Global Events and Newsletter

 

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

June 2019

Saturday, June 1

  • Volunteering for Get Your Colon Rolling' Event 2019—8:15 a.m. to noon at the Bailey Park, 1392 Capital Ave NE Battle Creek, hosted by the Calhoun Country Cancer Control Coalition. Volunteers can bring a chair, bug spray, sun screen, water and anything else that will be appropriate for the weather that day. Free; registration required.
  • Kalamazoo Philharmonia Concert "Virtuosity"—8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo College- Light Fine Arts Building, Dalton Theater, Kalamazoo, hosted by Kalamazoo College Department of Music. World-famous cellist Amit Peled, contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery and Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski will perform together. Tickets for adults $5 and for students $2; open to public.
  • Champions League watch party—2:50 to 6 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Global Lounge, hosted by International Student Activities (ISA). Join ISA to watch the 2019 UEFA Champions League final! Take advantage of this chance to connect with your fellow Broncos and UEFA fans on campus. Free.

Monday, June 3

  • "The Wangs VS. the World" book discussion—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library Oshtemo Branch story room, 7265 W Main St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Engage in thought-provoking conversation about books and exchange perspectives in the book club. For fans of Crazy Rich Asians: Meet the Wangs, the unforgettable immigrant family whose spectacular fall from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings them together in a way money never could. Free.

Tuesday, June 4

  • Kind curiosity for cultural inclusion—9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) Central Branch Van Deusen Room, 315 Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KPL. This presentation will help participants develop a basic understanding of how the conscious and unconscious biases impact our relationships and offer some skills and scripting that we can use to try to better understand the people in our world. Free; registration required.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Wednesday, June 5

  • Outdoor Yoga—12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the Intramural Fields near Valley 3, hosted by Western Wellness. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or beach towel for their practice. All experience levels are welcome. Free; registration required.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Thursday, June 6

  • Livable Communities Conference—9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Floyd Hall, The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, hosted by The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC). TRCLC, a Tier One university transportation center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, hosts its 6th Annual Summer Conference "Smart Mobility Toward Building Livable Communities." Registration required.
  • CELCIS welcome picnic—1 to 2:30 p.m. in front of the Ellsworth Hall under tree, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS staff and students to enjoy a summer picnic on campus. Free.

Friday, June 7

  • Livable Communities Conference—7:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Floyd Hall, The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, hosted by The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC). TRCLC, a Tier One university transportation center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, hosts its 6th Annual Summer Conference "Smart Mobility Toward Building Livable Communities." Registration required.
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair & Beer Garden—3 to 8 p.m. in Bronson Park, 200 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Nearly 190 jury-selected artists from across the country will offer beautiful artwork throughout the city's central park. You'll find jewelry, photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, and wood, along with music, food trucks, and family activities. Free entry.

Saturday, June 8

  • Friends Summer Brag-of-Books Sale—9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) Central Branch Parking Lot (outdoor), 315 Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KPL. Choose from more than 10,000 books at just $3 a bag or 20¢ a book; fiction, mystery, romance, and more. Kids can browse carts full of children’s books, too. Free entry.

Sunday, June 9

  • "Vintage in the Zoo" market—10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market, 1204 Bank St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Vintage in the Zoo. Explore true vintage shopping in an outdoor setting with more than 50 vendors, food trucks, and music. Free entry.

Tuesday, June 11

  • Composting volunteer hours— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Office for Sustainability, hosted by WMU Office for Sustainability. You will be able to learn about different methods of composting, feed the worms, assist with building new worm bins, weigh the compost output, and more! The office hosts volunteers every Tuesday. Free.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.
  • Celebrate global exchange in Kalamazoo—5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, hosted by Colleagues International Kalamazoo. Listen to Bahar Ensemble performance and  learn about the impact hosting international visitors has on our community. General admission $35, student ticket $20.

Wednesday, June 12

  • Summer Seminar for Teaching Inclusivity—8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fetzer Center, hosted by the WMU Office of Faculty Development. Join to identify and apply principles of cultural humility in pedagogy. Lunch will be served. Free.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Thursday, June 13

  • "The Paris Bible: What's in a Name" public lecture—4 p.m. in the Waldo Library 3th floor, Meader Room, hosted by University Libraries and WMU Medieval Institute. The lecturer will be Laura Light, the director and senior specialist of Text Manuscripts at Les Enluminures. Free. 
  • "Refusing to be Enemies: The Zeitouna Story" film screening—6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.This film profiles a self-formed group of twelve ordinary women, six Arabs and six Jews, calling themselves Zeitouna, the Arab word for olive tree. Ann Arbor Filmmaker Laurie White is a founding member of Zeitouna and will be here with additional Zeitouna members for a discussion after the screening. Tickets are $5 for non-members, $2 for students, free for members and youth 12 and under; open to the public.

Saturday, June 15

  • CAGK Summer picnic—11 to 2 p.m. at Oshtemo Township park, 7275 W Main St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo. Bring your sports equipment and enjoy a good game with friends. The serving time for lunch will be determined and announced in May. Free for members; $6 non-members.

Monday, June 17

  • "The 7 Secrets of the Greatest Speaker" webinar—9 a.m. to 11 p.m. hosted by Kalamazoo Public Library. You will receive an email with a link to the video Monday morning. Watch the video in your space & at your convenience anytime Monday June 17 through Thursday June 20. Post your comments, questions, and related resources on our Facebook page. Registration required.

Tuesday, June 18

  • Composting volunteer hours— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Office for Sustainability, hosted by WMU Office for Sustainability. You will be able to learn about different methods of composting, feed the worms, assist with building new worm bins, weigh the compost output, and more! The office hosts volunteers every Tuesday. Free.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Wednesday, June 19

  • Outdoor Yoga—12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the Intramural Fields near Valley 3, hosted by Western Wellness. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or beach towel for their practice. All experience levels are welcome. Free; registration required.
  • Summer Board Game Afternoon—3 to 5 p.m. in the Ellsworth Hall fourth-floor lounge, hosted by WMU International Student Activities (ISA). Make the most of your summer by joining ISA for a fun board game afternoon. Free.

Thursday, June 20

  • Artist's talk: Orna Ben-Ami—6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 314 S Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. The Israeli artist will speak about the inspiration and the creation of her exhibition. Tickets are $5 for non-members, $2 for students and free for members, youth through age 12 and active military; open to public.

Monday, June 24

  • "How to Overcome our Biases" webinar—9 a.m. to 11 p.m. hosted by Kalamazoo Public Library. Gain insights into identifying and overcoming biases. You will receive an email with a link to the video Monday morning. Watch the video in your space & at your convenience anytime Monday June 24 through Thursday June 26. Post your comments, questions, and related resources on our Facebook page. Registration required.

Tuesday, June 25

  • Composting volunteer hours— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Office for Sustainability, hosted by WMU Office for Sustainability. You will be able to learn about different methods of composting, feed the worms, assist with building new worm bins, weigh the compost output, and more! The office hosts volunteers every Tuesday. Free.
  • ARTbreak Talk: The Age of Disenchantments—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Author Aaron Shulman will discuss and show clips from the 1976 cult Spamish documentary El Desencanto (the disenchantment), whose story he tells in his book The Age of Disenchantments. Free.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.
  • Volunteering with the Girls Scouts—2 to 4 p.m. at the Bernhard Center, hosted by WMU International Student Activities and Girls Scouts Heart of Michigan. Join International Student Activities during the "Around the World" event, where students will have the opportunity to share their culture with the Girl Scouts by showing their home countries' traditions, including but not limited to dance, music, performance, language, traditional clothes, games, pictures from your home country, etc. Free; registration required.
  • Aishah Gulam poetry reading—6 to 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library, Oshtemo Branch Community Room, 7265 W Main St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Aishah Gulam is the author of the poetry collection Taming the Lion. Her book peaked as a #1 New Release on Amazon and was on the best-selling lists for both Women in Poetry and Asian Poetry categories. Join her as she shares her poems and thoughts centered around themes of gender inequality, colorism, and revolution. Free.

Wednesday, June 26

  • Immigration law and immigration rights in Southwest Michigan: Showing Us a Nation's Soul—9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library, Central Branch Van Deusen Room, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Susan Reed and Evangelina Alvarez from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will present a workshop focused on the history and current status of immigration policy and practice. Free. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Saturday, June 29

  • Commencement photo shoot Summer I—TBD, on WMU main campus, hosted by Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE). Each Semester HIGE offers a free photo shoot to any graduating student at WMU. Free; registration required.

July 2019

Tuesday, July 2

  • "Exploring wit and beauty in French prints" ARTbreak talk—noon at the at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Guest curator Nancy Sojka will explore the stories behind the making of selected prints from the L'esprit exhibition. Free.

Friday, July 5 

  • July 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, July 6

  • Growlers Baseball Game—6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Homer Stryker Field, 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo, hosted by WMU International Student Activities (ISA). Join ISA to cheer on the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team. FREE transportation to the game is included in ticket price. WMU student ticket $10, non WMU ticket $15.

Tuesday, July 9

  • "Portraits of a Life" ARTbreak video—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. This film sheds new light on Paul Cézanne's life and work as one of the artists featured in Esprit. Free.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Wednesday, July 10

  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Friday, July 12

  • Kalamazoo parks summer cinema—6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Rockwell Park, 1106 Trimble St. Kalamazoo, hosted by Kzoo Parks.  Family-friendly activities begin at 6 p.m. and continue until the movie starts at sunset. The series is on select Fridays throughout the summer. Free.

Tuesday, July  16

  • "Bahar Ensemble" ARTbreak preformance—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Enjoy music and discussion of both Bahar Ensemble and Orchestra Rouh, a related youth ensemble serving primarily Arabic speaking children, many of whom are refugees. The Bahar Ensemble performs music of many Middle Eastern traditions. Free.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Wednesday, July 17

  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Thursday, July 18

  • Film screening: Donut Day—6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. A documentary portrait of Sweetwater as a small business that introduces you to the characters on both sides of the counters. The filmmakers will be here for a discussion after the screening. Tickets $5 for non-member, $2 for students, free for members, active military and youth under 12.

Tuesday, July 23

  • "Portraits of a Life" ARTbreak video—noon at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. This film sheds new light on Paul Cézanne's life and work as one of the artists featured in Esprit. Free.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Wednesday, July 24

  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Thursday, July 25

  • "Moments of Peace" artist demonstration—6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), 435 W South St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Water colors by Sunghyun Moon features large-scale watercolors painted in the style of mid-20th century. Admission $5 for non-members, $2 for students, free for KIA members and children under 12.

Tuesday, July 30

  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Wednesday, July 31

  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

August 2019

Tuesday, August  6

  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

Wednesday, August 7

  • CELCIS conversation circle—1:30 to 2:30 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.

 September 2019

Monday, September 9

  • Multicultural meet and greet—6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Berhnard Center second floor, hosted by the College of Education and Human Development. The Multicultural Meet and Greet is an orientation that encourages sense of belonging for students of color at WMU and in the greater Kalamazoo community.  The event includes faculty panel, culturally inclusive food, dancing and prizes. Free.

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