• Aaron Dworkin May 31. Forum at 10 am on diversity in music education; 8 pm concert at Dalton Theater of K College. Free events!

  • 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.

  • dr. walker raising his hand in a group discussion

    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.

Walker Institute 2016 Summer Film Festival

The Human Consequences of Injustice

Wednesdays at 6 pm

June 1 through July 27

Kalamazoo Public Library

The Walker Institute is proud to have brought Michael Moore to the Miller Auditorium in April. Since the event was so well attended, we decided to introduce to Kalamazoo this summer the first annual Walker Institute Social Justice Film Festival.  Michael Moore said that films should be both challenging and enjoyable. We believe that the seven films that we will be showing fit that description!    So...

We are proud to announce the Walker Institute 2016 Social Justice Film Festival with the theme, The Human Consequences of Injustice. The festival will begin Wednesday, June 1, at 6 pm, with the film, Bread and Roses. All films will be shown in the beautiful Van Deusen Room of the Kalamazoo Public Library, located at 315 S. Rose St. All films will be shown on Wednesdays at 6 pm, from June 1 through July 27 (no film the week of July 4 holiday).  All films are free and open to the public.

June 1    Bread and Roses (2000). Two Latina sisters who work cleaning offices fight for the right to organize.

June 8   The People Speak (2009). A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights, based on Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.

June 15  Capitalism: A Love Story (2009). Michael Moore examines the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

June 29  A Place at the Table (2012). A documentary about hunger as experienced by millions of Americans.

July 13  Harvest of Empire (2012). Examination of the relationship between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis of today.

July 20  The Visitor (2007). A college professor travels to New York to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

July 27  To be determined.  Film to be selected by audience.



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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