Kalamazoo College

TEDxKalamazooCollege Gives Voice To Young Thinkers

Jul 16, 2015
Trisha Dunham, WMUK

Picture your typical TED speaker, perhaps a dust of gray hair, business casual attire, and a confident demeanor. Now a new TEDx event is bringing younger voices into the mix.

Courtesy Sarah Lindley

The former Plainwell Paper Mill, lying right along the Kalamazoo River, has a complicated history with its surrounding city. The mill made Plainwell the city you see today, offering up nearly 500 jobs for Plainwell’s 4,000 residents. But when it closed in 2000, it left behind contamination, economic hardship, and frustrated locals.

"K-College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran said in an email to the campus community last week that the college would establish an intercultural center 'that builds community by providing services and programming that supports our richly diverse student body and has a primary focus on individuals and groups who experience marginalization on campus.'" (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette

Kalamazoo College

Author Doris Bergen uses the analogy of a house on fire to explain the origins of the Holocaust. 

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran has announced that she’ll retire at the end of June 2016. She’s served as the college’s president for almost ten years.

Kalamazoo College officials Wilson-Oyelaren's accomplishments during that time include an updated curriculum, an emphasis on diversity at the liberal arts school, and the building of several new facilities. They include the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.