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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 10, 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.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Unintended Consequences": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Society often tries to fix things, but creates something worse. This is a very important, but not commonly discussed topic.
A leading historian advises that "The law of unintended consequence is the only real law of history."
The course will explore case studies starting with Adam and Eve, and proceed through modern times, dealing with war, economic actions, and law enforcement. The presentation and discussion will compare what was intended with what actually occurred. Participants will come away with a more enlightened way of looking at the events that are continuously occurring around us.
This study group led by Martin Stolzenberg, author of "The Advocacy Newsletter," will meet Wednesday March 10. 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.
virtual event. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

'British Empire in India": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
In the year 1600, some British merchants sailed to Asia in search of fortune in trade and built "factories" in India's coastal towns. In the course of time, it expanded into an empire of Britain. Second World War bankrupted Britain and they ceded power in 1947 to two political entities, India and Pakistan.
The lectures will include the history of the conquest, the functioning of the empire and the resulting political, social, economic, and cultural changes, as well as the birth of a modern democracy in India.
Study group leader Venkat Lakshminarayanan has led many OLLI study groups on Indian history, culture and religions.
This study group will meet for seven Wednesdays beginning March 10.
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.
virtual event. Online. $45. 734-998-9351.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Fall Prevention Saves Lives: Physical and Occupational Therapists Can Help": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by Michigan Medicine staffers Andy Herner (physical therapist) and Patrick Hoag (occupational therapist).
For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Deep Threats to Our Sixth Great Lake: Spotlighting and Solving Michigan's Groundwater Emergency": For Love Of Water.

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A Zoom webinar hosted by FLOW on Wednesday, March 10, from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST, will provide insight and commentary on the state of Michigan's groundwater and what can be done to better protect the source of drinking water for 45% of Michigan's population.
FLOW Senior Advisor Dave Dempsey will discuss FLOW's new report, "Deep Threats to our Sixth Great Lake." The second of FLOW's reports on Michigan groundwater, "Deep Threats" proposes a Groundwater Protection Act as a remedy to the widespread contamination of this vital resource.
In addition, co-presenters -- Carrie Jennings, Policy and Research Director for the Freshwater Society and Dr. Alan Steinman, the Allen and Helen Hunting Director of the Robert B. Annis Water Research Institute at Grand Valley State University -- will make presentations on critical issues related to groundwater quality and quantity.
Zoom, Free. Online.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Terribly Close: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.

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Can inanimate objects store and communicate traumatic memory that cannot be directly expressed? This talk examines 'folk art' made by non-professional Polish artists - many of them village laborers - documenting the German Nazi occupation of Poland and the Holocaust. Made largely in the 1960s and 70s, these objects are uncanny: at times deeply moving, at others grotesque, they can also be disturbing for the ways they impose Catholic idioms on Jewish suffering, or upend accepted roles of victim, perpetrator, and bystander.
Presentation by Dr. Erica Lehrer, Concordia University
online via Zoom. Free. Online.

 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.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Tour of the Michigan and State Theaters: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Longtime Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins highlights the history of the 1928 Michigan Theater movie palace and the varied music and sounds that its recently refurbished Barton Organ can create. He also discusses the considerations that went into the recent renovation of the the State Theater, a 1942 art deco masterpiece . Followed by a live Q&A.
4 p.m., for URL preregister at Free. 998-9351.

 5:45-7 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.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pandemic Politics: From Lockdown to Liberation": U-M Residential College.

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Every Wed. (except Mar. 17), Feb. 10-Mar. 31. A series of livestreamed talks exploring contemporary and historical intersections between public health and structural racism, both in Detroit and throughout the U.S. Speakers TBA.

-Mar. 3: "Policing Public Health: Cops, Robber Barons, and Protest."

-Mar. 10: "The Violence of Poverty: Economic Inequality and Public Health."

-Mar. 24:. "Housing nd the Right to Live."

-Mar. 31: "Towards a People's Democracy."

7-8:30 p.m., for URL see Free. 763-0032.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Should Your Zip Code Really Be a Factor in Life and Death": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Virtual Brews & Views.

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U-M nursing professor emerita Patricia Coleman-Burns and U-M medical school family medicine professor Anita K. Hernandez discuss disparities in access to health care, quality of treatment, and health outcomes in Washtenaw County.
For URL preregister at Free. 272-3634.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Historical Jesus in His Jewish Context": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Padnos Public Engagement on Jewish Learning Event.

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Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University), Gabriele Boccaccini (University of Michigan), and Jeremiah Cataldo (Grand Valley State University)
Jesus of Nazareth was born, lived, and died as a Jew. But what kind of Jew was he in the diverse world of Second Temple Judaism? How did the movement he initiated within Judaism move into the pagan world and become what we now call Christianity? Specialists Amy-Jill Levine and Gabriele Boccaccini will engage in a conversation about the latest research on the historical Jesus and explore the implication for contemporary Judaic Studies, followed by a response from Jeremiah Cataldo.
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, pavilion in the backyard, 8635 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467, [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Naomi Klein: U-M School of Environment and Sustainability 18th Annual Wege Lecture.

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This Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker, a prominent activist-critic of corporate globalization, discusses the detrimental impacts of colonialism and capitalism on society and what to do about it. Q&A with SEAS students and dean Jonathan Overpeck.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me...And You": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Award-winning Southern California writer Leslie Lehr discusses her new book with writer Caroline Leavitt. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Historical Jesus in His Jewish Context": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Panel discussion with Vanderbilt University New Testament studies professor Amy-Jill Levine, U-M Middle East studies professor Gabriele Boccaccini, and Grand Valley State history professor Jeremiah Cataldo.
Online at Free.

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