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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of June 19, 2017

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


June 2017
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Desiree Cooper, Robin Gaines, Mardi Jo Link, and Mary Kay Zuravleff: Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by these fiction writers. Cooper is a Detroit writer and activist whose short story collection Know the Mother depicts women wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives. Gaines is an award-winning Michigan-based journalist whose debut novel, Invincible Summers, tells the tumultuous story of a family in the 1960s and 70s. Bestselling Northern Michigan writer Link reads from her 2015 memoir, The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance. Zuravleff is a Washington, D.C., writer; her 2014 novel, Man Alive!, features a pediatric psychiatrist who survives being struck by lightning and stops working in favor of barbecuing. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. The program begins with a video introduction to the topic. June 5: "The Church and Gays: One Pastor's Dilemma." June 12: "Surrounded by Stuff: Understanding Hoarding." June 19: "Imperfect Parents." June 26: "What's Your Pet Trying to Tell You?"
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Publishing--How to Get Your Foot in the Door": Ann Arbor District Library.

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On June 5, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss the basic issues that need to be confronted and resources available in getting your book published. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on June 19.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Tuesday


June 2017
 6 p.m. 

"Why Diversity Matters on My Team": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by U-M human resources senior project manager Dyan Jenkins-Ali. The program begins with networking and dinner.
6 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. $20 (includes dinner). Preregistration required by June 15 at noon at abwa-maia.org/regform.html. moretime@umich.edu. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"UMjobs.org": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A U-M Human Resources Office business systems analyst discusses how to search and apply for U-M jobs.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Care Massage: Upper Body": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by local massage therapist Brian Truskowski.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"There Is a Free Lunch": People's Food Co-op.

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Local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt discusses foraging and offers ideas for how to get kids interested in wild foods.
7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What is Reggio Emilia All About": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Sunshine Special Children's Studio director Suzanne Price and early childhood educator Heidi Harris discuss the globally influential educational philosophy practiced in the northern Italian town of Reggio Emilia.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Prairies: Concept and Application": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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EMU biology professor Emily Grman discusses strategies for prairie restoration.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 665-0248. [map]


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Wednesday


June 2017
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Options as End of Life Approaches": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by U-M Program for Positive Aging psychiatry research fellow Amanda Leggett.
10-11:30 a.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration recommended. 998-9353. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Daytime Book Club at Chelsea Senior Center: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss a different book each month. Copies of the books are available at the Senior Center.

June 21: The Wonder, Emma Donoghue's novel about a journalist and nurse veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign hired to care for an Irish village girl said to have miraculously survived for months on nothing but "manna from heaven."

July 19: TBA.

Aug. 16:TBA.

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1 p.m., CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242, 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle": 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 and offers smell samples of 8 perfumes from this French perfumer.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Exit Interview with Laurence Goldstein": Literati Bookstore.

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A discussion with recently retired U-M English professor Goldstein on his career as a poet and scholar. Q&A.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Creatures of the Night": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Popular WAS speaker Don Chalfant, a retired local teacher who holds many Big Year and Big Day birding records for Washtenaw County, discusses owls, nightjars, woodcocks, and other birds, bugs, and mammals are out and about while most humans are asleep.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]


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Thursday


June 2017
 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Candy!": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's Next Door sweet treat experts talk about what makes the candy Zingerman's sells so special, tells some stories about their favorite candy makers, and offer some insights into some of the more interesting selections. Participating kids get to eat some candy. Parents welcome to lurk in the background for free.
6-7 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. . [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Motown in Zimbabwe": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Zimbabwe archivist, historian, ethnomusicologist, and writer Joyce Jenje Makwenda is joined by EMU African American studies professor Melvin Peters in a discussion of the influence of Motwn music on urban culture.
6 p.m., Cultivate, 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti. Free. 763-1265. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sushi": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Cooking demo by Chef Kaede Nakano from the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, who discusses authentic Japanese style sushi and demonstrates how to make temaki-sushi, a type of sushi that resembles a hand-rolled cone of seaweed wrapped around rice and fillings. Participants get a chance to make their own temaki-sushi.
6-7:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Cara Black and Libby Fischer Hellman: Aunt Agatha's.

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These 2 award-winning mystery writers discuss their new books. Black's Murder in St. Germain is the latest in her series of mysteries featuring the Paris-based PI Aimee Leduc, and Hellman's thriller War, Spies, and Bobbysox is a thriller about a farm girl locked in a dangerous love triangle with 2 German prisoners in an Illinois prison camp during WWII. Signing.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Book Club: Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to discuss Ocean Vuong's acclaimed debut poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


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Friday


June 2017
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sara Schaff: Literati Bookstore.

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This New York-based writer reads from Say Something Nice About Me, her new collection of thoughtful short stories about characters at turning points in their lives. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel discusses his new book explores the making of the iconic Western and the toxic political climate in which it was created.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Saturday


June 2017
 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun.. Hands-on 20-minute demo about the aims and procedures of astrobiology. Participants recreate an experiment from the Mars Viking Lander's spacecraft expedition of 1976.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

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

Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fanfiction for Teens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff introduce youth in grades 7-12 to the basics of writing fan fiction.
3-4:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Sunday


June 2017
 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

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

Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 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., Ann Arbor District Library Freespace (3rd floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 971-5763. [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun.. Hands-on 20-minute demo about the aims and procedures of astrobiology. Participants recreate an experiment from the Mars Viking Lander's spacecraft expedition of 1976.
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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