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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


April 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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Extinction of Gothic Architecture": U-M Art History Department.

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Talk by University of Iowa art history professor Robert Bork.
4 p.m., 180 Tappan Hall, 855 South University. Free. 764-5400. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Health Talks: Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Talks by Nutritional Healing Center representatives. Apr. 1: Chiropractor Shannon Roznay on weight loss. Apr. 29: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "The Truth about Fats."
7-8 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration recommended. 975-4500. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Fifteen Herbs to Grow in Your Garden": Evening Herb Study Group.

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Talk by club members.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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Tuesday


April 2013
 11:30 a.m. 

Newcomers Coterie Club of Ann Arbor.

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AASF executive director Robb Woulfe discusses the upcoming 2013 Ann Arbor Summer Festival. All women who have recently moved or returned to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area invited. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson. $17. Preregistration required via email to dududmom@aol.com. 369-4499. [map]
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 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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 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Jerome Rothenberg's Cruel Nirvanas: Outsiders and Ethnopoetics": U-M Library.

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Reading by poet and anthologist Rothenberg, an influential translator who was the first to translate Paul Celan's work into English.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (enter from the Diag). Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Abortion and the Global Battle for Gender Equality": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Talk by Barbara Crane, vice president of the advocacy organization Ipas.
Noon-1 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Egypt: Challenges to Transition": U-M Center for International & Comparative Studies.

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Talk by American University in Cairo political science professor Ann Lesch.
Noon-1:30 p.m., Michigan League Michigan Room. Free. 763-9200. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Point Your Face at This: Drawings": Barnes & Noble.

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The offbeat stand-up comic Demetri Martin, a former Daily Show correspondent and author of the bestselling This Is a Book, discusses his new collection of comic drawings and visual jokes. Signing.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1816. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Bats of the World": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives from the Cranbrook Institute Organization for Bat Conservation display live bats from around the world and present a multimedia show about bats and how they live. Aimed at adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of Posar Desnuda en la Habana, Wendy Guerra's fictionalized account of Anais Nin's brief sojourn in her parents' beloved city.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Wednesday


April 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! 

"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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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

31 Years with Ari Weinzweig": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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The Zingerman's cofounder tells stories about and discusses and offers taste samples of some of the deli's staple products.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $45. Space limited; reservations required. 663-3400. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography": a2 modern.

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University of Minnesota architecture professor John Comazzi discusses this celebrated 20th century architecture photographer.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 255-3959. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Constantine the Emperor": Nicola's Books.

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U-M classical studies professor David Potter reads from and discusses his new biography of Constantine that Publishers Weekly calls "vividly detailed and energetically told." Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

"Sepp Holzer in Michigan: The Rebel Farmer Returns": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Chef Alex Young is joined by this Austrian ecological farming and permaculture pioneer to host a full-course meal eco-friendly recipes. Also, a short movie highlighting the practices and methods that got Holzer fined and threatened with prison. Q&A.
7-10 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $100 (beverages not included). Space limited; reservations required. 663-FOOD. [map]
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Thursday


April 2013
 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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 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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 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Apr. 4: Yale University political science professor Frances Rosenbluth on "Measuring Electoral Adaptation: Japanese Politics since 1994." Apr. 11: Yale University Art Gallery Japanese art curator Sadako Ohki on "Displaced Courtier Konoe Nobutada's Large Size Kana Calligraphy."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]
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 12:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Aesthetics of Grace": Concordia University 5th Annual Conference on Spirituality in the Arts & Sciences.

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This conference begins with a keynote address by Lutheran World Relief president and CEO John Nunes.
12:30-5 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Free. 995-7389. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Accessing Indigenous Archives: Language, History, and Law": U-M Clements Library.

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Talk by Newberry Library D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies director Scott Stevens.
4 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free. 647-0864. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Apr. 4, 11, & 18. Readings by poets and writers. Each reading is preceded at 2 p.m. by a Q&A in Room 1176 Angell Hall. Apr. 4: Angie Estes, the award-winning author of four collections of poems, including Tryst, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her poems are noted for their puns and wordplay, as well as their sweeping range of subjects, from European literature and art to plasma physics and autobiographical stories. "Estes's fast-paced free verse, rich with internal rhyme, takes rightful pride in the beauties it flaunts and explains," writes a New York Times reviewer. Apr. 11: Erin & Philip Stead. Lecture on children's literature by this local husband-and-wife duo of illustrator Erin and writer Philip, co-creators of the 2011 Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Apr. 18: Susanna Moore. Fiction reading by this respected NYC-based author whose novels are recognized for their detailed, spellbinding narration by intelligent female characters. Her most recent novel, The Life of Objects, is about a young Irish lace maker in WWII Berlin. "If the Brothers Grimm had tackled the rise and fall of the Third Reich, they might well have produced a tale that reads like The Life of Objects," writes an NPR reviewer.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Apr. 4: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) architecture and design senior curator Paola Antonelli on "Perspectives." Apr. 11: Designer Massimo Banzi-co-inventor of the tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller Arduino-gives a talk on "Opensourcing Imagination."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Take Back the Night Ann Arbor.

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A rally to demonstrate against rape, featuring keynote speaker Gregg Milligan, a well-known writer and child abuse advocate. With a performance by U-M tap ensemble Rhythm. Emcee is area poet, teacher, and public speaker Ber-Henda Williams. Followed by a march around campus and through downtown. Rain or shine.
7 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. Free. tbtnannarbor.org. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Leading a Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining Motivation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by local dentist John Farah and retired auto engineer Nelson Williams, both longtime marathoners and coauthors of Let's Pick It Up a Bit: A Guide to a Running Lifestyle. Q&A.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat": Nicola's Books.

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Chicago writer (and professional cellist) Edward Kelsey Moore reads from his new novel about 3 friends who've been meeting at the same restaurant-the first black-owned business in Plainview, Indiana-for 40 years. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The New American Museum: How We're Reinventing the Box with Sacred Stuff": U-M Museum Studies Program.

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Talk by Museum of Chinese in America cofounder and NYU School of Individualized Study professor Jack Tchen.
7:30 p.m., Rackham East Conference Room (4th floor). Free. 936-6678.
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Friday


April 2013
 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

TEDxUofM: Untapped: TEDxUofM.

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TEDxUofM is a university-wide initiative to galvanize the community for an event like no other; filled with inspiration, discovery, and excitement. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, our vision is to showcase the most fascinating thinkers and doers, the "leaders and best" in Michigan terms, for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that will spark new ideas and opportunities across all disciplines. With our theme for 2013, Untapped_, we are looking for individuals to share untold stories of undiscovered potential. The world around us is infinitely "untapped" and this year we are encouraging everyone to tap into ideas they didn't know existed, opinions they didn't know they had, and opportunities they weren't able to see. We see this event as an unprecedented challenge to find untapped perspectives and skills within ourselves and within the community.
Apply to attend today at http://tedxuofm.com/apply
Power Center, 121 Fletcher. $10. attendees@tedxuofm.com http://tedxuofm.com [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Rethinking Rationality and its Bounds": U-M Psychology Department Weinberg Cognitive Science Symposium.

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A day of talks and panel discussions by scholars from the U-M and around the country exploring the question of the extent that human thought, action, and choice be understood as rational.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., East Hall Auditorium, 525 East University. Free. 764-2580. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.  Free! 

"The Origin of Life": U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

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Talks by scholars from around the country, including NYU physics professor Pal Chaikin on "Artificial Life," University of California-Santa Barbara chemistry professor Irene Chen on "RNA Fitness Landscapes," University of Vermont philosophy professor Stuart Kauffman on "The Origin of Life Problem and Recent Advances," Portland State University chemistry professor Niles Lehman on "Molecular Cooperation at the Origins of Life," and Harvard University chemistry professor George Whitesides on "Thinking about Thinking about the Origins of Life."
9 a.m.-4:45 p.m., 340 West Hall, 1085 South University. Free. 763-3301. [map]
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 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 the march to the Torah from Passover to Shavuot and the intersection between religion and science. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Books at the Senior Center": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.

Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.

Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.

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1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Improving Family Health Through Practice-Changing Research": U-M School of Nursing.

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Lecture by University of Pennsylvania nursing professor Janet Deatrick. Part of a "Research Day" that includes groundbreaking for a new building (10:30 a.m., 400 N. Ingalls), a poster fair (1-4:30 p.m.), an award ceremony (2 p.m.), and lunch.
1:15 p.m., North Campus Research Complex Building 18, 2800 Plymouth. Free, but preregistration requested by Mar. 27. nursing.umich.edu/research/deans-research-day. 763-1682. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Musicology Lectures: U-M School of Music.

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Apr. 5: Harvard University musicology professor Anne Shreffler on "Progressive Modernism: Left-Wing Politics and Twelve-Tone Music." Apr. 12: University of Illinois musicology professor William Kinderman on "Cobbler's Patch: Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations as an Artistic Microcosm."
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Making Makers": U-M Library.

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MAKE magazine editor Mark Frauenfelder, cofounder of the collaborative maker blog Boing Boing, discusses the history of making things and the new tools, technologies, and social changes that are driving the current all-ages maker movement. He also shows some homemade inventions.
6-7:30 p.m., Chrysler Center Chesebrough Auditorium, 2121 Bonisteel. Free. 615-4801. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Advanced Study Group: Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to join an ongoing biweekly discussion of Rudolf Steiner's An Outline of Occult Science. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes). Free. 944-4903. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Keith Taylor: Literati Bookstore.

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This local poet and U-M undergrad creative writing coordinator reads from The Ancient Murrelet, his new chapbook of poems centered around traveling and getting lost and coming home, by people and by some of the creatures who live with them. Signing.
8 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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Saturday


April 2013
 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Constantine's Sword": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Showing of Oren Jacoby's 95-minute 2-007 documentary about former priest and acclaimed writer James Carroll's book about the origins and history of Christian anti-Semitism. Followed by discussion. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1744, 995-8962. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Apr. 6 & 13. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M physics professors. Apr. 6: Kathryn Zurke on "The Dark Matter Hunter's Guide to the Universe." Apr. 13: "Capillarity." Robert Deegan discusses phenomena dominated by surface tension, such as the ability of insects to walk on water.
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Salvage the Bones": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of U-M creative writing grad Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award-winning novel about a motherless family, barely scraping by in rural poverty as they prepare for a coming hurricane.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Sunday


April 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"The Issues with Fracking in Michigan": Ann Arbor Unitarian Fellowship.

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Talk by a speaker TBA.
10 a.m., Burns Park Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 994-4473. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Quakerism Talks: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.

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Apr. 7 & 14. Local Quakers discuss Quakerism. Childcare provided. Topics: "Quakers: Who Are We?" (Apr. 7) and "Attender to Member" (Apr. 14).
1-2 p.m., 1416 Hill. Free. 709-8748. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Comic Artists Forum": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local cartoonist and Pinoccio microcontroller cofounder Sally Carson shows how she uses an Affinity Diagram to organize her ideas and sketchbooks into useful tools. Carson's first comic, Skids, is an autobiographical tale about her days as a NYC bicycle messenger just after 9/11. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Buddha and Buddhist Deities in the Walter Koelz Collection": UMMA.

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U-M Asian languages grad student Rebecca Bloom discusses the current exhibit of Buddhist artifacts.
3 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery II, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stop It! A Practical Guide for Youth Violence Prevention": Nicola's Books.

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Local social worker Theresa Langan discusses her new book that details a comprehensive approach for curbing youth violence. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

William Kent Krueger: Aunt Agatha's.

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This award-winning St. Paul mystery writer discusses Ordinary Grace, his new novel, set in 1961 Minnesota, told through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy as his family undergoes a terrible loss. Signing.
3 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.