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WMU Theatre students Sarah Rice and Joe Cavaiani
John Lacko

Gaslighting—the act of psychologically manipulating someone to make them question their sanity. It’s a term that became popular in the turn of the century when Sigmund Freud’s theories were captivating the masses.

Merze Tate receiving her doctorate from Western Michigan University
courtesy of Sonya Bernard Hollins

While many African Americans in the 1920s and 30s were fighting for basic rights, Western Michigan University alum Merze Tate was traveling the world and attending colleges like Oxford University.

Play rehearsal for Theatre Kalamazoo's New Play Festival. All of the plays are staged readings to allow for more revisions
Sarah West

This weekend Kalamazoo playwrights will share their latest work at the 5th Annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival.

Don’t let the title fool you: Black or White has nothing to do with Michael Jackson or Macaulay Culkin or those really-cool-in-a-1991-sort-of-way digital tricks used in the duo’s famous music video.

Instead of a pop-song lecture about equality, this Black or White gives Detroit-born Mike Binder an opportunity to tackle a hot-button issue: What is the best environment in which to raise a mixed-race child?

Tracy Bell holding her bells made out of vintage silverware handles
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The e-commerce website Etsy—which specializes in handmade and vintage goods—has come a long way since it started in 2005. The site now has over one million shops. But not all artists are happy with how the company has grown.

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