• Michael Moore, "It Only Hurts When I Laugh" -- A Conversation with Michael Moore about Flint's Water, Disinvestment in Low Income Communities and Getting to a Better Future for All of Us     April 6, 2016 at 7:30 in Miller Auditorium, WMU

  • 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.

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    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.

 Upcoming events

A film festival is planned as a prelude to the upcoming community forums and scholarly discussions covering topics including immigration, criminal justice reform, housing segregation by race and class, equality of opportunity, and poverty and education.

See Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Where to Invade Next - Free

  • Monday, May 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Community Association Multipurpose room, 1000 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo.


The Walker Institute, as a co-sponsor, cordially invites you to this FREE Family Event:

"Spoken Word Musical Fusion"

May 31, 2016

8-9:30 PM

Light Fine Arts Building on Kalamazoo College Campus
1200 Academy St.





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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