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Respecting Differences 2014: Complicated Courtesies

Note: The 2014 Respecting Differences event has concluded. Please check back in early 2015 for information about the next Respecting Differences event.

Kimberly Dark to address diversity

"Complicated Courtesies" is entertainment—and then some. Kimberly's performance inspires you to laugh, think, and engage with your life and others more boldly, creatively. You can positively affect your surroundings, just by being your big, beautiful, complicated self.

As a sociologist and a performance artist, Dark uses entertainment to illuminate potentially contentious cultural themes. It can be scary to talk about topics such as gender, race, parenting and the environment. What if we disagree? Come see how vibrant views and exciting experiences can be cleverly and kindly conveyed in "Complicated Courtesies."

Dates, times and location

Kimberly Dark will give two presentations, both in Kalamazoo Public School's Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Avenue.


Admission is free; however, a ticket will be required. Every WMU employee will receive a ticket via campus mail before the presentation. The ticket may be used at either presentation.


Limited parking will be available in the parking lot behind Chenery Auditorium and along surrounding streets.

Our sponsors

The "Respecting Differences" series is sponsored by the following Kalamazoo area employers:  City of Kalamazoo, City of Portage, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Western Michigan University.  The program is also supported by the Kalamazoo Human Resources Management Association (KHRMA).


For more information about the event, please contact Felicia Crawford, Human Resources, or Cathryn Bailey, College of Arts and Sciences.

You may access a high resolution image. You may also download the Respecting Differences poster (PDF).