Kalamazoo College students laud (twice!) the approval of the Critical Ethnic Studies in November of 2014. Calls for the change go back four decades; the response puts K at the forefront of the discipline.

More BeLight

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Take a Bite!

The Alumni Association Executive Board has prepared a menu of engagement opportunities for K graduates. Small, medium, and large volunteer “bites” are ready for tasting, and all are important.

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Bee Man, Bee Artists

One of the most original ArtPrize entries in 2014 was the collaboration of K alum Ladislav Hanka’s (class of 1975) with his bees. Their combination of etching and honeycomb made the competition’s short list for awards.


Bronx to ’Zoo

The long ago Bronx-to-’Zoo journey of Herb Lipschultz ’56 was by train, literally, and by football, figuratively. At age 80, the former New Yorker remains in the Midwest and on the gridiron.

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Grace Work

International Child Care offers Kalamazoo College students internship opportunities at Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, or in the organization’s national headquarters in Kalamazoo.

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Combined Loves

The K force is strong in these classmates’ love of research, civic engagement, and each other. The roots of their recent publication reach back to their service-learning work (through K’s Center for Civic Engagement).

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Finding Community; Providing Voice

Students’ experiences in two important K centers (the Center for Civic Engagement and the Center for Social Justice Leadership) helped shape and strengthen their writing workshop for Michigan prisoners.

3 thoughts on “New Major Added

  1. kenneth elzinga

    I can recall when Kalamazoo College wanted to be known for its excellence in chemistry and biology. Does anyone really believe that this new course of study will offer or reflect “multiple voices and worldviews”? From the buzzwords used to describe the major, I shall fall off my chair if conservative or libertarian scholars have any voice – other than to be ignored or treated with condescension. I hope I’m mistaken.

  2. Ava Jackson

    As a WGS major, I feel inclined to point out a potential mistake in the second paragraph of this piece. I believe CES will be the most recently approved major since Women, Gender, and Sexuality became a major in 2013, making Business the third most recently created major. Regardless, I am thrilled about the approval of CES as a major and I am happy to see Kalamazoo College is practicing what we preach.

  3. Jim Klimchuk

    Hmmm….. I’ve always been proud of K for emphasizing open mindedness, critical thinking, and curiosity on all levels, ranging from formal studies to living in and contributing to a global society. I feel that these values have served me extremely well through the years. But I’m afraid I need to have a serious discussion with an advocate of these new majors before I’m convinced of their need. And I promise to be both open minded and critical! I fully support what I believe to be the goals of these majors, but is it not adequate to promote them through subject matter in courses (for traditional majors), extra-curricular activities, and the cultivation of a campus culture? It seems to me that this has worked well in the past, based on the many impressive things I have read in Lux Esto about the achievements of K grads.


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