"What is your position in times of challenge and controversy?" is this year's theme, and free, public events include a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs and presentations.
Arts and Entertainment
The University Symphony Orchestra will be joined by 2017 School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Alex Jokipii for a free winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in Miller Auditorium.
University Theatre will stage "Lucky Stiff," a musical comedy by the same duo that wrote "Ragtime" and "Once on This Island," Jan. 26 through Feb. 11 in York Arena Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.
Titles include: "Lit-Up: One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives," "Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong," "Education and Equality," and "The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization?"
The Lyceum series kicks off Jan. 17 with a talk on "Mental Health as a Public Health Issue: Local Initiatives and Resources," and continues Wednesdays through April. A screening of "The 'S' Word" is planned for Feb. 7.
Register for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU's annual January Thaw event Jan. 17 and learn about the nearly 70 courses, trips, lectures and special programs the organization will offer this session.
Numerous global engagement opportunities will be offered in January by WMU and in the Kalamazoo community. All are open to the public, and many are free.
Tickets are on sale for Disney's "The Lion King" at Miller Auditorium April 4-15. Now in its 20th year, "The Lion King" continues to be one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.