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December 2018

Tuesday, December 4

  • "The Black Death and its Influence on the Renaissance," ARTBreak Talk—noon at the Kalamazoo  Institute of Arts (KIA),  435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Dr. James Carter, retired physician and KIA Docent will discuss the disease itself, how its devastation affected medieval society, and the art that was created in reaction to the pandemic. Regular admission rates apply. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center 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.
  • Movement for the Movement—2 to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. This workshop will help participants rebalance their nervous system in order to downshift from the common stress responses that come with being an organizational and community leader. Free

Wednesday, December 5

  • "Nutrition Paradigms of three World Cultures," lecture—noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College. This talk is part of the Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture series focusing on sustainability in food and access to nutrition. free.
  • 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.
  • West African Drum Classes—6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Rootead, 1000 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Rootead. Taught by master drummer Kevin Jones. $15 drop in, $10 for students. 

Thursday, December 6

  • Safe Harbors: Self-Care Through Mindfulness-Awareness—9:15 to 10:45 a.m. in the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. This workshop will give you tools to check in on yourself, mindfulness strategies, and ideas for building resiliency to help you do your best work. Free. 
  • "The Politics of Carbon Pricing," lecture—6 to 7:30  p.m. at 2500 Knauss Hall, hosted by the University Center for the Humanities. Lecture will be given by Dr. Barry Rabe from the University of Michigan. Free.
  • "Separatist Movements and the Quest for Independence: A Case Study in the South Pacific" lecture—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sneden Hall, Grand Rapids Community College, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College Social Sciences Department. This lecture will be led by Dr. Cadey Korson from Massey University of New Zealand. Free.

Friday, December 7

  • "Restoring Plant-Microbe Interactions," biological sciences seminar series3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 1710 Wood Hall, hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences. Seminar will be led by Dr. Jonathan Bauer from Miami University. Free.
  • Chinese Language Tables—noon to 1 p.m. in the Bernhard Center lower-level dining area, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Chinese Language Table's offer a free opportunity  to practice Chinese skills by easy conversations  and interesting activities. Free
  • Pre-Kwanzaa Bazaar—5 to 8 p.m. at the Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Black Arts & Cultural Center. Enjoy the Pre-Kwanzaa Bazaar featuring food, vendors, music, live performances, activities and a screening of the Kwanzaa documentary “The Black Candle” for the entire community. Free, RSVP required.

Saturday, December 8

  • Ice-Skating with the ISA—1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Lawson Ice Arena, hosted by International Student Activities. Join the International Student Activities team for an afternoon of ice skating and winter treats. Whether you are an expert or a beginner at ice skating this classic winter activity its worth to try! Free to students who sign up before Dec. 5. 

Sunday, December 9

  • "Noel: Christmas Around the World" Concert—3 p.m. at the Pennfield Performing Arts Center, 8299 Pennfield Road, Battle Creek, hosted by Cereal City Concert Band. Enjoy listening to Russian Christmas Music, Suite from The Nutcracker, C’Est Noel!, A Calypso Christmas, An Irving Berlin Christmas, Patapan and much more! $5 for senior and students: $10 for adults. 

Wednesday, December 12

Saturday, December 15

  • Rootead in Youth Dance Showcase—6 p.m. at the Douglass Community Center, 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Rootead. Come witness our youth dance and celebrate culture. All proceeds help with the Youth Programming and the training of the Rootead Youth Dance Company (RYDC). $12 ticket at door, $10 online. 

Wednesday, December 19

  • West African Drum Classes—6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Rootead, 1000 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Rootead. Taught by master drummer Kevin Jones. $15 drop in, $10 for students. 

Friday, December 21

  • Kwanzaa Celebration: KPL and the Black Arts Cultural Center—5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch 1000 W Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library.  You will hear the story of Kwanzaa told by Sid Ellis and enjoy performances by Rootead drum and dance and Face Off Theatre Company. 

Sunday, December 23

  • Sunday Tour: Watanabe: Japanese Print Envoy—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA),  435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Join us for a docent-led tour of the exhibition Watanbe: Print Envoy and many of these early prints as well as later impressions to tell the story of the workshop that set the standard for the new generation of print publishers. Regular admission rates apply.  

Wednesday, December 26

  • West African Drum Classes—6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Rootead, 1000 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Rootead. Taught by master drummer Kevin Jones. $15 drop in, $10 for students. 

January 2019

Tuesday, January 8

  • "Art of the Game, Ukiyo-e Heroes, Part 1" ARTbreak Video—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. The process and aesthetic of traditional Japanese printmaking continues to find new life with contemporary audiences. In this award-winning documentary, we follow the story of a Canadian craftsman trained in the traditional art of Japanese woodblock carving as he teams up with young American designer to create a print inspired from a cult hit video game. Regular admission rates apply. 
  • Reading Race Book Group—6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KPL and the Society for History and Racial Equality (SHARE). This book group focuses on race and racism in American society. In January, we'll read There There by Tommy Orange. Free

Tuesday, January 15

  • "Art of the Game, Ukiyo-e Heroes, Part 2" ARTbreak Video—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. The process and aesthetic of traditional Japanese printmaking continues to find new life with contemporary audiences. In this award-winning documentary, we follow the story of a Canadian craftsman trained in the traditional art of Japanese woodblock carving as he teams up with young American designer to create a print inspired from a cult hit video game. Regular admission rates apply. 

Tuesday, January 29

  • "Watanabe Shozaburo: Reinventing the Japanese Print" ARTbreak Talk—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. At the beginning of the 20th century, print connoisseur and entrepreneur Watanabe Shozaburo found that few craftsmen remained who could master the high quality of Japanese printmaking that characterized the previous century. Regular admission rates apply.

March 2019

Thursday, March 28

  • Transgender Day of Visibility Celebration—4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Adrian Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Activities will recognize the livelihood and empowerment that transgender individuals demonstrate daily around the globe. Free.
  • Truth: Kevin Young—7 p.m. at 2452 Knauss Hall, hosted by the University Center for the Humanities. Kevin Young, award winning poet and critique, will be presenting on the topic, "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News," as part of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series. Free. 

April 2019

  • Celebrating Us All: Asian Pacific American Heritage—5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Adrian Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, hosted by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and WMU Asian Pacific American Student Association. In celebration of the history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders' enrichment of the United States and the important role of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in our future, campus and local community members are invited to participate in festivities in honor of a range of Asian Pacific American traditions and experiences.

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