Coming Events


November 13, 2019—Wednesday II

A Performance Reading from Mark Twain’s Adam and Eve Diaries

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall
  • Speaker: Ruth Heinig, Professor Emerita, Communication, Western Michigan University

Professor Heinig is nationally recognized for her contributions in the field of creative drama for children.  In 2005 she was named Distinguished Alumna for Valparaiso University.  She and two other Emeriti Council members, Terry Williams and Bob Beam, helped start the OLLI program at Western.

Anticipate an entertaining presentation of imaginative diary entries revealing a story of growing love between Adam and Eve.

January 8, 2020Wednesday II

John E. Fetzer: Entrepreneur and Student of America’s Shifting Spiritual Landscape

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Speaker: Brian C. Wilson, Professor, Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University

Brian C. Wilson has written a 2018 book entitled John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age.  Fetzer was a successful Michigan business tycoon, whose wealth enabled him to institutionalize his spiritual vision into a thriving foundation – the Fetzer institute. Professor Wilson’s talk will appeal to those with interest in the life of John Fetzer in Michigan as well as those interested in the development of metaphysical religions in America.

February 12, 2020 – Wednesday II

Distractive Driving: Disruptive Behaviors, Winter Driving Tips, and Maintaining Driving Fitness

This presentation will cover the current epidemic of cell phone use while driving as well as many other disruptive driver behaviors, winter driving tips, and maintaining driving fitness as we age.

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Speaker: Marv Berkowitz, President, Fathers Against Distracted Driving

 March 11, 2020 – Wednesday II

Swing into Fall Prevention

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Speaker: Carla Chase, Professor, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University

Age is a strong predictor of falls among older adults. Occupational therapists play a key role in helping older adults prevent falls. Professor Chase will share information developed at WMU on prevention of falls and ways to incorporate fall prevention strategies into your everyday routine.

April 8, 2020 – Wednesday II

Come Rain or Come Shine

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive
  • Performers: William (Arnie) and Deborah (Debby) Johnston, recipients of the Kalamazoo Civic theatre's Larkin H. Noble Award in recognition of their outstanding service and lifetime achievement toward the interest of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. Arnie is a past President of the Emeriti Council.

Arnie and Debby's 45-minute one-act play follows Frank and Dorothy, 1949 graduates of a Midwestern college through selected notes and letters that trace their joys, sorrows, and never-quite-connecting over fifty years of living. The two maintain their relationship despite everything until, at their 1999 class reunion, they find themselves face to face and free to be together at last.

May 13, 2020 – Wednesday II

Architectural Remains of the Roman Empire

  • 2 p.m., Heinig Emeriti Lounge, West Walwood Hall, 601 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Speaker: Helenan Robin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University

Rome acquired most of its empire prior to Julius Caesar’s death. Professor Robins talk looks at cities conquered or newly built in that earlier period: Pompei in Italy, Merida in Spain, Nimes and Orange in France, Athens in Greece, Caeseria in Israel, and Ephesus in Turkey. The Romans tended to replicate their urban design and buildings wherever they went. The talk will be illustrated by slides taken by Helenan Robin.