Calendar of Events

 3 January Winter Term Begins (Note: Tuesday, 3 January, will be a Monday schedule; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be their regular schedules, i.e. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday schedules, respectively.)
3 January – 9 March 1-3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, “Cook’s Tour: Captain James Cook’s Voyages of Exploration in the Pacific, 1768, 1772, and 1776,” The A.M. Todd Rare Book Room Winter Term Exhibit, Third Floor, Upjohn Library Commons
4 January 7:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball v. Saint Mary’s College, Anderson Athletic Center
6 January 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Reflections on 2016. Join the Interfaith Student Leaders for a look at what shaped 2016 and what that means for us as we head into a new year. Stetson Chapel
5-9 p.m. January Art Hop at the Kalamazoo College Community Studio, Park Trades Center #312 (326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue)
7 January 1 p.m. Swimming & Diving v. Olivet College, Natatorium
 3 p.m. Men’s Basketball v. Trine University, Anderson Athletic Center
11 January 5 p.m. Dried Tobacco Project, a workshop, dinner and concert focusing on the use of music and art to create awareness and change around social issues, inspired by the Dried Tobacco Project song cycle. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
 6 p.m. Women’s Basketball v. Trine University, Anderson Athletic Center
 8 p.m. Men’s Basketball v. Albion College, Anderson Athletic Center
13 January 11 a.m. Community Reflection–The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection. This reflection is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to speak from their own experience/heart on this year’s theme: “The Transformative Power of a Unified Dream.” Stetson Chapel
3 p.m. Lecture by members of the Arborea Trio (Shin Hwang, piano; Alison Luthmers Teyssier, violin; Eva Lymenstull, cello, Dalton Theatre
8 p.m. Concert by the Arborea Trio, Dalton Theatre
16 January Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
10:50 a.m. “Transformative Power and Resistance in the New Century,” MLK Convocation address by poet Danez Smith, Stetson Chapel
12:30 p.m. “Future Tense: Poetry as Blueprint,” poetry workshop for Kalamazoo College students featuring Danez Smith, MLK Convocation event, Hicks Center Banquet Room (lunch provided)
4 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Commemorative Walk. Kalamazoo College students, faculty and staff join their counterparts from Western Michigan University and walk to MLK Park in downtown Kalamazoo. Gather at Red Square (transportation back to campus provided)
6:30 p.m. Readings in the Intercultural Center, open to the Kalamazoo College community. Students will read relevant writings/poetry/reflections (their own and those of others) about the day’s theme and celebrations. Intercultural Center (Hicks)
7:30 p.m. Screening of The Rosa Parks Story, starring Angela Bassett. Open to the Kalamazoo College community. Intercultural Center (Hicks)
18 January 5:30 p.m. Meet the Patels, Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening. The romantic comedy explores the influences of culture and identity on love. Ravi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents’ wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. RSVP to acsjl@kzoo.edu by Monday, January 16, if you wish to enjoy dinner as well. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball v. Calvin College, Anderson Athletic Center
19 January 12 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. To schedule an appointment, log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: kzoocollege) or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Hicks Center Banquet Room
20 January 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Food Within and Food Without, A Reflection on Food Justice within our Community. Take time to reflect on food justice/injustice within our communities of Kalamazoo College and the city of Kalamazoo.  Join the Food Recovery Network to explore the complexities that surround food insecurity and homelessness in our area. Stetson Chapel.
21 January 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball v. Calvin College, Anderson Athletic Center
3 p.m. Men’s Basketball v. Hope College, Anderson Athletic Center
25 January 5 p.m. Understanding Identity and Power, an ACSJL Leadership Training Series workshop. Registration required. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
27 January 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Why We Play. Student athletes and alumni provide a sense of the greater purpose and meaning of athletics during this annual reflection sponsored by the Department of Athletics. Stetson Chapel
7 p.m. Women’s Basketball v. Oberlin College, Anderson Athletic center
28 January 1 p.m. Swimming & Diving v. Calvin College, Natatorium
3 p.m. Men’s Basketball v. Alma College, Anderson Athletic Center
30 January 7 p.m. “Computing, Freedom and Privacy,” lecture by Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation. Digital technology is developing in a way that threatens our freedom, within our computers and in the Internet. What are the threats? What must we change? Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system in 1984.  Olds-Upton Room 103
31 January 5:30 p.m. Film screening and discussion of 13th, the 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay centered on race in the United States criminal justice system. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
6 p.m. West Main Hill/Kalamazoo College Imagine Kalamazoo Open House Workshop. Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 is about working together to create a shared vision that will enhance the quality of life for all.  Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room
1-2 February 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 19th Annual High School Choral Festival with guest clinician Dr. Sandra Snow, director of vocal and choral studies at Michigan State University. The festival provides singers an opportunity for education and growth in a non-competitive setting by working with a nationally recognized clinician. Choirs participate by invitation only. After a short welcome follows 20 minute segments for each choir to perform two pieces for the clinician, other choirs and their conductors, and any area music lovers and guests who would like to attend (FREE).  All choirs and directors remain in the auditorium so that they may hear the others and learn from the clinician’s comments. Following lunch, all participants join together to rehearse and perform music chosen by the clinician. For this year Dr. Snow has chosen “I See the Heaven’s Glories Shine”, by Andrea Ramsey. Participating choirs on February 1 are Mattawan High School, Loy Norrix High School, Otsego High School, West Ottawa High School and Rockford High School. Participating choirs on February 2 are Portage Central High School, Kalamazoo Central High School, Plainwell High School, Three Rivers High School and Vicksburg High School. Light Fine Arts Building
1 February 5 p.m. Understanding Intersectionality in Social Justice Work, an ACSJL Leadership Training Series workshop. Registration required. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
3 February Mid-Term Break
5-9 p.m. February Art Hop at the Kalamazoo College Community Studio, Park Trades Center #312 (326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue)
3-4 February Times TBD. The 7th Annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival. Among other works, new plays performed and directed by Kalamazoo College students. The Epic Center in Downtown Kalamazoo.  (Note: on Friday night, the New Play Festival is part of the ArtHop!)
8 February 5 p.m. Screening of the film Break The Chain, a documentary that addresses  the often “hidden-in-plain-sight” issue of human trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States. RSVP to acsjl@kzoo.edu if you wish to enjoy dinner as well. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
6 p.m. Women’s Basketball v. Hope College, Anderson Athletic Center
8 p.m. Men’s Basketball v. Olivet College, Anderson Athletic Center
9-12 February 7:30 p.m. (Thursday, Friday, Saturday); 2 p.m. (Sunday). Senior Performance Series. Student-directed plays from our “best and brightest” who continue the long tradition of students creating their own theatre. Plays include Stuck in Neutral, written and produced by Kyle Lampar ’17; Piss & Vinegar, written by Camille Wood ’17, directed by Clapton Marquis ’17; Gruesome Playground Injuries, written by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Aidan Ives-Johnson ’17; 101 Humiliating Stories, written by Lisa Kron ’83, co-produced by Madison Donoho ’17 and Emma Franzel ’17. All plays contain mature subject matter and language. Admission is $5. Dungeon Theatre
10 February 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Black Student Organization. The different places and different environments that shape BSO members and their beliefs.  Not all black people have the same experiences growing up, and no one can put an entire race into one box.  Come learn more about black culture through dance, song, poetry and sharing experiences. Stetson Chapel
4:10 p.m. Evolution in Everyday Life. In celebration of Darwin Day, David Mindell, visiting scholar at University of California-Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and author of The Evolving World, will speak about evolution in everyday life. The lecture will be lay-friendly and will be followed by Jeopardy Trivia Night (with T-shirt prizes for the top-performing teams). Dow Science Building Room 226.
5 p.m. Understanding Trans Identity, an ACSJL Leadership Training Series workshop. Registration required. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
11 February 10 a.m. Men’s Tennis v. Wheaton College, Markin Racquet Center
12 February 10 a.m. Women’s Tennis v. Kenyon College, Markin Racquet Center
2 p.m. Men’s Tennis v. Kenyon College, Markin Racquet Center
14 February 7 p.m. Discussion with Sharon Louden, artist, educator, advocate for artists and editor. Louden will be discussing her sculptures and paintings as well as her work for nonprofit organizations and her most recent book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She is a senior critic at the New York Academy of Art in New York City where she organizes a popular Lecture Series, interviewing luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar. Connable Recital Hall in the Light Fine Arts Building
15 February 5 p.m. Dismantling Oppression and Paths to Liberation, an ACSJL Leadership Training Series workshop. Registration required. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
6:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball v. Olivet College, Anderson Athletic Center
16 February 7 P.M. The 2017 Armstrong Lecture, “Making Religion on the Reservation: Native Americans and the Limits of American Religious Freedom,” Tisa Wenger, Associate Professor of American Religious History, Yale Divinity School. For many Native Americans in the early twentieth century, the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom must have seemed like a cruel joke or a distant dream. Rather than granting protection to indigenous traditions, government agents systematically criminalized and suppressed them. In order to appeal to religious freedom in this context, Native Americans had to make indigenous practices appear as much like Christianity as possible or even subordinate them to Christianity entirely. Such appeals, this talk argues, worked to (re)make indigenous religion and to forge the very distinction between religion and the secular in Native American societies. Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room
17 February 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Why We Sing. Join the a capella group Premium Orange for a reflection on the variety of musical styles that play important roles in the lives of the singers. This musical sample should be fun for all. Stetson Chapel
8 p.m. Concert by the Academy Street Winds (Symphonic Band) Dalton Theatre
18 February 11 a.m. Men’s Tennis v. Coe College, Markin Racquet Center
1 p.m. Women’s Basketball v. Albion College, Anderson Athletic Center
3 p.m. Men’s Basketball v. Adrian College, Anderson Athletic Center
19 February 10 a.m. Men’s Tennis v. Wabash College, Markin Racquet Center
22 February 5:30 p.m. Mapping Our Desire, an ACSJL Leadership Training Series workshop. Registration required. Led by Dr. Jamie Grant, “Mapping Your Desire” workshops direct participants to (re)examine the myriad forces that are bent on keeping us from loving and claiming ourselves as sexual beings. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
23 February 4 p.m. Leadership Dinner with ACSJL Faculty Fellow Dr. Christine Hahn, discussing her fellowship project on decolonizing art history. RSVP to acsjl@kzoo.edu by Tuesday, February 21. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
5:30 p.m. Leadership dinner with ACSJL Staff Fellow Anne Dueweke, discussing her fellowship project with ACSJL student research fellow Allia Howard ’17. RSVP to acsjl@kzoo.edu by Tuesday, February 21. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.
23-26 February 7:30 p.m. (Thursday, Friday, Saturday); 2 p.m. (Sunday). A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Karen Berthel. The story tells a black family’s experiences in the Washington Park subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood as family members attempt to “better” themselves with an insurance payout from the death of the father. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, as well as the first with a black director. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959. $15 for adults, $10 for adults 65+, and $5 for students from the community. All Kalamazoo College employees and students are admitted free of charge. Nelda K. Balch Playhouse.
24 February 11 a.m. Community Reflection–The Faith of Nina Simone. A reflection on the work of the American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist who worked in a range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel and pop. Stetson Chapel
25 February 2 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse v. DePauw University, MacKenzie Field
26 February 5 p.m. “Pro-Voice: Reproductive Justice Monologues,” theatre performance devised and directed by Lindsay Worthington ’17, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan, the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement, Dr. Karyn Boatwright’s “Feminist Psychology of Women” class and Alison Geist’s, “Contemporary Issues in Public Health” course.  The “Pro-Voice” monologues will be performed by K students, based on interviews students in the aforementioned classes conducted with local people whose stories illuminate the importance of Planned Parenthood’s services to our community.  The performance also incorporates interviews of policymakers and service providers regarding maternal and child health in the local community. For tickets (10$) contact Brenda Westra in person at the Department of Psychology office suite in Olds-Upton Hall. The event takes place in the Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building.
27 February 7 p.m. “Israel’s Wars With Hamas: Dilemmas of Asymmetric Conflicts,” lecture by Yael Aronoff, associate professor, James Madison College within Michigan State University, and director of the Jewish Studies Program, Michigan State University. Dr. Aronoff analyzes democracies fighting asymmetric wars, as they attempt to balance traditional military strategies of deterrence with pressures for restraint. The lecture is sponsored by Jewish Studies, International Area Studies and the Academic Engagement Network. Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room.
7 p.m. “Pro-Voice: Reproductive Justice Monologues,” theatre performance devised and directed by Lindsay Worthington ’17, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan, the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement, Dr. Karyn Boatwright’s “Feminist Psychology of Women” class and Alison Geist’s, “Contemporary Issues in Public Health” course.  The “Pro-Voice” monologues will be performed by K students, based on interviews students in the aforementioned classes conducted with local people whose stories illuminate the importance of Planned Parenthood’s services to our community.  The performance also incorporates interviews of policymakers and service providers regarding maternal and child health in the local community. For tickets (10$) contact Brenda Westra in person at the Department of Psychology office suite in Olds-Upton Hall. The event takes place in the Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building.
28 February 5 p.m. (un)Welcome Performance, an exploration of sexual violence and self empowerment in an original interactive performance/workshop. Dungeon Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
7 p.m. Concert by the International Percussion Band, Dalton Theatre
1 March 5 p.m. Robots in Japan, presentation by Jennifer Robertson, the 2017 Nagai Kafû lecturer and professor of anthropology and the history of art at the University of Michigan. The talk will focus on robots as companions and caregivers, as well as technology, human-technology relationships/interface, aging societies and gender issues. Dewing Hall Room 103
7 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse v. Concordia (Ill.) College, MacKenzie Field
2 March 5 p.m. (un)Welcome Performance, an exploration of sexual violence and self empowerment in an original interactive performance/workshop. Dungeon Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building
 5 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse v. Illinois Institute of Technology, MacKenzie Field
3 March 11 a.m. Community Reflection–Why We Learn. The Interfaith Student Leaders will lead a reflection focusing on the “why” of coming to college.  Students, faculty and staff will reflect on the importance of their education in helping them craft their lives. Stetson Chapel
5-9 p.m. March Art Hop at the Kalamazoo College Community Studio, Park Trades Center #312 (326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue)
8 p.m. Concert by the Kalamazoo College Jazz Band, Dalton Theatre
4 March 1 p.m.. Women’s Tennis v. Principia College, Markin Racquet Center
8 p.m. Concert by the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Dalton Theatre
5 March 10 a.m. Men’s Tennis v. Denison University, Markin Racquet Center
2 p.m. Women’s Tennis v. Denison University, Markin Racquet Center
3 p.m. Concert by the Kalamazoo College Singers, Stetson Chapel
6 March 5 p.m. Self Care for Social Change, an ACSJL Leadership Training Series workshop, Registration required. Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
7 March 3 p.m. Softball v. Manchester College (DH) Softball Field
8 March 6 p.m. 17th Annual Young Vocalists Competition-High School Division. YVC attracts and array of Midwestern singers who compete for cash prizes and a chance to perform in the Winners Concert to occur in April. Connable Recital Hall.
9 March 5 p.m. Bad Kids, Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening. A coming-of-age story of extraordinary educators and talented students combatting the crippling effects of poverty. The film is set  in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It’s their last chance. RSVP to acsjl@kzoo.edu by Tuesday, March 7, if you wish to enjoy dinner as well . Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
10 March Winter Term Classes End
11 a.m. Community Reflection–Stress Relief Sing Along. sing along to classic songs while learning a little bit about how to maintain your sanity in a stressful time.  The music will be loud; the fun will be extreme.  Keep the winter blues away with some great music and friends. Stetson Chapel
7 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse v. Heidelberg College, MacKenzie Field
11 March 10 a.m. 17th Annual Young Vocalists Competition-College Division. YVC attracts and array of Midwestern singers who compete for cash prizes and a chance to perform in the Winners Concert to occur in April. Connable Recital Hall.
12-14 March Final Exams
27 March Spring Term Classes Begin
30 March  7 p.m. Performance by guitarist and composer Giorgio Mirto, artistic director of the prestigious international guitar festival Six Ways (Turin, Italy), First Congregational Church, 345 West Michigan Avenue.
7 April 5 p.m. Attic Treasures: Ancient Athens as Seen Through Vase Paintings and Architecture, a stop on April’s Kalamazoo Art Hop, the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room, Kalamazoo College Library
8 May 6 p.m. (reception) 7:30 p.m. (lecture) “Lessons Learned After the 1995 ‘Discernible Human Influence’ Finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” the 2017 Tourtellotte Lecture, Benjamin David Santer, atmospheric scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. About his lecture Santer writes: “In November 1995, after three days of deliberations in Madrid’s Palacio de Congresas, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reached the historic finding that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate”. This sentence changed the world. While other individuals and national scientific organizations had reached similar conclusions before Madrid, the “discernible human influence” statement marked the first time that the international climate science community had spoken so clearly and forcefully. The reaction was swift. The ‘discernible human influence’ conclusion led to Congressional investigations, charges of “scientific cleansing”, allegations of corruption of the peer-review process and professional misconduct, and claims of political tampering. I spent several years addressing such criticism. My lecture is a reflection on the top ten scientific and personal lessons I learned after publication of the IPCC’s 1995 Report. Many of these lessons still have relevance in today’s world.” Dewing Commons (reception) and Dewing Hall Room 103 (Lecture)