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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of November 25, 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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November 2019
 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 session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Nov. 4: "Has God Left the Building - An Hour of Honest Conversation about the Church." Nov. 11: "Zzzz - Practical Help for Getting a Better Night's Sleep." Nov. 18: "Make a Difference Now - Choose to Be Extraordinary." Nov. 25: "A Day in the Life of the Hidden Homeless - A Mother's Struggle to Keep Her Family Together."

7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Grieve Well During the Holidays": Dexter District Library.

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GrieveWell representatives offer advice for facing the holiday season after a loss.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Science of 'Choking Under Pressure': Why We Fail and How to Succeed When It Matters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M psychology professor Taraz Lee.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Simon Ings' 2016 book Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]



November 2019
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

%stNoon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tuesday Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Nov. 5: University of Wisconsin business professor Yongheng Deng on "Estimating the Unofficial Income of Officials from Large Asset Purchases." Nov. 12: Ryerson University (Toronto) history professor Yunxiang Gao on "Liu Liangmo (1909-1988): Transpacific Mass Singing, Journalism, and Christian Activism." Nov. 19: University of Tennessee-Knoxville history professor Charles Sanft on "The Emperor has No Voice: Imperial Utterance in Excavated Han Documents." Nov. 26: U-M Center for Chinese Studies postdoc Eloise Wright on "Periphery, Locality, and Status in Writings from 16th-Century Dali, Yunnan."
110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Football 101 with Devin Gardner": Wolverine State Brewing Co.

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Tuesdays during football season, join former Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner and WTKA Inside the Huddle host Michael Spath as they recap the Wolverines' most recent game, with film study insights, and a Q&A while enjoying the food and drink at Wolverine State Brewing Co.
Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-369-2990. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bioethics Discussion: Cities": The Bioethics Discussion Group.

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A discussion on our new environment.
Readings to consider:
1. Health and Urban Living
2. Urban Bioethics: Adapting Bioethics to the Urban Context
3. The Experience of Living in Cities
4. From the Urban to the Civic: The Moral Possibilities of the City
For more information and/or to receive a copy of the readings contact Barry Belmont at or visit
When roaming the city, please consider roaming the blog:
2185 Lurie Biomedical Engineering, 1101 Beal Avenue. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

David Hornibrook: Skazat! Poetry at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by this Pushcart-winning Detroit-area poet (and U-M creative writing MFA), whose new book, Night Manual, is a collection of absurdist slices of life after loss. In sections loosely inspired by the seasons, the book progresses from grief to gratitude, touching on everything from starlings and deer to robots and Miley Cyrus. Preceded by an open mike.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Gingerbread": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Helen Oyeyemi's fantasy novel inspired by the ambivalently wholesome and uncanny place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What is Queer Fashion? Millennials, Gen Z, and Gender-Equal Clothing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Abby Sugar, an Ann Arbor native who founded Play Out Apparel, a line of queer, androgynous, and gender-equal clothing.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.



November 2019
 8 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Nonmembers also invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation., 707-1284. [map]



November 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Voting in America: Perennial Issues, Current Developments." U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 31-Dec. 12. Six weekly lectures by various speakers.

Oct. 31: U-M political science professor Jenna Bednar on "From Vote to Government: A Short Guide to the Complexity of the American Electoral System."

Nov. 7: U-M political science and statistics professor Walter R. Mebane, Jr., on "Election and Voting Security in the United States."

Nov. 14: U-M political science professor Ken Kollman on "Why Do We Have the Electoral College? Should We?"

Nov. 21: Bridge Magazine Capitol reporter Riley Beggin moderates a panel discussion with League of Women Voters of Michigan vice president Susan Smith and Washtenaw County clerk Larry Kestenbaum on "Implementing Michigan's Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote)."

Dec. 5: WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause on "Dragon Slaying Takes Time: The Complex Process of Ending Gerrymandering After the Passage of Proposition 2."

Dec. 12: U-M political science professor Vincent Hutchings on "Race, the Party System, and Elite Incentives in American Elections."
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Individual lectures $35 (members, $10). Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351. [map]



November 2019
 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Sound Healing Journey": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Local sound healers Mark and Roberta Maxwell use Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, flutes, didgeridoos, drums, chimes, and bells to facilitate a deeply relaxing environment.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $20. 327-0270. [map]



December 2019
 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Sunday Talks with Demo Rinpoche: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Come listen to Jewel Heart's Resident Spiritual Advisor, Demo Rinpoche expound upon various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Also broadcast live via webinar - to register visit
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 7349943387. [map]

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