Sunday Series

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Sunday Series

The Sunday Series in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater features lectures every second and fourth Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted. This year, we're mixing it up with topics ranging from rocks to Valentines, alternative energy to social issues of the past and present. Programs begin at 1:30 p.m. and are always FREE! 

  • Sizzle, Glow, and Attract!
    October 8, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Minerals do the strangest things with Dr. Deborah Coates. Explore the properties used to identify rocks and minerals. Some rocks and minerals effervesce, fluoresce, and are magnetic.

  • World Slavery: The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music
    October 22, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Ray Kamalay traces the development of slavery from ancient times to its links with American society and into the early jazz age, putting American music in the perspective of world history. Discussion will include freedom, ancient and modern slavery, the Haitian Revolution, the origin of blackface, spirituals, blues, minstrel shows, ragtime, and jazz.

    Ray Kamalay is a talented guitarist and singer from Detroit, Michigan. He has recorded several jazz records with his group, the Red Hot Peppers. Ray is noted for his work with many folk music groups and notable jazz artists such as the Chenille Sisters, Johnny Frigo, James Dapogny, and Howard and Ralphe Armstrong. His collaboration with the Armstrongs earned a W.C. Handy Award nomination in 1998.

  • Wind Energy with Tom Sutton
    November 12, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Explore the history of wind power use as well as the more modern use of wind energy for electricity production.

  • Kalamazoo's Influenza Epidemic of 1918 with Sharon Ferraro
    New research reveals how Kalamazoo fared during this national epidemic.