Global Events and Newsletter

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November 2017

Monday, Nov. 13

  • International Education Week: CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th 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.
  • International Education Week: International Taste Fest Potluck—5 to 7 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, hosted by Lee Honors College and the Western Student Association. Registered Student Organizations are invited to provide food from the cultures represented by students in their organization. Free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • International Education Week: 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.
  • International Education Week: Mesa Española—4 to 5 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. 
  • International Education Week: International Trivia Night—6 to 7:30 p.m. in 3508 Knauss Hall, hosted by the Study Abroad Alumni Ambassadors. Test your international knowledge with trivia from around the world. Food and prizes provided; free and open to the public. 
  • "Russia 2018: Putin's Last Act?" lecture—7 to 8:30 p.m. at the WMU Beltline Campus, 2333 E. Beltline Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. The lecture will be given by John Beyrle, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia. Entrance $15; open to the public. 
  • Garba Dancing Night—7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rootead Dance Studio, 1501 Fulford Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Garba Club. Join the Kalamazoo Garba club for a pop-up dance night to learn and practice the traditional folk dance from India. Entrance is $3; open to the public. 

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • "Patricia Villalobos Echeverría: Retrace" exhibit—Nov. 16 to Dec. 10 in the Netzorg and Kerr Permanent Collection Gallery, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, hosted by the Gwen Frostic School of Art. The narratives exhibit will showcase three participatory projects: one in Beijing China; another in Managua, Nicaragua; and one here in Southwest Michigan. 
  • International Cultural Celebration—11 to 2 p.m. in the Student Commons TCC, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 W. O Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by International Student Services, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Multicultural Services. The celebration will include cultural presentations, light appetizers, fashion show and cultural play. Free and open to the public.
  • Lyceum Lecture Series: "Transgender Stories"—noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College. The panel-style session will be led by Sara Jacobs, program director of Out Proud Safe, Jay Maddock, executive director of OutFront Kalamazoo and Natalie Nguyen, director of WMU LBGT Student Services. Free and open to the public.
  • International Education Week: CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th 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.
  • International Education Week: Mesa Española—3 to 4 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public.
  • International Education Week: "What kind of language is Chinese?" lecture—4 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. The lecture will be given by Dr. Wenfang Sun, director of the Confucius Institute at WMU. Free and open to the public. 
  • International Education Week: "Vision of Wisdom 2025: Achievements and Challenges of Bahir Dar University Becoming a Premier Research University in Africa" talk—4 to 5:30 p.m. in TBD Sangren Hall, hosted by Center for African Policy Research, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The talk will be given by Dr. Matebe Tafere Gedifew, associate professor of educational policy and academic vice president at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. Free and open to the public. 
  • International Education Week: Japan Festival—4 to 7 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation, 820 Rankin Road, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Japan Club. The festival will feature traditional foods and cultural activities prepared by the Japan Club at WMU. Free and open to the public. 
  • International Education Week: Rokugo performance—6 p.m. the New Wesley Foundation, 820 Rankin Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Soga Japan Center. Rakugo is a traditional Japanese comedy performance and will be performed by Kimochi, a professional Rakugo performer. Free and open to the public during the Japan Festival. 
  • Ethics Book Club: "The Harm in Hate Speech"—6 p.m. in TBD location, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics and Society. Join a discussion of "The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron led by Kathy Purnell, a part-time instructor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.  Registration required; free and open to the public. 
  • International Education Week: Rokugo performance—7 p.m. the Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur Ave., hosted by the Soga Japan Center. Rakugo is a traditional Japanese comedy performance and will be performed by Kimochi, a professional Rakugo performer. Free and open to the public during the Japan Festival. 
  • Rose Ensemble and Piffaro—7 p.m. at the Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., hosted by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Dance. The Rose Ensemble guides listeners through music of the first century of the Reformation after Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Tickets start at $5; open to the public. 

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • International Education Week: American Thanksgiving—noon to 2 p.m. at Kanley Chapel, hosted by the International Student Fellowship. Join international students at this annual dinner that explains how Thanksgiving fits in to U.S. culture and how it has changed throughout the years. Free and open to the public. 
  • International Education Week: 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 women in the public. 
  • International Education Week: "The discovery of Puerto Rico in 1493" talk—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in 1750 Sangren Hall, hosted by the Division of Multicultural Affairs. The talk will be given by Adriana Garriga-Lopez, associate professor of anthropology at Kalamazoo College. Free and open to the public.
  • Dawud Wharnsby with The Red Sea Pedestrians—7 to 9 p.m. at the Dalton Theatre, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy St., hosted by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Enjoy the music of Kalamazoo's Red Sea Pedestrians with internationally acclaimed Muslim artist, Dawud Wharnsby, that will touch on social justice issues and beliefs that transcend traditional faiths. Tickets start at $5; open to the public. 

Friday, Nov. 17

Saturday, Nov. 18

  • International Education Week: Pakistani Saqafat (Colors of Pakistan)—9 to 10 p.m. in the Trimpe Multicultural Center, hosted by the Pakistani Student Association. Join this activity-filled informational night filled with Pakistani culture. The event will include traditional Pakistani food, unique poetry from the region and history taught by Pakistani students. Entrance is $6, includes food and activities; open to the public.
  • International Education Week: Dominican Night—5 to 8 p.m. in the Trimpe Multicultural Center, hosted by the Dominican Student Association. Join this showcase of Dominican food, dancing and overall culture. Food provided; free and open to the public. 

Sunday, Nov. 19

  • Human Flow screening—3:30 at Celebration! Cinema Crossroads, 6600 Ring Rd., Portage, hosted by the Kalamazoo Film Society. Human Flow examines the staggering scale of refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Tickets start at $6.50; open to the public. 
  • International Education Week: East Asian Pacific Festival—6 to 9 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, hosted by the Malaysian Student Association. The festival will feature cultural presentations from the Malaysian Student Association, the Japan Club, the Indonesian Student Association, the Philippines Student Association and the Chinese Assocation of Student and Scholars. Food provided; free and open to the public. 

Monday, Nov. 20

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th 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.
  • Human Flow screening—3:30 at Celebration! Cinema Crossroads, 6600 Ring Rd., Portage, hosted by the Kalamazoo Film Society. Human Flow examines the staggering scale of refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Tickets start at $6.50; open to the public.  

Tuesday, Nov. 21

  • History of Art in Three Colors, Episode 1: Gold: ARTbreak video—noon to 1 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, sponsored by Friendship Village. This BBC documentary reveals how golden treasures made across the ages reflect everything we have held as sacred. Free and open to the public. 
  • 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.
  • Human Flow screening—3:30 at Celebration! Cinema Crossroads, 6600 Ring Rd., Portage, hosted by the Kalamazoo Film Society. Human Flow examines the staggering scale of refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Tickets start at $6.50; open to the public. 

Sunday, Nov. 26

  • Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu: Sunday Tour—2 to 3 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, sponsored by the Santreece Foundation. Join a docent-led tour for the last day of the Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu exhibition that showcases the power and perserverance of Chinese women throughout history. Free with museum admission; open to the public. 

Monday, Nov. 27

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th 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.  
  • Chinese Movie Week: Farewell My Concubine—2 p.m. in 4030 Brown Hall, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Spanning 53 years, Farewell My Concubine presents the lives of two Peking Opera performers against the historical backdrop of a country in upheaval. Free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, Nov. 28

  • 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.
  • Mesa Española—4 to 5 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, Nov. 29

  • Lyceum Lecture Series: "Resisting Reconciliation: Queer Muslim Indentity in America"—noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College. The lecture will be led by Mariam Mustafa, comparative religion graduate student. Free and open to the public.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th 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.  
  • Chinese Movie Week: Confucius—2:30 p.m. in 4030 Brown Hall, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Confucius presents the life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher. Free and open to the public. 
  • Mesa Española—3 to 4 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public.
  • Ethics Book Club: "The Harm in Hate Speech"—6 p.m. in TBD location, hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics and Society. Join a discussion of "The Harm in Hate Speech" by Jeremy Waldron led by Kathy Purnell, a part-time instructor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.  Registration required; free and open to the public. 

Thursday, Nov. 30

  • 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 women in the public. 
  • Chinese Movie Week: The Grandmaster—2:30 p.m. in 3030 Brown Hall, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. The Grandmaster presents the story of the martial arts master, Tony Leung Chui Wai, who taught the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu to Bruce Lee. Free and open to the public. 

December 2017

Monday, Dec. 4

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th 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.
  • Information Forum on Immigration—6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oshtemo Branch Library, 7265 W. Main St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will present updates on federal regulation policies related to immigration, including DACA and the travel ban. Free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, Dec. 5

  • Creating Sculpture in Ibadan, Nigeria with Al LaVergne: ARTbreak talk—noon to 1 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, sponsored by Friendship Village. Join sculptor and retired WMU professor, Albert LaVergne, as he describes the process and the opportunity to build a sculpture from the beginning to the final installation. Free and open to the public. 
  • 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.
  • Mesa Española—4 to 5 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. 

  • Kwanzaa Celebration—5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Multicultural Center of the Adrian Trimpe Building, hosted by the Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The event will feature traditional Kwanzaa foods as well as a speaker who will explain the meaning of the holiday tradition. Free and open to the public. 
  • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Study Group—7 tp 8:30 p.m. at the People's Church, 1758 10th St. N., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. The study group offers education on Tibetan Buddhist mediation. Free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, Dec. 6

  • Lyceum Lecture Series: "The Life and Death of Latisha King"—noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honors College, the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, Gender and Women's Studies and Philosophy. The lecture will be led by Dr. Gayle Salamon, associate professor of English at Princeton University. Free and open to the public.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th 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.
  • Mesa Española—3 to 4 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public.

Thursday, Dec. 7

  • 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 women in the public. 

Saturday, Dec. 9

  • Rhythmic Vitality: Six Principles of Chinese Painting exhibition opening—Dec. 9 to March 25 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The exhibitionwill equip visitors to look further and with greater appreciation using concepts established by one of China's early art critics. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students; open to the public. 

Tuesday, Dec. 11

  • Mesa Española—4 to 5 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. 

  • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Study Group—7 tp 8:30 p.m. at the People's Church, 1758 10th St. N., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. The study group offers education on Tibetan Buddhist mediation. Free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, Dec. 13

  • Mesa Española—3 to 4 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, Dec. 19

  • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Study Group—7 tp 8:30 p.m. at the People's Church, 1758 10th St. N., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. The study group offers education on Tibetan Buddhist mediation. Free and open to the public. 

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