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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of February 12, 2018

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


February 2018
 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]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Archives and Futures: A View from 'The Most Distant Place'": U-M Institute for the Humanities Marc and Constance Jacobson Lecture.

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University of Cape Town history professor Shamil Jeppie discusses Timbuktu's importance as a scholarly nexus between the West and the East.
4-6 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Conversations on Europe": U-M Center for European Studies.

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Talks by U-M public policy professor Scott Greer on "Brexit Means Brexit: But What Does that Mean for Scotland and Ireland?" and Texas A&M University Hispanic studies professor Alberto Moreiras on "Spain's New Populist Left: An Impossible Hegemony."
4-5:30 p.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-3501. [map]


 4:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Marching Dykes, Liberated Sluts, and Concerned Mothers: Women Transforming Public Space": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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EMU women's and gender studies professor Elizabeth Currans discusses her new book.
4:10 p.m., 2239 Lane, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Wallenberg Studio Lecture: Olivier Peyricot: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Olivier Peyricot is a designer and was between 1996 and 2010 the director of the agency IDSland specialized in industrial design, furniture and fittings business. Then since 2008 he was professor of object design at ENSAD - National School of Decorative Arts. Now he is director of research at the Cité du Design of Saint-Etienne.
Since 2010, he is active in the areas of intervention in the research and experimentation in the fields of automotive, domestic and urban spaces, technology and lifestyle.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/12/wallenberg-studio-lecture-olivier-peyricot [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Skins, Skeins, and Stitches: Fiberart Through the Ages": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Illustrated talk by WSU art history instructor Wendy Evans. The program begins with socializing and a display of members' work.
6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church Piper Hall (lower level, enter on the east side of the building and take elevator down), 1501 W. Liberty. Free. annarborfiberarts@gmail.com. [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! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each discussion begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Feb. 5: "Whistleblower: The True Story of an FBI Informant." Feb. 12: "In the News." Feb. 19: "Does God Have a Plan for You? One Woman's Quest to Save 300 Babies." Feb. 26: "Finding the Family I Never Knew: A Story of Separation, Adoption, and Reunion."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Nonfiction and historical fiction discussion group for adults. Books TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Did Emancipation Take So Long?": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by club member Fred Priebe.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Rm., 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]


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Tuesday


February 2018
 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]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Getting into Michigan Musical Theater": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by new U-M musical theatre department chair Vince Cardinal. Fifth in a series of 10 monthly lectures.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $65 (members, $45) for the 10-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"To-Do List Strategies": Washtenaw Community College.

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The Washtenaw Community College Career Services department and Entrepreneurship Center are collaborating to present this workshop to help you manage an overwhelming to-do list.
In a world of distractions and chaos, there are strategies to negotiate the clutter!
The free event will take place in Room 150 of the Morris Lawrence Building. The One Thing certified trainer Lu Parsons will lead the workshop that's focused on: 1) Tried-and-tested time management techniques; 2) How to identify and eliminate time-wasting barriers; and 3) New habits to help you reach your goals.
For more information and to register, visit https://todoliststrategies.eventbrite.com/
Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron river Drive. Free. snferraro@wccnet.edu. snferraro@wccnet.edu The Washtenaw Community College Career Services department and Entrepreneurship Center are collaborating to present this workshop to help you manage an overwhelming to-do list. In a world of distract [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

Supper Club: Chelsea Community Hospital LiveWell.

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All age 55 & over invited for a talk followed at 5 p.m. by supper.

Dec.-Feb. talks: TBA.

Mar. 13: Chelsea House Orchestra. This touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll.

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4 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital dining room, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. $6. Preregistration required. 593-5793. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Powers in Turmoil: The Turn of the 7th Century and the Rebirth of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by Hebrew University (Jerusalem) Jewish history professor Oded Irshai.
4 p.m. Thayer Bldg. rm. 2022, 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Urban Cool, Addressing Heat, Health and Habitat in the Anthropocene": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Doug Kelbaugh, Taubman College Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and 2016 Winner of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, lectures on how cities combat climate change.
The illustrated talk will connect the dots on the role that the built environment plays in addressing the increasingly urgent problems of local and global warming. Urban Heat Islands and other forms of extreme heat such as heat waves kill more people than any type of natural disaster, as well as threaten the sustained livability and health of many cities. Luckily, the four design antidotes to heat islands simultaneously address climate change. And because heat islands are more immediately palpable than climate change, they can motivate humans to act more quickly and decisively against the unfolding, unprecedented and catastrophic climate challenge at both the local and global level.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/13/urban-cool-addressing-heat-health-and-habitat-anthropocene [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Garden Club.

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Gardening talks by local experts. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.

Jan. 9: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens associate curator David Michener discusses "Ann Arbor's Peony Garden.". He also celebrates the recent publication of Peony: The Best Varieties for Your Garden, a book he cowrote with Oregon peony grower Carol A. Adelman.

Feb. 13: Runciman Landscape Company co-owner Fred Knight discusses "Landscape Design: Aesthetic and Ecologically Sound Design Options for Homeowners.".

Mar. 13: Retired Washtenaw County park naturalist Faye Stoner discusses "Spring treasures of Washtenaw County: Wildflowers, Butterflies, Birds and More.".

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7 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free. 673-9100, 996-4441. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire's multiple award-winning 2016 novel about children who have traveled to alternate worlds and find it hard to transition back to reality.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss the books in different mystery series.

Jan. 8: Ace Atkins' Quinn Colton mysteries.

Feb. 13: Amy Stewart's Constance Kopp mysteries.

Mar. 13: Paul Dorion's Mike Bowditch mysteries.

Apr. 9: Bill Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin mysteries.

May 8: Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone mysteries.

Jun. 11: Will Smith's Barker & Llewelyn mysteries.
7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Obama: The Call of History": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker discusses his new book about Obama's presidency and legacy. Book sale, signing, and reception.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America": Literati Bookstore.

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New York editor Morgan Jerkins discusses her new collection of essays about her experiences as a black woman in a world that objectifies, silences, and marginalizes black women. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System": Huron Valley Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Canadian ecosocialist activist Ian Angus's book.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157.


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Wednesday


February 2018
 Noon  Free! 

"Discussing the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess: A New Edition from the University of Michigan": Kempf House Museum.

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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and George and Ira Gershwin, has long been considered one of the great American operas. As an affirmation of the opera's cultural value, and in order to provide meticulously edited materials for performance and study, editor Wayne Shirley, in collaboration with The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition at the University of Michigan, as well as the Gershwin families, has worked diligently over the last decade to produce the work's first critical edition. In preparation for its test performance by the University Musical Society and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Mr. Shirley, Mark Clague, and Jessica Getman will discuss the composition and reception of the work, as well as the process of producing this new edition, highlighting the history behind some of America's favorite music, including "Summertime," "I Got Plenty o' Nothin'," and "My Man's Gone Now."
Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St. Free. 734-994-4898. kempfhousemuseum@gmail.com http://www.kempfhousemuseum.org/ [map]



 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to join CDL librarian Emily Meloche to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Potlucks & Talks: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Club members give talks on various subjects. The program begins with a potluck (bring a dish to pass). Dec. 15: Holiday Party. Jan.-Mar. programs TBA.
:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 769-1052. [map]


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

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Local land managers and landscape designers discuss their strategies for restoring and managing landscapes after invasive plants have been removed. With Appel Environmental Design owner Mike Appel, Cardno Design ecological restoration technician Shawn Duke, PlantWise owner Dave Mindell, and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens director Bob Grese.
6:45-8:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 604-4674. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

Dec. 13 (6:30 p.m.): "Holiday Party." Bring a dish to pass and cookies to share for a potluck. Preregistration required.

Jan. 10: Lecture about landscaping by David Zenisek of Castle Lanscaping Services.

Feb. 14: TBA.

Mar. 14: Slide-illustrated talk about flower gardens in the Netherlands by Ann Arbor Garden Club member Betty Bishop.

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7 p.m. (except as noted), Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 358-3851. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chocolates & Valentines": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers offers an introduction to chocolate, from how it's grown and what the different percentages mean to what really is chocolate and how to temper, store, and properly melt it. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Master the Art of Recovery and Injury Prevention": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor chiropractor Andrew Gessert discusses stretching techniques to promote healing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Tough Jews": Jewish Community Center.

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Illustrated talk by Jewish Cultural Society teacher Larry Kuperman about the period between the world wars, when ghetto life produced 2 related paths for upward social mobility for American Jews: boxing and organized crime.
7 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]


 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Excursions in Ecuador": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Club members Peter Baker and Arlene Kindel give a photo-illustrated talk on their recent trip. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 761-6172. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by EMU history professor emeritus Michael Homel, of Wendy Lower's Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [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 Cosmosophy, a collection of Steiner's lectures.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


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Thursday


February 2018
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Architecture: Shaping Buildings, Shaping Us": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Jan. 25), Jan. 11-Feb. 22. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Jan. 11: U-M architecture professor Eric Hill on "Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America."

Jan. 18: Lawrence Technological University architecture professor Dale Allen Gyure on "The Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki," who designed the World Trade Center.

Feb. 1: Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research director Gregory Wittkopp on "Cranbrook's Architecture in Three Chapters."

Feb. 8: U-M architecture and urban planning professor Anya Sirota on "Other Ways of Doing Things: Architecture and Urban Activism."

Feb. 15: U-M urban design professor Geoffrey Thün on "Plausible Futures: Approaching Architecture and Design from a Complex Systems Perspective."

Feb. 22: Detroit Free Press journalist John Gallagher gives an "Update on the City of Detroit."

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10-11:30 a.m., 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. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 8, 15, & 22. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 8: Harvard Law School Japanese legal studies professor J. Mark Ramseyer on "Identity Politics in Japan." Feb. 15: Bowdoin College Asian studies professor Sakura Christmas on "Imperial Japan and the Nature of Borders in Occupied Inner Mongolia." Feb. 22: Sophia University (Tokyo) Japanese history professor Bettina Gramlich-Oka on "A Woman's Network in Japan around 1800."
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"A Reflection on City Council and How the City Works": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Talk by former Ann Arbor City Council member Joan Lowenstein.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for adults. Book TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Sun-light Photography in the 1860s": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by Civil War researchers Bill and Glenna Jo Christen.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. terrikleinschmidt@comcast.net. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Feb. 1 & 15. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 1: Columbia University Japanese history professor Gregory Pflugfelder on "Private Parts & Public Concerns: Erecting the Modern Japanese Penis." Feb. 15: Carnegie Mellon University history professor Edda Fields-Black on "Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and Transformation in Gullah Geechee Identity."
4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

New Enterprise Forum Showcase Presentation and Annual Awards: New Enterprise Forum.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Annual Awards: Come join us in awarding the best 'graduates' of NEF coaching for 2017. Three 2017 Showcase Presenters will receive awards for: Best Presentation, Best Technology, and Best Business Model. A separate award will also be given to the Entrepreneur of the Year, selected from the general Detroit area start-up community.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
Follow Us:http://bit.ly/nef-li
SPARK Innovation Center, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. Free. info@NewEnterpriseForum.org www.NewEnterpriseForum.org [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Critical Studies of Music and Misogynoir in the Age of YouTube": U-M School of Music.

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Talk by SUNY-Albany music professor Kyra Gaunt.
5 p.m., 2026 U-M Moore Bldg., 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Feb. 1, 8, & 15. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 1: Jamaican artist Ebony Patterson discusses her work that explores the use of feminine adornment in the construction of urban masculinity. Feb. 8: New York designer Stephen Burks discusses his interest in bridging the gaps between developing-world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Feb. 15: Spanish artist and designer Jaime Haydon discusses his work that blurs the lines between art, decoration, and design.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Hieu Minh Nguyen & Nicholson Baker: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by these 2 writers. Nguyen is a Vietnamese American poet and performer from Saint Paul (MN) whose forthcoming book, Not Here, is a collection of poems that "illuminate those spaces between sincerity and mischief, vulnerability and audacity," says poet Terrance Hayes. Baker is a novelist and nonfiction writer from Maine who's known for eyebrow-raising plots and dazzling, evocative details sifted from ordinary experience. His 2016 book, Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids, is a memoir about his experiences as a substitute teacher in Maine. Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"1A with Joshua Johnson": U-M Wallace House/Michigan Radio.

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Journalist Johnson, host of the daily NPR show 1A, the successor to The Diane Rehm Show, interviews panelists on the first amendment, free speech, and what they mean in a changing America.
6-7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 998-7666. [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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Dignity vs. Rights: Exploring the Practical Effects of Constitutional Principles in U.S. & German Prisons": Michigan Friends Center.

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All invited for a discussion of the differences in prison conditions in Michigan and Germany-Michigan has 10 times the incarceration rate--and of the appropriate purpose of imprisonment.
7-9 p.m., 7748 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-1892. [map]


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Friday


February 2018
 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Symposium": U-M Library.

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Feb. 16 & 17. Two days of talks by U-M and visiting scholars on the history and context of Porgy and Bess. In conjunction with a performance of the opera on Feb. 17 (see listing).
8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 2-5 p.m. (Sat.), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Germanic Languages & Literatures Winter Colloquium.

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Series of lectures by German scholars and writers. Feb. 2: MSU German professor Matthew Handelman discusses the work of Gershom Scholem, whose scholarship on Jewish mysticism had a vital impact on 20th century Zionism. Feb. 16: Dartmouth College German professor Petra McGillen discusses 19th-century German realist novelist & poet Theodor Fontane. Feb. 22: Reading from her work (in German) by Theodora Bauer, a fiction writer and essayist whose recent novel, Chikago, traces the lives of 3 protagonists fleeing post-WWI poverty in Austria.
2-4 p.m. (Feb. 2 & 16) & 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Feb. 22), Room 3308 Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Anthropology Department Lecture Series.

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Feb. 5 & 16. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 5: Santa Clara University anthropology professor Robin Nelson on "Making Do/Making Kin: Child Development, Caretaking Practice, & the Caribbean in the Global Market." Feb. 16: Sarah Lawrence College anthropology professor Robert Desjarlais on "An Ethos of Vigilance: On Sentience, Militarized Flâneurs, and Phantasms of Violence in Paris."
3 p.m., 411 West Hall, 1085 South University. Free. 764-7274. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 2: "Atmospheric Citizenship: Distributions of Life in the Wake of Delhi's Airpocalypse." Rutgers University geography professor Asher Ghertner discusses Delhi's pollution problem. Feb. 9: Shiv Nadar University (India) history professor Ajay Dandekar on "The Contours of Emerging Agrarian Crisis and Its Implications." Feb. 16: Azim Premji University (India) humanities professor S.V. Srinivas on "Reactive Viewing: Screens and Publics in 21st Century India."
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chico MacMurtrie: UMMA/U-M School of Art & Design.

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This internationally renowned artist discusses his new project, Border Crossers, a collection of large-scale robotic sculptures that will eventually be transported and deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border. Preceded at 4:30 p.m. on the UMMA front lawn by a demo of a robot and autonomous vehicle made by U-M students.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jeff Kass: Literati Bookstore.

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This veteran local poet and Pioneer High English teacher reads from and discusses Takedown, his debut novel set in Ann Arbor. When a grad student dies in a fire, the police officer investigating his death uncovers a string of related murders that expose the dark side of education reform. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by 2 U-M creative writing grad students, including fiction writer Laura Preston and poet Lea Xue.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss lifestyle coach Kerri Richardson's new book. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


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February 2018
 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Envisioning Current and Needed New Approaches to Public Safety": Public Citizens of Washtenaw.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local activists, on problems with law enforcement recruitment, training, and pay structures. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Feb. 3, 10, & 17. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Feb. 3: Physics and astronomy professor David Gerdes on "The Great American Eclipse of 2017." Feb. 10: Physics professor Mark Newman on "The Physics of Complex Systems." Feb. 17: Nuclear engineering professor Sara Pozzi on "Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Symposium": U-M Library.

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Feb. 16 & 17. Two days of talks by U-M and visiting scholars on the history and context of Porgy and Bess. In conjunction with a performance of the opera on Feb. 17 (see listing).
8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 2-5 p.m. (Sat.), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess": University Musical Society.

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Jerry Blackstone directs the U-M symphony orchestra, the Our Own Thing Chorale, and professional opera singers in a production of the Gershwins' renowned 1935 opera about the complex romantic relationship between disabled beggar Porgy and Bess, a "kept woman." After her lover kills a man and is in turned killed by Porgy, Bess flees to start a new life in NYC, and Porgy follows her. Tonight marks the first performance of the scholarly edition of the opera. Favorites in the score include "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'," "My Man's Gone Now," "Summertime," and "It Ain't Necessarily So." Stars Morris Robinson and Talise Trevigne. With Norman Garrett, Chauncey Packer, Janai Brugger, Reginald Smith, Jr., Karen Slack, and Rehanna Thelwell. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a talk with U-M Afroamerican studies professor Naomi André and opera editor Jessica Getman. On Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., a post-performance discussion with the Porgy and Bess Symposium planning committee at the U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$80 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


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February 2018
 2 p.m. 

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess": University Musical Society.

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Jerry Blackstone directs the U-M symphony orchestra, the Our Own Thing Chorale, and professional opera singers in a production of the Gershwins' renowned 1935 opera about the complex romantic relationship between disabled beggar Porgy and Bess, a "kept woman." After her lover kills a man and is in turned killed by Porgy, Bess flees to start a new life in NYC, and Porgy follows her. Tonight marks the first performance of the scholarly edition of the opera. Favorites in the score include "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'," "My Man's Gone Now," "Summertime," and "It Ain't Necessarily So." Stars Morris Robinson and Talise Trevigne. With Norman Garrett, Chauncey Packer, Janai Brugger, Reginald Smith, Jr., Karen Slack, and Rehanna Thelwell. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a talk with U-M Afroamerican studies professor Naomi André and opera editor Jessica Getman. On Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., a post-performance discussion with the Porgy and Bess Symposium planning committee at the U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$80 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]






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