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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of October 23, 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


October 2017
 Noon  Free! 

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

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Oct. 2, 9, & 23. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Oct. 2: U-M International Institute Conflict and Peace Initiative coordinator Ashley Bates on "Non-Violent Activism in Gaza." Oct. 9: Muslim Peace Fellowship (Stony Point, NY) founder Rabia Terri Harris on "The Pharaoh, the Devil, and the Two Khalifas." Oct. 23: Tzedek Chicago rabbi Brant Rosen on "The Many Faces of Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance."
Noon, 555 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 647-4143. [map]


 1-2:30 & 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M 2117: What Future for the Public University?": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Lecture by University of California American studies professor Christopher Newfield. Followed by a response by U-M history professor Terrence McDonald.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Sheri Fink: U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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This New York Times correspondent, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, discusses "Human Rigths and Medical Care in Times of Emergency," with a particular focus on the Ebola outbreak, hurricane Katrina, and the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Sale of Fink's books Five Days at Memorial and War Hospital. Signing.
5 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 763-5408. [map]


 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Human Rights in Complex Emergencies at Home and Abroad": U-M International Institute Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture.

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Talk by New York Times Pulitzer-winning correspondent Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, an examination of decisions made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
5-6:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 615-8482. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Grief 101: What to Expect When Grieving": Ann Arbor District Library/Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services.

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Talk by an Arbor Hospice representative.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Break the Stress Cycle for Children and Youth": Ann Arbor District Library/U-M Psychology Community Talk.

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Talk by U-M pediatric psychology professor Dan Keating.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Oct. 10 & 23. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. On Oct. 10 Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra shows how to hem.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Dodge Brothers": Saline District Library.

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Area auto historian Russell Doré discusses the history of Detroit brothers who created the Dodge car company in 1900.
7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Welcome to Night Vale": Literati Bookstore.

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Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, discuss It Devours!, their new mystery novel that explores the intersections of faith and science and a growing relationship between two young people who want to trust each other. Signing.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $23.31 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/3084372 (includes a copy of the book). 585-5567. [map]


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Tuesday


October 2017
 9:30 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), Sept. 13-Apr. 25. 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.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Oct. 3, 10, 24, & 31. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served.

Oct. 3: University of Southern California management professor Nan Jia discusses "Firms' Strategic Use of Political Connections."

Oct. 10: University of Tennessee religious studies professor Megan Bryson on "The Limits of Chinese Buddhism: Protecting the State in the Dali Kingdom (937-1253)."

Oct. 24: U-M postdoc Tom Kelly on "The Literary Inscription of Things in Early Modern China."

Oct. 31: University of Toronto geography professor Jun Zhang on "Commodifying Art, Chinese Style: The Making of China's Visual Art Market."
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, (formerly Dennison), 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Sarra Lev: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Lecture.

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Sarra Lev, Visiting Professor, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Intersex Bodies in Tosefta Bikkurim
Sarra Lev will present on the subject of androginos, someone who ostensibly has male and female genitals, and how the rabbis manage the contradiction between their binary gender system and the existence of bodies that confound that system.
Thayer Building, 202 S. Thayer St. Free. 734.615.8503. judaicstudies@umich.edu https://events.umich.edu/event/42670 [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution": U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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Lecture by Davidson College (NC) Latin American Studies professor Devyn Spence Benson.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-0553. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature": U-M Library.

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New York Times books website founding editor Bill Goldstein discusses his new book about the intellectual and personal journeys of these 4 writers in 1922. Signing.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-5405. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fast Friends Forever": U-M Penny Stamps School of Art & Design Speaker Series.

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L.A.-based artist Jason Yates, a Detroit native, discusses his work, which borrows from art, music, fashion, and design. He's the founder of Fast Friends Inc., a collaborative project to disseminate art outside the conventional gallery system.
5:30 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheese & Chocolate": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery staff pair Mindo Chocolate (Dexter) confections with appropriate cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Everest Base Camp Trek Talk": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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Oct. 3 & 24. Local adventure tour guide Heather O'Neal discusses an upcoming trip to Kathmandu and the Everest Base Camp in April.
6 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Searching for New Ballast in the U.S.-China Relationship": U-M Center for Chinese Studies China Town Hall.

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Talk by Paulson Institute think tank associate director Damien Ma. Also, a live webstream conversation with Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN (7 p.m.). Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception.
6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall (formerly Dennison), 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"University Natural History Museums: Portals of Discovery in the Anthropocene": U-M Museum Studies Program.

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Leaders from the Harvard University and University of Michigan's museums of natural history and comparative zoology will discuss the current historic and scientific importance of such museums for today's understanding of and research into ecosystems and evolutionary biology that impact the increasing changes to our planet.
UM Rackham Graduate School (West Conference Room), 915 E. Washington Street. Free. 734-936-6678. ummsp@umich.edu http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/ [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Play & Create the World of Your Dreams": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local certified permaculture designer and teacher Bridget O'Brien introduces her new game, Adapt, which teaches individuals and groups how to apply a holistic design process to create a more caring world.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Hillary Clinton.

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This 2016 Democratic presidential candidate discusses her new book, What Happened.
Hill Auditorium, 7 p.m. Tickets $62-$112 in advance at hillaryclintonbooktour.com. [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Northern California native Tim Hunt reads from his latest book, Poem's Poems & Other Poems, a collection of poems in which a persona named Poem seeks self-definition through the writing of poetry. DePauw University English profesor Deborah Geis says Poem is "always somewhere that he doesn't quite belong, or is asking the 'wrong' questions, yet ultimately charms us with his love of both illusions and allusions." The program begins with open mike readings.
7-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Argonauts": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Maggie Nelson's genre-bending memoir about her relationship with gender-fluid artist Harry Dodge.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


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Wednesday


October 2017
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Kempf House Museum Noon Lecture.

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Oct. 4: Ann Arbor-based local historian Grace Shackman discusses the beginnings of several local towns in "Washtenaw County Settlements."

Oct. 11: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club member Fabian Beltran discusses "All Things Trains, Both Real and Model."

Oct. 18: GIVE 365 recreation supervisor Erika Pratt and park landscape architect Hillary Hanzel discuss "Your Ann Arbor Parks."

Oct. 25: Retired Lutheran pastor Walter Schmidt talks about "The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation."
Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Amazing Molihua: Culture and Meaning of China's Most Well-Known Folksong": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Talk by University of Hawaii enthnomusicologist Frederick Lau.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Room. Free. 936-6099. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Socrates Café.

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Oct. 4 & 25. All invited to join a philosophical discussion that draws on the Socratic method of questioning underlying assumptions. Note: Café stops serving at 6 p.m.; arrive early to purchase food & beverages.
6-7:30 p.m., Plum Market coffee shop, 3601 Plymouth Rd. Free. 761-9007, 255-7571. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Letterpress Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Oct. 11 & 25 and Nov. 8 & 22. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"My Absolute Darling": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Gabriel Tallent's novel about an isolated teen growing up in the thrall of her tortured, sadistic, and charismatic father. Note: change of book.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Oct. 11: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Oct. 25: Readings by Diane DeCillis, Detroit native whose award-winning 1st book of poems, Strings Attached, was described by Gargoyle Magazine (Washington, D.C.) editor Richard Peabody as a collection of "warm, philosophical poems [which] explore a cultural and emotional terrain similar to the work of Naomi Shihab Nye." Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

Nov. 8: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Nov. 29: Reading by Zilka Joseph, a local poet whose work is notable for its vividly figured explorations of the natural world. Her latest book, Sharp Blue Search of Flame, is a collection of dark, brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her personal experiences living in Eastern and Western cultures. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.



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7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bathtub Gin and Rum Running: Prohibition in Detroit and Michigan": Saline District Library.

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Talk by area historian Joe Oldenburg.
7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Football Series": Dexter District Library.

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Sept. 19, Oct. 25, & Nov. 16. A 3-part series of lectures, discussions, and a documentary screening about U-M football. Sept. 19: "Part 1: Billy Taylor." Screening of Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor, a documentary about former U-M tailback Taylor and his experiences following his last game with U-M in 1972 and the subsequent death of his mother. Followed by a discussion with Taylor and sports writers Jon Stevens and Ken Magee. Oct. 25: "Part 2: The Little Brown Jug." Ann Arbor native Ken Magee and local architect Jon Stevens discuss the book they cowrote on the U-M/Minnesota football rivalry. Nov. 16: "Part 3: The Game." Ken Magee and Jon M. Stevens discuss their book, The Game: the Michigan-Ohio State Football Rivalry.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Journalist Doug Stanton reads from his latest military history, which follows a 101st Airborne company that suffered 75% casualties during the pivotal 1968 Tet Offensive. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's biography of Thomas Dent Mütter, the flamboyant 19th-century surgeon who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sam Kassow: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Lecture.

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A Historian in the Ghetto: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive
Sam Kassow, Trinity College
During World War II Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen and paper. Even in the face of death they left "time capsules" full of documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. This will be their story.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Auditorium, 525 S. State St. Free. 734.615.8503. judaicstudies@umich.edu https://events.umich.edu/event/42671 [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 The Influences of Lucifer and Ahriman, a collection of 1919 lectures Rudolf Steiner delivered in Dornach.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


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Thursday


October 2017
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Behind the Fallboard: A Piano Exposé": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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U-M piano technology professor Robert Grijalva gives a lecture-demo on the inner workings of the grand piano.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Cuba: Our Neighbor in Transition": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Sept. 21), Sept. 14-Oct. 26. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and guest scholars.

Sept. 14: MSU international relations professor Donna Rich Kaplowitz on her personal and professional Cuban experience in "Past, Present, Future."

Sept. 28: U-M international policy professor and former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Melvyn Levitsky on "The U.S. and Cuba: A Troubled Relationship."

Oct. 5: U-M anthropology professor Ruth Behar, a 2nd-generation Cuban American, on "The Fascination with the Jews of Cuba."

Oct. 12: U-M music professor Michael Gould on "The Folkloric Music of Cuba: Clave is the Key!"

Oct. 19: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine assistant dean William Cunningham on "Cuba: Primary Care and Public Health: Lessons Learned."

Oct. 26: U-M sociology professor Sylvia Pedraza on "Religion in the Cuban Revolution."


WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351.
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Oct. 5: "Exploring Mokuhanga Printmaking Using Laser-Engraving and Bit-Map Data." U-M art & design professor Endi Poskovic discusses his "Dream Series" of color woodcut prints and his research at the Mokuhanga Innovation Lab in Tokyo. Oct. 12: Brandeis University East Asian literature and culture professor Matthew Fraleigh on "Visible Rhymes, Inaudible Echoes: Script and Sound in the Sinitic Poetry of Modern Japan." Oct. 19: "Brazil and 'Modern Japanese Literature.'" University of Washington Japanese literature professor Edward Mack discusses the large number of people of Japanese descent living in Brazil and their contributions to Japanese literature. Oct. 26: Harvard University government professor Daniel Smith on "Dynasties and Democracy in Japan."
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 Noon 

U-M Investing in Ability 2017.

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Oct. 5 & other dates. This month-long series of events includes a panel discussion on "Reinventing Normal: Technologies for Empowerment" (Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m., U-M Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag), a "Dogs on the Diag" service and therapy dog demonstration (Oct. 6, 11 a.m. on the Diag), a School of Dentistry Garden Tour (Oct. 9, 11 a.m., 1011 North University, garden adjacent to the rooftop parking lot for dental patients), a lecture by area autism expert Mira Krishnan on "From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity" (Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.), and a screening of the award-winning cerebral palsy documentary Including Samuel (Oct. 26, noon, U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag.). For full schedule, see ability.umich.edu.
Various times & locations. Free. 936-1402.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Islamophobia and Racism in America": U-M Arab and Muslim American Studies.

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Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) sociology professor Erik Love discusses his new book.
4-6 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-1460. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Lavender Scare": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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University of South Florida history professor David Johnson discusses his book, subtitled "The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government."
4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Trump, Twitter, and Fake News: How Journalists Can Build Credibility by Opening Up Their Work": U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows Program.

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Lecture by David Fahrenthold, the Washington Post journalist who uncovered the infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" video in which Trump bragged about groping women.
4 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Free. 998-7666. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Joyce Carol Oates & Monica Youn: U-M Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by these 2 writers. Oates is a renowned, highly prolific fiction writer, critic, and poet, known for her unflinching examinations of the grim underside of life. Her acclaimed new novel, A Book of American Martyrs, weaves together the stories of an ardent evangelical who murders an abortion provider and the grief-stricken wife and children left behind by the idealistic doctor's death. Oates "refuses to satirize or dehumanize anyone," says a Los Angeles Times review. Youn is a Princeton University poetry professor whose 2016 collection, Blackacre, won the William Carlos Williams Award. Drawing on her law degree, Youn explores the metaphors and themes that arise from Blackacre, a placeholder name often used by law professors to talk about a hypothetical estate. "Youn is technically innovative, easily moving from unusual numbered one-line stanzas, to prose poems, to staggered lines, to lines in columns that defy traditional reading," says a Houston Chronicle review.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]


 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Death Around the Palace of Nestor": U-M Classics Department.

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Lecture by University of North Carolina-Greensboro classics professor Joanne Murphy on the Bronze Age Mycenaean palace of Pylos in southwest Greece.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-0360.


 7-8:30 p.m. 

30th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 13, & 15 (different locations).

Talks by various Jewish writers. Also, display and sale in the JCC lobby (Oct. 26-Dec. 15) of some 170 new books by Jewish authors, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.)

Oct. 26: U-M political science professor Andrei Markovits talks about his new book, Hillel at Michigan, 1926-1945: Struggles of Jewish Identity in a Pivotal Era. Dessert reception follows. 7-8:30 p.m.; $5.

Nov. 1: U-M history of medicine professor Howard Markel discusses his acclaimed new book, The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek. 7-8:30 p.m.; $5.

Nov. 2: "History of Michigan Synagogues." Illustrated talk by a Michigan Historical Society representative. Pictures of individual architectural features are shown. 7-8:30 p.m.; $5.

Nov. 5: J. Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) research fellow Noam Zion leads a discussion (1-3 p.m.) exploring the personal & political relationships between American and Israeli Jewish communities. Also, a reception (3-5 p.m.) with artist talk (4 p.m.). by local avid photographer George Levy on Seeing Large & Small, his new exhibit of photos from his African trips. 3-5 p.m.

Nov. 7: Alexandra Zapruder reads from Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, her new book which traces the personal trials of her grandfather, Abraham Zapruder, who made the notorious home movie of the Kennedy assassination and his descendents. "Zapruder is a gifted writer and storyteller who delicately unravels a minor mystery few people know or care about, but that she makes human, complex and quite interesting," notes the New York Times review. 7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free.

Nov. 9:Bakehouse co-owner Amy Emberling discusses the history of the business and the new cookbook, Zingerman's Bakehouse: The Cookbook, she co-authored with fellow Bakehouse owner Frank Carollo. Catered lunch includes Zingerman's bagels, cream cheese, smoked fish, egg salad, rye bread, & Bakehouse desserts. Noon-1:30 p.m.; $10.

Nov. 13: Brooklyn-based fiction writer Nathan Englander reads from his acclaimed new novel Dinner at the Center of the Earth, "a turducken of a novel," in his words, that is part political thriller, part romance, and part absurdist farce. Hopping between characters as well as genres, the story concerns a prisoner held for more than a decade in the Israeli desert while, elsewhere, a general in a coma hallucinates about his past life, and a young man works to fund the Palestinian resistance. Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $28.88 (includes hardcover copy of book) in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/3098799 and at the door.

Nov. 15: Talk about the "History of Black Jews in America" by Chicago rabbi Capers Funnye, Jr., who leads the largest African American Jewish congregation in America, the 200-member Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation. 7-9:30 p.m., EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free.
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard) unless otherwise indicated. Admission price varies. 971-0990. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Building Bridges between People: Creating Hope Through Creative Activism and Resistance": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Salon.

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Local energy healer Lucinda Kurtz moderates a panel discussion with Ecology Center director Mike Garfield and local grassroots activists Idelle Hammond-Sass, Carrie Hatcher-Kay, & Melanie Harner.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Grooming a Generation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Andy Sacks, 2017). Documentary about the Ypsilanti barbers whose innovative youth literacy program offers kids a $2 refund if they read to the barber during the haircut. Panel discussion follows with director Sacks & some of the barbers who appear in the film.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (343 S. Fifth Ave.), 327-4555. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Hillel at Michigan, 1926-1945: Struggles of Jewish Identity in a Pivotal Era": Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Talk by U-M political science professor Andrei Markovits. Dessert reception follows.
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5. 971-0990. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Periods Gone Public": Literati Bookstore.

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New Jersey menstrual rights activist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf discusses her new book about the cultural and political history of menstruation and the new movement to dispel stigma. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


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Friday


October 2017
 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 4:10-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Between Russia and China: Central Asia's Relevance": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Talk by U.S. State Department foreign affairs analyst David Abramson.
4:10-6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall (formerly Dennison), 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Calling a Wolf a Wolf": Literati Bookstore Poetry Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Kaveh Akbar's 2017 debut collection of poems about addiction and recovery.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Dying to Live": Aunt Agatha's.

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All invited to join Minnesota writer Stan Trollip and South African writer Michael Sears, who write together via Skype as Michael Stanley, to discuss their new novel, the latest in a series set in Botswana that features the delightful detective Kubu. Signing.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Feed the Resistance": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Cookbook author Julia Turshen, who wrote the acclaimed home cooking handbook Small Victories, discusses her new book of recipes and resources for community building and political engagement. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Meditate and Destroy": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Sarah Fisher, 2007). Documentary about Dharma Punx author Noah Levine and his journey from addict to meditation teacher. Discussion follows.
Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.


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Saturday


October 2017
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe": U-M Physics Department.

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University of California physics professor Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham, creator of the popular PhD Comics web series, give an interactive presentation based on their new book that explores everything we don't know about the universe, from the origin of the cosmos to dark matter. With live cartooning.
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Hearing Voices Network of Ann Arbor.

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Local HVN members discuss their personal experiences with hearing voices and the HVN interpretation of that experience, which revolves around meaning and empowerment rather than stigma and suppression. Followed by Q&A with the panelists and local psychologists.
2-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill. Free, but donations welcome. rebecca.hatton1@gmail.com, 709-2183. [map]


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Sunday


October 2017
 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Buddhism and Science": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by U-M Buddhist and Tibetan studies professor Donald Lopez.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

Johnathan Rand: Barnes & Noble.

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This author of the popular Michigan Chillers and American Chillers mystery series for young readers reads from his latest Michigan Chiller, A Ghostly Haunting in Grand Haven, and from a forthcoming American Chiller.
Noon-2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Adventure of the Dancing Men": The Arcadia Mixture Sherlock Holmes Club.

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All invited to discuss Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story in which Holmes and Watson must decrypt a series of mysterious stick figures whose random appearances around their property puzzle an English country gentleman but terrify his American wife. Also, a quiz.
2-4 p.m., Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson. Free (buy your own food). rpl@umich.edu. [map]





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