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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of November 20, 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


November 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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Democracy in Chains": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean discusses her new exposé of right-wing efforts to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution. It's been longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award.
4 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Garden Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Nov. 20: Saline Social Services executive director Jamail Aikens discusses "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

Jan. 8: Michigan Garden Club vice president Rita Crawley presents a talk on this organization entitled "Across The Garden Vine."

Feb. 12: U-M Herbarium curator Anton Reznicek discusses "Rock Gardening: A Look at Plants for Small Spaces."

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6:45 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Donna Hiner: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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This Michigan installation artist discusses her minimalist work that explores introspection, self-actualization, social issues, feminism, and authenticity.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4484 Jackson Rd. (ste. 100). Free. annarborwomenartists@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kaveh Akbar & Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: The Neutral Zone/Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by these two writers. Tehran-born, Florida-based Akbar reads from Calling a Wolf a Wolf, his debut poetry collection about addiction and recovery. MTV News columnist Willis-Abdurraqib reads from They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, his new collection of personal essays about the everyday threats to the lives of black Americans, told through accounts of his music and cultural experiences that range from a Bruce Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave to a discussion of public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show. Signing.
7 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Windigo Moon": Nicola's Books.

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Michigan journalist and historian Robert Downes discusses his new, meticulously researched historical novel about an Ojibwe clan struggling to survive war, famine, and the coming of European explorers bearing deadly diseases. The action revolves around the love story between a young woman who is abducted in a raid and the Ojibwe youth who rescues her. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What, My Herbicide Did That?! You Can't Be Serious": Michigan Botanical Club.

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MSU academic specialist David Roberts, aka the Plant Doctor, discusses the unintended impacts of herbicides on non-target plants.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


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Tuesday


November 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]


 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Tues. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served.

Nov. 7: University of Rochester anthropology professor John Osburg on "Consuming Belief: Han Chinese Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism in the PRC."

Nov. 14: University of Tulsa history professor Thomas Buoye on "Capital Punishment and 'Confucian Clemency': The Quandaries of Qing Criminal Justice."

Nov. 21: U-M Center for Chinese Studies postdoc Jeffrey Javed on "Moralizing the Revolution: Morality, Mobilization, and Violence in the Early Maoist Period."

Nov. 28: University of Toronto religion professor Amanda Goodman on "Transmitting the Mind-Ground: The Formation of Esoteric Buddhist Initiation Lineages in Late-Medieval China."

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11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, (formerly Dennison), 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Eating Italy: A History of Italian Food and Italian Identity": U-M Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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Talk by University of Bologna history professor Massimo Montanari.
4-5:30 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nicholas Delbanco: Nicola's Books.

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This longtime U-M English professor discusses Curiouser and Curiouser, his new collection of essays on music and the visual arts that cover everything from the restoration of his father-in-law's Stradivarius cello to a reimagining of H.A. and Margaret Rey's lives and the creation of their beloved character, Curious George. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Early Days of Radio in Michigan": Saline District Library.

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Talk by local historians Al & Dave Eicher.
7-8:30 p.m. SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Herbal Support for the GI System": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. outreach@peoplesfood.coop, 994-4589. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding the North Country Trail": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Talk by Thomas Funke, the recently retired Michigan Audubon Society conservation director who has hiked more than 2,000 miles.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 665-0248. [map]


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Wednesday


November 2017
 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]


 7:30 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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Saturday


November 2017
 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]


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Sunday


November 2017
 9:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Book Chat": Friends of the Saline District Library.

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All adults invited to bring a favorite book and discuss what you like about it. A different genre TBA is specified each month.
9:30-10 a.m. SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 994-0625. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Masterclass with The Lincoln Trio: The Phoenix Ensemble & The Great Lakes Performing Arts Associates.

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The grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio will be giving public masterclasses, coaching student chamber groups from the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers' Guild, PhoenixPhest, and U-M's School of Music. This is a unique opportunity to go "behind the scenes" as the trio discusses and teaches their craft to rising young musicians. The Trio will also give a brief performance.
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N 4th Ave. $25/$15/$5. (888)929-4383. info@phoenixensemble.com http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/masterclass_the_lincoln_trio_2017/ [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]





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