Global Events and Newsletter

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

August 2018

Friday, August 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 that’s fun, interactive, and a great way to explore our downtown. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 4

  • Reptile Weekend 2018—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, hosted by Binder Park Zoo.  One of Michigan’s largest reptile events, Reptile Weekend encompasses a full weekend of fun, entertainment, and hands-on encounters with over 100 different reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Regular admission required. 

Sunday, August 5

  • Reptile Weekend 2018—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, hosted by Binder Park Zoo.  One of Michigan’s largest reptile events, Reptile Weekend encompasses a full weekend of fun, entertainment, and hands-on encounters with over 100 different reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Regular admission required. 

Monday, August 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, August 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, August 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 scholarsto discuss the state of African economies in the 21st century. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 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, August 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 & songwriter Peter D. Harper. Registration required; free.

Tuesday, August 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, August 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, August 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.

September 2018

Tuesday, September 18

"Craft in America: Borders and Neighbors" ARTbreak video—noon to 1 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, 314 S Park St., Kalamazoo.  Learn about the connections between Mexico and the United States through craft. Free and open to the public.

Monday, September 24

  • "Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let's End Campus Sexual Assault"—TBD

Tuesday, September 25

  • "Craft in America: Borders and Neighbors" ARTbreak video—noon to 1 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, 314 S Park St., Kalamazoo.  Learn about the connections between Mexico and the United States through craft. Free and open to the public.
  • Reading Race Book Group—6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Society for History and Racial Equity and the Kalamazoo Public Library's  Anti-racism Transformation Team. This book group focuses on race and racism in American society and will be discussing "When I was Puerto Rican" by Esmeralda Santiago. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 26

  •  2018 Study Abroad Fair—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sangren Hall, hosted by the WMU Study Abroad. WMU Study Abroad Fair attendees get the chance to speak with WMU students who have studied and interned abroad, as well as with WMU professors who coordinate programs and courses around the globe. Free and open to the public. 

Saturday, September 29th

  • 2018 Taste of Jazz—8 to 11 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, 314 S Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Society For Historical and Racial Equity (SHARE). Enjoy Food and Music from the Jazz Capitals of the World. General Tickets $50, and $25 for students.

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