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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of December 9, 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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Monday


December 2019
 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Valedictory Address": U-M Clements Library.

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Talk by retiring Clements director Kevin Graffagnino on his 11 years with the library.
5:30-7 p.m., U-M Ross Business School Blau Hall, 700 E University. Free, preregistration requested at Clements.umich.edu. 764-2347. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chocolate & Candy Making 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers demonstrates how to make chocolate truffles, rock candies, as well as brittle and bark. Samples.
AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Mind: 7 Ways Children's Storytelling Skills Impact Literacy Development": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Talk by U-M psychology professor Nicole Gardner-Neblett.
AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How International Experience Can Strengthen Your College Application": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talks by Ann Arbor Public Schools college counseling coordinator John Boshoven, Global Leadership Adventures manager Heidi Bohn, Kalamazoo College director of admissions Andrew Grayson, and AAPS international education partnership coordinator Jennifer Nemecek.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a history, nonfiction, biography, or fiction book TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


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Tuesday


December 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. 10-May 13. 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. 

"How Polio Helped FDR Win the Presidency": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by Miami University journalism professor James Tobin. Fourth in a series of 5 monthly lectures.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $30) for 5-lecture series; memberships are $25 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 1-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Nobel Symposium: U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

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Seven U-M scholars (engineering professor Wei Lu, physics professor Fred Adams, physiology professor Yatrik Shah, economics professor Dean Yang, law professor Laura Nyantung Beny, comparative literature professor Benjamin Paloff, and Germanic languages & literature professor Johannes von Moltke), and Indiana University Germanic studies professor Teresa Kovacs each discuss the work, impact, and personalities of the seven 2019 Nobel laureates.
10th fl. Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 763-3301. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Ari's Greatest Hits of 2019": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Dec. 10 & 19. Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig discusses and offers taste samples of some of his favorite Zingerman's products. This extremely popular annual event usually sells out.
Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. $55 in advance and (if available) at the door. 663-3400. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bioethics Discussion: Antinatalism": The Bioethics Discussion Group.

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A discussion on the end to our means.
Readings to consider:
1. The Last Messiah
2. Why It Is Better Never to Come into Existence
3. Every Conceivable Harm: A Further Defence of Anti-Natalism
4. The Ethics of Procreation and Adoption
For more information and/or to receive a copy of the readings contact Barry Belmont at belmont@umich.edu or visit http://belmont.bme.umich.edu/bioethics-discussion-group/discussions/037-antinatalism/.
Tell your descendants to consider the blog: https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/incidental-art/
2185 Lurie Biomedical Engineering, 1101 Beal Avenue. Free. belmont@umich.edu https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bixby Marionettes": Saline District Library.

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Saline Arts & Culture Committee vice chair John Anderson discusses the archive of Meredith Bixby, the beloved late Saline puppeteer who in 1997 donated his collection of marionettes, tools, and props to the City of Saline.
7-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Economic Inequality": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M economics professor Dmitriy Stolyarov discusses the pros and cons of various policies addressing economic inequality.
AADL Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a history, nonfiction, biography, or fiction book TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2019
 9:30 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. 10-May 13. 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.  Free! 

"Technology for Independence: Simple Devices & Services to Help with Daily Living Activities": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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a talk by Area Agency on Aging representative Glen Ashlock.
2401 Plymouth. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Books Over Breakfast Book Club": Chelsea District Library.

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New CDL morning book club.

Dec. 11: Unsheltered. Barbara Kingsolver's 2018 novel about a struggling middle-class family during the 2016 presidential primaries.

Feb. 12: Becoming. Former First Lady Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir.

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10:30 a.m.-noon, CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"AfterHours Book Club": Serendipity Books.

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All invited to discuss books.

Sept. 18: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey's 1962 novel about an iconoclastic free spirit who incites his fellow asylum inmates to rebellion against an iron-willed nurse.

Oct. 6: Michigan true-crime writer and memoirist Mardi Jo Link discusses her work. Q&A.

Nov. 13: Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas's memoir.

Dec 11: The Library Book, Susan Orlean's exploration of the social and cultural importance of libraries.

Jan. 15: Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi's memoir about a study group she started in 1995 to discuss great works of Western Literature banned by the Iranian government. Feb. 19 & Mar. 11: TBA.

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7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"French Macarons 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodger demonstrates how to make and store macarons. Samples.
AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What the Heck is Line 5 and Why Do You Care?": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Brews & Views.

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RetireLine5.org founder Terri Wilkerson discusses the damaged 66-year-old oil pipeline passing under Michigan. Q&A.
Homes Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave. Free (buy your own food & beer). 272-3634. [map]


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Thursday


December 2019
 9:30 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. 10-May 13. 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. 

"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]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"'Incendiary Pictures': The Radical Visual Rhetoric of Early Abolition": U-M Clements Library.

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Talk by George Washington University history professor Phillip Troutman. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.
Noon-1 p.m., Clements Library, 909 S University. Free, preregistration requested at clements.umich.edu. 765-2347. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese & Beer": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers discuss and offer taste samples of beers paired with artisan cheeses. Bread & other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"As the Page Turns Book Club": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss recent so-called "page turners."

Nov. 14: The Immortalists. Chloe Benjamin's 2018 novel about the lives of 4 siblings who as children visited a psychic who claimed to know the day they would die. The story that ensues is an ambitious exploration of the shaping powers of beliefs and stories.

Dec. 12: The Believers. Rebecca Makkai's 2018 novel about a mother's search for her estranged daughter against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, and the ripples of grief affecting generations of survivors.

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7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Cheers to Michigan! Craft Cocktail Evening": Michigan Radio.

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Michigan Radio Cheers hosts Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen discuss the regional craft cocktail scene and some unique cocktail recipes from their new book Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.
The Circ Bar, 210 S. First St. Tickets $70 (includes a copy of the book, 2 featured drinks, & hors d'oeuvres buffet) & $50 (includes everything but the drinks) in advance at Michigan-Radio.TicketLeap.com/Cheers-To-Michigan, and (if available) at the door. 764-9210. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mike & Share Poetry Series": Bookbound.

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Readings of short essays and writings by current and former prison inmates, all contributors to the U-M Prison Creative Arts Project's Review of Prison Creative Writing. Preceded by an open mike.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"'We Must Work Off Our Surplus Animal Spirits': 19th-century Origins of Athletic Competition at the University of Michigan": U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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Talk by Bentley athletics archivist Brian Williams.
7 p.m., Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Ave. Free. 764-3639. [map]


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Friday


December 2019
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Saline Area Senior Center Bookworm Club.

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All seniors invited to discuss Kate Alcott's 2015 historical novel A Touch of Stardust (Sept. 13), set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir Becoming (Oct. 11), Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (Nov. 8), Kevin Powers's A Shout in the Ruins (Dec. 13), and Heather Morris's The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Jan. 10). Feb & Mar. topics TBA.
10-11:15 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Science & Nature Storytime": Serendipity Books.

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Storytelling and activities led by local writer and naturalist Meg Gower.
10:30 a.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Race, Gender, and Feminist Philosophy": U-M Women's Studies Department.

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Talk by California State University philosophy professor Talia Mae Bettcher.
3-5 p.m., 1171 Angell Hall, 435 State. Free. 615-6613. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese & Honey Tasting": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers discuss and offer tastings of honey paired with artisan cheeses.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]


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Saturday


December 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Dec. 7: U-M astronomy professor Elena Gallo on "Black Holes: Facts, Myths, and Mysteries." Dec. 14: U-M environmental education professor Jonathan Overpeck on "Climate Change Opportunities and Challenges for Michigan."
10:30-11:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


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Sunday


December 2019
 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Introductory Dharma Talk: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Talks by Jewel Heart's resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche on various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free; donations accepted. 994-3387. [map]


 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 jewelheart.org
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 7349943387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Festive Flowers and Foliage": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Livonia-based writer Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, author of Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants, discusses the tricks of keeping holiday plants alive.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.





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