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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


October 2013
 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 7 & 21. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 7: University of Chicago political science professor Lisa Wedeen on "Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria." Oct. 21: University of Illinois-Chicago sociology professor Andy Clarno on "The Constitution of State/Space and the Limits of 'Autonomy' in South Africa and Palestine/Israel."
Noon-2 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 647-4143. [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! 

Jessica Young: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M creative writing grad reads from Alice's Sister, her debut poetry collection that draws on Lewis Carroll's work to reimagine Alice's older sister Mary and the trouble she faces. It "takes us so far beyond the looking glass, it's a reluctant surprise to return to the world upon putting it down," says popular local writer Laura Kasischke. "Although this collection has some of a fiction's best elements, this is song." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sara Paretsky: Nicola's Books.

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This popular award-winning Chicago-based mystery writer discusses Critical Mass, the latest novel in her V.I. Warshawski series about a tough female detective. This time, Warshawski is dragged into a plot of lies and secrets whose origins go back to the race to develop the first atomic bomb. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Fiction writer Jamie Ford, author of the bestselling Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, discusses his highly anticipated 2nd novel, a powerful tale, set in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, about a 12-year-old Chinese American boy who escapes from an orphanage to search for a movie actress he is convinced is his mother.
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! 

"Understanding the AAWA Website": Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Local artist Dee Overly discusses the AAWA website, blog, juried and non-juried exhibits, and how to use Facebook to keep up with club activities.
7:30 p.m., 4844 Jackson Rd., suite 100. Free. 996-2551. [map]
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Tuesday


October 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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 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Human Animal Bond": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Talk by U-M social work professor Kristine Siefert. Also, a demonstration of an interaction between a service dog and its client, with commentary by the dog trainer. In conjunction with a chance to meet service dogs on the Diag (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Noon-1:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Africa Lectures: U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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Oct. 1: Johns Hopkins anthropology professor Jane Guyer on "Price Fluctuation and the Production of Confusion in Two West African Oil Producing Economies." Oct. 8: "Aimé Césaire 100th Birthday Symposium." A panel discussion with several visiting scholars and a theater performance by Minneapolis-based artist Taous Khazem. Oct. 22: Indiana University history professor Marissa Moorman on "Our Anti-Imperialism, Your Cold War: Angolan National Radio and the Propaganda War for Namibia."
4 p.m., 5670 Haven Hall (Oct. 1 & 8) & 4701 Haven Hall (Oct. 22), 520 S. State. Free. 764-5513. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Neutral Zone Fundraiser.

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Dinner, performances by teen musicians and poets, and a talk by former U-M football coach Lloyd Carr. In honor of three community service foundations, including the Buhr Foundation, the Dan Cameron foundation, and the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation. The program begins with a reception.
6 p.m., Michigan League. $175. Reservations required. 214-9995. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Where Soldiers Come From": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Heather Courtney's award-winning 2011 documentary about 2 friends from northern Michigan who sign up for the National Guard and are sent to Afghanistan to sweep for roadside bombs. Followed by a discussion led by U-M Community Scholars Program faculty and students.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America": Nicola's Books.

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Journalist and Evangelical Christian Jeff Chu discusses his book-part memoir, part investigation-about how American Christians are currently responding to LGBT issues. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group.

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All invited to join a discussion of section B of this collection of essays that address race and inequality in schools.
7-9 p.m., St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 1679 Broadway. Free. Child care available with advance notice. chuck@icpj.net, 663-1870. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Snowshoeing for Winter Fun and Fitness": Dexter District Library.

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Running Fit representative Mandy Hetfield discusses the history of snowshoeing, equipment options, and trail locations.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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Wednesday


October 2013
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"The Changing Hospital Experience: What to Expect and How to Get the Care You Need": U-M Turner Senior Resource Center.

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Talk by U-M Health System medical-surgical social worker Leslie Dubin and cancer survivor Betsy DeParry.
10-11:30 a.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration recommended. 998-9353. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Associate VP of Marketing- EMU: LA2M-Marketing Education.

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Learn what Eastern Michigan University Associate VP of Marketing Theodore G. Coutilish has learned over nearly seven years as the leader of EMU marketing. EMU is the fastest growing university in the state and again achieved new student enrollment records this fall. With over 200 majors, EMU has over 23,000 students that call Eastern their home each year. EMU is dedicated to using their 14 research institutes to solve real world problems concerning everything from civic engagement to product development. Eastern Michigan relies on eight guiding principles from accessibility to quality, and behind those principles are the people who strive for and market those to the public.
With all of the achievements Eastern Michigan University can account for today, Theodore is sure to have an unique perspective on how the marketing efforts work to successfully showcase EMU and continue to thrive.
Conor O'Neills, 318 South Main Street. Free. info@la2m.org http://la2m.org/events/associate-vp-marketing-eastern-michigan-university [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Museum.

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Every Wed., Sept. 25-Oct. 23.

Sept. 25:
EMU historic preservation professor Nancy Bryk, a former The Henry Ford costume curator discusses "19th-Century Fashion History."

Oct. 2: WCC historic preservation lecturer Connie Locker presents "Researching Historic Homes."

Oct. 9: Local historian Susan Nenadic discusses A Purse of Her Own, her recent book about working women in 19th-century Washtenaw County.

Oct. 16: Retired U-M librarian and active Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member Lyn Davidge presents "My Ann Arbor," a collection of stories about growing up in Ann Arbor.

Oct. 23: Local historian Susan Nenadic discusses "Murder, Mayhem, and Mischief: Crime in 19th Century Washtenaw County."

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Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled--"Inter-Professionalism and Team as the Foundation of Quality and Safety in Health Care": U-M School of Nursing.

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Note: This event has been canceled. Talk by Johns Hopkins patient safety and quality senior vice president Peter Pronovost, who was named one of Time magazine's 100 "most influential people" for his work in patient safety.
1 p.m., U-M Hospital Ford Auditorium (2nd floor), 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 763-5985. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Colloquium Series: U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Oct. 23 & 25. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 23: Brown University East Asian studies professor Hye-Sook Wang on "Korean (Language) Studies in U.S. Higher Education." Oct. 25: Columbia University Korean studies professor Charles Armstrong on "Everlasting Fraternal Friendship: North Korea and the End of Communism."
4 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute (Oct. 23), 1080 South University and Michigan League Henderson Room (Oct. 25). Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Queering Time and Affect: C.P. Cavafy and E.K. Sedgwick on Ethics": U-M Modern Greek Program.

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Lecture by Oxford University modern Greek studies professor Dimitris Papanikolaou.
4 p.m., 2175 Angell Hall. Free. 764-0360. [map]
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 4:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Sex Differences, Gender and Addiction": U-M College of Literature, Science, & the Arts.

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Lecture by psychology professor Jill Becker. Reception follows.
4:10 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater. Free. 998-6251. [map]
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 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pollination, Pesticides and Problems: The Future of Bees": U-M Natural History Museum Science Cafe.

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Talks by MSU entomology professor Zachary Huang, Local Honey Project manager Lisa Bashert, and Ypsi Melissa bee stewardship project member Jamie Berlin. Followed by discussion.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Seeing Is Believing: A Consideration of Image, Memory, and the Velocity of Time": UMMA.

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U-M art & design visiting artist Jennifer Karady, Detroit artist Scott Hocking, artist Jessica Frelinghuysen, and U-M Institute for the Humanities arts curator Amanda Krugliak discuss the current installation and video exhibit Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a chance to view the exhibit.
6 p.m., UMMA multipurpose room, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Museum Studies Lectures.

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Oct. 2 & 23. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Oct. 2: Institute for the History of Medicine (Germany) director Robert Jütte on "Policy and Practice in the Treatment of Human Remains in German Museum and University Collections." Oct. 23: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum curator David Michener on "Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Consequences: Decisive Issues in Peony Garden Collection Development."
6:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 936-6678. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introducing Southeast Asia": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Oct. 23 & 30. Lectures on Southeast Asia by U-M scholars. Topics are "Educational Crisis in Malaysia" (Oct. 23) and "Cambodia Since Colonialism: How It Got to Where It Is Today" (Oct. 30).
7-8:30 p.m., 173 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan. Free. 764-0352. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Lessons from Open Source Bach: How to Finance, Produce, and Publish Classical Music Recordings in the New Media Age": U-M School of Music.

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Talk by opengoldbergvariations.org director Robert Douglass and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka. The site allows users to download and share Ishizaka's performances of Bach's Goldberg Variations for free. Followed by a performance by Ishizaka.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Stories We Tell Ourselves": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Local social worker Jeanne Mackey discusses the personal and cultural stories that shape our lives.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $5 suggested donation. 665-2757. [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 discuss Tycho & Kepler: the Unlikely Partnership That Forever Changed Our Understanding of the Universe, Kitty Ferguson's book about the 16th-century naked-eye astronomer Tycho Brahe and his relationship to the mathematician Johannes Kepler.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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Thursday


October 2013
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Exploring Different Asian Cuisines": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A speaker TBA demonstrates the spices, herbs, and aromatics that are the hallmark of different Asian cuisines. Taste samples, recipes.
10 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Laugh or Cry, It's Politics: Politics in the Arts": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 24-Dec. 5. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Oct. 24: Former U-M Institute of Gerontology director Richard Adelman discusses "Opera and Politics as Bedfellows."

Oct. 31: UMMA director Joseph Rosa on "The Art of Collecting: A Political Investment."

Nov. 7: U-M Dearborn English professor emeritus Lawrence Berkove on "The Two Faces of Mark Twain: Humor and Tragedy."

Nov. 14: U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society members present a lecture-demo on "Political Humor in Gilbert and Sullivan."

Nov. 21: U-M English and film professor emeritus Ira Konigsberg on "Making Fun of the Tragic: The Satire of Politics in Film."

Dec. 5: Cartoonist Jef Mallett, creator of the widely syndicated comic strip "Frazz, on "Laughing and Thinking."

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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. 998-9351. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 10, 18, & 24. Lectures by U-M and visiting scholars. Oct. 10: University of Leeds and Columbia University Southeast Asian politics professor Duncan McCargo on "Dispensing Justice? The Work of Thai Police Investigators." Oct. 18: U-M sociology professor emeritus John Knodel on "Well Being of Older Persons in Myanmar in Comparative Perspective." Oct. 24: University of Wisconsin history professor Thongchai Winichakul on "Buddhist-Christian Controversies and Comparative Religion in Siam, the 1850s-1980s."
4 p.m. (Oct. 10) & noon (Oct. 18 & 24), 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [map]
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 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs. Lectures by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: Northwestern University history professor Amy Stanley on "A Maidservant's Tale: Japanese History and the Early Modern World." Oct. 10: Global Water Japan president Kazunari Yoshimura on "A General Overview of Global Water Issues: Current Water Concerns and the U.S.-Japan Relationship." Oct. 17: Boston University Japanese and comparative literature professor J. Keith Vincent on "'Out Gays' or 'Shameless Gays'? What Gets Lost and What Is Gained When U.S. Queer Theory is Translated into Japanese?" Oct. 24: Toshio Iizuka, a former member of the 1960s radical documentary film collective Ogawa Pro, discusses his experiences with the collective with U-M film professor Markus Nornes. Oct. 31: U-M art & design professor Robert Platt on "The Phantom Hut: Landsape Appreciation and Hermetic Tendencies in Japan and the West."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 936-7621. [map]
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 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"What's in a Hopi Name?": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Talk by American Museum of Natural History (NYC) Graduate School anthropology professor Peter Whitely.
12:30-2 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, room 1022. Free. 936-3518. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Feminism and the Politics of Welfare": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Talk by Queens College history professor Premilla Nadasen.
4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Global Climate Crisis: Will International Cooperation Be Effective?": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Lecture by University of California international relations professor David Victor.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Oct. 3, 10, 17, & 24. Readings by poets and writers. Oct. 3: Poetry reading by Ken Chen and Ravi Shankar. Chen is a Brooklyn-based poet and lawyer whose debut poetry collection, Juvenalia, won the 2009 Yale Series of Younger Poets award. The book chronicles his relationship with his immigrant family and his attempts to recapture his youth through poems noted for their urgent, wry, and exhilarating voice. Shankar, a writing professor at Central Connecticut State College, is the award-winning author of the collections Instrumentality and Deepening Groove. "Shankar is that breed of formalist who refuses to disdain experimental verse. . . . [I]t's chemically absorbed into his love of symmetry and classical sensibility," writes fellow poet Djelloul Marbrook. Oct. 10: NYC-based fiction writer and critic Dale Peck, most widely known for his blistering reviews of contemporary books by fellow authors. His literary criticism is collected in his book Hatchet Jobs. In his novels, including Martin and John, The Law of Enclosures, and Now It's Time to Say Goodbye, Peck thoughtfully explores issues of identity and sexuality. Oct. 17: Fiction writer Christopher Castellani, author of the three critically acclaimed novels A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and the 2013 All This Talk of Love. All three novels follow the Grassos family, from their experiences as rural Italians during WWII, to their immigration to America in the 1950s, to their intergenerational struggle with identity as Italian-Americans. The books are "a series of novels that with their mellifluous, gently satirical style and dark, elegiac heart, form something of an opera buffa of the immigrant experience," writes a New York Times reviewer. Oct. 24: Asheville-based writer and U-M alumna Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Swan Thieves and the bestselling novel The Historian, about a woman's quest for the inspiration behind the Dracula tales.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. Talks by visiting artists. Oct. 3: Industrial designer Mark Dziersk on "Design Thinking, Creativity, and Risk." Oct. 10: Tribute to U-M art & design grad Mike Kelley, a Detroit-born California-based artist who, before his death, had begun work on a life-size replica of his childhood suburban Detroit home, which now resides at MOCAD. Mike Kelley Foundation executive director Mary Clare Stevens gives a talk and shows videos that document Kelley's last project. Oct. 17: Engineer, designer, and hacker Salvatore Iaconesi, principal of Art is Open Source, gives a talk on "The Mirror and the Source." Oct. 24: New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly on "What's So Funny about Humor?" Oct. 31: Singer and performer Joseph Keckler on "I, as an Opera."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Eye of Minds": Nicola's Books.

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Best-selling young adult novelist James Dashner discusses the first novel in his new trilogy set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond one's wildest dreams. Signing.
6:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Legal Rights of Students with Disabilities: Innovative Strategies and Approaches to Resolving Disputes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Farmington Hills attorney, mediator, and arbitrator Laura Athens, a WSU adjunct law professor
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! 

John Rybicki: Concordia University.

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Reading by this Detroit poet whose most recent collection, When All the World Is Old, was written in response to the long illness and death of his wife.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Ballroom, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7300. [map]
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Friday


October 2013
 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Socialist Culture in China Reconsidered": U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Oct. 25 & 26. Scholars from the U.S., China, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand present talks on the varied aspects of socialist cultural activity in 20th-century China.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Alumni Center Founders Room, 200 Fletcher. Free. 764-6308. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Open Access Discussion with Mike Buschman": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Plum Analytics cofounder Buschman discusses the issues surrounding public access to scholarly research.
10-11:30 a.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit: Movement City": U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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A daylong symposium that culminates at 6 p.m. in a screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Boggs' documentary about her 70 years as an activist in Detroit.
Noon-6 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-5513. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Colloquium Series: U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Oct. 23 & 25. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 23: Brown University East Asian studies professor Hye-Sook Wang on "Korean (Language) Studies in U.S. Higher Education." Oct. 25: Columbia University Korean studies professor Charles Armstrong on "Everlasting Fraternal Friendship: North Korea and the End of Communism."
4 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute (Oct. 23), 1080 South University and Michigan League Henderson Room (Oct. 25). Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 2 & 25. Lectures by visiting scholars. Oct. 2: Center for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST) director D. Damodaran Nampoothiri on "Addressing Under-Representation in the Time of Globalization: A Kerala Experience in Affirmative Action." Oct. 25: Union College anthropology professor Jeffrey Witsoe on "Theorizing Lower Caste Politics: A View from Bihar."
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Argus Collectors Group Fall Conference: Argus Museum.

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. Conference highlighted by a photography exhibit and a talk by local historian Grace Shackman and Argus collector and historian Bob Kelly on the Argus Camera Company during WWII. Call or email for full conference schedule.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Argus Museum, 525 W. William. Free, but donations accepted. cchidester@onealconstruction.com, 769-0770. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The World of Little House": Chelsea District Library.

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U-M history professor Michelle McClellan discusses the connections among fiction, history, and landscape in the thriving tourist industry that has grown up around the places where Little House series author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived.
6:30-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Oct. 11 & 25. Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: fiction writers Nathan Go and Dan Hornsby.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Me + You: Love and Other Various Emotions": Nicola's Books.

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Ann Arbor native Anna Bowen discusses her new book of interviews with couples who explain why they've decided to spend their lives together. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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On October 2, 2013, Anna Bowen wrote:

On October 4, 2013, Anna Bowen wrote:
Last summer, Lakisha (Anna) Bowen interviewed couples here in Ann Arbor. These couples told their stories of how they met, what their first impressions of one another were, and ultimately, why they decided to spend their lives together. She compiled these interviews into a heartfelt, touching book about love and commitment.


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Saturday


October 2013
 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Socialist Culture in China Reconsidered": U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Oct. 25 & 26. Scholars from the U.S., China, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand present talks on the varied aspects of socialist cultural activity in 20th-century China.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Alumni Center Founders Room, 200 Fletcher. Free. 764-6308. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Oct. 12, 19, & 26. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Oct. 12: Physics professor Mark Newman on "Epidemics, Kevin Bacon, and the Internet: the Physics of Networks." Oct. 19: Engineering professor Brian Ellis on "Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters on the Fracking Debate." Oct. 26: Physics professor emeritus J. Wehrley Chapman on "What It Takes to find the Elusive Sub-Nuclear Giant!"
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

The Garden Mill Autumn Harvest Series.

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Talks and demonstrations by various speakers.

Oct. 5: "Apple Tasting." An Alber Apple Orchard representative offers samples of several varieties of Michigan apples, along with recipes for various yummy apple treats.

Oct. 12: "Spring Bulbs." Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield discusses how and when to plant bulbs for spring gardens and forcing bulbs for winter blooms.

Oct. 19: "Recipes from the Fall Garden." Former Garden Mill owner Trinh Pifer presents recipes for using squashes, kale, cauliflower, Swiss chard and other fall crops.

Oct, 26: "Overwinter Your Garden." Jennifer Fairfield offers tips for preparing your garden for winter, including cutting back perennials, mulching, which plants need protection from the elements, and more.

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11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit 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.

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

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-4:30 p.m. 

Antique Appraisal: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to bring no more than 2 antiques for an oral appraisal by veteran Chelsea appraiser Joseph Merkel.
Noon-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required to get an appraisal; drop-ins welcome to watch. 475-8732. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

National Novel Writing Month Kickoff: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn about this nonprofit promotion (also known as NaNoWriMo) encouraging teens and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a 50,000-word novel by the end of November. Refreshments.
2-5 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The ABCs of Medicare": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by financial consultant and Bankers Life and Casualty insurance agent Jae W. Oh, author of the bestselling Maximize Your Medicare.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?": LezRead Book Club.

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All lesbians invited to discuss novelist Jeannette Winterson's memoir.
4-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
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Sunday


October 2013
 1-4 p.m. 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it at the turn of the 19th century.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Feeding a Hungry Planet: Crisis and Opportunity": First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

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Talk by U-M ecology and evolutionary biology professor Catherine Badgley.
1 p.m., First UUC, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. estry@umich.edu. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The City's Environmental Plan: Past, Present, and Future": Ann Arbor Friends Sustainability Series.

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Major Hieftje discusses environmental sustainability municipal projects, including plans for the next 5 years.
1-2:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 1416 Hill St. Free. 239-3199. [map]
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 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ghost Hunting: The Difficulties of Researching Women's History": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by local historian Susan Nenadic, author A Purse of Her Own, a book about working women in 19th-century Washtenaw County. Followed by a panel discussion with club members on "Pennsylvania Connections."
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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-5763.
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"A 1,000 Mile Great Lakes Walk": Saline District Library.

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Michigan adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis discusses her 1,000-mile trek around the perimeter of Lake Michigan as well as her explorations of the other Great Lakes shorelines. Also, a sale of Niewenhuis's books.
2-3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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