Coming Events

Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are at 2 p.m. and will take place in the Zhang Legacy Collection Center—next to the College of Health and Human Services on South Oakland Drive.

January 13

The Sins of Kalamazoo

  • Speaker: Tom Dietz, Kalamazoo Historian and Curator Emeritus, Kalamazoo Valley Historical Museum

Carl Sandburg’s 1992 poem, The Sins of Kalamazoo, described the sins and sinners of Kalamazoo as “convict gray and dishwater drab.” The speaker’s research has convinced him that our sins and sinners were as scarlet as those in any big city! He will demonstrate his point by exploring some of Kalamazoo’s more notorious murders as well as its red-light districts, sporting houses, and other dens of iniquity and murders. Tom will talk about the colorful history of our quiet community. You can decide for yourself if Carl Sandburg was correct.

February 10

Pianos R Us—The Gilmore Keyboard Festival and How It Operates

  • Speaker: Dan Gustin, Director, The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

Dan Gustin is the longtime director of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. He will give us a bit of the history of the Festival and insights into how it operates. This timely program is set to prepare us for the 2016 Keyboard Festival, which opens just two months later on April 26, 2016.

March 9

Encountering Things French in 'The New Yorker' Cartoons, and Ultimately Insights into Ourselves

  • Speaker: Dr. Joseph Reish, Dean Emeritus of University Libraries, Dean Emeritus of the Lee Honors College and Professor of French

Since 1925 the cartoons of "The New Yorker" have held parallel status and reader interest with the prose and poetry of the magazine. Creativity and sophistication have been hallmarks of its content. Urbane and au courant the intended public, according to the prolegomena of 1924, would not be the typical middle-age lady from Dubuque, Iowa. Cartoons have been collected in chronologically ordered volumes and most recently by topical interest: dogs, lawyers, and women. Things French—culture, language, people, movements, events—will be examined in turn in the presentation. Much like Michel de Montaigne who said that individuals travel abroad to find themselves, American readers observe what is French in these cartoons to capture both l'esprit gaulois and, through their doubles depicted in the drawings, insights into themselves. Et mais oui, on en rira! [translation: And yes, we shall laugh!]

April 13

WMU’s Office for Sustainability: Building a Culture of Sustainability to improve quality of life for all

  • Location: WMU Office for Sustainability (corner of Howard and West Michigan)
  • Speaker: Dr. Harold Glasser, Executive Director for Campus Sustainability and Professor of Environmental Studies

The mission of the Office for Sustainability is to guide and assist the Western Michigan University community in fulfilling and growing its sustainability commitments. Through building a diverse and flourishing learning community around sustainability, we will continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve quality of life for all. With every project or initiative, we create open, cross college collaborations that build ongoing and durable relationships, supporting a flourishing cohort of campus sustainability champions. From Zero Waste Initiatives, to the Gibbs House living laboratory, and from Student Sustainability Grants to the Wesustain Internship program—we want anyone who encounters the WMU community to recognize an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and discovery driven experience.

May 11

The Role of WMU’s University Libraries in the Age of the Internet

  • Speaker: Michele Behr, Education Librarian, University Libraries

A look at new and evolving library resources available to enhance academic and personal research.

August 10—Annual Emeriti Break-Fest

An Inside Look at the Bronco Marching Band

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Fetzer Center
  • Speaker: Dr. David W. Montgomery, Director of Bronco Marching Band

Dr. Montgomery will give us an inside look at how the Bronco Marching Band operates—everything from how the band members are selected to how the band’s musical performances are perfected. Known as “The Sound of Western” the Bronco Marching Band is one of the nation’s premiere college marching bands. Consisting of over 290 members, the Bronco Marching Band is recognized for its excellence in musical performance, fast-paced drill movements, and high energy entertainment.

Comprised of students from virtually every academic discipline, the band continues to build upon its strong tradition of musical excellence and first class entertainment. In addition to the halftime shows for the Bronco football fans at home, the Bronco Marching Band supports our football team on select road trips, regularly performs in exhibition at area high schools, and presents its annual “Season in Review” concert at Miller Auditorium.