It’s a beautiful day in Kalamazoo. The sun is shining, the ground is covered with snow, and the students of Kalamazoo are eager to learn as eighth week begins.
Professor Amelia Katanski recently invited Dr. Martin Reinhardt of Northern Michigan University to discuss his Decolonizing Diet Project, which explores the study of the relationships between people and their indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. He deliberated the revitalization of spiritual ecology, and explored the identity of food. It was really interesting to hear about all the kinds of food that he ate – wild rice, corn, sunflower, berries, wild leeks, beaver, sun chokes – and to learn about how this sort of diet was helpful in not only tracing back the roots of our region, but is also extremely beneficial to one’s physical health. More information can be found at http://decolonizingdietproject.blogspot.com/.
Oh yeah, and Monte Carlo just happened too! Monte Carlo is this huge, lavish event that brings all of campus together in their finest attire. It’s an opportunity for students to dress up and look spiffy, as well as gamble and dance the night away. This year it was held at the Fetzer Center on Western Michigan’s campus to accommodate all of campus. It was so much fun! Some highlights of the night were taking pictures in the photo booth, getting everyone to dance to “The Wobble” and seeing everyone looking so beautiful!
Sonia Baez-Hernandez is an Arcus Center for Social Justice fellow and came to campus to speak about her work as a social justice advocate as well as the art work that she creates. She primarily deals with issues of race and gender discrimination and her experiences as a migrant in the United States, as well as how her experiences of having breast cancer have affected her artwork and her perception of the world around her. She discussed the work of Frida Kahlo, Deena Metzger and Audre Lorde as some of her inspiration, and is really interested in the body’s capacity to display discontinuous flows, energies and the series of process, and propels that quite effectively in her work. At the May Art Hop, her art will be displayed and will allow students and faculty alike to get a glimpse of how her art plays a role in advocating for social change.