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April 2017

Thursday, April 27

  • Exam care packages from WMU Study Abroad—9 to 12 in the Bernhard Center main floor lobby, hosted by WMU Study Abroad. Take a break from studying to pick up an exam care package and chat with study abroad alumni about their experience. Free and open to the public.
  • "Under the Same Moon" film screening—5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hispanic American Council, 930 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by Welcoming Michigan, the Hispanic American Council, Bethany Christian Services, the Social Welfare Alliance, and the Douglas Community Association. The film is part of the United We Rise three-part film series fostering solidarity through conversations on immigration, community and race in Kalamazoo. Free and open to the public.
  • "Ambivalent Encounters: Migration, Conversion, and Historical Anxiety in Spain's 'Muslim City'" talk—6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center, hosted by the Department of Religion Islam in Global Perspective Speaker Series. The talk will be given by Dr. Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Free and open to the public.
  • "Perspectives on Peace in the New U.S. Administration" talk—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kent District Library, 2870 Jack Smith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. The talk will be given by Dr. Frederic Pearson, director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University. Free and open to the public.

May 2017

Thursday, May 4

  • International Student Orientation—all day May 4 and 5 in the Bernhard Center, hosted by International Admissions and International Student Activities. Help welcome new international students to campus by offering a friendly smile or a helping hand to any students with questions. Free and open to the public. 

Friday, May 5

  • 2017 Kalamazoo Bach Festival—May 5 to 14 at various venues throughout Kalamazoo, hosted by Kalamazoo College, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Art Works, and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. The festival offers a week-long celebration of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach's life and legacy. Fees vary; open to the public.

Monday, May 8

  • Chinese culture classes begin—5:30 p.m. at Western Michigan University, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Learn about Chinese culture in one of seven courses offered this summer including Chinese calligraphy, Taichi, and Chinese language. Registration fee varies with discounts for seniors, students, and WMU employees; open to the public.

Tuesday, May 9

  • "Tibetan Buddhism for Modern Life" workshop—7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 19 of the People's Church, 1758 N. Tenth St., Kalamazoo, hosted by Jewel Heart. The workshop will focus on how to apply ancient wisdom to daily life. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 11

  • 52nd International Congress on Medieval StudiesMay 11 to 14 at Western Michigan University, hosted by the Medieval Institute at WMU. The congress features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables and performances. Registration and fee required, discounts offered for students; open to the public.
  • Cultivate Community Through Cooking Series—5 to 7 p.m. at the Arcus Center for Social Justice, 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Thrive Refugee Support Center and Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo. Each class will be taught by an individual who has recently resettled in the Kalamazoo community as a refugee. Registration is $15; open to the public.

Saturday, May 13

  • 42nd Stulburg International String Competition—9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Dalton Recital Hall, hosted by the Stulberg International String Competition. Twelve semifinalists from around the world compete for a chance to win cash prizes and performance opportunities. Daytime performances are free, tickets for evening finals are $20, $5 with a student ID; open to the public.

Tuesday, May 16

  • "Hate Rising" fillm screening—5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Community Association, 1000 West Paterson Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by Welcoming Michigan, the Hispanic American Council, Bethany Christian Services, the Social Welfare Alliance, and the Douglas Community Association. The film is part of the United We Rise three-part film series fostering solidarity through conversations on immigration, community and race in Kalamazoo. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 17

  • Cultivate Community Through Cooking Series—5 to 7 p.m. at the Arcus Center for Social Justice, 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Thrive Refugee Support Center and Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo. Each class will be taught by an individual who has recently resettled in the Kalamazoo community as a refugee. Registration is $15; open to the public.
  • Taste of the World—6 to 8 p.m. at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by Colleagues International. Join Colleages International for their annual fundraising event that offers cuisine from around the world. Tickets are $35, $15 for children 12 and under; open to the public. 
  • Garba dancing night—7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rootead Dance Studio, 1501 Fulford Avenue, 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.

Thursday, May 18

  • Japanese Cooking Class—11 to 1:30 p.m. at Solid Grounds Church, 1702 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, hosted by the WMU Soga Japan Center. Participants will learn how to cook traditional Japanese dishes. Registration is $5 for WMU students and $10 for non-students and includes all the ingredients; email michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu to register. Open to the public.
  • "WorldQuest" trivia night—5:30 p.m. at the Wege Center on the Aquinas College Campus, 1700 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids, Michigan, hosted by the World Affairs Council. The trivia competition features questions from all over the globe. Tickets are $60 and includes registration, dinner, and snacks; open to the public.

Sunday, May 21

  • Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development World Day—3 to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 315 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Multicultural Center at the First Baptist Church. The world day event will feature opportunities for cross-cultural exchange with food and performances from around the world. Free and open to the public.

Monday, May 22

  • Cultivate Community Through Cooking Series—5 to 7 p.m. at the Arcus Center for Social Justice, 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Thrive Refugee Support Center and Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo. Each class will be taught by an individual who has recently resettled in the Kalamazoo community as a refugee. Registration is $15; open to the public.

Thursday, May 25

  • Japanese Cooking Class—11 to 1:30 p.m. at Solid Grounds Church, 1702 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, hosted by the WMU Soga Japan Center. Participants will learn how to cook traditional Japanese dishes. Registration is $5 for WMU students and $10 for non-students and includes all the ingredients; email michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu to register. Open to the public.

June 2017

Wednesday, June 7

  • Cultivate Community Through Cooking Series—5 to 7 p.m. at the Arcus Center for Social Justice, 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Thrive Refugee Support Center and Refugee Outreach Kalamazoo. Each class will be taught by an individual who has recently resettled in the Kalamazoo community as a refugee. Registration is $15; open to the public.

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