Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in March

contact: Korey Force
| WMU News
Taiwanese students smile with excitement in front of their booth at the 2017 International Festival.

Take a trip around the world without leaving Michigan by attending the 29th annual International Festival, which features international food, dance, dress and culture.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in March. Highlights include the 29th annual International Festival, musical performances, lectures and global briefings.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

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March 2018 opportunities

Thursday, March 1

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Dolores" film screening—5 p.m. at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, 205 Monroe St., Kalamazoo, presented by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. The film looks at the life of Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 6

  • Basic Tibetan Buddhist Principles class—7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Western Michigan Jewel Heart, People's Church, Room 9, 1758 N 10th St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. This eight-week course examines the relevance of ancient Buddhism in the present day. The course costs $40 and is free for Jewel Heart members. Open to the public.

Saturday, March 10

  • Japan Twang: Tsugaru-Jamisen with Sato Michiyoshi performance—3 to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S Rose St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Enjoy the music of Japanese Tsugaru-Jamisen with the talented Sato Michiyoshi. Sato's performances include everything from traditional folk songs to modern compositions and are accessible to listeners of all ages. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and seating is limited. Free and open to the public.

Monday, March 12

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Sato Michiyoshi Shamisen concert—7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall, hosted by the School of Music and the Soga Japan Center of WMU. Hear virtuoso Sato Michiyoshi on his second world tour performing on the three-stringed Japanese banjo called the "shamisen." Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 13

  • International Ladies Sports Club—2 to 3 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, hosted by International Student Activities. Bond with women from all over the world through sports and exercise. Free and open to all women in the community.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Homelessness: How it Impacts Families and Children" talk—7 to 8:30 p.m. at Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Warehouse, 901 Portage St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Kalamazoo Public Library. Learn from local educators, service providers, and people who experienced homelessness about surviving housing insecurity; moderated by Monica Poucher and Cyekeia Lee. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 14

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 15

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Friday, March 16

  • "The Politics of Climate Change" lecture—11 a.m. to noon at the Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The lecture will be given by Dr. Denise Keele, associate professor of political science and environmental and sustainability studies. Registration is $30 for lecture series; open to the public.
  • "More Disasters or a More Sustainable Future? Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change" geography colloquium—3 to 4 p.m. at 2119 Wood Hall, hosted by the Department of Geography. This colloquium features Dr. Carol Harden, professor emerita of geography at the University of Tennessee. Free and open to the public.
  • Real Talk Diversity Series: "Systemic Change at WMU"—6 to 8 p.m. in the Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. WMU students, staff and faculty who have advocated for and directly affected systemic change at WMU will discuss their efforts, including successes and barriers. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 18

  • Women Artists in the KIA Collection public tour—2 to 3 p.m. in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts galleries, 314 S Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the KIA. Explore the KIA's collection of art featuring women artists on a docent-led tour. Free and open to the public.

Monday, March 19

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Education and Equality" book club—6 p.m. in 4267 Health and Human Services Building, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. Join Kathy Purnell, an instructor in the Department of Political Science, to discuss Danielle Allen's book based on a series of lectures about education's purpose with a special guest each week. Must register by Monday, March 12; book free to first 10 people who register.
  • "America Divided" film festival—7 to 9 p.m. at the Bernhard Center North Ballroom, hosted by the Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, FemiNOW, FOCUS Kalamazoo, and Sincerely From. Attend a film festival focusing on inequality in everyday lives with "Something in the Water" a movie about the Flint water crisis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 20

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 21

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Telling Migration Stories" research briefing in global studies—4 to 5 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall, hosted by the Global and International Studies Program. This talk features Ann Miles and Susan Pozo. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 22

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Education Reform and the Promise of Public Education" humanities speaker series—7 to 9 p.m. at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, hosted by the University Center for the Humanities. The presentation will be given by Diane Ravitch, a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 25

  • 29th annual International Festival—on the second floor of the Bernhard Center, hosted by International Student Activities and various registered student organizations. Take a trip around the world without leaving Michigan by attending the 29th Annual International Festival which features food, dance, dress and culture from around the world. Free and open to the public; nominal charge for food.

Monday, March 26

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Education and Equality" book club—6 p.m. in 4267 Health and Human Services Building, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. Join Kathy Purnell, an instructor in the Department of Political Science, discuss Danielle Allen's book based on a series of lectures about education's purpose with a special guest each week. Must register by Monday, March 12; book free to first 10 people who register.

Tuesday, March 27

  • International Ladies Sports Club—2 to 3 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, hosted by International Student Activities. Bond with women from all over the world through sports and exercise. Free and open to all women in the community.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 28

Thursday, March 29

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

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