Calendar of Events
Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of December 3, 2018
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]
"The Sentimental Body: Medical Humanitarianism and the Late Colonial Public in Indonesia": U-M Science, Technology, and Society Program.more >
"The Sentimental Body: Medical Humanitarianism and the Late Colonial Public in Indonesia": U-M Science, Technology, and Society Program.< less
U-M history postdoc Kevin Ko discusses missionary medical care during the late Dutch colonial period (1900-42).
4-5:30 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]
Dec. 3, 10, & 17. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Dec. 3: "Sign Here: What Your Handwriting Reveals About You and Others." Dec. 10: "My Son Is Gay: When Faith and Sexual Orientation Collide." Dec. 17: "Come Together: The Healing Power of Friends and Family."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]
People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers leads a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing chocolate truffles, rock candy, different types of brittle, and different classic holiday cookies. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.
Oakland (CA) science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker discusses his new book about the history of philosophical debates surrounding quantum physics.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 11-May 14. 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]
All seniors invited to view and discuss Tony Robbins' 2006 TED Talk.
11 a.m.-noon, SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]
Dec. 4 & 11. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Dec. 4: OSU Chinese professor Patricia Sieber on "Now We See It, Now We Don't: How to Theorize Traditional Chinese Song-Drama." Dec. 11: Emory University (Atlanta) sociology professor Bin Xu on "Chairman Mao's Children and China's Difficult Past: Generation, Class, and Memory."
Noon-1 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]
"Connected and Automated Vehicles: Preparing for a Mixed Fleet Environment": UM Law School Problem Solving Initiative.more >
"Connected and Automated Vehicles: Preparing for a Mixed Fleet Environment": UM Law School Problem Solving Initiative.< less
You are cordially invited to attend Michigan Law School Problem Solving Initiative public capstone presentation by University of Michigan graduate and professional students entitled "Connected and Automated Vehicles: Preparing for a Mixed Fleet Environment."
South Hall room 1225, 701 S. State Street. Free. email@example.com [map]
"Company-Community Partnerships for Purpose and Sustainable Impact": U-M Center for Positive Organizations.more >
"Company-Community Partnerships for Purpose and Sustainable Impact": U-M Center for Positive Organizations.< less
Talk by U-M sport management professor Kathryn Heinze and U-M organizational studies professor Sara Soderstrom.
4 p.m., U-M Ross Bldg. Robertson Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free; preregistration available at positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu
U-M Korea Foundation postdoc fellow Rory Walsh discusses her research on the pottery of 7th-century Korean states.
4:30 p.m., 120 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-1825. [map]
Reading by this acclaimed poet who read her "Praise Song for the Day" at President Obama's 2009 inauguration. Her most recent book, The Light of the World, is a memoir about her husband's death. Alexander also gives a lecture Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the UMMA Auditorium.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
A roundtable discussion on our (chosen?) ends.
Readings to consider:
"The myth of Sisyphus"
"The ethics of suicide"
"Suicide: rationality and responsibility for life"
"Suicide responsibility of hospital and psychiatrist"
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[If you and/or someone you know is currently feeling suicidal, please feel free to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.]
2185 Lurie Biomedical Engineering, 1101 Beal Avenue. Free. email@example.com https:
This award-winning local writer reads from and discusses Tazia and Gemma, her new novel that spans 1911-1961, moving forward in time with the story of an unwed pregnant Italian immigrant and then backward with the story of her daughter's search for her father. Writer Deepak Singh calls it a "moving story of racial and religious conflicts." Followed by a menorah lighting and sufganiyot (doughnuts).
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]
Laramie (WY)-based novelist Alyson Hagy is joined by local poet Keith Taylor in a discussion of her new novel, set in Appalachia after a civil war, about a woman who exchanges her letter-writing skills for tobacco, firewood, and other scarce resources. The story draws on traditional folktales and the history and culture of Appalachia to tell the story of the woman's harrowing journey to a crossroads in the midst of a post-apocalyptic breakdown of society. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Talk by PFC head baker Keegan Rodgers.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 994-4589. [map]
"Steinway History, Our History: Why It Matters and What to Do About It": U-M School of Music Musicology Lecture Series.more >
"Steinway History, Our History: Why It Matters and What to Do About It": U-M School of Music Musicology Lecture Series.< less
Talk by Laurence Libin, Metropolitan Museum of Art musical instruments curator emeritus.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.
Nov. 6: Everything I Never Told You, U-M grad Celeste Ng's award-winning debut novel about about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.
Dec. 4: Selection of titles for 2019. Participants invited to bring a wrapped book for the annual White Elephant Book Exchange.
Jan. 8: Reading with Patrick, Michelle Kuo's memoir about her relationship, while teaching underprivileged students in Helena (AR), with a gifted student who was later jailed for murder.
Feb. & Mar.: TBA.
7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, ste. 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
"Returning to the Spiritual Through 21st-Century Science": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.more >
"Returning to the Spiritual Through 21st-Century Science": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.< less
Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan board president Judie Erb, a biochemist, discusses how recent discoveries blur barriers between science and spirituality. Erb also performs her songs to inspire contemplation.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497, (517) 927-3696. [map]
"Class, Culture, and the 'Gastarbeiters': Contested Meanings of Labor Migration in Socialist Yugoslavia": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture.more >
"Class, Culture, and the 'Gastarbeiters': Contested Meanings of Labor Migration in Socialist Yugoslavia": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture.< less
Talk by University of Regensburg (Germany) Eastern European history professor Ulf Brunnbauer. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]
Shanghai Conservatory of Music professor Weiping Zhao discusses the vibrant, diverse Song Dynasty music culture from 1022 to 1063.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Rm. Free. 764-8888. [map]
"Robo Sapiens Japanicus: Robots, Gender, Family, and the Japanese Nation": U-M Science, Technology, and Society Program.more >
"Robo Sapiens Japanicus: Robots, Gender, Family, and the Japanese Nation": U-M Science, Technology, and Society Program.< less
U-M anthropology professor Jennifer Robertson reads from her new book about how Japanese robots reinforce conventional gender stereotypes and the political status quo. Panel discussion follows with U-M professors Joy Rohde (history) and Alexandra Stern (American culture).
3-4:30 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]
You are cordially invited to attend Michigan Law School Problem Solving Initiative public capstone presentation by University of Michigan graduate and professional students entitled "Concussion: Reducing Brain Injuries in Youth Football."
South Hall room 1020, 701 S. State Street. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org events.law.umich.edu [map]
U-M classical studies professor Ian Fielding and U-M French professor Peggy McCracken discuss Fielding's book examining the importance of Ovid's poetry of exile to the Latin poets writing in the social upheaval of the 4th-6th centuries, as the Roman Empire gradually collapsed.
5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]
This immensely popular Montreal mystery writer reads from Kingdom of the Blind, the latest in her detective Gamache series. Recently suspended from his job, Gamache looks into the personal mystery of a woman he's never met who named him as executor of her will. Meanwhile, drugs he let slip through his hands while investigating a cartel have made their way to Montreal, and he takes increasingly desperate measures to retrieve them.
6 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Tickets $30.73 (includes a copy of the book) in advance at literatibookstore.com. 585-5567.
Washtenaw Literacy representatives discuss their work.
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Panel discussion with local journalists TBA addressing the role of journalists in maintaining transparency and accountability in local government and institutions. Moderator: Michigan Daily editor-in-chief Alexa St. John.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.
Live storytelling about Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Twp. by Cherisa Allen, Keith Jason, Alice Kepchar, Dyann Logwood, Yodit Mesfin-Johnson, Heather Neff, Robin Newell, Caroline Sanders, and Muddasar Tawakkul.
7 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free. Reservations requested. email@example.com. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of The Diary of a Bookseller, Shaun Bythell's wry 2017 memoir about his experience owning Scotland's biggest 2nd-hand bookstore.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Steiner's 1904 introduction to anthroposophy, How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]
Every Thurs. (except. Nov. 22), through Dec. 6. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Nov. 1: U-M history professor Rita Chin on "The Effects of Immigration on Europe." Nov. 8 (9:30 a.m.): "The Myth of the Line." MSU law professor David Thronson discusses the idea that immigration reform shouldn't reward undocumented people by permitting them to "cut in line." Nov. 15: Center for Immigration Studies (Washington, D.C.) executive director Mark Krikorian on "The Real Immigration Debate: Whom to Let in and Why." Nov. 29: U-M Ford School public policy professor Ann Chih Lin on "Looking Beyond Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A New Immigration Politics." Dec. 6: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Resettlement Services director Shrina Eadeh on "Refugee Resettlement in Washtenaw County."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted), 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]
University Lowbrow Astronomers member Brian Ottum presents large-screen projections of night sky images via live feed from his telescope in New Mexico.
11 a.m.-noon, SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]
Lecture by Yale-NUS College (Singapore) anthropology professor Gabriele Koch.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]
Five U-M scholars each discuss the work, impact, and personality of one of this year's 6 Nobel laureates. U-M electrical engineering & computer science professor Ted Norris on U-M physics professor emeritus Gérard Mourou, Donna Strickland, & Arthur Ashkin (physics); U-M biological chemistry professor James Bardwell on Frances Arnold, George P. Smith, & Sir Gregory P. Winter (chemistry); U-M Tumor Immunology and Transplantation Biology codirector Weiping Zou on James Allison and Tasuku Honjo (medicine); U-M Energy Institute senior economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick on William Nordhaus and Paul Romer (economics); and U-M political science professor Ragnild Nordaas on Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad (peace).
1-4:45 p.m., Weiser Hall 10th floor, 500 Church. Free. 763-3301. [map]
"Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.more >
"Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.< less
SUNY Albany political science professor Virginia Eubanks reads from her new book. Reception follows.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [map]
Lecture by this acclaimed poet who read her "Praise Song for the Day" at President Obama's 2009 inauguration. Her most recent book, The Light of the World, is a memoir about her husband's death.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
Screening of the 2001 PBS documentary My American Girls, which chronicles a year in the life of an immigrant family from the Dominican Republic. Followed by discussion led by U-M history professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof.
6-8:30 p.m. AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Local resident Carolyn Herrmann, mom of a trans teen, reads Shelagh McNicholas, Jazz Jennings, and Jessica Herthel's 2014 picture book based on Jennings' experience as a transgender child. Followed by discussion and Q&A with Carolyn and her son. All ages welcome.
6:30-8 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]
This Sister Pie (Detroit) owner and head baker discusses Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit, her new cookbook that includes such Sister Pie favorites as toasted marshmallow butterscotch pie and sour cherry bourbon pie. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Veteran Chelsea storyteller and writer Steve Daut, a Second City Comedy Club grad, reads from his new collection of classic Mark Twain stories he adapted for modern audiences. The book also contains historical and performance notes for each tale.
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]
"Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.more >
"Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.< less
The Director of the Michigan State University Museum will discuss the ethical responsibilities of university museums when local communities face crises and injustice. He will explore how collecting material culture and narratives associated with such challenges can build community bonds and promote conversations within an academic environment.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State Street. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
"Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection": U-M Museum Studies Program.more >
"Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection": U-M Museum Studies Program.< less
Talk by MSU Museum director Mark Auslander.
Noon, UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 936-6678. [map]
Lecture by MSU English professor Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai.
4-5:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4095. [map]
Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly hard ciders with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]
Daylong series of talks by Vedanta Society of New York minister Swami Sarvapriyananda, Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, D.C., minister Swami Atmajnanananda, and Albuquerque-based writer Glenn Aparicio Parry, author of Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature.
10 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. https:
Taste: A Cook's Place (Northville) cooking instructor Mary Spencer demonstrates holiday dishes and desserts using the trendy Instant Pot cooker. For youth in grades 5 & up and adults.
1-2:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration recommended. 426-4477. [map]
U-M MFA student Talin Tahajian curates an evening of readings by U-M students and local poets in the Tristin Lowe installation at UMMA, which includes a large felt facsimile of the moon.
5 p.m., UMMA Stenn Family Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
"Religion in the Age of Technology": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.more >
"Religion in the Age of Technology": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.< less
All invited to join a discussion, led by hardware design engineer Gordan Jurasek, of chapters 3 & 4 of Noreen Herzfeld's 2009 book Technology and Religion.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]
"Threshold Singers: Bedside songs for hospice and healing": Contemporary Issues Committee, First Congregational Church.more >
"Threshold Singers: Bedside songs for hospice and healing": Contemporary Issues Committee, First Congregational Church.< less
Karen Chalmer will provide an understanding of what the Threshold Singers is and what they do.
The Threshold Singers of Ann Arbor, a chapter of The Threshold Choir, honor the ancient tradition of women singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling, some with living, some with dying. The voice, as the original human instrument, is a true and gracious vehicle for compassion and comfort. When invited - and without charge - they visit in small groups, welcoming families and caregivers to join us in song or simply to be quietly present.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William St. Free. email@example.com fccannarbor.org, http:
Several U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry, natural resources, and the environment are stationed throughout the room with interactive activities focusing on their own current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For grade 2-adult.
1-3 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in one of her popular lecture-concerts. Today's program features holiday classics played in the styles of George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Gary Burton, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. With bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and guest vibraphonist Cary Kocher.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at
All invited to join a discussion of the first in C.M. Gleason's historical mystery series that revolves around a young investigator dispatched by the president.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149.
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