Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in August

contact: Korey Force
| WMU News
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Our campus embraces a diverse population of students, faculty and staff who develop learners and leaders who are locally oriented and globally competent.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in August. Highlights include Mandarin Chinese classes, global art classes and the Kalamazoo Scottish Festival.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

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August 2018

Friday, Aug. 3

  • Art Hop—5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Kalamazoo, hosted by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. An evening of art exhibits and events held on the first Friday of every month. Free and open to the public.

Monday, Aug. 6

  • Jennifer Pharr Davis, The Pursuit of Endurance—6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Listen to Jennifer Pharr Davis, a hiker, author, and speaker who has covered over 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six different continents, discuss her new book. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

  • Global art—4 to 5 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Explore history, geography, language, and culture by creating art inspired from around the world. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Aug. 17

  • 10th International Conference on African Development—in 1920 Sangren Hall, hosted by the Center of African Development Policy Research. This biennial conference will invite both past participants and new scholars to discuss the state of African economies in the 21st century. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Aug. 18

  • 10th International Conference on African Development—in 1920 Sangren Hall, hosted by the Center of African Development Policy Research. This biennial conference will invite both past participants and new scholarsto discuss the state of African economies in the 21st century. Free and open to the public.
  • Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Come to this introductory program and receive a free workbook to help you learn some basic words in Mandarin Chinese. Registration required; free.

Monday, Aug. 20

  • Australian Didgeridoo workshop—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch Community Room, 7265 W. Main St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Explore Australian Aboriginal history, art, culture and music, then create your own Didgeridoo instrument and learn how to play with award-winning Australian singer and songwriter Peter D. Harper. Registration required; free.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

  • Global art—4 to 5 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Eastwood Branch, 1112 Gayle Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Explore history, geography, language, and culture by creating art inspired from around the world. Free and open to the public.
  • Meg Tang Jewelry—4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Local jewelry artist, Meg Tang, will help you craft a one-of-a-kind piece using found items, wire, and more! Supplies provided. Registration required.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

  • Cultivating an Inclusive Work Environment—9:15 to 11:45 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. This workshop will assist you in crafting a work environment that is inclusive for your current staff, volunteers and those you wish to attract. Registration is free.

Saturday, Aug. 25

  • Kalamazoo Scottish Festival—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Flesher Field, 3664 S. Ninth St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association. Join the celebration of the 26th annual Scottish Festival with face painters, country dancing, the Kirking of the Tartan ceremony, Clan Tents, Harpers, Weavers and more. Free and open to the public.