on inequality in everyday lives with "Something in the Water" a movie about the Flint water crisis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m; Free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, March 20

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 21

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Queering Faith: A 101 on LGBTQ Religious Affiliation" workshop—2 to 4 p.m. in 1110 Adrian Trimpe Building, hosted by Lesbian, Bisexul, Gay, and Transgender Student Services. This workshops includes an introductory presentaion and training on how to rethink LGBTQ narratives that may or may not involve faith. Free and open to the public. 
  • "Telling Migration Stories" research briefing in global studies—4 to 5 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall, hosted by the Global and International Studies Program. This talk features Ann Miles and Susan Pozo. Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, March 22

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Trans 101" workshop—2 to 4 p.m. in 1110 Adrian Trimpe Building, hosted by Lesbian, Bisexul, Gay, and Transgender Student Services. This workshop will explore gender spectrum, identity, and expression as well as how to best support trans/gender non-conforming communities. Free and open to the public. 
  • "Education Reform and the Promise of Public Education" humanities speaker series—7 to 9 p.m. at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, hosted by the University Center for the Humanities. The presentation will be given by Diane Ravitch, a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Free and open to the public. 

Sunday, March 25

  • 29th Annual International Festival—on the second floor of the Bernhard Center, hosted by International Student Activities and various registered student organizations. Take a trip around the world without leaving Michigan by attending the 29th Annual International Festival which features food, dance, dress and culture from around the world. Free and open to the public; nominal charge for food. 

Monday, March 26

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Education and Equality" book club—6 p.m. in 4267 Health and Human Services Building, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. Join Kathy Purnell, an instructor in the Department of Political Science, discuss Danielle Allen's book based on a series of lectures about education's purpose with a special guest each week. Must register by Monday, March 12; book free to first 10 people who register. 

Tuesday, March 27

  • International Ladies Sports Club—2 to 3 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. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 28

Thursday, March 29

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

APRIL 2018

Monday, April 2

  • African American ad African Studies open house—11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 1115 Moore Hall, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences. Learn about the reinstated major and minor in African American and African studies. Free and open to the public.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Education Equity: From the 'Kalamazoo Case' to the 'Kalamazoo Promise' and Beyond" lecture—6 p.m. in 204 Bernhard Center, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. Join this lecture series discussion with panelists Jim Robb, general counsel and associate dean of alumni and public relations, WMU Cooley Law School; Cyekeia Lee, director of outreach and partnerships, Kalamazoo Promise; Michael Evans, executive director, Kalamazoo Literacy Council; and Sandra Standish, executive director, KC Ready 4s. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 3

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 4

  • "Healthy Relationships" Lyceum Lecture Series—noon in the Lee Honors College lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College. Talk given by Dr Gary Bischof, dean of the Lee Honors College, and Dr. Jou-Chen Chen, family and consumer services. Free and open to the public. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Interviews in Fieldwork" research briefing in global studies—3 to 4 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall, hosted by the global and International Studies Program. This talk features Chien-Juh Gu and Greg Veeck. Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, April 5

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 6

  • "Cuba: Culture and Society" lecture—11 a.m. to noon at the Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The lecture will be given by Dr. Kristina Wirtz, professor of Spanish at WMU. Registration is $30 for lecture series; open to the public. 

Monday, April 9

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 10

  • International Ladies Sports Club—2 to 3 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. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 11

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Environmental Justice" talk—6 to 8 p.m. in the Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The talk will be given by Laura Donders, intern coordinator in the Office for Sustainability. Free and open to the public. 
  • Comtemporary Religious Art in Ethiopia art league—6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St. Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Learn about Ethipian regligous art from Dr. Raymond Silverman, the founding Director of the University of Michigan's Museum Studies Program. Open to the public; $12 for the general public, $10 for KIA members, and $3 for students. 
  • "America Divided" film festival—7 to 9 p.m. at the Bernhard Center North Ballroom, hosted by the Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, FemiNOW, FOCUS Kalamazoo, and Sincerely From. Attend a film festival focusing on inequality in everyday lives with "A House Divided" a movie about New York City's afforability crisis.. Doors open at 6:30 p.m; Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, April 12

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Inequality, Citizenship and the Promise of Education talk—7 p.m. in 2452 Knauss Hall, hosted by the University Center for the Humanities. The talk will be given by Daniella Allen, professor of goverment and in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Free and open to the public. 

Friday, April 20

  • "Nomadic Forms: Sculpture Inspired from Tibetan Plateau" lecture—11 a.m. to noon at the Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The lecture will be given by Patrick Wilson, sculpture-area coordinator in the Gwen Frostic School of Art and assistant professor of art. Registration is $30 for lecture series; open to the public. 

Sunday, April 22

MAY 2018

Wednesday, May 9

  • "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" talk—2 p.m. in the Heining Emeriti Lounge in West Walwood Hall, hosted by the Emeriti Council. The talk will be given by Dr. Helenan Robin, professor emirita of political science at WMU. Free and open to the public. 

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