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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of January 20, 2020

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


January 2020
 10 a.m.  Free! 

34th Annual Keynote Memorial Lecture: U-M MLK Symposium.

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Talk by renowned and controversial political activist, intellectual, and writer Angela Davis, formerly a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and the US Communist Party and the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization dedicated to dismantling the prison-industrial complex. For the full schedule of the symposium, see oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium.
10 a.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-1055. [map]


 12:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to drop in and watch videos of MLK's speeches. Also, you can add to a community sculpture (1-5 p.m., AADL Downtown 1st fl. lobby) inspired by an MLK speech.
AADL Malletts Creek (3090 E. Eisenhower) & AADL Pittsfield (2359 Oak Valley). Free. 327-4200.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Spirituality & Loss": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by U-M internal medicine professor Dorrie Rosenblatt.
2401 Plymouth. 998-9353. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"What's Wrong with the Prison-Industrial Complex? Profit, Privatization, and the Circumstances of Injustice": U-M Philosophy Department.

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Talk by Harvard University philosophy professor Tommie Shelby.
1-3 p.m., 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Terrence Roberts: EMU 34th Annual MLK Day Celebration Keynote Lecture.

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Talk by this member of the "Little Rock Nine" who desegregated Little Rock (AR) Central High School in 1957 following the 1955 Brown v. Board of Education case. Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999, Roberts is now the owner of a consulting firm that promotes fair & equitable business practices.
2 p.m., Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1849.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Brown v. Board of Education: The Legacy Continues": U-M Library.

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Cheryl Brown Henderson, president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, talks about her personal experience with segregated schools.
2-4 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom. Free. 764-0400. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Circle of Unity": U-M Michigan Community Scholars Program.

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All invited to listen to or join a program of impromptu performances of song, dance, and spoken word pieces inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Also, performances by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly, Detroit singer-guitarist Julie Beutel, the U-M Gospel Chorale, U-M student choir Smile Bringer Singers, and more.
2-3 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. (708) 506-1677.


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Shape Your Community": Chelsea District Library MLK Day Celebration.

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ACLU of Michigan public engagement strategist Jessica Ayoub discusses current ACLU initiatives at the ACLU and how to get involved.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Nov. 18: Designs by Nature (Laingsburg, MI) owner Vern Stephens on "Native Plants."

Jan. 20: A2 Green Clean owner Kristi Ann Keith on "Green Clean for the Home."

Feb. 17: Saline Parks & Rec secretary Jody Roberts on "The Green Thumb Award Program."

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6:45 p.m., Evangelical Homes of Michigan Community Room, 440 W. Russell, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About: War & Militarism": Veterans For Peace Chapter 93.

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Talk on how Martin Luther King faced was criticized for speaking out against war and militarism but how over 50 years later, his teachings on those subjects are still relevant, though rarely discussed on MLK Day.
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free. 734-487-9058. wolverbob@gmail.com www.vfp93.org [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Conversation with Veterans for Peace": Ann Arbor District Library.

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This local chapter discusses the relevance of MLK's speeches, while also relating them to war & militarism.
AADL Downtown Library multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ecological Classification of the Forested River Floodplains of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Presentation by WSU ecologist Douglas Putt.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


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Tuesday


January 2020
 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

Raquel Salas Rivera: U-M English Department.

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A Q&A with Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, a Puerto Rican who writes in Spanish and English about gender, queer identity, immigration, and assimilation, and uses poems featuring untranslated Spanish words and phrases to explore the inseparability of experience from language.
3-4 p.m., 1176 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Word and Deed: The Peripety of Logos in the New European Culture": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by Moscow State University professor Arkady Kovelman.
4-5:30 p.m., 202 S. Thayer rm. 2022. Free. 763-9047. [map]



 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Soundwalk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Michigan sonic artist, singer, and writer Zeynep Özcan guides a walk downtown, encouraging participants to listen closely to the sonic environment. Dress for the weather.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Alexander Weinstein: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M and Siena Heights University English professor, also director of the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, reads from Universal Love, his brand-new collection of speculative fiction about compassion, love, and human resilience in a near-future world of advanced technology. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mary Bajcz: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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This Michigan quilter and fiber artist discusses her work.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson, ste. 100. Free. AnnArborWomenArtists@gmail.com. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas's memoir about his life as an undocumented immigrant.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Hungry for Hungary": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Taste Hungary (Budapest) food tour owner Gábor Bánfalvi hosts a 4-course Hungarian meal with Hungarian wine pairings. Also, Zingerman's Bakehouse manager Amy Emberling demonstrates how to make strudel.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. Tickets $115 (without wine, $75), preregistration required. 663-3663. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Remaking Our Neighborhoods, with Climate in Mind": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Presentation by Matt Grocoff, whose Ann Arbor house is considered the oldest home in North America with a net-zero carbon status.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. HVG@Michigan.SierraClub.org. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction": Dawn Farm.

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Talk by EMU social work professor Tana Bridge.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Room, 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. 485-8725, 763-3933. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2020
 Noon  Free! 

"Lethal Provocations: anti-Jewish violence in French Algeria and Ukraine": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies & Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.

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This lecture will discuss the social relations in the decades before the war for Algerian independence, based on the content of Josh Cole's new book, Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria. Part murder mystery, part social history of political violence, Lethal Provocation is a forensic examination of the deadliest peacetime episode of anti-Jewish violence in modern French history. It reconstructs the 1934 riots in Constantine, Algeria, in which tensions between Muslims and Jews were aggravated by right-wing extremists, resulting in the deaths of twenty-eight people.
Weiser Hall, 10th Floor, 500 Church St. Free. 7347639047. judaicstudies@umich.edu [map]



 Noon  Free! 

"Lethal Provocations: Anti-Jewish Violence in French Algeria and Ukraine": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by U-M history professors Jeff Veidlinger and Josh Cole.
Noon, 1010 Weiser Hall. Free. 763-9047. [map]



 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and Modern Urban America": U-M Donia Human Rights Center Annual MLK Lecture.

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Harvard Kennedy School history, race, and public policy professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad discusses the role the urban North has played in shaping ideas about race & crime.
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Financing a Sustainable Future": University of Michigan Erb Institute, School for Environment and Sustainability and The Ross Business School.

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Keynote with Generation Investment Management's David Blood
Join us for an evening exploring new ways to mobilize capital for large-scale sustainability-focused transformations.
"The sustainability revolution, coupled with the technology revolution, will be the most significant event in economic history."
- David Blood
How can we harness capitalism for good? Can new investment strategies prioritize planet and yield higher returns? And how can we best finance a net zero economy?
We're honored to welcome leaders across sectors to the University of Michigan to dig into financing change. Our keynote will be delivered by David Blood, co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Since its founding in 2004, Generation has played an integral role in the development of sustainable investing and in demonstrating the long-term commercial and societal benefits of this approach.
Following his keynote, David Blood will be joined on stage by a set of panelists wh
Ross School of Business, Robertson Auditorium, 701 Tappan St. Free. wenboyle@umich.edu https://events.umich.edu/event/70584 [map]



 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Hopwood Awards Ceremony: U-M English Department.

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Presentation of these writing awards to U-M students. Also, a reading by Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, a Puerto Rican who writes in Spanish and English about gender, queer identity, immigration, and assimilation, and uses poems featuring untranslated Spanish words and phrases to explore the inseparability of experience from language.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"DNA, Chromosome Structure, and Health": U-M Natural History Museum Science Café.

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U-M molecular, cellular, & developmental biology professor Gyorgyi Csankovszki discusses current research into basic cellular biology and its implications for human health. Followed by discussion. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by hors d'oeuvres. Seating limited; arrive early.
6-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m. 

"The 2020 Democratic Nomination: Who Gets to Choose, the Parties or the Voters?": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Talk by EMU political science professor Jeffrey Bernstein.
Kellogg Eye Center auditorium, 1000 Wall St. $5. 998-9351. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by renowned Arab American poet Khaled Mattawa, a U-M creative writing professor whose latest collection, Mare Nostrum, conjures a pointed, incantatory account of the refugee experience in the Mediterranean. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How Can We Improve Race Relations?": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Jan. 8, 22, & 29. All invited to join a discussion lead by IRT co-director Dwight Wilson.
1115 Baldwin Ave. Free, preregistration required to DwightLWilson@hotmail.com. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Strategies for Overcoming Climate Eco-Anxiety": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local psychotherapist & anthropologist Jennifer Bowles discusses strategies for both assuaging eco-anxiety and mobilizing change.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Gino Segrè & Bettina Hoerlin's 2016 book The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Social Media": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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6 weekly talks about the impact of social media.

Jan. 9: U-M information professor Clifford Lampe on "What We Know Now."

Jan. 16:U-M pediatrics professor Jenny Radesky on "Mobile Media and Parenting."

Jan. 23:U-M psychology professor Ethan Kross on "How Do Online Social Media Networks Influence People's Emotional Lives."

Jan. 30:U-M information professor Sarita Schoenebeck on "Restoring Justice to Targets of Online Harassment."

Feb. 6:MSU neuroscience professor Dar Meshi on "Why We Use Social Media: Evolution, Neuroscience, and Problematic Use."

Feb 13:U-M information professor Florian Schaub on "Is Technology Killing Privacy?"
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $10). Memberships $25/year. 998-9351. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Jan. 9, 16, 23, & 30. Jan. 9: North Carolina State University Japanese studies visiting professor Levi McLaughlin on "Religion and Politics in Japan: Mapping a Shifting Terrain." Jan. 16: Boston University music professor Marié Abe on "Hired to Be Overheard: Resonances of Chindon-ya in Contemporary Japan." Chindon-ya are ostentatiously costumed Japanese street musicians who publicize a business by parading through neighborhood streets. Jan. 23: University of Tokyo international relations professor Ryo Sahashi on "China-Japan-US Trilateral Relationship on East Asia Order: History and Prospects." Jan. 30: Keio University (Tokyo) international politics professor Yuichi Hosoya on "Japan's Indo-Pacific Strategy in the US-China Rivalry."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Digitizing Archives of Abolitionists: The Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society Papers": U-M Clements Library.

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U-M Clements manuscripts curator Cheney J. Schopieray discusses these documents and the digitization process that made them available in a new online archive.
4 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/erQW4. 764-2347. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Jan. 16, 23, & 30. Talks by visiting artists. Today: "Abstract Meditations on the Grid and Humanity." Talk by multimedia artist Cullen Washington, whose large-scale, abstract installations are currently on display at the UMMA.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rion Amilcar Scott: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this author of 2 short story collections, Insurrections and the recent The World Doesn't Require You, both set in a fictional American town founded by the leaders of the nation's only successful slave uprising. Featuring elements of magical realism and a good deal of humor, these stories blend genres to explore religion, violence, and love. Preceded at 3 p.m. by a Q&A.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State (Q&A, 1176 Angell Hall, 435 S. State). Free. 764-6330. [map]


  6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Lab: Design & Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basic functions of parametric CAD--i.e., solid-modeling computer-aided-design--and design an object to 3D print.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


  6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell & Tell: Sacred Scents Across Abrahamic Traditions": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses, with smell samples, sacred scents common to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Luke Geddes: Literati Bookstore.

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This Ohio fiction writer reads from Heart of Junk, his forthcoming novel about an eclectic group of Kansas antique merchants who become implicated in the kidnapping of a local toddler who's a beauty pageant star. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Telling the Truth about the Liberal Arts: Histories and Futures": U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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Talk by Bentley director Terrence J. McDonald.
7 p.m., Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Ave. Free. 764-3639. [map]


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Friday


January 2020
 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Our AI Lets Humans Take Control: Popular Music and Collaborative Artificial Intelligence": U-M School of Music.

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U-M musicology professor Charles Garrett discusses the role of artificial intelligence in commercial music production, including pop singer-songwriter Taryn Southern's 2018 album I AM AI, billed as the first pop album produced by AI.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight, fiction by Cherline Bazile and poetry by Aozora Brockman.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Matthew Thorburn & Mary Biddinger: Literati Bookstore.

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New Jersey poet Thorburn reads from The Grace of Distance, his 2019 collection about the distances we experience between ourselves and those we love, how we bridge them, and how we accept them. Ohio-based poet Biddinger reads prose poems from Partial Genius, her recent collection which explores our society's tendency toward self-destruction. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Artificial Intelligence & Finance": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M computer science & engineering professor Michael Wellman discusses the risks & benefits associated with the increasing role AI is playing in finance.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Saturday


January 2020
 1-3 p.m. 

"Cheese Tasting: Fondue & Raclette": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Jan. 10 & 25. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of these Swiss melted cheese dishes.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45-$50. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"So You Want to be a Beekeeper?": Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Talk by beekeeper and A2B2 instructor Dave Pearce.
1 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. A2B2club@gmail.com. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Hope of Abstraction and the Possibilities of the Public Square": UMMA.

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Conversation between NYC-based multimedia artist Cullen Washington and UMMA curator Vera Grant. Grant curates the current exhibit of Washington's abstract multimedia installations, which explore the artistic, spiritual, and political importance of public space. Refreshments.
4-5:30 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery 1, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


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Sunday


January 2020
 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Tree Software Choices": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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A discussion led by club member Nancy Howard. Followed by a talk led by club member Rodger Wolf on best practices for the genealogy software Family Tree Maker.
St. Joseph Mercy Women's Health Center rm. 1AB, 5305 Elliott. Free. 483-2799.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stories and Images from the Last Frontier": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Photographer Howard Smith discusses the process for capturing the photos displayed in Images of Alaska.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution": Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Screening of this documentary about recent innovation in clean energy technology. Followed by a talk by Ann Arbor sustainability staff about the city's carbon neutrality initiative and a talk by Citizen's Climate Lobby members about federal carbon pricing legislation.
3-5 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org.


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation: Disability and Power with Dessa Cosma": UMMA.

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Informal gallery talk by this social justice activist, the founding director of Detroit Disability Power, in response to the works of UMMA featured artist Mari Katayama.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Irving Stenn Jr. Family Gallery, 525 S. State. Free, preregistration required at UMMA.umich.edu/Events. 764-0395. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Thursday


January 2020
 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Adult VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All adults invited to try out the library's virtual reality headsets, including Lenovo Mirage and Sony PlayStation.
CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, preregistration required (space limited). 475-8732. [map]






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