Community Events

Just like Kalamazoo Public Library and this year’s Reading Together events, the greater Kalamazoo community is responding to current issues in our country in a variety of ways. We invite you to revisit this page often to seek out other ways you can participate in these local events.

Addressing Threats to Justice, the Climate, and Civil Rights: MLK Day Teach-In at WMU
Monday, January 16, 2017
10 am - 3 pm
Bernhard Student Center, Western Michigan University

Stories That Unite Us: Part of the National Day of Healing in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
5:30 pm
The Epic Center

Racism: A History, Part II - film and discussion
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6 pm
Kalamazoo Public Library, in partnership with SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity) and KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team

And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations
January 21 - June 4, 2017
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Curated by artist, historian, and national lecturer Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations features works of superb artistry that draw on the enduring American tradition of narrative storytelling through the textile art of quilting.

Identity in the Media
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Multicultural Center – Adrian Trimpe Building, Western Michigan University
Media messages are a construction of reality, not the real thing. So what happens when media creators make choices about how to represent different groups of people, portraying different identities through simplified stereotypes? Where do media consumers, who have many overlapping identities, find true reflections of themselves in today's media, if at all? Media messages have embedded values, and people with varying sets of identities experience the same message differently. Sue Ellen Christian, professor of communication in the School of Communication at WMU, leads a presentation that seeks to go beyond “spot the stereotype” and shares a discussion about how to access and analyze the media you use and create every day.

Indie Lens PopUP Film Screening: Bad Kids
Thursday, March 9, 2017
5 pm
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College

SHARE-Out on Racism
Saturday, March 25, 2017
9 am – 4 pm
The Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE), WMUK, and the Kalamazoo Public Library are joining forces to create a unique opportunity for community members to share their stories. How do we experience race in Kalamazoo? What have we been through? What do we hope and what do we want to change? Participants will have half an hour to speak with an interviewer regarding race. Interviews will be recorded and available to view online. Space is very limited so register now at the Local History desk at 269-553-7808.

Youth Summit on Racism
Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:30 am – 4 pm
WMU Multicultural Center
SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity)

Fulfilling America’s Promise: Racial Equality and Justice
Spring 2017 Lyceum Lecture Series
January-April 2017
Lee Honors College, Western Michigan University

Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening: Real Boy
Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:30 pm
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College

Celebrate Elderhood! A Community Initiative PDF
Several events throughout 2017
Kalamazoo County Area Agency on Aging IIIA