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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums

Ann Arbor is an educated and educational community, providing an ample selection of brown bag lectures, seminars, and other colloquia. The Calendar covers events from authors on book signing tours to politicians on the stump.





 
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Monday


March 2013
 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Disputed Pasts, Troubled Presents: Exploring the Entwined Histories of Armenians, Kurds, and Turks": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Talks U-M history professor Ronald Suny and Istanbul Bilgi University political science Professor Ayhan Aktar.
4-6 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Give?": Dexter District Library.

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Michigan author Rodney Gasaway discusses his new book, Why Give?, a collection of essays and interviews about giving and philanthropy.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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Tuesday


March 2013
 4 p.m.  Free! 

Lecture Series: U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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Mar. 20: Columbia University history and sociomedical sciences professor Samuel Roberts on "A Political History of Heroin Addiction: Race, Crime, and the Fractured Liberalism of Methadone Maintenance and Harm Reduction in New York City, 1963-1973." Mar. 26: DePaul University public policy studies professor Fassil Demissie on "Remaking Space for Neoliberal Urbanism: Dispossession Through Urban Renewal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia."
4 p.m., 4701 Haven Hall, 505 S. State. Free. 764-5513. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Two Species of Sexual Violence": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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New School for Social Research anthropology professor Miriam Ticktin discusses contemporary transnational discussions of sexual violence and suggests these discussions can be divided into two kinds: one is used to distinguish between different kinds of people, the other to distinguish between different kinds of politics.
4-5:30 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Samuel Delany: EMU English Department Bathhouse Reading Series.

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Reading by this Temple University creative writing professor, a Nebula- and Hugo-winning sci-fi writer best known for his 1960s novels Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection.
5-6:30 p.m., EMU Roosevelt Auditorium, W. Forest at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1310.
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Whittemore Lecture on Landscape Architecture delivered by Laurie Olin: U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Laurie Olin, founding partner of the landscape architecture and urban design firm OLIN, delivers this year's Whittemore Lecture on Tuesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. in Rackham Amphitheater. The title of his lecture is "Sustainable Cities: New Name, Old Topic."
His firm received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design in 2008, and in 2010 was on the winning team in the competition to design the new United States Embassy in London with architects KieranTimberlake.
He is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an American Academy of Rome Fellow, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 1999 Wyck-Strickland Award recipient, and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734.936.2447. merrillk@umich.edu http://snre.umich.edu/news/01-24-2013/olin_delivers_whittemore_lecture_on_landscape_architecture_march_26 [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Marķa Magdalena Campos-Pons: UMMA.

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This Cuban artist is joined by U-M American culture and women's studies professor Larry La Fountain-Stokes in a discussion of her wide-ranging work in visual and performance art of the past 3 decades that explores the legacy of the African diaspora across the Atlantic.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Keynote Speaker: Patrice Gaines: EMU Women's History Month 2013.

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An award winning journalist and former Washington Post reporter, Patrice Gaines works to empower girls and young women at risk, drawing from the heart of her experiences on the streets and in prison. She is the co-founder of Brown Angel Center, seeking to provide formerly incarcerated women and their families with the tools to renew their lives. Gaines is author of "Laughing in the Dark" and "Moments of Grace: Meeting the Challenge to Change.
-Sponsored by the Graduate School and Women's and Gender Studies
EMU Student Center Auditorium, 900 Oakwood St Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Free. mmarti50@emich.edu www.emich.edu/womenshistorymonth/ [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group.

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All invited to join a discussion of chapters 5 and 6 of Michelle Alexander's influential new study, the 2012 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection.
7-9 p.m., St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 1679 Broadway. Free. Child care available with advance notice. 663-1870. [map]
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Wednesday


March 2013
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Aging: What's Normal and What's Not? U-M Turner Senior Resource Center.

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Talk by U-M internal medicine professor Alan Dengiz.
10-11:30 a.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Ghost Hunters of Southeastern Michigan": Kempf House Museum.

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SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (Lansing) members discuss the findings of their recent investigation at the Kempf House and at other historic properties in our region.
7 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $5. 994-4898. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Building Islam in Detroit: Foundations, Forums, Futures": U-M Hatcher Graduate Library.

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Lectures in conjunction with the current exhibit, including Temple University Islamic studies professor Zain Abdullah on "Islam and the Challenge of Black Muslim Globalities in the 21st Century" and exhibit curator Sally Howell on "'They are Orientals and They Love the East': Conflating Race, Nation, and Religion for Detroit Muslims in the 1920s."
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Rethinking Inca Architecture": U-M Art History Department.

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Talk by architectural historian Stella Nair.
5 p.m., 180 Tappan Hall, 855 South University. Free. 764-5400. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Success for Women in Graduate School: EMU Women's History Month 2013.

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Christen Mitchell and Lorinda Rausch, Eastern Michigan University
This event hopes to demystify and support the possibility of graduate school for current EMU undergraduate students and women in the surrounding community. It will also try to help answer the confusing question current female graduate students might ask themselves: "What's next?"
Halle Library 300, 955 W Circle Dr Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. mmarti50@emich.edu www.emich.edu/womenshistorymonth/ [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Owen Laukkanen: Nicola's Books.

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This Toronto writer reads from Criminal Enterprise, his new thriller about a guy who's living the American dream until he loses his job and eventually turns to bank robbery as a solution. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Moss: Cultivation and Care": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Talk, via Skype, by Rick Smith, a moss gardener who wrote New Methods in Moss Gardening and has served as a consultant for some of the largest botanical gardens in the U.S.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Speaking Peace in Your Workplace": People's Food Co-op.

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Center of Light minister Selena Lucas discusses nonviolent communication strategies.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion of Benjamin Franklin's Science, I. Bernard Cohen's book about Franklin's wide-ranging contributions to science.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"An Intimate Dinner with the Author": Nicola's Books.

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Dinner and a chance to chat with Toronto writer Owen Laukkanen, author of Criminal Enterprise, a thriller about a guy who's living the American dream until he loses his job and eventually turns to bank robbery as a solution. Cash bar.
8 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. Tickets $55 (includes dinner and a hardcover copy of the book). 662-0600. [map]
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Thursday


March 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"How to Develop Social Skills in Children and Teens": Clonlara School.

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Talk by speech-language pathologist Janice Pagano. Part of Clonlara's lecture series "Understanding Your Child's Uniqueness."
9 a.m., 1289 Jewett. Free. 796-4511. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Shaping of the Arts by the African-American Experience": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Mar. 7), Feb. 21-Apr. 4. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Feb. 21: U-M voice professor emeritus George Shirley, a renowned tenor who has performed more than 80 operatic roles, discusses "The Arduous Expedition from Sambo to Rudolfo, Tamino, and Otello."

Feb. 28: EMU English professor Heather Neff on "The Womanist Voice: A Critical Moment inn American Women's Literature."

Mar. 14: U-M architecture professor Milton Curry on "Urbanism in Racial Thought."

Mar. 21: U-M Dearborn English and humanities professor Deborah Smith Pollard on "Gospel Music: A Changing Beat, A Timeless Message."

Mar. 28: Belleville fiction writer Beverly Jenkins, the author of several poular African American historical romances, on "A Writer's Journey: From Librarian to a Bestsellers List."

Apr. 4: Local quilter and historian Karen Simpson on "Quilting the Blues: My Journey Through African American Quilt History."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture at the door. 998-9351. [map]
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 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Mar. 14: Tel Aviv University sociology and East Asian studies professor Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni on "Housewives and Salarymen in Postbubble Japan: Are We Facing a Changing Gender Contract?" Mar. 28: University of Chicago medicine professor Gavin Houghman on "Subjective Well-Being Among Older Japanese Adults."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Way-Back Room: A Memoir of a Detroit Childhood": Chelsea District Library.

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Madonna University language and literature professor Mary Minock reads from her new memoir.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Carmlelita Tropicana: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Talk by this performance artist who uses her irreverent sense of humor to rewrite history from the view points of women, men, children, and assorted animals and insects.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

2013 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam: The Neutral Zone.

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Readings by youth poets battling ferociously for one of the 6 coveted spots on the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team, which competes in the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Festival in Chicago this summer. Note: The preliminary rounds began on Mar. 14.
6:30 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $7 (students, $5). 214-9995. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Feeling Better: Herbal Tonics, Homeopathy, & Flower Essences": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Parasites in You": Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Lecture by Nutritional Healing Center nutritionist Kerry Cradit.
7 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration recommended. 975-4500. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"This Close": Nicola's Books.

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Charlottesville, Virginia, writer Jessica Francis Kane, an Ann Arbor native, discusses her new collection of short stories, a witty and poignant look at the ways everyday patterns can, over time, make a life swerve off course. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Friday


March 2013
 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion of slavery and freedom in Judaism and the Haggadah, a text for the Passover Seder that recounts the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Show-and-Tell: Watching a Geisha Dance": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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U-M history lecturer Mariko Okada demonstrates Kyoto-style geisha dance and discusses and shows a video on choreography as a historical resource.
7-8:30 p.m., 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-4301. [map]
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Saturday


March 2013
 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"From Artifact to Art: Tibetan Paintings from the Himalayan Hills": UMMA.

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A daylong series of talks on the history of collecting Tibetan art and the role of paintings and other objects in Tibetan Buddhism. Speakers include University of Oxford anthropology professor Clare Harris, Northwestern University art history professor Robert Linrothe, and U-M curators Carla Sinopoli and Donald Lopez. In conjunction with the current exhibit, Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures. Followed at 2:30 p.m. by a guided tour of the exhibit.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. 764-0395. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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Sunday


March 2013
 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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