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The Climate Crisis: Trump vs. Truth:
And Why it Matters to Students

Wednesday, March 22


Bernhard Center 157

Flier and More Information



Responding to Threats to Justice, the Environment and Civil Rights: A Day of Learning and Action

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 16, 2017 Bernhard Center, 10 am to 3 pm


Community Read of Don't Even Think About It: Why our brains are wired to avoid climate change

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:00-8:30, Kalamazoo Public Library

Hope for Creation:
Faith & Action
in a Time of
Climate Change

A series of presentations about climate change and how people of faith might take meaningful action here in Kalamazoo. Each evening will begin with a simple soup supper followed by a presentation by a community expert on climate change and conversation among participants.

5:30 pm-7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
212 Park Street
Kalamazoo, 49006

Hope for Creation: Reprintable PDF Flier & Complete Program Details

Monday March 10, 2014
Seeds of Hope: Faith Communities Adapting to a Changing Climate
Cybelle Shattuck, University of Michigan

Monday March 17, 2014
The Economic Debate on the Costs of Climate Inaction

Ahmed Hussen, Kalamazoo College

Monday March 24, 2014
Climate Change and Agriculture in Michigan: What we've seen and what we can expect
Phil Robertson, Kellogg Biological Station

Monday March 31, 2014
Our Response in Kalamazoo


Fall 2013:

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m. People’s Church
     Dave Karowe, WMU Professor of Biological Sciences: The Effects of
     Climate Change on Birds
, sponsored by the Audubon Society

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7p.m. 1920 Sangren Hall, WMU
         Bob Inglis, Former Congressman (R-SC) and Current Director Energy & Enterprise Initiative, Energy & Climate Change: The Role of Free Enterprise and Government, Sponsored by Environmental Studies Program, Political Science Department, and the Lee Honors College

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library
      Craig Brainard, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club of SW Michigan, and
      Steve Losher, Michigan Land Air Water Defense, Don't Frack Up My
Sponsored by the Sierra Club of SW Michigan.Wednesday,

Sept 25, 2013, 7 p.m., Ethics Center, WMU, Bernhard Center rm 105-107
Ron Kramer, WMU Professor of Sociology,  Is Climate Change a
 Moral, Legal and Political Perspectives.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7:30p.m. Kalamazoo Institute of Art
     Michele Oka Doner, The Ocean as Inspiration, the Ocean as

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library
    Mark Cowell, Otsego farmer & former U. of Missouri Professor of
    Geography, Consequences of Climate Change for America’s
       Biological and Agricultural Landscapes

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7p.m. WMU Office for Sustainability
   Harold Glasser, WMU Executive Director for Campus Sustainability,
   Climate Change, Sustainability, and WMU's Greenhouse Gas
      Reduction Efforts

Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library
    Dave Karowe, WMU Professor of Biological Sciences,
    Five Things Everyone Should Know About Climate Change

Thursday, Oct. 10 – Thursday, Oct. 17, 8a.m. – 9p.m., 1206 South
   Kohrman Hall, Art Exhibit, Spare Change: The art of climate
   Sponsored by Environmental Studies Program and the Frostic School
   of Art

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 7 p.m. Miller Auditorium
    Bill McKibben, founder of and author of The End of Nature,
  Notes from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight
        Free and open to the public; registration required at:

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 7 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library
     Paul Clements, WMU Professor of Political Science, The Politics of    
        Climate Change

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. Homeworks Warehouse
      Habitat and Community Homeworks, Home Energy Efficiency: New
          Home Construction and Retrofitting Existing Homes

          Online registration required at:
          or by phone 269-344-2443 x 206. 

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Library
      Cybelle Shattuck with Rev. John Boley, Kalamazoo Interfaith
      Coalition for Peace and Justice, A Faith-Based Response to Climate

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 7p.m., Bernhard Center, West Suite (Rooms
       208+209) Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change, with elected officials.
      Sponsored by WMU Institute of Government & Politics

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kalamazoo Nature Center
      Public conference on "Biodiversity and Climate Change: Towards
      a Climate Action Plan for Kalamazoo
, sponsored by KNC and
      Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones. Online registration required at, or by phone 269-381-1574.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 to 4 p.m. Homeworks Warehouse
      Habitat and Community Homeworks, Home Energy Efficiency: New
         Home Construction and Retrofitting Existing Homes

          Online registration required at:
          or by phone 269-344-2443 x 206. 

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m., The Little Theatre
        People's Food Co-op and Kalamazoo Film Society, Dirt! The Movie.
        Each showing will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the
        role of food and agriculture in climate change.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library
       Tom Small, WMU emeritus Professor of English, Climate Change 
          and the Transition Movement to Resilient Community

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. People’s Church
     Ken Dahlberg, WMU Professor Emeritus, Jim Bingen, MSU
        Professor Emeritus, and Maynard Kaufman, WMU Professor
        Emeritus:  Global Warming and Food:  A Roundtable discussing
        Emerging Alternatives to the Mega-threats of Industrial Food
        and Agriculture

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. 3301 Friedmann Hall
        Don Cooney, WMU Professor of Social Work, Divesting from Big
            Oil: Building the Movement


Sponsoring Partners:  The Western Michigan University Center for the Humanities, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo

Lyceum Lectures

- Open to WMU community and the public