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Spring 2017 Events

Celebrate WMU students and groups with Living Arts in the Libraries, promoting greater cultural awareness across campus. Attend several of the 10 events listed:


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.

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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

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