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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


September 2013
 12:10 PM  Free! 

"Why Contested Spaces?": Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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Speaker: Fatma Müge Göçek, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and CMENAS Associate Director.
The analysis of the way space is envisioned and employed in particular societies provides significant insight into the social construction of meaning. And such meaning construction often varies across time as different social groups contest the use of space. Since the end of the Cold War and especially during the last decade, Middle Eastern and North African states and societies have witnessed and experienced many such contestations, ranging from the most obvious political as evinced by the Arab Spring to the less visible including the environment, religious-secular divide, urban construction, art and music to everyday practices.
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 734-647-4143. cmenas@umich.edu http://www.ii.umich.edu/cmenas/events [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Garden Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Sept. 16: British Pantry & Tea Garden Café (Tecumseh) representative Rochelle Bird discusses "Tea as a Healthy Beverage." Oct. 21: Advanced master gardener Cheryl English discusses the "Culture and Care of Clematis."
7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nonfiction Book Club: Barnes & Noble.

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All invited to join a discussion of Kisses from Katie, Katie Davis's memoir about moving to Uganda to found a nonprofit dedicated to bettering the lives of underprivileged children.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Rite of Spring": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL retired music specialist Richard LeSueur discusses (with musical examples) recordings of Stravinsky's epochal ballet which the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra performs on Sept. 21 (see listing). LeSueur also sketches the background and impostance of the other works on the program, including Bernstein's Overture to Candide, local Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom's Commedia for "Almost" 18th-Century Orchestra, and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Vision": Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Local life coach and artist Deborah Campbell discusses how to bring clarity and focus to your artistic ideas.
7:30 p.m., 4844 Jackson Rd., suite 100. Free. 996-2551. [map]
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 7:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Biodiversity of Aquatic Plants: Temperate vs. Neotropics": Michigan Botanical Club.

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University of New Hampshire botany professor emeritus Garrett Crow discusses aquatic plant diversity in northeastern North America.
7:45 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]
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Tuesday


September 2013
 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:45-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $15 for the year. 665-0105. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Riddle of the Sphinx: The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by Sphinx Foundation artistic director Afa Sadykhly Dworkin. First in a series of 9 monthly lectures.
a series of 9 monthly lectures. 10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $65 (members, $45) for the 9-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 for members at the door. 998-9351.
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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Making Human Rights a Reality": U-M International Institute Human Rights Initiative.

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Talk by University of California-San Diego international relations and Pacific studies professor Emilie Hafner-Burton.
3-4:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-9200. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Constitution Day 2013: The Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights: University of Michigan Provost's Office and University of Michigan Law School.

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COMMEMORATING CONSTITUTION DAY
Tuesday, September 17
4:00 - 5:30 P.M.
University of Michigan Law School
Hutchins Hall, Room 250
refreshments immediately following
Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.
THE SUPREME COURT ON SAME-SEX
MARRIAGE, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION,
AND VOTING RIGHTS
Participants:
Professor Sam Bagenstos - Same-Sex Marriage cases
Professor Joan Larsen - Affirmative Action case
Professor Ellen Katz - Voting Rights Act
Moderator:
Richard Friedman, Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law
Hutchins Hall room 250, 625 S. State Street. Free. 734.764.4705. rickardj@umich.edu https://www.law.umich.edu/newsandinfo/features/Pages/constitutionday091013.aspx [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lectures.

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Sept. 6: U-M art history professor Nachiket Chanchani on "Figures of Speech: Picturing Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Gujarat." Sept. 17: Institute of Economic Growth (India) sociology professor Amita Baviskar on "Good to Eat, Good to Think: India's Changing Food Cultures." Sept. 20: Amherst College anthropology professor Nusrat Chowdhury on "Revealing Powers: Money, Morality, and Politics in Bangladesh."
4 p.m., 1636 International Institute (except Sept. 17, room 1644), SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arab Spring, Political Islam, and Israel": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Lecture by Hebrew University visiting scholar Moshe Maoz.
4 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare": U-M School of Nursing.

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Screening of this 2012 Sundance Film Festival documentary about the U.S. healthcare system. Followed by a panel discussion. Dinner.
6-8:30 p.m., School of Nursing, 400 N. Ingalls, Room 1330, Free. nursing.umich.edu/about-our-school/events-calendar. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Energize Your Workplace: Building High-Quality Connections": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by Positive Workplace Group president Mary Ceccanese. Preceded at 6 p.m. by networking and dinner.
6:30 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. Free (buy your own dinner). Reservations requested at abwa-maia.org by Aug. 15. 755-0575. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Book Lovers' Night: Nicola's Books.

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Representatives from HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Random House discuss new and forthcoming titles for adults, with emphasis on paperbacks that lend themselves to book-club discussions.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by U-M English department staff member Megan Levad, whose poems have appeared in Spinning Jenny and textsound: an online journal of experimental poetry and sound. The program begins with open mike readings.
7-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Adult ADHD": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Institute for Clinical Health Research and U-M psychiatry staff discuss recent research into the symptoms and treatments for this disorder once thought limited to childhood.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave.Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Herbal Wisdom: Distinguishing Between Nourishing and Medicinal Herbs": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk about identifying plants' needs 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! 

"Justice Before Charity: Everyone Has the Right to Eat": St. Mary's Student Parish.

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Lecture by Simone Campbell, director of the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK and organizer of Nuns on the Bus, a group of Catholic political activists who advocated for social justice and endorsed Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.
7 p.m., U-M Business School Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free. 763-5611. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Localization: What's in It for Us?": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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U-M natural resources and environment professor Raymond De Young discusses the challenge of sustaining and improving natural systems that directly support our communities while advancing the long-term psychological well-being of society as a whole.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 665-0248. [map]
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Wednesday


September 2013
 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Imitation and Flattery May Get You Nowhere: Musing about Copyright in Music": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Lecture by U-M law professor Jack Bernard. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30. Reservations required by Sept. 13. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: The Aroma of Terroir": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses smell mapping, a technique that makes it possible to compare and contrast singular food and drink ingredients sourced from different regions, facilitating the development of an olfactory vocabulary.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Stroud: Nicola's Books.

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This U-M creative writing grad reads from Byzantium, his new short story collection that blends historical reimagining with contemporary stories to reveal truths about human nature that span centuries. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Zell Fellows: Literati Bookstore.

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U-M creative writing Zell fellows read from their work.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Bill Loomis's Detroit's Delectable Past: Two Centuries of Frog Legs, Pigeon Pie, and Drugstore Whiskey.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding in the Cloud": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Ornicept founder and chief technology officer Russell Conard discusses his local company that's developing tools to allow biologists to record field data on tablets and store it digitally online.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking). 677-3275. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Native Companion Plantings for Rhododendrons": Ann Arbor Rhododendron Society.

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Talk by local landscape architect Rick Meader. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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Thursday


September 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Selecting the Appropriate Baroque Repertoire for Students": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Grand Valley State University piano professor Giuseppe Lupis gives a lecture-demonstration on Italian Baroque composers, such as Cimarosa, Zipoli, Galuppi, Pampani, Legati, and Grieco.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Arab Nations: Tensions, Turmoil, Transitions": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Sept, 12, 19, & 25 and Oct, 3, 10, & 17. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and guest scholars.

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Sept. 12: U-M history professor Melanie Tanelian discusses "Seeds of Conflict: The Making of the Modern Middle East."

Sept. 19: WSU ethnic identity and Muslim history lecturer Saaed Khan on "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Cold War in the Middle East."

Sept. 25: MSU religion studies professor Mohammad Hassan Khalil on "Islamic Law in the Arab Countries."

Oct. 3: U-M Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies director Juan Cole on "The Arab Spring."

Oct. 10: U-M Flint sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice professor emeritus Hani Fakhouri on "An Account from An Eyewitness to the Revolution That Ousted Egypt's Mubarak."

Oct. 17:U-M art history professor Christine Gruber on "Battling Images: The Arts of the Middle East Uprisings."

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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 for members at the door. 998-9351. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Tips for Healthy Eating": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Talk by dietitian Ruth Blackburn. Q&A.
10 a.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration requested. 475-9242. [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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Librarian Michaelina Brown leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Feb. 20: The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides' coming-of-age novel about 3 friends beginning their senior year at Brown University.

Mar. 20: Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok's 2010 best-selling novel about an exceptionally bright young girl who leads a double life in an exclusive private school and a Chinatown sweatshop.

Apr. 17: Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks' neurologist Oliver Sacks' memoir that uses his and his patients' mind-altering episodes to elucidate how the brain works.

May 15: Cutting for Stone, India-born physician and celebrated memoirist Abraham Verghese's gripping 2010 debut novel, set against the backdrop of Ethiopian political turmoil, about adult twins born to a British surgeon, who abandoned them, and an Indian Catholic nun, who died in giving birth to them.

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1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Third Thursday in the Clark Library": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of 3 exhibits, including "Ukraine: Land of Many Borders," "Describing Space: Materials from a Creative Trip in Kyoto," and a fall art show.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library, 2nd floor, enter from Diag. Free. 764-0410. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Sept. 12, 19, & 26. Readings by writers and poets. Sept. 12: Fiction reading by Peter Orner, a San Francisco State creative writing professor and the award-winning author of the novels Love and Shame and Love and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. His most recent book, Last Car Over Sagamore Bridge, is a collection of short stories-some as brief as a paragraph-that explore themes of loneliness, longing, and memory through evocative prose that eschews traditional narrative arcs and resolutions. "As in his earlier works, the most memorable moments in Last Car Over Sagamore Bridge don't center on a particular event or piece of dialogue but are located in the emotional pull of the prose itself," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Sept. 19: Poetry reading by American poet Michael McGriff and Swedish-American poet Malena Morling. McGriff-raised in Coos Bay (OR)-is a respected and award-winning author of three poetry collections, including the recent Home Burial, which portrays, in spare yet cinematic language, the dissolution of the people and landscape of his native coastal Pacific Northwest. Morling-a UNC, Wilmington creative writing professor-has written two poetry collections as well as translated the works of Tomas Transtromer and several other Swedish poets. Her poems are noted for their calm, clear-eyed meditations on death and other dark topics. Sept. 26: Reading by Tom Bissell. This Michigan-born, L.A.-based travel writer, journalist, and critic is a frequent contributor for Harper's, Slate, and The New Republic. His latest book, Magic Hours, is a collection of essays exploring the creative process in subjects ranging from the sitcom The Big Bang Theory and Iraq war documentaries to filmmaker Werner Herzog and fellow Michigan writer Jim Harrison. His writing is praised for its pithy, humorous, and apt descriptions of people and place. "His greatest gifts as an essayist, though, resemble the more numinous attributes he imagines in an ideal travel writer: 'curiosity, a willingness to be uncertain, and essential emotional generosity,'" writes a New York Times reviewer.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What Is College for, Anyway?": U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows Program Annual Hovey Lecture.

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Lecture by Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
5:30 p.m., U-M Wallace House Gardens, 620 Oxford. Free. Reservations required by Sept. 17. rileyml@umich.edu, 998-7666. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ruth Behar: Nicola's Books.

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This U-M anthropology professor reads from Traveling Heavy, her new memoir that interweaves poignant memories of growing up as an immigrant with reflections on being a traveling anthropologist who cherishes the kindness of strangers. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sailing Talks: U-M Sailing Club.

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Every Thurs. Club members give talks on various sailing topics, including "Sailing 101: Introduction to Sailing" (Sept. 12), "Tacking and Jibing" (Sept. 19), "Object Overboard and Docking" (Sept. 26). The Sept. 5 event is a mass meeting.
7 p.m., 335 or 340 U-M West Hall, 550 East University. Free. 426-0920. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Womyn's Poetry Fest".

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Poetry readings by local poets Jill Halpern, Dawn Richberg, and Charlotte Young Bowens in celebration of women and their creative spirits. Also, a performance by local performance artist Callie McKee. Preceded and followed by an open mike. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., Shaut, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Cheese, Books, & Cider": Central Provisions and LIterati Bookstore.

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On the cusp of autumn, what better to celebrate than cider? for this seasonal event, we forgo the usual wine pairings to commemorate and renew the tradition of hard cider. join Steve Hall and Abby Olitzky of Central Provisions as they present the best of Michigan craft ciders, offer their favorite cheese selections, and teach lessons drawn from Literati's extensive food section.
124 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI. $30. literatibookstore@gmail.com www.facebook.com/centralprovisions
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Friday


September 2013
 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor in Russian Literature:
Revisiting the Carl R. Proffer and Ardis Legacies": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Sept. 20-21. A symposium exploring the legacy of Ardis Publishing, an Ann Arbor-based published founded in 1971 by Carl Proffer and his wife Ellendea that became the largest publishing house devoted to Russian literature outside the Soviet Union. The program includes a panel discussion on Sept. 20 with U-M and visiting scholars on "Ardis Publishers and the Russian Literary Canon" and, on Sept. 21, a session titled "Ann Arbor on the Map of Russian Literature: A Tribute to Carl R. Proffer" that features a series of talks by historians, critics, and writers from around the world and a concluding roundtable with former Ardis editors and translators.
2-5 p.m. (Sept. 20), Michigan League Koessler Room, & 1-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-0351. [map]
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 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Roman Error: The Reception of Ancient Rome as a Flawed Model": U-M Classics Department.

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Sept. 20 & 21. Scholars from around the U.S. and the UK discuss a range of ways in which the notion of the example of classical Rome as flawed has affected its legacy. Lecture topics range from "The Roman Empire and the Error of Civilization" and "Romans into (Elite) Frenchmen: Michel de Montaigne's Revision of Cicero on the Politics of Friendship" to "The Pleasures and Punishments of Roman Excess: Elagabalus at the Court of Early Cinema." For a complete schedule, see lsa.umich.edu/classics.
2-6 p.m. (Sept. 20) & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 936-6099. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lectures.

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Sept. 6: U-M art history professor Nachiket Chanchani on "Figures of Speech: Picturing Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Gujarat." Sept. 17: Institute of Economic Growth (India) sociology professor Amita Baviskar on "Good to Eat, Good to Think: India's Changing Food Cultures." Sept. 20: Amherst College anthropology professor Nusrat Chowdhury on "Revealing Powers: Money, Morality, and Politics in Bangladesh."
4 p.m., 1636 International Institute (except Sept. 17, room 1644), SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Musicology Lectures: U-M School of Music.

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Sept. 6, 20, & 27. Lectures by U-M and visiting scholars. Sept. 6: U-M musicology professor Stefano Mengozzi on "Sacred Words in Ordinary Sounds: Revisiting Musical Humanism." Sept. 20: University of California-Berkeley ethnomusicology professor Jocelyne Guilbault on "Performing Selective Cosmopolitanism." Sept. 27: Tufts University music professor David Locke on "Listening to African Traditional Music."
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Read & Feed Teen Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades 6-12 invited to discuss books, eat pizza, and play trivia. Prizes. Sept. 20: Peter and the Starcatchers is Dave Barry's novel that tells Peter Pan's backstory. Oct. 18: Ender's Game is Orson Scott Card's futuristic novel about a world government that trains young military geniuses to battle against aliens.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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Aug. 9 & 23, Sept. 6 & 20. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the late U-M physics professor emeritus Ernst Katz's Core Anthroposophy. Familiarity with Rudolf 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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Saturday


September 2013
 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Roman Error: The Reception of Ancient Rome as a Flawed Model": U-M Classics Department.

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Sept. 20 & 21. Scholars from around the U.S. and the UK discuss a range of ways in which the notion of the example of classical Rome as flawed has affected its legacy. Lecture topics range from "The Roman Empire and the Error of Civilization" and "Romans into (Elite) Frenchmen: Michel de Montaigne's Revision of Cicero on the Politics of Friendship" to "The Pleasures and Punishments of Roman Excess: Elagabalus at the Court of Early Cinema." For a complete schedule, see lsa.umich.edu/classics.
2-6 p.m. (Sept. 20) & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 936-6099. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. 

Vikki Pignatelli: Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by this Ohio quilter who's known for her curvy quilt designs. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Blue Star Memorial Dedication: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Club members, veterans groups, local government officials, and scouts lead a ceremony to dedicate this veterans memorial byway marker that's on the Saline District Library property.
11 a.m., SDL grounds, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. kitgunn@hotmail.com. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
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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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor in Russian Literature:
Revisiting the Carl R. Proffer and Ardis Legacies": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Sept. 20-21. A symposium exploring the legacy of Ardis Publishing, an Ann Arbor-based published founded in 1971 by Carl Proffer and his wife Ellendea that became the largest publishing house devoted to Russian literature outside the Soviet Union. The program includes a panel discussion on Sept. 20 with U-M and visiting scholars on "Ardis Publishers and the Russian Literary Canon" and, on Sept. 21, a session titled "Ann Arbor on the Map of Russian Literature: A Tribute to Carl R. Proffer" that features a series of talks by historians, critics, and writers from around the world and a concluding roundtable with former Ardis editors and translators.
2-5 p.m. (Sept. 20), Michigan League Koessler Room, & 1-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-0351. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Museums and Race: New Participatory Practices": U-M Natural History Museum Understanding Race Project Community Conversation.

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Panel discussion with former U-M Museum Studies Director Ray Silverman, African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County president Joyce Hunter, DIA evaluator Kenneth Morris, and DIA Interpretive Engagement director Swarupa Anila. Followed by group discussions.
1-4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Reservations requested. 764-0478. [map]
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 1:30 & 2:30 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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September 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Bidder 70": Ann Arbor Unitarian Fellowship.

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Screening of Beth & George Gage's 2012 documentary young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.
10 a.m., Burns Park Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 971-8638. [map]
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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Allen County Public Library Genealogical Center": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Allen Country Public Library librarian Cynthia Theusch discusses this genealogical center in Fort Wayne, the 2nd largest in the country. Followed by a panel with club members on their experiences at the recent "Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Growing Orchids to Their Potential": Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Talk by Clown Alley Orchids (Texas) owner John Stubbings. Also, a sale of orchids and supplies, a member show and tell, and a raffle.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The African-American Cultural & Historical Museum Of Washtenaw County Living Oral History Project": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Premiere showing of excerpts from the filmed interviews, for an oral history project undertaken last month, of 5 local African Americans: Rosemarion Blake, Russell Calvert, Lydia Morton, Willis Patterson, and Johnnie Mae Seeley. Also, a chance to talk with the interviewees.
2-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"What's the Purpose of Design?": UMMA.

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Curator Katherine Brion discusses the museum's new Design Gallery and the goals of design from the early-20th to the 21st century.
3 p.m., UMMA Design Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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