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Kalamazoo College visiting faculty member and guest artist Bianca Washington says the play Student Body has caused her to recall some experiences from her past, and she says it may do the same for the audience. Washington is directing the play, which examines how 10 college students react to the discovery of a video that includes evidence of a sexual assault. It will be staged at the Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College Thursday February 21st through Sunday February 24th. 

The play written by Frank Winters, takes place in one long scene. K-College freshman Grace Erway, who plays Liz, says with little off-stage time the actors have to be engaged. Psychology Major Jared Pittman, who plays Malcom, says the audience will also have be on their toes. He says the interactive nature of the play means the audience is trying to figure out what to do along with the characters.


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Mark Nepo says his book More Together Than Alone was 13 years in the making. The Kalamazoo author says he kept coming back to the idea of care and interdependence in various cultures. Nepo wrote other books in that time, and says he wondered if this one would ever get finished.

Nepo says his previous books were more about individual journeys. He says More Together Than Alone is about what happens when these “circles get larger.” Nepo will speak Thursday night February 21st at 7:00p.m. at Western Michigan University in Room 2452 of Knauss Hall. It’s part of the University Center for the Humanities lecture series.


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It'll be 107 years ago this year that black resort Idlewild was founded by white developers in upper Michigan. Wealthy African-Americans spent their summer vacations there during the days of segregation. Soon it became the go-to place for the hottest entertainers of color to perform, like Duke Ellington. Detroit-area native Carlean Gill, now 80, was a showgirl with the Idlewild Review at the Paradise Club in the '60s and '70s. She will share her memories on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Richmond Center for the Visual Arts at Western Michigan University. The panel discussion takes place after a screening of a documentary about Idlewild.


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Wendy Fields says she's humbled to have been recruited by multiple people to run for president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. Last week, she was sworn in for a two-year term. Fields is holding a reception for the community to meet her and the new NAACP board on Friday, Feb. 22nd from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.


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Western Michigan University Political Science Professor Paul Clements says he agrees with Nobel Prize winning economist William Nordhaus that a carbon tax is needed to address climate change. But Clements says Nordhaus’ proposal is inadequate. 

Clements will be part of a panel discussion at Western Michigan University – The True Cost of Climate Change and its Policy Implications. It begins at 2:00p.m. Friday afternoon February 15th in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. Clements says the Yale University professor is an influential climate change economist. But he says Nordhaus has been throwing “cold water” on the urgency needed to address climate change.


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