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Spring 2017 Events

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Featured Resource Workshop - April 5 & 6, 2017 at WMU Libraries

Yes, WMU community members can each have their own subscription through University Libraries. The Libraries now have a group pass subscription to the online news as well as NYTimes InEducation for instructors. All you need is your WMU email to sign up. Students and instructors are welcome to the subscription and workshop.

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RSVP for the workshop below for more information and features. (Video is planned, check back here)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017:  2 pm and 4 pm – Waldo Library Classroom A, 1st floor.

Thursday, April 6, 2017:  10 am and 12 noon – Swain Education Library Classroom, Sangren Hall

RSVP for Workshop   
Light snacks will be provided
Organized by WMU Faculty Development Office, assisted by University Libraries

More info on the News page.



Celebrate WMU students and Depts. with Living Arts in the Libraries

Promoting greater cultural awareness with across campus collaborations

Attend several of the 10 events listed, all in the Libraries in April 2017:

  Performance, Music, and Poetry in WMU Libraries  #livingartsWMU


April 1 - 21, Exhibit of Study Abroad Poetry, Posters of Haenicke Study Abroad alumni experiences expressed in poetry; Waldo first floor.

April 1 - 21, Photography Exhibit, WMU photographs and more through history; Zhang Legacy Collections Center, Archives & RHC.

Wednesday, April 5,  4:30 p.m., Introducing the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival, Theatre Professor Lofty Durham describes the new festival coming to campus in May; Waldo, 3rd floor, Meader Room.

Friday, April 7, 3 p.m., Poetry reading celebrating National Poetry Month, Student poetry reading sponsored by the Laureate featuring a performance by cellist Jordan Hamilton; Waldo, 3rd floor, Meader Room.

Monday, April 10, 2:45 p.m., Japanese Poetry Game with Soga Japan Center, Japanese group plays word games, anyone may join or watch; Waldo Library lower level.

Tuesday and Thursday, April 11 and 13, 4 p.m., Poems interpreted as dance, WMU dancers interpret poems with modern movement; Waldo Library first floor, right of lobby.

Thursday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., "No Strings Attached" vocal performance, Student acappella group will perform in Waldo's fantastic acoustical space; Waldo Rotunda.

Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m., "The Three of Hearts", Authors Poetry Readings, Local authors, Danna Ephland, Elizabeth Kerlikowske and Kathleen McGookey, read from newly published books; Zhang Legacy Collections Center, Archives & RHC.

Tuesday, April 18, 11 a.m., University Chorale, Music performance: a large choir in Waldo Rotunda promises to be a soaring performance; Waldo Rotunda.

Thursday, April 20, 4 p.m., Transference: Poetry in Translation, World Languages and Literature's faculty and students present readings of poetry in translation including the WMU graduate Woodwind Quintet; Waldo Library, 3rd floor, Meader Room.

Celebrating the work of WMU students, departments and alumni around National Poetry Month with coordination by University Libraries to promote greater
cultural awareness. 

Some very special events - hope to see you there. (269) 387-5202

Link to printable flyer (legal size)


Monday, March 13 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar book discussion, before the celebrity author visits WMU!

Image of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the book Writings on the Wall

WMU Libraries are co-sponsoring a Reading Together discussion of chapter 1 of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's book, Writings on the Wall, on Monday, March 13 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Heritage Hall Ballroom on Oakland Drive. 

This chapter focuses on American politics and the discussion will be facilitated by Kalamazoo City Commissioner Erin Knott and WMU Political Science professor Paul Clements. This event is a collaboration of University Libraries, First Year Experience, Western Student Association and Kalamazoo Public Library. It supplements Abdul-Jabbar's appearance the next day at Miller Auditorium.

Multiple copies of the book are on 7-day reserve at the Waldo Library circulation desk. Other chapter events are being held throughout the community.

The celebrity author will be on campus the next day, Tuesday, March 14 with a free appearance sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library at Miller Auditorium 7 - 9 p.m.

RSVP now


Monday, February 20
Understanding FAKE News, a Discussion   (Live Feed at 7 pm: )

Graphic showing how Fake News can encroach upon your understanding

This interactive panel discussion will examine the widespread proliferation of fake news stories. How can we avoid getting caught by a fake news story? What impact does fake news have on our democracy? Why does fake news spread so easily? Whose responsibility is it to prevent the spread of fake news? Join us as we step outside of our “filter bubbles" for a lively discussion of fact versus fiction in the media – and how to tell the difference. For more resources:

7:00 p.m. Lee Honors College Lounge



    Sue Ellen Christian, Professor, School of Communication and Department of Gender and Women's Studies, WMU

    Mickey Ciokajlo, Regional News Manager for Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon, MLive Media Group

    Peter W. Wielhouwer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, Institute for Government and Politics, WMU

Host: University Libraries.  Sponsors: Lee Honors College, School of Communication, Department of Political Science

Link to flyer