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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Some Old Black Man": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Mar. 1-12. Reprise of the January premiere of award-winning NYC playwright James Anthony Tyler's drama directed by Wesleyan University film professor Joe Cacaci. It's about a coolly intellectual college professor who moves his ailing but independent blue-collar father into his Harlem penthouse. This play explores the personal trauma of a family's history, as father and son try to rectify old wounds enabled by a racist world. Stars Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson. Prerecorded in November without an audience at the Jam Handy event venue in Detroit.
Online at Free. 764-2538.

 8-9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunrise Nature Hikel": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to look for returning red-winged blackbirds , skunk cabbages poking through the ice, and other signs of the Earth starting to slowly awaken from her long sleep. Wear footwear appropriate for muddy terrain. Masks required.
8-9:30 a.m.., Brauer Preserve, Parker Rd. just south of Waters Rd., Freedom Twp. Limited To 10 participants; preregister via email to Free. 971-6337, ext. 330.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Discovery Series: Cartography": U-M Clements Library.

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Mar. 9, 16, & 23. Clements map curator Mary Pedley and University of Southern Maine cartography history professor Matthew Edney, coeditors of The History of Cartography Volume Four: Cartography in the European Enlightenment, discuss cartography bookmaking.

Mar. 9: "The Building Blocks for Creating an Encyclopedia."

Mar. 16: "The Minutiae Behind Mapmaking," with U-M Turkish studies professor Gottfried Hagen.

Mar. 23: "Digitalization and Cartography Research," with U-M map library director Karl Longstreth.
For URL preregister at Free. 649-3370.

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Tuesday Morning Mindfulness Meditation: Open Mindfulness Meditation.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Online. Please join us for this weekly free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between. Come when you can. Experience the power of mindfulness in community!
Please message for Zoom link.
Now Online!, Saline. Free. Online. 734-276-7707.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

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

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Every Tues, except Mar. 23. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Mar. 2: U-M LRCCS postdoc Sheng Zou on "Propaganda as Viral Stunts: How Party Press in China Navigates Between Tradition and Innovation."

Mar. 9: U-M art history lecturer Bryan Miller on "Cultural Mediations in the Great Wall Frontier: The Southern Xiongnu in Northern China."

Mar. 16: Vassar College history professor Wayne Soon on "Global Medicine in Chinese East Asia, 1937-1970."

Mar. 30: U-M dance professor Fangfei Miao on "Dancing Productive Missteps: The American Dance Festival at China's Reform Era."
For URL see Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Energy Regulation in North America": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk with former California Public Utility commissioner Dian Grueneich and Institute for Science, Society, and Policy director Monica Gattinger.
Online at Free.

 12:01-midnight  Free!  Online 

"The Calm After The Storm": U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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(Mercedes Gaviria, 2020). Documentary about the director's mixed feelings of admiration and reproach as she questioned the place of women in the film world and more while working on her father's new film. Spanish, subtitles. On Mar. 25, 4-6 p.m., a Q&A with Gaviria, NYU arts professor Juana Suárez, and U-M Spanish and Latin America studies professor Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola.
For URL, preregister at Available all day. FREE. 763-0553.

 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Alzheimer's Disease-the First Steps": St Andrew the Apostle Saline MI.

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A three part webinar on March 9, 16 and 23 that will discuss how to deal with a loved one's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Various speakers will address the emotional, financial and other practical aspects of helping manage this difficult disease.
Session 1: March 9 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 2: March 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Session 3: March 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Saline, MI, NA Zoom webinars, Saline. Free. Online. 734-429-5210.

 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"From Socrates to Darwin and Beyond: What Children Can Teach Us About the Human Mind": U-M Annual Henry Russel Lecture.

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Talk by U-M psychology and linguistics professor Susan Gelman. The Russel Award is the U-M's highest honor, awarded annually to a faculty member who is especially distinguished in his or her field. Reception follows.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Birch Bark and the Writings of Simon Pokagon": U-M Library Special Collections After Hours.

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U-M library conservation & book repair head Marieka R. Kaye shows and discusses archival work by this 19th-century member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Q&A.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Reviving Democracy, Globally and Locally": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Roundtable discussion with Stanford Institute for International Studies director Michael McFaul, Johns Hopkins University political science professor Hahrie Han, and WCED director Dan Slater.
For URL preregister at Free.

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Weekly Programs: Neutral Zone.

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Young adult center with a variety of fun virtual social activities available on weekdays throughout the school year.

Every Mon. (5-6:15 p.m.): "Spinning Dot Theatre." Discuss playwriting, acting, directing, and more.

Every Tues. (5:45-7:30 p.m.): "Zone Hack." Hands-on workshop to explore new technology. All skill levels welcome, beginners especially.

Every Wed. (5:45-7 p.m.): "Audio Techniques." Learn the basics of recording, producing, mixing and mastering. No experience necessary. Emcee and Songwriting. Participatory workshops.

Every Fri. (5:45-7 p.m.): "Live." Livestream performing arts TBA. "Loop Nations." Learn and get feedback on sound looping. No experience or equipment necessary.
Various times, for URL, see Free. 214-9995.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Town Hall: Natural Gas Upgrades": Elise Rowin.

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The DTE natural gas team, in collaboration with the Ypsilanti Charter Township City Council, is hosting a virtual community gathering to update residents on natural gas system upgrades happening in the community.

March 9, 2021
7-8 p.m.

Participants can click below to join the event and then sign in anonymously.

More info about upgrades is available at:
and at:
313.270.9240, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Virtual Event, Communications Strategist, Ypsilanti. Free. Online.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Bioethics Discussion Group.

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Mar. 9 & 23. All invited to join philosophical discussions on various themes facilitated by U-M biomedical engineering professor Barry Belmont. For questions to ponder prior to meeting, see Mar. 9: "Infection". Mar. 23: "Accidents."
Online at Free.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Omar El Akkad's 2018 speculative novel about the outbreak of a second civil war in 2074 over fossil fuel policies.
For URL email Free.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Café Shapiro": U-M Library.

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Mar. 1, 2, 8, & 9. U-M students, nominated by their instructors, read their poems and short stories.
Online at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist Amelia Pang and CNN business writer Shannon Liao discuss Pang's new book. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trivia over Zoom": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Indian food sovereignty activist Vandana Shiva's 2007 book.
For URL email Free. 971-1157.

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