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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of January 7, 2019

Ann Arbor is an educated and educational community, providing an ample selection of brown bag lectures, seminars, and other colloquia. The Calendar covers events from authors on book signing tours to politicians on the stump.

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January 2019
 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Jan. 7: "Second Chances: From Down and Out to Up and at 'Em." Jan. 14: "Does God Play Favorites?" Jan. 21: "Kids Without a Country: An Immigrant's Story." Jan. 28: "Hard to Be Healthy: TV's Biggest Loser Weighs in."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]



January 2019
 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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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]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"What to Expect in Health Policy After the 2018 Election": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation director John Ayanian. 5th in a series of 10 monthly lectures.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 for the 10-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Beauty of Native Plants: Their Function in Supporting Wildlife in Urban and Suburban Landscapes": Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Talk by local nursery owner Drew Lathin.
6:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Racial Justice Film Series": St. Francis of Assisi Peace & Justice Committee.

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Join us as we walk humbly and learn more about racism and its impact on our nation. Racial Justice Film and Discussion Series - Tuesday evenings in St. Francis School, 7:00-8:30.
Feb 5 - The Story We Tell
Feb 12 - The House We Live In
St. Francis School, Room 5b, 2270 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Garden Club.

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Gardening talks. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing. Jan. 8: "Member Travelogues." Feb. & Mar.: topics TBA.
7 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free. 673-9100, 996-4441. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting": Literati Bookstore.

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Local writer (and mother of 2) Jennifer Traig reads from and discusses her new history of Western parenting that was motivated by such quandaries as why we read our kids fairy tales about homicidal stepparents to how helicopter parenting became the norm. With biting wit and deep insight, Traig attempts to answer the question of whether or not parenting has evolved into something better. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Three-Body Problem": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Cixin Liu's 2006 novel, set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, about an alien civilization planning to invade Earth.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Mar. 5: There There, Tommy Orange's 2018 novel about Native Americans in Oakland (CA) dealing with depression, alcoholism, unemployment, and other challenges.

Apr. 2: Sunburn, Laura Lippman's psychological thriller about two lovers locked in a game of cat and mouse.

May & June: TBA.
7:30-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of the second half of La Fruta del Borrachero, Ingrid Rojas Contreras's novel about a seven-year-old girl living in Bogotá during the drug violence of the 1990s.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.



January 2019
 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Monarch Butterfly Migration: Unsolved Mysteries of a Familiar Story": Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

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Talk by U-M ecology and evolutionary biology postdoc André Green.
6:45-8:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 604-4674.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip-Hop in the United States": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Arab and Muslim American studies professor Su'ad Abdul Khabeer reads from her new book examining the relationship between Islam and blackness in hip-hop. She also performs her one-woman poetry-theater-dance show, Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"A Fijian Wedding": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Club member Bronwen Gates describes the rituals of a traditional Fijian wedding, from her perspective as a non-Fijian mother of the groom. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Rachel Hollis: Made for More": Fathom Event.

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Jan. 2 & 9. Rebroadcast of this August motivational talk for women by the founder of the popular Chic Site blog. Q&A.
7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $14 & $15 in advance at 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits": History Readers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by retired Army procurement analyst Ron Fiorani, of U-M Afroamerican and African studies professor Tiya Miles' 2017 book about the little-explored history of slavery in Detroit.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey Booksellers, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]



January 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Work: How Will Your Grandkids Make a Living?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Rescheduled from January. May 16: WCC president & CEO Rose Bellanca on "Preparing Students for the Future of Work." May 30: Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan on "Build a Workplace People Love: Just Add Joy."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series, $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $20 a year. 998-9351. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Literati Bookstore creative program manager Gina Balibrera Amyx, of this 2017 essay collection on previously neglected black American artists 1963-83.
Noon-1 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery II, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Four Season Landscapes": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Talk by advanced master gardener Janet Macunovich. Light refreshments.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $5. Preregistration required by Jan. 2 at 330-8521. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"ABC's of Washtenaw Literacy": Chelsea District Library.

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Representatives from Washtenaw Literacy provide an introduction to this local nonprofit, which provides free tutoring in basic reading, writing, math, and English as a Second Language
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration requested. 475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Natural Remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local aromatherapist Margo Hertzfeld.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 994-4589. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Starting from San Francisco: Thomas Rain Crowe in Conversation with Third Mind Books": Nicola's Books.

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Beat Generation scholar Arthur Nusbaum discusses his recent book about post-Beat writers published by Crowe in the 1970s and a 2018 collaboration between the Beat Museum in San Francisco and Nusbaum's local online bookstore, Third Mind Books, which specializes in works by Beat writers. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.



January 2019
 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Theorizing Music Affective Work": U-M School of Music.

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University of Texas ethnomusicology professor Sonia Seeman discusses the musical activities of the Bach family in the 17th and 18th centuries and the Turkish Roman Sesler family from the 1920s to today.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]



January 2019
 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding the Mind, Learning and Technology": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by U-M Brain Imaging Laboratory codirector Ioulia Kovelman, of chapter 3 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]

 11:10 a.m.  Free! 

"Interfaith Wisdom: Women Creating alliances for friendship and peace"

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Interfaith Wisdom is a panel of five women from different faith backgrounds who work together to establish community and networks.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William St. Free. 734-662-1679. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Telling Twain": Dexter District Library.

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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. Book sale & signing.
2-3:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

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