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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of July 17, 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


July 2017
 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon., except July 3. 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. July 10: "When Love Hurts: Domestic Abuse." July 17: "What People Really Think of Christians, and Why." July 24: "Body Language." July 31: "Getting Unstuck: Practical Ways to Improve Your Life."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


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Tuesday


July 2017
 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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 (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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


 7 p.m. 

Billy Bragg: Literati Bookstore/The Ark.

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This well-known British troubadour and leftwing activist gives a slide-illustrated talk on Roots, Radicals and Rockers, his new history of skiffle, a British folk music phenomenon of the 1950s that incorporated elements of blues and jazz and eventually led to the British Invasion. Signing.
7 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 (includes a copy of the book) in advance at LiteratiPresentsBillyBragg.bpt.me. 585-5567. [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Night of Fools: Jewish Community Center.

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Director Rami Kimchi is on hand to introduce a screening of his 2014 docudrama about a WWII Jewish underground movement that, with only 400 men, succeeded in taking control of the city of Algiers, where there were 25,000 pro-Nazi French soldiers, maintaining control for one night before handing the city over to the Americans, who landed on the city's shores the next morning.
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Online Security and Scams": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jafferson Computers owner Mateen Jaffers shows how to identify scam calls and pop-ups, what to do if you have been targeted by these scammers, and how to keep your computer safe and secure.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Prison Dharma": Zen Buddhist Temple Summer Lecture Series.

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July 11, 18, & 25. A series of 3 talks in conjunction with the Temple's current exhibit of Texas death row inmate Moyo's paintings, Buddhas on Death Row (see Galleries).

July 11: Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency executive director Mary King discusses "Fair, Affordable, and Effective Justice: Strategies for Ending Mass Incarceration in Michigan."

July 18: Sokukoji Buddhist Temple Monastery.(Battle Creek) Prison Project teacher Sokuzan Robert Brown discusses "Meet Them Where They Are: Buddhist Work in Michigan Prisons."

July 25: "Prison Dharma Café." All invited to join a discussion of the issues raised by the lecture series.

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7-9 p.m., 1214 Packard. Free. 761-6520. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by local massage therapist Brian Truskowski.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (July 18), 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard), & AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Aug. 23), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Practicalities of Modern Electric Cars": Sierra Club Huron Valley.

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Talk by Michigan electric car expert Karl Klement. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 665-0248. [map]


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Wednesday


July 2017
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Owls and Owl Pellet Dissection": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Leslie Science & Nature Center staff discuss and display live owls and show participants how to dissect owl pellets to learn about what they eat.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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 (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Hudson Mills Master Plan Meeting: Huron Clinton Metroparks Authority/City of Dexter.

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Join us at a fourth master plan meeting for Hudson Mills Metropark on Wednesday, July 19th from 6:00 - 7:30pm at Creekside Intermediate School in Dexter, MI.
Our goal for this meeting is to identify opportunities and develop creative ideas on how we might address our challenges at the golf course. The meeting will include a brief presentation followed by ample time for questions and discussion with Metroparks staff. Input and ideas generated during the discussion will influence recommendations made in the final master plan.
Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Road, Dexter MI 48130, Dexter. Free. (734) 580-2236. spizzo@dextermi.gov http://www.dextermi.gov/ [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Online Security: Computer Tech Support Scam": Saline District Library.

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Jafferson Computers (Ypsilanti) owner Mateen Jaffer discusses how to identify computer scams and scam phone calls.
6:30-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Julie Buntin: Literati Bookstore.

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This Brooklyn-based writer from northern Michigan reads from Marlena, her debut novel about a woman grappling with the memories of her fraught teenage friendship with her manic, pill-popping neighbor, who died within a year of meeting the protagonist. The novel details a "coming-of-age friendship that goes beyond camaraderie, into a deeper bond that forges identity," says the New York Times Book Review. "[It] sweeps you up without too much explication, becoming both a painful exorcism and a devoted memorial to friends and selves who are gone." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Christine Sismondo's America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's The Spiritual Hierarchies, a cycle of ten 1909 lectures given in Düsseldorf.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


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Thursday


July 2017
 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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 (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Downtown Home and Garden: A Century in the Making": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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DH&G owner Kelly Vore discusses the history of her business and some of its upcoming events.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Chang Lecture on Art and Medicine.

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This lecture series was established in honor of the extraordinary Chang family linking art and medicine. Dr. Cheng-Yang Chang was the first pediatric urologist at UM and a steadfast supporter of the Urology Department. Son of the esteemed Chinese painter Ku-Nien Chang, Dr. Chang funded "The Shirley Chang Gallery of Chinese Art" in the UM Museum of Art expansion, in honor of his late wife.
The lecture features David Watts, M.D., a gastroenterologist and Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and a physician writer who has published six books of poetry, four anthologies, and two books of short stories about the complexities of the Doctor-Patient Relationship.
University of Michigan Hospital, Ford Auditorium, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-232-4897. aneric@med.umich.edu https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/urology/urology-events [map]



 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Amelia Earhart: 80th Anniversary": Saline District Library.

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Historians Al and Dave Eicher give a slide-illustrated talk on Earhart, who visited Michigan more than 25 times.
7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Building a Better World by Preserving the Past: The History of Gordon Hall": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by Dexter Area Historical Society genealogist Nancy Van Blaricum. Families welcome.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]


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Friday


July 2017
 8 a.m.  Free! 

Duckett and Lapides Pediatric Urology Lectures: U-M Urology.

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Urologists and general pediatric providers within the University of Michigan Health System as well as within the state of Michigan will learn about the epidemiology, issues surrounding radiation safety, and various treatment modalities for the complex endourologic care of patients with kidney stone disease and the practice of radiation safety in children as well as the effective management of kidney stone disease, particularly in patients who require complex endourologic procedures.
To register, or for more information, contact Leslie Simmons at (734) 615-3038 or lasim@med.umich.edu
Frankel Cardiovascular Center (Danto Auditoirum), 1500 E Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-232-4897. aneric@med.umich.edu https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/urology/urology-events [map]



 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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 (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"ShopBot CNC Router": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to discuss the use of CNC routers to automate fabrication and DIY projects.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Saturday


July 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 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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 (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Honey Bees": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Bee Present Honey staff discuss honey bee colony life, beekeeping basics, and the benefits of bee-made products. Also, honey tasting and bee-related crafts, games, and activities.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"One-String Electric Guitar Building": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to learn how to make the one-string guitar commonly known as a diddley bow.
2-5:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Sunday


July 2017
 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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 (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Snapshots: The Art of Storytelling": Saline District Library.

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Pencilpoint Theatreworks (Ypsilanti) artistic director Brian Cox discusses how he developed Snapshots: Stories of Life, a theater production that centered on true stories inspired by the teller's personal photographs.
2-3:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [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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