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At a time when some community read programs have shut down, Kalamazoo Public Library Director Ann Rohrbaugh says her institution's Reading Together will be reaching its 15th milestone anniversary in March. She says picking books with potential for lively discussions, often around social issues, is its winning formula. This year's selection is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White," a book of essays about race relations. He'll speak in Kalamazoo on March 14.

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A graduate student at Western Michigan University says the Trump administration’s travel ban caused him a close call. Salem Ba Saiwar spoke at a university-sponsored panel on diversity and inclusion on Wednesday, where WMU president John Dunn urged Kalamazoo to show support for community members from abroad.

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On Sunday at Miller Auditorium, Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University, will conduct an  art-nouveau era work, Dionysiaques, by once-famous Impressionist composer Florent Schmitt. The concert will also feature Nora Lewis, the new professor of oboe at Western Michigan University, performing the Concerto for Oboe by Jennifer Higdon, a Sousa march, and David Maslanka's Traveler.

Joan Marcus

Mallory King graduated with a degree in music theater performance from Western Michigan University in 2015. Two years later, she's visiting Kalamazoo again as a lead performer in a  national touring company of the Tony Award winning Annie.  King talks to Cara Lieurance about her character, Lily St. Regis, and what life is like as an up-and-coming singer/dancer/actor.  

Chat room users Orangutan (left) and Chutes And Ladders (right) in the Western production of 'Water By The Spoonful'
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The internet allows people to connect who never would have met each other before. People who live in opposite corners of the globe, from different backgrounds and cultures. The Pulitzer-Prize winning play Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes explores human connections on and offline. Western Michigan University will perform Water By The Spoonful February 10th through February 19th.