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Community Emergence Series

Community Emergence Series 

Presented by the Terry Todd International Speaker Fund, the Kalamazoo Nature Center's Community Emergence Series continues through September and into October. The series is co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Nature CenterONEPlace at Kalamazoo Public Library, and Rootead Enrichment Center.

Many of the programs in this series will be free, including a virtual talk by adrienne maree brown, author of  "Emergent Strategy." The series is inspired by brown’s concept of emergence as a framework for interacting with self, others, and our planet that mimics patterns found in nature. The author explores ways that communities across the globe can emerge from the challenges of COVID-19 and racial reckoning.  brown asks what role nature plays in our emergence. The program series offers a call to listen and imagine collective community solutions. 

"Emergent Strategy" is available to borrow from KPL in print, ebook, and audiobook versions here. It is available to purchase at this is a bookstore.


Watch the Sepember 23 talk by adrienne maree brown on KNC's Youtube channel here!
Please see the Resource Guide from the talk here.

Upcoming Series Programs

Our Natural Connections: Writing Workshop for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Graders  

 

Saturday, November 20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am  
Location: in-person RAWK (Read and Write Kalamazoo), 802 South Westnedge Avenue Kalamazoo 49008 
Free event. REGISTER HERE beginning November 1 at Noon.

 

In this writing workshop series youth will discuss and explore our relationships with the natural world. We’ll start with big questions like: How are we connected to the earth? What separates us? What can we learn from the animals and organisms we’re in community with? Through group discussion and individual writing time, we’ll dive deeper in the direction(s) of participants’ interests. 


Past programs:

Climate Change Book Club: "Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing World" 
Tuesday September 14, 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Virtual event 

Free event.
All are welcome to join the WMU Climate Change Working Group and the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition for an evening of discussion and exploration about how the Kalamazoo community could utilize the frameworks in "Emergent Strategy" to help achieve the transformative solutions required to address the climate crisis. Reading: "Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds" by adrienne maree brown (274 pages, 2017). Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, "Emergent Strategy" is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Discussion will be moderated by author/activist and community leader Denise Miller. Hosted by: WMU Climate Change Working Groupthis is a bookstore & Bookbug, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition. Please consider purchasing your copy of Emergent Strategy from our co-sponsors at this is a bookstore!

 


Emergent Leader Panel @ ONEplace at KPL
Thursday, September 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Virtual event
Free event.

Join ONEplace for a Deeper Dive Discussion on adrienne maree brown’s book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing World. This session will feature a panel of local leaders who recognized something needed to be changed and acted accordingly. We will also use the time to provide personal introspection as well as develop a plan to further develop our capacity to emerge. A few principles to be explored: Never a failure, always a lesson; Trust the people; Move at the speed of trust; Less prep, more presence.


Real Talk with Red Birth Green 
Thursday, September 16, 6:30pm

Location: Harrison Park, 620 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo
Free event.

You've met Red Birth Green After Dark and Real Talk with Red Birth Green live on Facebook. Now, get ready for Real Talk with RBG live in person! We are so excited to gather with you in nature to cultivate community and talk about how we RISE, together. In September, we will turn on our internal power switch as we lean into the Principles of Emergent Strategy. We always come with plenty of conversation material, but most of all we want to know from you what is burning in your body and mind. This conversation space is specifically adults and breastfeeding babes only, so please do leave any other children at home. Food and drink are welcome! Hosted by Rootead.


Patrese Griffin: The Kalamazoo Housing Crisis & Environmental Justice in Kalamazoo
Friday, September 17, 11:00am - Noon 
Location: Kalamazoo Public Library's Central Branch AND Virtual 
Free event. REGISTER HERE

Patrese Griffin will speak about the housing crisis in Kalamazoo, her work to combat housing injustice, the relationship between housing and environmental justice, and how these crises affect all community members. The talk will include a Q&A session at the end.


Black History 101 Mobile Museum: The 5th Element Hip Hop Exhibit Display
Saturday, September 18, 10:30am - 3:00pm  
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center Visitor Center
Free event includes KNC admission.

The 5th Element Hip Hop Exhibit is the latest thematic showcase of memorabilia from the award-winning Black History 101 Mobile Museum. "Knowledge of Culture and History" is the 5th of the fundamental elements of hip hop, which also include "Emceeing, Deejaying, Graffiti, and the "B-Boy/B-Girl." The exhibit features over 150 original artifacts documenting the 40+ year history of hip hop culture. 

This exhibit will use artifacts from the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Jim Crow, Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement and the Black Arts Movement to show how hip hop has drawn inspiration from the past to create a distinct cultural contribution that has a global impact on popular culture. blackhistorymobilemuseum.com


Dr. Khalid el-Hakim: The 5th Element - Using Hip Hop Artifacts to Teach Black History
Saturday, September 18, 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Exhibit opens for registered guests at 5:00pm. Lecture begins at 6:00pm.
Location:
Kalamazoo Nature Center Visitor Center
Free event.

Hear from the founder of Black History 101 Mobile Museum, Dr. Khalid el-Hakim.   


Open Roads Community Ride
Saturday, September 18, 10:00am - 3:00pm 
Location: Ride begins and ends at Open Roads, 1523 Riverview Dr., with a stop at KNC's Visitor Center.
Free event includes KNC admission.

This 10-mile, round-trip ride will take participants to KNC by way of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT). At KNC, riders will stop at the Visitor Center to view the The 5th Element Hip Hop Exhibit. Riders will then return to the KRVT to ride back to Open Roads. Learn more here.


 

adrienne maree brown

Thursday, September 23, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Virtual event 
Free event.  

Watch the Sepember 23 talk by adrienne maree brown on KNC's Youtube channel here!

Please see the Resource Guide from the talk here.

Join a virtual talk by Terry Todd International Speakers Series guest, adrienne maree brown. In "Emergent Strategy," adrienne maree brown names patterns established to perpetuate capitalism, white-supremacy, colonialism, and patriarchy.  She offers patterns found in nature as alternative tools for relating to ourselves, each other, our institutions, and the Earth for our collective liberation. 

Tune in live from home or join a watch party and facilitated discussions at one of the following locations:

KNC Visitor Center
Thursday, September 23, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center Visitor Center
Free event.
3-4:30 pm:  Tune in for the virtual Terry Todd International Speaker Series Presenter: adrienne maree brown. The screening will be inside in the Coopers’ Glen Auditorium. Guests will be limited to 30 with masking and distanced seating. 
4:30-7 pm: Guests will move outside to the Vista Deck for a meal and discussion.   

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College
Thursday, September 23, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Free event.
Whether you are attending the Brave Spaces Workshop or not, you are welcome to gather for a live screening of adrienne maree brown's talk on "Emergent Strategy". Her talk will be followed by a discussion and a meal catered by @LoadASpudKzoo

Fetzer Center, Putney Auditorium, Western Michigan University 
Thursday September 23, 3:00 pm - 5:00pm 
Free event.

Gather for a live screening of adrienne maree brown’ s talk on "Emergent Strategy" followed by discussion facilitated by Dr. Cybelle Shattuck and Dr. Denise Keele. Cookies and drink service provided. Sponsored by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. 


Gun Violence: Wellness and Healing Together

Friday, September 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Rootead Enrichment Center Dance Studio

Our community is suffering great loss in a variety of ways due to gun violence. Coping with loss is deeply personal and challenging but even more so as a community and as a result of the trauma of gun violence. Understanding our grief and allowing time and space to process can lead to a greater sense of awareness, healing, and peace. 

Join Dr. Wells as she addresses grief and its various stages, what support looks like, how compassion plays into the process, and ultimately how to persist in helping yourself and others heal.


Deeper Dive Discussion & Brunch

Thursday, September 30, 10:00am-11:00am

            "We will adapt to change or become irrelevant." adrienne maree brown

Join ONEplace for a Deeper Dive Discussion of adrienne maree brown’s book "Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing World". This book discussion will focus on applying Emergent Strategy to our organizations. We will also use the time to provide personal introspection, and to develop a plan to further grow our capacity to emerge. A few principles to be explored: Never a failure, always a lesson; Trust the people; Move at the speed of trust; Less prep, more presence. Coffee and pastries will be served. Children welcome


Lunch with Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower"

Saturday, October 2, Noon - 1:30pm   
Location: Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch Hosted by RAWK Read and Write Kalamazoo
Audience: Teens Grades 9-12
Free event.

Teens (grades 9–12): join us at the Douglass Community Association for a delicious lunch and a lively discussion of Octavia Butler’s "Parable of the Sower". Each participant will receive a free copy of the graphic novel. Facilitated by RAWK Read and Write Kalamazoo.


Transforming our Approach to Conflict
Wednesday, October 6, 9:00am – 12:00pm  
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center Visitor Center
Free event.

Facilitated by Gryphon Place, we will gather to learn, connect, and support one another as we solve problems faced in our local communities. We will consider how a transformed approach to conflict can help us approach issues of environmental injustice specifically, while also considering how environmental issues are connected with many other forms of injustice.


Our Natural Connections: Writing Workshop for 6th, 7th, & 8th graders

Saturday, October 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: in-person RAWK (Read and Write Kalamazoo), 802 South Westnedge Avenue Kalamazoo 49008 
Free event.

In this writing workshop series youth will discuss and explore our relationships with the natural world. We’ll start with big questions like: How are we connected to the earth? What separates us? What can we learn from the animals and organisms we’re in community with? Through group discussion and individual writing time, we’ll dive deeper in the direction(s) of participants’ interests.


Our Natural Connections: Writing Workshop for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders  
Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am - 11:00 am  
Location: in-person RAWK (Read and Write Kalamazoo), 802 South Westnedge Avenue Kalamazoo 49008 
Free event.

In this writing workshop series youth will discuss and explore our relationships with the natural world. We’ll start with big questions like: How are we connected to the earth? What separates us? What can we learn from the animals and organisms we’re in community with? Through group discussion and individual writing time, we’ll dive deeper in the direction(s) of participants’ interests. 


Learning From Fractals in Nature
Saturday, November 6, 1-3 pm
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp Barn 
Audience: Recommended for ages 8 and older, families, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 
Free event.

Fractals are everywhere! Test your understanding of these infinitely complex mathematical shapes by hitting the trails at KNC to see how many patterns you can find in their natural habitat. 

 

In Partnership With:

Kalamazoo Nature Center

 

KPL ONEplace

 

Rootead

Black and Brown Therapy Collective

Black History 101 Mobile Museum

 

Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition

 

K College Arcus Center

  

Kalamazoo College

 

Gryphon Place

 

Kalamazoo Public Library

 

Open Roads

  

RAWK

  

TRHT Kalamazoo

 

WMU Climate Change Working Group

YWCA