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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Playing with Fire: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Mar. 12-21. Oscar Award-winning director Allan Miller directs a documentary on acclaimed conductor-harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, founder of the Cleveland Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire that's been praised for its "vibrant, life-affirming approach to the remaking of early music," by a BBC Music Magazine reviewer. The film shows Sorrell working and teaching at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music festivals, including rehearsals with Apollo's Fire and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Available anytime from 7:30 p.m. Mar. 12 through Mar. 21, online at Free. 764-2538.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Business in the Time of Covid-19: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/Turner Senior Wellness Program Urgent and Critical Lecture Series.

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Panel discussion with Zingerman's Delicatessen managing partner and Kerrytown District Association board president Grace Singleton, Literati Bookstore co-owner Mike Gustafson, and Bridge Magazine business editor Paula Gardner.
Online at Free. 998-9351.

 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.

 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"New Normal? Envisioning a Post Pandemic Future": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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All invited to this discussion facilitated by IRTWC codirector Renee Roederer.
For URL email Free.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Lecture Series: U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Apr. 2 & 16. Talks by visiting scholars.

Apr. 2: MSU sociology professor Daniel Ahlquist on "Ruptured Ecologies: How Thai Settler Colonialism is Reshaping the Northern Uplands & Indigenous Futures."

Apr. 16: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Hanisah Binte Abdullah Sani on "Stemming the Nationalist Tide: Imperial Control and the Protection of Traditional Islam in British Malaya."

For URL preregister at (Apr. 2) & (Apr. 16). Free. 764-0352.

 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.

 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.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Chapter Fridays": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads the 1st chapter of a new or favorite middle grade or young adult book TBA. Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 7-9:30 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Radical Humility: Essays on Ordinary Acts": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Reading and discussion with the editors and contributors of this new essay collection. 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 

"Our Man in Budapest: Raoul Wallenberg, the United States, and the Myth of a Plan": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 31st Belin Lecture.

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31st David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs
Our Man in Budapest: Raoul Wallenberg, the United States, and the Myth of a Plan
Rebecca Erbelding, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
In the summer of 1944, nearly a decade after his graduation from the University of Michigan, Raoul Wallenberg arrived into the chaos of wartime Budapest, Hungary. Now internationally honored for his work as a Swedish businessman-turned-Holocaust rescuer, Wallenberg actually traveled to Hungary to carry out "a humanitarian mission in [sic] behalf of the War Refugee Board," a newly-established United States government agency tasked with trying to save the surviving Jews of Europe. This lecture explores Wallenberg's work as revealed in United States government records: the context of his selection; the schemes proposed by the War Refugee Board staff; and the constant communication problems that ultimately kept Washington in the dark about much of his work, and Wallenberg unaware of their req
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online.

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Backyard Birds": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Crossroads Sierra Club (Livingston County) leader Lee Burton, an amateur birder, gives a family-friendly talk on local birds, their songs, and how to attract them.
Online at Free.

 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Our Man in Budapest: Raoul Wallenberg, the U.S., and the Myth of a Plan": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 31st Berlin Lecture.

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum curator Rebecca Erbelding discusses Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat and U-M alum, who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis before the Russians arrested him and he disappeared in the Soviet gulag at the end of World War II.
For URL preregister at Free.

 8-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Instruments of Africa II: Uganda and East Africa": U-M School of Music.

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Talk by U-M musicology professor Charles Lwanga.
Online at Free.

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