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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 18, 2021






 
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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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New titles available all month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Full January schedule online.
$6-$12 per film. Online at MichTheater.org/Screenings for 2-10 days after you start watching. BoxOffice@MichTheater.org.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Fake News, Deep Fakes, Info-whelmed? An Inside Look at Savvy Reading": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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If you love reading and are good at it, this study group will show you why. But even the best readers are a bit infowhelmed now, given the volume of current material, and the urgent need to read critically and evaluate thoroughly.
This study group will explore the psycholinguistic features of savvy reading, examine research studies on why reading is good for you, and consider how reading can impact your life. Finally, we will review literacy autobiographies of others and perhaps draft our own.
Study group leader Alice Horning is retired from Oakland University where she taught writing and linguistics for 30+ years.
The study group will meet Mondays from January 18 through February 8. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Keynote Memorial Lecture: U-M MLK Symposium.

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Live talks on this year's theme "Where Do We Go From Here," by poet Gloria House (best known by her African pen name Aneb Kgositsile) and activist Malik Kenyatta Yakini. House is a U-M Dearborn humanities & African American studies professor whose 3 collections of poetry reflect her lifelong involvement in civil rights struggles, African American community development, and international solidarity causes. Yakini is the founder of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and winner of the James Beard Foundation's 2013 Leadership Award. For the full schedule of the symposium, see oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium.
Online at oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/stream/. Free. mlkSymposiumInfo@umich.edu.


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 Time TBA  Free! 

"20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration": Chelsea One World One Family.

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Jan. 15-25. Ten days of various community service activities geared towards individuals, families, and teams. To record your activity, participate in a bingo challenge (download your card at owof.org/mlkjrday2021.html). Also, on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., a "Community Discussion" on U-M's MLK Symposium. On Wednesday January 20 at 7 p.m., One World One Family members discuss "What is Restorative Justice."
All weekend, various locations; for complete schedule and updates see Facebook.com (search "Chelsea One World One Family"), owof.org/mlkjrday2021.html, or email OWOFChelsea@gmail.com. Free. 748-3564.


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Plays of Margaret Cavendish": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Margaret Cavendish was a seventeenth-century woman who wrote witty, original, and complex plays that were never performed during her lifetime. Together, we will explore four of her plays, read the play out loud, and discuss it in class. Active participation will be encouraged, but if you are more of a listener, then you can still join in on the discussion at the end without taking on an "acting" role. The preferred print edition is "The Convent of Pleasure and Other Plays", edited by Anne Shaver.
Instructor Margo Kolenda-Mason is finishing her PhD in English, studying medieval and early modern literature.
The study group will meet Mondays from January 18 through February 22. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"What is Politics?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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This Study Group will be online.
In everyday conversations we frequently hear such comments as "That is just politics," and "Two things I do not discuss are religion and politics." Political scientists, philosophers and historians have attempted to define politics from many different viewpoints. In addition, many types of politics, such as electoral politics, office politics, and partisan politics, are often analyzed.
The study group will aim to engage participants in defining politics, discussing public attitudes toward politics, and assessing why politics is such an important part of the human condition.
Study group leader Craig Ramsay taught political science at the college level for almost forty years.
This study group will meet Mondays for six weeks beginning on January 18. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Yamiche Alcindor: EMU 35th Annual MLK Day Celebration Keynote Lecture.

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Live talk by this PBS NewsHour White House correspondent on the historical significance of the racially charged events of the past year.
Online at emich.edu/mlk. Free.


 2-3:30p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Uneven Success: racial bias in automatic speech recognition" U-M Linguistics Department.

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Talk by University of Washington Sociolinguistics Laboratory director Alicia Beckford Wassink.
2-3:30 p.m., for URL see events.umich.edu/event/80032. Free.


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Celebrating and Engaging with Nature this Winter": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Olli@Home.

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Jan. 4 & 18. Two talks on how to connect with nature. Jan. 4: GIVE 365 recreation supervisor Erika Pratt and Bivouac co-owner AJ Davidson on the opportunities, benefits of, and apparel for outdoor recreation. Jan. 18: Downtown Home and Garden owner Kelly Vore on entry-level birding.
For online URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $10 per talk and $90 for 10 Ollli@Home series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 3-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Circle of Unity": U-M Michigan Community Scholars Program.

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Performances of song, dance, and spoken word pieces inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. With local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly and U-M student speakers and performers TBA.
For online URL see lsa.umich.edu/mcsp/news-events. Free. mcsProgram@umich.edu.


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution": U-M Afroamerican and African Studies Department/U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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All invited to discuss Julius Scott's new gripping history on the intercontinental networks that tied together the free and enslaved masses of the New World. Based on his seminal 1986 doctoral dissertation.
Online at lsa.umich.edu/daas. Free. daas-info@umich.edu.


 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

San and Emily Slomovits.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Multi-instrumentalist San (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini) and his vocalist-violinist daughter Emily perform livestream folk music geared towards kids (Mon.) and adults (Thurs.).
Online at Facebook.com/GeminiChildrensMusic (Mon) and Facebook.com/Emily.Slomovits (Thurs). Free, but donations for Food Gatherers or a social or racial justice-oriented organization accepted. sandor2021@gmail.com.


 6 p.m  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 6:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Barbara Melnik Carson: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Talk by this self-taught Detroit figurative sculptor.
For online URL see AnnArborWomenArtists.org. Free. AnnArborWomenArtists@gmail.com.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Meeting: Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by socializing.
for online meeting URL call 330-5724. Free to visitors ($52 annual dues).


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Back to the Roots": Michigan Botanical Club.

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U-M ecology and evolutionary biology postdoctoral fellow Monique Weemstra discusses the symbiotic relationship between plant roots and mycorrhizal fungi.
For online URL email khaw@comcast.net. Free. 718-6114.





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