• Michael Moore, "It Only Hurts When I Laugh" -- A Conversation with Michael Moore about Flint's Water, Disinvestment in Low Income Communities and Getting to a Better Future for All of Us     April 6, 2016 at 7:30 in Miller Auditorium, WMU

  • people seated in the Teach-in on Police Violence

    Teach-In: Police Violence, Racism and Social Justice

    Presentations by Lewis Walker and Timothy Ready with discussions led by WMU faculty members. Events were held at the Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations in Welborn Hall.

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    Walker Institute forum

    Lewis Walker, Doug Davidson and Ron Kramer at a Walker Institute forum on Race, Class and the Criminal Justice System.

  • WIRE Sports-based Youth Development Program

    Participants in the WIRE Sports-based Youth Development Program at the WMU Student Recreation Center, along with WMU service learning students Alexis Forbes and Kaichea Wright.

  • kids playing in the hall

    WIRE Math and Science Camp

    Catapult experiment at WIRE Math and Science Camp, 2015.

 Upcoming events

Michael Moore        It Only Hurts When I Laugh

  • Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium
  • This event is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. 


This is the kick-off event for a series of upcoming community forums and scholarly discussions covering topics including immigration, criminal justice reform, housing segregation by race and class, equality of opportunity, and poverty and education.

  • Presentation by Michael Moore, a native of Flint and an Oscar-winning filmmaker who spotlights the human consequences of inhumane policies, beginning with the abandonment of Flint by General Motors with no alternatives for those left behind (Roger and Me, 1989). In his most recent film (Where to Invade Next, 2016), Moore is "drafted" by our nation's military leaders to "invade" countries with more humane policies than ours' and then to "steal" and bring them back to America. This presentation is sponsored by the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, in collaboration with the Lee Honors College, School of Communication, Department of Sociology, Center for the Humanities, Center for Ethics, Office for Sustainability, Medical Humanities Program, College of Arts and Sciences and the Kalamazoo Islamic Center.

See Michael Moore’s latest movie, Where to Invade Next - Free

Due to limited seating; reservation required.

  • 1028 Brown Hall on Western Michigan University's west campus near Sprau Tower on the Fountain Plaza.

    Monday, April 4 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 and 7 p.m.)

    Tuesday, April 5 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 and 7 p.m.)

    rSVP for Movie



The mission of the Walker Institute is to engage in research, teaching and service to promote:

  • Understanding of race and ethnic relations, with a special emphasis on the causes of disparities and the contexts in which conflicts as well as shared purposes and perspectives arise.
  • Appreciation of the diverse peoples and cultures of the United States, with special emphasis on the peoples and cultures of Michigan.
  • More equitable and inclusive communities and institutions, especially in this region of the state and throughout Michigan.

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